first_imgFEBRUARY 15TH, 2018 Jeff Goldberg JEFF GOLDBERG INDIANA The attitudes about marijuana are changing. States are legalizing marijuana and major cities are starting to decriminalize the drug. The changing attitude, however, is putting police in a weird spot. While marijuana activists often point out that the drug causes zero deaths compared to the opioid crisis which has taken thousands of lives. Law enforcement officials explain the term gateway drug doesn’t always mean harsher substances.Sargent Cullum says, “The fact is it is at the root of some of the violent acts that we saw in 2017 and when law-abiding citizens come to us and say put a stop to it, protect our community, keep our kids safe we are going to do that.”Until marijuana is legalized in the Hoosier state Cullum assures they will continue to go after marijuana offenders no matter the public opinion. However, according to the Journal of Drug Issues points out there is no data connecting the legalization of marijuana to higher crime.Jeff GoldbergJeff GoldbergMore Posts – WebsiteFollow Me:TwitterFacebook CommentsFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

first_img Guide to determining financial eligibility for certificated work LAA civil legal aid eligibility keycard Updated guidance is now available following the introduction of the 2018 civil contracts covering both face-to-face and telephone gateway services.Delivery of services began on 1 September 2018 and amendments to the Lord Chancellor’s guidance are designed to reflect the new contracts.The changes cover both ‘licensed’ (or ‘certificated’) work and ‘controlled’ work.The updated ‘licensed’ work guidance contains a new appendix setting out the financial eligibility rules for immigration and asylum Upper Tribunal cases funded under a certificate.Further informationCivil legal aid means testing – to download the following: Guide to determining financial eligibility for controlled work and family mediation Means assessment guidancelast_img read more

first_imgToday, Primus and Mastodon announced plans for an extensive summer tour together starting in early May and spanning through to July. The tour will see the two groups also supported by JJUUJJUU and All Them Witches for select dates. This joint tour comes on the heels of Primus’ New Year’s Eve show, which saw supergroup Legend Of The Seagullman, a band featuring Brent Hinds of Mastodon plus Danny Carey of Tool, open for the group led by bassist Les Claypool.As detailed in the announcement, Primus’ tour kicks off in Denver on May 6th with a headlining show at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre with Mastodon. From there, the Primus and Mastodon tour will wind through the South and up the Eastern Seaboard, eventually landing in the Northeast by late May. By June 5th, the bands will set their eyes westward, performing a number of shows across the Midwest before arriving on the West Coast on June 22nd with a date in Seattle. The tour will wrap up in full on July 7th in Phoenix, Arizona.Tickets for Primus and Mastodon’s co-headlining tour go on sale tomorrow, Tuesday, January 30th, at 10 am (local), including tickets for VIP upgrades. Following this pre-sale, tickets will go on sale to the public later this week on Friday, February 2nd, at 10 am (local). You can get more information about these shows and snag tickets here. Upcoming 2018 Primus and Mastodon DatesMay 06 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks AmphitheaterMay 08 – Oklahoma City, OK– The CriterionMay 10 – Dallas, TX – Southside BallroomMay 11 – Austin, TX– Austin 360 AmphitheaterMay 12 – Rogers, AR– Walmart Arkansas Music PavilionMay 14 – Birmingham, AL – BJCCConcert HallMay 15 – Nashville, TN– Nashville Municipal AuditoriumMay 16 – Atlanta, GA– Fox TheaterMay 18 – Portsmouth, VA –Portsmouth PavilionMay 19 – Charlotte, NC– Charlotte Metro Credit Union AmphitheatreMay 20 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat AmphitheaterMay 22 – Reading, PA – Diamond Credit Union Theater @ SantanderMay 23 – Lewiston, NY – Artpark AmphitheaterMay 25 – Glen Falls, NY – Cool Insuring ArenaMay 26 – Providence, RI – Bold Point ParkMay 27 – Portland, ME – TBAMay 29 – Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank PavilionMay 30 – Philadelphia, PA– Penn’s Landing – Festival PierJun 01 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony SummerstageJun 02 – Baltimore, MD – Pier 6 PavilionJun 03 –Brooklyn, NY – Ford Amphitheater @ Coney Island BoardwalkJun 05 – Columbus, OH– Express Live! Outdoor Amphitheatre Jun 06 – Chicago, IL– Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly IslandJun 08 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AEJun 09 – Sterling Heights, MI– Michigan Lottery Amphitheater at Freedom HillJun 10 – Indianapolis, IN– Farmer’s Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State ParkJun 12 – Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music CenterJun 14 – Minneapolis, MN– MYTH LIVEJun 15 – Bonner Springs, KS – Providence Medical Center AmphitheaterJun 16 – Camdenton, MO – Ozarks AmphitheaterJun 18 – Lincoln, NE – Pinewood Bowl TheaterJun 21 – Bonner, MT – Kettlehouse AmphitheaterJun 22 – Seattle, WA – Marymoor ParkJun 23 – Bend, OR – Les Schwab AmphitheaterJun 25 – Troutdale, OR – EdgefieldJun 28 – Avila Beach, CA – Avila Beach Resort AmphitheaterJun 29 – Berkeley, CA –  The Greek TheatreJun 30 – Lincoln, CA – Thunder Valley Resort CasinoJul 02 – Salt Lake City, UT– The Great Salt Air – OutdoorsJul 03 – Las Vegas, NV – Downtown Event CenterJul 05 – Los Angeles, CA The Greek Theatre at UC BerkeleyJul 06 – San Diego, CA– Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air TheaterJul 07 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre[Photo: Rex-A-Vision]last_img read more

first_imgIn continuation of the celebration of their 25th anniversary, The String Cheese Incident has announced their annual three-night Red Rock Amphitheatre run in Morrison, CO, set to go down on July 19th, 20th, and 21st.The String Cheese Incident has invited three longtime musical collaborators and friends to join the fun and celebrate their own various milestones in 2019. The Greyboy Allstars, who are celebrating their own 25th anniversary, will kick things off on Friday. On Saturday, SCI will team up with Keller Williams to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Keller’s 1999 Breathe album, which will be played in its entirety. On Sunday, the Del McCoury Band will open up the evening. Del recently celebrated his 80th birthday on February 1st, and SCI notes that they will “help Del ring in 80 years of bluegrass royalty”.Next up for The String Cheese Incident is a three-night stint at Lake Tahoe, CA’s MontBleu Resort & Casino on February 21st, 22nd, and 23rd. The band will return to Colorado for an intimate performance at Aspen’s Belly Up on April 5th followed by two headlining shows at Aspen’s inaugural The Après festival on April 6th and 7th. The String Cheese Incident’s 25th-anniversary schedule will continue with a two-night stand at The Fox Theatre in St. Louis, MO on April 19th and 20th. From there, the band will head down to the Big Easy during the second weekend of New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival for a trio of special performances including a show at The Orpheum on May 2nd and a pair of performances at Mardi Gras World with support from Pigeons Playing Ping Pong on May 3rd and 4th.A fan pre-sale for The String Cheese Incident’s Red Rocks run begins tomorrow, February 20th at 11 a.m. (MST) here. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, February 22nd at 10 a.m. (MST) here.For a full list of The String Cheese Incident’s upcoming tour dates and more information, head to the band’s website.last_img read more

first_imgRussell Banks, whose work has distilled blue-collar dreams into moving, sometimes violent, portraits of struggle and loss, will deliver Harvard Divinity School’s 2014 Ingersoll Lecture on Immortality Nov. 5 at Sanders Theatre. Banks’ novels include “Continental Drift” (1985), “Affliction” (1989), “The Sweet Hereafter” (1991), “Rule of the Bone” (1995), “Cloudsplitter” (1998), and “Lost Memory of Skin” (2011). Last year he published a collection of stories, “A Permanent Member of the Family.” His Ingersoll Lecture is titled “Feeding Moloch: The Sacrifice of Children on the Altar of Capitalism.” After Nobel laureate Toni Morrison (2012), Banks is the second award-winning author to deliver the lecture in three years. And as with Morrison, HDS has organized a series of discussions about the religious dimensions in his work ahead of the talk.“I like to develop communities of conversations around these visitors,” said Davíd Carrasco, a longtime friend of both writers who has helped organize the conversations. Banks is not religious in “the traditional way,” added Carrasco, the Neil L. Rudenstine Professor of the Study of Latin America. Rather, he is “aware of the power of religion in the lives of the people he writes about.”Banks will attend the HDS discussion group’s final meeting on the afternoon of Nov. 5. The Ingersoll Lecture Fund was created in 1893 with a gift of $5,000 from Caroline Haskell Ingersoll in honor of her father, the Rev. George Goldthwait Ingersoll, a Harvard alumnus. Harvard President Charles W. Eliot initiated the lectures in 1896.Banks, who is 74, spoke with the Gazette about the search for spiritual meaning, in life and fiction, and the craft of writing. GAZETTE: Is there any early work that really inspired you — a book, or even a moment or an important transition point for you in terms of your writing?BANKS: There were so many. I am old enough now so I’ve had many transition points over the course of my life, and it’s difficult to isolate one from another in a way. But let’s go way back to early on in my writing life when I was in my very early 20s and I was a college dropout at that time. I had only spent about six weeks in a college classroom, so I was really an autodidact and trying to read and understand what made the great works of literature great works, and like a clever monkey just kind of copying what I got excited about and trying to imitate it.GAZETTE: Do you remember what you were excited about at the time?BANKS: Oh, sure, I mean, you know, I would read Faulkner, and then I would write big, long, serpentine sentences with great, elaborate, Latinate diction and realize that it was actually a much more complicated task than that. And so I would read Hemingway, and then I would write short, terse sentences and very plain vernacular English and American English and then realize that was more complicated than I thought, too.So it was like that, without any sense of the work connecting to my inner self and realizing that that’s where it had to come from. Until I read the work of a novelist who’s not much known these days, although he was very famous in the 1940s and ’50s and ’60s, really. He was a man named Nelson Algren. He was from Chicago. He had written a couple of novels that are still read and admired. “A Walk on the Wild Side” is one; “The Man With the Golden Arm” is another. And I read these books and I felt a kind of kindred connection to the sensibility of the writer, the deepest part of the writer that I hadn’t felt before, and luckily — I am describing this as a turning point because it was — I was then about 22 years old, and I was living in New Hampshire and working as a plumber and I read about something called a writers’ conference. I had no idea what such a thing was, at Bread Loaf in Vermont, and I saw Nelson Algren was going to be on the faculty. And so I sent a novel that I had been writing up there, a manuscript. They gave me a little scholarship and so I drove up and Nelson Algren read my novel and he went through it with me. He didn’t edit or anything, he simply said, “OK, this is a good passage here, kid. Here’s a good passage here, kid.” And, “There’s a nice stretch of dialogue here, kid.” He said, “Now you’ve got to write a whole book that’s as good as those pieces.” He said also, he kind of laid on the hands and said, “But don’t worry, kid, you got it.” And that was really all I needed. I didn’t need him to edit it for me or to go through with a blue pencil. I needed him to give me permission.And that was a true turning point for me because at that point I did believe in myself in a way that I hadn’t up to that point. And I had a model in Algren, who was a writer whose attention and compassion as a writer were attached to the lives and experiences of people we normally think of as invisible or as marginalized, and I sort of felt that way myself. And the family that I had come from, I felt they were people like that, and so it allowed me to organize my attention in a way I hadn’t prior to that. And Algren became a kind of mentor. We became friends for many years until he died [in 1981]. We were in touch and corresponded and occasionally saw each other. He lived in Chicago and I lived everywhere, I was sort of bouncing around in those years.GAZETTE: Was he able to see you become a successful writer?BANKS: Yes. I began to publish in my late 20s pretty widely and in my early 30s, and he lived long enough for that. He wasn’t a fatherly man particularly, but he was a wonderful literary mentor for me. I don’t know how he would have been for many others, but he happened to be the perfect one for me.GAZETTE: That’s so important.BANKS: It truly is. I think when you’re a young writer you kind of need three things: a mentor, and you need to find a way to stay out of the economy if you can to buy time, and you need your peers and your contemporaries too. Although I never was in a writers’ workshop and never got an M.F.A. graduate degree in writing, I managed to find those three pieces on my own, more or less: my mentor; I got out of the economy by basically living a bohemian beatnik life during those years; and then I found my peers in Boston and in New York and in the Florida Keys and wandering around the country back in my early 20s.GAZETTE: You will be speaking at the Harvard Divinity School. Can you tell me a little bit about your religious upbringing?BANKS: I was raised New England Presbyterian; three of my four grandparents are Eastern Canadian, old-time Calvinist and Presbyterian people. My mother and father were as well. That was my childhood religious upbringing. It was not, I would say, rigid or particularly disciplined even, but it was serious enough. That was where I would rather say my religious education occurred, in that context. But after the age about 12, I dropped away and never have been in any sense a religious person. … It was not a profound experience for me; more social than spiritual I think.GAZETTE: Can you talk about the spiritual dimension in your work? Do you ever write with that in mind? How do you feel that it manifests itself in your writing?BANKS: You know, I’m not very good at analyzing my own work, actually, in that way. I kind of leave that to the reader and the students of the work who have a different kind of freedom to see it maybe more objectively than I can. I’m aware that there are certain spiritual, if not religious longings in the characters that I write about and care about, and there’s a desire among my characters, as there probably is in myself as well, to find some kind of spiritual reality and meaning in the world that surrounds us. But it’s extremely difficult for me personally and therefore extremely difficult for most of my characters as well. I think that’s a common dilemma and quest as well. But I don’t have an agenda or a religious commitment that I am trying to dramatize and use fiction for. In a way, fiction for me is a way of discovery and a process that allows me to find out, to penetrate and then to find meaning in some aspect of human life which is deeply mysterious to me. And I can enter that mystery in a way through my work that I can’t really enter in any other part of my life. And I suppose in a way that’s a spiritual quest, but it isn’t driven by a specific, spiritually defined question.GAZETTE: You mentioned areas that your work has allowed you to explore, areas that you wouldn’t necessarily be able to in your own life. I am wondering about the notion of suffering, and also death, two recurrent themes in your work.BANKS: Those are the two main inescapable facts of existence, aren’t they, and I think Buddhism is particularly conscious of that and organizes our attention around those two aspects of human life. Life is suffering and death is inescapable. And so I suppose in that limited sense I could align myself with Buddhism. In a way I can’t think of human life without it being colored by the presence of suffering. And I can’t think of human life without it being defined by death. So I guess, it’s inescapable isn’t it, that my work would reflect that.GAZETTE: In writing about suffering and death, have you come to any realizations?BANKS: I think what you’re asking is, how has my work, and the process that it requires, altered or changed my own life. And I think that’s true. It does. I think that in some ways as I’ve grown older and I begin to reach an age where I can look back over a span of half a century or more of writing, I can see that the course of my writing has made me more compassionate and forgiving and less judgmental than when I was younger. It isn’t because I’m a better person or anything, but I think that the discipline and the rigor of the process of making those stories and making those novels has allowed me to suspend the kind of judgment that I might have possessed when I was younger, to understand and forgive people, and acts, behavior, that I might not have understood or been able to forgive when I was younger. And I think that’s a consequence of my work. But you know, I don’t think that’s exclusive to a fiction writer or an artist. I think that that happens as a result of any lifelong attention and discipline to the lives of other human beings. You could do that and be a therapist, you could do that and be a professor, you could do that and be a physicist even, a scientist. If you are paying sufficient attention over time in a disciplined and un-self-absorbed way — well, by definition it would be un-self-absorbed — then eventually it’s going to make you a more compassionate and forgiving person.GAZETTE: Davíd Carrasco mentioned that theme of the HDS talk, immortality and humanity in our time, was really appealing to you. Can you tell me why?BANKS: It might seem curious and odd that it would appeal to me. The lecture is endowed with the proviso that it address immortality, the subject of immortality, so I kind of was stuck with that, but I think that I welcomed it because although I am an atheist and certainly don’t believe in the afterlife in a conventional way, I do believe that there is an afterlife and that it exists primarily in the lives of our children and grandchildren. I don’t mean as individuals, I mean as species, really, and the preservation of future generations and the protection of future generations is a way of guaranteeing and shaping and protecting our afterlife. So the subject became one I can enter pretty well because my work has concerned itself over the years with the relationship between adults and children — parents and children in a specific way, but adults and children in a broader human way, and so it wasn’t a great leap for me to try to address this subject. And then, I have a particular view on it, especially with regard to the abuse of children. I think of the abuse of children as consumers, and so one of the things I will be addressing in the lecture is the rise of the child in our society as a consumer and in the gradual appearance of children as the largest single segment in the consumer economy. So I am going to talk a little bit about what are the consequences of that long-range, and also psychologically and socially and historically. What are the consequences of turning children, the weakest, most vulnerable, naïve, and ignorant members of the tribe, into consumers?last_img read more

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享EURACTIV:The pace at which India—and China in particular—have developed solar power came as a surprise to BP analysts, the company’s chief economist told EURACTIV in an interview.When oil and gas major BP published its 2018 Energy Outlook last February, the group’s chief executive underlined in the report’s foreword that “a core theme” of this year’s edition “is the speed of the transition underway.” Speaking to EURACTIV in Brussels this week, BP’s chief economist, Spencer Dale, went further, acknowledging that the company had made a “mistake” in evaluating the speed of the transition.“We don’t pretend we haven’t made this mistake – we have made this mistake,” Dale admitted, saying BP has “revised up” its renewable energy growth forecasts as a result. “A lot of the explanation is solar,” Dale pointed out, explaining that the impressive growth in solar PV worldwide followed a typical “learning curve” where the costs come down roughly by 25% every time solar capacity doubles.“We haven’t been surprised by the steepness of that curve,” Dale pointed out, but rather by “how far along the curve” the world has got, particularly in China and India.For BP, the surprising figures are “telling us less about solar energy and more about the pace of the energy transition in China. And the pace at which essentially they’ve reduced their share of coal and filled up that hole with solar energy,” Dale said.The pattern is a familiar one. For years, the International Energy Agency (IEA) and oil majors such as BP and ExxonMobil have consistently tended to underestimate renewables growth in their annual energy outlooks. In Brussels, the European Commission, the EU’s executive branch, recently admitted it was taken by surprise by the rapid fall in renewables costs and recently updated its own projections based on new evidence.More: BP Confesses ‘Mistake’ In Forecasting Renewable Energy Growth Extent, Speed of China-India Renewable Energy Push Surprises BP Analystslast_img read more

first_img Overcoming Barriers student from pursuing a career in the law Jan Pudlow Senior Editor With his hand resting on Justice Fred Lewis’s elbow, Scott Greenblatt steps into the Florida Supreme Court Robing Room.“There are seven doors and each one holds a robe,” Lewis explains. “There’s a little seating area and a coffee bar. Now we’re going to walk straight across to my locker. Would you like to try on my robe?”While Karly, a black Lab guide dog, stretches out patiently at his feet, Greenblatt slips on the robe with Lewis’ name embroidered inside the neckline in green thread.“How does it feel?” Justice Lewis asks.“I feel silly. Like an imposter!” laughs Greenblatt, a 29-year-old third-year law student at Florida State University, who lost his sight after a car wreck in Miami Beach a dozen years ago.Next, up a few steps and through a curtain into the empty courtroom, where Greenblatt seizes the thrill of sitting in Chief Justice Barbara Pariente’s middle seat, and Karly is allowed to hop up in Justice Charles Wells’ chair to pose for a picture.Then it’s upstairs to Lewis’ chambers, with the justice describing everything along the way, from law books lining the hallways to the historic photographs hanging on the walls.“So we’re going to get to work,” Lewis says, draping their jackets on the backs of a pair of chairs, and bringing a bowl of fresh water for Karly to lap. “This isn’t a social visit.”Indeed, Lewis put Greenblatt through the paces, dissecting a half dozen pending cases on whether the court has jurisdiction, asking the law student his opinions. Woven into that legal give-and-take was plenty of talk about how a blind law student overcomes barriers to pursue his education and how a justice transcended his West Virginia coal-mining family roots to reach the pinnacle of his profession, learning how to balance family life with a legal career along the way.It was Florida Disability Mentoring Day on October 19, part of a national effort to promote career development for students and job seekers with disabilities through hands-on experiences.Once Justice Lewis offered to participate, he was paired up with Greenblatt, through Matt Dietz, a Miami disability lawyer working with the Disability Independence Group, and a recommendation from Paolo Annino, one of Greenblatt’s professors at FSU’s Children’s Advocacy Center.“This young man is going to be a great lawyer one day. And he just needs an opportunity for someone to share with him, to give him some motivation, to show him there are people who care and want him to succeed,” Justice Lewis said. “All too often, we don’t recognize the capabilities, and we look too much on the incapacities.”Justice Lewis knows all too well.His 20-year-old daughter, Lindsay, who has had a metabolic disorder that attacks her nervous system since she was very young, is blind except for a tiny pinpoint of light.“We need to look to what they can accomplish, not what stands in the way,” Justice Lewis said. “If I can be a source of encouragement, that’s what I hope to do.” Supreme Give and Take Mission accomplished.“Justice Lewis certainly gave me a bit of an emotional boost and helped encourage me to believe in my ability to make a difference as a practicing attorney,” Greenblatt said.Just getting the invitation to spend the afternoon with a real live justice, Greenblatt admitted, made him feel “daunted to hell.”“I got even more scared when I got the case list he wanted me to read.”What Greenblatt couldn’t remember, Justice Lewis patiently provided in summing up the legal issues. the end of the afternoon, Greenblatt was asking Lewis probing questions about his career choices that caused the justice to remark with a hearty laugh: “You’re getting me to bleed my soul to you, Scott!”“Here’s a personal question I have, if you don’t mind answering: How did you decide to become a justice?” Greenblatt asked.“It was my daughter, who is sick,” Lewis answered. “When she was really small and having all of those problems, we went all over the country trying to find answers. I saw a lot of very sick kids, a lot of kids in distress. Through that process, you see things differently; you perceive life in a different context. I committed myself that I needed to be more than just for my clients. That’s totally how it happened. She was so sick. You were in a crisis for a long time, and she’s in a crisis, as well.“She stabilized. And once she stabilized, I was able to do some other things I had committed and promised that I would do.”A week later, Greenblatt deemed Disability Mentoring Day a “tremendous experience.” “Even more than talking over the cases, it was so refreshing and an honor to talk with Justice Lewis about his life experiences and motivations behind his decision to sit behind the bench rather than stand in front of it making arguments. Through his stories, I got to see who the man behind the robe was, and my respect for him grew substantially because I thought I could understand who he really is.”The guided tour of the court was an incredible VIP opportunity, too.“I’m sure that even without my sight I got to see more of the Supreme Court than almost anyone else who comes through the building,” Greenblatt said.“If it weren’t for Disability Mentoring Day, I feel confident that I wouldn’t ever have the understanding of how the Supreme Court looks. And Justice Lewis made the tour even more special because of his particular sensitivity to my lack of sight. Justice Lewis made wandering the halls and offices of the Supreme Court a veritable picture come alive to me, with all of his descriptions of the architecture of the building and detailed depictions of the artistic design of each room. I’m sure that some of the picture has sadly already faded from my recollection, but I don’t believe I’ll ever lose the actual flavor of the experience.” Crash into Darkness Five days after his 17th birthday, Greenblatt lost his sight on July 16, 1993. He was driving a Jeep Cherokee in Miami Beach, with his girlfriend in the passenger’s seat, coming off a side street and trying to make it to the middle of four-lane Sixth Avenue.“I didn’t make it, but my car eventually did. Some guy in a Porsche came speeding around what was essentially a blind corner. He skidded for 80 feet and hit the front end of his Porsche into the driver’s side of my Jeep,” Greenblatt explained.“Basically, my car got pushed backwards. It keeled over onto the left side and pinned my head to the ground. My body came out of the truck enough that the very top of my head got pinned to the ground by the hood of the car to the street.. . . After the accident, there wasn’t a solid bone in my face. I was lucky enough that all of the top doctors were on call that night at Jackson Memorial Hospital. I had the head of neurosurgery; I had the head of maxio-facial reconstruction; and I had the head of optic neuropathy.”Justice Lewis remarked: “You’re a nice-looking young man. They did a helluva job, let me tell you what.”When Greenblatt woke up from a coma two and half months after the crash, Jennifer Catherine Marie Centeno — riding in the passenger’s seat and able to walk away from the accident — remained at his side, visiting him in the hospital every day after school.Now, Jen, a nursing student at Tallahassee Community College, is Greenblatt’s wife. They were married August 9, 2003.“There was never a moment where I thought about the situation as a decision to either stay with him or to leave him. I just dealt with it one day at a time,” Centeno said. “You don’t turn your back on someone you love.“As for how the accident affected me, there are no words to describe. I was 14 years old at the time, so you can just imagine the emotional maturity level of a teenager handling something like that very well. Not! The worst part of all is that I still remember the accident, in detail. I remember going to the hospital the following morning to see Scott in the ICU and not recognizing him at all. I remember not being able to speak to Scott for the first week because every time I opened my mouth I began to sob. I can go on forever about that, but I won’t. Let’s just say it’s 12 years later and I still have symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder.”With plenty of support from his family and friends, she said, Greenblatt “adjusted rather quickly to being blind.“Scott has always been a trooper. I think it takes a lot of courage to wake up one day and find out you’re blind and still push on to live a somewhat normal life,” she said.“If I could say one thing to people about us, it is that we are a normal couple. We just get to take our dog into restaurants, stores, and malls.”She admires her husband’s courage to go to law school and dream big.“He’s doing great and he will do great things in his career,” she said. Anything Is Possible Greenblatt said he is leaning toward a career specializing in disability law. He had to fight through multiple hearings with the school district to be allowed to finish his senior year at his North Miami Beach Senior High School, rather than be transferred to a special needs school, so he thinks he’ll be good at empathizing with his clients’ struggles.Recently, through FSU’s Children’s Advocacy Center, he represented an 11-year-old child in special education classes in a juvenile delinquency case, did a good job and earned the respect of his client and his client’s mother, said Annino, his professor.“Scott is a very hardworking, diligent, and focused student,” said Annino. “The bottom line is he overcomes obstacles imposed, these constant physical obstacles we take for granted. Like little posties, those yellow Post-it Notes. People were constantly putting little posties on his files. No, that is not going to work.”As Greenblatt tells Justice Lewis, he thinks he wants to be a lawyer specializing in disability law “so that at the end of the day, I can go home and say, ‘You know, what I did today made a difference in someones life.’ Not just, ‘I am going to go earn some business an extra million dollars.’ I would rather do something that might affect a child’s life.”“Good for you! Be a strong advocate for kids,” Lewis said.“Anything is possible. You just have to believe in it. Some struggles are different than others. I am not going to tell you differently. I did not have the challenges that you are facing. I had some economic challenges and background issues that differed from some people. But you can play the hand that you have been dealt, as long as you stay true to those purposes, and that is to be the best lawyer you can be and the best person,” Justice Lewis said.“I admire you for what you are doing right now. I’ve got to tell you. You are an inspiration to a lot of people. You can do a lot of good things,” Lewis said. “Some day, I’d like to see you standing up there before us for an oral argument. It can be done. Disability won’t stop this November 15, 2005 Senior Editor Regular News Overcoming Barrierslast_img read more

first_imgPreviously, WB Indonesia and Timor Leste country director Satu Kahkonen aired concerns about the bill’s potential environmental and labor impacts.Read also: Omnibus bill could hurt labor, environmental protections: World BankPresident’s responseOn Oct. 9, in his first public statement since the bill’s passage, the President brushed off the criticisms as “disinformation and hoaxes spread through social media”. As labor unions, activists and their lawyers prepare to petition the Constitutional Court for a judicial review of the recently passed Job Creation Law, critics have accused President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo of sidestepping public concerns over the rushed process to pass the legislation.Nearly a year after the President announced his intent to push a set of sweeping revisions in a draft law called the omnibus bill on job creation, lawmakers passed the bill on Oct. 5. The House of Representatives passed the bill earlier than originally expected, in a move that sidestepped unions’ plans to hold a nationwide strike in protest of the bill.The Jokowi administration has continued to insist that the new law is intended to attract foreign investment and create jobs to prop up a floundering economy. This point received a rare nod on Friday from the World Bank, which lauded the legislation as “a major reform effort”. The statement appears to disregard the fact that the public had extremely limited access to any legal means for preventing the bill’s passage, given the current COVID-19 restrictions. Even so, the House held its deliberations behind closed doors without inviting public input, another contentious point critics have raised as regards the lack of legislative transparency.The President added, however, that “relevant parties” were welcome to challenge the law.“If there is any dissatisfaction toward the Job Creation Law, please submit a [request for] judicial review with the Constitutional Court,” he said.Experts were left stumped by Jokowi’s bombastic response, with some saying that the President had failed to acknowledge the public’s immediate and widespread concerns.Constitutional law expert Bivitri Susanti, from the Indonesia Jentera School of Law in Jakarta, said Jokowi’s statement did not address the problematic deliberative process that involved hardly any public participation. Resorting to a judicial review at the Constitutional Court also did “not address the root of the problem”, Bivitri told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.“It’s as though [lawmakers and officials] are passing the buck and convincing themselves that they exercised due diligence in the legislative process, when in fact, [they didn’t],” she underlined.Furthermore, four “final” version of the omnibus bill were in public circulation after the House passed the legislation, preventing effective scrutiny of the new law. It remains unclear whether these versions were leaked deliberately, and by whom.The approved final version of the draft law, which spans 812 pages, was submitted to Jokowi this Wednesday for his signature.Read also: House submits final draft of jobs law to JokowiWords spray-painted on a wall in Jakarta reflect the sense of public betrayal that has fueled three days of nationwide demonstrations against the omnibus bill on job creation, which the House of Representatives passed last Monday. The graffiti reads: “Wants to be elected/Wants to be heard/After [getting] elected/They [refuse] to listen. R.I.P.” (JP/Seto Wardhana)Implementing regulationsChief expert staffer Donny Gahral Adian of the Executive Office of the President said that the government would immediately begin drafting the implementing regulations for the new law. These might include both presidential and government regulations, and the President had set a deadline for all implementing regulations to be issued within three months from the date on which the bill was passed into law.Donny, however, made assurances that the public would be involved in the regulations’ deliberative process.“The drafting team is sure to invite the academia, public figures, civil society [representatives] and other stakeholders who can offer input for the implementing regulations,” he said.Unions’ responseThe Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (KSPI), one of the largest and most vocal labor groups that oppose the law, said it would not participate in any processes related to the regulations.“Workers have rejected the Job Creation Law. As such, it is impossible for them to accept the implementing regulations, let alone be involved in drafting them,” said KSPI president Said Iqbal in a statement on Thursday.The KSPI and other labor groups have vowed to continue protesting the law while they mulled over several options. These included demanding that the President issue a regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) to revoke the Job Creation Law and lobbying the House for a legislative review.According to Said, a petition for judicial review was a possible option, but he stressed that the unions needed to be able to review the approved version of the law before approaching the Constitutional Court.Constitutional Court spokesman Fajar Laksono, when contacted by the Post on Friday, confirmed that three separate parties had already submitted petitions for a judicial review of the Job Creation Law. Two of the petitions, both filed on Oct. 12, challenged certain articles in the law, while the third petition was filed Oct. 15 and asked the court to repeal the law in its entirety.Fajar said the court would process the petitions according to the appropriate procedures, and that it was up to the court’s justices whether to grant the petitions or not.Meanwhile, deputy director Wahyudi Djafar of the Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy (ELSAM) said that the best compromise the government could and should offer was to issue a Perppu to delay the law’s commencement. Doing so would also allow some room for dialogue.“If the omnibus [law] is really necessary, then it is better to reopen the debate until public opinion is truly represented,” Wahyudi said on Wednesday.“A Perppu could be issued not to revoke [the law], but to delay its entry into force.”Read also: Rallies against job creation law turn violent as police clash with protestersProtesters burn the Bundaran HI Transjakarta bus stop at Jalan MH Thamrin, Jakarta, on Oct. 8, 2020. Thousands of workers and students hold a rally to reject the new Job Creation Law. (JP/Seto Wardhana)Types of reviewsIn a legislative review, the House reviews certain aspects of a law in line with public demand and makes any necessary amendments, or it can annul specific points.A Perppu is the equivalent of an executive review, in which the President replaces a law with emergency provisions. The President is not required to consult the House when issuing a Perppu.In a judicial review, individuals or groups can challenge a law through the Constitutional Court, the country’s sole interpreter of the Constitution. If the court grants the petition, it reviews the constitutionality of the legislative process or certain provisions in the challenged law. The court then issues a final and binding decision that could result in repealing the law or returning it to the House for amending the provisions it has found to be unconstitutional.Topics :last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 22 May 2020 10:39 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link15.8kShares Tagliafico has performed brilliantly for Ajax in the Champions League (Picture: Getty)‘Last year we made verbal agreements with Onana, Tagliafico and Van de Beek to stay another season and then we look to help each other and find the next step in their careers,’ he told Reuters.‘Nothing has changed. There won’t be a 50% discount. The clubs can forget about that.’By signing a new left-back, Arsenal hope it will show Saka how important he is to the team – as a winger, his preferred position, rather than a defender – and convince him to sign a new contract.MORE: Chelsea legend Michael Essien raves about Arsenal transfer target Thomas ParteyMORE: Dani Ceballos reveals Arsenal’s Premier League return dateFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Saka only has one year left on his current contract with the Gunners (Picture: Getty)While Arteta has been impressed with how well the youngster has adapted and developed the defensive side of the game, he wants to return Saka to his natural role as a winger.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAccording to The Sun, that has seen Arteta prioritise signing a new left-back to ensure Saka does not end up getting pushed back into the role again next season and he has his eye on Tagliafico.The Argentine has quickly established himself as one of the stand-out left-backs in Europe since moving to Amsterdam in 2018, helping the side win the Eredivisie last season and reach the semi-final of the Champions League.Tagliafico is believed to be open to moving to the Emirates and keen for a new challenge, with the Premier League particularly appealing, though there are a number of clubs interested in signing him.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalThe likes of Chelsea, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have all been linked with the 27-year-old, who has an agreement allowing him to leave Ajax this summer if a suitable offer is received.Ajax’s asking price is believed to be around £20million and chief executive Edwin van der Sar recently confirmed that the club will not stand in his way if he wants to leave. Advertisementcenter_img Comment Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta targets Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico to allow Bukayo Saka to flourish The Gunners wonderkid has been forced to deputise in defence this season (Pictures: Getty)Arsenal are ready to make a move for Ajax star Nicolas Tagliafico with Mikel Arteta reportedly eager to bring in a new left-back to allow Bukayo Saka to push further forward.In an often frustrating season, the emergence of 17-year-old Saka has been one of the bright spots of the campaign, with the teenager laying on nine assists in all competitions.However, both Sead Kolasinac and Kieran Tierney in particular have struggled with injury and form, forcing Saka to deputise out of position at left-back.last_img read more

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