Blazing the trail

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Blazing the trailOn 1 Jul 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article The Occupational Health Unit of South Wales Fire Serviceinitiated a six-week course of psycho-education to raise awareness of stresstriggers in the course of firemen’s everyday work. It helped attendees identifynormal level of stress, by Lyndon Davies The management and prevention of occupational stress and caring for thepsychological well being of staff is a major challenge facing occupationalhealth professionals. Employers have a legal, economic and ethical responsibility to manage healthand safety in the workplace and relevant legislation includes the Health andSafety at Work Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at WorkRegulations 1999.1,2 Work stress in ageing police officers and A Study of stress and support inthe Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are two studies that have identifiedthat the potential causes of stress in emergency services result from acombination of organisational, operational and external (personal)stressors.3,4 However, Stress in the Service: who does it affect? suggeststhere is evidence that firefighters do not suffer from occupational stress tothe extent one might think due to inbuilt factors that affect their resilience.5During the financial year 2001-2002, data collected at the OccupationalHealth Unit of South Wales Fire Service demonstrated that 21 per cent of allappointments were devoted to stress and psychological-related consultations. The Brigade introduced a series of innovative stress initiatives, whichincluded a partnership with a NHS Department of Liaison Psychiatry in order torespond to the psychological needs of staff. Through this partnership, the Brigade has been able to implement a stresscontrol course (Stresspac), developed by J White in 2000, Treating Anxiety andStress, following a series of studies.6 White provides eight years of follow-updata on Stresspac’s effectiveness in treating stress and anxiety disorders in aclinical psychology setting.7,8,9,10 The stress control course The six-week course, totalling 12 hours of psycho-education is based uponthe model explained by White, who states that, “Stresspac is a didactic,cognitive behavioural group therapy approach to anxiety disorders. It is arobust six-session ‘evening class’ designed for either small or large-groupformat.” The main aim of the course is to “turn individuals intotheir own therapist”. The course attempts to achieve a compromise between best practice and bestvalue in providing training to a large number of people. It relies heavily onthe written material accompanying the course and issues a comprehensive manual.It encourages students to recognise patterns of distorted thinking anddysfunctional behaviour that may contribute to a state of stress. It introducestechniques that will provide the student with a toolkit to achieve their ownstress control. See the course model shown below. The course is advertised throughout the organisation and students areencouraged to self-refer to develop their ability to manage stress now or inthe future. Students are discouraged from self-disclosure about their ownproblems. Brief outline of sessions Introduction and information aims to provide the framework for thesubsequent sessions. By offering easily understood, personally relevantinformation, employees can begin to understand their problems more readily,making them more open to change. Controlling your body aims to educate employees about the physical effectsof anxiety, to provide a rationale for the use of progressive muscularrelaxation, breathing retraining and aerobic exercise. Controlling your actions aims to educate employees about the effects ofanxiety on behaviour and behaviour on anxiety. It provides a rationale for theuse of exposure therapy where avoidance is a problem and other behaviouraltechniques within a cognitive behavioural framework. Controlling your panic and sleep problems aims to educate employees aboutthe nature of panic and insomnia and how to assess and control them. Thetreatment uses stimulus control techniques along with sleep hygiene advice andthe cognitive and relaxation approaches previously learned on the course. Controlling your depression and the future aims to educate about the natureof depression and how to assess and control it. It revisits key elements fromprevious weeks during this session, tying the whole course together.Participants should now feel they have the ability to continue assessing andcontrolling their own problems. However, it is recognised that in somesituations additional contact with a therapist will be required. The extent of stress as a problem in the sample group It emerged that 42 per cent of the group did not feel they were sufferingfrom the harmful effects of stress, whereas 58 per cent felt that stress wasnegatively affecting their health. Twenty-nine per cent believed their stress was purely work-related, 4 percent that their stress was purely non work-related (personal problems) and 25per cent felt their stress was caused through a combination of both work andnon-work related factors. Of students who returned the qualitative assessment questionnaire, 57 percent did not regard themselves as suffering from any of the psychologicalconditions listed – for example, depression, panic disorder, fear or phobia orother. Although 42.9 per cent of the sample perceived they were suffering fromdepression and/or panic disorder, only 17 per cent had been diagnosed and werebeing treated for their condition with medication under the supervision oftheir GP. This may support theories that an individual’s perception plays amajor role in stress.6,11,12,13 There is a perception among these individuals that they are depressed,although there is no evidence of clinical confirmation of this. Student opinions in relation to the course Students were asked to provide a series of opinions on a scale of 1-10 (1being no benefit and 10 being of most benefit). Students gave a favourable score of 7.6 that Stresspac had helped andbenefited them. Students provided similar opinions on the value and usefulnessof each session on a scale of 1-10. The general opinion seen in Table 1 demonstrates that students favour thecourse and believed it to be beneficial. It appears that the most usefulsessions were weeks 2 and 3, with all other sessions displaying a mean studentopinion score of 6.5. The author believes the likely explanation for this pattern is that weeks 2and 3 are probably the most applicable to the majority of individuals whorelate to stress. Students are taught relaxation and thought-challengingtechniques that are easily adaptable to general stress and anxiety. Subsequentsessions on controlling actions, panic, insomnia and depression may not beapplicable to all students at this stage. It was established that only 14.3 percent admitted to suffering from depression and panic attacks. Students were then asked three questions to provide the author with theiropinions on how applicable was the course in relation to their own personalstress. Examples of student comments include: – “I found it useful to address my reaction to stress. I now understandmuch more about stress/depression and how to help myself on any bad days”.– “I have a more confident feel to my life. I find it easier to cope. Istill slip back occasionally but I bounce back quicker”. – “I was suffering from crippling anxiety prior to the course and now Ifeel normal. Stresspac is a toolbox which helps sufferers to control thesituation – but it takes time and effort to learn how best to use thetools”. Similar comments were echoed in other responses, reinforcing the view thatthat the course is well received by students. They were then asked to givetheir opinion on a scale of 1-10 (1 = no stress, 10 = high stress) on theirstress level pre-Stresspac, compared to that on the three-month follow-up.Examples of comments include: – “I found Stresspac very beneficial. The techniques were easy tofollow as well as being easy to implement.” – “I thought challenging and breathing control has enabled me to facesituations previously I would have avoided. Most people suffer some degree ofstress in everyday life. Explaining what it is and how to cope, and thepitfalls could help someone avoid falling too far.” Many commented that they obtained comforting reassurance and peer supportfrom attending with other colleagues. It would appear that individuals realised ‘they are not alone’ in theirstress and many of the reactions experienced are ‘normal’ symptoms of stressthat can be controlled. Large mixed groups are advantageous in assisting individuals to normalisesymptoms and change their negative perceptions surrounding stress. Mixed groups will also contribute to the acceptance and understanding ofstress in a ‘macho cultured’ organisation such as the Fire Service. Manyexpressed views, for example: “It was a wonderful relief that I was notalone in my distress”, reinforcing this point. Individuals who attended complaining of insomnia prior to the course,reported improvements in their sleep patterns by the three-month follow-upstage. Those who did not particularly suffer from stress reactions commentedthey had found the problem-solving techniques and coping strategies useful inhelping them organise busy days, preventing potential stress reactions. Although not elaborated upon in this article, statistically significantevidence was obtained from clinical measures completed under the supervision ofthe nurse therapist pre–course and repeated post-course and on three monthsfollow-up. Highly significant improvements were seen in the Beck DepressionInventory II,14 A Users Guide to the General Health Questionnaire,15 and Lifeand Social Adjustments Scale.16 Conclusion These results support the view that the self-help cognitive-behaviouralpackage is significantly effective in assisting staff to manage and controltheir general stress and anxiety and that students continue to see benefits atthe three-month follow-up stage, suggesting that the course is beneficial inpreventing relapse. Implementation of Stresspac as an evening class allows many staff to attendfrom various disciplines within the Brigade. This has a normalising effect, asstress affects many individuals in many ways and at different times of theirlives. The social aspect of the course encourages effective peer support and networkingamong staff. Data obtained so far demonstrates the course has been helpful in reducinganxiety, depression and general health concerns in the majority of individuals.The qualitative data is favourable, producing many examples of positive commentsthat the course was relevant and useful. The course continues to run and it is hoped it will receive a highself-referral rate among staff. It has certainly proved itself to be anexciting, popular and innovative stress control/prevention initiative withinSouth Wales Fire Service. The author believes that as more data becomes available, the credibility ofthe course will be further reinforced and it will benefit greater numbers ofBrigade employees, increasing attendance, efficiency, psychological andphysical wellbeing, morale and ultimately reducing unhelpful stress andanxiety. Lyndon Davies, RGN, BSc (Hons), is the occupational health nurse for theSouth Wales Fire Service. References 1. Health and Safety Executive, A guide to the health and safety at work etcAct 1974: Guidance on the act, HMSO, London, 1990 2.Health and Safety Executive, Management of health and safety at workregulations 1999: Approved code of practice and guidance. HSE Books, Sudbury,2000 3. Gershon RRM, Lin S, Li X, Work stress in ageing police officers. TheJournal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine. 44(2): 160-167, 2002 4. McLeod J, Cooper D, A study of stress and support in the StaffordshireFire and Rescue Service. Staffordshire: Centre for Counselling Studies, 1992 5. Durkin J, Stress in the Service: Who does it affect? Fire. Sept: 52-53,2001 6. White, J, Treating Anxiety and Stress. Chichester: Wiley, 2000 7. White J, Stress Control large group therapy for generalized anxietydisorder: two year follow up. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy. 26:237-245, 1998 8. White J, Stresspac: A three-year follow up of a controlled trial of aself-help package for anxiety disorders. Behavioural and CognitivePsychotherapy. 26: 133-141, 1998 9. White J, Keenan M, Stress Control: A pilot study of large group therapyfor generalised anxiety disorder. Behavioural Psychotherapy. 18: 143-146, 1990 10. White J, Keenan M, Stress Control: A controlled comparativeinvestigation of large group therapy for generalised anxiety disorder.Behavioural Psychotherapy. 20: 97-114, 1992 11. Ellis, P, Surveying for Stress. The RoSPA Occupational Safety &Health Journal. Nov 31 (11): 38-42, 2001 12. Lazarus R S, The stress and coping paradigm. In Eisdorfer C, Cohen D,Kleinman A, Maxim P (Eds). Models for Clinical Psychopathology. New York:Spectrum, 1981 13. Fingret, A, Stress at Work, The Practitioner. 229: 547-55, 1985 14. Beck A T, Steer R A, Brown G K, Beck Depression Inventory-II (BDI-II).The Psychological Corporation, US, 1996 15. Goldberg D, Williams P, A Users Guide to the General HealthQuestionnaire. NFER-Nelson, Windsor, UK, 1988 16. Marks I M, 1986, Behavioural Psychotherapy: Maudsley pocket book ofclinical management, Wright, Bristol last_img read more

Nick Wagman and Don John Kick Off AGDF 8 With a Win

first_img Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Email* Horse Sport Enews The 2021 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) resumed competition with AGDF 8 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL, on Thursday, March 4, and welcomed a victory in the FEI Grand Prix for Special CDI3*, presented by The Dutta Corp. for the USA’s Nick Wagman and Don John. AGDF 8 continues through Sunday, March 7, and the circuit hosts 10 weeks of international and national dressage competition until April 4. Free live streaming and on-demand of select classes are available to view at and Beverly Jean Gepfer’s 2008 KWPN gelding by Johnson TN, Don John, notched their second personal best score of the 2021 AGDF season with a 74.478%, almost four points higher than second place finisher Jessica Howington (USA) and her own Cavalia.“He was really with me the whole time today,” began Wagman. “Normally I get a few nerves in the Grand Prix because it’s the first test of the show, but I didn’t have any today. I even came out and said to Debbie [McDonald] that this is the first time I haven’t had any nerves in a long time. DJ just felt solid, so I was able to actually think about my riding while I was in there and actually work on the details that I can sometimes gloss over because I’m just trying to get through it.”Wagman continued, “I haven’t watched the video yet, but the piaffe and passage work felt pretty reliable today. My right pirouette felt super. I made the mistake in the ones today, and that was just all me. I got to the end and was like, ‘Oh, don’t make a mistake!’ and I ended up overriding. But overall, it was a pretty honest test, so I am pleased with it.”The pair had a successful ride in the FEI Grand Prix for Special CDI3*, presented by CabanaCoast during AGDF 5, but had to withdraw from the Special. After a lowkey week, Wagman picked training back up and has shifted his original plan for the remainder of the winter season.Wagman explained, “We had rotten luck the past two shows, so hopefully we are done with that and we get to get through this show with some success. We extended our trip, and we’ll stay through the end of March. Then we will go back home and if we need a third score, we will go out to Rancho Marietta in California.”Second place in the FEI Grand Prix for Special CDI3*, presented by The Dutta Corp. went to Jessica Howington (USA) on Cavalia, her own 2007 KWPN mare by Sir Donnerhall with a 70.913%, while Diane Creech (CAN) earned third on Chrevi’s Christo, Louise Leatherdale and Diane Creech’s 2003 Danish warmblood gelding by Chrevi’s Cavallo, finishing their day on a 70.478%.Earlier in the day, Kevin Kohmann (GER) and Equitas LLC’s 2010 KWPN stallion by Amazing Star, Five Star, topped the FEI Prix St. Georges CDI3* with a score of 71.275%. Second place went to the USA’s Cesar Parra on Mr. Bumblebee, Equiventure LLC and John and Karen Blank’s 2008 Danish Warmblood gelding by Sting, with 70.294%. Dongseon Kim (KOR) rounded out the top three with his own 2012 Rheinlander stallion Lord Nunes by Lord Loxley I, with a score of 69.608%.In the FEI Prix St. Georges CDI1*, Germany earned the top two placings, first with Christoph Koschel on Imposant, a 2013 KWPN gelding by Chameur owned by Holga Finken and Koschel Dressage GmbH, with 73.039%. Second went to Frederic Wandres and Quizmaster, Hof Kasselmann’s 2012 Hanoverian stallion by Quasar de Charry. Third place was awarded to Steffen Peters (USA) and Boston Strong, Christina Vinios’ 2010 Oldenburg gelding by Bordeaux, receiving a 72.108%.Competition at AGDF 8 will continue tomorrow with a full schedule of classes, including the FEI Intermediaire-I CDI3* and the Palm Beach Dressage Derby before the FEI Grand Prix for Freestyle CDI-W, presented by Wellington Agricultural Services beginning at 3 p.m. For more information and to see a full list of results, visit FEI Grand Prix CDI3* for Special, presented by The Dutta Corp.:1. Nick Wagman (USA) on Don John, Beverly Jean Gepfer’s 2008 KWPN gelding by Johnson TN: 75.761, 73.804, 74.022, 75.978, 72.826; 74.478%2. Jessica Howington (USA) on Cavalia, her own 2007 KWPN mare by Sir Donnerhall: 69.239, 72.717, 71.413, 70.978, 70.2 17; 70.913%3. Diane Creech (CAN) on Chrevi’s Christo, Louise Leatherdale and Diane Creech’s 2003 Danish warmblood gelding by Chrevi’s Cavallo: 71.522, 70.761, 69.130, 70.000, 70.978; 70.478%4. Susan Dutta (USA) on Figeac DC, Tim and Susan Dutta’s 2009 Oldenburg gelding by Fackeltanz: 67.826, 70.435, 67.500, 67.174, 65.761; 67.739%5. Pablo Gomez Molina (ESP) on Ulises De Ymas, Yeguada De Ymas S.L. and Cristina Danguillecourt’s 2010 PRE gelding by Seni Indio: 65.435, 68.261, 68.043, 65.978, 68.261; 67.196%6. Ariana Chia (CAN) on Fiderflame, her own 2010 Oldenburg gelding by Fidertanz: 66.304, 67.609, 65.652, 66.413, 67.717; 66.739%7. Jill Irving (CAN) on Degas 12, Jill Irving and Windhaven Farm’s 2002 Hanoverian gelding by De Niro: 65.543, 64.674, 68.152, 67.283, 66.957; 66.522%8. Reese Koffler-Stanfield (USA) on Bingo, Kikiv L Courtelis and Reese Koffler-Stanfield’s 2006 KWPN gelding by Goodtimes: 66.304, 66.522, 65.435, 66.739, 66.413; 66.283%9. Michael Pineo (USA) on Farrington, his own 2010 KWPN gelding by Jazz: 63.478, 64.674, 65.543, 66.087, 65.109; 64.978%10. Dongseon Kim (KOR) on Diamond Royale, his own 2007 Oldenburg mare by Diamond Hit: 67.500, 63.696, 63.478, 63.804, 65.761; 64.848% Tags: Global Dressage Festival, Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, Chrevis Christo, Nick Wagman, Don John, Diae Creech, FEI Grand Prix CDI3* for Special, SIGN UP More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes.last_img read more

Skating, Surfing Superstar Sky Brown to Lead OC Baby Parade

first_imgSky Brown, an 11-year-old skating, surfing and dancing star, will be the featured grand marshal at the Baby Parade in Ocean City Thursday. By Tim KellyJust because the Ocean City Baby Parade is 110 years old, doesn’t mean the event is behind the times.The City made that clear recently when it announced that one of the world’s most famous 10-year-olds would be the parade’s Grand Marshall and appear at several events in town.Skateboarding, surfing and dancing phenom Sky Brown, a Japanese-born citizen of Great Britain, who aims to become that country’s youngest-ever Olympian, is set to lead the Baby Parade. It takes place on the Boardwalk between 6th and 14th Streets, 10:30 a.m. on Thursday August 8th.Sky is one of the hottest celebrities on the planet, despite her youth. Her surfing, skating and dancing videos and social media activities have been viewed more than 50 million times, according to a BBC News website article.She began skating at age 3, and has been improving exponentially ever since. She was selected to the Great Britain skateboarding team which is currently preparing for the 2022 Tokyo Olympics, and she’s already the youngest athlete to ever sign a contract with Nike.Sky’s Instagram account alone has more than 360,000 followers, OC Director of Community Services Michael Allegretto said in a memo to City Council.Her surging celebrity reached even greater heights earlier this year when she won, along with her partner JT Church, the first youth edition of the hit reality show Dancing With the Stars.Sky Brown, with partner JT Church, won the inaugural kids’ version of Dancing With the Stars (Photo courtesy ABC)“Sky Brown is a great role model for kids and is a perfect selection,” to lead the Baby Parade and appear at the Ocean City Skatepark, said Willie Fannon, who works for the City’s Recreation Department and has organized numerous surfing and skating events.“If you talk to young kids at the Skatepark, they know who Sky Brown is,” said Fannon.As one might imagine from her accomplishments, Sky is not lacking in confidence.“I feel like it doesn’t matter how old you are,” Sky told the BBC. “I’m tiny and I’m going to be in this huge competition (the Olympics). You can do anything no matter what age you are.”She has also been inspiring more girls to get into skating and surfing.“Girls can do anything boys can do,” she said in the interview. “Why should boys have all the fun?”Skateboarding will be in the Olympics for the first time at Tokyo, and if Sky qualifies, she will be 12 years old when the competition takes place. That would make her the youngest British athlete to ever compete in the Olympics.  And with the Games taking place in her native country of Japan, Sky is sure to garner plenty of conventional media attention.In addition to her Grand Marshall duties at the parade, she will do a skating demonstration at the OC Skatepark and a pair of Meet and Greet sessions.Sky Brown shows off her skate moves. (Photo courtesy Sky Brown Instagram)“Sky will be posting on her social media during the events, to promote Ocean City to visitors,” Allegretto said in his memo to Council. “This is a great marketing opportunity to attract new families to our town.  (Sky’s social media posts) have better reach and frequency than a TV ad”.“It’s great to see the City going after the perfect demographic target to connect with skaters and surfers,” said Fannon. “Sky is a great surfer and a great skater and she’s well-known in those communities.“She’s the real deal,” Fannon said. “It’s very exciting Sky will be coming to Ocean City.”last_img read more

Interbake hails Cream King

first_imgInterbake (Bury, Lancashire) has introduced the Cream King Eco 3.0 whipping machine.Made by German firm Hagesana, the machine enables users to hygienically whip and aerate fresh or synthetic cream, while a built-in cooling system keeps cream chilled in warm bakery environments, ensuring stability and freshness. “Chilled cold air is piped into the base of the machine, where a perforated bucket permits air bubbles to rise through the cream, while it is being hygienically agitated,” says Interbake.last_img read more

Margo Price Opens Up About Weed & Her New “Willie’s Reserve” Strain

first_imgRecently, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Margo Price was honored with her own unique strain of weed, “All American Made.” “All American Made” was released exclusively through Willie’s Reserve, the personal marijuana brand of country icon Willie Nelson. Miss Margo’s indica-dominant special strain is named after her 2017 chart-topping studio release, All American Made.Nelson, who will celebrate his 86th birthday on April 29th, has been in the music business for 63 years. While he’s famously been an advocate of the marijuana plant since the 1960’s, his time in the marijuana business—at least officially—began much more recently in 2015. That’s when Nelson co-founded Willie’s Reserve, a brand that sells flower, edibles, pre-rolls, and paraphernalia on the United States’ growing legal marijuana market.Price opened up in an interview with High Times about her recent engagement in the retail marijuana market. She explains,  “It was like, ‘Guys, some [musicians] want to sell clothes on the Home Shopping Network, but I want to sell weed.’ I just wanted to do it legally this time. I hope that it’s just the first of a venture that will lead to my being more involved in weed [retail].”Margo went on to discuss the politics surrounding weed in her hometown of Nashville. She continues, “Nashville is just such a drinking city. It honestly feels like if you don’t drink, you’re just not going to be considered ‘cool’ by a lot of the performers here. I do drink, but I practice really strong moderation because it makes me feel like shit, but I look forward to a day when I can be completely open with preferring to just smoke. I think it makes everyone completely peaceful, along with all the other benefits. There’s just such a grey area for it around here: I feel like it’s pretty socially accepted, but it’s really not in certain circles here. That’s why I mostly hang out with musicians; they’re outsiders and weirdos, anyway.”On Thursday, Price shared a post to her Twitter, exclaiming that her fans, or just fans of weed, can purchase the strain at select retailers throughout the state of California. Make sure to tune into the 2019 Grammy Awards this Sunday, February 10th, as Price is nominated in the Best New Artist category. With a baby on the way in May, Price will take a break from touring for the majority of the winter and spring, before heading out on the road this summer. For ticketing information and a full list of Margo Price’s upcoming tour dates, head to her website.last_img read more

Brazilian Army Trains First Women Specialized in Aircraft Maintenance

first_imgBy Nelza Oliveira / Diálogo February 21, 2020 Sara Oliveira de Souza Mendes, Larissa Somera Pereira da Silva, Carla Victória Melo de Farias Freitas Ribeiro, Joyce Carvalho Pereira, and Maria Eduarda Rodrigues Costa Oliveira made history in the Brazilian Army (EB, in Portuguese) as the first five women sergeants specialized in aircraft maintenance.(Photo: Brazilian Army Social Communication Center)The Noncomissioned Officer Aviation Training Course, one of the pathways to start a military career at EB, as a sergeant, also trains professionals to operate in all flight and maintenance missions.The two-year course started in 1995. The five service members graduated with the 2019 class, which had 21 students. During the course, students study military history, physics in aviation, helicopter flight theory, aircraft systems, helicopter operations, military physical training, marksmanship with small and long range weapons, and also take training modules in aircraft mechanics and base maintenance mechanics.Each year, the Army Aviation Training Center offers 48 courses and internships to more than 500 students to become Army Aviation (AvEx, in Portuguese) specialists.“The training of the first five female service members, aircraft maintenance specialists, will enable them to join as flight mechanics the various crews that conduct operational missions with AvEx across the national territory,” said the Army Social Communication Center to Diálogo.This first class puts an end to the distinction between men and women entering the course for which EB hopes to increase female participation. EB has 223,440 service members — 11,635 of them are women.last_img read more

Board OKs MJP recommendations going to the ABA

first_img Board OKs MJP recommendations going to the ABA Mark D. Killian Managing EditorThe Board of Governors has bound its eight ABA House of Delegates members to advocate in support of an exclusive “safe harbor” approach for allowing lawyers to temporarily practice in another state when the ABA considers multijurisdictional practice issues this summer.Meeting in Tallahassee in March, the board approved a set of recommendations from the Bar’s Special Commission on MJPs, which had been reviewing the ABA MJP commission’s report. The ABA House of Delegates will debate and vote on a set of model rules concerning MJPs at its August meeting in Washington, D.C.“We agreed in large part with what the ABA commission did, with some significant differences,” MJP Commission Chair Richard Gilbert told the Board of Governors.While backing the ABA recommendation to continue support for the principle of state judicial licensing and regulation of lawyers, Gilbert said the Bar panel does not endorse an ABA recommendation to provide, as a general rule, that “it is not the unauthorized practice of law for a lawyer admitted in another United States jurisdiction to render legal services on a temporary basis in a jurisdiction in which the lawyer is not admitted if the lawyer’s services do not create an unreasonable risk to the interests of a lawyer’s client, the public, or courts.”Gilbert said while his panel agrees with the safe harbor approach, the proposed ABA standard, that as long as the legal work is “temporary and does not create unreasonable risk,” is “too vague and ambiguous a standard.”“So we decided the best approach was to have specific safe harbors that are clearly identified and set out rather than a general category of safe harbors with illustrations,” Gilbert said. “Our proposal is to have specific safe harbors which are definitive, concrete and then if, over time, we need to add additional safe harbors we can do that.”Gilbert also said a provision should be added to the ABA model rule to prevent lawyers who are no longer eligible to practice in the host state from practicing there under a “safe harbor.”Specifically, the Bar’s MJP panel:• Endorses the ABA recommendation to adopt proposed Model Rule 5.5(c)(l) to allow work as co-counsel with a lawyer admitted to practice in the jurisdiction if it is made clear that the local lawyer shares actual responsibility for the representation.• Endorses the ABA recommendation to adopt proposed Model Rule 5.5(c)(2) to allow lawyers to perform professional services that any nonlawyer is legally permitted to render as long as it is made clear that the lawyer is performing the services as a lawyer and remains subject to the Rules of Professional Conduct.• Endorses the ABA recommendation to adopt proposed Model Rule 5.5(c)(3) to allow lawyers to perform work ancillary to pending or prospective litigation if the lawyer is authorized by law to appear in the proceeding or reasonably expects to be so authorized.• Does not endorse the recommendation of the ABA to adopt proposed Model Rule 5.5(c)(4) to allow representation of a client in any arbitration, mediation, or other ADR setting. The commission endorses adopting a “safe harbor” which would allow representation in ADR matters if a nexus is established.“You either have to have a client from your home state or the matter has to relate substantially to that which is pending in your home state,” Gilbert said.• Endorses the ABA recommendation to adopt proposed Model Rule 5.5(c)(5) to allow transnational representation, counseling and other nonlitigation work where the work is performed for a client who resides in or has an office in the lawyer’s home state or where the work arises out of or is reasonably related to a matter that has a substantial connection to the lawyer’s home state.• Does not endorse the ABA recommendation to adopt proposed Model Rule 5.5(c)(6) to allow lawyers to provide temporary services involving primarily federal law, international law, the law of a foreign nation, or the law of the lawyer’s home state. “We felt that if you fell within one of the other exceptions, you could do so, but just having an exception, a safe harbor, dealing with federal law was too broad,” Gilbert said.• Does not endorse the ABA recommendation regarding corporate counsel and instead recommends that a rule similar to The Florida Bar’s authorized house counsel rule be adopted as providing more protection to the public.• Does not endorse the ABA recommendation to adopt proposed Model Rule 5.5(d)(2) to provide that a lawyer may perform legal services in a jurisdiction in which the lawyer is not licensed when authorized to do so by federal law or by the law or a court rule, “as the rule is not needed.”• Endorses the ABA recommendation to adopt proposed Model Rule 5.5(e) to prohibit a lawyer from establishing an office, maintaining a continuous presence, or holding out as authorized to practice law in a jurisdiction in which the lawyer is not admitted, unless permitted to do so by law or this rule, with some changes to further strengthen the rule.Gilbert also said the Bar commission agreed with the ABA that rules providing for the discipline of lawyers must be amended to address MJPs.“There is a choice of law provision that says the law can be applied to the legal services if the law in the state in which those services are substantially related,” Gilbert said. “The ABA proposed that when you are providing services in the host state you are subject to the discipline of the host state, and we agreed with that.”However, Gilbert said, the Florida commission rejected the recommendation that if a lawyer is disciplined by a host state the home state would have to impose “the exact same discipline.”“We appreciated their approach to the need for a home state disciplining a lawyer when they violated the rules of conduct in a host state, but we did not think it appropriate for the lawyer to be mandated to receive the same discipline decided by the host state,” Gilbert said. “We softened that rule and said that the lawyer would be disciplined in the home state in accordance with public policy in the home state.”Gilbert also said the commission does not endorse the ABA recommendation to adopt a model “admission on motion” rule, which would permit lawyers from accredited law schools, who have been practicing for five years and met the fitness and character requirements of the state in which they want to seek admission, to be able to do so by motion and not take that state’s bar exam.Gilbert said the Florida commission felt the public was better protected by requiring lawyers who wish to practice in a state on a permanent basis to be tested on their knowledge of the law they would be applying in that state.The Bar commission also supports the concept of a foreign legal consultant rule, but does not endorse the rule proposed by the ABA and does not endorse amending the rules to allow for a temporary presence.The commission also supports the concept of a model pro hac vice rule, but does not endorse the adoption of the rule proposed by the ABA.The commission endorses the ABA recommendation to adopt and promote measures to enhance professional regulation and disciplinary enforcement with respect to lawyers who practice in jurisdictions other than those in which they are licensed.The Bar MJP commission also endorses the ABA recommendation to establish a Coordinating Committee on Multijurisdictional Practice to monitor changes in law practice and the impact of regulatory reform, and to identify additional reform that may be needed.Florida MJP commission member Bruce Lamb presented the Florida report to the ABA MJP Commission at a hearing March 21 in New York City.The full Florida report can be found on the Bar’s Web site by clicking here. 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Small CU committee shares merger, CECL concerns with NCUA

first_img continue reading » CUNA’s Small Credit Union Committee wrote to NCUA about merger trends, the current expected credit loss (CECL) standard and other issues this week. The letters follow a meeting between the committee and Larry Fazio, director of NCUA’s Office of Examination and Insurance that took place at this year’s CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference.A major topic of discussion during the meeting, and in the letter, is the fact that 90% of credit union mergers are credit unions under $100 million in assets.“Our top-line concern around this trend stems from what the impact of the loss of those credit unions will mean in their respective communities and membership groups,” wrote Teri Robinson, chair of CUNA’s Small Credit Union Committee and president/CEO of Ironworkers USA FCU, Portland, Ore. NCUA headquarterscenter_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

HGK – Split County Chamber became part of the European network of UNESCO protected lesser-known sites Mirabilia

first_imgIf tourists want to explore UNESCO sites in Croatia, it is difficult to find a better base for it than Split. Within a two-hour drive, or ferry ride, as many as six UNESCO sites are easily accessible. Start from Split and Diocletian’s Palace, and then “jump” to Šibenik and the local Cathedral of St. James. On the way back, stop at the medieval jewel of Trogir. Tourists can spend a day on the island of Hvar and visit Starogradsko polje. Just an hour’s drive into the interior of Dalmatia is one of the medieval cemeteries with stećak tombstones. Not too far away in BiH is the old town of Mostar. Also, on day trips it is possible to see two more UNESCO sites, Dubrovnik and Plitvice Lakes National Park. The only site that is somewhat harder to reach is the Euphrasian Basilica in Porec. Split as an ideal central point of research of UNESCO sites in Croatia There is a great potential of this platform that offers a number of opportunities for the development of new cultural and tourist routes and programs, which are interesting to tourists throughout the year, which ultimately strengthens tourism throughout Europe. UNESCO also has its own list of intangible world heritage, and Split is once again a great base for tourists to get to know some of them: Mediterranean food, traditional klapa singing, silent wheel from the Dalmatian hinterland, ojkanje, Sinjska alka, procession for the cross on the island of Hvar, and lace made of the leaves of agave, also on Hvar. HGK – Split County Chamber at the Mirabilia network is also part of the working group for cooperation with the governing bodies of UNESCO protected areas, which carries out a series of activities to connect with UNESCO governing bodies and raise awareness on sustainable tourism in the destination.  In addition to the Split Chamber, chambers from France, Spain, Greece, Bulgaria and Serbia have also expressed interest in joining the network, and this initiative has now been extended to more than 50 chambers from Spain to Bulgaria. Mirabilia promotes the territories and routes of UNESCO protected, lesser-known sites and enables tourists to get to know other, lesser-known and valuable UNESCO places in addition to staying in large and famous tourist destinations. center_img The memorandum was signed on behalf of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce by the President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce – Split County Chamber Joze Tomaš, who pointed out that the Split-Dalmatia County, with its richness in UNESCO-protected sites, offers numerous opportunities for cooperation in this area.  European network of UNESCO protected lesser-known sites Mirabilia, which was founded in 2012. in Italy, is in the process of expanding to other European countries.  “We in the Split-Dalmatia County are lucky to live and work in a county where four of the ten UNESCO sites in Croatia are located. It is a treasure and a boon, but also an obligation, because it is up to us to protect and preserve that heritage and at the same time to promote and improve it in the best possible way, taking care of the sustainability of the destination.Said Tomas. By networking lesser-known localities with popular tourist cities, guests are also offered new, additional facilities and an innovative approach, and chambers of commerce are there to recognize these new niches and facilities and apply them to EU funds through joint projects, said Joze Tomas. With the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding in Matera, Italy, on November 18, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce – Split County Chamber became a member of this platform. With the accession of the Mirabilia Chamber in Split, 13,5 thousand of its members get the opportunity to create new products and connect through more than 50 EU chambers of commerce.  Split as the center of the UNESCO story in Croatia. Good selling point, Is it? Photo: Pixabay.comlast_img read more

PREMIUMCoal plant project delays might cost developers $13.1 billion: Report

first_imgIndonesia energy coal-power-plants delay COVID-19 Global-Energy-Monitor-GEM Energy-Mineral-Resources-Ministry China Topics : Google LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here The delayed completion of 11 coal-fired power plants due to the coronavirus pandemic might cost developers billions of dollars in capital outlays, according to a nonprofit energy institution.San Francisco-based Global Energy Monitor (GEM) said in a report issued on Thursday that COVID-19 lockdowns had discontinued supply chains and skilled labor inflows into the 11 projects, which have a combined investment value of around US$13.1 billion. The situation is particularly acute because China and South Korea, both of which are coronavirus hotspots, are major backers of Indonesian coal plants.GEM calculated the costs based on the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) estimate that $1,600 is needed to develop every kilowatt (kW) of power plant in Southeast Asia.“For banks and investors guaranteeing new coal plants, this situation potentially means weaker profitability and… Forgot Password ? Linkedin Log in with your social account Facebooklast_img read more