Corona-what? Two condos at 220 Central Park South fetch $109M

first_imgThe 5,935-square-foot unit was listed at $60 million, according to the most recently amended condo offering plan. Vornado increased the price from the original offering plan’s asking price of $51.5 million. The sale closed July 21.A week earlier, a unit of the same size on the 64th floor closed for $53.9 million. Purchased through an LLC, it went into contract in 2015. The final listing price for the four-bedroom pad was $58 million, up from the original $49 million.A similar pair of deals closed in April for a combined haul of $110 million. Those transactions were on the 63rd and 65th floors. Weeks earlier, sales of units on the 61st and 62nd floors closed.Vornado’s luxury condominium continues to be a cash cow for the real estate investment trust as the coronavirus pandemic has forced a massive writedown on some of its retail properties. In the second quarter, the REIT reported a $49 million after-tax net gain from sales at 220 Central Park South.Write to Erin Hudson at [email protected] Share via Shortlink 220 Central Park South and Vornado chairman Steve Roth (BrillLyle via Wikpedia, Getty)It’s been another solid month for big-ticket sales at 220 Central Park South.Deals for two condo units at Vornado Realty Trust’s Billionaires’ Row tower closed this month for a combined $109 million. Both buyers are unnamed in property records.The pricier of the four-bedroom units, on the 68th floor, traded for $55.5 million. The buyer, a foreign limited liability company KMZM LLC, went into contract for the property in October 2018.Read moreVornado: Coronavirus responsible for $306M loss on value of prized retail JVBack-to-back closings at 220 CPS net Vornado $110MVornado sees “tragic abyss” now, better times ahead Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Tags220 Central Park SouthResidential Real Estatelast_img read more

‘You have a bomb maker out there’: Experts weigh in on the urgent hunt for answers

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The urgent hunt for answers is on after explosive devices targeted CNN’s New York headquarters as well as the homes of Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and Democratic donor George Soros.“You have a bomb maker out there,” former FBI agent and ABC News contributor Steve Gomez said Wednesday.With all four explosive devices discovered within days, Gomez said the bomb maker or bomb makers “built these bombs and deployed them in a short period of time — which means there’s probably explosive materials somewhere out there.”“That’s my biggest concern — that there could potentially be more to come,” he warned.The device at Soros’ Westchester County, New York, home was found Monday night. On Tuesday a package was detected at Clinton’s home in Chappaqua, New York, and the Secret Service “received a nearly identical package in Washington addressed to the Obamas,” officials said. An envelope containing white powder and an apparent explosive device was found in CNN’s mail room Wednesday. It was addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan, though Brennan is a NBC News contributor and has no public ties to CNN.A suspicious package was also sent to former attorney general Eric Holder.All five packages were sent in manila envelopes with computer-printed address labels with the return address of “DEBBIE WASSERMAN SHULTZ” [sic], the FBI said.Assumed connected ‘until proven otherwise’Investigators will assume all devices are connected “until proven otherwise,” Gomez said.Authorities are also going to look at the Democratic leanings of the victims, Gomez said.The political affiliations of the targets indicate “there could be some type of effort to influence our political interest which would trigger a domestic terror-type of investigation,” he said, “especially” with the midterm election in just two weeks.Gomez called this the “highest priority investigation in the country right now — every resource that is needed is going to be deployed … because our political system is at stake.”Zeroing in on the culpritThere are many avenues law enforcement can explore to find the bomb maker.The suspect may be in an existing Secret Service database of people who have previously made threats to these officials, said former FBI agent and ABC News contributor Brad Garrett.Clues leading to the bomb maker’s identity could be found within one of the devices, from fingerprints on the tape to hairs and fibers or possibly DNA, Garrett said.“Bombers typically like this get caught because they’re not sophisticated” and don’t cover their tracks, Garrett said. Notorious Unabomber Ted Kaczynski was so “methodical” in his attacks and “covered himself so well” for years, Garrett said.Kaczynsk’s first bombing was in 1978 and “over the next 17 years, he mailed or hand-delivered a series of increasingly sophisticated bombs that killed three Americans,” the FBI said. He was arrested in 1996.Investigators are also quickly working to identify the materials used in these devices and where those materials may have been acquired, Gomez said.The pipe bomb hand-delivered to Soros’ suburban New York home was loaded with explosive black powder — a material Gomez said is similar to fireworks powder and can be easily acquired in many states.The fact that the bombs did not explode signals that the suspect is likely an amateur, Gomez said.The bomb maker’s signatureAuthorities will be looking for the so-called signature the suspect used in developing these devices, Gomez said, because the signature — like a fingerprint — is different for every bomb maker.“Every bomb maker has their own way, their own method of building a device,” whether it’s the materials used or how it is put together, he explained.In this case, all devices appeared to be pipe bombs, officials said Wednesday.A bomb maker’s signature could evolve over time.The signature of suspected Austin bomber Mark Conditt earlier this year changed from his first bomb to his seventh and final.“At first he was placing the bombs at the doorstep,” Gomez said. “Then he evolved his signature to where he used trip wires and set the package on a sidewalk.”“That alarmed the bomb tech community,” Gomez explained. “Not only is this person able to deploy these devices and they go off, but now he’s changing his method.”Three of Conditt’s packages detonated at homes in Austin, while another explosive was triggered by a tripwire and a fifth went off at a FedEx distribution center about 65 miles away from Austin. A sixth package was found intact at a different FedEx center. The seventh exploded in Conditt’s car with him inside. He was killed.Conditt was “viewed as one of the most prolific bomb makers” since the Unabomber, Gomez said. “That’s truly amazing in the eyes of the bomb tech community.”He added, “The reality is, this guy is probably going to get caught. The question is, are there other devices out there?”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Scoreboard roundup — 3/15/19

first_imgiStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Friday’s sports events:INTERLEAGUEPhiladelphia 3 Toronto 2L.A. Angels 5, San Francisco 5Chicago Cubs 11, Chicago White Sox 9L.A. Angels 2, Arizona 1Colorado 2, Kansas City 1Houston 5, St. Louis 0Houston 11, St. Louis 2Tampa Bay 6, Pittsburgh 6AMERICAN LEAGUEMinnesota 12, Baltimore 9N.Y. Yankees, 14 Boston 1Tampa Bay 7, Detroit 3Texas 5, Cleveland 2NATIONAL LEAGUEMiami 7, Atlanta 6Washington 11, N.Y. Mets 3Milwaukee 6, San Diego 2L.A. Dodgers 8, Cincinnati 1NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONPhiladelphia 123, Sacramento 114Charlotte 116, Washington 110Detroit 111, L.A. Lakers 97Houston 108, Phoenix 102Portland 122, New Orleans 110Milwaukee 113, Miami 98San Antonio 109, N.Y. Knicks 83L.A. Clippers 128, Chicago 121NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUEColumbus 3, Carolina 0Toronto 7, Philadelphia 6Vegas 2, Dallas 1Anaheim 5, Colorado 3Calgary 5, N.Y. Rangers 1SO New Jersey 3, Vancouver 2TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL(12) Florida St. 69, (2) Virginia 59(5) Duke 74, (3) North Carolina 73(4) Kentucky 73, Alabama 55(6) Michigan St. 77, Ohio St. 70(8) Tennessee 83, Mississippi St. 76Florida 76, (9) LSU 73(10) Michigan 74, Iowa 53(11) Houston 84, UConn 45Minnesota 75, (13) Purdue 73San Diego St. 65, (14) Nevada 56Iowa St. 63, (15) Kansas St. 59(17) Kansas 88, West Virginia 74(18) Buffalo 85, Cent. Michigan 81(19) Wisconsin 66, Nebraska 62(22) Auburn 73, South Carolina 64Seton Hall 81, (23) Marquette 79(24) Cincinnati 82, SMU 74OT (25) Villanova 71, Xavier 67Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Research Program Coordinator

first_img Salary Not Specified Research-relatedclinical tasks:Coordinate participantvisits and follow-up, track and locate participants. Ensure thatproper written informed consent from each study participant isobtained prior to entering study; ensure that the original signedand dated consent is obtained from each study participant and isproperly uploaded in Epic, CRMS, RedCap systems and is filed inparticipant research record.Perform data collection,which will include administering questionnaires, blooddraws,urine collection, sputumcollection,spirometry and other breathing and functionaltests, as needed.Perform routine testsinclinicalresearchspace and assist with transportingbiospecimen to researchlaboratory for processing. Help withorganization, storage and shipping of biological samples ifnecessary. Academic Affairs Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Johns Hopkins University Salary Not Specified Previous experienceconducting clinical trial, preferably in hospitalsetting. Save Research Program Coordinator Similar jobs Certification:Required: StandardIRB-required courses must be completed and appropriate exams passedwith necessary certification within 2 weeks of start date. Willneed to complete NIOSH Spirometry training, CPR, and maintainup-to-date phlebotomy certification.Physicalrequirements for the job:Sittingin anormalseatedpositionforextendedperiods of time.Reachingbyextendinghand(s)orarm(s)in anydirection.Fingerdexterityrequiredtomanipulateobjectswithfingersratherthanwithwholehand(s)orarm(s),forexample,usingakeyboard. PreferredQualificationsThree years’ experience inclinical research with a strong background in recruitingparticipants and pulmonary assessments preferred.Certified MedicalAssistantPhlebotomy, experienceusing SAP, RedCap, OpenSpecimen. Research-relatedadministrative tasks:Design and maintaindatabases, internal tracking sheets and other organizational toolsto conduct current and future studies accurately and in compliancewith good research practice.Prepare Study relatedcharts, maintain and complete all pertinent documents according toprotocol.Maintain participantfollow-up tracking database; maintain records of study participantstatus by using an enrollment log (if available REDCap platformwill be the system to collect research data, to check data qualityand to track participant’s visits).Trackandassessqualityandcompletenessofdataentryandabstraction;immediatelyraisepotentialconcernswithprojectmanager/study PI.Schedule, organize andparticipate in weekly meetings of current research projects toreport progress and resolve problems, taking notes, minutes andpreparing agenda for next meetings.Assist the researchmanager/supervisor in tasks related to IRB submissions: change inresearch, completing progress reports, tracking of renewal dates,completing deviation and adverse event logs, writing draft of newforms/surveys.Review and assess new protocols for clarity,thoroughness, logistical feasibility, and subject safety. List andclarify concerns and questions about new protocols with PI and/orsponsor.Prepare for andparticipate in study audits. Correct errors in database whennecessary. Write responses to audit reports with input from thePrincipal Investigator.Prepare space for study-related equipment andsupplies in advance for study visits.Coordinate with clinicaltrial financial management staff to identify procedures, laboratorytests and protocol events that require invoicing to the Sponsor asdefined in the financial contract. Submit invoices tosponsor.Coordinate with Clinical Research Management toidentify research billing procedural billing costs and billingaccuracy for payment.General:May instruct introductorylevel clinical research personnel in these guidelines andpolicies. You need to sign in or create an account to save You need to sign in or create an account to save The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to apre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office at [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply depending on whichcampus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdfImportant legal informationhttp://hrnt.jhu.edu/legal.cfm Excellent organizationaland time management skills required. Facebook Maryland, United States Position requiresflexibility. Ability to work independently and manage multipletasks, detail oriented, self-motivated, strong interpersonalskills, ability to use personal computer; proficiency in MicrosoftWord and Excel; database and spreadsheetknowledge. Save Research Program Coordinator Johns HopkinsBayview Research Program Coordinator DecisionMaking:Carries out duties and responsibilities withlimited supervision, but asks for clarification when neededregarding data quality and integrity issues and promptly notifiessupervisors of any potential concerns regarding interactions withpatients.MinimumQualificationsBachelor’s degreeandsome relatedexperiencerequired.Additional education may substitute for requiredexperience and additional related experience may substitute forrequired education, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalencyformula:* JHU EquivalencyFormula:30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours)or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year ofexperience. Additional related experience may substitute for therequired education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency ispermitted, up to two years of non-related college course work maybe applied towards the total minimum education/experience requiredfor the respective job. *center_img Salary Not Specified Apply(This will open in a new window from which you will be automatically redirected to an external site after 5 seconds) Work independently as wellas part of a team under the direction of the Research ProgramManager to ensure successful completion of each clinical researchstudy.Serves as liaison between PI, research assistants,Lab Coordinator, sponsor and budget office & Office of ResearchAdministration at JHMI.Maintain detailed working knowledge of all assignedprotocols.Scope ofResponsibility:Knows the informal policies,procedures and practices necessary to conduct the normal functionof a specific section, unit, or work area. Is aware of the role ofthe position and its potential impact on the workingunit. Research Administration Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Research Program Coordinator Twitter Research Program Coordinator Share Communicationskillsusingthespokenword.Abilitytoseewithinnormalparameters.AbilitytohearwithinnormalrangeClassified Title:Research ProgramCoordinatorWorking Title: Research ProgramCoordinator ​​​​​Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/03/CD Starting Salary Range:$16.26 – $22.35/hr; Commensuratewith experienceEmployee group: Full Time Schedule: Monday-Friday; 8:30am-5:00pm, Up to 40 hrs/ weekExempt Status: Non-ExemptLocation: 33-MD:Johns Hopkins Bayview Department name: 10002817-SOM DOM Pulmonary Personnel area: School of MedicineThe successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject toa pre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply dependingon which campus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www.eeoc.gov/sites/default/files/migrated_files/employers/poster_screen_reader_optimized.pdf You need to sign in or create an account to save Save Research Program Coordinator Maryland, United States Johns Hopkins University GeneralSummary/PurposeUnder the directsupervision of the Principal Investigator or Research ProgramManager, this position will be responsible for the collection ofresearch data on participants who are diagnosed with ChronicObstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Chronic Bronchitis orEmphysema. The Research Program Coordinator (RPC) will beresponsible for participant recruitment, performing clinic visitswhich include administering questionnaires, spirometry, blooddraws, andotherbiologicalsample collection, data quality and abstraction of researchdata.Specific Duties& ResponsibilitiesRecruitment:Determine eligibility of potential participants usingEPIC and other electronic databases.Facilitate obtaininginformed consent via telephone and in-person settings. Beknowledgeable of thestudyprotocols, including inclusionand exclusion criteria, so that study activities are completedcorrectly and completely. Johns Hopkins University Maryland, United States More searches like this Administrative Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore SpecialKnowledge, Skills, and AbilitiesKnowledge of clinicalresearch practices and principles.Excellentverbalandwrittencommunication skills and interviewing techniquesrequired. LinkedInlast_img read more

Tencent, Sony, Square Enix invest in cloud gaming company Ubitus

first_imgMarie DealessandriAcademy WriterWednesday 17th March 2021Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCloud gaming tech company Ubitus has secured investment from Tencent, which led the funding round, Sony Innovation Fund by IGV, Square Enix and Actoz.The firm announced the investment on its website, but did not disclose the amount that was raised.However, Bloomberg talked to a source close to the matter and reported that “the investors put in about $45 million at a valuation of less than $400 million.”CEO of Ubitus Wesley Kuo commented: “We are very excited to have some of the most important players in the game industry as our strategic shareholders. Their investments represent a vote of confidence in our technology, our achievements, and our potential role in the rapidly growing cloud game market. “With our innovative technology and their resources, we shall help more partners roll out cloud game contents and services, and accelerate the industry’s transformation to the cloud.”Related JobsEnvironment Artists – New IP South East Creative AssemblyLead Sound Designer South East Creative AssemblyRemote Environment Artist Console Studio UK UK & Europe Big PlanetDiscover more jobs in games Ubitus launched in 2007 in Taiwan, and is now based in Japan. Back in 2013, Samsung led a $15 million investment in the company.Sony already owns a cloud gaming service in PlayStation Now, which was built upon the acquisition of Gaikai back in 2012, as well as the OnLive patents it purchased in 2015.We recently talked to companies in the game streaming space, who expressed optimism about the sector despite the closure of Stadia Games and Entertainment.last_img read more

Irish Prime Minister Re-Registers as Medical Practitioner So He Can Join the COVID-19 Response Team

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreCitizens and news outlets around the world are praising Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar for re-registering as a doctor with the national health service in order to offer an extra hand in fighting the novel coronavirus outbreaks.Prior to going into politics and being removed from the medical register in 2013, Varadkar reportedly spent seven years working as a junior doctor at St. James’s Hospital and Connolly Hospital in Dublin.Trained as a general practitioner, Varadkar rejoined the medical register in March so he could offer up his services to the country’s Health Service Executive once a week. According to Irish broadcaster RTE, part of the prime minister’s work will involve conducting phone assessments in order to free up the work load of hospital front line workers.RELATED: Doctor Left Crying After Officer Pulls Her Over For Speeding But Gives Her Face Masks Instead of a Ticket“Many of his family and friends are working in the health service. He wanted to help out even in a small way,” said a government spokesperson.Euronews goes on to say that Varadkar may be the first European Union leader to personally offer his assistance to medical workers fighting the COVID-19 outbreaks.This is just one of many positive stories and updates that are coming out of the COVID-19 news coverage this week. For more uplifting coverage on the outbreaks, click here.File photo by Annika Haas (EU2017EE), CCBe Sure And Share The Inspiring News With Your Friends On Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Medical

first_imgFAMILY MEMBER HEALTH CAREThe Army Health Clinic offers pediatric care for family members. The pediatric clinic provides exceptional care to the Presidio of Monterey pediatric population with primary pediatric care needs ranging from acute visits to well visits such as sport physicals, immunizations and overseas screenings. Questions or problems with the local TRICARE network should be directed to West-United Healthcare at 877-988-9378. They will provide additional assistance regarding complete program options, eligibility, benefits, claims and access to care.PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY ARMY PEDIATRIC MEDICAL HOME CLINICTelephone 831-242-4117Clinic hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Closed 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. the third Thursday of every month. Closed on federal holidays and selected training holidays.After hours, call the nurse advice line at 800-874-2273, option 1, for consultation and referrals if necessary.For emergencies, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital.PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY ARMY HEALTH CLINIC, ACTIVE-DUTY PRIMARY CARE SERVICE(for both DLI and NPS active-duty service members)Telephone 866-957-2256After hours, active-duty members may call the nurse advice line at 800-874-2273, option 1, for consultation and referrals if they believe they cannot wait until the clinic opens.For emergencies, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital.PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY DENTAL CLINIC(for POM active-duty service members)Telephone 831-242-5612/5613/5678Location: Presidio of Monterey Dental ClinicBuilding 423, Corporal Evans RoadMonterey, CA 93944NAVY MEDICAL ADMINISTRATIVE UNITActive-duty service members are required to enroll in TRICARE Prime and must fill out an enrollment application at the Presidio of Monterey Health Clinic (Defense Language Institute). Family members who need to enroll or change their location should go to www.tricare.mil.Questions or problems with the local TRICARE network should be directed to West-United Healthcare at 877-988-9378. They will provide additional assistance regarding complete program options, eligibility, benefits, claims and access to care.NAVAL BRANCH DENTAL CLINICThe Branch Dental Clinic Monterey is in Room 419 on the fourth floor of Herrmann Hall. The mission of the dental clinic is to provide dental care and administrative support to ensure tenant commands achieve and maintain the highest state of operational dental readiness. Its goal is to provide services to the Naval Postgraduate School, Fleet Numerical and CSD with the very best, prompt, courteous, professional and personalized health care possible. Call 831-656-2477 for more information.VETERINARY CLINICBuilding 4380, Ord Military CommunityTelephone 831-242-7718Hours: 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday and 1:30 to 3 p.m. for over-the-counter sales.The veterinary clinic offers a wide variety of supplies for all sizes of animals all at significant savings when compared with local outlets. Basic veterinary care is available by appointment.Do your best friend a favor and bring your pets into the veterinary clinic for their vaccinations and microchips. Not only will they be healthy, but they will be identified and returned to you if they are ever lost. The Presidio of Monterey Veterinary Treatment Facility, on Parker Flats Cutoff on Ord Military Community, offers appointments to active-duty military personnel, retirees, and reserve and National Guard components on active-duty status.Services provided through the Presidio veterinary clinic include heartworm testing and prevention, feline leukemia and feline AIDS testing, stool examination, microchip IDs, immunization, diagnostic blood work, flea-free certificates, health certificates for travel and child development centers, minor sick calls and over-the-counter product sales. Call to confirm services offered.Pursuant to POM Policy Letter 40-3, all pets in government housing need to be registered with the veterinary clinic. To establish a pet record, stop by the clinic prior to making an appointment. Pets must be on a leash or in a carrier. Children 12 years old and younger are not permitted in the vet clinic.last_img read more

Vermont AG opens investigation of Volkswagen, 2,900 vehicles in Vermont

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Attorney General William Sorrell has opened an investigation into the disclosure by Volkswagen that some of its diesel vehicles carried software designed to produce false emissions test results – violating clear air regulations and deceiving consumers. Attorney General Sorrell said that, “Volkswagen should be held accountable for any evasion of environmental laws and emissions standards, deception of consumers, and violation of the public trust.”The AG’s office is working with the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources and also collaborating with other attorneys general in the investigation.RELATED: Vermonters sue Volkswagen over emissions testing deceit“Circumventing vehicle emission controls is a serious charge,” said Agency of Natural Resources Secretary Deb Markowitz. “VW has compromised Vermonters’ health by increasing pollutants that can aggravate respiratory conditions like asthma, and threatened our crops and forests.”Nearly 2,900 VW and Audi A3 diesel vehicles for the relevant model years are currently registered in Vermont. For a list of affected models and model years, as well as information for owners of affected vehicles, check the EPA website(link is external). Any persons who have concerns about their diesel vehicles should contact the Vermont Consumer Assistance Program at 802-656-3183, 1-800-649-2424, or file a complaint(link is external)electronically.Vermont Attorney General: Sept 24, 2015last_img read more

Fifth Minority Mentoring Picnic set for November

first_img September 1, 2008 Regular News Fifth Minority Mentoring Picnic set for November Fifth Minority Mentoring Picnic set for November Mark your calendars for November 1 and join more than 1,500 lawyers, judges, minority law school students, guests, and family members for the Fifth Minority Mentoring Picnic in Hialeah. Held at the Amelia Earhart Park, 401 E. 65th Street, close to Miami International Airport, the picnic’s purpose is to match minority law students with mentors. Students wear “Need Mentor” stickers and lawyers sport “Need Mentee” stickers to help find each other, while rubbing elbows with Supreme Court justices, Bar Bar leaders, and other legal luminaries. The picnic begins at noon and lasts until 4 p.m. The tradition continues as students are expected to arrive from all Florida law schools and leave with one or two mentors they can call on for inspiration and guidance. Picnic organizer John Kozyak, a Miami lawyer, helps introduce students to mentors and follows up with students after the picnic is over. Come hungry, as the picnic features an international feast, including Jamaican jerk chicken, Cuban paella and arroz con pollo, Haitian curry goat, and plenty of barbecue, burgers, and hot dogs. “This is a real family event and children love the activities,” Kozyak said, where the fun includes rock-climbing, volleyball, and kayaking. A large number of voluntary bar associations are participating. The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division, Association of Corporate Counsel, Greenberg Traurig, Bilzin Sumberg, Florida Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company, and Kozyak Tropin & Thorckmorton are among the platinium sponsors. For directions to Amelia Earhart Park, to RSVP, and to see photos from past picnics, go to http://www.kttlaw.com/picnic. If you have specific questions, e-mail Kozyak at [email protected] or call him at 305-377-0654. (Park admission is $5 per car and car-pooling is strongly encouraged.)last_img read more

Lawyer Regulation Under Review

first_img‘Our primary job is to regulate lawyer behavior’ Senior Editor Incoming Bar President Scott Hawkins has announced the formation of a commission to study the Bar’s regulation of lawyer conduct, with an eye on the growing number of Bar members and recent high-profile instances of lawyer misconduct.Hawkins announced the commission at the Board of Governors May 27 meeting, and the board gave its unanimous approval to the proposal.He said a review was timely both because of the rapid growth in Bar membership and of new challenges faced by the grievance system.“In launching this commission, my goal is. . . to make sure we are — keeping with our regulatory obligations — as vigilant and able as we can be to help regulate over 100,000 lawyers, which soon will be our number. It won’t take long to get there,” Hawkins said.He also said the Bar has faced novel issues, such as the giant Ponzi scheme run by former Ft. Lauderdale attorney Scott Rothstein and the alleged involvement of attorneys in robosigning and other paperwork difficulties associated with the ongoing home foreclosure crisis.“We have big issues to think about, not the least of which is: How do we handle the mass fraud problem such as [former President] Jesse [Diner] had to wrestle with in the Rothstein debacle in the fall of 2009? How do we deal with mass issues such as the robosigning problems with foreclosures?” Hawkins said. “Are there things we should be thinking about differently or more broadly in regard to regulating lawyer misconduct?”The commission’s membership will include both board and nonboard members, he said, and may have three co-chairs and three vice chairs. As chairs, Hawkins said he’s considering board member Eugene Pettis, former Bar President Miles McGrane, and Naples trial attorney Ed Cheffy. As co-chairs, he’s looking at outgoing Young Lawyers Division President Reneé Thompson, outgoing board member Jake Schickel, and board member Greg Coleman. Other likely members include board members Brian Burgoon, Laird Lile, and Dennis Kainen.In remarks prefacing his announcement of the commission, Hawkins said, “We often lose sight of the fact we were formed as a regulatory body; we were formed to regulate lawyer behavior. When the Supreme Court created us [The Florida Bar] in 1950. . . we were charged with that job.“By virtue of our funding [from mandatory membership fees], as opposed to private voluntary contributions, there are restrictions on what we can do,” he added. “You need to remember when you have opportunities to share what we do. . . that we are not a political body; we are a regulatory body. Our primary job is to regulate lawyer behavior. Over half of our budget is devoted to that.”The Bar does have other missions and duties, including the promotion of the efficient administration of justice, he said.“But, please remember, we have restrictions on how we can spend money,” Hawkins said. “We are not partisan. We are a regulatory body. It’s helpful to remind people about that when they ask where The Florida Bar is on a particular issue.” Lawyer Regulation Under Review July 1, 2011 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular Newscenter_img Lawyer Regulation Under Reviewlast_img read more