One in 10 children face elevated risk of abuse due to gender nonconformity

first_img Read Full Story Children in the U.S. whose activity choices, interests, and pretend play before age 11 fall outside those typically expressed by their biological sex face increased risk of being physically, psychologically, and sexually abused, and of suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by early adulthood, according to a new study led by researchers at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). It is the first study to use a population-based sample to look at gender nonconformity as a risk factor for abuse.The study was published online February 20, 2012 and will appear in the March 2012 print issue of Pediatrics.“The abuse we examined was mostly perpetrated by parents or other adults in the home. Parents need to be aware that discrimination against gender nonconformity affects one in ten kids, affects kids at a very young age, and has lasting impacts on health,” said lead author Andrea Roberts, a research associate in the Department of Society, Human Development, and Health at HSPH.PTSD has been linked to risky behavior such as engaging in unprotected sex, and also to physical symptoms such as cardiovascular problems and chronic pain.The researchers, led by Roberts and senior author S. Bryn Austin, associate professor in the Department of Society, Human Development, and Health at HSPH, and in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Children’s Hospital Boston, examined questionnaire data gathered from nearly 9,000 young adults (average age 23) who enrolled in the longitudinal Growing Up Today study in 1996.last_img read more

Fake accounts gain traction as they praise China, mock US

first_imgNew research finds that a pro-China social media network operating fake and impostor accounts reached the social media feeds of politicians from China and Venezuela. The politicians then retweeted posts from the fake accounts to millions of their followers. The network was uncovered by the social media analysis firm Graphika. It found a global audience on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter to mock the U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic as well as the deadly riot in Washington that left five dead. The network’s messaging aligns closely with posts and comments made by Chinese state officials. But it is unclear who is behind the fake accounts.last_img read more

Campus Ministry looks to embrace Notre Dame community

first_imgCampus Ministry seeks to nurture the faith development of both Catholic and non-Catholic students in their time at Notre Dame.“It is our hope that a student does not go through Notre Dame without encountering the work campus ministry,” Campus Ministry communications director, Danielle Collins, said.Campus Ministry has a hand in nearly every Catholic aspect of Notre Dame: pilgrimages and retreats, masses at both the Basilica and residence hall chapels, sacramental preparation, evangelization,multicultural ministry and outreach, various faith-sharing groups and the Anchor leadership program, Collins said. For Kayla August, the assistant director of evangelization and head of Compass Freshman Fellowship, Campus Ministry provides an opportunity to take part in people’s faith formation at a turning point in their lives.“College is when people for the first time are taking on their faith journey for themselves,” August said. “No parents are making them go to church, no one’s checking up on them and they’re deciding who God is and how he plays a part in their lives for them and not for someone else. I love that time in life, and I wanted to be there and a part of students as they grow and cultivate that.”As director of evangelization, August said she works with interfaith and interdenominational organizations in addition to general outreach among Catholic students and accompanying them on their faith journeys. Compass Freshmen Fellowship is one of Campus Ministry’s main initiatives to guide students in their faith formation through small group discussion and reflection, she said.“They get to talk about God and where he’s moving in their lives in this new environment and new campus, not only where he is now but where they’re going, how he’s playing a role in where they’re developing,” August said.Compass is one of Campus Ministry’s most popular programs, drawing over 200 students each year, Emily Greentree, a senior interning with Compass, said. Compass’s value comes from the support system it builds for freshmen entering a new, hectic environment, Greentree said.“It was nice to have a space every week in which I could reflect on where God was in all of it,” Greentree said. “It helped me focus, thinking, ‘what am I really enjoying about Notre Dame, what do I want to be, and what am I just doing because I feel like I have to do it,’ and having God play a part in how I decided to do things freshmen year.”Christian SantaMaria, assistant director of pilgrimages and retreats, said Campus Ministry’s role in students’ discernment of the role of faith in their lives was a major draw for his choosing to work in college ministry.“How does that spiritual life form over four years through retreats: what are the questions when you first arrive here, what are the questions in the middle, what are the questions as you’re starting to leave, and how do we address them in places that invite people to authenticity, to being vulnerable, to being courageous, to take some risk, to actually dream big enough not just for our own dreams but big enough so that maybe God’s dreams can be recognized as well?” SantaMaria said.In addition to the existing freshmen, multicultural, silent and senior retreats, Campus Ministry is adding a retreat for sophomores through seniors in the spring and a “busy student” retreat during Lent. The busy student retreat will provide an opportunity for students who cannot take a full weekend away from campus to get the reflection and self-discovery of a retreat through both private and communal prayer and spiritual direction.“ … It’s a chance for us to intentionally take a time out to consider what needs to be replenished and to enter back a little more rested and nourished than we were before,” SantaMaria said.SantaMaria said Campus Ministry runs three pilgrimages each semester, all of which are geared toward undergraduates and take 30 to 50 students. Pilgrimages, SantaMaria said, provide participants with a unique opportunity to encounter God in real life and learn to accept his role however he presents himself.“That’s what we’re inviting people on pilgrimage to do,” SantaMaria said.This year, the spring retreats focus on the spirituality of justice and how justice is not just an action but a form of prayer. Students will travel to El Salvador in the footsteps of Fr. Oscar Romero, who was martyred during the civil war there, to Taize, France, where they will learn about the power of prayer and to New Orleans to explore the intersection of race, culture, and Catholicism. These pilgrimages seek to bring students closer to their own spiritual realities, SantaMaria  said.“In what ways are we challenged to stand up for the poor, in what ways are we reluctant to do so, in what ways does the spirituality of justice invite us to the gritty reality of the world, and how do we avoid that?” SantaMaria said. “All of these answers are often difficult or challenging, yet we open ourselves to receive them and what comes up in us when we ask these questions.SantaMaria said Campus Ministry serves as a place where students can come to understand their faith and questions about that faith in an environment of love and acceptance.“My invitation is to the students who have questions,” SantaMaria said. “This isn’t a place where everyone’s faith is figured out. We’re all trying to recognize how love invites us deeper, and we’re all trying to figure out how we say yes. That’s the journey we’re on here: recognizing love’s invitation to be authentic and trying to find ways in our own lives that authentically say yes to that.”Campus Ministry, August said, is where the Notre Dame family is fully experienced and brought to fruition. She said she witnessed that firsthand when she moved to South Bend from New Orleans in the summer of 2016.“We talk about Notre Dame hospitality and the Notre Dame family, and I can honestly say, being Campus Ministry here and coming from far away, that those are actualities. They’re not just concepts. I feel that this staff and this community is a family that supports me.”Tags: Busy persons retreat, Campus Ministry, Pilgrimagelast_img read more

Saint Mary’s revives SMC-TV news program

first_imgAnn Curtis Students in the Saint Mary’s SMC-TV production course record two news programs throughout the semester. Professor Tim Richardson brought back this program in his first time teaching the course this semester.The class meets once a week, and in this time, Richardson said he and the students prepare to make the latest SMC-TV production.“We talk about topic ideas — what’s going on, what’s coming up — and we assign stories to each student,” he said. “There’s only six students in the class right now. It’s a class that can hold up to 10. One of the challenges has been having a small number of people putting together a show. Each one was responsible for making a minute-and-a-half news package, whether that was a feature story or it should be about sports. We basically wanted to look at news, sports and entertainment. We can include features and interviews highlighting students or other things of interest. Then we had the news anchors do the show to pull it all together.”It is this emphasis on student involvement that senior Kendall Wood loves about SMC-TV, she said in an email. Wood said the production is based on student interests in order to give the show reliability.“SMC-TV portrays the news by what will appeal to students, deciphered by students,” Wood said. “We do not necessarily talk about weather, or crime like a regular news channel, but we are timely with our topics — only including what is most recent. We include news of current events happening around the tri-campus area, religious traditions in our community, important sports status and even helpful segments like studying tips.”Wood said she wants SMC-TV to be a trustworthy source of information for students that will bring the community closer together.“I hope the program impacts the viewers to be knowledgeable of what’s happening around them that they may not be aware of,” Wood said. “I also hope the program brings people together by talking about news or just to simply watch it or be a regular program my peers enjoy watching.”Sophomore Libbey Tierney said she wishes for students to watch the program and gain knowledge on local events.“I think students should watch SMC-TV so maybe we can possibly grow popular, and we could do it more regularly instead of just for midterms or finals,” Tierney said. “I hope that it gives them a new outlook on things that they have already seen.”Richardson said he hopes students from the community learn from the program, as well as those involved in its creation.“Hopefully they are able to use their communications skills to cross over from communication to communications with an S, which involves more of media and video production,” Richardson said. “I always believe the best way to learn something is by doing it, so we try to dive in and hopefully they’re learning a lot by doing.”Tags: Kendall Wood, Libbey Tierney, news broadcast, SMC-TV, Tim Richardson Saint Mary’s communications studies students recently revived the production of an online news program called SMC-TV. SMC-TV is produced by the students in the practicum/production SMC-TV lab course. The course’s professor, Tim Richardson, said the program provides time to make two YouTube broadcast episodes each semester.“The challenge to it is that, over a month, students are putting together story ideas and researching, getting those interviews and getting the stories, and by the time we record it and put it on air, trying to make sure those stories are still somewhat fresh,” Richardson said.last_img read more

Mold and Mildew

first_imgMildew and musty odors sometimes develop during periods of damp weather. Controlling them can be as easy as buying a dehumidifier or placing a moisture barrier under the home.Mildew usually begins to grow when relative humidity remains at 60 percent and the temperature is 60 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Typically, mildew appears on the surfaces of bathroom tile, or leather or plastic goods stored in closets. Musty odors are often associated with clothes chests, closets, upholstered furniture or carpets. Removal of accessible surface deposits of mildew may clear up the odor. Some deodorizers assist in reducing musty odors in furniture and carpet material.The type of solution recommended to remove mildew completely depends on the particular surface. Solutions containing household bleach should be used with extreme caution. Spillage or spatter could result in bleached spots on carpet or upholstery. Mildew can return when the level of dampness again approaches 60 percent relative humidity or higher, and homemakers often find themselves in a never-ending cycle of cleaning mildewed surfaces.In some cases, the solution to an excess moisture problem can be as simple as purchasing a dehumidifier. In other cases the solution is much more complicated. If a moisture barrier was not placed under the home during construction, homeowners can add one simply by rolling out plastic on the ground beneath the home. Continued problems with excess moisture can lead to structural damage. To combat mildew in the home, follow the advice in University of Georgia Extension publications Circular 1047-1 and Circular 1074-2.last_img read more

Burlington’s CEDO marks 25th anniversary

first_imgA new booklet, “How Burlington Became an Award Winning City: An Historical Summary of Burlington’s Economic Development Efforts with a Vision for the Future 1983-2008 ” is a chronicle of major economic development efforts in the City, highlighting a handful of particular programs and projects as well as some of the many awards that have been received. Included are sections containing Five-Year Goals, Priorities and Lessons Learned over 25 years.On Line version:http://www.cedoburlington.org/business/25%20years%20final%20book.pdf(link is external)”Burlington’s many accolades and successes have resulted from active City government, an engaged citizenry, and committed local businesses, non-profits and other organizations,” said Mayor Bob Kiss. “CEDO’s role in supporting and leading the City’s economic and community development efforts has been vital and this publication recognizes their 25 years of work for the people of Burlington. If Burlington did not have a CEDO office today, we would all be demanding that one be created.”This year marks the 25th anniversary since Mayor Bernie Sanders created CEDO, Burlington’s Community & Economic Development Once. The newly established once had an unusually broad mission: to foster economic vitality; preserve and enhance neighborhoods, quality of life and the environment; and promote equity and opportunity for all of Burlington’s residents. Over the past 25 years, CEDO has worked diligently towards those goals; accomplishing much, suffering some setbacks, and receiving quite a few accolades along the way. In fact, in the *eld of community and economic development, CEDO is often cited as a model of how an engaged municipal government can play an active role in helping create and maintain a livable city and foster a healthy and vibrant local economy. In recent years, it has been repeatedly suggested that CEDO write its story’ to be used as a teaching aid and promotional tool, as well as a guide for other city governments.In support of its mission, CEDO works in partnership with citizens, the public and private sector, and other city departments to strengthen the quality of life in Burlington’s neighborhoods, pre-serve and develop decent, safe, and affordable housing opportunities; maintain and improve the vitality of Downtown, the Pine Street area and neighborhood business districts; encourage a thriving small business sector; foster job growth and employment opportunities; increase civic engagement and citizen participation; support the delivery of human services; and revitalize Burlington’s waterfront. CEDO has developed an extensive reach into the community and has partnered with most of the non-pro*t organizations operating in the City. CEDO is funded through federal and State grants, and through the Housing Trust Fund.CEDO’s Economic Development Division distributes an international, award winning Guide to Doing Business in Burlington along with the Chittenden County Resource Guide; maintains an available commercial space database; and provides free individualized technical, *nancial, and location assistance. CEDO is Burlington’s hub for information and assistance for all things business. Whether it is assistance with the permitting process, forms to *le, gap *nancing, assessing the region’s resources, or simply a desire to discuss a business plan, CEDO is here to help.The booklet, How Burlington Became an Award Winning City: An Historical Summary of Burlington’s Economic Development Efforts with a Vision for the Future, 1983-2008, is available, free of charge, at the CEDO office in City Hall.last_img read more

Google signs its first renewable energy power purchase agreement in Asia

first_imgGoogle signs its first renewable energy power purchase agreement in Asia FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Tech Crunch:Google has launched its first clean energy project in Asia. The company announced today that it struck a long-term agreement to buy the output of a 10-megawatt solar array in Tainan City, Taiwan, about 100 km south of its data center in the country. Google already has solar and wind projects across North and South America, as well as Europe.The agreement is a collaboration between Google, several Taiwanese energy companies, and the country’s government, which recently revised Taiwan’s Electricity Act to enable non-utility companies to purchase renewable energy directly. The revisions are part of Taiwan’s new energy policy, aimed at phasing out nuclear energy by 2025 and increasing the share of electricity generated from renewable sources to 20 percent.Google is the first corporate power buyers to take advantage of the revised law. Its development partners are Diode Ventures, Taiyen Green Energy, J&V Energy, and New Green Power.The solar array will be connected to the same regional power grid at Google’s Chuanghua County data center, one of two in Asia (the other is in Singapore). The poles supporting the solar panels will be mounted into commercial fishing ponds, an arrangement that Marsden Hanna, Google’s senior lead of energy and infrastructure, said in a blog post will maximize land-use efficiency and respect the local ecology because “fish and solar panels can coexist peacefully.” Fishing pond owners will also be compensated for hosting the panels.The agreement means Google will get a long-term, fixed electricity price for its operations in Taiwan.More: Google launches clean energy project in Taiwan, its first in Asialast_img read more

Bent Creek and Dupont Singletrack Closed: Stay Off The Trails

first_img What’s one ride going to hurt?I spoke with Jeff Keener, head of the Pisgah Area SORBA to get his input on riding muddy trails, “Once you get two to three inches of mud, it’s a hell of a lot of work to repair,” says Keener. “What most people don’t realize that it takes hundreds of man-hours and volunteers to fix the damage.”It goes without saying, but when Keener and his team are working to fix these trails, they aren’t riding. This means you won’t be riding either. Why? Because the same conditions that are perfect for riding are perfect for trail maintenance.So lets weigh the pros and cons here. Squeeze in a ride when it’s crappy and have the trail closed during the good weather for repair? Or would you rather sit out the rain and ride when it’s beautiful outside?According to Keener, some of the trails in Bent Creek are in the worst condition he’s seen in over a decade. “I could not believe the number of people that were riding. It was packed,” says Keener. “This is the first time in don’t know how many years that it’s been closed.”Give Back To Your TrailsThe easiest and best thing you can do is to stick to the gravel when it’s wet and muddy. Want to get involved and help improve your local trails? Then get out and volunteer! Look up your local SORBA group to spend some quality time in the woods, meet some great folks, and help maintain the singletrack you love.See you on the trails (when it’s dry).Justin Forrest is an outdoor writer, fly fishing addict, and co-founder of Narrative North—based in Asheville, N.C. He posts pictures of cats and fishing on Instagram sometimes. Due to the excessive amount of rain in WNC, Bent Creek Experimental Forest and Dupont State Forest are closing singletrack trails until Friday, June 1, to prevent further damage.Both forests are keeping gravel roads/forest roads open, but encourage users to be careful due to slippery conditions. Cars are encouraged to take it easy on forest roads to prevent ruts from developing.In a press release issued by the Pisgah Ranger District, “We’ve had some pretty bad soil erosion so far and we need the public’s help to protect these trails by staying off them when they’re this vulnerable to damage,” said District Ranger Dave Casey. He added, “It will take a few days for the trails to dry out and stabilize before they can handle the number of visitors we usually see in Bent Creek.”  The N.C. Forest Service issued a similar release on Tuesday, May 29, stating that “Saturated trail surfaces will be muddy and foot traffic, bicycles, and equestrian users will cause erosion issues and the trails to become rutted. There will be temporary closures of all DSRF singletrack trails.”Other forests in the area are suffering from the above average rainfall as well. Trail systems across Georgia and South Carolina are closing due to the wet and muddy conditions. The Green River Games has organized a trail restoration weekend in the Green River Gamelands, just outside of Saluda, N.C. They haven’t seen weather like this in over a hundred years, with mudslides completely decimating some of the trails.But I came to send it on some epic downhill bro!Whether you live here full time or are traveling here to ride, stay off the singletrack when it’s wet and muddy. We’re fortunate to have amazing volunteer groups who maintain our trails, but this only makes their work harder. Selfishness for one muddy session can ruin trails for countless others. If you see someone heading out into closed trails, contact an official. They will be happy to teach them a thing or two.If you’re caught on closed trails, you will get a hefty fine, which could’ve gone towards some new components or a new bike. That’d put a pretty huge damper on future riding. To report issues or trail misuse at Dupont State Recreational Forest, contact them at (828) 877-6527. For Bent Creek, Contact the Pisgah Ranger District at (828) 877-3265.last_img read more

Panel rules on various questions of judicial ethics

first_imgAnswering a series of questions about charitable and community service, the committee held: • A judge may help decorate a hall where a fundraising event is to be held. • A judge may assist in setting the value of items to be auctioned at a fundraising event. • A judge may donate items to be auctioned, but the source of the donation should not be noted by the organization. • A judge may not participate as a featured speaker at a fundraising roast of a prominent local figure. • A judge may serve as an officer, including president, of Rotary International and attend all functions of Rotary, but “hand the gavel” to another officer if and when fundraising is the subject of discussion. The judge may also participate in planning fundraising events, but may not actually preside over any fundraising event. • A judge may not, in an effort to assist a nonprofit organization in its fundraising, auction off dinner and drinks for 12 in the judge’s home. And if the judge’s spouse chooses to hold such an event in the home of the judge, the judge may not be present. • A judge who lives in a historical home may not allow charitable organizations to use the home for fundraising purposes, and if the judge’s spouse decides to allow charitable organizations to use the judge’s home for fundraising events, the judge must vacate the home during the event. Bar Gifts A judge who has been assigned to a satellite courthouse in the judge’s county for a number of years, and is due to be reassigned to the main courthouse, may accept a gift from the bar association in appreciation of years spent presiding at the satellite courthouse. Opinion Number: 2001-10. Panel rules on various questions of judicial ethics The JEAC said while the Code of Judicial Conduct does not directly apply to law clerks, it requires that a judge “shall require staff, court officials, and others subject to the judge’s discretion and control to observe the standards of fidelity and diligence that apply to the judge. . . . ” Thus, the committee holds that the code applies indirectly to law clerks. In Opinion 74-17, the committee stated that a judge may not be a director of the local legal aid society because such service would tend to convey an appearance of partiality by the judge toward the attorneys of that organization. In Opinion 86-16, the committee somewhat modified its stance with regard to a judge’s service as a director of a legal aid society. The committee stated: “[I]f the Legal Aid Society engages in litigation directly or represents impoverished people through the use of staff counsel,. . . continued service on the Board would be prohibited by [former] Canon 5B(1). On the other hand, if the Legal Aid Society acts only as an administrative body to assign cases to lawyers on a pro bono basis, and does not make policy decisions of political significance or that may imply commitment to causes that may come before the courts for adjudication, that [former] Canon 5B(1) would not preclude. . . continued service as a trustee.” The JEAC said it recognizes that Florida Legal Services may not be directly analogous to a legal aid society, nevertheless, the statement of the committee in Opinion 86-16 should be followed in the present inquiry. “Therefore, so long as Florida Legal Services does not engage directly in litigation or represent impoverished people, the service covered by the present inquiry would be permitted for the law clerk,” the committee said. The Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee is expressly charged with rendering advisory opinions interpreting the application of the Code of Judicial Conduct to specific circumstances confronting or affecting a judge or judicial candidate. Its opinions are advisory, and conduct that is consistent with an opinion may be evidence of good faith on the part of the judge, but the Judicial Qualifications Commission is not bound by the committee’s interpretive opinions. The full text of the opinions is available on the Supreme Court’s website at www.flcourts.org. Once there, click on the “Judges’ Page” link. The inquiring judge owns a one-sixth interest in a lakeside trailer that is used as a fish camp. The other owners include the newly elected state attorney. The trailer is owned free and clear and is located on property leased for 99 years. The lease rent has been paid in full. The inquiring judge has not used the trailer in five years. He and the newly elected state attorney last fished together six years ago. The JEAC said Canon 3E governs disqualification of judges and specifies: “A judge shall disqualify himself or herself in a proceeding in which the judge’s impartiality might reasonably be questioned. . . ” “The issue here is similar to that presented in Opinion 01-05,” the panel said. “There, the opinion recognized that the elected public official, the public defender, is not only in charge of all assistant public defenders, but is also the attorney of record in cases where the public defender is assigned. The same rationale applies in this case.” Therefore, the inquiring judge is disqualified by the terms of Canon 3E from hearing any cases that involve the state attorney and his assistants, the panel said. The committee also said Canon 5D requires a judge to regulate his extrajudicial financial activities so as to minimize the risk of conflict with judicial duties. That canon specifies in §5D(1)(2) and (4): • A judge shall not engage in financial and business dealings that (a) may reasonably be perceived to exploit the judge’s judicial position, or (b) involve the judge in frequent transactions or continuing business relationships with those lawyers or other persons likely to come before the court on which the judge serves.” • A judge may, subject to the requirements of this code, hold and manage investments of the judge and members of the judge’s family, including real estate, and engage in other remunerative activity. • A judge shall manage the judge’s investments and other financial interests to minimize the number of cases in which the judge is disqualified. As soon as the judge can do so without serious financial detriment, the judge shall divest himself or herself of investments and other financial interests that might require frequent disqualification. “In this case, as in Opinion 97-33, the inquiring judge is cautioned that if he is unable to minimize the number of cases in which he is disqualified as a result of joint ownership of this property with the state attorney, the judge must divest himself of the property as soon as can be done without serious financial detriment,” the panel said. Law Clerks An appellate court judge may allow her law clerk to serve on the board of directors of Florida Legal Services. Opinion Number: 2001-12. The JEAC also said there is no reason to advise all counsel and litigants that his wife’s company is reporting the trials over which he presides, because the judge will not be called upon to review the validity of his spouse’s work product since his wife will not personally report any of the cases assigned to the inquiring judge. Charitable and Civic Work A recently elected county judge, who before his election was very involved in charitable and community organizations and events, sought answers to numerous questions concerning the propriety of continuing involvement in those efforts. Opinion Number: 2001-09. The inquiring judge presides over a mental health court and has been requested by a private publisher that specializes in professional reference publications to serve on the board of advisors and contributors for a new publication dedicated to the criminal justice system and the mentally ill. The publisher anticipates that the advisors will provide input and feedback on articles published. The board members will receive no compensation, and the publication will include no advertisements or sponsors. The committee said the activity is permissible under both Canon 4 and Canon 5, and numerous prior opinions have allowed judges to participate in the authorship of publications related to the practice of law and improvement of the legal system. Those opinions, the JEAC said, rely primarily on Canon 4B: “A judge may speak, write, lecture, teach, and participate in other quasi-judicial activities concerning the law, the legal system, and the administration of justice, subject to the requirements of this code.” Court Reporter A judge may preside over cases where the court reporter is an employee of a court reporting service owned by the judge’s wife, so long as the judge isolates himself from the decision leading to the wife’s employment as the contract court reporter. Opinion Number: 2001-08. Although Canon 5 of the Florida Code of Judicial Conduct has a general prohibition concerning acceptance of gifts by a judge, the Canon also has a number of exceptions. The committee said a judge is not precluded from accepting a gift incident to a public testimonial, and a judge is also not precluded from accepting any other gift if “the donor is not a party or other person who has come or is likely to come or whose interests have come or are likely to come before the judge.” The committee said judges and court employees may not, however, accept gifts from individual lawyers, vendors, or other third parties when the interests of the donors of such gifts are likely to come before the court. “In the present inquiry, the gift would be from the bar association as an entity, and not from individual lawyers, clients, or others whose interests could potentially come before the judge,” the JEAC said, noting, however, such a gift must be reported pursuant to Canon 5D(5)(h). Shared Property An administrative judge in the county criminal division, who jointly owns with the elected state attorney and four others a lakeside trailer used for fishing trips, must disqualify himself from all cases involving the state attorney’s office. Opinion Number: 2001-11. Panel rules on various questions of judicial ethics Mark D. Killian Managing Editor Judges may serve as advisors to legal publications, accept gifts of appreciation from local bars and help decorate a hall for a fundraising event, but they can’t jointly hold property with a state attorney and also hear cases from his office or be the featured speaker at a fundraising roast, according to the Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee. The JEAC also recently held that a judge may allow her clerk to serve on the board of Florida Legal Services, but has to get out of the house if his spouse throws a fundraising event at their home. A judge may also preside over cases in which his wife’s court reporting service is assigned. Publication Advisor A judge with specialized knowledge may serve on the board of advisors for a professional reference publication dedicated to the criminal justice system and the mentally ill. Opinion Number: 2001-07. July 1, 2001 Managing Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

2020 Learning: Wherever, whenever and on the device you prefer

first_imgHave you seen the YouTube video of the baby using its pudgy little fingers to try to expand the pages of a magazine, as if it were an iPad? (If not, watch it here.)This very young person’s expectations for how things work—and for how content will be provided to her—are different from what many of us expected at the same age.Think about the fact that she could be a future credit union leader. And consider what that means about how we’ll need to help her learn.With the wave of upcoming retirements in our industry already breaking on the shore (read my January CU Insight column about this, Readying the Next Wave of CEOs), CUES has been working to meet the next generation of credit union leaders where they want to be with professional development—giving them the choice to learn where and when they want, and through the device they want to use, while still getting the highest quality education.Enter CUES Elite Access. Introduced last year, the offering leverages the remote education delivery system and the top-notch professors of Cornell University, our long-time partner in offering CEO Institute II: Organizational Effectiveness.This year’s CUES Elite Access courses—Strategic HR Leadership, Leadership Brand and Shadow and Women Who Lead—will begin in May. Participants can access the program from their office desktop machine, from a laptop on a plane or from their smartphones on the beach.Importantly CUES Elite Access is much more than a series of webinars. It enables two-way exchanges with the professor, opportunities to connect with other participants, and individual and group project work. A participant in last year’s Leadership Brand and Shadow found the course’s executive coaching sessions especially notable.“The customization of one-on-one attention from the coach was a vital component, and that’s something that’s not available through any other online course or webinar,” said Melissa Christian, member solutions manager for $579 million Corporate America Family Credit Union, Elgin, Ill.For those of you sponsoring the younger set’s desire to learn, CUES Elite Access offers some real perks. Hotel rates are going up, but this program doesn’t require travel and overnight stays. And that also means less time away from other duties at the credit union.While I’m at CUES Symposium: A CEO/Chairman Exchange this week, I’m expecting an orange student desk chair (the one that’s illustrating this story) to appear here and there—in a conference room, at dinner, maybe even at the beach. The chair, which you’ll also see in our ads for CUES Elite Access, represents the idea that this offering lets people learn where and when they want—whether that’s on their commutes, at their kids’ soccer games or sitting by the ocean.Interested in learning more about this move toward 2020 education? Read “Compare Your ‘Leadership Brand’ to Your CU’s Culture” and “Tool Helps Leaders Make Career Decisions” on the CUES Skybox blog. 34SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Charles Fagan Charles E. “Chuck” Fagan, III is President and CEO of PSCU, a credit union service organization that leverages the cooperative model to better serve credit unions and their members through … Web: www.pscu.com Detailslast_img read more