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December 19, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgRules would require screening July 1, 2005 Regular News A special Bar committee has recommended three rule changes to the section of Bar rules that allows law students and those waiting to take the bar exam to be interns for public agencies or nonprofit organizations.The panel was formed in response to concerns expressed by Justice Fred Lewis that interns were not being well screened under current rules. That resulted in some interns with criminal records being placed with state attorneys, and other similar problems.Board member Robert Rush, who chaired the special committee, presented its findings at the board’s June meeting.The proposed changes:• Require prospective in-state interns have made application for Bar admission and have an initial character and fitness clearance from the Florida Board of Bar Examiners.• Clarify that legal aid organizations that use interns must exclusively serve the indigent.• Add a rule section that provides that after an intern graduates from law school, any continuing internship terminates if he or she fails any part of the bar exam. Interns are already required to take the next available exam after their graduation.The recommended changes have been sent to Justice Lewis in a letter from Rush following the board’s acceptance of the committee’s recommendations. The committee’s transmittal presumes full court consideration of any changes, and further opportunity for public comment before any amendments would be adopted.center_img Rules would require screeninglast_img read more

November 18, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgMay 23, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced that $1.33 billion will be available in this year’s round of funding to states to improve preparedness for terrorism and other public health emergencies.The total includes $862.8 million in funds administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to boost preparedness for bioterrorism, infectious disease outbreaks, and public health emergencies. Another $471 million will be passed out by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to improve hospitals’ ability to cope with events that cause large numbers of casualties.The total amount is down about $14 million from last year’s total, which included $849.6 million in CDC grants and $498 million in HRSA grants. The money goes to states, territories, and four metropolitan areas: Los Angeles County, Chicago, New York City, and Washington, DC.The package is the fourth in a series of large federal allocations for public health preparedness that began in 2002, following the terrorist attacks and anthrax mailings of 2001.HHS said the funds will be used to upgrade infectious disease surveillance and investigation, prepare the healthcare system to deal with mass casualties, expand public health laboratory and communications capacities, and improve disease-reporting communication between hospitals and city, local, and state health departments.Setting specific objectivesOne important new wrinkle in the process this year is that the CDC is making an earnest attempt to define preparedness in terms of specific goals and performance capabilities.The CDC released a document May 13 to guide jurisdictions through the application process. The document includes a lengthy set of goals, under the headings Prevent, Detect/Report, Investigate, Control, Recover, and Improve. The guidelines spell out particular outcomes, tasks, and measures of performance under each goal.”The preparedness goals or measurements—that is a new piece to the cooperative agreement,” CDC spokesman Von Roebuck told CIDRAP News. “They have not been in there before. They do build a bit up on the past recommendations as far as key points that we wanted to have covered. They actually are a work in progress. . . . We’ll listen to what states have to say, and they’ll be modified in some way if necessary.”Last year the CDC guidelines were framed in terms of focus areas or activities, such as planning, epidemiology and surveillance, biological laboratory, risk communication, and training, according to Aggie Leitheiser, assistant commissioner for the Health Protection Bureau in the Minnesota Department of Health.”It was focused much more on tasks,” Leitheiser told CIDRAP News. “This year they’ve switched to identifying the goals that we’re trying to achieve with this work. They’ve identified nine, and in that, I believe, are over a hundred critical tasks or subtasks.”The goals and tasks have performance measures linked to them. For example, the prevention goal includes planning for all kinds of public health emergencies. For one of the performance measures in that category, Leitheiser said, “We are to measure the time it takes to get our initial wave of personnel to a staging area to staff emergency operations, and the target is 90 minutes.”For another example, the “investigate” goal calls for speeding up the identification of causes, risk factors, and appropriate interventions for those affected by threats to public health. One of the related performance measures is to be able to start an epidemiologic investigation within 3 hours after an unusual pattern of disease cases is detected.Another goal is to speed up the detection and reporting of dangerous agents in tissue, food, or environmental samples. One of several associated performance measures is the ability to send a sample potentially containing an infectious agent to a reference laboratory within 60 minutes after collecting it.”We’re very pleased to see the switch” in approaches, Leitheiser said. “Rather than ‘How many meetings did you have?’ [the CDC is asking], ‘Can you show you’re able to act effectively?'”Questions raised about progressShe said many groups, including Congress, the CDC, and state health departments, have been asking how much progress has been made in bioterrorism preparedness with the money that’s been spent in recent years. “I think the CDC is moving in a deliberate way to answer those questions,” she said.Not that the new guidance is flawless, Leitheiser said. “Some of them [performance goals] are frankly a little unrealistic. For example, that we be able to handle 1% of the population calling in for information. That would be 50,000 people, which would probably take down the phone system.”She also said that with the new approach, applying for the funds will probably take more work this year. Officials will have to write a description of how they plan to develop the ability to handle each of the critical tasks in the guidance.”I think it’s very good, but change is always hard,” she said.Leitheiser said the guidelines for HRSA funding for hospitals didn’t change as much as the CDC guidelines did this year. “The HRSA grant I think has been more focused from the beginning,” she said. “They are trying also to be aware of measurement and impact, but they didn’t go to the same format that CDC did.”The CDC money includes a base grant of $3.9 million for each jurisdiction, plus an additional amount based on population, according to Roebuck of the CDC. The amounts range from $4.9 million for Wyoming to $61.3 million for California. Thirty-one states and cities are due to get more money this year than they did last year, while 23 will receive less.The HRSA funds are allocated much the same way as the CDC money, with a base grant plus an amount based on population. David Bowman, a HRSA spokesman in Washington, DC, said the base grant this year is slightly lower than the $1 million used last year. Sums range from about $1.3 million for Wyoming to $39.2 million for California.Health departments have until Jul 13 to apply for the CDC funds, and the money will be available for spending starting Aug 31, Roebuck said.Bowman said the deadline for applying for HRSA funds is Jul 1, with the money becoming available after Aug 31.Program for cities expandsWith the CDC funding, HHS is expanding a program to help major cities develop the ability to quickly provide oral drugs to the entire population in a public health emergency. Last year 21 urban areas received funds under the program, called the Cities Readiness Initiative. This year, the CDC is increasing the total funds for those 21 areas by $10 million and is adding another 15 metropolitan areas in 15 states, HHS reported.Funds for the program this year will total $40.18 million, officials said. The largest sums are slated to go to New York City ($5.1 million) and Los Angeles ($3.44 million).The CDC is also continuing a program begun last year to strengthen infectious disease surveillance in states bordering on Mexico and Canada. A total of $5.44 million will be available for the Early Warning Infectious Disease Surveillance Program in the border states.The money is for developing and implementing a program to detect, investigate, and report unusual infectious disease cases in the border regions, HHS said. Twenty states are to receive shares of the money, but most of it will go to Texas (about $2 million) and California ($1.5 million).The CDC’s guidelines also ask states to take steps to prepare for an influenza pandemic. One suggestion is that states use CDC funds to buy supplies of the antiviral drug oseltamivir and store them in hospital-based caches funded by HRSA. Health departments could then use the drug to treat their own staff members if needed in a pandemic, the guidelines say.See also:May 13 HHS news releasehttp://archive.hhs.gov/news/press/2005pres/20050513.htmlCDC’s “Cooperative Agreement Guidance for Public Health Emergency Preparedness”http://www.bt.cdc.gov/planning/guidance05/index.asplast_img read more

November 18, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgThe Croatian National Tourist Board has published a Call for Proposals for the printing of brochures in 2018.According to the invitation to submit a bid, this is a service for printing brochures and maps of the Croatian National Tourist Board: Image brochure “Full of life”, brochure Tourist information „Full of stories“Health brochure “Full of well-being”, Croatian enogastronomy brochure „Full of flavors“, Road and tourist maps of Croatia, brochure Nautics and marinas “Full of islands to discover”, and Camping Brochure “Camping”.The total circulation is 439.500 brochures, which are divided into the above categories. The deadline for delivery is November 13, 2018 , and the main kritery is the most economically advantageous offer. More details attached.Side dish: Invitation for bid submission – brochure printing 2018last_img read more

September 25, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img City Councilor Cindy Rojas, who chairs the city council’s Committee on Appropriations and Finance, said this new policy will amend the existing City Ordinance No. 08-14-670. She also said the appropriation was already included in the city’s 2020 annual budget, adding that in order to fund the program, P5 million must be allocated in every annual city budget. City Councilor Archie Baribar, author of the proposed ordinance, said city residents who will reach the age of 80 to 89 shall receive an incentive of P10,000 under the new policy. While those who reach the age of 90 to 99 shall receive another P10,000. “It be implemented by next year oncesigned by Mayor Evelio Leonardia,” Rojas added. center_img BACOLOD City – The Sangguniang Panlungsod here passed on third and finalreading the measure that would institute a “ladderized” scheme in the releasingof cash benefits to centenarians of this city.  Earlier this year, Negros Occidental fifth district Rep. Marilou Arroyo filed a bill before the House of Representatives proposing a similar measure./PNlast_img read more

September 17, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgRichard Saul Wurman, the creator of the Technology, Entertainment and Design conferences, will speak at USC this morning as part of a Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative event to discuss his new venture examining the art of improvised conversation and intellectual jazz.Wurman’s project, titled WWW.WWW, will gather some of the world’s most influential thinkers, take them to a secret location and randomly pair them for impromptu conversations onstage while the audience analyzes their discussions.Among those expected to attend are internationally acclaimed architect Frank Gehry and Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington.Wurman describes the new conference as a “top drawer” exclusive event saturated with creativity and innovation.“I am only interested in absolute excellence,” Wurman said. “The conference is intense, intellectually jaw-breaking and there are no speeches or presentations.”Wurman is also developing a tablet application that will allow users to view the WWW.WWW conference and interact with one another via Twitter.An author of 81 books on a variety of topics, Wurman has explored everything from social media and health care, to music and architectural design. Wurman created the TED conferences in 1984 to analyze the interplay between a variety of concepts.Several cities, communities and universities around the world, including USC, have begun hosting TEDx conferences in recent years to engage people in innovative thinking. TEDx conferences, which can be hosted by cities, universities or any other type of community, are organized independently, but must follow certain rules to be granted a license to use the TED name. The fourth TEDxUSC conference will be held in May.“TED conferences are so amazing,” said Mina Chow, a part-time lecturer in the school of architecture and a friend of Wurman. “The time just flies and students learn about innovation, a life-changing, ground-breaking and absolutely original process.”Inspired by TED, Chow is currently working on bridging architecture with cinema to create a 3-D project.“I’m using technological breakthroughs to present architectural design in an entertaining way and that is just one example of what TED stands for,” Chow said. “That’s what is so amazing about these conferences: One moment I’m having an intellectual epiphany and the next I’m dancing with my students to reggae on stage.”Wurman said TED conferences exhibit none of the usual traits people associate with conferences.“There’s no podiums, no panels, no speeches,” Wurman said. “It’s an eclectic meeting featuring everything from animal acts to the first Macintosh.”TED conferences have featured speakers as diverse as Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and televangelist Billy Graham.“It is important to recognize the interaction of so many things,” Wurman said. “For example, social media spurred revolutions in the Middle East. There is an interconnection between all things, but in school it’s not taught that way.”last_img read more

August 31, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgPhoto Courtesy of WPBTV A Haitian man was arrested Saturday afternoon by detectives at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in connection with a sexual battery of a mentally handicapped woman, Boynton Beach police have reported.He has been identified as Pascal Estime, 55. Estime is accused of sexually battering the woman, who is now 33 years old, on two occasions at a house, impregnating her. Police said the pregnancy was terminated and DNA from the fetus was retained for evidentiary purposes.The case against Estime went cold for 12 years, during which time his whereabouts were unknown.Boynton Beach police adopted the case in July 2016 and tracked Estime to Orlando, and a search warrant was obtained for the man’s DNA. But Estime went to Haiti before the warrant could be served.The warrant for Estime’s DNA was executed with assistance from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office on June 13 at his home in Orlando. Detectives drove to his home to collect the DNA swab and submit it for processing.The detectives were notified last Thursday that the probability of paternity for Estime in reference to the compared fetal material was 99.9997 percent. A warrant was obtained for Estime’s arrest for two counts of sexually battery on a mentally defective person.The detectives also received information Estime had booked a JetBlue flight Fort Lauderdale to Haiti.With assistance from the Broward Sheriff’s Office and U.S. marshals, Estime was taken into custody while pretending to sleep at Gate F4 in the JetBlue terminal. He was taken to the Boynton Beach Police Department, where he gave a full confession.He appeared in the Palm Beach County Court where he was refused bond and is scheduled to reappear in court on Friday, July 14.Copyright 2017 – Caribbean National Weekly Newslast_img read more