It’s getting real – Tobin and I leave in ten days for the Islands. My basement apartment consists of piles of snacks, mounds of gear and a mishmash of sailing books and swimsuits. As I walk from around my pile surveying the stuff strewn about in a bewildered state, questions swirl in my brain.What should I bring along to keep Tobin occupied when the wind is too strong to sail? Should I bring a lock to secure our dinghy from real pirates? I keep wondering if I have everything we’ll need and then start panicking that I don’t really even know what everything consists of, sending me on buying sprees.How will I keep all this shit organized so that the other two crew members don’t mutiny? There’s not much space on a mono-haul 35-footer. Another blogger put it best, “the hull is the sort which the United Nations would probably condemn as unfit for human habitation.” No need to add puzzle pieces and Lego bits to further clutter the tight space.Someone told me, “we pack our fears.” It’s true – solar-powered lanterns, back-up bug spray, redundant clothing (we’ll be wearing bikinis, hats, and sunglasses most of the time), GPS devices, and emergency blankets. By this point, I’m hemorrhaging money and faced with the constraint of limited packing space. Then it dawns on me that all this stuff is a misplaced effort to make up for my lack of skill behind the helm. I’ve come face-to-face with my fear that I don’t have enough sailing experience to be in charge.Sure I want to be prepared, but if I pack to deal with every bad situation my creative mind conjures, we’ll never leave the dock. While tempting to confuse more stuff with a better journey, I realize that comfort isn’t a commodity. Even if it were possible, I wouldn’t want to banish the lows because that’s all part of the adventure and makes for the best stories.I’m devoting the rest of this rainy day to a proper shake down, preparing for the inevitable (lots of sun exposure and bouts of seasickness) and trust that I’ll be able to handle whatever else comes my way. I’m reminding myself of all the pickles I’ve found myself over the years. Thinking back on the worst travel mishaps, I remember the kindness of strangers and my ability to get myself out of bad situations. More often than not, the solution involved a quick smile, a creative mind, and a steady dose of humor, things that don’t take up any space in my duffel bag.
November 1, 2004 Regular News BriefsWilkes scholarship helps out big time Stetson University College of Law part-time student Darin Richter no longer has to worry about tuition, the cost of books or how he will support his family after receiving the first Emmitt Wilkes Scholarship, the largest award given to an individual student in the school’s history. Established with a gift from Tampa lawyer James L. Wilkes II, for the next four years, the award will cover all tuition, fees and books, and will provide an additional $38,000 annually for living expenses. The scholarship is given to a student in the part-time J.D. program at Stetson, with preference given to nontraditional students who are entering law school as a possible career change or who are raising a family. It is designed to support the student throughout the four years of the program. “I wanted to help a deserving student with life experience to have the financial wherewithal to pursue a legal career,” Wilkes said. Richter is a program manager for CAE, a flight simulator company in Tampa. He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, concentrating in aerospace design. He is a former U.S. Army Captain and Blackhawk helicopter pilot. At CAE, Richter works primarily with the U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin in CAE’s C-130 line of products. “This is obviously a very, very generous gift,” Richter said. “It is indicative of Mr. Wilkes and his firm’s focus; they take care of families. That is exactly what was done in this case.” Richter and his wife of 10 years, Emma, have four children. NBA-WLD honors Judge Cooke The National Bar Association-Women Lawyers Division, Miami-Dade County Chapter, recently sponsored a luncheon honoring the appointment of one of its members, Marcia Cooke, as the first African American female federal judge for the Southern District of Florida. More than 100 people attended the event, including numerous judges and community leaders. The theme of the luncheon was significant African American women’s “firsts” in the South Florida community. Leah Simms addressed the gathering as the keynote speaker. Simms served as the first African American female judge in Florida, as well as a Miami-Dade County Court judge. Also in attendance was Judge Melvia Green, the first African American female judge in Miami-Dade Circuit Court and on the Third District Court of Appeal. NBA-WLD President Detra Shaw-Wilder spoke on the importance of further developing diversity within the legal community, and the need to continue striving for the promotion and success of African American women in law firms and on the bench. The NBA-WLD also installed its newly elected officers, including President Shaw-Wilder; Flora M. Jackson-Holmes, first vice president; Cheryl D. Linton Barnes, second vice president; Stephanie Ingrid Rocke Fidler, secretary; Erica N. Wright, treasurer; and directors Judge Shirlyon J. McWhorter, Beatrice Cazeau, Valencia M. Abner, Christina A. McKinnon, Teresa Sands, and Marvelle McIntyre Hall, the immediate past president. < p>Committee to examine the size of jury panels < p>The Florida Supreme Court has created a work group to study the size of jury panels with an eye toward the most efficient use of juror time and maximizing access to the courts. < p> The Work Group on Standards for Jury Panel Sizes was created by administrative order signed by Chief Justice Barbara Pariente on September 22. It will be chaired by Second Circuit Judge Tom Bateman. “The purpose of the work group is to review existing standards and develop recommendations to the chief justice, which may include proposed new or revised standards for jury panel sizes,” the order said. “In order to guarantee continuing access to the courts, the state courts system must provide for effective juror selection while ensuring the efficient use of fiscal resources and showing respect for the valuable time provided by citizen jurors.” Under law, capital and eminent domain cases have 12 jurors and all other cases have six jurors. But the size of the juror panel that is called for screening is set by administrative orders and varies according to the type of case, and can be from 14 to 50. The court instructed the work group to consider five issues: • Review the history of the current standards for jury panel sizes in Florida. • Review a recent analysis on the applicability of jury panel sizes used in Florida courts. • Develop and propose any recommended changes to standards governing jury panel sizes. • Consider the relationship between panel size and the number of citizens who have to be called for jury duty and propose standards for the number of potential jurors who have to be called “and other indices as determined to be necessary.” • Suggest ways to implement recommendations from the Judicial Management Council’s Jury Innovation Committee on summons enforcement, noncompliant jurors, and postponement of jury duty. “Additionally, the work group should propose any other recommendations for policy, rule, or statutory changes that are directly related to panel sizes and that may serve to increase citizen participation in the jury process.” The recommendations are to be submitted to the chief justice no later than August 31, 2005. Judge Bateman said public hearings likely will be held as part of the work group’s deliberations. Besides Judge Bateman, other members of the work group are West Palm Beach attorney Theodore Babbitt, 20th Circuit Judge John S. Carlin, Second Circuit Public Defender Nancy Daniels, Sixth Circuit Chief Judge David A. Demers, 15th Circuit Chief Judge Edward H. Fine, Miami attorney Philip Freidin, Miami attorney Faith Elizabeth Gay, Miami attorney Gary M. Gregory, former Florida Bar President Benjamin H. Hill III of Tampa, 10th Circuit State Attorney Jerry Hill, Alachua County Clerk of Court J.K. “Buddy” Irby, 17th Circuit Judge Thomas M. Lynch, 19th Circuit Judge Robert R. Makemson, Escambia County Deputy Clerk of Court Teresa McLellan, 18th Circuit Chief Judge James E.C. Perry, Ft. Lauderdale attorney Eugene Pettis, Miami attorney Neal Allan Roth, Tallahassee attorney Maria A. Santoro, Gainesville attorney Carl B. Schwait, Bay County Judge Elijah Smiley, and Seventh Circuit Trial Court Administrator Mark Weinberg. Justice Fred Lewis will be the Supreme Court’s liaison to the work group. Criteria for certifying need for new DCA judges amended The caseload level for presuming a need for an additional appellate judge has been increased from 250 to 350 filings per judge, in an October 14 opinion issued by the Florida Supreme Court. In case number SC03-1905, the court approved amendments to Rule of Judicial Administration 2.035, as recommended jointly by the Rules of Judicial Administration Committee of The Florida Bar and the Commission on District Court of Appeal Performance and Accountability. Increasing the caseload threshold standard was justified because it has not been amended in more than 20 years, and the DCAs are all operating at caseloads significantly greater than the 250 filings per judge standard in the current rule, “According to the commission, this 40 percent increase to 350 case filings per judge more accurately reflects the current filings per judge ratio in the district courts of appeal,” the per curiam opinion states. “We adopt the proposed 350 filings per judge caseload threshold, while a continuing study of the caseload is being completed.” Chief Justice Barbara Pariente has directed the commission to specifically reexamine whether the 350 filings per judge threshold accurately reflects a basis for certifying the need for additional district court judges. “These issues are intertwined with the question of the need, if any, for additional district courts of appeal,” the opinion states. “Chief Justice Pariente has further established the Committee on District Court of Appeal Workload and Jurisdiction to make recommendations on uniform criteria as a primary basis for determination of the need to increase, decrease, or redefine the appellate districts.” Williams joins the News, Melendez to begin reporting Natalie Williams, a 23-year-old Florida A&M University graduate, has joined The Florida Bar News as an advertising specialist. Williams, from Statesboro, Georgia, received her bachelor’s degree in 2003 from the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication. Her special interest is creating interactive design Web pages. Before coming to the Bar, Williams worked in the classified ads department of the Bainbridge Post-Searchlight newspaper in Bainbridge, Georgia. She is the one to call for placing classified ads in the Bar News. Melinda Melendez, who previously held the position of advertising specialist, has been promoted to assistant editor of the Bar’s Journal and News. Melendez, 24, is a 2003 graduate of Florida State University, with dual bachelor’s degrees in English literature and humanities. In her free time, she acts and sings in community theater productions. Her new duties include editing articles for the Journal and handling On the Move and News & Notes columns for the News, as well as writing news articles. Bay Area Legal Services helps children obtain their education A new program at Bay Area Legal Services is providing educational advocacy for children in the dependency and/or delinquency systems by an education law attorney. Children with current or historical involvement with either delinquency or dependency, and residing in Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas counties, can qualify for this new FREE service if income eligibility is met. “Children in the dependency/delinquency systems often have difficult situations at school,” said education law attorney Bob Jacobs, an Equal Justice Works fellow. “School is a significant part of a child’s life and when children consistently fail or have conflicts, it erodes their self-esteem and increases their sense of being disenfranchised. Every child deserves to be treated with compassion, honor, and respect.” If a child is struggling academically, is experiencing discipline problems at school, profoundly dislikes school, or typically comes home depressed, a free consultation is available to all eligible families. Jacobs will investigate the child’s school situation to assess whether the child has been properly evaluated and appropriately placed. Jacobs also will provide intervention ranging from informal dispute resolution to legal enforcement of the child’s rights through the courts or administrative hearings when appropriate. The new program is being supported through a fellowship awarded by Equal Justice Works. Covey to highlight Miami professionalism program Dr. Stephen R. Covey, author of “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” will be the speaker January 7 at a professionalism seminar in Miami. This will be Covey’s second trip to Florida to promote legal professionalism, as he addressed the topic in a 1999 seminar in Dade County. “Persuading Dr. Covey to visit with us this second time provides Florida’s statewide professionalism movement with another special opportunity to set the ‘gold standard’ nationwide,” said Robert Fiore, president of the Dade County Bar Association and chair of The Florida Bar Standing Committee on Professionalism. Both groups are sponsoring the program along with the Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism and the Bar’s Center for Professionalism. “Discussing professionalism issues in the context of the internationally popular ‘Seven Habits of Highly Effective People’ is a unique, one-of-a-kind Florida project offered nowhere else in the United States.” “I am thrilled with the success of our first program in South Florida and am confident that part II will be even better,” Covey said. “I want to thank Robert Fiore, the Dade County Bar Association, and the professionalism groups for the opportunity to interact once again with such a distinguished legal community.” Through the program, the sponsors hope to show that acting professionally and civilly toward one another is not a sign of weakness, “rather it is a sign of strength and is the way to become a more effective and profitable advocate for our causes,” Fiore said, noting Covey, who generally receives upward of $75,000 for a speaking engagement to large groups and corporations, has agreed to waive his fee for the Miami seminar. “When I met with Dr. Covey over dinner last month, his admiration for our bench and bar soon became evident,” Fiore said. “ That’s when I knew he would agree to come back — in fact wanted to come back — because he trusts we will accept and use wisely the special gift he brings to us all.” Fiore said Covey, whose Seven Habits book has sold 15 million copies and been translated in 37 languages in 27 countries, maintains a rigorous international speaking schedule to help people identify and appreciate four basic human needs: to “live, love, learn, and leave a legacy.” “His ability to tie these teachings to the professionalism movement is remarkable to see,” Fiore said. The event is set for 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Hotel at 400 Second Ave., in Miami. The cost is $20 for judges and $45 for lawyers and their staffs. Registration also includes a copy of Covey’s new book, titled “The Eighth Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness.” Seating is limited. To reserve a seat, send checks made payable to the Dade County Bar Association to DCBA, 123 NW First Ave., #214, Miami 33131. UM leads the way on July’s bar exam Graduates from the University of Miami got the highest passage rate for those taking the July Florida bar exam. The Florida Board of Bar Examiners recently released the results from the exam and Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Pariente approved 1,275 candidates for admission to the Bar. A total of 2,942 people took the exam, 992 from out of state and the remainder in-state graduates. The FBBE also said 960 took the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam in August, 419 from out of state. Miami topped those who took Part A and Part B of the general bar exam; 227 of the 270 Miami grads passed, or 84.1 percent. The University of Florida was next, with 185 of its 228 graduates passing, or 81.1 percent. Third was Florida State University, where 102 of 129 graduates passed, or 79.1 percent. Of the other law schools: 62 of Florida Coastal’s 84 students passed the exam, or 73.8 percent; 113 of 159 graduates from Stetson passed, or 71.1 percent; 68 of 102 graduates from St. Thomas University passed, or 66.7 percent; 143 of 232 from Nova Southeastern University passed, or 61.6 percent; and 14 of 25 graduates from Barry University of Orlando passed, or 56 percent. Seven hundred and thirty one of the 992 applicants from out-of-state law schools passed, or 73.7 percent. Overall, 74.1 percent of those who took Parts A and B passed. On the MPRE portion of the exam, 84.8 percent of all those who took the test passed. Passage rates by school were 91.1 percent for UF; 89.7 percent for Stetson; 88.9 for UM; 84.8 for Florida Coastal; 83.7 percent for FSU; 81.5 percent for Barry; 76 percent for Nova; and 75.5 percent for St. Thomas. The rate was 85.4 percent for out-of-state test takers. Sarasota Bar hands out awards The Sarasota County Bar presented its annual awards at its recent installation dinner. Receiving the award for distinguished service by a layperson to the legal profession was Jack Orkin, who created and organized a curriculum designed to teach the public about the legal system and various practical aspects of the law and legal profession. Judge Durand Adams was recognized for his efforts in presenting Brown vs Board of Education, a production commemorating the 50th anniversary of the decision. The program was attended by over 800 citizens in Bradenton and Sarasota. Douglas A. Cherry was honored for his contributions to the local bar while serving as chair of the Technology Task Force. Also recognized was Sherri L. Johnson for her contributions as editor of The Docket for two years. Outgoing President William W. Merrill III also paid tribute to County Commissioners Jon Thaxton, Nora Patterson, David Mills, Shannon Staub, and Paul Mercier for their leadership in providing sufficient funds for the court system and the clerk. Clerk of Court Karen E. Rushing received special recognition for her ongoing efforts in coordinating new initiatives with the SCBA and keeping members up to date on new technology and office management changes. Also honored was Chief Judge Robert Bennett for his leadership, his professionalism, and his concern for the legal profession and the bar association. Chief Judge Bennett also installed the following new officers and directors of the Sarasota County Bar Association: President Mary Alice Jackson; President-elect Arthur S. Hardy; Vice President Kate B. Halvorsen; Secretary Morgan R. Bentley; Treasurer Thomas M. Fitzgibbons; and directors Derek Byrd, Robert M. Fournier, and Karen M. Morinelli. Remaining on the board are Alice S. Bowman, Sherri L. Johnson, and F. Scott Westheimer. The immediate past president is William W. Merrill III. Also installed were the officers and directors of the Young Lawyers Division: President John M. Compton; President-elect Lisa Gonzales Moore; Treasurer Louis M. Ursini III; Secretary Nancy E. Cason, along with directors Michael P. Infanti, Douglas Cherry, Anthony B. Lewis, Craig J. Schaeffer, and Katherine L. Smith. Pennington Moore funs professorship Pennington Moore Wilkinson Bell & Dunbar has taken the lead in funding the William and Catherine VanDercreek Professorship at the Florida State University College of Law. The professorship is a collaborative effort of all the lawyers at Pennington Moore, the VanDercreeks, and select alumni. It will allow the law school to recruit or retain an exceptionally productive legal scholar. The VanDercreeks and alumni John W. Frost, Kenneth L. Connor, and James M. Corrigan also made contributions to the $170,000 endowment. Additional alumni have indicated they also will support the professorship. “This amount represents a commitment of over $1,500 from each of the Pennington lawyers, many of whom are not FSU law school graduates,” said the firm’s Cynthia Tuniclifff. William VanDercreek taught civil procedure and complex litigation courses at the college of law from 1968 until his retirement in 1993. He was Moot Court advisor for 25 years and now is professor emeritus. Briefs
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Dimitar Berbatov’s Premier League predictions including Arsenal, Man Utd, Chelsea & Liverpool More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsMORE: Emmanuel Petit names the top three candidates to replace Unai Emery after Arsenal sackingMORE: The two reasons why Arsenal favour Brendan Rodgers to replace Unai Emery Liverpool vs BrightonAlthough they didn’t perform well against Napoli, Liverpool still managed a draw. There have been a number of things this season that, for me, can be seen as signs that Liverpool will go all the way such as wining games in the last minute. Against City, United, Chelsea or any of the big top six clubs, it’s easy to get motivated and the match like they have this weekend is one of those that they really have to work hard in. This is one of those games where they will need to be even more motivated and concentrated, they can not underestimate Brighton, but I’m sure they won’t do that and they will know what is at stake.Dimitar’s prediction: 4-0 Betfair Exchange Odds Southampton: 6/5, Draw: 13/5, Watford: 11/4 Betfair Exchange Odds Burnley: 5/4, Draw: 12/5, Crystal Palace: 11/4 Norwich vs ArsenalFreddie Ljungberg won’t have a lot of time to implement his style and change the way Arsenal play ahead of this game but they need to get wins and they have to get a reaction. It has been so long since they have won a match in the Premier League, so they need that reaction and this is a good opportunity to do that against Norwich.Dimitar’s prediction: 1-2 Betfair Exchange Odds Norwich: 100/30, Draw: 7/2. Arsenal: 4/5 Dimitar Berbatov previews the weekend Premier League action (Picture: REX/METRO.CO.UK)Another week and another managerial sacking, this time in the red half of north London.While Jose Mourinho has made an instant impact at Tottenham after he replaced Mauricio Pochettino, winning his first two games in charge, Freddie Ljungberg will make his managerial bow on Sunday when Arsenal travel to Norwich.Elsewhere, there could be another London managerial casualty should struggling West Ham and their under fire boss Manuel Pellegrini lose at Chelsea, while league leaders Liverpool will hope to maintain their advantage at the top when they host Brighton.Betfair Ambassador Dimitar Bebatov previews the action exclusively for Metro.co.uk…AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTNewcastle vs Man CityCity are chasing Liverpool and they need all the points they can get, they need to win this game and I think they will have more than enough to deal with Newcastle during this match.Dimitar’s prediction: 0-2 Advertisement Betfair Exchange Odds Leicester: 4/6, Draw: 100/30, Everton: 5/1 Betfair Exchange Odds Spurs: 2/5, Draw: 9/2, Bournemouth: 15/2 Comment Chelsea vs West HamFrom what I saw in their match against Spurs, West Ham seem to wake up in the last 15 minutes which is never enough. Chelsea are still on a decent run despite their last couple of results, so I think they will have too much for Pellegrini’s side at Stamford Bridge.Dimitar’s prediction: 3-1 Advertisement Betfair Exchange Odds Liverpool: 2/9, Draw: 13/2, Brighton: 18/1 Burnley vs Crystal PalaceBurnley are on a decent run at the moment, but take nothing away from Crystal Palace, they were a little hard done by last time out and were unfortunate not to get anything from their game against Liverpool. It’s a long trip for the South Londoners but I think they will get something from this match.Dimitar’s prediction: 2-2 Dimitar BerbatovFriday 29 Nov 2019 5:41 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link28Shares Spurs vs BournemouthBournemouth aren’t doing bad, despite their past couple of results they are still 11th in the Premier League but Spurs need to start looking up the table. The players will be high on adrenaline, motivation and coming from two wins they will be full of confidence, so I expect them to win this one. I just hope that they perform right the way through the game and don’t have any lapses in concentration.AdvertisementAdvertisementDimitar’s prediction: 2-1 Man United vs Aston VillaThere are no excuses for Manchester United in this one, a lot of their senior players had a rest midweek and they have had time to prepare for this one. I don’t think anyone will be happy with where they are in the table at the minute and they need a reaction. The table is tight at the moment and these are the matches that they need to get three points from.Dimitar’s prediction: 3-1 Southampton vs WatfordThis is a huge match at the bottom of the table. Don’t underestimate how the pressure is in these matches, I remember when I was at Bayer Leverkusen in the season after we reached the Champions League final we were fighting relegation and we in the end we stayed up and we were probably more happier than if we would have won the Champions League. It is a different stress factor and it has a big impact in matches.Dimitar’s prediction: 1-1 Betfair Exchange Odds Newcastle: 16/1, Draw: 8/1, Man City: 1/5 Wolves vs Sheffield UnitedOh my god, this is actually a battle for top four. It’s great to see, I love to see teams breaking into the top four and shuffling things up a bit. Wolves are also going strong in Europe still, so it’s a credit to the players and the coach, same with Sheffield United. Last time out against United, Sheffield were really impressive and they have shown this season that they aren’t just here to stay up. They are two good teams and I think they are pretty evenly matched.AdvertisementDimitar’s prediction: 1-1 Betfair Exchange Odds Man United: 1/2, Draw: 4/1, Aston Villa: 13/2 Betfair Exchange Odds Chelsea: 1/3, Draw: 11/2, West Ham: 10/1 Betfair Exchange Odds Wolves: Evens, Draw: 5/2, Sheffield United: 7/2 Leicester City vs EvertonWell, Leicester are now, along with City, chasing down Liverpool. Brendan Rodgers is working miracles, it’s unbelievable how they play and how they are performing. You can see the mood in the team, the way they are passing and they also have the top goalscorer in Vardy. They will lose at some point but I can’t see Everton getting anything from them. They had a poor result at home last time out and they too need to improve things and get a reaction.Dimitar’s prediction: 0-2
The UK, far from kowtowing to China, could be criticised for failing to exploit its relationship more, argues Joseph MariathasanChinese president Xi Jinping’s recent state visit to the UK has been a success despite criticism that Britain’s lavish welcome represented a kowtowing by a major European nation and close ally of the US to China. To treat international relationships between the major powers as one-dimensional existential stand-offs is to revert back to the ideological Cold War battles that collapsed with the Berlin Wall. As Philip Hammond, the UK’s foreign secretary, pointed out in response to criticisms: “We don’t think we are being naive – we go into all relationships with our eyes wide open.”China represents an enormous opportunity for the UK that is not just a function of the relationship between the leaders of the two countries. Trade and tourism should continue regardless of disagreements at the political level. Chinese visitors to Europe represent both a commercial opportunity and a political one, as the visitors return to China with what we hope is a better appreciation of European culture and the liberal political environment.The UK, if anything, can be criticised for not exploiting its historical relationships more, despite the still lingering after-taste of the opium wars and the annexation of Hong Kong that Chinese school children learn about at school. But they also learn the poem ‘On saying farewell to Cambridge, again’, written in 1928 by Xu Zhimo, one of the most renowned 20th-century Chinese poets, who studied at King’s College Cambridge. The college has a memorial stone dedicated to the poet in its gardens that attracts a steady stream of Chinese visitors. Meanwhile, British boarding schools are attracting increasing numbers of mainland Chinese students whose parents want their children to become proficient in English and benefit from what they see as a more balanced education. They will also pick up a set of ideas, values and relationships that should encourage closer ties in the years to come.Yet, despite the benefits of having large numbers of high-spending Chinese tourists, the UK is still struggling to set up a visa regime that can facilitate visits easily and cheaply. Instead, Europe’s Schengen area is a more attractive route for Chinese tourists undertaking a European tour, which too often by-pass the UK given the hassle of having to obtain an extra visa.The press this summer has produced a tremendous amount of China-related hype about short-term market movements. But it does appear the real issues have been ignored. What is the macroeconomic set-up behind China’s currency, current account and monetary policies? What meaningful market and policy developments have already occurred and are in process? And what actionable investment opportunities are likely to result from all this?Economists Robert Mundell and Marcus Fleming argued that an economy cannot simultaneously maintain all three policy objectives of an independent monetary policy, fixed exchange rates and a free capital account (the Mundell-Fleming Trilemma). In China’s case, the decision to liberalise the capital account and the currency was taken in principle long ago, with the remaining question being only sequencing. The major end-game for China will be the liberalisation and maturation of the domestic financial sector – China’s Big Bang.What is important is the UK’s strategy of taking advantage of this by trying to develop London as China’s principal offshore base for finance. The announcement that China will issue short-term debt in London is just another step towards this objective, as is the UK government’s issuance of a CNY3bn (€430m) bond in 2014. This may have been a token amount in terms of the UK’s overall debt programme, but being the first Western country to issue this debt had tremendous symbolic significance.For China and the world at large, open Chinese currency and investment markets would be beneficial, eliminating mis-allocations and price distortions and raising real economic growth worldwide. It should only be a relatively short period of time before the renminbi is floated, albeit with some capital controls in place. A mature and functional finance industry, including capital markets, is a pre-requisite for successful currency and capital-account liberalisation. The better financial markets work, the greater the benefits of liberalisation.For the UK, playing a major role in China’s Big Bang is an objective that ultimately could shape its attitude towards its negotiations with the EU and even its relationship with the US. Will it damage the special relationship between the UK and the US, assuming it still exists? Will the UK’s position as an offshore centre for Chinese finance be substantially reduced if it leaves the EU? These are questions that may require wider discussion in the future.Joseph Mariathasan is a contributing editor at IPE
3 News 20 June 2013The Salvation Army has taken aim at the Government’s attempt to minimise gambling harm, saying its watered-down version of a Maori Party bill might actually make things worse.The Gambling (Gambling Harm Reduction) Amendment Bill originally had pokie profits going back to the community, tracking devices attached to machines and councils given the power to shut down venues.But yesterday Internal Affairs Minister Chris Tremain presented a watered-down version, which saw many of its harm reduction clauses removed or significantly weakened.Mana Party leader Hone Harawira called it a “dead rat”, and this morning on Firstline Salvation Army social policy spokesperson Campbell Roberts called it a “tragedy”.“I think there’s been immense pressure on the Government from the industry, and I think the tragedy is their voices become stronger than that of the community, which sees some of the damage that’s being caused,” he says.“I think it’s a lack really of creative and courageous leadership amongst our politicians that’s allowing this to happen.”http://www.3news.co.nz/Harm-reduction-bill-a-misnomer/tabid/1607/articleID/302102/Default.aspx
ILOILO City – A second personnel of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) Region 6 tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The 90 other BJMP-6 personnel would undergo tests, too, on May 20. According to Jail Senior Superintendent Gilbert Peremne, BJMP-6 assistant director for administration, specimens for testing were extracted from the second jail officer on May 12, the day the 14-day quarantine ended. Peremne assured the people of Western Visayas that the bureau was continuously monitoring the health of all inmates in the region. The first BJMP-6 personnel to test positive for COVID-19was part of the 20 frontline jail officers subjected to testing on April 20. “If the results of their tests are all negative for COVID-19, they would be turning to work,” said Peremne. People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales./PN The first COVID-19-positive BJMP-6 personnel, 31 years old and assigned as the regional office’s driver, was asymptomatic and immediately placed at the isolation facility in his hometown, Zarraga, Iloilo. This jail officer is now in isolation at the Western Visayas Sanitarium in Santa Barbara, Iloilo. BJMP, an attached agency of the Department of Interior and Local Government, supervises the administration and operation of all district, city and municipal jails. There is not a single COVID-19 case among inmates so far, he stressed. “Wala ina sia naka-travel to other places. Even before the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine in Iloilo, naka-lockdown ahead kami tanan nga BJMP personnel as a precautionary measure,” stressed Peremne. He was one of the 91 BJMP-6 personnel classified as persons under monitoring right after the regional jail bureau recorded its first COVID-19 case on April 26; they were immediately put on a 14-day quarantine beginning April 28.
The BMS 7th Grade Volleyball team defeated Sunman Dearborn 25-9 and 25-15. Sophie Gesell led the team in serving with scoring 11 points and 2 being aces. Alyson Peters served 6 aces, Kate Bauer and Ava Powner each served 3 aces, Annie Negovetich, Sarah Bedel, and Lydia Haskamp all served one ace. Addison Westrick scored 5 points and Addyson Weiler scored one point. Molly Meer had 2 kills. Annie, Sophie, and Alyson each had a kill. Their record is 7-1. Come cheer on the dogs tomorrow as we play St. Louis!Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Megan Werner.The BMS 8th Graders defeated Sunman-Dearborn in a tight match: 25-22, 22-25, 15-11. The Bulldogs stayed strong and never let up against the Trojans. Top servers were Margaret Wilson and Renee Lecher with 7 points each. Sara Lamping added 5 points and Laura Schwegman added 4 points. Annie Shane and Taylor Blanton contributed with 2 points each. In the front row, Wilson had 4 kills, Schwegman had 3 kills, and Lamping and Raver had 2 kills each. Adding 1 kill were Shane and Lecher. The Bulldogs are now 5-3. Come support the Bulldogs tonight as they face St. Louis at home at 5:30.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Angie Ehrman.