House IV / Staudt Arquitectura

first_imgArchitects: Staudt Arquitectura Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” Houses CopyHouses, House Interiors•Coyhaique, Chile “COPY” Photographs Save this picture!© Justin Mullet+ 42Curated by Clara Ott Share House IV / Staudt ArquitecturaSave this projectSaveHouse IV / Staudt Arquitectura Chile ArchDaily Lead Architect: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/952082/house-iv-staudt-arquitectura Clipboard Area:  200 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  Photographs:  Justin Mullet Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/952082/house-iv-staudt-arquitectura Clipboard 2020 Projects CopyAbout this officeStaudt ArquitecturaOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesInterior DesignResidential InteriorsHouse InteriorsCoyhaiqueOn FacebookChilePublished on December 01, 2020Cite: “House IV / Staudt Arquitectura” [Casa Haus IV / Staudt Arquitectura] 01 Dec 2020. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Design Team:Martina Staudt, José SilvaClients:Constructora Haus Ltda.Collaborators:Constructora Byler, Led 1, Trusstek Inc,City:CoyhaiqueCountry:ChileMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Justin MulletRecommended ProductsWindowsKalwall®Facades – Window ReplacementsWindowsFAKRORoof Windows – FPP-V preSelect MAXDoorsJansenDoors – Folding and SlidingDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Curved Hinged Door | AlbaText description provided by the architects. In this case, the proposal was that of a volume with austere geometry, simple lines and symmetrical proportions. A red-clad silhouette that bursts into the surrounding landscape and imposes itself with the warmth of its native woods illuminated by the setting sun. Outside, the structure is weather-proofed with a low-maintenance metal envelope, while the entrances are clad in lenga shingles, overlapped in the local style. On one end, a solitary floating bench invites us to watch the sunset while, on the opposite end, protected from the wind, a grill is no stranger to the local traditions of gathering around the fire and the barbecue.Save this picture!© Justin MulletSave this picture!Ground floor planSave this picture!© Justin MulletInside, the architecture speaks of a concentric family home, where all the spaces face a central void with large windows and deep northern exposure. A great heart of air and natural light that is distributed over a polished concrete floor. In this spacious interior, the kitchen becomes the protagonist as it is separated by two large glass and steel sliding doors, allowing a dynamic transformation of the space based on family activities, quickly moving from an intimate country kitchen (with its breakfast table) to a large meeting room during any social celebration. The delicate work that forged these doors continues in the staircase with a slender railing that becomes an interior balcony on the entire second floor.Save this picture!© Justin MulletSave this picture!Section BBSave this picture!© Justin MulletThe effort put into building this project during 2020, a year in which the world lived closed in, sensitized the hands of those who built it, providing care and dedication in all the details that make a house a home. We faced the reality of having to work from where we live, and thus were born corners with desks, some even under skylights that invite the blue of the sky to participate in the decisions of those who inhabit it. The 6” projected cellulose thermal envelope, in conjunction with high-quality windows, leads to maximum infiltration control. This watertight volume, with its wooden structure and great north exposure, ensures the thermal gain necessary to minimize the consumption associated with maintaining annual thermal comfort. This house proposes a way of facing the organic relationship between family, friends and work, under a common roof, in Patagonia.Save this picture!© Justin MulletSave this picture!AxoSave this picture!© Justin MulletProject gallerySee allShow lessTwin Apartments / Estúdio LavaSelected ProjectsOffice Premises for Czech Promotion / Kurz architectsSelected Projects Share Pedro Staudt House IV / Staudt Arquitectura Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Sierra Pacific Windows, ASC Building Products, MK, Trimble Navigation, Veluxlast_img read more

Charity Commission seeks new Chair

first_img Advertisement Melanie May | 4 August 2017 | News Tagged with: Charity Commission Charity People About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has launched the search for a new Chair for the Charity Commission of England & Wales.Applications opened on 2nd August, and interested parties have until 3pm on 22nd September to apply with interviews expected to be held in October/November this year. The successful candidate will take over from current Chair of the Charity Commission for England & Wales, William Shawcross, who has held the post since 2012.The role is for up to three years, and for two and half days a week with a salary of £62,500. The majority of the work will be based at the Charity Commission’s London office.Among the criteria for entry, applicants must show a commitment to regulation, and an understanding of and interest in the charity sector, including an awareness of its challenges. They must also be ‘an accessible and engaging ambassador for the organisation, and have the ability to influence high level stakeholders within government and Parliament, the media, the charity sector and the business world’.Further information on the criteria for entry, the Chair’s role, and how to enter are available on the Centre for Public Appointments site.  123 total views,  1 views todaycenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis6 Charity Commission seeks new Chair  124 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis6last_img read more

LUH Health care workers fully committed to strike action

first_imgHealth care workers at Letterkenny University Hospital say they remain resolute in the dispute with the HSE over pay increases which they claim they are entitled to.Hundreds of SIPTU members at the hospital are on strike today with no progress on moves to break the deadlock between SIPTU and health service management side over pay.There is significant disruption at the hospital as a result of the action with three further strike days scheduled for next week.SIPTU rep Liam McElhinney says they are determined to get what they are owed:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/LiamMcElhinney.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. LUH Health care workers fully committed to strike action DL Debate – 24/05/21 Harps come back to win in Waterford Facebook Facebook Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest AudioHomepage BannerNewscenter_img FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Google+ Pinterest Google+ By admin – June 26, 2019 WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleJamie Brennan is the GAA’s Player of the WeekNext articleNo change to Kildare v Tyrone start time admin Important message for people attending LUH’s INR cliniclast_img read more

Harvey Weinstein’s long-anticipated criminal trial begins Monday in NYC

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — Harvey Weinstein’s rape and sexual assault trial, which begins Monday in New York City, has already seen more backstage drama, intrigue, infighting and cast changes than the Hollywood legal thriller that it could very well become one day.It’s been more than two years since bombshell reports from the New York Times and The New Yorker magazine triggered an avalanche of sex assault accusations against the once-indomitable Hollywood producer that reduced him to a pariah and turned the #MeToo hashtag into a movement that forced a reckoning among powerful men across a spectrum of American industries.Following multiple indictments, a changing series of criminal charges and complaining witnesses, three sets of defense attorneys, a lead detective thrown off the case, and midstream changes to the prosecution’s team, the all-important jury selection process begins this week.A total of six women are expected to testify at trial that Weinstein sexually assaulted them, but he is only charged with attacking two. Three more are expected to serve as “prior bad acts” witnesses — and another will testify in support of the state’s claim that Weinstein is a sexual predator. He is facing five felony charges, and if convicted on all counts he could go to prison for life.‘Insufficient’Weinstein heads to trial nearly five years after detectives from the Special Victims’ Division of the New York Police Department (NYPD) first began investigating him.In spring 2015, Italian model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez reported to NYPD detectives that Weinstein had groped her breasts during a business meeting at his office in Manhattan earlier that day. It was the first known public allegation against Weinstein.Investigators convinced her to accept an invitation to return to meet Weinstein for a dinner meeting the following night at the Tribeca Grand Hotel wearing a wire. Despite Gutierrez allegedly capturing Weinstein on undercover audio recording appearing to admit to the alleged assault, prosecutors from Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance’s office declined to charge Weinstein — blaming police investigators for failing to get prior approval for the undercover wire, and asserting that the subsequent audio was “insufficient to prove a crime under New York law.”Then, in early October 2017, reports in the New York Times and the New Yorker threw a spotlight on Weinstein by documenting his longstanding use of non-disclosure agreements and aggressive, behind-the-scenes public relation campaigns to keep his alleged predatory behavior under wraps for decades.Within days of the initial, Oct. 5 New York Times report, Weinstein was fired by his own company and described publicly by his brother and business partner Bob Weinstein as a “very sick man.”Before the month was out, his wife would leave him, A-listers who starred in his films would publicly rebuke him and accuse him of assault and misconduct, and more than three dozen women would step forward to accuse him of some form of sexual assault as well.Before the year was out, more than 80 women would come forward to detail a spectrum of alleged sexual aggression by Weinstein, ranging from sexual harassment to forcible rape, and he would face a federal lawsuit from six women which alleged that his attempts to conceal and cover up accusations of sexual assault were tantamount to racketeering.Weinstein ultimately reached a tentative global settlement in a number of civil cases last month for $47 million, a source briefed on the deal confirmed to ABC News. After attorneys’ fees, roughly $31 million will be split among more than 30 of his accusers. According to the source, Weinstein’s insurance company will pay out the settlement money, and the producer will not be required to admit any wrongdoing.Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to all charges against him and denied ever engaging in non-consensual sex with anyone.Uphill battle for WeinsteinWeinstein stands charged with raping one woman in a Manhattan hotel room in 2013 and performing a forcible sex act on a different woman, who has since identified herself as former Weinstein production assistant Mimi Haleyi, in 2006.In addition to the testimony of those two women, three more women are expected to testify to similar alleged sexual assaults by Weinstein for which he has not been charged, as prosecutors seek to show a pattern of predatory behavior.At a closed hearing earlier this year, Manhattan Supreme Court Judge James Burke allowed the introduction of three “prior bad acts” witnesses – women who claim Weinstein sexually assaulted them but whose accusations fall outside the statute of limitations for prosecution, according to court documents that reference the decision.The use of such witnesses has proven significant in previous high-profile criminal trials, especially Bill Cosby’s trial last year on charges that he drugged and sexually assaulted Temple University basketball coach Andrea Constand.Legal experts said the decision on whether or not to allow prior bad acts witnesses to testify in a sex assault trial can be fraught with peril. The judge ultimately must weigh the value to the jury of hearing additional evidence from other accusers with very similar accounts of being assaulted, versus the potential prejudicial cumulative effect such witnesses could have on the defendant.A sixth woman, “Sopranos” actress Annabella Sciorra, is expected to testify that Weinstein raped her in her Manhattan apartment in the winter of 1993-94. Predatory sexual assault requires that prosecutors prove to a jury that Weinstein seriously sexually assaulted at least two women.Even if he is acquitted at trial in New York, the 67-year-old producer remains under investigation for sexual assault in Los Angeles and London. Last month, just before Christmas, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office said that prosecutors there are reviewing eight allegations against the embattled movie producer for sexual assault, according to Variety, which first reported the D.A.’s statement. A subsequent report in the Los Angeles Times quoted multiple sources saying the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office has escalated its review into Weinstein and is considering filing criminal charges against him this year.Key expert witnessesThe prosecution is expected to call Dr. Barbara Ziv, a forensic psychiatrist with an expertise in the behavior of sexual assault victims and whose testimony kicked off the prosecutors’ case in Bill Cosby’s Pennsylvania sexual assault trial last year.By testifying first, Ziv helped inoculate the accounts of complaining witness Andrea Constand and five “prior bad acts” witnesses in that trial from dogged attempts by the defense to discredit the women.Ziv testified that “the vast majority of victims of sexual assault do not report to authorities,” and that sexual assault reporting can be delayed “from days to weeks to months to years.”She testified to how common counterintuitive behavior is in victims of sexual violence, and how they rarely act the way you would think they would.“Most people don’t fight back, don’t say anything, and don’t, you know, immediately, when it’s over, don’t jump up and leave,” Ziv said. “They are in a state of shock, that’s how they describe it.”Prosecutors facing challenges, tooZiv will face a formidable foe in Elizabeth Loftus, a veteran expert witness for the defense on the malleability of human memory, who has testified for decades in dozens of high-stakes criminal trials. Loftus’ testimony in the 1980s about recovered memories helped acquit a California couple who had been charged with sexual abuse of nine children at their day care center, the McMartin preschool.She has also testified in the criminal trials of O.J. Simpson, Oliver North, and the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers tried in the Rodney King beating. While allowing Loftus and another memory expert in as defense witnesses in Weinstein’s trial starting next week, Judge Burke also placed restrictions on the topics about which they could testify.Weinstein was initially charged with first and third degree rape in New York for attacking an unidentified woman in 2013. Defense attorneys have submitted evidence to the court that they say indicates that the alleged victim attended a movie screening at Weinstein’s request just hours after he is alleged to have raped her.He was also charged in New York with forcing marketing executive Lucia Evans to perform oral sex on him during a meeting in 2004. That charge was dismissed in the fall of 2018, after prosecutors discovered that a lead NYPD detective on the case, Nicholas DiGaudio, failed to inform the DA’s office of a witness who cast doubt on Evans’ account. Evans’ name was withdrawn as a potential prosecution witness, but not before her attorney accused Manhattan prosecutors of mishandling the case.Five weeks after the initial indictment, prosecutors charged Weinstein with another count of criminal sexual assault, for allegedly forcibly performing oral sex on Haleyi in 2006.The superseding grand jury indictment was also based in part on testimony from Sciorra, who claims that Weinstein raped her in her New York apartment in the winter of 1993-94. Her testimony will be offered in support of two counts of predatory sexual assault — charges which require that prosecutors convince a jury that Weinstein sexually assaulted more than one woman.During the same fall week in 2018 that prosecutors dropped the sixth count against Weinstein relating to Evans’ allegation, Illuzi-Orbon notified Weinstein’s defense team that one of the two remaining primary witnesses against him had been advised by DiGaudio to delete from her phone anything that she didn’t want prosecutors to see.A representative for the NYPD’s detectives union defends DiGuadio in a statement, saying that the woman was concerned about sharing personal information on her phone unrelated to the case with prosecutors. “A woman should not have to surrender confidential intimate information that’s immaterial to the case to defend herself against a sexual predator,” Detectives Endowment Association president Michael Palladino said in the statement, adding that “our detective was neither trying to influence nor compromise the investigation.”DiGuadio was removed from the case. Defense attorneys filed motions seeking to dismiss all the charges, but were unsuccessful. The five counts would stand.Around this time, two members of the four-person prosecution team resigned. Vance’s office reportedly said the resignations were unrelated to the Weinstein case.Now, more than two years after an arrest that sparked a movement and marked a turning point in the American conversation about sexual violence against women, Weinstein will face his accusers in one of the most highly-anticipated criminal trials in recent memory.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Cranks sets student sarnie challenge

first_imgSandwich brand Cranks has launched a competition in which students will get the chance to see their sandwich recipe on shelves next year.The Great Cranks Student Sandwich Challenge is designed to encourage aspiring marketeers to create the next Cranks sandwich NPD, with students from 10 UK universities invited to take part.The winner will be awarded £500-worth of vouchers and the chance to see their sandwich in 2014.Individuals or teams are invited to submit their designs for the sandwich filling, a breakdown of focus group feedback, market theory behind the flavour combinations and a promotional strategy. A competive pitch process will then see the winning sandwich go into production, said the firm.Cranks said the aim of the competition is to cement the brand as the student’s sandwich brand of choice. It will be instigating a sampling campaign at target universities, encouraging students to try the products and apply to be considered as a Cranks brand ambassador – a remunerated position aimed at establishing Cranks brand awareness, competition awareness and social media engagement with their university.Karen Wilson, marketing manager at parent company All About Food, said: “We are passionate about supporting students who show a real hunger for entering into the market. This campaign will offer students the opportunity to gain a competitive edge with tangible experience to put on their CV.”Cranks sell vegetarian sandwiches, wraps and salads in universities across Britain.last_img read more

Embrace social media to thrive, urges wholesaler

first_imgTakeaway food providers must utilise social media in 2019 to thrive, JJ Foodservice has cautioned.The recommendation followed restaurant website builder Foodit finding a 52% year-on-year increase in the number of visits to restaurant websites driven by social media.This equated to 35,000 visitors and resulted in orders worth £25,000, reported Foodit, which is owned by JJ Foodservice.“It’s not enough to simply be online – the best caterers are using social platforms to promote the uniqueness of their offer and drive loyalty,” added Foodit operations head Richard Bradshaw.“It goes to show just how quickly these platforms are becoming an important part of restaurant and takeaway sales.”The findings came as Foodit launched a free one-on-one Social Media Master Class for existing and new customers. The sessions will be held on-site, over the phone or via Skype.If popular, a wider breakfast workshop, which will be open to non-members too, will run in January to cover issues businesses might have around social media, including negative reviews.Subscribers to British Baker can read our feature on marketing a bakery business, including advice on social media and building a website, here.last_img read more

Peabody, at Taxpayer Expense, Pays Out Millions in Executive Bonuses

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Dave Roberts for Vox:Two recent items from the news are likely to add fuel to the Peabody-hating fire.Item 1: Peabody is heading into bankruptcy, workers are getting screwed, and executives are profitingThis week, Peabody signaled that it is likely to file for bankruptcy.It’s not a huge surprise; the company has not been doing well. After a peak share price of $1,079 in 2011 (during the heady market for metallurgical coal), its stock has fallen, and fallen, and fallen, all the way to $2.19 a share.Naturally, Peabody has been laying off lots of workers — more than 20 percent of its global workforce between 2012 and 2015.But that’s not all it’s been doing.You see, Peabody made promises to its US workers. In exchange for doing the dangerous, unhealthy work of mining coal, they would have pensions and health benefits for life.But those obligations are expensive, especially with employees’ propensity to develop black lung. Peabody needed a way to get them off the books.So in 2007, Peabody created a new entity, Patriot Coal. Reporter Alec MacGillis tells the story in the New Republic:[Peabody] transferred to [Patriot] 13 percent of its coal reserves. It also transferred to it about 40 percent of its health care liabilities—the obligations for 8,400 former Peabody employees. A year later, Patriot Coal was loaded up with even more liabilities when it acquired Magnum Coal, an offshoot of the country’s second-largest mining company, Arch Coal. This left Patriot with responsibility for another 2,300 retirees, and, by last year, total liabilities of $1.37 billion.Eventually Patriot Coal was larded up with more than $3 billion in liabilities from Peabody and Arch, representing 22,000 miners, retirees, and spouses.“Oddly, for a 5-year-old company,” labor journalist Mike Elk wrote, “Patriot wound up with nearly three times as many retirees as active employees, more than 90 percent of whom never worked for the company.”Can you guess what happened next?Yup, Patriot Coal filed for bankruptcy in 2012. And it wasted no time asking a bankruptcy judge to let it jettison all those health care liabilities. (The judge said yes, just as she said yes two weeks prior when Patriot asked for permission to pay their executives almost $7 million in “retention bonuses.”)Patriot had no loyalty to these retirees, of course. For the most part, they’d never even worked for Patriot. According to a 2013 story in the Wall Street Journal, “90 percent of retirees listed as Patriot’s obligation today never worked for Patriot, but were once employed by Peabody or Arch.”What about Peabody? Doesn’t it have any loyalty to the workers who gave it so much of their lives? The Wall Street Journal asked:A spokesman for Peabody, the nation’s largest coal company by production, said Peabody has lived up to its obligations. “This is a matter solely between the union and Patriot Coal,” the spokesman said.Damn, that’s cold.(The coal employee pension funds have since sued Peabody and Arch, accusing them of designing Patriot to fail as a way of escaping their obligations.)Ditching its obligations to workers — “restructuring,” in the antiseptic language of corporate law — didn’t save Patriot. It filed for bankruptcy again in 2015. Its efforts to escape its liabilities are ongoing.Dumping liabilities onto Patriot didn’t save Peabody either, which is now on the verge of going under itself. It currently has hundreds of millions in unfunded liabilities, which are likely to be jettisoned in some future deal between a corporate restructuring lawyer and a bankruptcy judge.But have no fear! The Peabody executives who oversaw all those mergers and big bets on metallurgical coal — and the subsequent destruction of virtually all the company’s value — are in no danger. In fact, they’re doing great.This 2015 report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis reveals that the top five Peabody executives pulled down about $27 million in compensation in 2011, when the stock was at its peak.In 2014, after the company’s stockholders had lost $16 billion in value, thousands of workers had been laid off and Peabody was headed for bankruptcy, they pulled down about … $25 million.To atone for his sins, the compensation of Boyce, the CEO, was reduced from $10 million in 2011 to $11 million in 2014.(The, er, disjunct between corporate performance and executive compensation is a familiar tale in US coal these days.)So that’s the first item regarding Peabody’s enduring status as the Worst. Now here’s the second.Item 2: Peabody has been heavily subsidized by federal taxpayersTurns out US taxpayers are helping to pay for all this.According to a new report from Greenpeace, based on Department of Interior data obtained via FOIA, Peabody relies heavily on coal mined from federal land. In fact, the three biggest US coal companies all rely heavily on it.coal corporate welfare(Greenpeace)Here’s the thing about coal on federal land: For decades, the US public has been letting coal companies mine it for dirt cheap, well beneath market rates. Over time that adds up to a lot of foregone revenue.In his 2014 piece on coal leasing, Brad Plumer wrote about a study by Tom Sanzillo of the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis that “argued that the federal government had foregone as much as $28.9 billion in revenue over the past 30 years by getting below-market value for its coal in these non-competitive auctions.”And that’s to say nothing of the social costs imposed by the coal thus mined. Consider this statistic from a previous Greenpeace report:A ton of publicly owned coal leased during the Obama administration will, on average, cause damages estimated at between $22 and $237, using the federal government’s social cost of carbon estimates — yet the average price per ton for those coal leases was only $1.03.This amounts to the American people subsidizing their own suffering.How your taxes ended up enriching coal executives who are betraying their workers Peabody, at Taxpayer Expense, Pays Out Millions in Executive Bonuseslast_img read more

Real lawyers weigh in on reality TV’s lawyers

first_img Real lawyers weigh in on reality TV’s lawyers Florida litigators pull no punches in reviewing Roy Black’s new show ‘The Law Firm’ Jan Pudlow Senior Editor The camera pans a sleek high rise in Los Angeles, then zooms in to the glitzy interior of “The Law Firm,” where a dozen young trial lawyers gather in the conference room nervously clutching their briefcases.In strides Roy Black with the confident air of a top-notch Florida lawyer with national notoriety for successfully defending William Kennedy Smith on rape charges and offering legal analysis for NBC and CNN on high-profile cases like Scott Peterson and Kobe Bryant. His Web site brags that he got the highest score on the Florida bar exam in 1970, after graduating from the University of Miami, where he teaches a workshop in criminal evidence.Smart, effective, media-savvy Black is the managing partner of “The Law Firm” that airs Thursday nights at 9 on NBC.Real lawyers try real cases with real plaintiffs and real defendants, with real witnesses, before real retired California judges. The outcomes are final, legal, and binding for the parties.Like any managing partner, Black has the power to fire those who fall down on the job.“I don’t care what law school you went to or what your GPA was,” Black tells this polished collection of competitive, type-A personalities he personally selected to vie for $250,000 in cash and proud recognition from Black as “the finest young trial lawyer” in the firm.What matters, Black says, is “how you can perform under pressure and stress in the courtroom.”At the end of each of eight episodes, Black will kick two lawyers out of the firm until only the very best trial lawyer wins.Black said he agreed to do the unscripted series after he talked to Emmy Award-winning producer David Kelley (“Ally McBeal”and “L.A. Law”) and NBC President Jeff Zucker.“Both assured me it would be a program that would highlight how hard lawyers work preparing a case and show the behind-the-scenes, as well as the courtroom performances,” Black said.“Generally, this turned out to be true. Of course, this is television, so they needed entertainment, tension, and drama, as well. Usually, trials contain all of that in spades, but they also wanted to show the tensions that develop between the lawyers while working on the case. So purists may balk at some scenes,” Black said.“After spending over 35 years doing this, it doesn’t seem far off the mark.. . . I think it works.”Does this show — described by the Palm Beach Post as “essentially ‘The Practice’ minus the soap opera-y personal stories and Lindsay Dole’s incessant whining” and the Los Angles Times as “‘People’s Court’ meets ‘The Apprentice’” — succeed in making lawyers look good? Does it work?The Florida Bar News asked a couple of experienced Florida trial lawyers to watch the first July 28 episode and share their honest thoughts.“I am a big fan of Roy Black, but not a fan of ‘reality shows.’ With those two predispositions, I sat down to watch the first show of ‘The Law Firm.’ I remain a big fan of Roy Black,” commented David Rothman, a Miami trial attorney and member of The Florida Bar Board of Governors.Bill Corry, a Tallahassee trial attorney on the board of directors of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, agreed with Black’s premise that the public has little understanding of the time and energy required for trial work.“They see the glamour and the big verdicts. They think lawyers are just rich and don’t have to do much to hoodwink the stupid jury. They hear about runaway verdicts and too many lawsuits and so much propaganda the insurance industry tries to spread,” Corry said. “So, yes, I think it probably helped to improve the image of lawyers. Those young attorneys work very hard.”Corry’s biggest disappointment was not seeing enough of Black, who introduces the lawyers to their cases in the beginning of the hour, slips into the courtroom to hear closing arguments, and then evaluates their performances at the end using the Socratic method, complete with jabbing index finger for emphasis—not unlike the mock trials and critiques Black uses with his UM students.“I think Roy Black came across as dignified. He is a very fine attorney, and I was hoping he would be more involved in the dynamics,” Corry said.As Black says, “This show was designed to showcase the lawyers, not be an infomercial for me.”Feedback Black has received from legal colleagues so far is that “it was fun to watch, but most advised me not to quit my day job. Some, of course, wanted to know if The Donald gave me hair advice (fortunately not) nor did he agree to loan me any money,” Black said.In the first episode, Black divides the dozen lawyers into four teams of three to handle both plaintiffs’ and defendants’ sides of two cases:One involves a woman whose small dog had his leg gnawed off by her flamboyant next-door neighbor’s pair of huge mastiffs.The other is about a man with a flashing light on his dash who stops a woman who cut him off in traffic, demands to see her driver’s license, and chastises her about her driving skills. She thinks he’s a cop, but later finds out he’s really the county coroner.They may not be big cases, but they are important to the clients, Black tells the young trial lawyers.“I’d better see real commitment and passion in representing these clients — or you’re gone!” Black bellows.What the viewer sees watching “The Law Firm” are behind-the-scenes strategy sniping, personality clashes, and stressed-out deadline pressure to prepare for trial.“The lawyers work up to 20 hours a day concentrating on the case, tracking down evidence and witnesses, working on legal memos, preparing arguments—the type of work the public rarely sees and is generally unaware of,” Black said. “They argue over strategy, which witnesses to use, how to handle the judge and jury, all of which can result in heated discussions, just like lawyers and law firms do.”In the dog case, the maimed pooch hobbles up to the bar on three legs. The coroner/cop wannabe case is dissected before a stern arbitrator with the personality of Nurse Ratchet.Rothman was not impressed with the skills of most of the young lawyers chosen for the show.“Based solely upon their ‘performance’ in this one episode, with one, maybe two, exceptions, I would have fired all of the young lawyers who appeared in the show. Some, because they are lousy lawyers, some because they are rotten human beings, and all because they can’t act a lick,” Rothman said.“Roy Black, however, was terrific as the managing partner. One scary thought: One of these young lawyers is actually going to win $250,000 at the end of the show. I have seen better lawyering from third-year law students.”Corry wasn’t as harsh on the attorneys as he was on the quality of the cases.“I would have hated to be those attorneys and have those fact scenarios assigned,” Corry said. “A three-legged dog getting through a fence and a traffic stop by a coroner? I can’t imagine a firm in Tallahassee taking either case.”What was realistic, Corry said, was the inability of the lawyers to control their witness, the mastiff dog owner who just took off with a colorful narrative on the witness stand, and the frustration of the lawyer trying to deal with the rude arbitrator in the coroner case.As Black tells Kelly Chang, the L.A. lawyer booted from the first show because she allowed the arbitrator to run roughshod over her opening statement with a barrage of interruptions: “Great trial lawyers get judges to listen to them.”And Jason Adams, of Ventura, California, was the second lawyer to be told: “The verdict is in: You are out!” because he made the rookie blunder of objecting when the mastiff dog owner, on the other side of the case, made an outrageous comment about the three-legged dog: “You could cut all its legs off and it’d still be a menace to society!”“Great lawyers have good instincts,” Black said. “You couldn’t see a major blunder and take advantage of it.”Even with all of his years of experience as a trial lawyer, Corry said he “relearned to not be so quick to object.”Corry will watch the show again, especially interested “to see if Roy Black is more involved the second time. I’d like to see a case that’s more difficult that would generate significant damages.”Keep watching. Black promises the cases get progressively more difficult, including “a wrongful death involving murder” at the end of the series.Who does Black think the best audience is for his new show?“Good question. If you like David Kelley shows and highlights from Court TV, you will love the show,’’ Black said.“If you want plastic surgery, eating bugs, or celebrity appearances, this show is not for you.” Real lawyers weigh in on reality TV’s lawyers August 15, 2005 Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

Gov. Wolf, Sec. of Health Extend Statewide Stay-at-Home Order Until May 8

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Gov. Wolf, Sec. of Health Extend Statewide Stay-at-Home Order Until May 8 Press Release,  Public Health Governor’s Stay-at-Home AmendmentHealth Secretary’s Stay-at-Home AmendmentStay-at-Home GuidanceGovernor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine announced that the statewide stay-at-home orders issued on April 1 to protect Pennsylvanians and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 will be extended until Friday, May 8 at 12:01 AM. The initial order was set to expire on April 30.“It is clear that our early and aggressive efforts to mitigate this spread of this highly contagious and deadly virus are working. While we begin to seek ways to move forward, it’s imperative that we continue to take strong precautions to protect Pennsylvanians and ensure that our health care system is not overwhelmed,” Wolf said. “I am so proud of this commonwealth and the resilience of my fellow Pennsylvanians, and I urge you to continue to stay calm and stay home so that we can all stay safe.”“We are starting to see a downward trend in the number of positive cases throughout the state, which is definitely encouraging,” Dr. Levine said. “We need to proceed carefully to make sure the strides we’ve made in combatting this virus continue to move forward. Extending our statewide order until May 8 will ensure that we don’t overwhelm our health system, while helping our economy to recover.”Non-life-sustaining physical business closures remain in effect and all life-sustaining businesses and state services will continue.Individuals are permitted to leave their residences for tasks essential to maintaining health and safety.Stay-at-home guidance is available as a PDF here.Wolf recommended that Pennsylvanians continue to wear masks when leaving the house for life-sustaining reasons. Dr. Levine recently signed an order directing protections for critical workers who are employed at businesses that are authorized to maintain in-person operations during the COVID-19 disaster emergency.At this time, law enforcement will continue to focus on ensuring that residents are aware of the order and informing the public of social distancing practices rather than enforcement.Read the governor’s amendment as a PDF here.Read the Secretary of Health’s amendment as a PDF here.For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, Pennsylvanians should visit: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/.View this information in Spanish.center_img April 20, 2020last_img read more

Local Band Needs Community Votes To Win Competition

first_imgMy Brother’s Keeper is a bluegrass/ progressive acoustic band consisting of brothers Benjamin, 22, Titus, 19, and Joshua Luckhaupt, 24, all of St. Leon. The fourth member of the band is Wyatt Murray, 18, of Brookville.“Music is something that I have been having fun with and now something I would like to do full time,” Benjamin Luckhaupt said. “I know other members of the band would like to as well, so hopefully in five years, music can be a full time opportunity.”Winning the Safe Auto Competition would allow the band to gain more financial flexibility and national exposure, which could lead them one step closer to their dream.Anyone who wants to vote for the Brittany and the Brothers can visit the Safe Auto website. A St. Leon band is hoping community members can help them win a nationwide contest.A St. Leon band is asking for community support.The four members of My Brothers Keeper teamed up with local singer Brittany Gillstrap, 21, and entered Safe Auto’s Do the Jingle Competition.Contestants re-create or re-invent the famous Safe Auto Jingle. All video submissions are featured on the Safe Auto website.The band is currently in third place in the nationwide contest. If the band wins, they will receive $5,000 and a chance to appear in a future advertising campaign.Listen to the jingle by Brittany and the Brothers here>>last_img read more