Government Lawyer Section establishes diversity and inclusion panel

first_imgGovernment Lawyer Section establishes diversity and inclusion panel Nov 10, 2020 By Jim Ash Senior Editor Top Stories The Government Lawyer Section, in keeping with a recent Bar trend, is bolstering its efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.At an October 23 meeting, the Board of Governors approved proposed section bylaw changes that authorize the creation of a diversity and inclusion committee.Government Lawyer Section Chair Jacek Stramski said, “we are very excited as a section” by the approval.“These are very important issues for the Bar in general, and to government practice specifically — not only to help government lawyers provide better legal representation to our clients, but to also help us better meet the constitutional requirements of equal protection and due process that we have sworn to uphold,” he said.It’s too early to identify specific projects, but section leaders are already laying the groundwork, Stramski said.“We are finalizing the composition of the committee, and look forward to engaging with the Bar, other sections, and our membership on these important issues,” he said.The effort can be felt in almost every corner of the Bar.On September 18, the Bar’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee plans to launch a women’s programming series with a panel discussion about the COVID-19 pandemic and the opportunities it presents for women lawyers. President Dori Foster-Morales is scheduled to deliver an address.Earlier this year, the Board of Governor’s approved “Path to Unity.” A major D&I Committee effort, the traveling Florida art and legal history project is designed “to tell the story of the Bar’s journey from its segregated past to the rich, multicultural organization that it is today.”The Business Law Section’s executive council recently approved a CLE Diversity Policy that will require CLE professional panels to include members from underrepresented groups.The new policy was developed jointly by members of the Business Law Section’s Inclusion, Mentoring and Fellowship Committee and the D&I Committee, according to Business Law Section Chair Leyza Blanco.“Our Inclusion Mentoring Fellowship Committee did extensive work reviewing similar policies for organizations around the U.S. in developing this policy,” Blanco said.last_img read more


Video | The CJ’s Tucker and Jones breakdown the beat down of West Virginia

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It’s a top of the ladder clash in Port Moresby AFL

first_imgAFL BY SIMON KESLEP Bismark Maritime West Eagles and Lamana Dockers two of the undefeated senior mens division teams will match up on Sunday (3pm) as Esiloan Port Moresby AFL enters round six of competition at the Bisini Colts oval. It is a top of the ladder clash for the two teams given their outstanding undefeated game performances since the start of the season. In the senior men’s points ladder, Eagles 20, Dockers 20, Sun City Cats 12, Gordons Kokofas 12, Concept Koboni 8, Gereka Bombers 8, Gerehu Magpies 0 and North Waigani Royals Tigers 0. For Eagles coming off from a forfeit against Tigers last weekend, they will be expected to dig deep at training to match up fellow brothers, the Dockers. Dockers on the other end, are also expected to step up and bring out their never say die efforts throughout each 17 minutes quarter play. Both teams comprise  PNG Mosquito representative players, majority are  West New Britain AFL talents. The team with a good coordinated support plays and consistent goal kicking accuracy is likely to survive the contest with a win. Eagles will be banking on the likes of Jeffery ‘Hardy’ Vogae, former Dockers Clyde Pulah, John James Lavai and also their back line. Dockers have the reliable workaholic ruck rover Archie Mae, Wesley Yuwi, Chris Mong, Luke Savere Jnr, Hosea Wartovo, Emmanuel Tupia, Brendon Bola, Max Lavai and Desmond Kaumu to take lead. “The first quarter was a bit scrappy but as we played on in the third and final quarter the boys gain momentum. That is why we won the game because we play as a team,” said Dockers coach Alphonse Gale after last win over Cats. This performance is likely to improve for Dockers as Coach Gale said the match against Eagles will get a bit aggressive and physical. “This match will test which team will remain at the top of the ladder and who will be second.” Saturday senior division match will see Tigers taking on Magpies, Kokofas facing of with Cats while Koboni searching for their third win as they meet Bombers. The A reserve ladder meanwhile, Eagles 20, Kokofas 16, Cats 16, Dockers 16, Bombers 4, Magpies 4, Koboni 4 and Tigers 0. Womens division is led by Kokofas 20, Dockers 16, Magpies 8, Koboni 8 and Tigers 4.last_img read more



first_img93 of Australia’s best Youth Touch Footballers took their first steps towards selection for the Federation of International Touch 2009 Youth World Cup after a comprehensive training camp at the Currimundi Fitness Centre at Currimundi on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast from Thursday 29 June to Sunday 1 July 2007.Players in National squads in the six FIT Youth World Cup age divisions – 20 Years Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed, and 18 Years Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed, were put through their paces by National Youth Coaches, National Open Coaches, and National Open players.Some of the sport’s biggest names gathered to provide support to help educate and guide the new breed of up and coming stars of the sport over a demanding weekend that included a variety of activities to develop the on and off field skills of Australia’s best youth talent.Touch Football Hall of Fame members Peter Mc Neven and Scott Notley joined current World Cup Open representatives Peta Rogerson, Gary Sonda, Tony Eltakchi, and Australian Open Women’s Captain Sharyn Williams as mentors at the camp.2007 Australian Open Men’s and Women’s World Cup winning coaches Tony Trad and Kerry Norman were also on hand to assist coach and player development.TFA’s High Performance Coordinator Wayne Grant, Elite Programs Director, Cathy Gray, and High Performance Coaching Director Ian Stanley, also attended to drive their respective areas of expertise to ensure the camp was successful in achieving numerous outcomes for participants, the program, and the sport itself.Players participated in a range of activities including fitness assessments, skills sessions, game play, mixed games, video analysis, recovery sessions, nutrition lectures, media engagements, and individual player debriefs.All Youth National squad members adapted to life well as Elite representatives of their chosen sport and trained and played with a high level of effort, endeavour, and effectiveness commiserate with players of the highest standard. It wasn’t all hard work for the Youth squads, with off the field fun that included a ropes course and an impromptu skit night organized by “The Blackest Cat” Entertainment Group.Tony Trad, Gary Sonda, Dean Russell, and Tony Eltakchi provided a great night of entertainment for the squads with a games night featuring special guest interviews and challenges.The Australian Youth squads contributed themselves with National 18 Years Girls representative Laura Chivers (the sport’s nomination for the next “Australian Idol”) stealing the show and earning a standing ovation from the crowd with her moving solo version of the Missy Higgins hit, “They weren’t there”.The Boys were not to be outdone with Jordan Marshall, Tyson Brough, and Nicholas Sword proving their footwork was just as good on the dance floor as it is on the touch field, and Jess Shaw and Genevieve La Caze did their best to “step up” and match the boys in an impromptu “dance off”.Players knuckled down well and impressed their coaches with their willingness to learn, eagerness to work, and their passion for wearing the green and gold.National High Performance Coordinator Wayne Grant was pleased with the outcomes of the camp and believes the tone for future set camps has been established.“Everyone deserves congratulations on a job well done this weekend. Player effort and behaviour was beyond reproach, and our Coaches planned and ran appropriate and valuable sessions for the camp’s duration. The input of our mentor players and coaches was fantastic and the venue staff and TFA staff worked well together to support what turned out to be an extremely successful camp. We are well positioned to mount a very strong challenge to regain the FIT World Youth Cup in Auckland in 2009,” Mr. Grant said.National Youth Squad members will be monitored in coming months at various TID tournaments and squads will be reviewed at the National 18 Years Championships to be played in Coffs Harbour from 18-22 September 2007.last_img read more


10 months agoAtalanta coach Gasperini: Lazio top four contender

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Atalanta coach Gasperini: Lazio top four contenderby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini has no doubts about the quality of Lazio.Lazio meet Atalanta on Monday.”Lazio’s level makes them a legitimate contender for a Champions League spot,” said Gasperini. “I’m expecting a hard-fought and challenging game.”Winning matches like these boosts self-esteem. [Coach Simone] Inzaghi’s team is strong and they certainly don’t look like they’re in any sorts of crisis to me. After all, they just qualified for the Round of the Last Sixteen in the Europa League and they are fifth in Serie A.”Some of their recent results may have been a bit disappointing, but that doesn’t mean anything. It’s a team that has everything it takes to trouble us, although we have resources of our own as well.” last_img read more


Feds looking at longer deadlines for answering veterans requests for service

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government is looking to extend the amount of time that officials have to respond to veterans seeking various different types of benefits and support for their service-related injuries.The move follows years of criticism after Veterans Affairs Canada consistently forced former service members to wait months longer than promised to access support — or even find out whether they qualify.Those delays have been found to add further stress and frustration on injured veterans as they wait for medical or financial assistance.Veterans Affairs Canada says it wants to give veterans a more “realistic” idea of when they can expect to hear back when they request assistance, and that many of the new timelines will be rolled out before the end of the fiscal year.But Virginia Vaillancourt, acting national president of the Union of Veterans Employees, said the solution isn’t to make veterans wait longer — it is investing more resources to keep them from having to wait in the first place.“With more staff in the office, it means that the veterans are actually going to get the service, the benefits and the care that they deserve — and that the government has promised them,” Vaillancourt said.“Whether you’re telling them it’s going to be eight weeks or 24 weeks, they still have that stress of waiting and not knowing if they will be approved for services and benefits.”Veterans Affairs has struggled to provide timely benefits and support to former service members for years, in part because of Conservative-era budget cuts and layoffs from which the department still hasn’t fully recovered.Compounding the problem has been a sharp increase in demand for services in recent years, which has created a backlog of applications for disability benefits and slowed response times in the provision of support.The Trudeau Liberals promised during the last election to fix the problem by hiring more staff, and most recently committed $42 million over two years to address a backlog of applications for disability benefits that had reached 29,000 files.But performance continues to lag; while injured veterans are told they can expect to know within 16 weeks whether they simply qualify for disability benefits, ombudsman Guy Parent found the average wait remains 23 to 29 weeks.The department has also consistently exceeded its own targets when it comes to providing veterans with quick access to long-term care, career training services, income-replacement benefits and rehabilitation services.It has also routinely failed to quickly respond veterans’ phone calls within two minutes.Documents obtained by The Canadian Press under Access to Information show officials have taken a close look at changing when the clock starts running on requests for some types of services — and extending the promised delivery times outright in others.A more realistic timeline than the current 16-week target for approving applications for disability benefits would be between 20 and 30 weeks, officials say in the documents, depending on the applicant’s medical conditions.Veterans Affairs spokeswoman Emily Gauthier confirmed in an email that the department is revising the timelines for various services, which she said was “to provide realistic timeframes for veterans and others we serve.”The department “continues to strive to provide faster, more efficient, higher quality service,” she added. “We will review our service standards on a yearly basis and revise them when we’ve made significant improvements to our actual performance.”Parent indicated last month that he supported providing veterans with a more realistic assessment of when they can expect to hear from the department, which would ease their stress and frustration at being forced to wait.But Vaillancourt disagreed with that assessment, saying veterans are applying for support because they require financial or medical assistance and that simply telling them that they can expect to wait longer won’t help address their needs.Afghan veteran Aaron Bedard, who led a high-profile but ultimately unsuccessful legal challenge against the government over lifetime disability pensions, blasted the department’s plan to ease its service targets, calling it a “step backwards.”While providing timely access can be a challenge when it comes to veterans, it should always be a priority, said Scott Maxwell, executive director of Wounded Warriors Canada, which focuses on helping former service members with mental-health injuries.“Ultimately, the goal is to ensure when an ill or injured member of the Canadian Armed Forces reaches out to access the help they deserve, that the access is timely,” Maxwell said. “That’s got to be the objective always.”— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.last_img read more


After hiking twice theres no predetermined path for rates from here Poloz

first_imgOTTAWA – There is no prearranged route for further interest-rate hikes from the Bank of Canada, governor Stephen Poloz insisted Wednesday as he signalled the bank would be taking a more cautious approach to any future increases.The central bank raised rates twice over the summer following the economy’s surprisingly powerful start to the year.Moving forward, however, Poloz said bank officials will carefully assess a long list of lingering unknowns and external risks to their outlook. The goal is to update their understanding of the economy “in real time,” he said.“There is no predetermined path for interest rates from here,” Poloz said in a speech to the local board of trade in St. John’s.“Although we are confident that the economy has made significant progress, we simply can’t be certain of exactly how far there is left to go.”Poloz’s speech comes after the sizzling Canadian economy spurred the bank to raise the rate twice — first in July and then again earlier this month.Poloz shared several “unusual” unknowns now under close watch by the bank as it considers future moves. They include elevated levels of household debt, downward pressure of technological breakthroughs on inflation and slower-than-expected wage growth.He also noted how the period since the financial crisis has brought in a protracted period of slow economic growth and extremely low interest rates.“The fact is, nobody really knows,” Poloz said in response to a question about where rates could go from here.“We’re in uncharted territory.”In his address, Poloz warned that more surprises could lie ahead — in “either direction.”The speech pointed out that the bank’s decisions have become “particularly” data-dependent due to uncertainties such as geopolitical developments and protectionist sentiments in some parts of the world.He also offered details about the bank’s decision to raise the rate a second time following a run of unexpectedly strong economic numbers.Poloz noted, however, that he doesn’t expect the economy to maintain the torrid pace it set in the first half of 2017.The speech marked the first public comments by Poloz since the bank drew criticism for its communications approach ahead of the September hike, which caught many forecasters off guard.Some analysts took issue with the fact the bank did not provide any public remarks for them to scrutinize for hints during the eight-week period between the July and September rate decisions.A few days after the second hike, the bank publicly defended its communications strategy, saying about half the market had priced it in.“I think we’ve spilled enough ink on that earlier issue already,” Poloz said in response to a question on the bank’s messaging style.“And I’d just point out that an awful lot of people were not surprised by that interest-rate decision — how’d that happen?”Communications, and thinking about new ways to go about them, are always the subject of an “active discussion” at the bank, he added.The bank’s next scheduled rate announcement is scheduled for Oct. 25.Before his speech, most analysts had been expecting the central bank to raise the benchmark rate a few more times over the coming year.Poloz’s message led some to reconsider their projections on the timing of the bank’s next rate move.“It seems like these are really going to be last-minute decisions,” said Desjardins senior economist Jimmy Jean, who had been expecting the bank to hike rates again at next month’s meeting.Jean now expects a lot of uncertainty and volatility in the marketplace ahead of rate decisions unless there’s more direction from the bank about the approach it plans to take.Benjamin Reitzes, a strategist with BMO Capital Markets, wrote in a research note to clients that the speech showed Poloz is in no hurry to raise the rate.“The (Bank of Canada’s) bias is, of course, to push rates higher, but the data will determine how quickly they move.”— Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more


Spelling Bee sees big increase in turnout

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Fort St. John Literacy Society held its annual spelling bee on Saturday, with registration seeing a big increase over last year.Last year’s spelling bee saw just 15 students participate, but that number jumped to 78 participants from around the North Peace this year.First place contestants in each age group ended up taking home a prize of $100, along with trophies and medals. CM Finch student Roy Kim ended up placing first among Grade 1 students to open the spelling bee, while Cooper Haggstrom – who is homeschooled – placed second. In the combined Grades 2/3 group, Bert Ambrose student Maximus Willams ended up taking home the top prize, while Paige Umbach placed 2nd.After the second group of students competed, six members of the local media from Moose FM, the Alaska Highway News, and Bell Media competed to find out which of them relied the least on spell-check at work. After the judges threw several curveballs at the hapless broadcasters and journalists, it was CJDC-TV News Director Hugh Smith who ended up winning the media challenge.The two older age groups were dominated by students from Christian Life School. Literacy Society executive director Jessica Kalman said that the school held its own spelling bee before the event at the Lido Theatre over the weekend.Abigail Krafczyk placed first amongst Grades 4/5 students, followed by her classmate Irina Fendel. After a back-and-forth match-up that lasted close to 45 minutes, Dennis Fendel ended up winning the Grades 6/7 age group, beating Jaden Meyer.last_img read more


Gattuso urges his team to qualify to the Europa League

first_imgThe Coppa Italia final game was a huge disappointment for the whole AC Milan squad and their fans but Gennaro Gattuso urged his team to remain focused and fight for the Europa League place.There are just two matches to go in Serie A and the Rossoneri have been fighting for the last Europa League spots – and their coach believes that they can at least a bit save the ongoing season by qualifying there.The Italian coach spoke about his side’s last games of the season as he said, according to Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“The TIM Cup Final was a huge disappointment, especially for the many fans who supported us. On my side, I tried to stay calm because we still have two more Finals to play in Serie A. I told my players to put the defeat behind and focus on this. We are AC Milan and we have the duty to classify to Europa League.”“We are the team that has played the most in Italy: 57 games in 52 weeks. If we finish in 7th place we will have to be back here around 11th June, with six preliminaries matches to play. This way, the Serie A just starts and you are already tired. Qualifying directly is very important but I definitely prefer to play the Europa League rather than staying at home.”last_img read more


Morelos must make amends – Johnstone

first_imgFormer Rangers Football Club player Derek Johnstone says the club’s Alfredo Morelos must make amends after picking up another red card this season on Thursday night.The Colombia international was sent off for after he was shown a second yellow card for kicking the ball away during Rangers 1-1 draw with Russian side FC UFA in the second-leg of their UEFA Europa League playoff tie.“Alfredo Morelos’s red card against Ufa was so stupid. It’s different if you are going into a challenge and mistime it, these things happen, but to get sent off like that in such an important game is almost unforgivable.” Johnstone said, according to EveningTimes.Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“No matter the level of football you are playing at, you know that booting the ball away is an automatic yellow card. For a man that is easily roused by the opposition, I immediately thought he was putting himself under real pressure, but I couldn’t believe what happened next.”“To have a go at the referee in the same minute was unbelievably daft, and the official had no option. You are simply not going to get away with that in European competition. We don’t think that referees take any nonsense in Scotland, but in Europe they are even stricter.”“Everything would be forgotten if he can get his first goal against Celtic, and he has to show how determined he is to get it this Sunday to make amends to his teammates, manager and the fans.”last_img read more