What are the costs?

first_img April 1, 2002 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News What are the costs? What are the costs? Associate EditorIf foster children being sent to mental health facilities against their will should have lawyers, how does Florida pay for them?That’s what the Supreme Court specifically wanted to hear about when it asked for comments in case no. SC00-2044, Amendment to the Rules of Juvenile Procedure, Fla. R. Juv. P. 8.350.In a 6-1 October 25 decision, the high court noted that only half of Florida’s dependent children have a guardian ad litem, even when a judge appoints them and it is mandated by statute. So how can Florida afford attorneys to represent these vulnerable children, too?Florida can’t afford it, according to a brief filed by the Department of Children and Families Assistant General Counsel Teresa Kramer.She estimated the funding “to properly implement the proposed rule would be over $1 million a year” to provide attorneys and hearings and all of the ramifications of the rule. DCF reported there were 256 dependent children sent to mental health facilities in June 2001 who would be affected by this rule.“Along with creating a substantive right to legal counsel for the child, the court is also creating an unfunded mandate via this proposed rule. There is no provision in the state budget, county budgets, or the budget for the Florida courts for the payment of attorneys to represent dependent children who are being placed in residential treatment centers,” Kramer wrote.Four juvenile court judges in the 11th Circuit — Cindy Lederman, Lester Langer, Jeri Cohen, and William Gladstone — warned: “The absence of a funding source for attorneys representing dependent children facing placement has serious ramifications. The state of Florida has never provided funding for guardians ad litem, for every dependent child, despite a statutory entitlement. Any attempt to enforce yet another unfunded mandate will lead to confusion, delay, and unnecessary litigation.”More optimistic were comments from the Bar Commission on the Legal Needs of Children. It estimated about 250 lawyers would be needed. Until state funding is provided, the commission suggested there would be enough experienced attorneys available from legal services and legal aid programs, five law school clinical programs, volunteer attorneys now working with GAL offices, attorneys who now contract with counties to represent parents in dependency proceedings, attorneys with experience in the public defender’s office familiar with juvenile or Baker Act proceedings, and lawyers who leave DCF.“There is no dearth of legal talent in this state capable of being appointed to represent [such] children,” agreed Stephen Hanlon, of Holland & Knight, and Chris Zawisza, for the Children First Project of the Shepard Broad Law Center of Nova Southeastern University.But saddled with an average of $80,000 debt when they graduate from law school, many have the heart to go into public interest law, but can’t afford to.“The average law graduate from the class of 2000 working for a public interest employer was making $32,000 a year,” wrote Hanlon and Zawisza.They suggested loan forgiveness programs of $2,000 for each attorney who took one court appointment to represent a child. Another idea, they wrote, was a public-private partnership to offer scholarships for any student who agrees to work fulltime for a public interest firm upon graduation.There will be an opportunity to train attorneys for this specialized advocacy at the Bar’s Annual Meeting in Boca Raton on June 21. A seminar sponsored by the Bar Public Interest Law Section will be taped and copies will be available for each circuit to be used for training and qualifying pro bono lawyers, wrote Deborah Anne Schroth and Sarah Harriet Bohr of PILS.last_img read more

CUNA-backed SAFE Banking Act passed by House in historic vote

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The House voted 321-103 to pass the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act (H.R. 1595) Wednesday, a historic vote that comes months after strong CUNA, League and credit union advocacy on behalf of the bill. The bill would provide legal protections to financial institutions serving state-legalized cannabis-based businesses.“Today’s vote would not have happened without fierce, bold 360-degree advocacy from CUNA, Leagues and credit unions that made it clear that this bill is a solution to a problem that affects consumers, businesses and financial institutions around the country,” said CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle. “While garnering bipartisan support for a cannabis-related bill seemed a big hill to climb, our message was heard loud and clear through Congressional testimony, letters and face-to-face meetings that helped impress upon policymakers the need for this bill. We hope the Senate will move forward in similar fashion and will engage with them going forward to get this bill across the finish line.”Twice this year, CUNA/League advocate Rachel Pross, chief risk officer at Maps CU, Salem, Ore., testified before Congress, before the House Financial Services Committee in February and before the Senate Banking Committee in July.last_img read more

Offices Upward trend for uptown rents

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Pennsylvania COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring Dashboard Update for Oct. 2 – Oct. 8

first_img October 13, 2020 Pennsylvania COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring Dashboard Update for Oct. 2 – Oct. 8 Press Release,  Public Health Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine today released a weekly status update detailing the state’s mitigation efforts based on the COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System Dashboard.The update includes the following:Level of community transmission as a basis for the recommendations for Pre-K to 12 schools to determine instructional models.Data on cases among 5-18-year-olds.Cases that reported visiting a business among potential locations where exposures may have occurred.Updated travel recommendations.The dashboard is designed to provide early warning signs of factors that affect the state’s mitigation efforts. The data available on the early warning monitoring dashboard includes week-over-week case differences, incidence rates, test percent-positivity, and rates of hospitalizations, ventilations and emergency room visits tied to COVID-19. This week’s update compares the period of October 2 – October 8 to the previous seven days, September 25 – October 1.“Our percent positivity and incidence rate for the commonwealth both increased this week as we see a resurgence of cases in Pennsylvania,” Gov. Wolf said. “We cannot emphasize enough the importance of Pennsylvanians being united in taking actions to protect ourselves and others, such as wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, washing our hands and avoiding large gatherings. Together, Pennsylvanians can work to prevent the spread of the virus.”As of Thursday, October 8, the state has seen a seven-day increase of 7,269 cases; the previous seven-day increase was 6,137, indicating a 1,132-case increase across the state over the past week.The statewide percent-positivity went up to 3.9% from 3.7% last week. Counties with concerning percent-positivity include Northumberland (8.6%), Centre (7.6%), Bradford (7.4%), Lebanon (7.4%), Lawrence (6.9%), Potter (6.3%), Westmoreland (6.3%), Fulton (6.2%), Montour (6.0%), Berks (5.9%), Indiana (5.9%), Huntingdon (5.8%), Lackawanna (5.4%), Schuylkill (5.0%). Each of these counties bears watching as the state continues to monitor all available data.Community TransmissionAs of Friday’s data, Bradford, Centre, Lebanon, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties were in the substantial level of community transmission. The departments of Education and Health will speak with school district representatives in these counties to discuss the implications of this level of transmission.For the week ending October 8, 14 counties were in the low level of transmission, 46 counties in the moderate level, with seven with substantial transmission:Low – Cameron, Clinton, Elk, Forest, Fulton, Greene, Jefferson, Juniata, McKean, Potter, Sullivan, Warren, Wayne, WyomingModerate – Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Berks, Blair, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Carbon, Chester, Clarion, Clearfield, Columbia, Crawford, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Fayette, Franklin, Huntingdon, Indiana, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mercer, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Perry, Philadelphia, Pike, Schuylkill, Somerset, Susquehanna, Tioga, Venango, Washington, Westmoreland, YorkSubstantial – Bradford, Centre, Lebanon, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, UnionCases Among 5-18-Year-OldsThe Department of Health is providing weekly data on the number of statewide cases of COVID-19 among 5 to 18-year-olds.Throughout the pandemic, there have been 11,171 total cases of COVID-19 among 5 to 18-year-olds. Of that total, 1,004 occurred between October 2 – October 8. For the week of September 25 – October 1, there were 615 cases of COVID-19 among 5 to 18-year-olds.Cases by demographic group is available on the DOH website.Business VisitsThe Department of Health is providing weekly data on the number of individuals who responded to case investigators that they spent time at business establishments (restaurants, bars, gym/fitness centers, salon/barbershops) and at mass gatherings 14 days prior to the onset of COVID-19 symptoms.Of the 6,812 confirmed cases reported between September 27 and October 3, 38 percent (2,599) provided an answer to the question as to whether they spent time at a business establishment.Of those who did provide an answer, 16.7 percent, or 434, answered yes, they visited a business establishment 14 days prior to onset of symptoms:53 percent (231) of those who said yes reported going to a restaurant;25 percent (108) of those who said yes reported going to some other business establishment;14.5 percent (63) of those who said yes reported going to a bar;10.6 percent (46) of those who said yes reported going to a gym/fitness center; and7 percent (30) of those who said yes reported going to a salon/barbershop.Of the 6,812 confirmed cases, 38 percent (2,612) answered the question as to whether they attended a mass gathering or other large event. Of the 38 percent, 16 percent (424) answered yes to whether they attended a mass gathering or other large event 14 days prior to onset of symptoms. With less than half of those asked responding to the question, the department is reminding Pennsylvanians that it is essential to answer the phone when case investigators call and to provide full and complete information to these clinical professionals.Compared to data reported on October 5, this week’s data saw an increase in people going to a bar (14.5 percent vs. 12 percent), to a restaurant (53 percent vs. 51 percent), to a salon or barbershop (7 percent vs. 5.5 percent) and up marginally for going to a gym/fitness center (10.6 percent vs. 10.5 percent). Numbers went down for this week’s data for people who reported going to some other business (25 percent vs. 29 percent). The number of those who attended a mass gathering or other large event went up (15 percent vs. 16 percent).Travel RecommendationsAlso, the Department of Health updated its travel recommendations, originally announced on July 2, to add Alaska, Indiana and North Carolina to the list of states recommended for domestic travelers returning from to quarantine for 14 days upon return to Pennsylvania.It is important that people understand that this recommendation is in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania. A concerning number of recent cases have been linked to travel, and if people are going to travel, we need them to take steps to protect themselves, their loved ones and their community, and that involves quarantining.Gov. Wolf continues to prioritize the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians through the COVID-19 pandemic. Pennsylvanians should continue to take actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, regardless of in what county they live. This includes wearing a mask or face covering anytime they are in public. COVID-19 has been shown to spread easily in the air and contagious carriers can be asymptomatic.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

BOEM sees limited potential for tidal, wave, offshore solar in GOM

first_imgOnce offshore wind was identified as the leading technology for Gulf of Mexico application, BOEM and NREL further analyzed of the economic feasibility of offshore wind for selected sites in the Gulf of Mexico. The analysis found that offshore solar photovoltaics had the greatest gross potential resource. Offshore Renewable Energy Technologies in the Gulf of Mexico study analyzed different technologies best suited for development in the GOM. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has released two new studies on renewable energy in the Gulf of Mexico. Offshore Wind The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) researchers helped undertake these studies, funded by BOEM’s Environmental Studies Program. However, specific sites in Florida and Texas identified in this study have potential for small distributed systems. Other renewable energy technologies surveyed in this study may present opportunities for energy generation on a limited basis. Tidal energy has very little resource in the GOM, according to BOEM.center_img The renewable energy resources evaluated included wind, wave, tidal, current, solar, deepwater source cooling, and hydrogen. Furthermore, it was noted that there are many sheltered sites in state waters that may be suitable for offshore solar; not evaluated in this study. Of all the technologies, BOEM said offshore wind had the largest quantity of technical resource potential with 508 gigawatt (GW) covering all GOM states, although Texas and Louisiana show the highest overall technical offshore wind resource potential. However, longer term technological and economic improvements are possible. Wave energy, OTEC, and ocean current all have major challenges that may preclude their implementation in the GOM. There are also limited cold water source cooling options in the GOM because the best resource is far from shore. However, without a demonstrable method of surviving extreme waves on the open ocean, none of that resource counts toward the technical resource potential. last_img read more

What is the cause of being overweight or obese?

first_imgHealthLifestyle What is the cause of being overweight or obese? by: – September 23, 2014 265 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share Share In some respects, the cause sounds quite simple. Your weight depends on how much energy you take in (the calories in food and drink) and how much energy your body uses (burns) up:If the amount of calories that you eat equals the amount of energy that your body uses up, then your weight remains stable.If you eat more calories than you burn up, you put on weight. The excess energy is converted into fat and stored in your body.If you eat fewer calories than you burn up, you lose weight. Your body has to tap into its fat stores to get the extra energy it needs.A common wrong belief is to think that if you are overweight or obese, you have a low metabolic rate. (Your metabolic rate or metabolism is the amount of energy that your body needs to keep going.) In fact, if you are obese or overweight you have a normal, or even high, metabolic rate (as you use up more energy carrying the extra weight).The reasons why energy taken in may not balance energy used up and may lead to weight gain, include the following.How much you eat and drinkMost people in the UK live where tasty food can be found at almost any time of day or night. Many of the foods that people eat are those higher in calories (particularly fatty and sugary foods), so-called energy-dense foods. Although your body gives you a feeling of fullness after eating enough (satiety), you can easily ignore this feeling if you are enjoying tasty foods. Food portion sizes in general have increased. There has also been a tendency to eat out more over recent years. If you eat out, you are more likely to eat food that is more energy-dense than you would eat at home. The amount of processed foods and ready-made meals available has also increased in response to our busy lives. These are often foods that are more energy-dense as well. However, even healthy foods contain calories and can tip the energy balance if we eat too much of them.What you drink is also important. Alcohol and sugary drinks contain a lot of calories. Even fresh fruit juices that you may think are healthy can make up a significant part of your daily calorie intake if you drink too much of them.In short, many people are overweight or obese simply because they eat and drink more than their body needs.Your physical activity levelsWhere does physical activity fit in to your current lifestyle? Most people in the UK do not do enough physical activity. Fewer people these days have jobs which are energetic. The variety of labour-saving devices and gadgets in most homes and the overuse of cars, means that most people end up using up much less energy compared with previous generations. The average person in the UK watches 26 hours of television per week and many even more (the couch potato syndrome).A lack of physical activity by many people is thought to be a major cause of the increase in obesity in recent years.GeneticsYou are more likely to be obese if one of your parents is obese, or both of your parents are obese. This may partly be due to learning bad eating habits from your parents. But, some people actually inherit a tendency in their genes that makes them prone to overeat. So, for some people, part of the problem is genetic.It is not fully understood how this genetic factor works. It has something to do with the control of appetite. When you eat, certain hormones and brain chemicals send messages to parts of your brain to say that you have had enough and to stop eating. In some people, this control of appetite and the feeling of fullness (satiety) may be faulty, or not as good as it is in others.However, if you do inherit a tendency to overeat, it is not inevitable that you will become overweight or obese. You can learn about the power of your appetite, ways to resist it, be strict on what you eat and do some regular physical activity. But you are likely to struggle more than most people where your weight is concerned. You may find it more difficult to stop yourself from gaining weight or to lose weight.Medical problemsLess than 1 person in 100 obese people has a ‘medical’ cause for their obesity. For example, conditions such as Cushing’s syndrome and an underactive thyroid are rare causes of weight gain. Women with polycystic ovary syndrome may also be overweight. (See separate leaflets called Cushing’s Syndrome and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome for further details on these conditions.)Some medicines such as steroids, some antidepressants, sulfonylureas and sodium valproate may contribute to weight gain. If you give up smoking, your appetite may increase and, as a result, you may put on weight. People with low mood or depression may also have a tendency to eat more energy-dense ‘comfort’ foods and so gain weight.What are the benefits of losing weight and how much weight should I lose?It is difficult to measure how much quality of life is improved if you lose some weight. Many people feel better, and have more energy. Some people notice an improvement in their self-esteem. But there are also definite health benefits from losing some weight. As explained above, many diseases are more common in obese and overweight people and you are less likely to develop them if you lose some weight.What is more, if your BMI is between 25 to 35, much of the health benefits come with losing the first 5-10% of your weight. (For example, if you weigh 90 kg and you lose 9 kg, this would be 10% of your original weight.) If your BMI is between 25 to 35, on average, if you reduce your weight by 10%:You are much less likely to develop the health problems listed above, such as diabetes.If you already have problems such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, osteoarthritis, or diabetes, these are likely to improve. If you are taking medication for these problems, you may need a reduced dose.Your chance of dying at any given age is reduced. This is mainly because you are less likely to die from heart disease, stroke, diabetes, or obesity- related cancers.If your BMI is more than 35, you are more likely already to have health problems related to being overweight. You will probably need to lose between 15-20% of your original weight to have sustained improvements in these health problems and other health benefits.Patient.Colast_img read more

Chavez rejects health rumours

first_img 41 Views   no discussions Share Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.CARACAS, Venezuela (South Journal) — “I would be the first to announce any difficulty beyond what’s normal in my recovery process, and the people know me very well,” said Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in response to new rumours about his health, after he concluded his fourth and last chemotherapy session.Responding to an ongoing wave of rumours that he is in Cuba, the Venezuelan head of state said that he is in his country, reviewing documents, reading and meeting his tasks, as he continues with his treatment and recovery process, Radio Nacional de Venezuela reported.“I’m in a full recovery process, so that my body copes with the level of toxins,” resulting from four chemotherapy sessions, said Chavez in a phone conversation with Venezuelan TV.The rumours now circulating are aimed at generating uncertainty in the Venezuelan population; it is a strategy hatched in psychological warfare labs, given the political opposition in the country and the influence by the American empire, he said.This whole campaign is part of a strategy that will crash into a truth as it has always been the case, said Chavez, and noted, “Our strategies are based on realities.”Caribbean News Now Tweet NewsRegional Chavez rejects health rumours by: – September 30, 2011center_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more


first_imgDuring the off-season all you heard from the NFL was how they were going to cut down on the injuries that were occurring in pro football.  They cut back the training activities each team could have.  Like all other sports, they put a great urgency on concussion protocol.  What they did next would make any person scratch their head.It was not enough to have Monday Night football, but now we have added Thursday Night football.  This means that two teams will play on Sunday, and then with just three days to recover, they have to come back and play on Thursday night.  Under normal situations they don’t really start practice for their next game until Wednesday.  Now they have to practice Monday and Tuesday for this Thursday game.  So much for injury prevention!  If the owners can find another way to make more money, they will jump at the chance even though they say they are all for player safety.They are not alone in this pursuit of money because college teams will play anytime, anywhere as long as ESPN will televise the game.  What will we have next?  How soon will we see back to back football games just like pro basketball?last_img read more

Nobody can dictate to me, Rohr declares

first_img Loading… Nigeria coach, Gernot Rohr, has stated he has a free hand to select his players, insisting nobody can dictate to him on who to pick for national duty. “Each Monday we have our meetings and we speak about the games played at the weekend and what our players did. We have to take the best ones no matter where they are coming from.” Rohr has been in charge of the Super Eagles since 2016 and qualified the West Africans to the 2018 World Cup in Russia with ease. The former Bordeaux manager guided the three-time African champions to a third-place finish at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. Nigeria currently leads the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers Group L with six points after back-to-back victories against the Republic of Benin and Lesotho. read also:Perform or get fired, NFF warns Rohr Before the outbreak of the coronavirus, Rohr handed an invitation to 23 players for the Super Eagles’ Afcon qualifying game against Sierra Leone which was scheduled for March before it was postponed. Rohr has been mandated to qualify Nigeria for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and win the 2021 continental title in Cameroon. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Last week, the 66-year-old was handed a new two-year contract by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), following the expiration of his previous deal with the West Africans. In March, Nosa Igiebor claimed he was shut out of the Super Eagles because he was not playing in a top league while the Franco-German tactician has also been accused of not introducing more Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) players into the national team. Rohr, however, revealed he selects players in consultation with his assistants which is strictly based on merit, explaining the best will always have a chance for the Super Eagles. “It is not a part of my contract to take players who are not so good. I can choose my players myself. It is the most important [thing]. So, nobody can tell me ‘You have to pick this one or that one,” Rohr told Channels TV. “I can take the best players and I don’t do it alone. We have a team and our staff. I have my assistant, I have my analyzer.Advertisementlast_img read more

Thousands thrilled at Caribbean Invasion Drag meet

first_imgTHOUSANDS of fans were thrilled on Sunday when the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club (GMR&SC) hosted its Caribbean Invasion Drag race meet.Featuring scores of competitors, the event saw action in eight classes including the bikes.In the 15-second class, Davendra Persaud, with his Toyota Corolla, reigned supreme after several of his competitors broke out of the class. Shivan Raganath was the winner of the 14-second class with his Toyota Sprinter.Bikes were a crowd-pleaser in yesterday’s Caribbean Invasion.13-second defending champion Imran Khan bowed out early, due to a false start leaving Lawrence Bhowandin and his Toyota Glanza the top spot.Aditia Budram in his Toyota Levin was the star of the 12-second class while Rajesh Panday and the Team Avengers Mark II took the 11-second bracket.Oneil Higgins and his Toyota Caldina provided a blast from the past for the 10-second class while Shawn Persaud and his Caldina won the unlimited trophy and in the process posted a fastest time of 8.311.The bikes were in no short order as well, with Julius Seunarine aboard his Suzuki GSX-R taking that class.Fans were also thrilled by the novelty races.last_img read more