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

Vaccine may permit shorter antibiotic course for anthrax

first_img “These data,” the report says, “provide evidence that postexposure vaccination can shorten the duration of antibiotic prophylaxis to protect against inhalation anthrax and may impact public health management of a bioterrorism event.” May 9, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Combining vaccination with 14 days of antibiotic therapy after exposure to airborne anthrax may be an alternative to the current recommendation of 60 days of antibiotics alone, according to an animal study reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. All the animals were exposed to Bacillus anthracis spores by aerosol. Beginning 1 to 2 hours after exposure, 10 macaques received 14 days of ciprofloxacin treatment twice daily. Another group of 10 received the same antibiotic regimen plus three doses of anthrax vaccine adsorbed (AVA), the only vaccine licensed for humans. Four macaques received no therapy. Among the vaccine-plus-ciprofloxacin group, all animals survived until the study’s conclusion at 150 days—a statistically significant increase in survival compared with the antibiotic-only group (P = .011). All 4 control animals died 4 to 5 days after exposure, but all 20 treated animals survived during the treatment window. Once the antibiotic therapy was discontinued, however, only 4 of 9 ciprofloxacin-only macaques (44%) survived (with the 10th dying of undetermined causes and therefore excluded from the study). The other five died 19 to 24 days postexposure. In an addendum, the authors note that the surviving ciprofloxacin-only macaques survived a repeat aerosol challenge 8 to 11 months after the antibiotic was discontinued, suggesting that they had developed an immune response to anthrax. In a May 1 Reuters news article, senior author Arthur Friedlander, MD, was quoted as saying that this antibody response may help determine when antibiotics can safely be discontinued.center_img See also: Vietri NJ, Purcell BK, Lawler JV, et al. Short-course postexposure antibiotic prophylaxis combined with vaccination protects against experimental inhalataional anthrax. Proc Nat Acad Sci 2006 (early online publication May 3) [Abstract] The study, by researchers at the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Bayer Pharmaceutical Corp., involved 24 adult rhesus macaques. Rhesus macaques have shown a response to inhalational anthrax most closely mimicking that of humans, according to the report. CIDRAP information on postexposure prophylaxis for anthraxlast_img read more

Redknapp hails QPR fighting spirit

first_img Press Association “It was hard, it was difficult then,” Redknapp said. “This is a new lot of lads now and they’re good lads. Niko Kranjcar hasn’t been in the side the last few weeks but has trained like a demon, working hard, practising, wanting to get back in the team. “Rio (Ferdinand), when he didn’t play on Saturday, was stood alongside me in the dugout, shouting and as involved as much as I was with the game. He wants us to win. “That’s what you need. You don’t want someone with a face like thunder.” Redknapp added: “Your whole group around you is the most important thing. “If you walk in and see one or two s****, you’re watching them, watching who they talk to and what they are doing. “They suck as much energy out of you as anything. You need a good group of lads who come out and want to train hard.” QPR travel to Liberty Stadium looking to climb out of the bottom three for the first time since September. The fixture marks the beginning of a busy period that sees Rangers play seven games in four and a half weeks. Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal and Southampton’s Ronald Koeman have both questioned the sense in the packed festive calendar but Redknapp disagrees. “It’s hard, on Boxing Day everyone wants to go to the football,” Redknapp said. “They’re the biggest crowds in the country for football, racing, all sports. “People have had enough of sitting indoors on Christmas Day and they want to get out. “You can’t do away with that, it’s part of the tradition in this country. We play on Boxing Day in England.” Redknapp believes his side are turning a corner ahead of Tuesday’s visit to Swansea and he puts the improvement down to a strong team spirit. “We have a good group of lads here,” Redknapp said. “That’s what makes a football team. It’s not the 11 who play. It’s the football club. “If you have half a dozen s**** around you’ve got no chance, you can’t win, they’ll contaminate the rest of them and bring the whole club down. “They’ll be negative everywhere, getting into good lads and bringing them down to their level. “When you’ve a good group of lads it’s the easiest job in the world.” When Redknapp was appointed manager two years ago, he inherited an expensive squad that was lethargic and ill-disciplined. Rangers finished bottom of the table and 15 points adrift of safety at the end of the campaign but the QPR boss insists there is a different ethos at the club now. Harry Redknapp feels QPR are now rid of the kind of troublemakers that can “contaminate” a club and believes his players’ fighting spirit will be the key to Barclays Premier League survival. Rangers have boasted a squad full of stellar names in recent seasons but the team has been regularly criticised for a lack of cohesion and commitment. After a disappointing start to their first campaign back in the top flight, QPR have enjoyed a resurgence of late with wins over Leicester and Aston Villa, as well as a draw against Manchester City. last_img read more