3 May

ABA Calls For Including Implicit Bias In Jury Instructions

first_imgABA Calls For Including Implicit Bias In Jury InstructionsMarilyn Odendahl for www.theindianalawyer.comOver opposition from some attorneys including one from Indiana, the American Bar Association has adopted a resolution that calls for judges to instruct jurors on implicit bias.Resolution 116, which amended two sections of the ABA Principles for Juries and Jury Trials, was approved by the ABA House of Delegates during the annual meeting Aug. 4 through 9 in San Francisco. The second part of the resolution proposed adding a provision to Jury Principle 6 that would require judges to educate jurors on the impact implicit bias can have on the deliberation process. The Indiana State Bar Association discussed implicit bias at its 2015 annual meeting.According to the ABA Journal, that provision stirred some opposition, including from Indianapolis Bar Association delegate Phil Isenbarger. Rather than making a strict requirement, he advocated for softening the language to say that judges “should consider” giving juries instructions on bias. However the House of Delegates passed the measure.The ABA’s Commission on the American Jury and the Diversity & Inclusion 360 Commission proposed the implicit instructions. In their report to the delegates, the commissions stated, “Courts must find practical ways of eliminating implicit bias in jurors. Due to the limited opportunities to educate jurors in the court room setting, the importance of a well-crafted specialized jury instruction may be the only available practical option of making jurors aware of implicit bias.”The ABA Journal reported that Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ramona See supported the provision. She noted the bench in California has been instructing juries on implicit bias for 19 years and “has shown that it does work.”Still Isenbarger, partner at Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP who practices in litigation, raised concerns about the ABA rushing to introduce the subject to juries that judges and lawyers are still studying. While implicit bias instruction is meant to get jurors to stop and think about their decisions, he pointed out in an interview with Indiana Lawyer what he sees as the irony in the association not taking more time to consider this resolution.The amendment was revised to provide more information to jurors. Isenbarger said the revision helped but he would have like for model instructions to have been included to give guidance to judges.Isenbarger noted he was speaking for himself and not on behalf of the IndyBar.Resolution 116 also included an amendment to Principal 2(B) which covers eligibility for jury service. The section was revised to prohibit anyone from being barred from a jury because of marital status, gender identity or gender expression.“The purpose behind Principle 2 is to make certain that the jury pool and ultimately juries are representative of the communities that they serve,” the commissions wrote in their report. “The broader the participation, the greater will be the public trust and confidence in the decisions made by the jury and the judgements (sic) of the court.”This provision passed with no opposition. Isenbarger said the amendment will help bring more diversity to the jury box.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

21 Apr

Tortillas with a difference

first_imgDiscovery Foods claims to have launched the first preservative-free tortillas, in a bid to drive further growth within the Mexican eating category.The plain tortilla is made with British flour and is targeted at increasing sales of tortillas in-store and stimulating category growth, meeting the needs of those in search of locally produced food that is also preservative-free, said the firm.Bev Taylor, regional marketing manager, Discovery Foods, said: “Last year more than one million new shoppers bought into the Mexican category. Our objective is to continue to grow this number by attracting new customers to the fixture through innovative NPD.”The new variant will join the firm’s existing range of Plain, Wholemeal, Garlic & Coriander and Chilli & Jalapeno tortillas.last_img read more

18 Jan

Rebecca Naomi Jones & Bobby Steggert on Getting Messy in Big Love

first_imgQ: You both have really cool entrances in Big Love—Rebecca, you’re completely naked. Is that scary?REBECCA NAOMI JONES: It’s the first time I’ve ever been naked onstage, but the fact that it happens right away in the show is helpful in terms of my stress level. I just get it over with. In my dressing room and on my way to the stage, I’m going through a lot of self-loathing and all that body image nonsense. But when I’m actually doing the play, I’m luckily not too caught up in it.Q: Not to be outdone by Bobby, who climbs down a rope from the ceiling in his first scene.REBECCA NAOMI JONES: Bobby’s really good at climbing things.BOBBY STEGGERT: I was such a tree climber when I was a kid. If I saw a tree, I’d be off, my parents wouldn’t know where I was, and they’d find me in the boughs of a tree.Q: This is a really physical show—you guys are literally slamming yourselves into walls. How are you holding up?BOBBY STEGGERT: I’m sore all the time.REBECCA NAOMI JONES: Yep, all the time.BOBBY STEGGERT: I take a bath and drink every night. Alcohol, not water.REBECCA NAOMI JONES: Which actually, [fight director] Rick Sordelet suggested.Q: Really?BOBBY STEGGERT: Yeah, and the massage therapist said, “Have a Guinness.” It’s known for helping your muscles.REBECCA NAOMI JONES: I should probably drink more.BOBBY STEGGERT: Alcohol or water?REBECCA NAOMI JONES: Um, alcohol! [Laughs.] Related Shows Q: You guys sing so many great cover songs in this play, from Michael Jackson to Jason Mraz—what are your go-to karaoke songs?REBECCA NAOMI JONES: Bjork’s “It’s Oh So Quiet.” Or sometimes I like to do a little Stevie Nicks.BOBBY STEGGERT: I will not sing karaoke, I refuse!REBECCA NAOMI JONES: Well, I just sort of lied. Because it’s after much teeth pulling that I will even sing karaoke.BOBBY STEGGERT: I’m scared to! I’d probably be terrible at it. I’d take it too seriously and judge myself.REBECCA NAOMI JONES: Me too, I don’t find it fun. It’s stressful because it feels like we’re supposed to be really good at it.Q: You guys get filthy in this show—between fake blood and dirt and paint, how do you ever get it off?REBECCA NAOMI JONES: When I get home I have so much cake icing and rice in my hair.BOBBY STEGGERT: Wow yeah, how do you get that stuff out of your hair?REBECCA NAOMI JONES: I do a lot of shaking and digging.Q: Big Love is set in sunny Italy. If you could escape this sludgy NYC winter, where would you want to go?BOBBY STEGGERT: I’d love to be skiing right now. I want to take the winter and make it mine! [Laughs.]REBECCA NAOMI JONES: I wouldn’t mind being in Greece, or maybe the south of France. Is It cold there right now? Or Thailand. I’ve got options, but I don’t have money, so it’s not happening!BOBBY STEGGERT: Yeah, we make about three dollars a week and we’re basically breaking our bodies.REBECCA NAOMI JONES: All for the theater! [Laughs.]Q: Big Love is really an indescribable evening—but will you take a shot at describing it?REBECCA NAOMI JONES: This show is wildly theatrical. It forces both the cast and the audience to have an emotional experience. It’s something we all in the room can share together at the same time. It’s almost a weird…dance-like event. And like, your guts get stabbed. View Comments Big Love is making a big bang at off-Broadway’s Pershing Square Signature Center, where fists, fake blood and cake frosting fly in a supersized wedding gone wrong. Loosely inspired by The Danaids by Aeschylus, the “wildly theatrical” extravaganza written by Charles Mee and helmed by Tina Landau tells the story of fifty brides who flee their grooms and seek refuge in an Italian villa. Broadway favorites Rebecca Naomi Jones and Bobby Steggert lead the pack—and don’t worry, even though it’s a play, not a musical, there’s plenty of impromptu singing. Broadway.com spent the afternoon with Steggert and Jones to find out why they’ve been ordered to drink booze after the show and what it’s like to bare it all onstage.Q: Is Big Love the first time you guys are working together?BOBBY STEGGERT: Yeah, but I’ve always been an admirer—REBECCA NAOMI JONES: Well, we did a reading together of Pretty Filthy.BOBBY STEGGERT: Oh my god, you’re right! I completely forgot about that. I played a corn-fed Iowa boy who got into porn.REBECCA NAOMI JONES: And I played a bunch of different porn stars. [Laughs.]Q: When did you first see Rebecca onstage, Bobby?BOBBY STEGGERT: Passing Strange. I was like, “Who the f*ck is that girl?!” Her spirit was so undeniable.REBECCA NAOMI JONES: [Laughs.]center_img Big Love See Bobby Steggert and Rebecca Naomi Jones in Big Love at the Pershing Square Signature Center through March 15. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 15, 2015last_img read more

30 Dec

You Say Tomato, I Say Global Warming

first_imgDear EarthTalk: I’ve been hearing more and more references to the need to clean up our agricultural practices for reasons pertaining to health, food quality, even global warming. What are the major environmental issues today associated with agriculture?   — Tony Grayson, Newark, NJWhat amazes many environmental advocates to this day is how the widespread adoption of synthetic chemical pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers for use in agriculture was dubbed the “Green Revolution,” when in fact this post-World War II paradigm shift in the way we produce food has wreaked untold havoc on the environment, food quality and human health.Agricultural output has certainly increased as a result of these changes, but with the vast majority of the world’s farms now relying on petroleum-derived synthetic chemicals to grow crops and petroleum-derived fuels to drive the engines of production—modern agriculture has become overwhelmingly toxic to the atmosphere and is hastening global warming. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports that agricultural land use contributes 12 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions; here in the U.S. almost 20 percent of our carbon dioxide emissions come from agricultural sources.Intensive use of chemicals isn’t good for our nutrition intake, either. Overworked, depleted agricultural soils generate fruits and vegetables with fewer nutrients and minerals than those produced by farmers decades ago. And much of the food we eat is laced with chemicals that end up in our bloodstreams.Beyond its effect on the food we put in our bodies, modern agriculture generates large amounts of nitrogen, phosphorous and other fertilizers running off into our streams, rivers and oceans, compromising not only the quality of our drinking water and the health of riparian ecosystems, but also causing those huge oxygen-depleted ocean dead zones we hear about in coastal areas such as the Gulf of Mexico.Yet another issue with modern farming is the amount of animal waste generated and concentrated in small areas, which creates unsanitary and potentially dangerous conditions for the animals and humans alike. And the widespread use of antibiotics on farm animals to keep disease in check results in the development of stronger strains of bacteria that resist the antibiotics used by humans to ward off infection and sickness.Also, many worry about the potential impacts of the widespread use of genetic engineering, whereby genes in plants, animals and microorganisms are manipulated to select for specific traits. These genetically modified organisms, reports Greenpeace, “can spread through nature and interbreed with natural organisms,” thus contaminating the natural environment in unforeseeable and uncontrollable ways.The good news is that rapidly increasing consumer demand for healthier food is forcing agribusiness to see the wisdom of moving away from business-as-usual. Organic farming, which eschews chemical fertilizers and pesticides in favor of more natural choices, holds considerable promise for greening up our agricultural systems. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, organic cropland acreage averaged 15 percent increases between 2002 and 2008, although certified organic cropland and pasture accounted for only about 0.6 percent of U.S. total farmland in 2008. So we still have along way to go.CONTACTS: IPCC, www.ipcc.ch; USDA, www.ers.usda.gov/Data/Organic.last_img read more

30 Dec


first_imgBe well and take care of one another.  As the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak continues to spread throughout the communities where we all live and work, we have consistently looked for ways to help protect the health and safety of our employees and customers. Since our founding, REI has been about doing the right thing for our community.   After a great deal of careful consideration, we are temporarily closing our 162 retail stores nationwide starting tomorrow, March 16, until March 27.  I believe that is the right thing for our community. In fact, I believe it is our duty—to do all we can to help keep one another safe in this unprecedented moment.  Know that we will continue to work closely with our teams and public health officials throughout the country to understand how to best serve your needs, and serve our customers as soon as local conditions allow. We’ll continue to share information with our members and employees as we move forward together into a future that’s hard to predict.  We’ve always been deliberate and transparent when making significant decisions about our business. This is a difficult decision for any business, and I do not make it lightly. Our decisions are grounded in the belief that there are more important things than business right now—we owe that to one another.   That also means all employees from our stores will be paid during this temporary closure. And, even with our stores closed, we will be working hard to do everything we can to continue to serve our customers. All orders through REI.com will get free shipping while our stores are closed. Customers who have questions about gear and local outdoor activities that they’d normally ask in our stores can get answers through our digital community, REI Conversations and Co-op Journal will feature articles that help people find ways to get outside even during these challenging times.  center_img In the meantime, thank you for your understanding, your patience and, most of all, for being a part of this incredible community. The outdoors remains a vital part of all our lives, especially in moments like this.   To Our Co-op Community,  My very best,  Eric ArtzPresident & CEO, REI Co-oplast_img read more

20 Dec

Panama Seizes Record Amounts of Cocaine

first_imgBy Dialogo September 28, 2010 After a tip from Colombian armed forces, Panamanian police seized three tons of cocaine in operation “Belen 2010” on Panama’s Atlantic coast on September 23. The anti-drug operation took place in Colon when police detected a suspicious speedboat and pursued it, reported Xinhua news agency. Panama’s National Police Deputy Director Edward Serracin announced to the press that after a police shoot out, police managed to intercept the vessel at the mouth of the Concepcion River, but the suspects escaped, reported EFE news agency. The 120 bags of cocaine represented a record amount for Panama’s seizures in 2010, said news sources. But on September 25, authorities from the National Aeronaval Service (Senan) captured another four tons of the drug at a hideout along the country’s Caribbean coast, said EFE. The second seizure, called “Harvest 2010,” was a continuation of “Belen” a day before and took place at the mouth of the Belen River, also near Colon, said Senan spokesman Vladimir Rodriguez to the press. Like in the first case, Rodriguez also announced no one was detained during the second operation. “Senan alone has seized 19 tons of drugs with the last quarter of 2010 still to come, and has already exceeded the 17 tons confiscated last year,” Rodriguez said to reporters. Operations Belen and Harvest together represent the largest seizures in Panama so far in 2010, raising the total amount of seized drugs to 79 tons, reported EFE.last_img read more

6 Oct

Character-filled home listed for $2.2 million

first_img26 Cleveland Terrace, Townsville CityWarringa has been listed for $2.2 million and is expected to draw plenty of potential buyers.Set on a 1879sq m lot, this home is on top of a hill with views out to Magnetic Island and the Palm Island Group while capturing the cool clean breezes.Owner John McHugh said he fell in love with the house when he first saw it and it had been an ideal family home.“I’m a Townsville boy and I had returned to Townsville after being away for a while and we found it while we were looking for a new home,” he said.“It was just this beautiful old Queenslander and there was also a family connection because the previous owner and my father fought in the war together.“It is just in such a beautiful position and to bring up kids there was great because you had such a big yard with those big verandas.” 26 Cleveland Terrace, Townsville City 26 Cleveland Terrace, Townsville CityA STATELY home at 26 Cleveland Terrace has a level of gracious character which dates back to the late Federation era.The Townsville City property, named Warringa, was built in 1912.With its generous wrap around verandas, it conjures up a feeling of nostalgia for a time when Townsville was just a big country town. 26 Cleveland Terrace, Townsville CityThe home is accessible from three different streets and has a triple garage.The landscaped gardens are full of drought hardy plants while there is also an orchard out the back with passionfruit, mandarins, grapefruits and oranges.M Property agents Tracey Stack and Emma Nancarrow said the house was one of a kind.“It’s a house where you wake up every morning feeling lucky to live there,” they said.“It would be a great home for a family especially a family with kids who are transitioning into their adult years.“When you’re sitting there out on the veranda it’s just magical and it’s easy to get lost in the view.”center_img 26 Cleveland Terrace, Townsville CityMore from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Mr McHugh worked extensively on the home to ensure it would remain in good condition for years to come before putting in a swimming pool.Unlike a traditional Queenslander, the home is made of brick and rendered with timber and cast iron verandas. 26 Cleveland Terrace, Townsville CityThe home offered an ideal lifestyle for Mr McHugh and his three young sons who could walk to school and then spend weekends in the pool or riding their bikes along the home’s verandas.Mr McHugh said they were now relocating due to family reasons and reluctantly selling the home.“I do have regrets selling because it’s not the type of home that will come back on the market again for a long time but we didn’t want to rent it out,” he said.“I just loved being able to sit on the veranda and take in all the views.“The sheer size of this house is amazing and it has everything a family could want with no compromises.”last_img read more

28 Sep

Lukoil installs living quarters jacket at Caspian Sea field

first_imgRussian oil and gas company Lukoil has completed the installation of a jacket for an accommodation platform topside at the V.I. Grayfer field in the Caspian Sea. Valery Grayfer living quarters jacket; Source: Lukoil Lukoil said on Monday that the offshore operations on the field, named after its recently deceased chairman and “founding father” of the Soviet oil industry Valery Isaakovich Grayfer, involved 110 workers and nine vessels. To remind, Lukoil launched the jacket for the Valery Grayfer field living quarters platform in early April. According to Lukoil, the design life of the facility is 35 years and is built to endure significant ice loads. Valery Grayfer (Died: 24 April 2020); Source-Lukoil Like all other platforms of the company in the Caspian Sea, the living quarters platform jacket was constructed at the shipyards of the Astrakhan region. Production at the V.I. Grayfer field is scheduled for 2022 with a planned production rate at 1.2 million tonnes of oil. The company plans to install a jacket for its offshore ice-resistant fixed platform at the same field later this year and mount living quarters and platform topsides on the substructures in 2021. Grayfer himself died only days later following the launch of the jacket. He was a man with a rare distinction of having an oil field named after him while he was still alive. The facility was brought to the offshore installation site via the Volga-Caspian Shipping Canal. After the floatover and grounding, the substructures were fixed with ten piles of 56 meters in length each and with a total weight of 1,700 tonnes. When installed and fixed, the facility was inspected by divers.last_img read more

23 Sep

Arthur J. Duerstock, 79

first_imgArthur J. “Artie” Duerstock, 79, Greensburg, passed away on Friday, February 7, 2020 at the Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Born, August 25, 1940 in Greensburg, Indiana, he was the son of Alvin and Hilda (Feldman) Duerstock.  Arthur graduated from Napoleon High School in 1958.  He then worked for Marsh Supermarket for 45 years.  He enjoyed fishing, playing Euchre, ping pong, and visiting the Rising Star Casino.  He attended the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greensburg. He is survived by two brothers, Robert (Sharanne) Duerstock and Jerry (Paulette) Duerstock; one nephew, Tim (Amber) Duerstock; three nieces, Julie (Steve) Nobbe, Cindy (Matt) Slaven, Jennifer (Wes) Hersley; great nieces and nephews, Rachel, Emma, Sophie, and Claire Nobbe, Ben, Hailey, and Jacob Duerstock, Josie, Kelsey, and William Slaven, Tessa Hersley. He was preceded in death by his parents and one great niece, Isabelle Nobbe. Family and friends will gather at 8:45 a.m. on Monday, February 10, 2020 at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church to pray the rosary.  Visitation will follow until 11:00 a.m. A funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. at the church with Rev. John Meyer officiating. Interment will be held in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in Millhousen. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery or to the St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

18 Sep

Heyliger cops Best Bowler award at ICC Americas tournament

first_imgGUYANESE-born Dillon Heyliger emerged as the top wicket-taker for at the just-concluded International Cricket Council (ICC) Americas T20 final, played in Bermuda.The tall right-arm fast bowler, who hails from Essequibo and represented Guyana at the youth level, finished the tournament with 11 wickets, including capturing four for 18 versus Bermuda, a feat he was richly rewarded for as Canada played unbeaten.Heyliger, who, along with fellow Guyanese Mark Montfort, was part of the Canadian squad, expressed thanks to his other teammates for their support during the tournament.The tournament, which was held to determine the two Americas qualifiers, saw Canada and Bermuda secure the top two places with the former playing unbeaten. They will now join Scotland, Netherlands, Hong Kong, Oman, Ireland, Papua New Guinea, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Jersey, Singapore, and hosts UAE in the 2019 ICC T20 World Cup qualifier in October and November.The six teams finishing highest in the qualifier series will join Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in the first group stage of the 2020 ICC T20 World Cup.last_img read more