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Tom Hamilton Joins The Disco Biscuits For Bob Marley Cover In Philly [Video/Gallery]

first_imgLoad remaining images The Disco Biscuits wrapped up their three night run at The Fillmore Philadelphia yesterday, February 4th, playing the final night of their hometown stand for an enthusiastic crowd. The band kept the energy level high for all three nights, including a jam-packed opening night and a sit-in from the Swift Technique horns on night two.Night three was more of the same high energy performing, opening up the show with classics like “Morph Dusseldorf” -> “Saga” and “And The Ladies Were The Rest of the Night” -> “Magellan.” The band continued to play as guitarist Tom Hamilton appeared, and the whole group segued into a great cover of Bob Marley’s song “Exodus.” Hamilton would stay out for “Astronaut” as well, to close out the first set.Hamilton is no stranger to the guys from the Disco Biscuits, as he’s an active member of the super group Electron, which features Marc Brownstein and Allen Aucoin from the Biscuits as well as Mike Greenfield of Lotus. Hamilton’s band American Babies provided opening support on the night as well, getting the party started with their unique blend of jammy Americana joy.The Disco Biscuits kept the energy level high during set two, working in tracks like “Mindless Dribble,” an inverted “Crickets,” and a broken up “Basis for a Day” among the songs played. With an encore of “Hope,” the Biscuits left Philly fans satisfied after three great nights of music.Fortunately, thanks to the band, we can watch the full show video below.See the band’s setlist and a full gallery below, courtesy of Sean DiSerio.Setlist: The Disco Biscuits | The Fillmore | Philadelphia, PA | 2/4/17Set I: Morph Dusseldorf-> Spaga, And the Ladies Were the Rest of the Night-> Magellan-> Exodus (w/ Tom Hamilton’s)-> Astronaut (w/ Tom Hamilton)Set II: Mindless Dribble-> Crickets (inverted)-> Basis for a Day (ending), Spectacle, Basis for a Day-> And the Ladies Were The Rest of the NightEncore: Hopelast_img read more

EXCLUSIVE: Levitate Founder Dan Hassett Talks Good Music, Sustainability, & Community

first_imgWin A Pair Of VIP Tickets + Limited Edition Festival Poster & More!<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> This year’s Levitate Music & Arts Festival will take place on July 7th and 8th in the beautiful seaside town of Marshfield, MA, with a musically diverse lineup of nationally touring headliners, including Trey Anastasio Band, Slightly Stoopid, The Head and the Heart, Stephen Marley, Rebelution, Greensky Bluegrass, Turkuaz, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Twiddle and more. (Purchase tickets here.)Levitate is showing the festival scene the sheer power of the terms grassroots and community. The festival actively features locally grown music acts, local businesses, and breweries and is paving the way for the festival scene to be more environmentally sustainable. With simple green concepts—including no plastic bags, limited single-use plastic, reusable water and beer cups, single stream recycling, and the expansion of the Germination Station (which educates both children and adults about growing your own food, plant and soil health, etc.)—Levitate is taking the ethos of building a better, healthier, and environmentally friendlier community to the next level and proving that when a community comes together, great things can be accomplished on a global scaleWe caught up with festival founder Dan Hassett to discuss this year’s lineup, the festival’s eco-friendly measure, and how the support of the local contingent has contributed to the overall success of Levitate Music & Arts Festival. Check out what he had to say below.Live For Live Music: Levitate Music & Arts Festival began as the 10-year celebration of the surf and skate shop in Marshfield. Given its immense success in just a few short years, what deserves the credit for the major growth of the event?Dan Hassett: Quality music and keeping it local. It’s an event I can genuinely stand behind and recommend to anybody. There are good people behind the event—my wife Jess, our staff, friends, family, partners, and everybody we hire and work with, as well as the town and the Fairgrounds—are all of the same mindset of having fun with the event and keeping it simple. It’s very refreshing and the fans appreciate it.L4LM: With a grassroots festival, it seems crucial to have support from the local community. How important has that been in the success of Levitate? DH: We’ve been fortunate to be able to make the event increasingly local on the ground level as it has expanded, and we have tremendous local support. We’re bringing national headliners to our hometown, but at the same time, we’re increasingly able to use the event to prop up and support other local businesses and vendors. We have more local bands on the event this year than ever before, and we’re really excited to have our first “HomeGrown Beer Tent” this year, which will feature eight of our favorite local beers, including our friends at Cisco Brewers, and local startups Stellwagen Brewery and Untold Brewery, with more to be revealed soon.The Head and the Heart – All We Ever Knew (Live from Brick Lane, London)[Video: The Head and the Heart]L4LM: Top to bottom, this is a solid and well-rounded lineup. Anytime you can have Trey on the bill, you’re doing something right. How did it all come together for you this year, and what acts are you really stoked about? DH: Thank you, we appreciate that! Trey has been on our minds since we started the event in 2013. Once he was in, we felt great and had a blast curating the rest of the lineup. There’s not a single act that I’m not excited about on this lineup, but beyond Trey, it’s cool to have Stick Figure on board. They’re friends of ours and have done the event each year and helped it grow—and now they’re exploding nationwide, and it’s great to see.Slightly Stoopid, of course. The Head and the Heart is going to be massive. Lake Street Dive is an act I’m personally proud to have on the bill. I know for a fact that my wife and I will still be going to see them in 30 to 40 years. They’re a timeless act from our generation that has undeniable quality. Then, of course, the bands from our direct area—The Elovators, The Quins, Quadrafunk. These guys are leading the local scene, and I’m excited to see them crush it in front of thousands of fans.Trey Anastasio Band “Push On ‘Til The Day” – LOCKN’ Festival 2016[via LOCKN’ Music Festival]L4LM: Outside of the music, what are some things that should be on people’s radars at the fest this year?DH: We’re continuing to push our sustainability movement on site—no plastic bags, limited single-use plastic, reusable water and beer cups, single-stream recycling, etc. The town of Marshfield is currently in a debate about banning single-use plastic, so we’re using our event to show other businesses that this is the future, it is doable on a large scale, and if you’re standing against it, then you are on the wrong side of history.In addition, we’re excited to roll out our HomeGrown Beer area, expanded local vendors, revamped yoga area, and kids area. I can’t name all the great things on site, but I want to note that we’re greatly expanding our Germination Station, which is an area hosted by our friend Peter Scavongelli at Every Bloomin’ Thing that teaches kids and adults about plants, soil, and growing your own food. Kids get a chance to learn how to plant seeds, replant tomato plants, touch worms— he kind of stuff that kids should be doing. It’s a very simple concept that is in line with the ethos of the event and Levitate as a whole, and it’s a great opportunity to use the event as a tool to have a positive impact on future generations.Slightly Stoopid with Bob Weir & Karl Denson – “Franklin’s Tower”[Video: Slightly Stoopid]L4LM: Tell us a little about your own background and some live music experiences that got you involved in the scene.DH: My dad was always blasting the Grateful Dead, Steel Pulse, Neil Young, and endless great music from every decade. I distinctly remember waking up to all this music blasting in our family kitchen in Hanover on a regular basis or sitting in the back of his car with his music blasting on road trips. As I got older, I’ve gone through phases of listening to all kinds of music, including a lot of punk rock in my teens (which I still love).When my wife, Jess, and I started the Levitate Music & Arts Festival, I looked back at my dad’s music tastes and recognized that there was a timeless quality that served as a common denominator across all his music, regardless of genre. Now, I look for acts that have this same timeless quality, regardless of their popularity. I believe that bands with that quality will be successful and provide a great show for the fans, and I truly believe that within our lineups each year are the future Neil Youngs and Jerry Garcias.L4LM: Thanks so much for taking the time to chat, Dan. Best of luck at this year’s festival, and keep doing what you’re doing!Tickets for Levitate Music & Arts Festival are currently on-sale and can be purchased here. For event updates and additional information, join the Facebook Event page. For those interested in camping options, here is more info.last_img read more

Lettuce Teases Studio Documentary About The Making Of Their New Album [Watch]

first_imgLettuce has been hard at work on a new album. While they released their live Miles Davis tribute album Witches Stew in 2017 and their Mt. Crushmore EP in 2016, the new project will mark their first full-length studio LP since 2015’s Crush. While details on the new Lettuce album have been sparse, a brief video shared by the band on Wednesday seems to indicate that the new project is beginning to come to fruition.The new clip appears to be the first episode in a new video series about the album’s creation dubbed The Krewe: A Lettuce Documentary Series, produced by Coastless Media. In it, the band and the album’s producer, multiple Grammy-winner Russ Elevado (D’Angelo, The Roots, Erykah Badu, Common, Bilal), talk about how they linked up to work on the new release.As Elevado notes, “I’ve always been a fan, so when they contacted me, I was like, ‘It’s a no-brainer.’” Drummer Adam Deitch adds, “We were discussing it for months, like, ‘Is Russ in? Is Russ in?’” before the clip cuts back to Elevado, who says, smiling, “Hey, you guys, I could kill this.”The video goes on to show snippets of the band tracking their respective parts in the studio with Elevado. It also gives some insight into the range of emotions to come in the documentary series, from a teary-eyed Jesus Coomes to a laughing, dancing Eric “Benny” Bloom.In their social media posts sharing the first installment of this new docuseries, the band reveals that more new content is coming on Friday. While you look forward to that, watch the first clip below:The Krewe: A Lettuce Documentary Series – Teaser[Video: Lettuce]This is not the first time Lettuce has chronicled the creation of a new album with a documentary. 2016’s Let Us Play similarly took a look inside the making of Crush in addition to pulling back the curtain on the band’s origins.The band also shared a new snippet to their social media on Thursday pointing at a big announcement coming tomorrow. In the animated clip, an image takes shape with two words above it—Lettuce, Elevate—hinting at the title for the forthcoming album. Up next for Lettuce is the band’s 4/20 blowout at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY featuring jazz fusion guitar legend and frequent collaborator John Scofield. For a full list of upcoming Lettuce tour dates, head to the band’s website here.last_img read more

Harvard admissions trial begins today

first_img They file myriad briefs supporting University’s case; Justice Department backs plaintiff Related Students, alumni, higher ed leaders, and others join amicus briefs supporting race-conscious policies As Harvard prepares to defend its admissions policies in U.S. District Court in Boston today (Oct. 15), the University’s new president delivered an unambiguous message on Oct. 10: “The College’s admissions process does not discriminate against anybody.”Larry Bacow, who was inaugurated last week as Harvard’s 29th leader, sent a letter to the Harvard community outlining the University’s unwavering commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive campus. The College’s use of race as one factor among many in its whole-person admissions review is central to that mission, wrote Bacow, and to Harvard’s goal of creating a campus filled with scholars who learn from each other and from the differences they bring with them.“I want all of you to know that each Harvard College student is admitted affirmatively. Each student brings something special to our community and contributes to our rich learning environment in a way that is unique. Harvard would be a dull place — and not likely achieve the educational aspirations we have for our students — if we shared the same backgrounds, interests, experiences, and expectations for ourselves.”Bacow said he was confident the facts would prove Harvard does not discriminate and noted that the U.S. Supreme Court has “has twice ruled on this issue and has held up our admissions process as an exemplar of how, in seeking to achieve a diverse student body, race may enter the process as one factor among many in consideration.”Bacow’s comments came just before trial in a case challenging how Harvard College selects students for its first-year class. The trial is the latest chapter in a lawsuit filed in 2014 by Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA), an organization founded by anti-race-conscious admissions activist Edward Blum, who has filed a range of suits in recent years targeting civil rights protections. This case centers on whether Harvard’s admissions policies inappropriately disadvantage Asian American applicants.Harvard has denied the allegations, noting in legal briefs, statements, and letters released by the University and by administration officials that it considers race as only one among many factors in deciding which highly qualified candidates to admit each year, a practice supported by repeated rulings from the nation’s highest court.Four decades of Supreme Court rulingsIn 1978, the Supreme Court, in Regents of the University of California v. Bakke, upheld considering race in admissions. In his opinion, Associate Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr. cited Harvard’s admissions program as a model.“In recent years, Harvard College has expanded the concept of diversity to include students from disadvantaged economic, racial, and ethnic groups,” Powell wrote. “Contemporary conditions in the United States mean that, if Harvard College is to continue to offer a first-rate education to its students, minority representation in the undergraduate body cannot be ignored.”The court reaffirmed that decision in 2003 in a case involving the University of Michigan Law School and again in 2016 in Fisher v. the University of Texas at Austin, another case led by Edward Blum. Writing for the majority, Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy noted then that “the Equal Protection Clause does not force universities to choose between a diverse student body and a reputation for academic excellence.”“As this court has said, enrolling a diverse student body ‘promotes cross-racial understanding, helps to break down racial stereotypes, and enables students to better understand persons of different races,’” Kennedy wrote, quoting a decision in an earlier case. “Equally important, ‘Student body diversity promotes learning outcomes, and better prepares students for an increasingly diverse workforce and society.’” Throughout this period, Harvard has used a narrowly tailored process designed to create the educational benefits associated with a diverse campus community.“Harvard will continue to vigorously defend its right, and that of all colleges and universities, to consider race as one factor among many in college admissions, which has been upheld by the Supreme Court for more than 40 years,” said a statement posted on the University’s admissions website in July. “Harvard is deeply committed to bringing together a diverse campus community where students from all walks of life have the opportunity to learn with and from each other.”The suit could produce a range of opinions, Bacow acknowledged in his letter Wednesday, and it could “create divisions on our campus and in our broader alumni community.” But he reminded his readers that respectful discourse and understanding are vital to the notion of a tolerant Harvard community that welcomes myriad viewpoints and perspectives.“Reasonable people may have different views, and I respect the diversity of opinion that this case may generate. I would hope all of us recognize, however, that we are members of one community — and will continue to be so long after this trial is in the rearview mirror. What kind of community we will be, however, will be determined by how we treat each other over the next few weeks.“As I said in my inaugural address, we must be quick to understand and slow to judge. I hope we will approach one another with mutual respect and consider all points of view, not just during the trial but also beyond it.”In the lead-up to the trial, amicus briefs backing Harvard’s admission’s policies have been signed by hundreds of supporters, including students, student and alumni groups, national organizations, peer institutions, and authorities on economics, law, education, and the social sciences. Many briefs came in response to a legal filing by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Justice Department that endorsed SFFA’s position. Three conservative organizations dedicated to ending race-conscious admissions filed amicus briefs in support of SFFA in August, joining several others that filed over the summer.Harvard on allegations: Misguided or incorrectHarvard officials say that many of SFFA’s accusations are either misguided or simply incorrect.Harvard College receives more than 40,000 applications each year for fewer than 2,000 openings. The majority of applicants are academically qualified. In a recent admissions cycle, for instance, more than 8,000 domestic applicants had perfect GPAs; more than 3,400 applicants had perfect SAT math scores; and more than 2,700 applicants had perfect SAT verbal scores. As a result, officials argue that the College must consider more than grades and test scores to decide which academically qualified students to admit.Within that context, Harvard’s defenders note that the percentage of Asian Americans in the College’s admitted classes has grown by 27 percent since 2010, and Asian Americans constitute nearly 23 percent of the 2022 admitted class.A detailed review of Harvard’s admissions data by University of California at Berkeley Professor of Economics David Card comprehensively analyzed the admissions database and concluded there was no statistical evidence of discrimination against Asian Americans.Blum and other conservative activists have argued that Harvard could use other methods of achieving a diverse campus that don’t rely on using race as one factor in admissions. But after studying more than a dozen race-neutral alternatives, a Harvard committee found that none of these practices “could promote Harvard’s diversity-related educational objectives as well as Harvard’s … admissions program while also maintaining the standards of excellence that Harvard seeks in its student body.”The upcoming trialWhile both sides traded briefs asking the court to issue summary judgment — which, if granted in either side’s favor, would eliminate the need for a trial — Judge Allison D. Burroughs determined late last month that the case would be heard in a courtroom.“In sum, whether SFFA may prove its intentional discrimination claim requires a close review of the conflicting expert testimony, the available documents, and the testimony of the Admissions Office employees in the context of a trial,” Burroughs wrote in a letter to the court.Although Harvard had cited SFFA for lack of evidence and for “invective, mischaracterizations, and in some cases outright misrepresentations” as reasons for a summary judgment in its favor, Harvard also stated it welcomes the opportunity to be heard in the courtroom.“From the start, Harvard has agreed with the view expressed today by the Court, that this case can be — and should be — resolved at trial. Thorough and comprehensive analysis of the evidence makes clear that Harvard College does not discriminate against applicants from any group, including Asian Americans, whose share of the admitted class has grown significantly by 27 percent since 2010. We look forward to making our case at trial,” read a Harvard statement in September.Harvard officials also have said they look forward to making their case.“I have been a Harvard student, a faculty member, an Overseer, a Corporation member, and now trial counsel in the admissions case — in every capacity I benefited from and have been impressed by Harvard’s commitment to embrace diversity, work to improve at it, and to assess every aspect of the thousands of impressive applicants who seek admission every year. I look forward to helping convey to the Court the care and thoroughness that Harvard brings to this critical aspect of its mission,” said William F. Lee ’72, Harvard’s lead trial lawyer.According to the lists of witnesses filed with the court, several Harvard administrators will be called to testify, including former Harvard President Drew Faust, Danoff Dean of Harvard College Rakesh Khurana, and Dean of Admissions William Fitzsimmons. Neither SFFA’s founder, Edward Blum, nor any students are expected to testify on behalf of SFFA. That organization filed multiple briefs to prevent Harvard students from testifying at trial. But on Oct. 10, Burroughs ruled that eight former and current students who support Harvard’s position would be allowed to give testimony, as well as opening and closing statements.Many analysts consider the case an attack on diversity more broadly, one that could transform higher education by effectively overhauling admissions processes at colleges and universities nationwide. Others think the case could land in the Supreme Court in coming years.The trial will take place at the John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse in Boston and is expected to last three weeks. Students, alumni offer perspectives on importance of diversity Hundreds of experts, scholars back Harvard in admissions suit Harvard files motion backing student testimony at trial Standing with Harvard in admissions caselast_img read more

April 15, 2002 Notices

first_img April 15, 2002 Regular News April 15, 2002 Notices Court sets oral argument The Florida Supreme Court has set oral argument in Re: Report and Recommendations of the Judicial Management Council of Florida on Privacy and Electronic Access to Court Records, case no. SC02-659 for June 5, beginning at 9 a.m. A maximum of 20 minutes to each side has been allotted for the argument. Spittler petitions for Bar reinstatement Pursuant to Bar Rule 3-7.10, John Joseph Spittler has petitioned the Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement.Spittler was suspended for nine months pursuant to a court order dated May 17, 2001, as a result of his misconduct in the filing of improper bankruptcy schedules and transfer of property.Any persons having knowledge bearing upon Spittler’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law may contact Carlos A. Leon, Bar Counsel, The Florida Bar, Suite M-100, 444 Brickell Avenue, Miami 33131, telephone (305) 377-4445. Board makes appointments Two lawyers have been re-appointed to the Florida Bar Foundation Board of Directors by the Bar Board of Governors, and another has been named to the Supreme Court’s Bar Admissions Committee.The board at its March meeting reappointed Daryl D. Parks of Tallahassee and Lawrence J. Phalin of Orlando to three-year terms on the Foundation board. Jerry M. Gewirtz of Tampa was chosen for a two-year term on the admissions committee. Health Law Section nominates officers The Health Law Section’s Nominating Committee has nominated Christine C. Whitney of Jacksonville for the position of chair-elect for 2002-03.The committee has also nominated James M. “Chet” Barclay of Tallahassee for treasurer and Allen R. Grossman of Tallahassee for secretary for 2002-03.With regard to the four executive council seats, with terms expiring June 30, 2005, the committee nominates Monica Lee Felder, Boca Raton; George F. Indest III, Altamonte Springs; Gregory Allen Chaires, Winter Park; and James Andrew Farrell, West Palm Beach.The Health Law Section will meet to elect its 2002-03 officers and executive council members with terms expiring in 2005 on June 20 from 3 to 6 p.m. during The Florida Bar’s Annual Meeting at the Boca Raton Resort and Club. All members of the Health Law Section are encouraged to attend this meeting.Section 7.4 of the Health Law Section bylaws allows for other nominations to be made by petition of at least 15 voting members of the section. The petition must be filed with the chair no later than 30 days prior to the date of the annual meeting. Ethics Symposium set for April at UM The ABA Criminal Justice Florida White Collar Crime Committee and the University of Miami School of Law Center for Ethics and Public Service will present the First Annual Criminal Justice Ethics Symposium April 26 at the University of Miami’s Storer Auditorium.The full day, panel format program brings together judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys to address the issues confronting the criminal bar, including the following panels: • Conflicts in Representation: Ethics at the Starting Gate. • Pre-Indictment/Information: Sleazy versus Zealous Advocacy? • Ethics on Trial: Where is the Line? • Attorneys’ Fees: Getting Paid and Keeping Your Ticket. • Ethics: View From the Bench (Panel composed of state and federal judges).The cost is $125 for private practitioners who sign up prior to April 5, $150 thereafter, and $75 for government attorneys and judges prior to April 5, $90 thereafter. Tuition includes breakfast, lunch, breaks, parking, and materials.The special guest speaker is Monroe H. Freedman of Hofstra University Law School.For details, call (305) 284-6276. FALSS Annual Meeting set for April The Florida Association of Legal Support Specialists will hold its Fourth Annual Meeting and Educational Conference, jointly hosted by the Marion County Legal Support Association and the Tallahassee Association of Legal Support Specialists, at the Hilton Hotel in Ocala April 26-28.A professional development seminar is being offered, as well as one board certification workshop for the civil trial section, and two education seminars — one on the legal professional’s role in criminal proceedings, presented by Paul J. Guilfoil, and the other on the utilization of court reporters, to be presented by Kelly Owen McCall and Shelly Owen Heatherdale.The newly elected officers of FALSS for 2002-03 will be installed at a ceremony on April 27. The incoming membership meeting will also be held April 27.For more information contact Jennifer Volkmar, registration chair, at (352) 732-8121. For more information about FALSS visit www.falss.org.last_img read more

Board to take up technology and practice issues

first_imgBoard to take up technology and practice issues August 1, 2002 Regular News Board to take up technology and practice issuescenter_img Final reports and recommendations in two areas that symbolize the changing legal world — both technological and daily practice — are scheduled for the Bar Board of Governors meeting August 16 in Sarasota.The Technology Task Force is set to make a final presentation, with budget figures, for the proposed new Bar World Wide Web portal. The portal, free to Bar members, will offer e-mail service, free online legal research services, and other benefits for Florida’s lawyers.And the Unbundled Legal Services Special Committee II is scheduled to make its recommendations on the Supreme Court mandate to develop a rule that will allow lawyers to provide unbundled legal services in family law matters.The cost for the web portal, tentatively called MyFloridaBar, is $150,000 for the 2002-03 budget year and $95,000 for the following year. The plans call for each user to be able to customize the service to receive, for example, law updates and CLE notices for his or her practice area.Other projected services include access to online discussion groups on various legal issues, user ability to link to news services and market reports, online access to SEC and other government reports and documents, online access to legal forms, and a user-selected set of links.The board gave tentative approval to the proposal at its May meeting, subject to final budget figures and nailing down details for the program. If approved, it could be offered to Bar members this fall.The program is similar to one set up by the State Bar of Texas, which has signed up almost half of that bar’s membership. A Texas lawyer who helped created that system, Craig Ball, has been hired as an advisor for The Florida Bar’s effort.The unbundled committee was appointed last April by immediate past Bar President Terry Russell, following up on a Supreme Court request that the Bar draw up a rule addressing unbundled services in the family law area. The court specifically asked that the rules address in-court representation by lawyers in family law matters.The court said it has not prejudged whether such a rule is needed or desirable, but wants a proposal before it addresses the issue.Unbundled services are defined as allowing a lawyer to perform a discrete service for a client without undertaking a complete representation. For example, a pro se litigant might engage the lawyer to only make the court appearances in a case, or just do legal research or document drafting.The issue has been getting increasing attention as more and more Floridians, particularly in family law cases, represent themselves in court. In many areas of the state, most dissolution cases have at least one party acting pro se.The special committee was finishing its report as this News went to press.On other matters, the board will hear from a special committee appointed to recommend the Bar’s response three plans submitted to the Supreme Court on how government lawyers can perform pro bono services.And the board will get an update on President Tod Aronovitz’s Dignity in Law program.In addition, the board will nominate nine lawyers for three upcoming vacancies for five-year terms on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners.last_img read more

Breaking records and license plates: Bill Clark sets a new Guinness World Record

first_imgThe event was hosted by the Rumble Ponies at NYSEG Stadium. It raised money for frontline workers and all sales went to Make A Wish. “A lot of hand strength, I work on my hands a lot. Forearms, They have to be able to endure that pressure.” “The truth is when Guinness contacted me I really didn’t want to do it. But with the charities and everything else I decided it would be a good thing to do,” said Clark. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Binghamton’s champion powerlifter Bill Clark beat his own Guinness World Record Thursday night, ripping 29 license plates in under sixty seconds. Clark previously set the record in 2018, tearing 23 license plates in half. When asked to make an attempt again, Clark says he wasn’t sold. Clark said he trains twice a day, but training for this became more specialized. “Fills my heart with a little love to be able to give back to the community,” said Clark. “This is where I grew up. So to be able to give back to it and to provide some entertainment for people and give them a night out, it’s an honor to be able to do so.” Clark’s goal was to rip thirty license plates in half. He said he wasn’t satisfied with his final number but he was satisfied with the event and the support he received from the community. “I’m so honored to be surrounded by such incredible people. To do something for Make-A-Wish, anytime you can help people out,” said Clark. “When you’re able to get to the top of the mountain in your field it’s your responsibility to reach down and help people out.”last_img read more

Profession united: National booking portal is a bad idea

first_img“The fact is that a large part of the capacity in households is placed on the market through foreign online tourist platforms. This entails an outflow of significant funds through high commissions abroad, and at the same time the complete amounts of paid arrangements are “fertilized” on foreign accounts until the moment of payment for accommodation. Although there is currently no additional information about the implementation itself, one thing is certain: The profession agrees that the “state booking portal” in this form is at least a bad idea. It is superfluous to talk about the 5% commission because if it were profitable to work with 5% many would start with such a business model however the cost of marketing and the army of people that such a project requires requires that the commission must be higher. It is known who will cover this difference in our case. The news of the day, which raised a lot of media dust and all-day discussions within the profession, is the announcement of the HDZ’s pre-election program, how it will establish “web booking portal for private accommodation with a commission of up to five percent ””Or National booking portal. Instead of dealing with such things, the state should work on opening access to aggregated tourism data in order to encourage the development of digital tools that would certainly result in raising the competitiveness of domestic tourism. ” pointed out Marko Mišulić from the company Rentlio. “The idea is exactly as it can be expected from domestic politics in the pre-election period. However, this one stands out due to its market unfoundedness, questionable quality of performance and departure from reality. This really makes it special, because standing out in the points of election programs is not at all easy. Let’s learn that lesson every four years. Photo: Pixabay.com The logic of the landlord is that everyone will be happy to advertise on a page that takes less, ie that they have more left (and this logic provides HDZ with a certain number of votes in the election) but the problem is that this commission is 5% of very little potential (the landlord will watch through the prism of its year-round turnover). If the state would persuade renters to go with more favorable prices on such a portal (which would make them less money) then we come to the logic that if it is a comparative advantage of the national portal that the guest who is attractive will find the contact of the owner and directly book and without those 5% charged by the state. In this way, the state helps renters with logistics, and also, these large portals then have lower logistics costs, which can lead to lower commissions. I am not familiar with the details, but the Netherlands has a digitized offer of accommodation and then that offer can be sold through some “state” platform, but that platform is a by-product. The point is to promote the current offer according to commercial channels and platforms. / / / / / / The national tourist organization with the same zeal should represent, for example, national parks and “Rimac automobile”, a small shipbuilding industry that primarily produces leisure boats, the Kornati regatta gajeta and a sophisticated “Croatian tern” on the way around the world. It is best when everyone does their job and when we are all connected to an excellent system of promotion of our country “, says Nedo Pinezić. Costs? To have an operational booking portal you must have customer support 24/7. We are talking about three-shift work here !!! Departments for collections, disbursements, complaints, etc. financial processes should be established. Then the department of people for onboarding and updating ads, then the technical service that after creating such a site and linking it to ALL the most important systems so that the renter can automate work processes (prices, availability, etc.) must be active in maintaining such a site. The state as such must encourage the digital transformation of tourism In any case, the topic that opened Pandora’s box, but which certainly requires a broader expert discussion, regardless of the current political framework. Personally, I see in this project a relatively simple job to do (web portal for booking) but the realization of the project to be somewhat competitive will require hiring a lot of people (probably politically eligible) and a lot of investment in marketing that can not be covered from 5%. In fact, that 5% cannot cover either part of the salaries needed or marketing, and the potential that Google gives also melts those 5% that it cannot be used either. Nedo Pinezić, family accommodation advisor from Dantes Conferences: The National Tourism Organization cannot be a commercial agency, in fact it should be a systematic support to the Croatian tourism industry and a promoter of the overall offer of Croatia Everyone agrees that the idea of ​​a web booking portal for private accommodation with a commission of up to five percent is a bad idea. But let’s go in order…. The Croatian National Tourist Board, as a national promotional organization, can and should have already supported Croatian sales channels through an active platform of travel advisors to and from Croatia. The National Tourist Organization cannot be a commercial agency, on the contrary, it should be a systematic support to the Croatian tourist economy and a promoter of the overall offer of Croatia. It is not just accommodation but a whole range of recognizable Croatian products, cultural and natural attractions, traditional hereditary and innovative endeavors. For example, the world’s two largest online booking platforms spent over $ 2018 billion in 10 on Google advertising alone. How the state booking portal plans to generate demand to compete with global platforms and offer it all for a much lower price of the service than the market is difficult for me to assess. But what is not difficult to assess is the final outcome of such ideas. We have German partners who distribute 20.000 accommodation units through their system to about 20 portals and in that case the renters pay a commission of 10-12%, and at the same time, they do not depend only on one big player, but open sales channels to global players, regional portals and even portals and promotional channels of tourist boards.center_img But before the deeper and wider analysis that will be in the coming months on the establishment of a “state” booking portal, I asked the opinion of tourism experts; Marko Mišulić from the company Rentlio, Ned Pinezic from the company Dantes counseling , Ivan Ilijašić from the company Orioles te Nina Dubretić from the company Direct Booker. It is best when everyone is doing their job and when we are all tied to one great promotion system of our country The state must encourage the development of digital tools that would certainly result in raising the competitiveness of domestic tourism In my opinion, the direction in which the state should go is the digitalization of the offer, not only of accommodation, but of any content. The state, with the best of intentions, cannot compete in the market with a platform like this in the announcement. What the state can do is group the offer, verify the quality of the same and then, and promote this data through the central system to portals such as booking.com. “The state as such must encourage the digital transformation of tourism. In this way we can get guests who will find it easier to book accommodation, book at any time of the year, get to the destination and more easily experience what makes the destination. But the state cannot pretend to be a platform that has decades of experience behind it, tens of thousands of employees who understand how digital tourism works and then despite all that, want to charge 5%. Recently, the French government announced the establishment of a platform that will compete with Booking, AirBnBu and so that renters would not pay a 15-25% commission on large platforms. But that raises a lot of questions. How will this platform be promoted? How will guests get to that platform, who will manage that platform? And how will that 5% cover all of the above costs? Namely, the price of the apartment offered on such a state portal (so that the renter has more left) is the same price as on booking, Airbnb, etc. Why would Hans from Hamburg, who travels all over the world via booking or AirBnb, use a new one when he travels to Croatia? a booking channel that offers the same price (probably more expensive because as a regular passenger it is very likely that there are already frequent traveler benefits on these etc. channels)? Marko Mišulić, Rentlio: Instead of dealing with such things, the state should work on opening access to aggregated tourist data Creating a booking portal is not an overly difficult thing. Even filling that portal with accommodation offers is not too much of a challenge. What is difficult is to generate and keep the demand on the booking portal, that is, to bring a potential guest to your booking portal in order to make a reservation there. In addition, this guest should be offered a flawless user experience from a technological perspective, strength, warranty and global brand recognition, etc. “The state will launch its own website for booking private accommodation with a commission of 5% to compete with booking.com, airbnb, etc. without taking into account travel agencies that manage private accommodation make up to 30% of direct reservations (and this is a trend in the world in general, especially since Google opened its doors) and the state with this project is in direct competition with such agencies. Why would Hans from Hamburg, who travels all over the world via booking or AirBnb when he travels to Croatia, use a new booking channel that offers the same price So the state needs to help with logistics and see how to help its tourism be more agile and accessible. In my opinion, everything else is a waste of time, money, but also the nerves of the tourism sector, which currently needs realistic and feasible solutions. ” points out Ivan Ilijašić from the company Orioly. All this together makes a huge army of people needed for the functioning of such a project which, in addition to not being more favorable to the guest, needs a HUGE marketing budget in order for the market to receive information that such a portal exists. And when we spend that budget, we will bring it to a page that offers the same or more expensive prices than the pages through which the guest learned to travel and which (realistically) keep the “back” of the owner of the facility in case of refunds and similar situations. Hm. I doubt I would book here. The only way for this project to be profitable is to create a website and one day wake up the world with the ingrained habit of traveling to the state of Croatia through the CNTB website. Everything else is an expensive utopia that will unfortunately be paid for by taxpayers. ” points out Nino Dubretić, from Direct Booker. Nino Dubretić, Direct Booker: The idea of ​​a state web portal for booking private accommodation in my opinion has a lot of questionnaires, and the biggest is the financial viability of the project and who will cover the costs Although the whole story and debate, in my opinion, went in the wrong direction, more political or electoral sphere, which is logical because it is presented as a lump sum through the election program, I personally look at the idea outside the political context and I think it should open an expert debate. and define some frameworks, opinions, solutions, and ultimately the conclusion of the profession. Of course, to release such information without any explanation and discussion within the profession is bad in every respect and ultimately frivolous, and only further creates a rift between the public and private sectors. Instead of collaboration, communication and synergy, we have just the opposite. But tango requires two, and the public sector certainly has the biggest ground here. Ivan Ilijašić, Orioly: The direction in which the state should go is the digitalization of the offer, not only accommodation, but any content Not to be overlooked is the fact that these OTA platforms do not generate demand but follow it, which means that they do not enter the promotion of Croatia but, in fact, capitalize on the promotional value in which the efforts and money of Croatian taxpayers are invested. last_img read more

From sweeping to digging, Indonesia gets creative in handling violators of COVID-19 protocols

first_imgAs the COVID-19 pandemic continues to claim more lives across the country, many provinces have issued stringent health regulations and imposed hefty penalties on violators to ensure public compliance with existing coronavirus protocols.However, a number of regions have gone the extra mile and devised all-new sanctions for those who fail to abide by health protocols, such as various forms of community service and other unusual tasks.The Jakarta Post has compiled a list of rather unorthodox penalties imposed by several regional administrations across the archipelago to ensure public compliance with COVID-19 protocols as of the time of writing. Lhokseumawe Police head Adj. Sr. Comr. Eko Hartanto said about 100 locals had been instructed to pull weeds around the public park after they were caught without a mask.“After they pulled weeds, we gave them free masks. We keep a record of their identities to prevent them from repeating the offense,” Eko said on Monday as quoted by kompas.com.The sanction, he said, was stipulated in Lhokseumawe Mayoral Regulation No. 24/2020.As per the regulation, residents who are repeatedly found without a mask will be denied administrative services.As of Wednesday, Aceh has recorded 3,127 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 115 deaths.Under the scorching sunThe South Tangerang administration in Banten has taken a no-nonsense approach against health protocol violators.According to its latest policy, residents found not wearing a mask are subject to sanctions that test their physical endurance, exposing them to the scorching hot sun and doing an 800-meter sprint.Around 30 residents were caught without masks during a local Satpol PP inspection in Nusa Loka, Serpong, on Wednesday.South Tangerang Satpol PP investigation and enforcement head Muksin Al Fachry said some people who had masks did not wear them properly.“Some ‘sunbathed’ for 30 minutes, while others were told to sprint 200 meters four times and do 10 push-ups,” Muksin said, adding that he expected such sanctions to bring a deterrent effect against violators.South Tangerang Deputy Mayor Benyamin Davnie previously said the administration had recorded a decrease in public adherence to health protocols in recent weeks.As of Wednesday, Banten has recorded 3,774 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 119 deaths.Clean up, clean upSeveral motorists in Duren Sawit, East Jakarta found themselves caring more for the surrounding environment than they may usually do as they were told to sweep the ground after they were found to have violated the mask-wearing protocol by local authorities.Dimas Adikumara, a 29-year-old resident of Bekasi, West Java, was among those who were penalized during a traffic inspection in Duren Sawit on Wednesday.He chose to sweep the grounds along the Kalimalang riverbank for an hour rather than pay a Rp 250,000 (US$16.69) fine for improperly wearing a mask.Jakarta Police traffic division deputy director Adj. Sr. Comr. Hari Purnomo said some mask-wearing motorists had failed to comply with Article 4 of Gubernatorial Regulation No. 79/2020, which stipulates that a mask must cover one’s nose, mouth and chin.As of Wednesday, Jakarta has recorded 57,469 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 1,481 deaths.Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) officers handle COVID-19 protocols violators by telling them to clean a river during a raid in Banjarsari, Surakarta, Central Java on Sept. 16. (Antara/Mohammad Ayudha)Sitting in a hearse alongside casketThe Probolinggo COVID-19 task force in East Java has ordered dozens of people at Maron Market to get into a hearse containing a casket used for transporting COVID-19 patients’ bodies after they were caught not wearing a mask.Some 50 sellers and customers took turns to stay in the ambulance for several minutes on Sept. 8 as a social punishment.”We punished 50 sellers and customers at Maron Market by making them stay in a hearse,” said the task force’s security and law enforcement coordinator, Ugas Irwanto.Prior to entering the hearse, the task force gave the violators face masks.Inside the hearse, Ugas added, violators were asked to reflect on their actions. The task force also reminded them how the COVID-19 pandemic had taken a lot of lives.As of Wednesday, East Java has recorded 39,181 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 2,867 deaths.Grave-diggingEight people in Gresik regency, East Java, were ordered by local authorities to dig graves for those who have died of COVID-19 as punishment for not wearing face masks in public on Sept. 10.Cerme district head Suyono said residents who did not wear face masks were punished with the task of digging graves at a public cemetery in Ngabetan village.“There are only three available gravediggers at the moment, so I thought I might as well put these people to work with them,” Suyono told tribunnews.com.To assist the gravediggers, Suyono assigned two people to each grave. One was tasked with digging the grave, while the other laid wooden boards inside the hole to support the corpse.“Hopefully this can create a deterrent effect against violations,” Suyono said.Based on the Regent Law No. 22/2020, residents who violate the protocols are subject to fines or community service as punishment. (rfa)Topics : Keeping the park tidyLocal residents in Lhokseumawe, Aceh, who violate COVID-19 health protocols are ordered to clean a city park by pulling the weeds by local authorities on Sept. 14. (Kompas.com/Masriadi)Residents of Lhokseumawe, Aceh, who do not wear a face mask in public could find themselves cleaning up a local park by pulling weeds as a form of administrative sanction.A joint team of the Lhokseumawe Public Order Agency (Satpol PP), National Police and Indonesian Military (TNI) carry out inspections around Taman Hidayah near Simpang Empat on Monday to ensure compliance with the administration’s mask-wearing rule.last_img read more

Hector Bellerin should start against Manchester United, says Charlie Nicholas

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterMonday 30 Sep 2019 9:00 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link486Shares Hector Bellerin made his first team return last week (Picture: Getty)Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas says Hector Bellerin should start for the Gunners in tonight’s clash against Manchester United.Unai Emery’s men travel to the north-west looking for their first league win at Old Trafford since 2006.The Spaniard has Bellerin and Kieran Tierney to call on for the first time this season as the pair have recovered from long-term injuries.Bellerin has been out since January following an ACL injury sustained against Chelsea last season and he made his return as a late substitute in Arsenal’s win against Nottingham Forest last week.ADVERTISEMENT Bellerin is available again (Picture: Getty)The full-back has made two appearances for the club’s U23s but he’s yet to start for the first team this season.AdvertisementAdvertisementNevertheless, Nicholas believes Arsenal’s defensive record this season leaves Emery with little choice but to throw Bellerin in at the deep end at the Theatre of Dreams.‘Hector Bellerin played a little bit against Nottingham Forest,’ Nicholas wrote on his SkySports blog.‘Ainsley Maitland-Niles is suspended and though Unai Emery has been cautious about him, I think Bellerin should play.‘Kieran Tierney should be in, but Rob Holding will miss out I think. Arsenal will play two protectors – to my amazement, Granit Xhaka will still be in, but I would go with Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi.‘I would be happy with Dani Ceballos and then Bukayo Saka, Nicolas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. It is that easy and simple for Arsenal.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsUnited sit just three points above the relegation zone and need a win after last weekend’s 2-0 defeat to West Ham in east London.But Nicholas believes his former side can heap more misery on Solskjaer by showing their clinical side in attack.‘Aubameyang and Pepe had chances against Liverpool at Anfield and if they get these chances against Man United I think they will take them,’ said Nicholas.‘It will make life easier for Arsenal’s defence with Man United’s depleted frontline’.MORE: Jurgen Klopp rates Liverpool’s chances of breaking Manchester City record Advertisement Hector Bellerin should start against Manchester United, says Charlie Nicholaslast_img read more