“The Old Home Place:” The Wood Brothers Return To Boulder With Sit-In From Dad

first_imgIn the midst of their fall tour, the Wood Brothers played a homecoming show to a sold-out crowd on Friday night in Boulder. The evening began with a rollicking set from Amy Helm, daughter of the late drummer of The Band, Levon Helm. Amy’s set featured a handful of heavy, blues-rock tinged tunes, as well as a number of tributes to her father including “The Stones I Throw” and the beautiful hymn “Just Over in the Glory Land.”Following Helm, The Wood Brothers took the stage shortly before 10 pm, leading with their moving, timeless classic, “Postcards from Hell” off of the 2008 album Loaded. The song worked perfectly in the opening slot, setting the tone for the evening before the band dropped into “Tried and Tempted” from 2006’s Ways Not to Lose. Guitarist and lead vocalist Oliver Wood led the intro with younger brother and bassist Chris Wood holding down the low end before the band broke into the first verse. The song built to a slow fury, eventually morphing into the funky, gritty “Sky High” off of the band’s recent release, One Drop of Truth.The group played “Keep Me Around,” another fan-favorite from 2013’s The Muse, before Oliver took a brief moment to announce that the band’s latest album had just been nominated for a Grammy for “Best Americana” album, alongside notables such as John Prine and Brandi Carlile. The group kept chugging along, showcasing a pair of songs from the new album, “River Takes the Town” and “Sparkling Wine.” The lyrics and particularly the refrain of the former (“it’ll never be the same, it’ll never be the same”) ring especially true in today’s social, ecological, and political climate, a fact that was clearly not lost on Chris and Oliver as they introduced the song.Next came a barn-burning take on “Who the Devil” off of The Muse, before eventually digging deeper into the catalog for “Pray Enough” and “One More Day” with the vocal intro to the latter echoing Oliver’s slide guitar work on “Sky High.” As multi-instrumentalist Jano Rix led the group out of the song and into a percussive jam, Chris Wood took to the drum risers with some of his now-signature dance moves. A slow, crawling reprise of the song in what felt like eighth-time gave way to a short speech from Chris about their beginnings in Boulder, and the incredible musician that is their father, Bill Wood.Bill was an early component in the Cambridge, Massachusetts folk scene, playing with the likes of Joan Baez among others. Welcoming out their dad for the first time ever, Oliver and Chris huddled around an old-fashioned single mic, somehow managed to reduce the crowd to near silence, and performed a nostalgic take on The Dillard’s bluegrass standard “The Old Home Place.”More guests took the stage for the next number as the brothers were joined by Amy Helm and a couple of her band members for a seasonally-appropriate take on The Band’s “Christmas Must Be Tonight” from their 1977 album Islands. The group then returned to the early part of their catalog once again, playing “Loaded” and a fast “Atlas” before a true-to-form take on “Wastin’ My Mind.” Practically taking the form of a power trio and seemingly summoning the spirit of Led Zeppelin, Chris, Oliver and Jano tore through “Shoo Fly Pie” in swampy blues fashion and carried the deep groove into an especially heavy version of “Luckiest Man.”More blues followed with a cover of “Big Boss Man” and then “Snake Eyes” from the 2015 album Paradise, featuring Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi. Once again and to the pleasure of all in attendance, the band played a well-known song with a newfound, thick, heavy, wall of sound: partially reminiscent of some of their recent work, but perhaps also indicating where they’re heading.After a well-deserved bow, the brothers returned to the stage for a two-song encore of beautifully paired songs. They began with a slow, blissful “What Would I Do Without You,” bringing things down a bit before ending the show with a fiery take on “Honey Jar” to end the evening.In their hometown show, the Wood Brothers brought out close friends and family, managing to floor a notoriously-picky local crowd with a thick, powerful new sound. The Wood Brothers winter tour kicks off on January 15th in Winston-Salem, NC. For a complete list of tour dates, visit the band’s website.Setlist: The Wood Brothers | Boulder Theatre | Boulder, CO | 12/7/18Set I: Postcards from Hell, Tried and Tempted, Sky High, Keep Me Around, River Takes the Town, Sparkling Wine, Who the Devil, Unknown Song, Pray Enough, One More Day, Old Home Place*, Christmas Must Be Tonight# , Loaded, Atlas, Wastin’ My Mind, Shoo Fly Pie, Luckiest Man, Big Boss Man, Snake EyesE: What Would I Do Without You, Honey Jar* with Chris and Oliver’s dad, Bill Wood# with Amy Helm and her band Photo: C.B. Klein Load remaining imageslast_img read more

It’s lights out

first_imgFor the second consecutive year, Harvard University will join in the city of Boston by turning out the lights for “Earth Hour,” a major community awareness event about climate change, taking place in Boston and cities worldwide. Earth Hour is organized by the World Wildlife Fund with the purpose of raising awareness about climate change and to showcase how individual contributions collectively add to the larger solution.Earth Hour 2010 will take place on Saturday (March 27) from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Participants are asked to extinguish nonessential lighting during this hour. Last year, every School at Harvard and all major units participated.Earth Hour gives members of the Harvard community an opportunity to join more than 1,000 cities in 116 countries around the world to demonstrate how universities, businesses, and civic leaders are partners working together to reduce the risks of climate change and encourage individual action.As a leader in campus sustainability, Harvard is encouraging its community to participate by turning off nonessential lights in highly visible locations during this hour.In addition, students are encouraged to not use computers and nonessential energy during this hour, and faculty and staff members are asked to turn off nonessential lights and their computers before leaving for the weekend, as well as at home.For more information, visit the Earth Hour 2010 Web site.last_img read more

X marks the spot at Ed Portal

first_imgCuriosity — and perhaps a sense of ethnic pride — led Aris Deljohn to the Harvard Allston Education Portal (Ed Portal) on a recent fall evening.“I came to see what you were going to say about my [Greek] cousins,” the Allston-Brighton resident joked. “I wanted to know if you were going to say something good or not.”“Well, it’s a mix,” teased Keith Stone, a teaching fellow at Harvard University, smiling.The exchange, part of the lecture series offered at the Ed Portal, wasn’t focused on current events. The free seminar was part of several “in-person dialogue sessions” exploring the popular HeroesX series, an online class that focuses on the modern relevance of the “Ancient Greek Hero.:Created for audience members ranging from the casually interested to history buffs, the dialogue sessions delved into the stories of Greek heroes, exploring how the old mythos echoes profoundly through our culture today.“A hero in tragedy, and in the epic, is a person whose emotions are larger than life. A hero experiences suffering that is so much bigger, so much more intense than we do. We call this ‘pathos,’ which translates to passion,” said Gregory Nagy, the Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature and professor of comparative literature, as well as the director of the Center for Hellenic Studies. “The whole point of a hero is that they make mistakes, too — but they make them bigger, and more severe. It is healthy to be aware of the lives and emotions of someone who is bigger than you are. That’s one of the reasons why we have heroes.”In September, during the launch of HeroesX, Harvard’s Keith Stone, (from left) worked with Sarah Chiu of Allston, while the Ed Portal’s Jackie Bruey assisted Allston resident Bob Gale.In a format similar to a book club, members of the community explored the entire HeroesX course over several weeks. One meeting was streamed live to hundreds of HarvardX participants across the globe. Led by either Nagy or Harvard teaching fellows, the sessions explored the heroes, myths, great epics, and rituals of ancient Greece.“I’m really excited to be here tonight with those of you tuning in from around the world, and here in person,” Nagy said to a crowd of nearly 60 at the Ed Portal. “This whole process [of online learning] is a learning experience for all of us.“I’m not just the professor. I like to consider myself a fellow learner,” he said. “The term MOOC [massive open online course] means so much more to me. For me the ‘C’ is not just about being a course. It’s about content, communication, community … and conversation.”Those four C’s seemed to resonate with the participants — both earlier this fall, and recently with Nagy. Why does the ancient Greek hero still hold such fascination today? Perhaps because humans themselves have not changed that much.“All humans remain the same: we love, we hate, we chase the same things as people did millennia ago,” Deljohn said.The next Allston dialogue session will be held Dec. 4 from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. at the Ed Portal, 175 N. Harvard St., Allston.last_img read more

Clips of the Week: Spring is Here

first_imgAfter weeks, make that months, of harboring from the cold, the snow is finally melting and t-shirts are getting pulled out of drawers. To celebrate this momentous change of weather, we’ve assembled some impressive clips  found on the web this week. Check out Marshall Miller paragliding and base jumping, some highlining in Hong Kong, and Bob Burnquist and John Perrell performing some wild stunts with a helicopter.last_img

The VRAE after the Arrest of “Camarada Artemio”

first_imgBy Dialogo April 30, 2012 Internationally, the arrest of “Artemio” has restored and increased the confidence of neighboring and partner countries in our stability. Let us not make decisions in situations of uncertainty; let us propose scenarios of risk and, why not, of certainty . Peruvian society should understand that security is inherent to development and that the professionalization and modernization of the Armed Forces is not an expense but an investment; one that is going to give the country the ability to negotiate in a globalized world in which pacts, accords, and agreements are our daily bread and these should not under any circumstances be negotiated asymmetrically. We need to activate the immediate training of professional negotiators. The need to strengthen the national intelligence system is urgent so that it not only reports on the activities of drug traffickers and terrorists, but also recommends possible political, social, economic, security, environmental, and international solutions; in this way, it will contribute to decision-making at the highest level. It must be understood that in front of terrorism lies drug trafficking, which is going to finance an economic (increasing corruption), political (inappropriate legal framework), social (sharpening of contradictions), and military (use of terrorism) strategy . Likewise, we need to establish a national strategic planning system for development, in such a way that it is the state that invests and directs development in places where private investment does not exist. center_img excellent writing, congratulations…¡¡¡ This article is very important and with first class information written by a connoisseur and scholar of this phenomenon, is a privilege that Gral. LONGA writes for this important journal. A very interesting article that highlights the real threat that our soldiers are fighting in the VRAE, without awareness of the Peruvian society; Our armed forces should be given the necessary means to achieve the success. GENERAL LONGA, I congratulate you with all uppercase letters. Algo muy importante de este articulo que hay que resaltar, el terrorista crece siempre y cuando los intereses del narcotráfico se lo permitan; actualmente el terrorismo en el Vraem está creciendo hacia Cuzco, que hay del Huallaga? Si no necesitan a las fuerzas del orden en la zona porque poner en Jaque al Estado con el oleoducto; esta es una acción netamente política que responde a intereses económicos. Política del avestruz o del cangrejo? From what I see, gaps of power are beginning to be filled by the narco and not by the Peruvian State. Terrorism and drug trafficking have a lot of power and they do not want to realize this. It must not be possible that economic growth in the country to be broken by these criminals. It is necessary to give appropriate capacity to the armed forces and the police. The arrest of the terrorist criminal and drug trafficker Florindo Eleuterio Flores Hala, better known as “camarada Artemio,” has restored Peruvians’ hopes for a better future, for which reason it is indispensable to be prepared for final victory. In this regard, several considerations have yet to be addressed: What awaits us after this arrest? In order to answer this question, it is necessary to understand the conditions that facilitated the arrest and explain why it took so long. In July 2009, the terrorist remnants of Shining Path, specifically those commanded by the terrorist criminal and drug trafficker Víctor Quispe Palomino, alias “camarada José,” set themselves two political objectives in the Huallaga Valley. One was to raise awareness among the masses; the other to annihilate “camarada Artemio” in order to expand their power and control into the Huallaga region. The mission of destroying “camarada Artemio” was assigned in the Apurimac and Ene River Valley (VRAE) to “camarada Roger.” At the same time, “camarada William” was designated to set up support bases in the populated areas of Uchubamba, Monobamba, and Cerro de Pasco [districts located in central Peru] (that are strategically valuable areas for expanding the group’s area of influence), coordinating these actions with the drug traffickers who worked with him, who also began to win over informants, leading to increased corruption and social conflicts in those populated centers. In this way, “José” made preparations to expand his influence and unite the VRAE and Huallaga, with the strategic objective of showing the national and international drug-trafficking community that the alliance between terrorism and drug trafficking in Peru was growing under his faction and that it had become a threat in geographical areas where the state, the Armed Forces, and the National Police (PN) had no domain whatsoever. Let us remember the treacherous attacks at Tintaypunco and Sanbamba, where they surprised Military patrols. These events puffed “José” up to such an extent that he wanted to become the lord of coca in Peru. From that moment, the fate of “Artemio” was sealed. “Camarada Roger” did not succeed in carrying out the assassination of “camarada Artemio,” because the resources and aid that he requested were not provided, and because the strategy designed by the Armed Forces Joint Command, in coordination with the PN (August 2009), had succeeded in surrounding “Artemio,” on the understanding that it was logical to first trap the weaker opponent and then move to neutralize the terrorist criminal “José.” The capture of “Artemio” should have taken place since September 2009 and not two years later. What happened? This is a question which must be answered as soon as possible; otherwise, the opportunity for this to happen again remains a possibility. This time, nevertheless, it is important to remember that the corruption created by drug trafficking is wide, and it is not precisely known what levels of the state it may have reached. After “Artemio” With the arrest of “Artemio,” a power vacuum has been created in the Huallaga region. Who will take his place? In this regard, we can establish three hypotheses: That the power vacuum will be occupied by a terrorist criminal from the faction led by “Artemio” is possible, although unlikely. “Artemio” did not prepare a successor, and at the same time, the terrorist criminals who might fill that role have been arrested or killed by security forces. That the power vacuum will be occupied by the terrorist criminal “José.” This is the worst thing that could happen to the country [Peru]. Nevertheless, as far as I can tell, this hypothesis may be the most accurate one. That the power vacuum will be occupied by the state. It is key to have Government be the entity that assumes authority and economic, social, political, and military control of the Huallaga region, imposes the will of Peru’s 30 million people, and consolidates true and lasting peace and development. Along those lines, we must keep in mind the aid that we can obtain from neighboring and partner countries such as the United States, Colombia, and Brazil, knowing that this is a national and international fight. Can the terrorist criminal “José” occupy the power vacuum in Huallaga? With support from drug traffickers, this could happen. If drug trafficking grows outside the area of the VRAE, terrorism grows, if and when they maintain their alliance. “José” knows the procedures that security forces used to arrest “Artemio,” for which reason the intelligence procedures to be used should be more ingenious, creative, and bold. In the same way, strategic intelligence should pay special attention to the sharpening of social conflicts (aggravation of contradictions) in the Huallaga and VRAE areas, because it will be a revelation that “José” is probably controlling the area. How should the Peruvian state occupy this power vacuum? From the economic point of view, the state apparatus should prepare to assume control of Huallaga with a sustainable legal economy that can show the inhabitants that they can make economic progress without the need for coca. Socially, education should be emphasized, especially for the poorest inhabitants, so that they can participate actively in the legal economy that the state is proposing. Likewise, it is key to improve their quality of life and introduce greater equity and social inclusion. Processes of migration from the coast and the mountains to Huallaga should also be promoted, especially involving retired Military personnel, who should previously be made aware of the issues of security, defense, and development. Rebuilding the middle class is another point of overwhelming importance. Politically, over the short term, social leaders who can lead these great changes need to be trained and designated. It is necessary to investigate our democratically elected authorities to establish if they supported narcotrafficking and terrorism. Militarily, the support bases of “camarada Artemio” and drug traffickers in the area are disoriented. There are terrorist criminals who want to turn in their weapons and switch sides; their surrender and the handover of their weapons needs to be facilitated. It should be understood that the Armed Forces need to confront drug trafficking and that the terrorist criminals in the Huallaga and VRAE areas have lost all their ideology and have become an armed instrument in the service of drug traffickers. At the national level, authorities must take into account that there are three kinds of drug traffickers: those who have a strategic alliance with terrorism (VRAE, Huallaga), those who have a strategic alliance with the FARC (Iquitos, Putumayo), and those who are allied directly with international enterprises and cartels. It is highly possible that “José” intends to unify them at the national level. last_img read more

HIPAA adds steps to obtaining medical records

first_img June 1, 2003 Regular News HIPAA adds steps to obtaining medical records HIPAA adds steps to obtaining medical recordscenter_img There’s more involved to getting medical records than just serving a subpoena, thanks to privacy regulations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) that went into effect April 14.The new requirement for lawyers is that they must provide proof that they have given notice to the person whose medical records they are seeking, as well as sufficient information about how that information will be used.It’s the hospital or medical entity that would be hit with penalties for noncompliance — fines up to $25,000 for multiple violations and criminal penalties up to $250,000 and 10 years in prison for the intentional misuse of private health information.The penalty for lawyers who don’t follow the proper new procedures is the hassle of delay in getting the information requested.“Under HIPAA, it requires the lawyer who is subpoenaing the records to notify the health care provider that there has been no objection by the individual. That’s an additional step that lawyers, before April 14, didn’t have to take,” said Elizabeth Hodge, an attorney who represents an Orlando hospital.“The more I deal with HIPAA, it seems the reach of it keeps expanding and you have to think about it in a lot more context than perhaps we first thought. Everybody is trying to talk to each other and try to figure out the best way to approach these problems. It really is new territory. Nationally, the American Health Lawyers Association has a listserv dedicated to HIPAA and health care issues. Every day, there are questions, and everyone doesn’t have the answer. It’s not black and white. Trying to implement things, sometimes raises things the rule didn’t cover,” Hodge said.“I think a lot of the larger firms have HIPAA knowledge. Call your friends. Seriously, it’s almost like having a support system for HIPAA.”Kathy Reep, vice president/financial services for the Florida Hospital Association, wrote a letter to The Florida Bar requesting assistance in spreading the word to Florida’s lawyers about the new regulations. She explains that provisions of the HIPAA regulations under Section 164.512(e)(l) “restricts the ability of hospitals to respond to third-party requests for production of patient records. That section requires that the entity responding to the request receive satisfactory assurance that the subject of the records being sought has received notice of a request, has had ample time to object, and has not objected to the production of the requested documents.”Provisions of the new federal rule generally comport with the requirements of Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.351, which requires that all parties to a legal proceeding receive notice of a request for production that is to be sent to a third party. The HIPAA regulations, however, change the requirements that must be met before hospitals can comply with third-party subpoenas.“Under the new HIPAA regulations, hospitals will have to require proof of compliance with Rule 1.351. Historically, many hospitals have responded to third-party subpoenas without receiving proof of service of the notices required under the Florida rules.”Because health care providers are subject to the penalties, they are being counseled to be very cautious and use their own forms, at least in the beginning, Hodge said.The Department of Veterans Affairs, for example, has issued a new VHA Form 10-5345 (Request for Authorization to Release Medical Records or Information).K. Sue Meyer, regional counsel for the VA, said “any requests for protected health information received at a VHA facility on or after April 14, 2003, must be on this new form, or on a form that contains the same information and notices to the patient. The VHA form can be obtained from any VHA medical facility or downloaded from this Web site: www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/10-5345.pdfBar Board of Governors member Mike Glazer, who is also a member of the Health Law Section, said most lawyers who deal regularly with the health care community were prepared that the changes were coming.“The purpose of HIPAA is to provide more uniform protections of individually identified health information, and it is broad and complex,” Glazer said. “A couple of things are clear: One is it requires people who have this kind of information to enter into business associate contracts that require that anybody who gets the information to protect it. It’s clear lawyers are business associates. Even though there is client-lawyer confidentiality, you still need to be careful with this kind of information. And it can apply to all kinds of lawyers.. . “Another point that is important is that HIPAA stands for uniform federal regulations. However, HIPAA also provides that if a statewide law covers the issue or is more strict, then state law still applies. In fact, there are resources out there where you can look at state laws that may be different than federal law.”Glazer recommends that lawyers with questions about HIPAA, check out the federal government Web site: www.hhs.gov/ocr/hipaa/privacy.html.Linda Jude, executive director of the Florida Defense Lawyers Association, said her group is sponsoring a conference in Maitland on June 5-7, adding a new topic to deal with how to handle the new HIPAA requirements.On the FDLA Web site, there is a “Defense Counsel’s Primer on HIPAA Compliance,” that begins: “It appears that compliance with the new HIPAA regulations may require us to make minor changes to the wording of our Notices of Non-party Production, the wording in subpoenas to medical providers, and to our process for issuing subpoenas to the medical providers.”The FDLA advice goes on to say, “Despite the language within HIPAA, many medical providers may still think we must submit HIPAA-compliant authorization forms signed by the plaintiffs to receive plaintiffs’ medical records. It may take a while to educate these providers that HIPAA still allows medical providers to release these records upon receipt of a subpoena and proof of notice.”Hodge’s advice to lawyers who deal regularly with medical records: “Recognize that the (health care) providers are muddling through this, too, and there may be some rough patches. But if we work together, we all can get to a point that providers can meet their requirements under the rule, and lawyers can get the records they need.”last_img read more

YLD symposium explores the roles of the branches

first_imgYLD symposium explores the roles of the branches April 15, 2006 Regular News YLD symposium explores the roles of the branchescenter_img Mark D. Killian Managing Editor It is the role of the legislature, especially the House, to “push the envelope” on the “great issues” of the day, and at times that means passing legislation you know will be challenged in court, according to Rep. Jeff Kottkamp, R-Cape Coral.Kottkamp’s comments came at the Young Lawyers Division’s recent Annual Governmental Affairs Symposium — held at the University of Florida’s College of Law this year — where he was joined by Chief Justice Barbara Pariente and Raquel Rodriguez, general counsel for Gov. Jeb Bush, to discuss the role of Florida’s three branches of government. Much of the discussion revolved around tensions between the three branches. Yet Chief Justice Pariente wanted to make it clear the Supreme Court doesn’t “worry day-to-day about what is going in the legislature.”“Although this is a critical discussion vis-a-vis the separation of powers, in terms of what the judicial branch mainly is charged with. . . is to provide a forum for the peaceful resolution of disputes and equally applying the law no matter who the litigant is,” Pariente said. “I don’t ever want to lose sight that that is the prime responsibility of the judicial branch.”The event was moderated by UF Professor Michael Allan Wolf, who got the panel discussion moving by posing hypotheticals to the panelists, including ones that dealt with a legislature moving a bill that on first blush appears to conflict with the constitution and personal attacks on judges.Kottkamp, a lawyer who chairs the House Judiciary Appropriations Committee, said the constitutionality of proposed statutes is something lawyer legislators face every day.“Many times my reaction will be that is not constitutional and in some blatant cases you really need to make that case, but in other cases, you have to realize what the role of the legislative branch is. It is not to sit as a member of the court but really is, particularly in the House — on great issues of the time — to push the envelope.”And when those types of bills are passed, they are quickly tested in the courts, he noted.Chief Justice Pariente said she “understands and appreciates” that there is going to be legislation passed with the knowledge that it is probably unconstitutional.“It would be my hope that Rep. Kottkamp and others would put the brakes on that; this attitude I have heard expressed. . . ‘we don’t care if it is constitutional or not — that’s what the courts are there for,’” Pariente said.“Why make extra tension between the branches and pass something that is clearly unconstitutional?” the chief justice asked. “It is our obligation as the judicial branch to strike down a law that is clearly unconstitutional. It would be my preference that the legislature does heed the advice of its staff, as well as the lawyers in the legislature.”Kottkamp said he grapples with constitutionally questionable bills that come before his committees and often steps in to counsel his colleagues when bills are “so far out there” they won’t hold up, and he works to change language in the measures to make the bills more constitutionally palatable.But, Kottkamp said, “At some point you have to be able to set aside your lawyer hat for a while and fill your role as a legislator,” especially if an issue is important to you and your constituents.Kottkamp also noted that when bills are passed that are likely to be challenged on constitutional grounds, you’d better have a plan— besides your personal opinion — to explain why precedent should be changed.“Assuming it goes to the Supreme Court, you are going to have oral argument and you must give them a reason why the case or controversy before them is distinguishable from their prior rulings, because they are not going to overturn their prior ruling without something to hang their hat on, whether it is a subsequent decision of the Supreme Court or difference in facts,” Kottkamp said.Pariente said the court always begins with the presumption that the law before it is constitutional “and if there is any basis to uphold, we uphold.”The chief justice also said there is no expectation on the part of the judicial branch that if a constitutionally questionable law is passed out and is popular “that the governor would use his political capital to veto that law.”Rodriguez noted it is not unheard of for a court to change its mind, “and if that is the way my boss wants to go,” it is her job to figure out how to help the governor accomplish it.However, Rodriguez said, if the courts overturn a law, singling out individual judges for criticism concerns her.“Obviously, it is ingrained in me as a lawyer to always have the utmost respect for the bench and the individual members of the bench, regardless of how I may personally feel otherwise,” Rodriguez said.But in a democracy, Rodriguez said, people have the right to criticize their government and – as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has stated — the judiciary is not immune from that criticism.“Without personally insulting a judge, I think it is appropriate for a governor and any citizen to criticize the way courts go about making their decisions or a particular decision they would render,” Rodriguez said.Rodriguez also said the Bar’s role is to respond to personal attacks on individual judges, or the judiciary as a whole, which often is constrained by judicial canons from responding to criticism itself.Pariente said there is a difference between criticizing a decision and criticizing a decisionmaker and fortunately “the whole level of rhetoric in this state, that is from both the governor and the legislature, as far as attacking decisions that they disagree with, has really changed. There is much less of it.”Labeling a judge as “out of control” or engaging “in a gross abuse of judicial power” doesn’t really move the dialog along, Pariente said.“There is an obligation on both other branches, and in particular the governor, to engage in meaningful criticism of decisions that they disagree with, but try to separate criticism of the decisionmakers, unless, again, it is a judge that has really shown a total disregard for the law and an unwillingness to follow precedent or otherwise is engaged in inappropriate behavior,” Pariente said, noting, also, that it is rare for the courts to overturn laws.“If you look at all the legislation that comes out every year, there are hundreds of bills. Over the last 10 years, there has been maybe 1 percent of those bills subject to constitutional scrutiny and then ultimately declared unconstitutional,” she said.Kottkamp said one also must keep in mind that politics are in play.“You have a legislature and executive branch controlled by one party, and they pass something that is important to the people who put them in office and it gets overturned — they have to respond in some fashion,” Kottkamp said. “You hope they do not go over the line, though, and make it personal.”Kottkamp also cautioned that in politics “what goes around comes around” and noted it may not be a wise precedent to “rake [judges] over the coals” every time a decision comes out that you don’t like.“It is the role for lawyers to step up at that point and say, ‘Well, you know, saying you disagree is one thing, but getting personal is really not good for our system,’” Kottkamp said. “You have got to have a certain level of respect for all three branches of government.”last_img read more

Credit unions must improve cross-sell efforts

first_imgDespite the fact that credit unions have talked about the importance of cross-selling for decades, few institutions have a disciplined process to take advantage of cross-selling opportunities that can grow operating revenue from existing members. For those organizations that do have a process in place, studies show that many are not targeting the offers to reflect insights readily available, thereby annoying some of the best members.by: Jim MarousOutside of an improved interest rate spread (which is unlikely in the foreseeable future), banks can only create revenue by adding new members or by deepening existing relationships. At a time when competition for new customers has never been greater from both traditional and non-traditional players, the only sustainable opportunity is to sell more to the members a credit union already has.While the findings differ a bit by study, research shows that U.S. adults own between 8-12 financial products each, with ownership of services increasing with age (until age 54), by channel (online users have more products) and by type or institution (credit unions and smaller banks do better cross-selling).“While the number of products held by a typical household hovers around 10, most customers only hold 2-3 services at any one institution.”While the number of products held by a typical household hovers around 10, most customers only hold 2-3 services at any one institution. Only the very best organizations sell more than four services to any one customer (not including ‘go with’ services such as debit cards). How can credit unions improve their penetration within their current member base? continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Weekly Update: Standing Up for Women’s Health Choices, Improving Standardized Testing, Helping Seniors Receive High Quality Community Care

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Preparing kids for tomorrow’s economy is an issue we can all get behind. This week, I announced that PA is joining bipartisan governors in 14 other states in partnering with @codeorg to bring computer science education to all PA schools. https://t.co/KUVQtzcYT5 pic.twitter.com/2mrfQIkhwP— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) December 6, 2017 Weekly Update: Standing Up for Women’s Health Choices, Improving Standardized Testing, Helping Seniors Receive High Quality Community Care December 08, 2017 The Blog,  Weekly Update On Monday, Governor Wolf vowed to veto Senate Bill 3. This legislation is the most extreme anti-choice policy in the country and would criminalize a common health procedure without any exception for victims of rape or incest.“I have met with women and medical professionals and understand how devastating and dangerous this bill would be for patients,” said Governor Wolf. “That’s why I will veto this attack on women. Put simply, women’s health care decisions should be left up to women and their doctors, not politicians in Harrisburg.”On Wednesday, Governor Wolf was joined by parents, students, teachers, and school administrators to announce improvements to the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) standardized testing. The governor first announced the reduction in PSSA testing in August.Governor Wolf traveled to Pittsburgh on Thursday to announce the 2018 launch of Community HealthChoices in southwest Pennsylvania. The program will help seniors age at home by connecting them to healthcare services in their communities. CHC will also help people age 21 or older with physical disabilities find local high quality care.“Since I became Governor, my administration has been focused on improving health care across Pennsylvania, making it better and more convenient for patients and practitioners alike,” Governor Wolf said. “We found that one of the most important priorities was the ability to get high quality care close to home. Community HealthChoices delivers that ability to our patients, our seniors, and those with disabilities.”Governor Wolf’s Week, December 3 – December 9, 2017Monday, 12/4/17Governor Wolf Joins Bipartisan Governors’ Partnership to Expand Computer Science in SchoolsGovernor Wolf: Senate Bill 3 is an Attack on WomenGovernor Wolf Announces Increased Accountability on Grant ProgramsGovernor Wolf Announces New Approvals for Low-Interest Loans to Support 11 Small Business Projects and More Than 125 New JobsTuesday, 12/5/17Governor Wolf Announces 59 Counties Initially Participating in PCCD’s Naloxone for First Responders ProgramFirst Lady Frances Wolf Opens Governor’s Residence for Holiday Tours, Open HouseGovernor Wolf Announces Investment to Improve Recreation, Community Revitalization at 266 Sites Across PennsylvaniaCommission for Women Urges House to Vote Against Senate Bill 3Wednesday, 12/6/17Governor Wolf Announces Terrafina Relocating to Pennsylvania, Creating 120 New Jobs in Monroe CountyWolf Administration Approves Fulton County Facility to Begin Medical Marijuana ProductionGovernor Wolf Announces More Reductions in Standardized Testing for Pennsylvania Students, TeachersPennsylvania Expands Industrial Hemp Research OpportunitiesWolf Administration Teams Up to Support Families in Need this Holiday SeasonGovernor Wolf Orders Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance DayThursday, 12/7/17Governor Wolf: More Seniors to Receive Coordinated, Quality Health Care in Their Homes, CommunitiesGovernor Wolf Approves 106 Local Water Clean Up Projects StatewideGovernor Wolf Pushes Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Pension Forfeiture for Public OfficialsGovernor Wolf Calls for Abolishing State Control of Philadelphia Parking AuthorityFriday, 12/8/17Governor Wolf Reminds Pennsylvanians that the Holiday Season is the Perfect Time to Give in Support of Those Who GaveIn First Year, Pennsylvanians Reclaim $2.6 Million from Missing Life Insurance Policies Using Online Locator ToolGovernor Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf Light the 2017 Capitol Christmas TreeHighlights from TwitterI will veto this attack on a woman’s right to choose if it reaches my desk. #StopPABans https://t.co/UfYsoA6faV— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) December 5, 2017 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolflast_img read more

Palumbo Wants to Be Uljanik’s Strategic Partner

first_imgItalian Palumbo Group has expressed interest in becoming a strategic partner of Croatian shipbuilder Uljanik. In a letter of intent (LOI) Uljanik received on January 2, 2018, Palumbo said it wants to participate in the process of the shipbuilder’s restructuring and diversification.Uljanik is seeking a loan for the purposes of corporate recovery and restructuring. As part of the restructuring process, a new partner will join the company’s ownership structure.Currently, Palumbo has several shipyards located throughout the Mediterranean. The facilities offer refit, repair and maintenance services for different types of vessels.In December 2017, another company, Croatian Kermas Energija, part of Kermas Group, expressed its interest to become a strategic business partner of Uljanik.Kermas Energija sees the potential strategic partnership as part of an integration between its subsidiary Brodotrogir and one or more European shipyards, according to local media.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more