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Astronaut Revisits Time On Space Station

first_imgTwo free lectures at The John Drew Theater at Guild Hall on Wednesday, June 27, and Friday, June 29, will feature Marine Colonel and NASA Astronaut Randy Bresnik, who completed two expeditions on the International Space Station, totaling 139 days. The lectures will include a unique perspective with the colonel’s spouse, Rebecca Bresnik, co-presenting.Hosted by the Montauk Observatory, Col. Bresnik will highlight his experiences aboard the Space Station, where he served as the Commander for Expedition 53 and flight engineer for Expedition 52. His expeditions made 2224 orbits of the Earth and traveled 58,835,163 miles over the course of 139 days, returning in December 2017.“The Bresniks are both remarkable people,” said Terry Bienstock, president of Montauk Observatory. Rebecca Bresnik is the Associate Chief Counsel for International Matters at NASA’s Johnson Space Center and is the lead attorney for the ISS.“Their personal stories and their accomplishments are inspiring. We are thrilled to be joined by our co-sponsors in bringing the Bresniks to our community for these informative programs. The opportunity for our residents and their kids to spend time with Randy and Rebecca will be something we will remember for the rest of our lives.”The first lecture scheduled for Wednesday, June 27, at 8 PM is intended for ages 15 years old and up. It will include insight into the life of an astronaut in space and outline the responsibilities each crew member has in the mission’s overall success. It will discuss the complex challenges associated with the missions and focus attention on the international partnership of the 22 countries who participate in the ISS initiative.The second lecture scheduled for Friday, June 29, at 2 PM is intended for younger audiences, although all ages are welcome. It will provide attendees with the opportunity to meet an astronaut and discuss how to become one. At this family friendly event, Col. Bresnik will speak about his experiences on the ISS and answer questions. There will be photo opportunities and a chance to get an autograph as well.In order to bring this lecture series to East Hampton, the Montauk Observatory partnered with Guild Hall of East Hampton and Northern Trust, a global leader in financial services. Other sponsors include Stuart’s Seafood Market of Amagansett and Biagio Cru of New Hyde Park.Andrea Grover, Guild Hall’s Executive Director, said “Guild Hall is proud to partner with the Montauk Observatory on this inspiring and informative program with two extraordinary NASA professionals. This partnership helps further our goal of presenting imaginative programming that expands horizons and contributes to creative thinking.”Tickets for this lecture series are free, but registration is required. Tickets are available through Guild Hall’s box office by calling 631-324-4050 or visit www.GuildHall.org.For more information about Col. Bresnik, visit https://www.nasa.gov/astronauts/biographies/randolph-j-bresnik/biography. Sharelast_img read more

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Call for action at Airgas board election

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Innovation in the profession

first_imgLawyers speak in dramatic, almost biblical terms, of threats currently visited on the profession in England and Wales. Momentous change. The changes in regulation and potential ownership are dramatic and will have a significant impact, not on all firms and practitioners at one time – nor will all be affected in the same way – but the environment in which we practice will change. A combination of the changes to regulation and ownership, coinciding with a tougher insurance market; a more sceptical attitude from our bankers; economic uncertainty; a rolling back of the state (and its impact on legal aid); and continuing reappraisal by clients of value we offer and the manner of service delivery leads to significant challenges. I have often observed that able lawyers, practising to the highest ethical standards, are nonetheless overtaken by events. This generates hardship, anguish and risk. In this respect we are no different to any other sector in the economy. How many excellent manufacturers and retailers have gone to the wall, notwithstanding their hard work and concern for customers, in the face of innovative newcomers or those who have successfully moved with the times? As a group the legal profession should have greater self-confidence. We have within our ranks some of the most able and successful practices in the world. Some international, others national or local. Success reflects the long term and there are many examples of innovation within the legal profession. Traditionally, and probably rightly, the legal profession has not been encouraged to become entrepreneurial against a backdrop of a forgiving insolvency regime. While other areas of commerce have had the shelter of bankruptcy, some suggesting that at least one business failure is required before anyone can be regarded as truly entrepreneurial, solicitors face disciplinary sanctions for failing to manage their business competently. Firms, large and small, demonstrate a real enthusiasm for innovation, led by their wish to meet the needs of their clients. We continue to deliver and innovate the delivery of our services and advice to better match the needs and interests of our clients. The development of multi-disciplined and easily scalable teams to support transactional work; the assembly of project teams for finite pieces of work; analysis of workflow; use of case management; and appropriate supervision demonstrate many good examples of innovation. These are not confined to firms of a particular size, although there is no doubt that the significant costs associated with investment in systems, will, in some segments, create pressure for firms to merge. In other segments, the size of client and transaction and the need for perceived strength in depth provide a more obvious pressure to grow, whether organically or through merger. However, in other areas, there are examples of practitioners providing cover through associations with other practitioners without merger. Associations via virtual offices, providing access to expertise without the standing overhead cost. Others choose to go it alone, providing valued support and advice to those of limited means with a surgery style, enabling the individual to leave at the end of a consultation with written advice, having dealt with regulatory requirements and paid their fee. Clearly, the opportunity to increase the scale and speed of investment via external ownership/investment (alternative business structures) will have an impact on some areas of practice in short order. However, it is wrong to assume that lawyers will necessarily relinquish control and must be subservient to the investor. Many solicitors are innovative and accomplished people of business and will attract investment because of their strategic and management skills. We must retain confidence in our abilities to use additional resources, complimentary business skills and acumen to develop the services we already provide, demonstrating ever-great innovation. We can do this without undermining integrity, independence or the furtherance of clients’ interest. That is the opportunity. Robert Bourns is senior partner at national law firm TLT. He is a City of London representative on the Law Society Council, a past president of Bristol Law Society, and secretary of the Association of South Western Law Societieslast_img read more

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Red-tape rollback

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LSB caution on growth of paid McKenzie friends

first_imgPaid legal advisers should be recognised as a ‘legitimate feature’ of the legal services market, says LSB chairman.,The oversight legal regulator has given a muted backing to the emergence of fee-charging McKenzie friends.Legal Services Board chairman Sir Michael Pitt (pictured) supported the suggestion that paid legal advisers should be recognised as a ‘legitimate feature’ of the legal services market.The Legal Services Consumer Panel called for a ‘culture shift’ in April to acknowledge that paid McKenzie friends can improve access to justice and had no widespread detrimental effect.In a letter to the panel, Pitt agreed McKenzie friends may improve access to justice, but continued that he was ‘cautious about formally accepting’ them.Pitt said safeguards are needed to clarify their role and limitations – but he stopped short of advocating the regulation of their services.‘We are concerned that [McKenzie friends] may be misleadingly perceived as offering a service underpinned by the same standards and consumer protections that are provided by a regulated professional,’ said Pitt.‘That is not to say, however, that we are advocating the regulation of the services provided by McKenzie friends. To do so might drive such provision out of the market.’Pitt said judges should continue to have the discretion to grant rights of audience, with such rights not automatically given.He added that the ‘sceptical – and indeed sometimes hostile’ view of many in the legal profession on the issue showed the importance of providing clear and targeted information for litigants.He agreed with the consumer panel that McKenzie friends should form a recognised trade association, with client protection measures such as accreditation and indemnity insurance introduced to manage the risks.The LSB is now set to consider the panel’s findings as part of its ongoing work on simplifying legal services regulation.Pitt has also written to the judicial working group tasked with considering the panel’s report on fee-charging McKenzie friends.The panel made 15 separate recommendations on expanding the role of the paid advisers, including initiating a ‘culture shift’ to see them as a legitimate feature of the modern legal services market.The report also support them committing to self-regulation by establishing a trade association and code of practice.last_img read more

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Joanna Lumley’s Hidden Caribbean: Havana to Haiti starts tonight – watch a clip!

first_imgJoanna Lumley travels across two of the most enigmatic countries in the Caribbean – Cuba and Haiti – for a new two-part ITV series Joanna Lumley’s Hidden Caribbean: Havana to Haiti.The much-loved actress will kick off her adventure in the back of a classic car in Havana, outlining her 1500-mile Caribbean adventure. Watch a clip from tonight’s opening episode below:The twists and turns of history have seen these two Caribbean neighbours be colonised, populated by slaves, blighted by natural disaster and suffering sanctions and international isolation. Both countries are undoubtedly poor in monetary terms, but are abundantly rich in other ways, with cities full of colourful streets bursting with the rhythm of life, which then give way to unspoiled coastlines, pristine beaches, majestic mountains and lush forests.There really is much more to both Haiti and Cuba than the headlines suggest – so much of it is thrillingly under-explored and this series is the perfect chance for Joanna to uncover and share the joy these countries have to offer.Talking about the series Joanna says, “I loved the idea of going somewhere that, for one reason or another, people don’t go to as a matter of course. Lots of people go to the Caribbean, but the revolution took the huge island of Cuba out of the running. Obama went there, when he was in power, and they were too thrilled almost to speak. They gave him such a welcome. He said they were going to open it up, and cruise ships were going to go there again from Florida. He said the USA would trade with them again. They felt as though their nightmare had been halted. But Obama’s term of office came to an end, Trump got in and shut everything again.”“I wanted to go somewhere where not too many tourists have visited; Cuba is popular, but I think we went off the beaten track; and very few tourists have been to Haiti as it is still on the Foreign Office list as a country unwise to visit.”Joanna Lumley’s Hidden Caribbean: Havana to Haiti starts on Tuesday 10 March at 9pm on ITV.last_img read more

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Zimbabwe to set up Robert Mugabe University in honour of the…

first_imgZimbabwe government has begun a process of setting up the Robert Mugabe University with the University of Zimbabwe expected to help in the establishment, the Herald reports.The University will be built in honour of President Mugabe’s contribution to the education sector in the country.The specialised Skills University will be owned by the Robert Mugabe Foundation which would be established in due course, the report says.The mandate of the Robert Mugabe University is still under consideration.Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo said that the University intends to be a ‘SMART’ University focusing on high-end skills development, hardware engineering, software engineering and others.Prof Moyo said just like any other African country, Zimbabwe needed to have a University named after President Mugabe.“We should have a university named after President Mugabe, although we have a Robert Mugabe School Of Intelligence. This is not enough, we should honour our founding father, President Mugabe, for his contribution to this nation.” the report quotes Moyo say.He compared other countries such as South Africa having a Nelson Mandela University, Kenyatta University and Moi University from Kenya, stating that the country needs a successful university signifying the country’s exceptional leadership.last_img read more

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Dominica government to construct 60 apartment units for single parents

first_img 50 Views   one comment LocalNews Dominica government to construct 60 apartment units for single parents by: – October 20, 2012 Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit. Photo compliments: Health Promotion UnitThe government of Dominica has announced that it will, very soon, commence construction of sixty apartment units in Bath Estate and Elmshall for single parent families.Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Roosevelt Skerrit made this disclosure at the opening of a computer center in the Roseau North Constituency on Thursday evening.The Prime Minister explained that the purpose for his government embarking on “such an expansive investment in housing” is with a view to assisting in addressing a “very serious challenge” confronting many families in Dominica.He identified that challenge as the high cost of rent in Dominica, as many families use almost ninety percent (90 %) of their salaries in rent payments.“There is no way, irrespective of who you are; you can survive if ninety percent of your income goes into rent. How can you take care of your children? How can you save for a rainy day if you are to give a landlord all of this money,” he asked.He further noted that there are some landlords who do not take care of these apartments and families are forced to live in inadequate housing conditions.“Sometimes you rent places from landlords and [the] toilet cannot flush, switches bad, every bulb you put it burns, and there leaks on there you have to put buckets and buckets in your bedroom; I mean you have to be moving your bed one night here, and another night over there and the government of Dominica, the Labour Party government is seeking to address, if not the entire problem, but part of the problem”. The project to construct sixty apartment buildings will provide a “modern home” for families where they can be proud and comfortable as well as their children.It will take the format of renting to own; where the families will pay a reduced rent to the government which will go towards payment of the apartment.“You won’t be only paying the government money every month and won’t be seeing your way. That money would be collected and as it continues to grow in that bucket, you will eventually own that apartment and call it your very own, your investment, your way of life and that’s what we are seeking to do”.Single parents will be given priority for these apartment units when they are completed, however the Prime Minister did not indicate a specific date as to when this construction will commence. Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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Dominicans admonished to focus on the positive

first_img Tweet As part of the official opening, the 2013 Miss Wob Dwiyet contestants were introducedAs the country begins activities to commemorate its 35th anniversary of Independence from Britain, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has called on citizens to do some introspection.He told the official opening of the celebration on the Dame Eugenia Charles Boulevard on Friday evening that he is concerned about the unnecessary argument that Dominicans get engaged in. “What concerns me in Dominica is that I find that we engage ourselves in unnecessary argument, instead of putting our energy into positive things that can uplift ourselves, our nation, our people”.“I find too much of our time is spent bad talking each other, criticizing each other and being too negative and critical of Dominica”.Hence, he noted that each citizen “must do some introspection during our celebration of our 35th anniversary of Independence”. He further called on citizens to appreciate all senior citizens and be mindful of the contribution which they have made towards the nation’s development.“Sometimes I hear people curse Dominica forgetting that it is this country and the senior citizens that have worked and toiled in the mountains and valleys, building roads, building schools, rebuilding the health system, who have given us what we have today”.Therefore, he urged Dominicans to examine themselves and seek to make a positive contribution to the country. “We must ask ourselves a simple question, what have I done for Dominica lately, what is it I have done to make my country a better place to live in, what have I done to assist my neighbour who is less fortunate, what have I done for this country that has given each one of us what we have today,” he said. Dominica Vibes News Share Share Sharecenter_img 16 Views   one comment Sharing is caring! LocalNews Dominicans admonished to focus on the positive by: – September 30, 2013last_img read more

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CREAD will be key to combat the negative effects of climate change, says Foreign Minister

first_img Share 511 Views   no discussions Share Tweet Sharing is caring!center_img Minister for Foreign and CARICOM Affairs, Francine BaronMinister for Foreign Affairs Senator Francine Baron said the Climate Resilience Executing Agency of Dominica (CREAD) will be key if Dominica is to combat against the negative effects of climate change as the only Caribbean island worse than Dominica was Montserrat which suffered from volcano damage.Senator Baron made these remarks while presenting the Bill on CREAD for debate at the Parliament on Wednesday 12th December, 2018.“In the case of Dominica the scientific model show that even at the lowest prediction of a 1 meter sea level rise 14% of our road networks will be lost and food supplies and rural livelihoods in Dominica will be negatively impacted by 5% as a result of the loss of agricultural land.” Senator Baron reported.She also stated that “an IMF study that was published in 2017 before the passage of hurricane Maria ranked Dominica third [among] small island developing states in disaster damage at a percentage of GDP during the period 1970 to 2016.” Share LocalNews CREAD will be key to combat the negative effects of climate change, says Foreign Minister by: – December 13, 2018last_img read more

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