first_imgFour people with Notre Dame connections will be honored tonight at the South Bend Alumni Association’s 26th annual Community Hall of Fame banquet. The banquet, held at the Century Center, will recognize nine members of the community, including journalism professor and South Bend Tribune reporter Jack Colwell, former Notre Dame football player and NFL chaplain Anthony Johnson, former Notre Dame Alumni Association director Charles Lennon, and Women’s Task Force founder Joan Lennon. According to the South Bend Alumni Association’s website, the Hall of Fame’s primary goal is “to publicly recognize individuals whose achievements and services have distinguished both themselves and the South Bend community.” The requirements for eligibility hold that candidates must have “resided or worked in the South Bend community for ten or more years” and that they “must have notable personal achievements and/or made notable contributions at the local, state, national, or international level.” Colwell, a professor in Notre Dame’s Journalism, Ethics and Democracy program, said that he was “surprised and honored” by the nomination. “Personally, I think it’s a high honor, especially when I look at the names of the people who have been inducted over the years, like [University president emeritus] Fr. [Theodore] Hesburgh and Knute Rockne,” Colwell said. “It’s a very distinguished group of people who have served the South Bend area, and I’m really honored to be included.” Colwell currently teaches Advanced Reporting and Persuasion Commentary and Criticism at Notre Dame, in addition to writing a weekly column for the South Bend Tribune and contributing to the Howey Politics blog. “I started as a police reporter for the Tribune and then did general assignments before covering politics,” Colwell said. “I began writing a column which is political in nature, but concerns itself more with community issues and problems and not just hardcore politics.” Colwell said the award honors his profession beyond his individual contributions. “I accept induction as an honor for the right kind of journalism, the journalism of colleagues I worked with for so long at the South Bend Tribune,” Colwell said. Johnson played on the 1988 national championship team and led the team in scoring with 35 touchdowns during his four years at Notre Dame. He went on to play professionally and now serves as the team chaplain for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Charles and Joan Lennon worked with the Notre Dame Alumni Association during Charles Lennon’s time as director and both volunteered extensively in the community at organizations including the city’s Redevelopment Department and the Women’s Task Force of St. Joseph Regional Medical Center.last_img read more

first_imgTony nominee Alex Timbers will direct Robert Askins’ new comedy, Permission. As previously reported, the MCC world premiere will begin performances on April 29, 2015 and run through June 7 at off-Broadway’s Lucille Lortel Theatre.Permission tells the story of a couple who decide to follow the leads of their friends and make Christian Domestic Discipline the foundation of their marriage. The new moral code upends everything they knew about one another, their friends and more importantly, who really holds the paddle.The MCC 2014-15 season also includes Simon Stephens’ Punk Rock, which is set to begin performances on October 29, as well as The Nether by Jennifer Haley, beginning in February. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 14, 2015 Related Shows View Comments Permission last_img read more

first_imgMauricio Pérez & Dominic Scaglione Jr. (Photos: Joan Marcus) A duo of Frankie Vallis will step under the Broadway streetlight. Jersey Boys alums Mauricio Pérez and Dominic Scaglione Jr. will share the role of Frankie Valli in the Broadway production beginning April 26.Both will play four performances a week; a performance schedule will be announced later. They take over for Joseph Leo Bwarie, who appeared in his final performance at the August Wilson Theatre on April 24.Pérez made his Broadway debut with Jersey Boys and also appeared in the national tour; his additional credits include Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating and Marriage and Altar Boyz off-Broadway. Scaglione, who also made his Great White Way debut in the Tony-winning musical, is an alum of the Chicago and Las Vegas companies.Jersey Boys, featuring a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice and directed by Des McAnuff, tells the story of how Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons went from being unknown kids in Jersey to international pop superstars. The show features over 30 of their hit songs, including “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.”The current cast also includes Richard H. Blake as Tommy DeVito, Quinn VanAntwerp as Bob Gaudio and Matt Bogart as Nick Massi; Michael Lomenda will step in temporarily for Bogart beginning May 3. Jersey Boys View Commentscenter_img Related Shows from $59.00last_img read more

first_imgThe Catawba River was recently named the most endangered river in the country. It stretches from the mountains of North Carolina to the Wateree Watershed in South Carolina and then to the Atlantic Ocean. From source to sea, it flows over 400 miles. Along the way, it meets several challenges: coal ash ponds, dams, agricultural draws, nutrient and sewage spills and recreation and drinking water needs for a growing population.One man is working to protect the river. His name is Rick Gaskins, a Harvard educated environmental lawyer and the executive director of the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation.Just how bad is the Catawba currently?In 2008, American Rivers, an organization that works to protect America’s waterways, rated the Catawba as America’s Most Endangered River (download the PDF report here). Plus, just this year, American Rivers rated the Catawba as the fifth worst river in the United States due to coal ash pollution. In 2010 and 2012, The Southern Environmental Law Center, a nonprofit that uses the law to fight for protection of the Southeastern environment, listed the Catawba River as one of the top ten endangered places in the Southeast.  In 2011, the Union of Concerned Scientists, an organization that uses science to push for policy change, found, due to power plants, that the Catawba was the fourth most stressed river in the United States.Which sections of the Catawba are in the worst shape? That is hard to answer. If the standard is whether the Catawba is fishable, for example, then one hundred percent of the basin fails to meet the unrestricted fishability standard. There are fish advisories throughout the Catawba basin for excessive levels of mercury in some types of fish. Burning coal is the primary source for most mercury found in the water. High levels of mercury affect the neurological development of children and can cause learning disabilities and other lifelong disabilities. High levels of mercury are especially toxic to children and pregnant women.Is the river getting better or worse? There is some improvement. For example, Charlotte has worked hard to restore the natural state of the tributaries to the Catawba, even instituting buffer areas. Also, some sewage plants are doing better treating sewage. However, the overall trend is not good.Do you ever use litigation to help protect the Catawba?At times we use litigation to solve issues, but that is our last resort. Our first step is to talk to the source of the problem.  If the source does not correct the issue, then we contact the appropriate regulatory body, hoping for an enforcement action.We’re currently involved in litigation against the North Carolina Department of Transportation to stop a proposed toll road that would potentially damage water over discharges from coal ash lakes into Mountain Island Lake, part of the Catawba River. This discharge is a direct threat to Charlotte’s drinking water.How about lobbying legislators? We aren’t large enough to have paid lobbyists, but we encourage members to use grassroots lobbying. We get information to our volunteers so they can talk to their legislators. When there is a bill that directly affects the waterway, then the foundation might rent a van and take volunteers to their legislators in Raleigh.Is it true that the Catawba could run out of water?Current projections are that the region’s demand for water will exceed our quantity of water by the year 2048. Industry and agriculture must use less water. Forty-eight percent of the water consumed from the Catawba is used for cooling power plants. This can and should be reduced. Also, a big chunk of the water is consumed by towns outside the basin. In short, these towns want water from the Catawba River, but they don’t return water to the Catawba. This must be regulated.What are the biggest threats to the Catawba? Coal-burning power plants and their coal ash waste storage. On any scale, coal ash ponds surrounding the Catawba are given the highest hazard potential. Other major water quality problems are by-products of poor development practices that result in large amounts of polluted storm water, poor treatment of sewage, and excessive water usage. Sewage spills and inadequate treatment of sewage are also a major problem. Sewage systems fail with regularity. State regulators are underfunded; one inspector might be responsible for thousands of sites. And even when current regulations are enforced, they are not enough to maintain a high level of water quality.How do dams affect the river and its natural environment?  There are 14 dams along the length of the Catawba.  These are primarily used to generate electricity and to create a source of cooling water for thermoelectric power plants. Power plants use the water for cooling, then they dump hot water into the Catawba after using it.There are sections of the Catawba that rest between two power plants, one upstream and one downstream. During peak power usage this particular section will have little to no water flow. In fact, it might have backward flow if the power plant upstream is larger than the plant downstream.last_img read more

first_imgLawyers who repeatedly take cases they are not qualified to handle and who repeatedly fail to pursue cases they take on will be disbarred, the Florida Supreme Court has said in a disciplinary case.In an April 29 opinion (Case No. SC02-1687), the court ordered the disbarment of an attorney who took on several cases and then did little or nothing to pursue the matters. The attorney also engaged in several acts to cover up his failures, including in one case preparing 24 false property titles.The case also provoked a strongly worded concurring opinion from Justice Fred Lewis, in which Justice Kenneth Bell concurred.Lewis wrote that the attorney deserved disbarment alone for taking cases he was apparently not qualified to handle. But that was compounded by the lawyer’s failure to diligently pursue the cases and keep his clients informed, which in turn was compounded further by his lying to the clients about the status and outcome of cases and attempts to cover up his inactivity, which included preparing the fake titles.He quoted the referee’s findings: “Respondent harmed his clients by incompetent action, he expressly lied about it to his clients, and thereafter he continued to affirmatively lie and attempt to cover up the lies. Significant consideration must be given to the fact of multiple incidents of such conduct by the respondent, involving several clients. There is no way to interpret the respondent’s deliberate actions in a light favorable enough to him to accept his suggestion that he meant no harm. He is not a competent lawyer. More egregious, however, is the defect he refers to as one of personality. It is more; it is a defect, if not an absolute absence of honesty, integrity, and ethical judgment.. . . The Bar has an obligation to protect the public and to maintain reasonable standards of professional and ethical responsibility. [The respondent] has not and cannot meet those standards, and thus is not qualified to practice law and represent members of the public.”According to the opinion, the attorney was hired to handle a property case in Georgia but never filed to appear pro hac vice or a notice of appearance, and did not appear at the trial. After the resulting adverse ruling, the attorney prepared but never filed a motion to set aside judgment, and lied to the client about the status. The actions cost the client about $29,000 in the lost value of the property.A condominium association hired the lawyer to handle foreclosures on timeshare units where taxes or assessments were outstanding. Five years later, when asked about 24 cases that had not been finalized, the attorney gave the association falsified certificates of title, even though the foreclosures were not final. Some units were sold based on those titles, which resulted in multiple owners claiming the same unit, which created additional legal expenses for the association.In another case where the association brought suit against an owner, the attorney failed to comply with discovery requirements after the unit owner countersued, which resulted in an $18,000 judgment against the association. The attorney paid that from his own funds, but didn’t tell the association about the settlement until after the fact.At one point, the attorney signed a letter acknowledging his failure to act on cases for a client and promised to do better in the future. But he then failed to pursue two other cases he was hired to handle, and was ultimately fired by the client.The lawyer had sought a one-year suspension, but the court noted under the Florida Standards for Imposing Lawyer Sanctions 4.41 (failure to perform or neglect), 4.51 (lack of understanding of fundamental legal doctrines or procedures), and 4.41 (engaging in intentional conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation that adversely affects the lawyer’s fitness to practice), disbarment was appropriate. “In light of the multiple instances of misconduct involved and the nature of the misconduct in this case, we approve the referee’s recommendation. . . , ” the opinion said.In his concurring opinion, Justice Lewis added: “[T]his court must not hesitate to affirm the powerful message of the referee — that misconduct as egregious as that demonstrated in the instant matter will result in disbarment.” June 1, 2004 Regular News Don’t take cases you are unqualified to handlecenter_img Don’t take cases you are unqualified to handlelast_img read more

first_imgWhy lawyers can’t hear Why lawyers can’t hear Carl Michael Rossi “My lawyer doesn’t listen to me!” “She doesn’t care!” “He isn’t interested in me, he just keeps telling me what to do!”­I hope you’ve never heard these comments directed to you, but the odds are you have, even if you are a very good attorney. No client complaint is more common. Not even billing complaints.How can that possibly be? You sat patiently as your clients went on about all the circumstances around the issue. Every chance you got, you focused your clients on the issue at hand and had them provide the details that you need to solve the problem they brought to you. And you’ve told them what they need to do to solve the problem. So what are they upset about?You did everything law school taught you to do. Recognize and analyze the pertinent legal issues, elicit relevant facts and come up with a strategy to solve the problem. Well, that is what they are upset about.Let me explain. Robert Bolton, in his book People Skills, describes 12 common roadblocks to communications. Activities by the “listener” that almost guarantee that the “speaker” will form a belief that she or he is not being heard. In short, they end up believing that the person they’re speaking to doesn’t care about them.Look at just two of these roadblocks:• Excessive questioning. Questions that ask for what’s important to your checklist send a direct message that you are more interested in that than you are in what’s important to your client.• Giving advice. Telling your client what she or he must do sends the message that they are inferior and incapable of running their own life.“My god, man, you’ve just told me that what I do for a living — find the elements of a case in my client’s situation and tell them how to change that situation — is the very thing that annoys my clients most!” Well, yes and no.­You know that your clients are people, not case summaries in a tort law textbook. You do care about them. But how can you communicate to them that you care and get “the job” done?­It is possible to do both. As attorneys we have developed particular skills. Our lawyer skills of issue recognition, and relevant fact determination and problem solving — are valuable skills. We are also always working to develop additional skills. Effective listening skills can be learned.Effective listening involves accepting the agenda as established by the speaker; an appreciation that whatever is said is important to the speaker. Rebecca Z. Shafir, in The Zen of Listening, describes this as getting into the speaker’s “movie.” Once you have accepted that you genuinely do care about your client, you can learn the skills that communicate that concern to your client.Once your client experiences your genuine concern, she or he will find it much easier to focus on the details you need to assess the case. They are less likely to call you to find out if you are working on the case. You will receive much fewer complaints; and many more referrals.Learning the skills that communicate your genuine concern for your clients is a great way to both increase your business and make it less stressful. ­­Carl Michael Rossi, is an attorney, mediator, coach, and counselor in Chicago and can be contacted at cmr@ or (773) 456-6558. This column originaly appeared on the International Alliance of Holistic Lawyers’ Web site at and is published here, with permission, under the sponsorship of the Bar’s Quality of Life and Career Committee. The committee’s Web site is at April 1, 2005 Regular Newslast_img read more

first_imgTopics : The contraction in China’s foreign trade is set to continue through the second quarter, as global demand remains depressed by measures to curb the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.Both exports and imports are forecast to have slumped 10 percent or more in March, with data due Tuesday expected to show a continuation of the declines seen in the first two months of the year. The outlook is grim too, with the World Trade Organization now saying that 2020 could see the worst collapse in international trade since the Great Depression.China’s shipments plateaued in 2019 due to the trade war with the US and slowing global growth, and the virus outbreak then caused the weakest start for any year since 2012 with exports dropping 17.2 percent from a year earlier in the first two months. Trading partners like the US potentially face many more months of shutdowns before consumption and manufacturing can return to normal. While much of the weakness in February’s data was due to China’s domestic measures to curb the initial outbreak, the irony is that companies are now getting back to work and nearing full capacity just as their overseas markets are closing.A majority of Chinese exporters have resumed over 70 percent of production capacity by March 30, according to the Ministry of Commerce, but factories are already seeing order cancellations.Policymakers across the globe have rushed to introduce stimulus to help their economies over the shutdowns and social distancing necessary to stop the spread of the virus, but there’s little sign of a peak in infections yet. In China, the State Council has ordered more measures to “stabilize trade” including building more cross-border e-commerce zones and moving the main trade fair online.However, with the world facing its worst recession since the 1930s this year and half the member nations of the International Monetary Fund already seeking aid, there’s little prospect of the trade situation improving soon.center_img “If China’s major export markets including the EU and the US suffered in the second quarter due to the pandemic, it’s very likely that China’s exports will be hit hard during the period,” said Betty Wang, senior economist at Australia & New Zealand Banking Group in Hong Kong. “It won’t be surprising to see China’s exports fall year-on-year in double digits in the second quarter,” even if an increase in medicine-related shipments offsets the loss a little, she said.Her estimates are echoed by others. UBS economist Ning Zhang expects exports to decline by 20 percent between April and June, citing the coming recessions in the US, Europe, Japan, and some emerging economies. Macquarie Group Ltd.’s Larry Hu thinks it’s certain that export growth could fall further in the second quarter and a 13 percent decline in the whole of 2020 is his base case.The WTO’s optimistic scenario last week saw a 13 percent drop in the volume of international goods trade in 2020. The last such drop was in 2009, when trade volumes fell by 12 percent during the financial crisis. Their pessimistic scenario sees the volume of global goods trade dropping by as much as 32 percent this year.If that pessimistic case happens, Chinese exports could fall much more than 13 percent, according to Macquarie’s Hu.last_img read more

first_img15 Pendragon Drive, Coomera Waters.STEPHEN and Annette Gerrard had only been in the country seven weeks before they bought their Coomera Waters block.The pair, along with their two children Joel, 14, and Ruby, 11, migrated to Australia from Nottingham, England, in 2014. 15 Pendragon Drive, Coomera Waters.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North5 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoThey enlisted Dean Ryan of Lifestyle Homes Gold Coast to create their five-bedroom house.“I have moved 29 times in 42 years of my life and this is the fifth house that we’ve designed and built,” she said. “It’s the first one in Australia so we weren’t sure how it would go but it ended up great. “They say you need to build three houses to get everything right and I think we got this one right.” 15 Pendragon Drive, Coomera Waters.ON THE MARKET15 PENDRAGON DRIVE, COOMERA WATERSAgent: Jacqui and Adam Hope, Harcourts Coastal, Hope Island Features:Area: 1057sq mAuction: August 9, 11am, Harcourts Coastal in-rooms, 15 Queensland Ave, BroadbeachInspections: Saturday at 12-12.45pm 15 Pendragon Drive, Coomera Waters.Among the home’s features is a cinema, pool and open-plan living and dining area.The cinema and garage are on the bottom level while the second level has all the bedrooms and living areas that lead out to the backyard entertaining area. “Because it’s on a hill, we have the trampoline and basketball net up the top, a swimming pool below, and then further below is the alfresco area. It’s great as we can sit outside and have a barbecue.” 15 Pendragon Drive, Coomera Waters.“My husband fell off a horse and had to have surgery where titanium rods were inserted into his spine,” Mrs Gerrard said.“They reacted with the cold and so we thought ‘life’s short let’s move to Australia where the weather is warmer’.”last_img read more

first_imgThe home at 11 Scabbard Ct, Forestdale.A FOUR-BEDROOM home on acreage has sold in Forestdale as the local market remains buoyant. Marketing agent Philip Resnikoff, of Acreage Life by Crafted Property Agents, said the home at 11 Scabbard Ct, Forestdale sold for $721,000. “We had about 25 groups through the home and multiple offers,” he said. “There is a lot of interest at that price range in the area.”Mr Resnikoff said the home attracted such good interest because it was the “full package” with a pool, shed and family home on a big block. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The pool area at 11 Scabbard Ct, Forestdale.He said the successful buyers were a young couple looking for the acreage lifestyle. “I’m seeing a lot of young families looking for space,” he said. Mr Resnikoff said the Forestdale market was buoyant. “I think we will see a lot of activity leading to the end of the year as we’re coming out of winter,” he said. “People looking to relocate tend to do it at the end of the year.“And coming into the spring selling season, a lot of more people will be preparing their property for market and the same goes for buyers.”last_img read more

first_imgNZ Herald 10 September 2018Family First Comment: Sex trafficking and under- age prostitution – sadly in our own backyard. But when an industry is normalised and promoted, what do you expect!?Police were alerted to a couple pimping out a 15-year-old after the girl’s mum discovered on social media she’d been flown from Christchurch to work in central Auckland brothels.Taton Sebastian Smith, 35, and Tahleicia Elizabeth Seil, 25, were sentenced last Friday in the Auckland District Court by Judge Eddie Paul for assisting someone under 18 to provide sexual services.Smith was jailed for two years and 10 months, while Seil will serve nine months’ home detention after they had earlier pleaded guilty.Earlier this year, the Herald revealed one of New Zealand’s most sickening criminal cases and just the third conviction for slave trading in the country’s legal history.Kasmeer Lata was jailed for six years and 11 months in April for keeping her daughter as a sex slave, turning her Auckland home into a brothel, and selling the 15-year-old to men some 1000 times over a two-year period.Justice Matthew Muir said at Lata’s sentencing: “New Zealand’s courts will not [tolerate] the prostitution of children.”Her partner, Avneensh Sehgal, who attempted to flee to India, was also imprisoned.And just last month, the Herald reported on a Lower Hutt woman who planned to sexually exploit her 10-year-old granddaughter to sex criminal Andrew Davie.Davie was jailed for three years and five months, while the grandma was sentenced to three years and three months in prison.READ MORE: read more