PEC reviews Bar’s Latimer Center for Professionalism

first_imgPEC reviews Bar’s Latimer Center for Professionalism A Program Evaluation Committee review of the Bar’s Henry Latimer Center for Professionalism has resulted in 11 recommendations to guide the center’s operations.The Bar Board of Governors approved the recommendations at its May 31 meeting. It also ratified PEC suggestions relating to the Public Interest Law Section, the special appointment application forms used to make Bar appointments and nominations to various committees and commissions, and to create a new Standing Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. PEC Chair John Stewart also said the panel has approved the formation of the Senior Lawyers Committee and will bring that to the board at its July meeting.The review of the Center for Professionalism was done by a subcommittee chaired by President-elect Designate Greg Coleman, Stewart told the board.The recommendations for the center are that it:* Support the Florida Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism.* Coordinate efforts and provide support for the Bar’s Standing Committee on Professionalism.* Be a clearinghouse of research and information on state and national professionalism efforts, and make that and other professionalism information and resources available through the center’s webpage.* Be a research, writing, and teaching resource for professionalism initiatives and resources in Florida.* Publish a quarterly electronic newsletter on professionalism and expand the current newsletter circulation.* Work with the Bar’s new Wm. Reece Smith, Jr., Leadership Academy to develop the academy’s curriculum.* Maintain and update the center’s website.* Establish a set of performance standards to determine the effectiveness of the center’s activities.* Have all annual objectives and new or revised center projects approved both by the Bar’s executive director and the director of the Legal Division.* Use the Bar’s Public Information and Bar Services office to develop a plan to promote the center and its activities.* Review of applications for professionalism CLE credits should be done by the Bar’s Department of Legal Specialization and Education.The review of the Public Interest Law Section found that the section is doing good work, Stewart said, and fulfills a unique role in Bar operations, even though it does not have the minimum number of members suggested for Bar sections.“The PEC recommendations are for the Bar to help facilitate the section to continue to improve,” he said.Those recommendations are:* The section should use resources of the Bar’s Program Division to help prepare after-market CLE materials for sale, to recommend sponsors for various section programs and activities, and to help find low-cost vendors.* The section should establish and maintain a website.* The section should use online tools for section and committee meetings, including conference calls.* The section should set up a more far- reaching leadership track for its chairs and chair-elects.* The section should work with the Bar’s Meetings Department about lower-cost meeting facilities and hotels.* The section should set up liaisons with other sections that have committees with overlapping interest with PILS to explore co-sponsoring programs and activities.* The section chair should send email “blasts” to section members on section activities and soliciting input on how those members want to be involved in the section.* The section should survey section members on their programming needs.Stewart told the board that another subcommittee, chaired by board member Sandy Diamond, reviewed the application form the Bar uses for special appointments, and the rating form screening committees use when nominating candidates for vacancies to such groups as the Florida Board of Bar Examiners.Diamond said the goal of the review was to bring standardization to the Bar’s approach in making special appointments and nominations. She said the forms include a voluntary section asking applicants’ date of birth, gender, and ethnic information. That was included, Diamond noted, so the Bar can measure the effectiveness of its diversity and inclusion initiatives.Board members discussed the necessity of that information before voting to approve the forms, with the clarification that applicants will not be penalized for failing to provide the voluntary information.Stewart presented goals and guidelines for the Standing Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, which the board agreed to create at its April meeting. The committee will oversee and promote Bar diversity programs and oversee its Diversity Grant Program for local bars. The committee was created by merging the Equal Opportunities Law Section and the former Special Committee on Diversity and Inclusion.Stewart also reported that the PEC had been looking at a proposal to create a Senior Lawyers Section. Instead, he said the committee proposed setting up the Senior Lawyers Committee. The panel will address such things as helping retiring lawyers wind down their practices, issues faced by aging lawyers, and helping older lawyers pass on their experience to younger lawyers. The committee, he said, is proposed to have an unlimited membership.The details of the committee’s formation, Stewart added, will be presented in July to the board for its approval. June 15, 2013 Regular News Panel also recommends forming a Senior Lawyers Committee PEC reviews Bar’s Latimer Center for Professionalismlast_img read more

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WHO urges safe reopening of schools in Africa amid COVID-19 risks

first_imgIn Rwanda the first three years of primary school are in Kinyarwanda. The option to then be taught in French is to be dropped. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/Reuters S. Africa announces further reopening of schools amid COVID-19 pandemic Africa’s COVID-19 case load continues to balloon amid reopening Talk Africa: Africa’s response to COVID-19 In Rwanda the first three years of primary school are in Kinyarwanda. The option to then be taught in French is to be dropped. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/ReutersThe World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday urged African countries to put solid COVID-19 prevention measures in place before embarking on reopening of learning institutions.WHO said in a statement released in Nairobi that reopening of schools in the Sub-Saharan African region should be accompanied by strict adherence to protocols and guidelines meant to contain the spread of coronavirus.“Just as countries are opening businesses safely, we can reopen schools,” said Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa.This decision must be guided by a thorough risk analysis to ensure the safety of children, teachers and parents and with key measures like physical distancing put in place, she added.A recent survey conducted by WHO in 39 Sub-Saharan African countries indicated that schools were open fully in six countries, closed in 14 and partially open in 19 to enable students to do examinations.More than 10 African countries are planning to resume in-person learning in September, which marks the beginning of the academic year.Moeti acknowledged that reopening of schools is key to boosting physical, mental and emotional health of children, adding that adequate safeguards should be in place to minimize the risk of contracting COVID-19.“Schools provide a safe haven for many children in challenging circumstances to develop and thrive. We must not be blind-sided by our efforts to contain COVID-19 and end up with a lost generation,” said Moeti.The UN children’s fund (UNICEF) said that extended school closures have increased the vulnerability of African children to hunger, malnutrition, depression and sexual violence.A survey carried out by UNICEF in eastern and southern Africa revealed that violence against children had spiked during the prolonged school closures while about 10 million minors were missing free meals.Recommendations from WHO and UNICEF stressed the need for African learning institutions to promote social distancing, hand washing and waste management to ensure their reopening does not compromise the health of students.Relatedlast_img read more

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Monday Pool League

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Queen’s Cup Pink Polo 2020 at Thai Polo Equestrian Club

first_imgLoading…Sponsored ContentThe World’s 7 Most Spectacular Railway Stations7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth? While the pink theme and all-ladies ensemble make for a unmissable affair, the Pink Polo holds special significance for its charitable cause. This year, all proceeds from the event will be donated to The Queen Sirikit Centre for Breast Cancer Foundation, aimed towards supporting women in their fight against Breast Cancer, as well as raising awareness of the importance of breast cancer screening. The main highlight of the event are ladies matches between the participating teams ; Thai Polo, La Familia team, Marengo, and Ethiopian Airlines team.Pink Polo is also known for providing spectators with a fun and eventful Saturday such as Marching Band performance, Horseback Fashion Show, Yorkshire Terrier Club Thailand dog show. Donations of THB1,000 gets you a wristband, covering lunch and drinks during the event, along with a Pink Polo limited edition gift. Seatings are based on first come first serve availability.We also offer a table reservation at 15,000 baht for 10 pax which includes 1 bottle complimentary wine and a reserved table near the field area.RSVP: [email protected]center_img B.Grimm is hosting the Queen’s Cup Pink Polo 2020 taking place on Saturday 22 February, at the Thai Polo and Equestrian Club Pattaya, this marks the eleventh return of the annual tournament.last_img read more

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