first_imgBy Dialogo December 17, 2014 “The goal is to restore security conditions and reestablish the rule of law and peace in all the towns of this region,” Rubido told reporters. The Soldiers and PF agents will provide security to residents in areas which have seen an increase in violence as a result of battles between drug cartels and gangs. There, organized crime groups are fighting for control of lucrative drug smuggling routes. Colombia’s National Navy, Panama’s National Aeronaval Service (SENAN) and US Military troops partnered to seize 295 kilograms of cocaine and 288 kilograms of marijuana from a vessel in the Caribbean Sea on December 7. Mexican troops and Federal Police bolster security in Acapulco The Armed Forces of the three countries cooperated closely to make the seizures and arrests. Colombia’s Navy obtained intelligence about the suspicious vessel and alerted U.S. Armed Forces, which forwarded the information to SENAN. Colombia, Panama, and the United States have signed international cooperation agreements that allow them to exchange information to carry out interdictions of suspicious vessels. The goal of the federal government is to “establish permanent security conditions” so residents will “have the certainty that they will have the necessary guarantees to enjoy their time off” during the holiday season, according to Rubido. Colombia, Panama, and the United States have signed international cooperation agreements that allow them to exchange information to carry out interdictions of suspicious vessels. The Soldiers and PF agents will provide security to residents in areas which have seen an increase in violence as a result of battles between drug cartels and gangs. There, organized crime groups are fighting for control of lucrative drug smuggling routes. The goal of the federal government is to “establish permanent security conditions” so residents will “have the certainty that they will have the necessary guarantees to enjoy their time off” during the holiday season, according to Rubido. They also arrested two suspects, but military authorities did not immediately disclose their names. The drugs were bound for Central America, military officials suspect. Mexican Army troops and Federal Police (PF) assumed command of public safety last week in the Pacific Coast resort city of Acapulco, according National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido. The Armed Forces of the three countries cooperated closely to make the seizures and arrests. Colombia’s Navy obtained intelligence about the suspicious vessel and alerted U.S. Armed Forces, which forwarded the information to SENAN. They also arrested two suspects, but military authorities did not immediately disclose their names. The drugs were bound for Central America, military officials suspect. President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration has bolstered security in 36 towns in the Hot Land, a region known for drug trafficking activity that encompasses parts of the states of Guerrero, Michoacán, Morelos and Mexico, Rubido said, adding the forces will be under the Defense Ministry’s command. Mexican Army troops and Federal Police (PF) assumed command of public safety last week in the Pacific Coast resort city of Acapulco, according National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido. Colombia’s National Navy, Panama’s National Aeronaval Service (SENAN) and US Military troops partnered to seize 295 kilograms of cocaine and 288 kilograms of marijuana from a vessel in the Caribbean Sea on December 7. President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration has bolstered security in 36 towns in the Hot Land, a region known for drug trafficking activity that encompasses parts of the states of Guerrero, Michoacán, Morelos and Mexico, Rubido said, adding the forces will be under the Defense Ministry’s command. Mexican troops and Federal Police bolster security in Acapulco “The goal is to restore security conditions and reestablish the rule of law and peace in all the towns of this region,” Rubido told reporters.last_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 [email protected] collabroativepracticechicago.com or (773) 456-6558. This column originaly appeared on the International Alliance of Holistic Lawyers’ Web site at www.iahl.org 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 www.fla-lap.org/qlsm. April 1, 2005 Regular Newslast_img read more

first_img continue reading » Right now, credit unions’ competitors face the same market challenges as credit unions themselves. This fact means credit unions could gain or lose some competitive advantages going forward.Some big banks and online banks are making what Neil Stanley considers a strategic move that could hurt credit unions: They are not cutting the rates on savings accounts as drastically as they have in the past. Rates change daily, so these are not long-term commitments for these banks. As a result, some big banks are paying more on savings accounts than they are on short-term certificates of deposit, he reports.“My hunch,” says Stanley, founder/CEO of The CorePoint, Omaha, Nebraska, “is that they’re thinking that online banking has surged during the crisis and in-person banking has fallen off, so they’re hoping to pick up customers from community banks and credit unions and using savings accounts to do it.”How could the current, COVID-19-impacted competitive market play out in a way that paints a brighter picture for credit unions? 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgStuff co.nz 23 August 2018Family First Comment: The Select Committee are hearing the message loud and clear – reject assisted suicide. Reject Seymour’s bill.www.Protect.org.nzA Manawatū union organiser says proposed euthanasia legislation could force older, sick or mentally ill people into feeling pressured to end their lives.Dion Martin, of Palmerston North, says the controversial End of Life Choice Bill, with its provision for “assisted dying”, is really about “dressed-up suicide”.Martin has worked as a union organiser for 29 years and has witnessed vulnerable workers being pressured into doing things they didn’t want to.“I think it can create a scenario where vulnerable people such as the elderly, the sick, those living with disability or mental health issues, yes, even young people who are currently having suicidal thoughts and feeling the anxiety of being isolated and have become very depressed – I believe they could feel coerced, under duress, feel under pressure to end their lives far, far too soon.”He said the bill “opens a Pandora’s box”.“If you normalise the so-called assisted dying, you create a whole lot of situations where it’s OK to take a life.”Martin had experience with his elderly mother who thought she was a burden on the family and felt she was better off dead.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/politics/106510733/Helpful-or-harmful-euthanasia-debate-comes-to-ManawatKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

first_imgPittsburgh Pirates’ Marlon Byrd smiles as he rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the second inning of the NL wild-card playoff baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)  by Will GravesAP Sports WriterPITTSBURGH (AP) — Andrew McCutchen was in mid-answer when teammate A.J. Burnett stuck a bottle of champagne inside the jersey of the star Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder and turned it upside down.“Feels good,” McCutchen said with a laugh as the bottle emptied, further drenching his already soaked uniform. “I could get used to this.”So could the city he plays in.After an absence of two decades, playoff baseball is back in Pittsburgh. And it’s not going anywhere for a while.The Pirates are heading to St. Louis for the NL division series after drumming the Cincinnati Reds 6-2 in the NL wild-card game on Tuesday night, nine innings of dominance that also served as a coming out party for a franchise eager to escape a generation of misery.“There are mile markers along the road to get to the place you want to get to,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “There’s nobody in there that doesn’t want to win the World Championship for the Pirates organization.”Pittsburgh is one step closer after dispatching the Reds. The NL Central champion Cardinals await. A.J. Burnett will start for the Pirates against St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright in Game 1 on Thursday.Andrew McCutchen (22) walks to the field before the National League wild-card playoff baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)“They know us, we know them,” McCutchen said. “It’s going to be a battle. We want it to be a battle.”At least the Cardinals likely won’t face Liriano until Game 3 at the earliest, though Liriano’s teammates believe his performance set the tone for what they hope is an extended October stay.The veteran left-hander showed up at the park on Tuesday in a suit with his suitcase packed. The message was simple: the season wasn’t over yet.“He had the expectancy to win,” McCutchen said. “When he showed up with his suit on, that got me hyped up.”In front of a black-clad crowd savoring its first postseason game since 1992, Russell Martin hit two home runs, Marlon Byrd also connected and McCutchen reached base four times.“We’re for real,” McCutchen said. “We’re definitely for real.”You won’t hear the Reds arguing after Liriano continued his mid-career renaissance. The left-hander scattered four hits, struck out five and walked one to win his first playoff game and serve notice the Pirates have no intention of going quietly after spending two decades at the bottom of the standings looking up.Cincinnati starter Johnny Cueto struggled in his third start since coming off the disabled list last month. Cueto gave up four runs in 3 1-3 innings and appeared rattled by a raucous ballpark that taunted him by chanting his name.“He couldn’t get the ball where he wanted,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “Usually he can throw that ball through the eye of a needle. Tonight he was up.”The 36-year-old Byrd, acquired by the Pirates in late August from the New York Mets, celebrated the first postseason at-bat of his 12-year career — 1,250 games — by sending Cueto’s fastball into the seats to give the Pirates the lead in the second inning. The shot sent another jolt through an already electric crowd, which began singing “Cue-to, Cue-to” in unison when Martin stepped in.“This is 20 years of waiting. You’re seeing it all come out in one night,” Martin said. “Hopefully we can keep this atmosphere till late October.”The catcher followed with a drive into the bleachers in left field. The Reds never recovered, ending a 90-win season with a six-game losing streak.  Three of those losses came at home against the Pirates in the final series of the season that determined the site of the win-or-die game.“It’s unfortunately been a bit like déjà vu,” first baseman Joey Votto said. “Really disappointing.”Baker backed Cueto before the game, saying his ace “thrives on this environment.” Maybe, but the right-hander never looked comfortable at a place where he has been nearly unhittable.Cueto, who came in 8-2 at the ballpark by the Allegheny River, even lost his grip on the ball while standing on the mound as the crowd serenaded him.A moment later, he lost his grip on the game.Martin’s 405-foot shot to left-center gave Pittsburgh a 2-0 lead and all the momentum Liriano would require.Signed on the cheap in the offseason after a mediocre 2012 split between the Minnesota Twins and the Chicago White Sox, Liriano has been reborn in Pittsburgh. He went 16-8 with a 3.02 ERA during the regular season, his devastating slider nearly unhittable against left-handers.The Reds proved no match. Votto went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts. Jay Bruce produced an RBI single in the fourth but Cincinnati never really threatened on a night playoff baseball officially returned to Pittsburgh.“It’s definitely a good feeling,” Martin said, “but we’ve still got work to do.”Shin-Soo Choo homered in the eighth, a drive to right field that was upheld by video review. It did little more than slightly delay a party 7,660 days in the making.Pittsburgh’s 94-win regular season reignited a relationship sullied by years of mismanagement and miserable play. When the gates opened two hours before the first pitch, fans — most of them dressed in black at the urging of McCutchen, an MVP candidate — sprinted to their seats in anticipation of the club’s first postseason game since Atlanta’s Sid Bream slid into home ahead of Barry Bonds’ throw in the bottom of the ninth in Game 7 of the 1992 National League championship series.The victory sent the Braves to the World Series and the Pirates into an abyss that took an entire generation to escape.The first step came with victory No. 82 on Sept. 9. The next came two weeks later when a win over the Chicago Cubs assured a wild-card spot. The most thrilling yet lifted the team with the 26th-highest payroll in the majors ($73.6 million) into a showdown with baseball royalty.NOTES: Martin is the first catcher to homer for three different teams in the postseason. He previously connected for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2008 and the New York Yankees in 2012 … Liriano is the first Pittsburgh left-hander to win a playoff game since John Candelaria in Game 3 of the 1979 World Series … The Reds have lost four straight playoff games and 11 of their last 13 … Pittsburgh is the first home team to win since the new wild-card format was introduced last season … The Pirates went 10-9 this year against St. Louis. … Byrd is the oldest player to homer in his first postseason at-bat, according to STATS.___Follow Will Graves at www.twitter.com/WillGravesAPlast_img read more