MCCAIG/iStock(HARRISONBURG, Va.) — A dog once thought to be lost to a fire in an apartment building in Virginia is now back with his grateful owner.On Thursday, a five-alarm blaze tore through a three-story apartment building in the Hills at Southview apartment complex in Harrisonburg, leaving dozens displaced, including James Madison University student Kayla Blake.Blake, who was not home at the time of the fire and who got the devastating call, told ABC News affiliate WHSV-TV that she was a “wreck” after hearing about her third-floor apartment and was particularly concerned about whether firefighters and first responders had rescued her dog, Rebel.She’d adopted Rebel three years ago from the Richmond Animal League, according to WHSV-TV.Blake said, however, that a K-9 unit had told her parents it was unlikely that Rebel had survived because of the flames, the smoke and the possibility that the floors had given way in the building.But two days later, when Blake and a friend returned to the complex to assess the damage, she heard a familiar and welcoming sound from a window: Rebel’s bark. She then called the police and fire department, she said.“Within a few minutes, you know, five, six minutes, one of the firefighters, I heard him yell, ‘We got him!’ And, he looked out the window and gave me a thumbs up,” she told WHSV-TV.Video from the scene posted to social media showed first responders carrying out Rebel as a crowd of onlookers cheered.The dog had reportedly been hiding under a desk and a James Madison University flag, an area of the apartment that had not been destroyed by the fire.According to WHSV-TV, Rebel suffered a burn on his nose and a few dropped pounds due to lack of food. Otherwise, a veterinarian had checked him out and determined him to be OK, Blake said.“He goes everywhere with me,” she said, “so he’s definitely gonna be a part of the part of my journey wherever I end up after this.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
View post tag: Naval USS Bonhomme Richard Leaves Sydney Share this article View post tag: Richard View post tag: Sydney Training & Education View post tag: USS View post tag: Bonhomme The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) departed Sydney Aug. 20 after a four-day port visit.During the visit, Sailors and Marines participated in community relations projects, friendly sport events with the local teams, and multiple tours offered by Bonhomme Richards’ Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Department.Twenty personnel from Bonhomme Richard visited the Calvary Health Care Center as part of a community relations project and assisted the staff in providing care for the elderly.“I have been volunteering my whole life,” said Aviation Maintenance Administrationman 2nd Class Timothy Lee. “I always love lending a helping hand.”The crew also experienced Sydney through MWR tours designed to highlight recreational opportunities in the city.“We sponsored the Blue Mountains and Sydney Opera house tour,” said David Glazier, Bonhomme Richard’s fit boss. “There was a great turnout and we received positive feedback from the participants.”Sailors and Marines also competed in a friendly game of softball against a local softball team at Captain Cook Oval field and conceived a victory.“I think it was a great experience for the Bonhomme Richard softball team to play a game with some of the Australian locals,” said Damage Controlman 1st Class Christopher Gamez, Bonhomme Richard’s softball team captain. “It wasn’t about who won or who lost. We had the opportunity to talk, and in some cases teach, all the different aspects of the game. It was a very rewarding experience.”The port visit was the first opportunity for Bonhomme Richards’ crew to explore Sydney since it began operating in the 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility as the flagship of the only forward-deployed Amphibious Ready Group (ARG).“My first port visit to Sydney was great,” said Personnel Specialist 2nd Class Anthony Fano. “I hope we have the opportunity to visit this amazing city again. Overall it was a good time spent with friendly locals and my fellow shipmates.”Bonhomme Richard’s crew also hosted a reception for distinguished guests and gave tours of the ship to Australian nationals.“It made me proud to be able to show off Bonhomme Richard to the Australian locals,” said Interior Communications Specialist 2nd Class Jacqueline Snow. “They were really excited to see the equipment and spaces throughout the ship.”The Bonhomme Richard ARG is commanded by Capt. Cathal O’Connor, commodore, Amphibious Squadron 11 and reports to the Commander, Amphibious Force 7th Fleet, Rear Adm. Jeffrey A. Harley, headquartered in White Beach, Okinawa, Japan.[mappress]Press Release, August 23, 2013 View post tag: Defence View post tag: Navy View post tag: Leaves View post tag: Defense Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Bonhomme Richard Leaves Sydney View post tag: News by topic August 23, 2013
View post tag: Fincantieri Authorities View post tag: ITS Romeo Romei May 11, 2017 Back to overview,Home naval-today Italian Navy receives final Type 212 submarine from Fincantieri View post tag: Type 212 View post tag: Italian Navy Italian Navy received its fourth and final Todaro-class submarine Romeo Romei during a ceremony held at Fincantieri’s Muggiano, La Spezia, shipyard on May 11.Romeo Romei was delivered after starting sea trials in March 2016 and being launched in July 2015.Romeo Romei is part of a second batch of Type 212 submarines, together with ITS Pietro Venuti which was commissioned into service on July 6, 2016.First batch submarines ITS Salvatore Todaro and Scirè entered service in 2006 and 2007, respectively.While being the final batch two submarine, Rome Romei is possibly not the final Type 212 boat Italy will acquire. Back in 2015, Admiral de Giorgi, Italy Navy Commander in Chief, pointed to the possibility of Italy buying another two boats. Furthermore, defense ministries of Germany and Italy in March 2017 signed a Memorandum of Understanding to extend their cooperation in the field of submarine operation and construction, after Germany announced it would build further two boats in the class, bringing the number of units in service to eight.Romeo Romei has a surface displacement of 1,509 tonnes and an overall length of 55.9 meters. Crewed by 27 persons, the submarine can reach speeds of 16 knots. It is equipped with a silent propulsion system based on fuel cell technology (also known as air-independent propulsion AIP), producing energy through an oxygen-hydrogen reaction, independent therefore from external oxygen, ensuring a submerged range three to four times higher than the conventional battery-based systems. Share this article Italian Navy receives final Type 212 submarine from Fincantieri
Load remaining images Photo: Bill McAlaine While Phish has visited Madison Square Garden the most over the past eight years, no run has been more consistent than their annual Labor Day Weekend stint at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park outside Denver, CO. After a couple of weeks to mourn the cancellation of the highly-anticipated Curveball festival, the band came out ready to relieve their stress all over the sold-out Commerce City crowd.“Free” started the weekend off right as fans crammed into the packed arena. Mike Gordon added some extra chunky bass thumps to the classic breakdown before Trey Anastasio, instrumentally inviting the capacity crowd to “come on join the party dressed to kill” with teases of The Who’s “Eminence Front” throughout. Taking the second slot was the curiously placed “Harry Hood,” making its earliest appearance in a show since it opened the band’s 20th-anniversary performance on 12/2/03 in Boston. The jam was patiently piled high with Page McConnell’s full spectrum of keys and finished off strong with Trey bringing the effects to soaring heights, leaving the entire crowd feeling good about what was to come.Phish – “Free” [Pro-Shot][Video: LivePhish]The spacey and tranquil “What’s The Use?” from The Siket Disc was gently placed into the already-enticing setlist for the third year in a row at Dick’s. When Trey blurted out “Blaze On, Leo!” during the “Blaze On” that followed, the Centennial State audience ate it up like an edible from one of the many recreational weed shops in the area. Trey, a.k.a. Big Red, relied on the delay effect to get the blaze roaring during the first half of this smoking rendition. The 12-plus minute “Blaze On” was accented by Chris Kuroda’s lighting magic, periodically holding the high beams over the energetic field of fans to let the band enjoy scene from their perch on the stage.Phish took a moment to discuss the next tune, leading some note-takers to assume that the fifth song might be a new cover or, perhaps, a debut original. Instead, it yielded something even better: a 15-minute, first-set “Ghost”. During the initial Type II jam, Page and Mike bounced their notes back and forth, giving way to brief “Under Pressure” teases by Trey.The second half of “Ghost” grew wings as the foursome collided into some speedier funk, capped off with a gorgeous transition into “Crosseyed and Painless”, a tune that made a big showing as the centerpiece of a tease-filled show in its last Dick’s trip in 2016. The two songs melted together so fluidly, it nearly seemed like this would stand as merely a tease. However, to the surprise of the arena, “Crosseyed” sat comfortably in Set 1 for the first time since 8/13/97 at Star Lake Amphitheatre. Where “The Great Curve” follows the Talking Heads original on the Remain in Light album, Phish’s symbolically-driven “Simple” took its place, reminding fans in Colorado that they may not have had a Curve, but they’ve still got a band. The classic set ended with the recognizable “Cavern” getting some bonus bass from Mike, a man that definitely knows how to take care of his shoes.On night one, Phish continued their Summer 2018 trend of hammering home extremely powerful first sets, leaving fans to ponder what could possibly happen during Set 2. “Exposed to all the elements,” Phish returned to the stage hitting dingers during a set-opening “No Men In No Man’s Land”. Page stood up to rock the Clavinet as Mike carved some meaty grooves around Trey’s fuzzy MuTron effects.Phish – “No Men In No Man’s Land” [Pro-Shot][Video: LivePhish]“Carini” fluttered into outer space next with a focused and passionate guitar solo accented by Page’s ambient synth. A familiarly blissed-out expedition became the theme here, as it has in many of the song’s recent outings this year. Trey held onto notes like it was the last time he would ever play, and the crowd held on with him. If there was one thing the Phish community learned from Curveball’s unfortunate debacle, it was to not take anything for granted. The band certainly seemed to be living in the moment as they built upon Jon Fishman’s swift shift in momentum, bringing the jam to a colossal peak before fizzling out into “Theme From The Bottom”.A clean and well executed “Theme” gave way to an otherworldly “Mercury”, yet another song with an impressive Dick’s pedigree. Nearly an hour into the set and four songs deep, this planetarium of a jam was propelled by Mike’s groovy bass which set up the stepping stones for Page to fill in the spaces with precision. Phish was playing with a wide-eyed, childlike energy—which might explain the “Young Lust” teases seductively tossed into the end of the jam.The band took their time with the set-capping 18+ minute “Light”, reminding skeptics that the Joy songs can rip, especially in Commerce City (remember this D-Light-ful version from 2012?). Page took to the organ to warm up a Caribbean-influenced interlude, eventually spawning “Gotta Jibboo” teases. A fearless Fishman was the silent killer in this one, igniting the band and closing on the 5-song set in fiery fashion.After a brief encore break, Page took to the Clavinet for “Martian Monster” while Mike tossed thick, syrupy grooves into the Chilling Thrilling favorite. Fishman hacked away on the blocks to calm the short and sweet Disney sampler down before Trey loaded up the cannon and brought the crowd to a frenzy. “Julius” put the exclamation point on a show that is easily one of the best of 2018 thus far.An old-school first set that that gave way to a five-song second set took Colorado by storm. On paper, this uniquely designed set list will hopefully bring happiness to heartbroken Curveball ticket holders that are still waiting for their refunds. Hold onto your dicks, nights two and three are soon to follow.Setlist: Phish | Dick’s Sporting Goods Park | Commerce City, CO | 8/31/18Set 1: Free > Harry Hood, What’s the Use? > Blaze On, Ghost -> Crosseyed and Painless > Simple > CavernSet 2: No Men In No Man’s Land > Carini > Theme From the Bottom > Mercury > LightEncore: Martian Monster > JuliusA full soundboard recording of the show is available via LivePhish.
Caitlyn Jordan | The Observer Notre Dame senior Lindsay Allen orders dinner at the new Jimmy John’s location on Eddy Street onSunday. The restaurant joins other chains such as Chipotle and Five Guys.Tyler Grummel, first assistant at Jimmy John’s, said the restaurant’s new location was chosen largely due to its increased proximity to Notre Dame’s campus — with the restaurant’s location on Michigan Avenue formerly being closest to campus — and takes Domer Dollars to account for added student business.“We’re closer to campus and we wanted to increase business that way,” Grummel said. “This store, especially, is mainly Notre Dame-based clientele [and] we take Domer Dollars over the phone and at the registers. We’re getting a lot more business because of that, too. We got it every so often at the other store, but now people are coming in almost every day and paying with Domer Dollars.”Sophomore Alex Daugherty said he is excited to have a Jimmy John’s within walking distance that also delivers to campus.“I am really excited about having one on Eddy Street that I can just walk to because I definitely wouldn’t have walked downtown or I’d call it to have it delivered,” Daugherty said. “If it’s going to be a nice day then I won’t mind walking over, but … if delivery time is going to be a lot faster than it was from downtown, then I’m definitely going to have it brought to the door [when it’s cold].”The new location has already seen an increase in business since students have returned to Notre Dame for the start of a new school year, Grummel said, and despite being within walking distance of campus has continued to receive many delivery orders from students.“Ever since the students got back there’s definitely been an increase, especially on the night side with foot traffic and deliveries to campus,” he said. “I think because we’re closer and we can get there even faster now [delivery has] grown because we can actually live up to the ‘freaky fast’ standard.”Junior Jennifer Mulvey said she is happy to see another different addition to Eddy Street and is likely to make the walk over to Jimmy John’s instead of placing an order for delivery because of the short distance from campus.“I’m really excited [about it],” Mulvey said. “I’d probably walk over versus order. We have a Subway on campus, which is kind of similar, but if you’re walking to Eddy Street I think that’s kind of a unique one for Eddy Street.”Daugherty echoed Mulvey and said he’s happy to see a simple and fast sandwich option added to Eddy Street, something he believes was missing in the past. Caitlyn Jordan | The Observer Senior Grace Watkins and 2015 alumnus Alex Caton share a meal at the new Jimmy John’s location on Eddy Street. The new location opened between the Hammes Bookstore and Blaze Pizza on June 22.“There wasn’t really a basic sandwich option,” he said. “You have Bar Bici, which is really specialized, and Chipotle of course, [and] I don’t count McAlister’s [Deli] because McAlister’s feels more sit-down than carry-out, where Jimmy John’s is kind of a niche that wasn’t filled yet.”The restaurant, which serves “fresh gourmet sandwiches” according to its website, remains open until 3 a.m. Thursday through Saturday, Grummel said, due to the high amount of business the new location attracts because of foot traffic to and from bars on Eddy Street.“Because we’re between the two bars we get a big rush right as we’re closing at night [so] we are open until 3 a.m.” he said.Grummel also said the restaurant is always looking to hire new workers to keep up with the evening rush if any Notre Dame students are interested in an off-campus job.“Right now we’re just mainly focusing on [hiring] more night staff,” he said. “We always have a nice flow of people coming and going because we do have a lot of students work for us, so in the summertime they move away and don’t always come back and then it switches off.”Tags: Eddy Street, Eddy Street Commons, Jimmy John’s While new additions such as Dunne Hall, Flaherty Hall and Smashburger were being unveiled on Notre Dame’s campus over the summer, a new Jimmy John’s location also opened on Eddy Street between the Hammes Bookstore and Blaze Pizza.
Gary Blankenship Senior Editor A proposed constitutional amendment that would do away with all judicial nominating commissions, require appellate judges up for retention to get a two-thirds approval rate, and dismantle The Florida Bar has been proposed in a rewrite of Article V introduced in the Florida House. HJR 627, by Rep. Fred Brummer, R-Apopka, would allow the governor to fill directly all appellate vacancies with the consent of the state Senate. It would also set a two-year minimum limit on writs of habeas corpus and give the legislature vastly increased powers over court procedural rules. And those are only some of the changes in the 36-page measure. Bar President Herman Russomanno said many of the changes in bill are “troubling” and some of the proposals would have the state revert to systems and practices which were purposefully changed decades ago to provide accountability and remove politics from the system. “Floridians expect fairness and impartiality in the court system and their expectations are justified and attainable,” Russomanno said. “But the efforts to stampede the judicial branch and the legal profession with unwarranted changes such as those proposed in HB 627 are completely contrary to what Floridians clearly want.” Bar President-elect Terry Russell said the bill ignores several past problems with the judiciary and court system that the current constitution fixes. “It’s regressive,” he said. Tallahassee attorney Barry Richard, the Bar’s outside counsel, said the overall effect of the proposal would be to increase the influence of politics in the court system. “This resolution would set our state back 100 years,” Richard said. “It would remove all checks on the politicization of judicial selection, place incumbent judges at the whim of the legislature or any groups of persons dissatisfied with a particular decision, and significantly reduce the independence of the judiciary, a critical element in the maintenance of a just and democratic society,” Richard said. The Bar has also picked up indications that the House Committee on Judicial Oversight could consider Brummer’s bill early in the Regular Session, which opened March 6 as this News went to press. At deadline, no companion bill had been introduced in the Senate. As a constitutional amendment, it must get a two-thirds vote in both the House and Senate before it can be submitted to voters next year. Russomanno also said in many respects the Bar was “stunned” by the bill, particularly in that it addresses many issues studied extensively by legislative directive in recent years by the 1995 Article V Task Force, the 1997-98 Constitution Revision Commission and the 2000-01 Supreme Court Workload Study Commission. HJR 627 makes changes throughout Article V. One provision appears aimed at Secretary of State Katherine Harris’ actions in last year’s disputed election that were challenged in court. A new subsection (b) in Section 1 provides that there must be some legal or equitable claim for a court to issue a quo warranto writ. It also limits cases when those writs could be used, which apparently would drastically limit citizens’ ability to challenge a public official’s action in court. The language specifically provides: “The power to issue a writ of quo warranto does not establish power to review any right, power or duty of a public official other than the right to hold the particular office claimed by such official, and the writ of quo warranto shall not be used for any purpose except to test a person’s authority to continue holding an office when challenged by competing claimant to such office.” The section would also allow the legislature by law to set a statute of limitation on the writs. Other sections on specific courts’ powers affect habeas corpus writs. The amendment adds language that judges may issue the writs “provided that such writs are subject to statutes of limitation of not shorter than two years from the final judgment or mandate on direct appeal in a criminal case.” Judicial Restraint Several other sections are aimed at restricting the power and activities of the courts. Section 1 would have language added that, “Subject to any additional limits in this constitution, the jurisdiction of such courts shall extend only to actual cases in law, equity, admiralty and maritime jurisdiction, and to actual controversies arising under the constitution and the laws of the State of Florida and of the United States.” Richard noted that could be read to eliminate the court’s authority to issue declaratory judgments and also to exercise oversight of the practice of law. The legislature also would be given power in that section to designate that a district court of appeal could exercise statewide jurisdiction “respecting any subject matter granted. . . by general law.” Richard said this provision could be read that the legislature could assign a matter to a DCA to the exclusion of the Supreme Court. Some observers have suggested the legislature could use the section to create a statewide court of criminal appeals. Court procedural rules “may not be inconsistent with statutes in place at the time of adoption of such rules, shall be revised to conform to subsequently adopted statutes that regulate substantive rights, and may be repealed by general law. Rules adopted pursuant to this section shall neither abridge, enlarge, nor modify the substantive rights of any litigant, but additional rulemaking power may be expressly delegated to courts by general law.” Richard noted that language eliminates the distinction between substantive and procedural rules and allows the legislature to write court rules. He said there has not been any criticisms or problems with rules that would justify such a change. Dropped from the constitution would be a provision requiring a two-thirds vote of both the House and Senate to override a court rule. The court would be allowed to issue advisory opinions on the request of the attorney general or governor, but opinions issued at the request of the governor “shall not be binding upon any party not voluntarily participating in such proceeding.” The measure would also limit the original jurisdiction of the Supreme Court to items enumerated in the constitution, including judicial discipline. Section 9 of Article V would be rewritten. Currently, when the Supreme Court certifies the need for new judges or to reduce judges, the legislature can change the number, but it requires a two-thirds vote. The bill would simply allow the legislature to set the number of judges by law, including the number in each circuit and county court. The Supreme Court would be able to make recommendations on increasing or decreasing the number of judges and also on changing the district and circuits. The proposed revision did keep the number of Supreme Court justices at seven. Retention Upped Section 10 would be changed to require that Supreme Court justices and district court of appeal judges get a two-thirds “yes” vote in their merit retention referenda. That could have a potentially devastating impact on the First District Court of Appeal and substantial impacts on other appellate courts. While all three First DCA judges on last November’s ballots would have been retained, it would have been very close if they were retained with 68 to 69 percent of the vote. However, all six judges on the 1998 merit retention ballot and all four on the 1996 ballot would have lost, as they garnered 63 to 64 percent “yes” votes less than the 66.67 required in the proposed amendment. Results from 1994 were not immediately available, but in 1992, all six First DCA judges on the ballot would have lost, as well as all five on the ballot in the Fifth DCA and two in the Second DCA. In 1992, there was organized opposition to then Chief Justice Rosemary Barkett and she wound up with 60.9-percent approval a landslide by most standards, but not enough under the bill. In addition, the other three justices on the ballot Justice Major B. Harding and former Justices Ben F. Overton and Parker Lee McDonald would have fallen short of the two-thirds vote, by one to less than two percent. As Richard noted, “Judges, who among public officers should be the least sensitive to public opinion, would be made more subject to the sway of public sentiment than executive or legislative officers.” Trial judges would remain elected, but midterm vacancies, as well as all vacancies on the appellate courts, would be filled directly by the governor without using judicial nominating commissions. Those appointments would be subject to “the advice and consent of the Senate.. . . ” The Article V provisions setting up the JNCs and governing their actions would be stricken under Brummer’s measure. The bill provides that if the Senate is not in session when the appointment is made and does not call itself into session to consider a nomination within 30 days, then the nomination is deemed approved. If the Senate is in session and fails to confirm a nominee within 30 days, then the nomination is rejected, unless Senate rules allow for an exemption. If judges find their jurisdiction and powers limited, they could become more politically active. Brummer’s bill would constitutionally override judicial canons that prevent judges from becoming involved in partisan politics or expressing their views on issues likely to come before them on the bench. The bill specifically provides, “No judicial rule of conduct or other court rule may limit the political rights of candidates for election or appointment to judicial office, including, but not limited to, serving a political organization, endorsing or opposing other candidates for public office, making speeches, attending political functions, or making statements with respect to issues; however such limits consistent with other provisions of this constitution may be imposed by general law.” The amendment, while not mentioning it by name, would do away with or substantially reduce The Florida Bar by changing Section 15. That revised section would allow the legislature to assume at least some oversight of the profession. The section provides that the Supreme Court would have exclusive jurisdiction over admission and discipline for those practicing, according to a new phrase added to the section, “before the courts of this state.” Also added to the section is this provision: “The cost of such regulation and discipline shall be funded by appropriations, disciplinary penalties, and fees paid to the Supreme Court as authorized by general law. No attorney may be required to pay dues to any organization and no fees may be otherwise assessed by the court as a condition to admission to practice law before the courts of this state. The professional practice of law other than before the courts of this state may be regulated by general law.” “This provision would eliminate the Bar as an arm of the Supreme Court and make the court’s ability to regulate [the] practice [of law] entirely dependent upon the willingness of the legislature to fund the regulation,” Richard wrote. With the Judicial Qualifications Commission, the Bar’s four lawyer appointments would be taken away and given to the legislature. Among other changes proposed in Brummer’s bill are: • An addition to Section 14 that, “Any prevailing party in any civil proceeding or any defendant convicted in any criminal proceeding may be assessed, as provided by general law, the full cost of all services utilized and expenses incurred in such proceeding as determined by the clerk of the circuit or county court, to the extent that such services or expenses are provided by appropriations, fees, or service charges.. . . Such assessments may be enforced as any money judgment or tax obligation.” • An addition to Section 3(b)(5) that when a case is certified to the Supreme Court as being of great public importance, “the district court’s jurisdiction shall be retained unless and until the Supreme Court issues an order accepting jurisdiction.” • The opt-in, opt-out merit selection plan for trial judges added to the constitution in 1998 by voters would be stricken. (That was a two-part process. The voter approval in 1998 set up a referendum in every circuit and county last November, on whether voters wanted to continue electing their trial judges or switch to a merit system. a decisive margin in every jurisdiction, voters chose to continue with elections.) • A provision of Section 14 that says courts have no power to fix appropriations would be changed to read that courts “have no power to fix or order any modification of appropriations.” • The requirement that one Supreme Court justice come from the jurisdiction of each of the five district courts of appeal would be removed. • The section that allows retired judges over the age of 70 to sit in temporary assignments would be removed. • Various requirements to hold law-related offices, such as judgeships, or elected state attorneys or public defenders, would remain unchanged except that those office-holders would not be required to be Florida Bar members. Instead they would have to be “authorized to practice law in Florida.” House bill would rewrite Art.V H ouse bill would rewire Art. V March 15, 2001 Senior Editor Regular News
Nourish your soul as you go along John Perloff I have become increasingly aware of the general level of satisfaction experienced by lawyers these days and it is best summed up in the words “not very.”I base this perception, in part, after recently co-presenting a CLE program touching on the subject in six Florida cities. As a result, I had the opportunity to review a lot of research on the subject and to meet with a lot of Florida attorneys outside of their law offices. Perhaps another reason for this conclusion is that I spent my first 10 years as a lawyer working 85 to 90 hours a week, without ever reassessing or critically thinking about my level of satisfaction.Contrast this, if you will, with when you first began practicing law. For myself, I remember being enthusiastic and excited as a new lawyer. I felt thrilled to handle my first deposition myself, to handle an important hearing, to take a client matter from start to finish. I felt that I was benefiting my clients, and I loved to fill the counselor/advisor/protector role.What changed for me was that I became fixated on the mechanics of lawyering, the flow of work, the client generation, the monthly billables, the office politics. I was well-known as a “workaholic” (a label I did not entirely dislike), and held a special disdain for those who left the office at 5 p.m. Although I had enjoyed cooking, doing yard work, washing my car, and other activities before entering law practice, I no longer did any of those things – I found it more “efficient” to pay someone else to do them for me. And totally discretionary entertainment or recreation all but disappeared from my life. So I became a very one-dimensional person.Not that I didn’t get enjoyment from my work – I did. But it was the only “flavor” of enjoyment I got, and so it was not particularly satisfying. I took on so much of it that it began to feel a bit like being force-fed, even though I was the one choosing whether or not to take that next legal matter.Even after those 10 crazy years, I still loved practicing law. But I wasn’t very satisfied with the level of balance in my life. I loved the type of complex and challenging work that came my way, and that I was uniquely qualified to handle. So part of my dilemma was that the parts of my practice that I loved were inextricably bound up with the parts that made me crazy. My mind was flourishing while my soul/spirit/life energy was going without.I knew that there had to be a way to achieve some balance. Then, I happened upon a metaphor that helped me to see clearly. I was at a conference where a small nonprofit entity was raising funds to provide rehydration packets to starving refugees. Apparently, a little known fact is that when food aid arrives from the American Red Cross and other sources, the refugees are often so dehydrated that when they eat the donated food, they are unable to digest it — it is either immediately vomited or passes through the system without any of the nourishment benefiting the starving person.“Interesting,” I thought. “Isn’t that similar to the way I was living during those first 10 years?” I had focused entirely on my work, including the minutiae, telling myself that the rewards will come “later” in the form of vacations or retirement or financial security. I didn’t even try to enjoy the moment because I believed that the enjoyment was meant to come in some future moment. I remember allowing myself the treat of a chocolate bar (I am a serious chocolate lover), and snarfing the entire thing down in a hurry, without really savoring it.In my practice, I was lucky enough to advise, to counsel, and to protect my clients through some of the most important times and decisions of their lives, but I was extremely focused on the individual tasks and on “getting it done.”I handled pro bono matters for indigent clients who intensely appreciated my efforts, but hardly had time to allow them to thank me. I handled transactions that took months, sometimes years, to negotiate, document and close, but had no time to celebrate with the parties afterward, even for a few minutes, as I had to move on to other deals. When I occasionally went to the movies, or out to dinner with friends, I was distracted by thoughts of all the important things I needed to do at the office.So, on one hand, I was starving for enjoyment and satisfaction, while on the other, I was failing to digest the very nourishment I so needed and was so available to me. And in my case, I didn’t even need a rehydration packet. All I needed was to shine the light of my attention on what is here for me now and decide to harvest that wonderful nourishment.I can attest that this single small internal shift has made a huge difference in my satisfaction level, and in my life as a whole. In some instances, it is as simple as staying in the present moment, as with enjoying the movie I go to see. In other cases, it requires me to take a few extra minutes to really be with someone and celebrate, mourn, or share whatever is going on for them. Often it is nothing more than truly listening to the heartfelt appreciation expressed by another, and allowing my spirit to be nourished by that.Even without changing significantly what I do, I can affect how I feel in very significant ways. And that change in the way I feel is exactly the nourishment that feeds my soul, that regenerates energy for all types of activities, and that fuels my enthusiasm for life and my excitement about the practice of law.Do not let dissatisfaction with “the law” or “the practice of law” make you unhappy; try this little conscious shift of attention. See if you are missing out on the nourishment and enjoyment that is already available to you. Don’t postpone joy for anything. Be present to the treats that exist right now in this moment, all along the way. John Perloff of Ft. Lauderdale is a member of the Bar’s Quality of Life and Career Committee. This column is published under the sponsorship of the Quality of Life and Career Committee. The committee’s Web site is at www.fla-lap.org/qlsm. November 1, 2004 Regular News Nourish your soul as you go along
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Have you seen Agdnan “Agg” McLeod, aka “Duffle Bag Agg”?Nassau County police have identified a suspect wanted for fatally shooting a 30-year-old man outside of the victim’s Hempstead home last summer.Police said Agdnan “Agg” McLeod, an up-and-coming Hip Hop artist known as “Duffle Bag Agg,” guned down Rameel Blanco on Lawson Street on the evening of Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012.Hempstead Village police officers were responding to a call for shots fired when they found the victim in the street suffering from a gunshot wound. Blanco was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival.McLeod described himself in his ReverbNation profile as a “a 21 year old rapper that you would think is 35” who’s “bringing real back” and worked with notable artists such as Jim Jones.Police released a photo Wednesday of McLeod, who they described as a 6-foot-tall black man with a mustache, goatee, thin to medium build, brown eyes and dark brown hair.He has been seen in New York City, Nassau County and in the Atlanta, Georgia area. The suspect is known to have ties to the rap industry. Police said he should be considered armed and dangerous.Homicide Squad detectives ask anyone with information about the case to call them at 516-573-7788 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS (8477).
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Drivers are being warned to take it slow on the roads due to the decreased visibility caused by a thick fog blanketing Long Island as rain starts to fall across the region.A dense fog advisory in effect for the tri-state area through noon Thursday, but is expected to continue through the evening, especially in coastal areas, according to Upton-based National Weather Service meteorologists. Another fog advisory has been issued for 8 p.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday.“Visibilities will frequently be reduced to one quarter mile or less,” NWS said in a statement. “If driving…slow down…use your low beam headlights…and leave plenty of distance ahead of you in case a sudden stop is needed.”The advisory came as the forecast calls for temperatures to hit a high of 61 with a chance of less than a tenth of an inch of rain, mainly after 9 p.m. Chances of up to a quarter of an inch of rain increase Friday, when temps are expected to hit a high of 55 before dropping into the 40s this weekend.Forecasters say the weather will clear up for a sunny Saturday with before clouds move in again Sunday when the chance of rain returns after sundown into Monday.
6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr It’s hard to imagine even easier, more instant access to the data we want, since we are all used to having our smartphones with us. At all times.But that is exactly what wearables are poised to do and, in many cases, are already accomplishing. Consider how fitness tracker bracelets like those made by Fitbit and Basis Peak are impacting the world of fitness, keeping us ultra-connected to our own data as well as to one another.The financial industry and credit unions in particular have an opportunity to adopt wearable technology as a way to expand popular mobile banking offerings. New apps are making it possible for members to view a glanceable version of payment and account information – right on their wrists. Credit unions should see this trend as a powerful way to enable their members to perform simple financial tasks, like monitoring account balances, using their smart watch.Some credit unions are already in this arena. For example, when the Apple Watch was introduced, $258 million Alabama Teachers Credit Union, Gadsden, Ala., and $553 million Greater TEXAS Federal Credit Union, Austin, Texas, deployed Apple Watch banking apps with the idea of jumping ahead of competitors in their markets and deliver the latest technology to their members. continue reading »