Bar Leaders Conference set for July

first_img Bar Leaders Conference set for July Voluntary bar association leaders will take a “Safari in the Everglades” on leadership, fundraising, association management, member benefits, and media relations during next month’s 2005 Bar Leaders Conference, July 22-23 in Naples.This annual conference, coordinated by The Florida Bar Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee, Florida Council of Bar Association Presidents, and Florida Council of Bar Executives, gives voluntary bar officers and staff an opportunity to network and discuss problems faced by the attorneys who volunteer as members of the association on a local level. The participants discuss voluntary bar association programs, share what works in their communities, and gather helpful tips to improve existing programs.Hosted this year by the Collier County Bar and Lee County Bar associations, the upcoming conference will be held at The Registry Resort & Club in Naples. Workshop topics include membership benefits, lawyer referral services and fee collections, securing nondues sources of income, foundations, media relations, association finances, technology and its uses in bar functions, a session for specialty, staffed, and nonstaffed associations, and much more.“The Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference is an excellent resource for new and rising leaders within their voluntary bar association,” said Dinah Leach, program planning co-chair and executive director of the Lee County Bar Association. “If you want to hear creative approaches to leading and managing your bar association and make connections with other bar leaders from around the state, this is a must-do leadership expedition.”One such program that is making a positive impact in Duval County is the Jacksonville Bar Association Literacy Speakers Bureau. During the conference, a panel of two judges, an educator, and attorney will discuss how the JBA has reached out to various members of the community to address illiteracy, a public health and safety concern.Through its volunteer program, the JBA networks with lawyers, judges, physicians, psychologists, educators, law school professors, and others to discuss the science and medicine of dyslexia with community groups.With the hope of strengthening bar relations, President Alan Bookman requested that participants meet with him and other Florida Bar officers to address the needs of voluntary bar associations. He, along with Hank Coxe, president-elect, Jamie Moses, YLD president, and John Stewart, YLD president-elect, will listen and address concerns of bar leaders.For fun, registrants and their families will enjoy great food and entertainment aboard the Naples Princess during the Friday night dinner cruise. The registration fee for the conference is $100. The reception is an additional fee.For information about the conference, go to www.floridabar.org or contact Toyca Williams at (850) 561-5764 or e-mail [email protected] Bar Leaders Conference set for Julycenter_img July 1, 2005 Regular Newslast_img read more

Suozzi: Parkland Shows Need for Gun Reform

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Since the Florida school shooting that ended the lives of 17 people, high school students across the country have served as an inspiration, and given us hope that our response to gun violence will finally include meaningful action.U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-Glen Cove)We have a responsibility to help these young people make their voices heard. Congress also has a responsibility to act. There are no more excuses for inaction. Our sadness over the loss of more innocent life can never discourage us from doing what is right.Let’s look at the facts. Over 93 percent of Americans and 80 percent of gun owners support universal background checks. Ninety percent of Americans also support keeping those who are mentally ill from buying firearms.That’s why I support commonsense legislation like H.R. 4240, the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act. If passed, this bill would expand background checks to include all commercials firearms sales, provide reasonable exceptions for family and friend transfers, and preserve Second Amendment rights. States would also be given the incentive of more federal funding to keep proper record-sharing systems to help report criminals and the mentally ill, who we all agree should not be able to buy a gun.Since the 1990s, background checks have blocked more than $3 million in sales to people not allowed to purchase a firearm. But gaps in the system mean that gun shows and the internet are still perfectly legal places for criminals and the mentally ill to get their hands on a gun. That needs to stop.And while the right to “bear arms” is guaranteed in the Constitution as clearly as the freedom of speech, as with speech, there are limitations when necessary to curb the threat of violence. For example, you can’t yell “fire” in a crowded theater.I became the first member of Congress from New York to cosponsor the Gun Violence Restraining Order Act. This legislation would give relatives and law enforcement the ability to seek an immediate temporary restraining order from the courts to stop someone who is a danger to themselves or others from buying or possessing a gun.We now know that the Parkland shooter had been showing signs of mental illness prior to the shooting. It’s possible that a gun violence restraining order could have helped prevent this tragedy. This would be a commonsense way to try and stop people who appear to be an imminent threat to public safety without curtailing their fundamental constitutional rights. In fact, all those petitioning for gun violence restraining orders must prove their case in court.We’ve heard time and again the NRA’s answer to these mass shootings – “more guns.” That makes no sense. Americans already own more than 300 million guns.The young people leading this movement need our support. They have inspired a nation to rise and declare, “not one more.” It’s time for the adults, and Congress, to do the same.last_img read more

Bigger than Camp Nou. Guangzhou starts work on 100,000-capacity stadium

first_imgChina will host the newly expanded 2021 FIFA Club World Cup and the 2023 AFC Asian Cup, while Shanghai is interested in holding the Olympics. Chinese champions Guangzhou Evergrande on Thursday began building a new stadium costing 12 billion yuan ($1.7 billion) and boasting a 100,000 capacity — one of the world’s largest arenas.The stadium, which will be marginally bigger than Barcelona’s famous Camp Nou, is scheduled to be ready by the end of 2022, Xinhua news agency said.Guangzhou Evergrande Football Stadium will have an eye-catching lotus flower design wrapped around it, a nod to the southern city’s status as China’s “Flower City”. The stadium will be, for a time at least, the world’s largest football venue, until the Camp Nou expands to 105,000 seats after its ongoing redevelopment. Eight-time Chinese champions Guangzhou, who are coached by Italian World Cup winner Fabio Cannavaro and have won the AFC Champions League twice, average about 50,000 fans for home matches.China’s government is making an aggressive push to promote football in the country and several major new stadiums are being built around the nation.Evergrande’s Chinese Super League rivals Shanghai SIPG are constructing a new arena that will seat 33,000 and is expected to be finished in 2021.center_img Topics :last_img read more

ConocoPhillips, PDVSA Seal USD 2 Bn Settlement

first_imgU.S. energy corporation ConocoPhillips has signed a USD 2 billion settlement agreement with PDVSA, Venezuelan state-owned oil company.The deal relates to PDVSA’s failure to meet contractual obligations as indicated by an arbitral tribunal in April 2018, constituted under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).The Venezuelan company agreed to pay USD 500 million within a period of 90 days from the time of signing, while the rest of the amount would be paid quarterly over a period of 4.5 years.“As a result of the settlement, ConocoPhillips has agreed to suspend its legal enforcement actions of the ICC award, including in the Dutch Caribbean,” the company said.“The award relates to the unlawful expropriation of ConocoPhillips’ investments in the Hamaca and Petrozuata heavy crude oil projects in Venezuela in 2007 and other pre-expropriation fiscal measures.”This move is believed to be good news for tankers as PDVSA is now expected to resume exporting oil from most of its key Caribbean facilities and boost Venezuelan crude production, which has been on a major decline over the recent period amid economic crisis in the country.The Venezuelan economy is almost entirely dependent on revenue generated from the oil and gas industry.The country is in a desperate need of investment into its oil and gas industry, but the current political impasse with the U.S. and the currency crisis in the country are making it difficult to attract investors.ConocoPhillips has a separate and independent legal action pending against the government of Venezuela before a tribunal under the auspices of the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).As indicated by Conoco, the ICSID tribunal has already ruled that Venezuela’s expropriation of ConocoPhillips’ investments violated international law, and proceedings are underway to determine the amount of compensation owed to ConocoPhillips.last_img read more