3 May

Dons unite to deride fees hike

first_imgOthers stressed the University’s ability to challenge the cuts. Politics tutor Stuart White said, “If we really believe in equality of opportunity, then as a university we must be clear and loud in saying that we oppose the new fees regime in higher education.”Robin Briggs, Emeritus Fellow of All Souls College, said of the Browne Review, “That intellectually vacuous report espouses a pure market ideology in which everything is reduced to the lowest common denominator of money.”Nick Clegg’s recent announcement that universities will have to fulfil a number of conditions regarding access will also impact the University’s decision regarding the fee level. The University will have to admit a certain number of students from poorer backgrounds, possibly with lower grade offers, in order to justify their £9,000 fee. Despite this, OUSU President David Barclay expressed fears that, “this new system through  poor design and shocking PR will put the poorer students off applying to university.”He added, “The day we give up on  students who would never before thought of coming to university coming here to Oxford is the day we abandon any pretence of seeking academic talent wherever it may be found.” The shouts of the protesters could be heard from inside the building. Beth Evans, OEC member and OUSU VP for Graduate and International Students, said in her impromptu speech to the Congregation, “There are students outside right now who are telling you, who are asking you to fight. “They are saying they will support you if you fight. They will support you in strikes and in industrial action.”As members of the congregation left, they were met by members of the OEC who told academics that they would back them should they choose to strike. At the OEC meeting on Monday, the decision was made to support strikes in the academic community rather than calling for free education, which one member called “a lost cause”. Sky Herington, a student at St Edmund Hall, remarked, “We’re not just fighting fees, we’re fighting cuts. We’re telling the academics that if they were to go on strike they would have our full support.”Wadham second year Rebecca Sparrow said, “It is encouraging for those who rejected the whole premise that a rise in fees was given. “There were no arguments for the cuts, people either spoke about how to deal with them or how we should campaign against them. We can work together, students and academics, we all acknowledge the damage the cuts will do to education and society.” On Tuesday afternoon a cast of academics and University officials took assembled at the  Sheldonian Theatre to  discuss the fee level which Oxford will set for undergraduates from 2012.However, the Congregation’s debate quickly broadened to the issue of whether the University should accept the cuts to higher education at all. Only a handful of students, a few OUSU delegates and reporters, were allowed in to witness the discussions. Members of the Oxford Education Campaign protested outside, with images of gagging  used to object to students not being allowed to attend the Congregation. “Anger is felt by the majority of the students, because it’s only a minority of us who have been allowed to speak,” said one OEC member, a student at Ruskin College. A row of protesters outside the building each held a cardboard letter, forming a banner that read “Strike to Stop Cuts.” Some OEC members did make it inside with prepared statements which they read at the end of the Congregation.Professor Tony Monaco, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Planning and Resources) opened the debate by declaring that, “We would have to charge fees of around £8,000 just to maintain the status quo.”He explained that were the University to charge £9,000 a year, extra revenue would be produced, which could be put towards fee waivers for less wealthy students. Monaco added that a £3,000 fee waiver is being considered, to send the message to poorer applicants that “it is no more costly to attend Oxford than any other UK higher education institution”.Professor Susan Cooper of St Catherine’s College remarked that the debt would not be “a risk to students” but to the government, who do not yet know how much student debt they will have to “forgive” after 30 years. last_img read more

3 May

Students sexually assaulted

first_imgA 19-year-old woman was sexually assaulted in the early hours of Sunday morning on Westbury Crescent in the Cowley area of the city.The victim was punched several times in the head, pushed to the ground and sexually assaulted before she managed to escape and run off in the direction of Rose Hill Road.The incident was Oxford’s fifth sexual assault in 8 days with four previous attacks on young female students from both Oxford University and Oxford Brookes.Two women aged 21 and 24 were attacked between Southfield Road and Cowley Road in the early hours of Sunday 29th May and two more women, 19 and 20, were assaulted in a similar area in the early hours of last Thursday.Police originally thought the five incidents may all be connected however, in the latest Thames Valley Police report, Detective Inspector Simon Morton said, “certain details have come to light that has led us to believe that the attacker in this incident is different from the man who carried out the previous attacks.”The police have now released two e-fits of the men they would like to question in relation to these attacks.The attacker who is believed to have carried out the first four assaults is described as “oriental or Asian, in his twenties, about 5ft 8ins to 5ft 10ins, of a slim to medium build with short black hair, possibly in tight curls”.The latest attacker is believed to be in his late 20s, possibly Albanian, about 5ft 6in, clean shaven, of medium build, with dark hair and olive skin and is believed to have a bite-mark on his hand resulting from one of the attacks. Many students have received emails from their colleges warning young women to avoid walking alone at night especially in the Cowley area.last_img read more

2 May

Beached Sailboat Towed From 21st Street in Ocean City

first_imgThe Midpoint out of Savannah, Ga., sits high and dry on the tide line on the beach at 21st Street in Ocean City, NJ, Tuesday morning as it waits for a tow at high tide.A sailboat bound for Florida ran aground in Ocean City overnight and sat high and dry on the beach at 21st Street for most of Tuesday as it waited for high tide and a tow.A TowBoat U.S. Shamrock Marine Towing crew successfully pulled the boat off the beach at about 4:35 p.m.The “Midpoint” out of Savannah, Ga., made its unplanned stop in relatively calm seas last night.TowBoat U.S. Capt. John C. Bodin said the boat beached twice in 12 hours. His crew towed the boat off the beach at 19th Street at midnight. The Midpoint captain reportedly was trying to fix a faulty steering cable, but an anchor equipment failure led him to drift back onto the beach.A TowBoat U.S. crew member delivered the tow line by paddling a sailboard out from the beach to his company’s tow boats.The two-person crew hunkered down inside the boat as they awaited the tow on Tuesday.____Sign up for free breaking news alerts from OCNJ Daily.____Neither the Ocean City Police Department nor the Ocean City Fire Department were called to respond to the incident. There was no distress call, and the State Police Marine Division had been unaware of the beaching until our call.As the tide approached high late Tuesday afternoon a TowBoat U.S. crew member paddled a sailboard out to one of his company’s boats and returned with a line to attach to the stranded sailboat.The tow boat was quickly able to spin the sailboat, but it pulled lightly for more than an hour before the rising tide and waves floated the craft.The Midpoint reportedly is headed for Seaview Harbor to dry out and make repairs before continuing its journey.A faulty steering cable reportedly caused the Midpoint to run aground in relatively calm seas overnight Monday into Tuesday.last_img read more

2 May

Bayfest Weekend Kicks off the Countdown to Summer!

first_imgBay Avenue in Somers Point on Saturday, April 30, was reminiscent of spring time on Bourbon Street in New Orleans or River Street in Savannah with live music and entertainment at every corner. Live bands got the crowds dancing, circus performers thrilled brave participants from the audience and a band of bag pipers strolled the street to keep the festivities going for hours.Clouds crowded the skies early on Saturday, but that didn’t stop folks from crowding the streets. By Noon the local watering holes like the Anchorage, Tavern by the Bay and Baia were pouring over with enthusiastic bayfesters eager for summertime at the shore.The event offered a chance to learn about new services to help fun seekers make it home safe this summer. In addition to the work of the Hero Campaign to urge 100,000 individuals to take the hero pledge to help combat drunk driving by visiting http://herocampaign.org/designated-driver-pledge/, Shore Shuttle will also begin serving Ocean City, Somers Point, Margate, Longport, Strathmere and Marmora for nights out to favorite eateries and attractions at the shore starting Memorial Day Weekend. Visit rideshoreshuttle.com to learn more.Shore Shuttle’s DebutIn addition to seeing what’s new at the shore this summer, bayfesters got a chance to taste all that is tried and true, including crabcakes, gyros, roast pork sandwiches, fish tacos, kettle corn, funnel cake, pizza, chocolate covered bananas, and so much more.And for the kids? The Somers Point municipal beach was turned into a carnival for the kids with pony rides, face painting, and a variety of bounce houses and slides. And the fun didn’t stop there. Across the street was a huge array of rides and activities including a rock wall, meltdown jump and duck attraction, the whirly bird, and the Atlantic City Aquarium even pulled in to town with its traveling touch exhibit.Kids even had a chance to tour an ambulance and get a finger casted by the staff at Shore Medical Center. Adults were able to get important health and wellness checks, including blood pressure and cholesterol screenings and stroke risk assessments emphasizing the importance of prevention.A mile of vendors and crafters kept shoppers very busy. There was something for everyone in the family….even pets were out and about enjoying the day.The Somers Point Bayfest Committee and the City of Somers Point seem to have the annual single day festival down to a science. Parking was a breeze and affordable at $5 for all day on-site parking thanks to the Somers Point Rotary Club or free for those who were able to find street parking and didn’t mind a short walk. Many bayfest goers opted to take advantage of a nice walk on what turned out to be a beautiful day, and they were able to do so safely as the Somers Point Police Department directed traffic at busy intersections.The sun finally broke through the morning clouds shortly after Noon time on Saturday and officially welcomed 2016 Bayfesters to the start of everyone’s favorite season at the Shore.last_img read more

20 Apr

Two people hurt in crash allegedly caused by aggressive driver

first_img Facebook Previous articleTraffic stop leads to drug, weapons-related arrest in Michigan CityNext articleDr. Wait: Homemade food sales are illegal, potentially hazardous Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. WhatsApp Twitter By Jon Zimney – March 22, 2021 0 121 Two people hurt in crash allegedly caused by aggressive driver Google+ Facebook Twitter IndianaLocalNews Google+ Pinterest (Photo supplied/Indiana State Police) Two people were hurt in a crash on I-80/94, late Sunday night due to an aggressive driver who took off from the scene of the collision.Indiana State Police released the following information about the collision:(Photo supplied/Indiana State Police)On March 21, 2021 at approximately 9 p.m., Trooper Connor Davidson responded to a crash on I-80/94 eastbound at the 4.5 mile-marker.  This is just west of the Cline Ave. exit ramp.  Preliminary investigation shows that an unknown black SUV was driving recklessly and may have struck a gold 2007 Chevrolet Suburban.  The Suburban then ran off the right side of the road when it struck the guard rail, rolled over, and struck the overhead signpost.  This impact caused the large sign to collapse, falling onto the roadway and blocking the right three lanes. The sign partially fell onto another vehicle, a black 2006 Cadillac SRX, but no injuries were reported in that vehicle.  The Suburban came to a rest on its driver’s side in the south ditch. The driver of the Suburban, Devon Cross, from Chicago, IL, and his son had to be extricated from the vehicle by the Hammond Fire Department.  The driver was flown to the University of Chicago Hospital while his son was transported to Northlake Hospital in Gary with minor injuries.  The black unknown SUV that was observed in the area did not stop.  If anyone has information on the black SUV that was seen prior to and after this crash, please contact Trooper Davidson at 219-696-6242.  The investigation is ongoing.Traffic on I-80/94 eastbound was diverted onto Indianapolis Blvd. from 12:00 a.m. until approximately 5:00 a.m.   WhatsApp Pinterestlast_img read more

1 Mar

Harvard remembers Howard Raiffa

first_imgHoward Raiffa, the Frank P. Ramsey Professor Emeritus of Managerial Economics, died July 8 at his home in Arizona following a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.Raiffa joined the Harvard faculty in 1957. With a diverse group of Harvard stars that included Richard Neustadt, Tom Schelling, Fred Mosteller, and Francis Bator, Raiffa would form the core of what would be the modern Kennedy School (HKS) in 1969, and played a central role in the School for decades as a teacher, scholar, and mentor. Together with colleague Robert Schlaifer, Raiffa wrote the definitive book developing decision analysis, “Applied Statistical Decision Theory,” in 1961. He also wrote a textbook for students like those at HKS, and a simpler, popular book on the subject.“Along with a handful of other brilliant and dedicated people, Howard figured out what a school of public policy and administration should be in the latter decades of the 20th century, and then he and they created that school,” said Raiffa’s longtime friend and colleague Richard Zeckhauser, Frank Plumpton Ramsey Professor of Political Economy.“Despite his great accomplishments as a teacher and scholar, those who knew Howard well treasured him for the generosity of his spirit, his great warmth, and his desire to always be helpful, whether fostering cooperation among nations, choosing where to locate Mexico City’s airport, or designing a curriculum for teaching analytic methods.”This combination of work marks Raiffa as a model for the Kennedy School: His scholarly analysis advanced experts’ understanding of many important questions, and he also knew how important and valuable it was for him to speak to the broader world.  In particular, he recognized that the methods he had pioneered and mastered could be helpful to people with much less sophistication, and he reached out to help them.“Howard was a giant in the history of the Kennedy School and a towering figure in the fields of decision analysis, negotiation analysis, and game theory,” said HKS Dean Douglas Elmendorf. “All of us who are associated with the Kennedy School are greatly in his debt.”To read the full obituary and view a taped interview, visit the Harvard Kennedy School website.last_img read more

18 Jan

Watch Hugh Jackman Sing from Wolverine: The Musical

first_img Star Files View Comments No, it’s not a real thing just yet. No stranger to singing live, Tony winner Hugh Jackman stopped by BBC Radio 1’s The Matt Edmondson Show, and was somehow convinced to perform the next best thing: a Les Miserables tune as the clawed mutant (or, rather, the Aussie behind the mutant). The Oscar nominee can’t seem to catch a break: first, Valjean is imprisoned for stealing some bread and now, he has to deny himself ice cream in order to stay buff for the upcoming film X-Men: Days of Future Past. No ice cream? We thought this parody was supposed to be funny, but it’s just as tear-jerking as its source material! Not bad for an impromptu first run, but we expect a fully staged performance of this at the Tonys on June 8, Mr. Jackman! Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 4, 2016 Related Shows Les Miserables Hugh Jackmanlast_img read more

31 Dec

‘Unusual Alliances’ in Broad Ohio Opposition to Federal Coal Bailout

first_img‘Unusual Alliances’ in Broad Ohio Opposition to Federal Coal Bailout FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Midwest Energy News:Ohio energy companies, state agencies and other groups are forming some unexpected alliances in their positions for and against a federal proposal to subsidize coal and nuclear power over other forms of electricity.The proposed rule from the Department of Energy calls on FERC to revise its pricing rules to guarantee recovery of costs and profits for various coal and nuclear plants with on-site fuel storage. The move would protect those plants from some of the competition from natural gas generation and, to a lesser extent, from renewables.“This case is about whether Ohioans and other customers across the country will be made to subsidize uneconomic power plants at a time when Ohioans should be benefitting in their electric bills from lower prices in the competitive generation markets,” said a filing by the Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel with federal regulators. “Making customers pay subsidies to power plant owners is a bad idea.”The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio likewise opposed the rule. “The PUCO…is deeply concerned about the additional costs that will be borne by Ohio’s consumers and businesses as a result of the DOE’s proposed rule,” said its filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The DOE’s failure to quantify the costs of the proposed rule “is also deeply concerning,” it added.Grid operator PJM Interconnection said the proposed rule “is unduly discriminatory and, therefore, unlawful in at least two critical respects.” Among other things, the rule would undermine federal law promoting competition in energy markets. Additionally, the “generic mandate of cost recovery improperly ignores the well-established rights of states and wholesale customers to challenge the prudence of particular utility costs.”PJM’s filing also noted that the Trump-Perry plan fails to consider recent rule changes that it and other grid operators have to follow to ensure reliability. “The shortsightedness of the DOE…suggests that reliability and resilience may not be the underlying goals of the DOE,” the comments noted.“The energy technologies of earlier generations are unable to compete in the present,” said the Environmental Defense Fund’s filing. In its view, the proposal goes against federal law forbidding “any undue preference or advantage” under the Federal Power Act.Although the Buckeye Institute in Columbus has not filed formal comments on the proposed rule, the free market group nonetheless opposes it. “Subsidies of any kind make outcomes worse for consumers,” said economic research analyst Quinn Beeson. If federal regulators ultimately determine that any changes are necessary to address a rapidly changing mix of power plants, “they should look to market-based solutions and not something as heavy-handed” as the Department of Energy’s proposed rule, she said.More: Unusual alliances emerge in Ohio over plan to prop up coal and nuclear plantslast_img read more

19 Dec

Court takes up lawyer ad rules

first_img Court takes up lawyer ad rules July 1, 2006 Regular News Jan Pudlow Senior Editor Holding up a law firm’s mailed brochure bragging about multi-million-dollar recoveries in products liability cases, complete with color pictures of crashed automobiles, Justice Charles Wells asked: “Are the rules presently, and as amended, intended to allow this type of advertisement? Who is it allowed to go to and why?”So began the nearly hour-long oral arguments June 7 in Rules Regulating The Florida Bar — Advertising Rules (Case No. SC05-2194). The topics ranged from the Bar’s most significant change in its petition — to require review of all radio and television ads before broadcasting — to the vexing question about how to regulate Web sites that about 40,000 Florida lawyers now use to tout their expertise. Pop-up ads popped up in oral arguments, too.The Board of Governors, in April 2005, adopted most of the recommendations of the Advertising Task Force 2004, appointed by then Bar President Kelly Overstreet Johnson, with two exceptions: Web sites and review of TV and radio ads.Back to old-fashioned mailed advertising, Wells said he assumed that he received the brochure a week earlier because he is a member of the Bar. That sparked his “overriding concern” that “no one be given a competitive advantage by the rules of discipline, and that includes advertising.”Bar Ethics Counsel Elizabeth Tarbert answered: “You do receive those brochures because you are a member of The Florida Bar. There are lawyers that will purchase lists from The Florida Bar of all Bar members in a particular circuit and send out pamphlets like the one you just displayed.”Current rules and the comment to Rule 4-7.1, Tarbert said, exempt advertising communications between lawyers and from lawyers to former and present clients from the rules that otherwise would not allow touting past results to the general public. The rationale, she explained, is because once clients choose a lawyer, the lawyer is known to them and therefore such advertising is unlike a cold call.“That certainly gives a big advantage to people who have been in the practice for 20 years, rather than someone who has been in practice for two years,” Wells said.“In some cases that is true and in some cases that is not true,” Tarbert said. “There are new lawyers that have numerous clients, too. When I practiced in the public defender’s office, I had literally thousands of clients, so you could say that I would have had a number of clients that I could have sent those brochures to, too.”“You didn’t need to advertise to those people,” Wells said.Laughter broke out in the courtroom. But the rest of the give-and-take was very serious about how best to balance this trio of interests: protecting the public from false or misleading advertising, protecting First Amendment commercial free speech, and protecting the justice system and legal profession from denigration by improper advertising.At one point, Chief Justice Barbara Pariente declared: “I have to say, I am not a fan of advertising. I think it has done everything to demean our profession, rather than to do what was intended to be done, which is to make the public more informed.”She criticized the rules for allowing what she called “puffing,” yet not allowing lawyers to advertise results of cases to the general public, facts that can be verified. Giving the example of a Tallahassee lawyer’s TV ads which say he was a victim of a personal injury and that is why he became a personal injury lawyer, Pariente said: “That is about as relevant to a decision as he is a good Little League coach.”The Bar’s position, Tarbert explained, is that while the facts of a verdict or settlement can be verified, “the unsophisticated public is not going to know what those mean. Even though they might have the bare facts, that they might not understand, for example, a person received a $1-million verdict, but it was really a $10-million case,” or what the differences are between a particular case with a huge verdict and their own case.“Why then should we allow that to be circulated to members of the Bar, because most of these cases, we know in reality, come from referring lawyers,” Wells said. “These pamphlets are going to be sent on to the clients in divorce firms. I mean, that is the nature of the business, and so it seems to me we either allow it or we don’t allow it. Period!”How best to regulate Web sites filled much of oral arguments.Bar Board of Governors member Chobee Ebbets, of Daytona Beach, served as vice chair of the 2004 Advertising Task Force and currently chairs the Special Committee on Website Advertising Rules.“I think the justices are wrestling with what the task force wrestled with in trying to find harmony amongst the conflicting issue of protecting the public from general advertising and. . . how far can marketing go to allow lawyers to put their name out there and their successes, as far as their past results,” Ebbets said.“That dovetailed into the monstrous problem of the Web, which is in reality the advertising tool for the future of all lawyers.” More than 40,000 Florida lawyers have Web sites, from one page to 500 pages, Ebbets said, and content can be changed daily or even hourly on blogs. When printed out, the content of one law firm’s Web site filled two banker boxes.“That being said, it seems to me that our real judgment needs to be the value system that is in place, not what the Web can do, and that controls our values,” Justice R. Fred Lewis said. “That is what I fear. I start looking at this and we start excluding technology, just because technology is here.. . But technology can be our death if we are not careful.”Now, Ebbets said, the Bar has looked at the Web as “a kind of curious place of information upon request. Someone is seeking to go to the Web site, versus being pushed upon them in a television ad or a phone book ad. That is maybe a distinction without a difference. And that is why we have not stopped there. That is why I am still working with the members of the Bar to find a better solution to it.”Both the 2004 task force and current Web site committee wanted information on Web sites to simply be information upon request, which would exempt it from advertising rules prohibiting prior results and statements characterizing the quality of legal service, Ebbets explained. However, the Board of Governors “was not happy with that conclusion initially and it is not happy with it now.”The next meeting of the committee will be at the Bar’s Annual Convention, after this News went to press.“We are going to craft rules that are specific to the Web, but in harmony with the overall advertising rules,” Ebbets said. “Because, as I understand it, this court has said over and over again, there must be consistency in how we treat advertising, regardless of the medium.”Justice Peggy Quince asked: “Why wouldn’t it be more prudent to have the same restrictions as other kinds of advertisement concerning the results and quality of service? Then, if we see down the road, that maybe Web sites don’t really need it, we can change it. But it would be a lot more difficult, it seems, to go the other way.”Ebbets answered: “With 40,000 Web sites out there.. . they have always been subject to Bar regulation, but we have not yet had an enforcement policy to check lawyer Web sites. Again, candor, here, I think is more important than any place else in the world. When we started looking at Web sites, our Bar counsel looked at Board of Governors’ Web sites and sadly advised many members of the Board of Governors their own Web sites were not in compliance.”(Though not mentioned in oral arguments, the challenges of the tremendous staff workload that would be required to review Web sites for advertising violations has been discussed by Bar leaders.)The exceptions, Ebbets said, “are important because most lawyers use their Web sites to talk about their lawyers, the achievements of their lawyers, their past successes, the dynamics of their law firm. So, those exceptions, while they may not look important, are extraordinarily important. Because most lawyers have used the Web site for that exact purpose, believing that the Web site is different from other forms of advertising, in a place where people are seeking them out, not that they are seeking people out.”Tampa’s W.F. “Casey” Ebsary, Jr., another member of the Advertising Task Force who filed a brief, argued there should be no restrictions on lawyer Web sites because they are not ads, but are “core First Amendment speech.”“The science of the Internet is that when one puts an inquiry into a Web browser — sometimes you will see a Web site listed as http:// — that is a computer command. All scientists would agree that when you make a command in the form of http:// that you are requesting information,” Ebsary said.However, Ebsary said, the Bar should separate out and regulate banner ads, pop-up ads, and sponsored listings. Before oral arguments began, Ebsary showed Ebbets something new: Go to a newspaper’s Web site and read a story about a court case, only to have a pop-up ad from a lawyer soliciting business spring into view on the computer screen.Barry Richard, representing the Bar, talked about a “constitutional distinction between solicited and unsolicited advertising, in that there is a considerably higher impediment to the state’s regulation of solicited, as opposed to unsolicited, advertising.”Justice Raoul Cantero said: “That is exactly what concerns me.” If someone is “affirmatively requesting that information” on a Web site, he asked, “how can we say that is advertising and regulate it as advertising?”“It’s easy to answer the question, as is so often the case in our business, if you look at the extreme ends of the spectrum. Clearly, a pop-up ad is not solicited,” Richard said.Cantero: “A pop-up ad, to me, is not a Web site. That is advertising on somebody else’s Web site. I am talking about somebody going to barryrichardpa.com.”“That’s the other end of the spectrum. You cannot find my biographical sketch unless you specifically look for it in my name,” Richard said. “The category between the two extremes, the best example being this: Assume that you have a pop-up ad that fully complies with the rules that links to a Web site that is not in compliance. So the question then becomes once you have that pop-up ad with the link, do you then or should you then subject the entire Web site to the advertising rules?”“But then prohibiting any kind of statements on a Web site is like saying, well, you can’t have a floatation device because some floatation devices don’t work,” Cantero said. “It seems like what you have to do is regulate those pop-up ads, not regulate the Web site.”Richard responded: “I am not advocating a position. I am just suggesting that the task force, the issues are before them, one response might be, if I make the choice of a pop-up ad, then I have voluntarily subjected my entire Web site to all of the advertising regulations, because I have effectively made it a part of the pop-up ad. So it is my choice. If I don’t want to do that in a pop-up ad, I don’t have to live with it.”Bill Wagner, of Tampa, a member of the Advertising Task Force who also filed a 30-page brief with the court, told the justices: “I have no quarrel with most of the recommendations of the committee and the Bar. They improve what is a difficult problem. I think the court should very carefully consider the proposal with regard to the Web, because I think, as recognized, there are a lot of unsolved questions there. The second position I take is that it is time for the court to require the Bar to do something, to require it to completely study this entire issue of advertising and marketing.”The problem now, Wagner said, is that the rules are still rife with inconsistencies. He also argued that the task force should have conducted a broader and more in-depth review, instead of a process that “assumed that the regulation philosophy conceived over 15 years ago still applied in today’s marketing and advertising environment.”Justice Wells wanted to know statistics of Bar prosecutions of ethical violations stemming from the advertising rule.Tarbert said the Bar receives between 200 to 300 complaints a year on lawyer advertising. Many are either dismissed by Bar staff or “handled in a fairly low-level fashion,” such as a public reprimand or taking a diversion program to go over advertising rules. About two dozen cases a year result in findings of probable cause.Most states do not have rules that specifically address the Internet, Tarbert said, who added Florida is “asking to maintain the status quo before the Bar asks you to either make the rules more restrictive for Web sites or less restrictive.” Court takes up lawyer ad rules Justices grapple with how to deal with more than 40,000 lawyer Web siteslast_img read more

18 Dec

6 ways to teach your kids the most important lessons about money

first_imgOur children learn how to read and write in school, but teaching them about money is on you. Kids as early as age 3 can understand the basic concepts of spending and saving. Here are some fun ways to teach them how to be financially savvy.#1 The dime challengeHow much do you think you’ll save by filling up a two-liter soda bottles with dimes? Depending on how the coins fall into the bottle, you should end up with between $500 and $700. It’s a fun way to teach them about the value of coins and shows them how to set goals and save for something special. In our family, we’re saving dimes for Disney World.#2 Give them interest payments on their savingsTo encourage your kids to keep their allowance in their piggy banks – instead of spending at least $20 on the latest Lego set –  give them interest on what they’re saving. A maximum of 5% should suffice, if you can afford it. Not only will this teach your children the concept of earning interest, but it will encourage them to control their impulses to spend. continue reading » 35SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more