Phish Releases SPAC ’95 To The Official LivePhish Archive

first_imgThis morning, Phish released a new show to their expansive official archive on LivePhish.com. From June 26, 1995, the show is a recording from the second time they headlined Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs. Phish’s SPAC performance fell squarely in the middle of ’95 summer tour, and a day before their first live album, the two-disc A Live One, was released to the public. As mentioned in a description of the release, “SPAC ’95 highlights included Don’t You Want To Go?, Bathtub Gin, summer’s only The Sloth, and a spacious Possum from a hot set I, as well as a nearly non-stop set II that combined the mind-blowing Down With Disease > Free (the 1st such pairing) with a spectacular Poor Heart > You Enjoy Myself and Strange Design > Run Like An Antelope. This was a thriller of a show – demented, psychedelic, Summer Space Camp Phish at its best.” You can check the show out for yourself on the LivePhish website here, and check out the setlist from the night below.Setlist: Phish | Saratoga Performing Arts Center | Saratoga Springs, NY | 6/26/1995Set One: My Friend, My Friend, Don’t You Want To Go?, Bathtub Gin, NICU > The Sloth, My Mind’s Got a Mind of its Own, It’s Ice > Dog Faced Boy > Tela >PossumSet Two: Down with Disease [1] -> Free > Poor Heart > You Enjoy Myself, Strange Design > Run Like an AntelopeEncore: Sleeping Monkey > Rocky Top[1] Unfinishedlast_img read more

Reconnecting on education

first_imgIt’s no secret that the American educational system today lists under the weight of some massive, seemingly intractable burdens such as poor college preparation, modest achievement results compared with other nations, high dropout rates, significant teaching and performance disparities across racial and socioeconomic backgrounds, and a deficit of graduates equipped with the necessary skills for tomorrow’s workforce.Experts say this crisis is caused by a profound disconnection, whether between different educational levels, between schools and communities, or between education and social institutions. Such disconnections can undermine the nation’s competitiveness, increase social inequality, and diminish well-being and outcomes related to health, income, and even social engagement. It’s an urgent situation, and analysts say fresh educational strategies are urgently needed to address it.To begin sketching out the task at hand, the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) held a special Askwith Forum panel last Thursday hosted by Fernando Reimers, Ed.M. ’84, Ed.D. ’88, the Ford Foundation Professor of International Education and director of HGSE’s Global Education and International Education Policy Program, to consider how to make education more relevant, how to get schools to be better at reaching their goals, and whether those goals are, in fact, the appropriate ones.The talk was part of a multi-day, think tank–style gathering, “Education for the 21st Century,” organized by the Advanced Leadership Initiative (ALI) with faculty from across Harvard, along with national and global experts, educators, and students. Thursday’s panel featured some of Harvard’s top experts in the realms of leadership, strategy and infrastructure, sustainable development, religious pluralism, and public health education, who identified some of the biggest global challenges and offered ideas of what it will take to recalibrate how schools prepare students to face and confront them.Because the challenges are vast and multifaceted, and involve many stakeholders, education must adapt and enter into the “problem-solving era” where active learning that relates to a student’s community replaces old modes of “received wisdom,” said Rosabeth Moss Kanter, who holds the Ernest L. Arbuckle Professorship at Harvard Business School (HBS) and is the ALI chair and director.“We need to have education be about solving real problems” so that students “see it leading to something; they’ll feel a sense of efficacy and mastery, and we will be able to tap all this talent and idealism … to solve these big problems,” said Kanter. “After all, they’re going to inherit the Earth; we should engage them now in making it a better place.”Ensuring sustainability means identifying fundamental core assets like natural capital of air, land, and water; human capital of people’s ability, health, and education; digital and hard infrastructures such as roads and bridges; and intangible capital of social connectedness, institutional trust, and knowledge that must be built up or retained so it is available to future generations, said William Clark, Harvey Brooks Professor of International Science, Public Policy, and Human Development at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS).Scholars today grapple with questions about “asset management”: “How do we decide what to weigh and which trade-offs are best to make long term?” he asked. To begin, students must learn how to question the status quo, think about how global connectivity produces side effects and unintended consequences that require expansive thinking, and abandon notions of rugged individualism or paralysis in the face of institutional power.The unprecedented migration of people from one part of the globe to another has prompted urgent questions in many countries, including the United States, about how people should deal with ethnic, racial, cultural, gender, and religious diversity, and the role that education should play.“The fact that students could go through a whole 12 years of education and not know if an imam was a person, place, or thing is really one of the things that needs to change and has begun to change,” said Harvard Divinity School Professor Diana Eck, who studies religion in India and heads the Pluralism Project, which looks at the religious impact of immigration in the United States. “It’s important to have some knowledge of the religious traditions of the people with whom we share our planet.”“Pluralism isn’t just diversity. Diversity is a fact across society; pluralism is something we have to achieve,” said Eck. “How do we live together in some positive way with difference? And unless we can solve that problem in various societies, we’re in trouble.”Given the broad, interdisciplinary nature of public health, as well as the personal and communal effects it has on human well-being, students can always find something to embrace, whether it’s the move toward clean air and water, developing healthy eating habits, or wearing bike helmets.“Public health is much more than what a doctor does for you in a doctor’s office,” said Howard Koh, professor of the practice of public health leadership and director of the Leading Change Studio at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Koh served as assistant secretary for health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 2009 to 2014.Health and education have a direct relationship because public health is ever present. “I like to say health starts where people live, labor, learn, pray, and play,” he said.But changing American education to confront these difficulties will require a broad coalition and new approaches, the panelists said.Schools first need to figure out what matters and then help people to develop accompanying skills, said Reimers, who co-chairs the ALI with Kanter. “The instruments that we use to define success for our students and to give them feedback on success are so blunt and so imperfect,” he said, that they don’t tell people much about what will be necessary to help them lead a good life.Clark said the biggest challenge facing most countries is figuring out which institutional structures will be relevant and effective in the coming decades to assist communal decision-making. “We don’t know how to shape common purpose,” he said. If changes can’t be made through existing institutions, creating new ones will require a rethinking of higher education and its role within the community.“I’m very struck … by how interested people seem to be in the pluralism, inclusion, diversity — how we build common purpose and one sense of community,” said Kanter. “I’m very struck by that and also very encouraged because … we know this is what we need. More divisiveness and partisanship isn’t going to get us anywhere on these problems.”last_img read more

John Max Rosenfield, 89

first_imgAt a Meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on April 4, 2017, the following Minute was placed upon the records.John Max Rosenfield, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Professor of East Asian Art, Emeritus, was a pioneering historian of Asian art, whose half-century of scholarship on Buddhist sculpture, Japanese calligraphy, early modern painting, and modern Japanese art, among many other subjects, remains influential today. He was part of a generation that served in the Pacific during World War II, and he would later enter the field of Japanese studies, building academic and international programs for cultural exchange, translating foundational texts, and training several generations of prominent scholars.Known as Jack to his close friends, Rosenfield was born in 1924 in Dallas, Texas. His father was an influential cultural critic for the Dallas Morning News, and Rosenfield was given wide exposure to the arts from a young age. In high school he showed an aptitude for painting, although later he would speak disparagingly of his own efforts, referring to his canvases as “regionalist landscapes with cacti and an occasional jackrabbit.”Rosenfield was eighteen when the Pacific War changed the trajectory of his life. At the time he was enrolled at the University of Texas at Austin but would soon enlist in the Army’s Military Intelligence Division. Rosenfield went on to be stationed in Assam, north Burma, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and north India. As he would note many years later, “Asia has always been a living reality for me, never a bookish abstraction.”After the war Rosenfield studied at the University of California, Berkeley, and then returned to Texas. Upon completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Southern Methodist University in 1947, he earned a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa in 1949, funded by the G.I. Bill. The following year the Korean War pulled him back into service, and Rosenfield gained his first exposure to East Asia, with sojourns in Korea and then Japan. When he returned to the United States, Rosenfield eventually found his way into the art history program at Harvard. There he studied under Benjamin Rowland and earned his Ph.D. in 1959 with a dissertation on portrait statues of the Kushan kings, which was eventually published by the University of California Press in 1967.Rosenfield joined the Harvard faculty in 1965 as a specialist in Japanese art. He was promoted to the rank of full professor in 1968, and six years later assumed the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Professorship of Oriental Art. He served as chair of the Department of Fine Arts at Harvard and Acting Director of the Harvard University Art Museums before retiring in 1991.Rosenfield’s earliest publications on Japanese sculpture were among his most influential works of scholarship. A series of articles during the 1960s showcased his remarkable ability to describe with precision three-dimensional forms and work outwards from artworks to complex ideas of Buddhist philosophy. During the following two decades he organized a series of exhibitions that showcased, in many instances for the first time, important works of Japanese art at Harvard and from private collections. These endeavors resulted in important catalogues on the arts of the Heian period (1967), the Powers collection (1970), the Hofer and Hyde collection (1973), the Drucker collection (1979), Japanese calligraphy (1984–85), and Todaiji Temple (1986).In retirement Rosenfield continued to write prolifically, authoring a series of monographs on long-standing interests: eccentrics in Edo painting (1999), the literati painter Yosa Buson (2003), and his greatest passion, the monk Shunjōbō Chōgen, who was responsible for rebuilding the Great Buddha in Nara during the late twelfth century (2011). It is a testament to Rosenfield’s extraordinary commitment to and love for his craft that his final publication, on the seventeenth-century Japanese sculptor Tankai, was completed just before his passing at age 89 and posthumously published by Princeton University Press.Rosenfield’s service to the field was immense and multifaceted. He served as trustee or board member of numerous institutions, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Asia Society Galleries, the Japan Society of New York, the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, and the Metropolitan Center for Far Eastern Art Studies in Kyoto. Recognition of his achievements extended to Japan, where he had many close friends and lifelong intellectual partnerships with scholars and curators. In 1988 he was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun from the Japanese Government for advancing mutual understanding between Japan and the United States. In 2001 he was awarded the Yamagata Banto Prize for the promotion of Japanese culture internationally. These distinctions culminated in his receipt of the Charles Lang Freer Medal from the Smithsonian Institution in 2012, an award that has only been given out thirteen times since 1956.Rosenfield had boundless energy and curiosity. Following Archilochus (by way of Isaiah Berlin), he referred to himself disparagingly as the fox as opposed to the hedgehog, citing that “the fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows the one great thing.” He was exceedingly humble with regard to his own achievements, and unfailingly generous to anyone with whom he engaged.Rosenfield was quick-witted and affable, but also experienced sadness and loss throughout his life, beginning with the death of a younger brother in his teens and continuing with the untimely death of his son, Paul Thomas (1960–1994). He and his wife, Ella Ruth Hopper Rosenfield, lived in Arlington, Massachusetts, for more than forty years, and in his late years he cared for Ella when she began suffering from the effects of dementia, until her death in 2011. He died due to complications from a stroke two years later, and is survived by his daughter, Sarah Anne.Professor Rosenfield mentored countless students, curators, and scholars from all over the world, and he continued to advise faculty and graduate students at Harvard well after his retirement. In the words of one of his former students, “John Rosenfield taught me Japanese art history as no one else can, and made a university as gigantic as Harvard feel like a small college.”Respectfully submitted,Melissa McCormickEugene WangYukio Lippit, Chairlast_img read more

​COVID-19 Update: No New Cases Reported Monday In Chautauqua County

first_imgDisinfect frequently touched surfaces often – like TV remotes, phones, computers, door handles, faucets, light switches and toilet handles.Keep a safe distance between you and others in public.  Remember that social distancing is 6 feet, and we have been practicing this for quite a while now; keep it up.  A few steps or two average arm lengths away is all it takes.Wear a covering over your nose and mouth.  This helps you to keep your germs to yourself.Stay or get healthy.  As you know, the coronavirus is worse for people who are older, immunocompromised, or have underlying health problems.  If you are in your best shape, you are better able to fight off coronavirus and other diseases. This also helps to prevent those chronic diseases that ultimately make you more susceptible to infections.Eat healthy foods;Stay or get to an ideal weight;Exercise regularly;Quit smoking or using tobacco;Limit consumption of alcohol;Seek help for alcohol or drug addiction;Manage stress – take time to relax and do something fun. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) As of 4 p.m. Monday Cattaraugus County has not yet provided a daily update.center_img JAMESTOWN – No new cases of the novel Coronavirus were reported by Chautauqua County officials on Monday.According to the county’s COVID-19 case map, there remain four active cases with 31 total, 24 recovered and three deaths.Today, Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel discussed a new effort to get business ready to re-open. Wendel, appeared on WNYNewsNow’s daily noon broadcast which can be watched here.Officials say the best way to combat the spread of COVID, and any illness, is to do the following: Practice good hygiene – ALWAYS – this will cut down on disease transmission.Wash your hands frequently for 20 seconds; use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available;Cover your coughs and sneezes – either with your elbow or a tissue; throw the tissue away after use;Keep your hands away from your face.last_img read more

Food science career

first_imgBy Brooke HatfieldUniversity of Georgia Tried to become a mathematicianA senior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison almost 40 yearsago, Lund had a background in chemistry. But after falling inlove and getting engaged, he changed his major to math because hethought it would be less time-consuming.He ended up working in a food science lab doing statisticalanalysis. And after one summer, he was convinced he’d found hiscareer choice.”The real advantage in attending a college or university is theopportunity to explore,” said Lund, now executive director of theNorth Central Regional Association of State AgriculturalExperiment Station Directors. “Take advantage of it.”Academic blinders might prevent some students from developing aninterest in food science, he said. And students who limitthemselves to classes inside their major might miss out on otherthings as well. Lund said his delivering the University of Georgia’s annualWoodroof Lecture March 27 in Athens, Ga., was “an opportunity tolet undergraduates know what a math major is doing in foodscience.” For Daryl Lund, the path to a food science career wasn’t astraight one. But he’s convinced others can learn from that. Foodscience isn’t always an obvious choice for a student. But it’s agood one. Take classes outside your field”I think every student should be required to take courses outsidehis or her college,” Lund said. “Taking an introductory foodscience course should be great fun. And you’ll learn somethingabout food and you.”Lund said food science outside traditional classrooms is vital,too. As chair of the International Union of Food Science andTechnology’s Distance Education Task Force, he’s seen distanceeducation help not only professionals in the field, but villagersin sub-Saharan Africa.”It’s estimated that 15 to 50 percent of all harvested foodspoils,” Lund said. “We have an obligation to share knowledge offood science throughout the world so that people are served andhunger is reduced.”Lund urges university faculties to take a hand in gettingstudents into food science. “We absolutely must mount morediligent efforts to recruit undergraduates,” he said.Professional diversity on a science faculty is important, too,Lund said, to a food science program’s overall strength.”Most departments are hiring chemists, biochemists, chemicalengineers, microbiologists, nutritionists and physicists,” hesaid. “I think that’s very good for the future of food science,because it constantly reminds us that food science is an applieddiscipline that relies on fundamental sciences.”The Woodroof Lecture series is named for J.G. Woodroof, a formerprofessor and creator of the food science department at the UGAGeorgia Experiment Station in Griffin, Ga. Each year, a leader infood science is invited to present the lecture.last_img read more

The First Hiker

first_imgPhoto: Ashley Woodring In the spring of 1669, a German named John Lederer started riding west from Richmond in search of the shortest land route to the Indian Ocean. He missed it by a good 10,000 miles—and knew it, writing afterward that anyone who thought the Indian Ocean, never mind the Pacific, was just “eight or ten days” on horseback from Virginia was “in a great errour.” But he did manage an altogether different first: he became the first person in recorded history to hike the Blue Ridge Mountains.Obviously, he wasn’t the first to encounter the Blue Ridge; in his notes, which were written in Latin and then translated into English by a colonist named William Talbot and published as The Discoveries of John Lederer, Lederer himself describes the agreeably wide grass paths that then characterized the landscape, created by generations of Indians who shaped the land by slashing and burning forest. “The Country here, by the industry of these Indians, is very open, and clear of wood,” he writes.But he was the first to travel across them for the sole purpose of seeing what was on the next peak, and then, crucially, to write it down. Lederer made three trips in total, sent by Virginia’s colonial governor to explore the land, the land that Thomas Jefferson said much later in his Notes on the State of Virginia was “worth a voyage across the Atlantic.”Reading his notes, it’s hard not to like Lederer. Confounding expectations of a man of his era, he carefully catalogs the many Indian groups that then inhabited Virginia and notes their names for places and geological features. He also documents native medicines and social mores. Even when he gently mocks the local explanation for how rattlesnakes manage to get a jump on fast-moving squirrels—squirrels are so spooked by their gaze that they lose their footing and fall off branches and into the waiting maws of the snakes below—it’s with a clear affection.Lederer also has a sense of humor. He makes fun of his English travel companions for insisting on religiously following their compasses rather than their Indian guides, comparing the Europeans to “those Land-Crabs, that crawling backwards in a direct line, avoid not the Trees that stand in their way, but climbing over their very tops, come down again on the other side, and so after a day’s labour gain not above two foot of ground.”He writes proudly of how the men he first sets out with laugh at him for packing dried cornmeal as his main provision, only to beg him for at least a taste when the humid summer air turns their biscuits moldy in a matter of weeks (he tells them no). He tells how a Major Harris in his party “vainly imagined [the James River] to be an Arm of the Lake of Canada; and was so transported with this Fancy, that he would have raised a Pillar to the Discovery, if the fear of the Mahock Indian, and want of food, had permitted him to stay.”And he’s relatable, as when he talks about the same Major Harris defecting from the trip and leaving him only a gun and a prayer under the assumption that Lederer would meet his end in the jaws of a bear, wolf, or bobcat, or at the hands of hostile Indians. Harris’ assumption, writes Lederer, “made him the bolder in Virginia to report strange things in his own praise and my disparagement, presuming I would never appear to disprove him.” Anyone who’s ever been badmouthed behind his or her back has to appreciate Lederer standing up for himself.In short, he was one of us, a wry but sympathetic observer making his way across rivers and over peaks without missing a thing. The woods then may have seemed wilder, teeming, as they were, with predators; the landscape may have been dotted with Indian towns instead of Burger Kings and gas stations. But his account of trekking toward, then up, the mountains, easily cuts straight through more than three centuries of change.The first time he ever spots mountains, he writes: “The fourteenth of March, from the top of an eminent hill, I first descried the Apalataean Mountains, bearing due West to the place I stood upon: their distance from me was so great, that I could hardly discern whether they were Mountains or Clouds.”That report comes within days of the start of the first of his three journeys, but it isn’t until his third, 17 months later, that he actually fully documents conquering a mountain in the Blue Ridge. By this point, his betrayer Major Harris is safe at home, spreading nasty rumors about Lederer. He makes the journey instead with a Colonel Catlet: “The ascent was so steep, the cold so intense, and we so tired, that having with much ado gained the top of one of the highest, we drank the Kings Health in Brandy, gave the Mountain His name, and agreed to return back again.”Looking out over the Blue Ridge and across the Shenandoah Valley, to the greater Appalachians before him, the true vastness of the range finally dawns on Lederer, giving him “no encouragement … to proceed to a further discovery.”It’s all there: the challenge, the exhaustion, the confused blend of futility and triumph in equal measure that comes with reaching a summit and seeing that it’s just one crest of one wave in a seemingly infinite sea. The vow, after all, to return. John Lederer was a hiker.In his opening notes in the official edition of Lederer’s account, Talbot, the translator, says that the German never did get the chance to return. Virginians were furious that their tax money had been spent sending a continental foreigner out to shame the colonists by pushing on farther than they were willing or able. Talbot found the “modest ingenious” Lederer living in exile in Maryland.He says he did not expect to like Lederer, his damaged reputation having preceded him. But they became friends as the German’s stories and levelheadedness “quite abolished those former impressions in me.” At the end of it all, Talbot wrote, “I thought the Printing of these Papers was no injury to the Author, and might prove a Service to the Publick.” And so it did. John Lederer: first hiker of the Blue Ridge.last_img read more

OPENING DAY AT SNOWSHOE: OUR FAVORITE SHOULD-BE-NATIONAL-HOLIDAY

first_img And it doesn’t start and end with just one weekend. The people in power have decided to make this winter season full of activities tailored to knuckleheads of all ages. Costumes, terrain park competitions, brew fests (keep an eye out for the locally crafted Shay’s Revenge Stout) and live acts will take the stage throughout the season. There are three things certain in life: taxes, death and Snowshoe’s iconic Opening Day Weekend. After patiently waiting for 236 days since closing last March, Opening Day is finally within reach. Scheduled for Friday, November 22, the “Island in the Sky” will open the season with a loud bang, thanks to its army of snow guns, and pulling out all the stops in the après department to celebrate the return of the season of seasons.  And since Opening Day weekend is not to be missed, you know the energy level and stoke factor will be over the top to welcome winter properly. Still need a few more reasons to call in sick? How about an off-road adventure to the backcountry escape room, a soothing spa treatment? Bottom-line? Wax your boards and skis, put on your power song, and turn the phone to “Do Not Disturb.” About Snowshoe Mountain: This is Snowshoe – part pure adventure, part cushy comfort, 100% contagious happiness. Our three distinct areas all have personalities worth getting to know. With the perfect amount of vertical in all the right places. A slew of kickers, rails, and other flip-worthy features. Plenty of runs groomed with the same attention paid to top show dogs. last_img read more

Russians in the Sunshine

first_img July 1, 2004 Editor Regular News Russians in the Sunshine Cheryle M. Dodd Editor Friendly smiles of greeting across the room, a shared love of raw oysters, and the patient services of fluent interpreters eliminated communication hurdles between Florida Bar staff and representatives of The Federal Chamber of Advocates of the Russian Federation when the two groups met in Tallahassee from June 14-18.With the Office for Distributed and Distance Learning of Florida State University, The Florida Bar hosted a study tour for eight Russians lawyers, who represent the Federal Chamber, the regulatory body for Russian lawyers, and several regional chambers. The Federal Chamber, established by Russian legislation in 2003, has mandatory membership from 89 regions.The study group traveled to The Florida Bar via the coordination of the ABA Central European and Eurasion Law Institute, a public service project.As Bar staff described the Bar’s history, membership, lawyer regulation and advertising, and continuing legal education, the Russian lawyers listened attentively and took notes to apply to their bar administration back home.“You are history in the making,” President Kelly Overstreet Johnson told the Russians. “Our dialogue will benefit both of our organizations, but the most important benefit will be to the clients we serve.”Although differences in Florida and Russian bar membership exist, the two groups found some similarities. To become an “advocate” and member of the Federal Chamber in the Russian Federation, a lawyer must pass a regional bar exam. Automatically the lawyer becomes a member of the regional bar upon passing the exam.“An advocate has the right to practice law in all territories of Russia,” said Gennady Sharov, member of the Council of the Federal Chamber of Advocates and director of Moscow City Advocate Collegiums. An advocate is subject to disciplinary action and may be disbarred, he added.Each of the 89 Russian regions has its own chamber of advocates which is established to render legal assistance, represent the interests of advocates, and monitor the code of professional ethics, Sharov explained.He admitted that the current structure of chambers and councils “is full of contradictions, which will hopefully be eliminated during further refinement of the law on advocacy.”Tatiyana Butovchenko, president of the Chamber of Advocates in Samara, Russia, told Florida Bar staff that if a person cannot afford an attorney, the government will appoint representation. The minimum daily fee the attorney receives for this representation is $3.Sharov noted that when “the average [monthly] salary in Russia scarcely exceeds $100, such payment is quite acceptable.”Visits to the Florida Supreme Court, Second Judicial Circuit Court and public defender’s office, Florida Board of Bar Examiners, and Florida State University College of Law were also included on the tour. Per the Russian advocates’ request, they also visited two law firms, Holland and Knight; and Brooks, LeBoeuf, Bennett, Foster & Gwartney.Early in their visit, the Bar’s International Law Section shared with the group its plans for a 2005 U.S.-Russia Legal Symposium and described the function of its Russia Committee.The Florida study tour was coordinated by the ABA’s CEELI. Through its volunteer legal liaison program as well as its training institute in Prague, CEELI, which also has an office in Moscow, makes available American and European legal expertise and technical assistance for emerging democracies in modifying and restructuring laws and legal systems.Maxim Istomin, a Russian lawyer and Florida State University law graduate who now works for the university, said former ABA President Sandy D’Alemberte, now a FSU law professor, suggested he stop by the CEELI office on a recent trip to Moscow. There, Istomin learned that the Russian delegation was planning to visit the U.S. to learn about the legal system and lawyer regulations.“I suggested that Tallahassee would be a good place to visit,” he said with a smile, adding, “And also, they would get the best treatment here.”But he also acknowledged the challenge before the Russian lawyers: “They have to set up their own bar association from nothing.”After the study group returns to Russia, CEELI will provide assistance to the Federal Chamber, as needed, to help implement the group’s goals on bar development and administration.High on the Federal Chamber’s list of objectives is implementing a CLE plan for its membership and creating public information regarding legal assistance in all regions of the Russian Federation. Within a year of the study tour’s Florida visit, it hopes to draft a Model Law for Constituent Entities of the Russian Federation.Tour participants will be taking back plenty of information, not only from the presentations, but from their own questions. Indeed, their inquiries made the week an interactive experience.Even during their visit to the Second Circuit Court, the Russian lawyers took every opportunity to ask questions. Circuit Judge Tom Bateman led them to a jury box, and explained the upcoming proceedings, mostly arraignments and plea bargains, and introduced prosecuting and defense lawyers in the room. Chief Circuit Judge Charles Francis, who presided, paused after each case to allow the visitors, seated in the jury box, to ask questions. And they did.Why were the defendants handcuffed? Francis explained that they were under the control of the sheriff, and were handcuffed for security because only two bailiffs and several defendants were in the courtroom at the same time. In a jury trial, he added, the defendant would not be handcuffed and would be dressed in regular clothes instead of prison garb.Do victims have the right to be in the courtroom? Yes, Francis answered. Frequently, prosecutors consult with victims in reaching plea agreements, although the victims cannot control those negotiations. Victims typically are kept apprised of a case’s progress, and frequently they have the right to present testimony on how crime affected their lives.Aside from the legal events, the Russian lawyers also enjoyed North Florida attractions with visits to Wakulla Springs, Alligator Point, the St. Marks River, and the annual Monticello Watermelon Festival in Jefferson County. Russians in the Sunshinelast_img read more

$100K Reward Offered for Tips in Gary Melius Shooting [Video]

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The reward for tips leading to the arrest of the assailant who shot and wounded Oheka Castle owner Gary Melius was increased Tuesday to $100,000 on the year anniversary of the shooting.Suffolk County police previously offered the standard $5,000 reward through their Crime Stoppers program. Melius’ new reward, culled from friends and family, is quadruple the $25,000 that Crime Stoppers is offering for tips in the Long Island Serial Killer probe—an amount that authorities have said was the biggest in county history.“There’s a $100,000 reward now to get information to solve this crime and bring to justice who is responsible,” Melius said a video statement released to the media. “I have been told by…friends that with conversations and people they know that law enforcement has said it could definitely be a help and that’s why they came forward.”The 70-year-old prolific political campaign donor—who lives at the 109,000-square-foot French-style chateau in Huntington that he turned into a catering hall, hotel and restaurant—was getting into his car when the masked shooter opened fire at point-blank range, hitting Melius in the head at about 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 24, 2014. The attacker did not say a word.READ MORE: Gunfire at the Castle: Who Shot Oheka’s Owner? And Why? Melius was on his way to have lunch with former U.S. Sen. Al D’Amato—one of the many powerful attendees at Melius’ Oheka card games—when the bullets started flying. He was taken to North Shore-Long Island Jewish Hospital in Manhasset, where he underwent emergency surgery before returning home a week later.Police declined to comment Monday on the status of the continuing investigation and authorities have not named any suspects. They have previously declined to discuss whether they believe more than one person was involved or if they have any suspected motives.Four months after the shooting, investigators released surveillance camera images of the shooter’s getaway vehicle: an older model, Khaki-metal-colored four-door Jeep Grand Cherokee. Although the castle’s security cameras captured images of the SUV, there was no description of the shooter.Oheka Castle, the former estate of financial tycoon Otto Kahn, has also been host to many high-profile weddings, such as that of the disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner and Hillary Rodham Clinton aide Huma Abedin (which was officiated by former President Bill Clinton), and Kevin Jonas of The Jonas Brothers.“The detectives assigned to my case have been very comforting to me, informative, give me great confidence that they will find out who do this,” Melius said. “I know that they’re working very hard at it and I know that no resources have been cut from them. They are actively trying to solve this case.”Suffolk County police ask that anyone with information about this case call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. Melius also set up a hotline for tips in the case, asking tipsters to call 631-912-6969. All calls will be kept confidential.last_img read more

CEE roundup: Third provider targets North Macedonia [updated]

first_imgNorth Macedonia’s supplementary pension market is set to add a third provider with Slovenian pension and insurance group Zavarovalnica Triglav filing documents with the country’s regulator.The Slovenian company said in a press release that it had “initiated procedure to establish a pension insurance company in [North] Macedonia”.Triglav said it aimed to manage both mandatory and voluntary pension funds.Approval has yet to be granted by North Macedonia’s Agency for the Supervision of Fully Funded Pension Insurance (MAPAS), but the regulator announced the filing of Triglav’s application on its website. Credit: Jacqueline Schmid The Archaeological Museum in Skopje, MacedoniaWhen the system was set up in 2005, all people employed after 2003 who had reached a certain age had to join one of the two pension funds that had been set up for the new mandatory system.People employed before that date and born before 1967 could opt into the system, and roughly 60,000 workers did.They can now choose to opt out of the second pillar or stay with one of the pension funds by writing to MAPAS by the end of September. If they do not make a selection their membership in the second pillar will be terminated and the accrued assets paid out.Since inception there were only ever two providers in the Macedonian pension fund market – both of which are co-owned by Slovenian providers.The larger provider, KB First, is co-owned by Slovenia’s Skupina Prva and North Macedonia’s largest bank Komercijalna Banka. KB First managed €529m in its pension subsidiary as of the end of January 2019.The second provider, NLB Nov Penziski Fond, has been owned by Slovenia’s Sava Re since last year. NLB managed MKD31bn (€500m) in pension assets both in its mandatory and voluntary fund as of the end of 2017.For last year, both mandatory pension funds achieved around 3.2% in net returns with similar levels reported for the previous 5 years.Triglav – Slovenia’s largest insurer – has offered life insurance services in North Macedonia since 2017, and has insurance and pension subsidiaries in various other central and eastern European countries.In April 2018, it bought a majority stake in the only pension insurance company in Croatia, the €12m Raiffeisen Mirovinsko osiguravajuče društvo, from its owner Raiffeisen Bank Austria.IMF says Croatian pension reform ‘an important step’ “This step confirms the stability and reliability of the pension system and is an opportunity for greater competitiveness and development of the pension system, as well as more possibilities for selection in the interest of the members of the pension funds,” MAPAS said.Triglav’s decision to enter the Macedonian pension market follows the introduction of a new law at the end of last year, which allows some people in the mandatory second pillar to change pension funds.center_img Zagreb, CroatiaThe International Monetary Fund (IMF) has praised recent system reforms in Croatia designed to respond to rising life expectancy.The statutory retirement age for both men and women in Croatia is set to increase to 67 by 2033.In addition, the government has introduced tougher penalties for early retirement, and retirees are now allowed to work half-days without losing their pension benefit.In an assessment paper, the IMF described the reforms as “a significant step in the right direction” towards more sustainability in the pension system.However, public pension spending has been increased in order to compensate retirees whose second pillar pension did not generate expected returns. They now have the option to return to the first pillar once they retire, with a 27% increase to their pension.The country’s pension deficit was 4% of GDP and the IMF did not expect it to go down with these measures alone.“There is still room to eliminate group-specific pension provisions and strengthening the second pillar of the system,” the IMF said.According to the international body, Croatian authorities “agreed that the pension reform could have been more ambitious but highlighted that this was the best of the politically feasible options”.This article was updated on 19 February to amend the name of North Macedonialast_img read more