House in Melgaço / Nuno Brandão Costa

first_imgSave this picture!© André Cepeda+ 21 Share Photographs ArchDaily Houses House in Melgaço / Nuno Brandão Costa Manufacturers: Herman MillerCollaborators:Filipa Júlio, Joanna Katherine GuimarãesStructure:Ana Isabel ValeHydraulic:Ana Isabel ValeElectrical:Maria da Luz SantiagoMechanical:Raul BessaCity:Parada do MonteCountry:PortugalMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© André CepedaText description provided by the architects. The house to be extended, a very small rural stone building, formerly inhabited by a family of 11 members, fits into the rough terrain of a large plot of land in Melgaço, in the interior of Minho, in Northern Portugal. Save this picture!The powerful landscape and the character of the existing ruin suggested an extension to the house like a timeless construction, with no defined boundaries, but limited by the local materials. Save this picture!© André CepedaThe extension to the house, which accommodates the lounge and three bedrooms, is an underground body which lets in natural light through the opening of a courtyard to the east, cut out from the land, and the west extension of the original façade: a granite wall made of stones from another local building since demolished. Save this picture!Ground FloorThe small house contains the dining and cooking areas on two floors, connected by an interior staircase against the north façade. Save this picture!© André CepedaTo complete domestic life, three small bodies are built which are independent of the main construction in terms of volume: To the east, a concrete canopy for car parking and protection and to store firewood, and a glazed body for a small kitchen garden, and to the west a swimming pool, enclosed by a dressed stone wall to accommodate the tank. Save this picture!© André CepedaThe house has two distinct sides in shape and function: To the east, the organic arrangement of the bodies and walls built into the terrain, and their routine function, confer a homely informality on the construction. Save this picture!1st Floor PlanTo the west, the relationship between the façades and the swimming pool tank creates an organic setting which eludes the period of each building and stabilises the relationship between the house and the landscape. Save this picture!© André CepedaProject gallerySee allShow lessPLVS VLTRA / WiegerinckSelected ProjectsForest Temple / Marco CasagrandeSelected Projects Share “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/799448/house-in-melgaco-nuno-brandao-costa Clipboard Year:  House in Melgaço / Nuno Brandão CostaSave this projectSaveHouse in Melgaço / Nuno Brandão Costa CopyHouses•Parada do Monte, Portugalcenter_img Portugal Area:  349 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project 2016 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/799448/house-in-melgaco-nuno-brandao-costa Clipboard Architects: Nuno Brandão Costa Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” Projects Photographs:  André Cepeda Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project CopyAbout this officeNuno Brandão CostaOfficeFollowProductStone#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesParada do MontePortugalPublished on November 16, 2016Cite: “House in Melgaço / Nuno Brandão Costa” 16 Nov 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodGRP Siding Façade SystemPlasticsMitrexSolar SidingMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic RoyalSystems / Prefabricated PanelsKalwall®Translucent WalkwaysPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesIsland Exterior FabricatorsSpecialty Facade SystemsLightsLouis PoulsenLamps – LP Slim BoxWoodBruagAcoustic Panels with LEDTiles / Mosaic / GresiteHisbalitMosaic Tiles – Palm SpringsMineral / Organic PaintsKEIMBlack Concrete – Concretal®-BlackSuspension SystemsMetawellAluminum Panels for Smart CeilingsDoorsGorter HatchesFloor Door – Fire RatedBricksDEPPEWaterstruck Bricks – 1622/1635ekws DFMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

Poptel to handle new .coop domain name

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Poptel to handle new .coop domain name UK Internet Service Provider Poptel has won the job of registry operator for the new .coop domain name. The US National Co-operative Business Association and Poptel will now negotiate an agreement with ICANN governing the operation of the new domain name.Find out more from Poptel.  13 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Advertisement Howard Lake | 20 November 2000 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. read more

Brazil’s protection for human rights defenders extended to journalists

first_img JEFFERSON BERNARDES / AFP Follow the news on Brazil 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America Receive email alerts September 12, 2018 Brazil’s protection for human rights defenders extended to journalists Organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and other press freedom NGOs met this week in Brasilia with the staff of Brazil’s mechanism for the protection of human rights defenders, which will now also be available to journalists in danger. RSF_en May 13, 2021 Find out more Newscenter_img RSF welcomes the decision to extend the range of those covered by the mechanism. It is intended to permanently reinforce the protection available to journalists and is fully justified by the violence to which many of them are exposed in Brazil.The protection provided by the mechanism – which was created in 2004 and is attached to the Ministry for Human Rights (MDH) – was extended on 4 September to “comunicadores,” a term that in Brazil covers not only staff journalists but also freelancers, non-professional journalists and bloggers. An expansion of the mechanism’s scope has long been one of RSF’s main recommendations in Brazil and its realization now is the result of a rapprochement between the MDH and the press freedom groups in the National Human Rights Council’s “Standing Committee for the Right to Communication and Freedom of Expression.”During the meeting in Brasilia on 10 September, RSF shared its expertise, helped define the types of threats and the profile of victims, and assisted MDH staff, whose initial goal from now until the end of the year is to publicize the extension of the mechanism’s protection. Exactly how it will be implemented and the criteria for determining who benefits in practice have yet to be determined.“This extension of the mechanism to journalists is a very encouraging first step and testifies to the Brazilian government’s determination to provide journalists with effective and lasting protection in Brazil,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America bureau.“It is essential that the many vulnerable journalists should be able to turn to the authorities to obtain protection. RSF is going to work with the MDH in order to ensure that as many people as possible within the journalistic profession are made aware of this new provision.”Under the decree published in the official gazette on 4 September, personal protection will be available to journalists engaged in “a regular social communication activity, paid or unpaid, whose goal is to promote and defend human rights” and “whose work leads to threats and violence designed to end these activities.”At least 29 journalists have been murdered in Brazil since 2010, three of them since the start of this year. Outside the main urban areas, journalists – especially radio programme hosts – who cover subjects linked to local politics and corruption are systematically threatened and subjected to reprisals.Brazil is ranked 102nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. Help by sharing this information BrazilAmericas Protecting journalists Freedom of expressionViolence to go further BrazilAmericas Protecting journalists Freedom of expressionViolence News April 27, 2021 Find out more April 15, 2021 Find out more Reports Newslast_img read more

Pension ruling could cost £17bn

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Pension ruling could cost £17bnOn 20 Feb 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Grantingpart-timers the right to backdated pension payments is a breakthrough forworkplace equality. But will employers cope with the administrative burden andthe increased costs? Employersare facing a new administrative burden that could collectively cost them £17bnafter part-time workers were given the right to claim backdated pensioncontributions earlier this month. TheHouse of Lords confirmed the European Court of Justice’s landmark ruling of May2000 to grant part-time workers access to occupational pension rights. Thisruling gives about 60,000 part-time workers – mainly female – the right toclaim access to company pensions or compensation, which UK workers were deniedunder the Equal Pay Act. The court decided that the rule limiting backdatedclaims to only two years was against EU law, and allowed claims to be backdatedto April 1976 when the court first recognised the EU Treaty provisions on equalpay for men and women.Lastyear’s decision followed a 1994 ECJ ruling, which found that the treatment wasdiscriminatory as it did not allow part-time staff to sign up to companypensions in the same way as full-timers. TheCBI has criticised the decision. Director-general Digby Jones said, “The costwill be substantial, and business will be worried that this could be anadministrative nightmare because in many cases records no longer exist.” Thedecision follows the ECJ ruling on two test cases involving the HSBC bank andWolverhampton NHS Healthcare Trust. Itsimpact is likely to be felt by all employers, but those that employ largenumbers of women part-time will be particularly affected. These include sectorssuch as banking, retail, the NHS and local government.  AdrianPritchard, personnel officer at Suffolk County Council said, “The ruling is amajor issue for local government, as a significant number of staff could optin. Between 30 and 40 per cent of local government employees are part-time,which is hundreds of thousands of staff nationwide. The operation could run into millions of pounds for local government.“Idon’t think HR in local government has the funds nor the resources to implementthe ruling if a large percentage of employees take up the right.”Manyemployers could struggle to find sufficient records to process backdated claims.Currently, employers only have to keep payroll records for the previous sevenyears. Employmentlawyer Andrew Chamberlain of Addleshaw Booth & Co said, “Employers will beconcerned about the administrative burden and the fact that many of them may nothave records going back to 1976, which will obviously make it very hard tocalculate entitlements.”   Butsome employers and analysts believe that the Government’s estimates of the costto business are inaccurate. The figure could be less because of the House ofLords’ decision to uphold the 1994 ruling to limit part-time employees’ claimtime to within six months after they have left an employer.SimonCann, of HR consultancy Towers Perrin, said, “Due to the Lords confirming thesix-month rule they have saved business a great deal of money. I would estimatethat the cost of the decision will be in the region of several hundred millionpounds.” JohnAdsett, national secretary of the Association of Health Care and Human ResourceManagers,  said, “The amount ofpart-time workers in the NHS has consistently been about 30 per cent. So Ienvisage that the decision could cost us about £500,000 – but with out thesix-month time limit it could have been much more.” Thefact that employers also have the right to ask employees to pay their unpaidbackdated contributions could stop a lot of part-time staff taking up theextended pension options. Pritchard said, “The saving grace for employers isthat employees have to backdate their own contribution, which I suspect wouldbe too big a lump sum for most people.”Butpensions manager of Lloyds of London Christine Jackson warned, “Companies withnon-contributory schemes will be concerned since in that case the employee doesnot have to put in any of their own money.”Thereare also concerns voiced by personnel professionals, particularly in the publicsector, that HR does not have the resources to cope with the possible demand ofpart-time pension take-ups.  Adsettsaid, “Administrating and implementing the extra pension claims is anotherthing we have to do in the NHS, but with everything else I’m not sure we willhave the resources.”Althoughit is accepted that it will increase costs and the administrative burden, mostregard it as a positive step. Nigel Connolly, HR director of EasyJet, said,“The effect on business will be fundamental, but with the implementation offlexible working arrangements there is a grey area between full- and part-timeworkers, so it is time for equality.”Thebuild-up to the House of Lords’ decisionApril1976       Defrenne v Sabena: Equalpay for men and women required and enforceable under EU law, but no arrears ofpay before this dateMay1986       Bilka Kaufhaus: Exclusionof part-timers from pension scheme membership is indirectly discriminatory onthe basis that most part-timers are womenMay1990       Barber v GRE: Pensionbenefits must be equal for men and women, but no arrears required before May1990 Sept1994        Coloroll: Clarifies Barberand confirms that exclusion of part-timers is indirectly discriminatory. Claimsfor membership backdating is subject to each nation’s time limit or April 1976Dec1997        Magorrian: ECJ overrulesthe UK restriction of two years’ backdating of scheme membership, but extent ofruling is unclear Feb2000         Schroeder v DeutscheBundesport Telekom Vick, Conze v Deutsche Telekom, Deutche Post v Sievers andSchrage: The ECJ ruled that the restriction allowing claims no further backthan 1976 did not overrule German constitutional rights for part-timers to goback further. In practice, the judgement applied to German cases only May2000       Preston v Wolverhampton NHSTrust and other and Fletcher v Midlands Bank: The ECJ ruled no objection to thesix-month limit after leaving employment but that the two-year backdating ofclaims was not in accordance with EU lawByPaul Nelsonlast_img read more

Report: Angels manager Brad Ausmus may lose job after disappointing season

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailScott Clarke / ESPN Images(LOS ANGELES) — Brad Ausmus’ job as manager of the Los Angeles Angels may be in jeopardy.Sources told ESPN Sunday the 49-year-old may be let go after coaching the team for just one season.The news comes after the Angels failed to reach the playoffs for a fifth consecutive year. The team closed the 2019 season with a 72-90 record, 35 games behind the top spot in the American League West.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. September 30, 2019 /Sports News – National Report: Angels manager Brad Ausmus may lose job after disappointing season Beau Lundcenter_img Written bylast_img

“LEFT JAB AND RIGHT JAB” JUNE 12, 2019

first_img“Right Jab And Left Jab” was created because we have two commenters that post on a daily basis either in our “IS IT TRUE” or “Readers Forum” columns concerning National or International issues.Joe Biden and Ronald Reagan’s comments are mostly about issues of national interest.  The majority of our “IS IT TRUE” columns are about local or state issues, so we have decided to give Mr. Biden and Mr. Reagan exclusive access to our newly created “LEFT JAB and RIGHT JAB”  column. They now have this post to exclusively discuss national or world issues that they feel passionate about.We shall be posting the “LEFT JAB” AND “RIGHT JAB” several times a week.  Oh, “Left Jab” is a liberal view and the “Right Jab is representative of the more conservative views. Also, any reader who would like to react to the written comments of the two gentlemen is free to do so. FOOTNOTE: Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers.,“Right Jab And Left Jab” was created because we have two commenters that post on a daily basis either in our “IS IT TRUE” or “Readers Forum” columns concerning National or International issues.Joe Biden and Ronald Reagan’s comments are mostly about issues of national interest.  The majority of our “IS IT TRUE” columns are about local or state issues, so we have decided to give Mr. Biden and Mr. Reagan exclusive access to our newly created “LEFT JAB and RIGHT JAB”  column. They now have this post to exclusively discuss national or world issues that they feel passionate about.We shall be posting the “LEFT JAB” AND “RIGHT JAB” several times a week.  Oh, “Left Jab” is a liberal view and the “Right Jab is representative of the more conservative views. Also, any reader who would like to react to the written comments of the two gentlemen is free to do so.,“Right Jab And Left Jab” was created because we have two commenters that post on a daily basis either in our “IS IT TRUE” or “Readers Forum” columns concerning National or International issues.Joe Biden and Ronald Reagan’s comments are mostly about issues of national interest.  The majority of our “IS IT TRUE” columns are about local or state issues, so we have decided to give Mr. Biden and Mr. Reagan exclusive access to our newly created “LEFT JAB and RIGHT JAB”  column. They now have this post to exclusively discuss national or world issues that they feel passionate about.We shall be posting the “LEFT JAB” AND “RIGHT JAB” several times a week.  Oh, “Left Jab” is a liberal view and the “Right Jab is representative of the more conservative views. Also, any reader who would like to react to the written comments of the two gentlemen is free to do so. FOOTNOTE: Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers. “LEFT JAB AND RIGHT JAB”center_img FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare,“LEFT JAB AND RIGHT JAB” “Right Jab And Left Jab” was created because we have two commenters that post on a daily basis either in our “IS IT TRUE” or “Readers Forum” columns concerning National or International issues.Joe Biden and Ronald Reagan’s comments are mostly about issues of national interest.  The majority of our “IS IT TRUE” columns are about local or state issues, so we have decided to give Mr. Biden and Mr. Reagan exclusive access to our newly created “LEFT JAB and RIGHT JAB”  column. They now have this post to exclusively discuss national or world issues that they feel passionate about.We shall be posting the “LEFT JAB” AND “RIGHT JAB” several times a week.  Oh, “Left Jab” is a liberal view and the “Right Jab is representative of the more conservative views. Also, any reader who would like to react to the written comments of the two gentlemen is free to do so.last_img read more

News story: The AAIB is sending a team to the British Virgin Islands

first_imgThe AAIB is sending a team to investigate an accident involving a light aircraft in Tortola, British Virgin Islands.Read more about how we investigate aircraft accidents.last_img

Willie Nelson Announces New Studio Album ‘Ride Me Back Home’, Shares Title Track [Listen]

first_imgThree days shy of his 86th birthday, country music icon Willie Nelson has announced his forthcoming studio album, Ride Me Back Home, due out on June 21st via Legacy Records.Produced by longtime collaborator Buddy Cannon, Ride Me Back Home is a continuation of a trilogy that began in 2017 with God’s Problem Child and was followed in 2018 with Last Man Standing. Willie’s latest album features a selection of tunes he wrote with Cannon, as well as covers of Billy Joel’s “Just The Way You Are”, Guy Clark’s “Immigrant Eyes” and “My Favorite Picture Of You”, Mac Davis’ “It’s Hard To Be Humble”, Buzz Rabin’s “Maybe I Should Have Been Listening” and more. Willie also recruited his sons Lukas and Micah Nelson to assist on the cover of “It’s Hard To Be Humble”.Along with the album announcement, Willie has shared the title track “Ride Me Back Home”. Co-written by Sonny Throckmorton, “Ride Me Back Home” is an emotional testament to horses and the adversities they face throughout their lives. The subject is an especially important one for Willie, who has rescued over 60 horses and brought them back to his Luck Ranch outside of Austin, TX.Listen to “Ride Me Back Home” below:Willie Nelson – “Ride Me Back Home”[Audio: WillieNelson]Fans can head here to pre-order Willie Nelson’s forthcoming Ride Me Back Home release. For a full list of his upcoming tour dates and ticketing information, head to Willie Nelson’s website.Willie Nelson – Ride Me Back Home Tracklist:“Ride Me Back Home”“Come On Time”“My Favorite Picture of You”“Seven Year Itch”“Immigrant Eyes”“Stay Away From Lonely Places”“Just the Way You Are”“One More Song to Write”“Nobody’s Listening”“It’s Hard to Be Humble” (with Lukas Nelson and Micah Nelson)“Maybe I Should’ve Been Listening”View Tracklistlast_img read more

Strong Harvard support for Nobel-winning efforts against sexual violence

first_imgWhen Denis Mukwege was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last month, the honor resonated at Harvard, far beyond the South Kivu hospital where the Congolese physician treats victims of wartime sexual violence.The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, which conducts research in international trouble spots in order to inform and improve humanitarian response, has long partnered with Mukwege in efforts to respond to sexual violence as a weapon of war in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.Nadia Murad, who shared the Nobel with Mukwege, also has links to Harvard, as winner of the initiative’s 2018 Weintz Humanitarian Award. A young Iraqi Yazidi and former ISIS sex slave, Murad has been outspoken in her determination to highlight the abuse she and many others have suffered.The Gazette spoke with Director Michael VanRooyen about HHI’s efforts to treat and support victims of sexual violence, as well as his relationship with the Nobel laureates.Q&AMichael VanRooyenGAZETTE: When did you first meet Denis Mukwege and learn of his work?VANROOYEN: It was in early days of HHI, probably 2006 or so. We had an interest in working in the Congo. [HHI visiting scientist] Jocelyn Kelly was beginning her work on women and war and gender-based violence at the hands of militias in the Congo.At the time, Julie [VanRooyen’s wife, a surgeon] had spoken at a conference on urogenital fistula with Mukwege, who is also a pelvic surgeon. They hit it off and decided to work together. Julie started to develop a training program, funded by HHI, to take fistula surgeons from the United States and help Denis train his team at Panzi Hospital. Julie would send experienced, veteran pelvic surgeons. You can’t send residents or trainees because the cases are so complex and difficult.,GAZETTE: Why were the cases so complex?VANROOYEN: Most fistulas occur because of obstructed labor, when women have tears that are not repaired or repaired appropriately. That can be the case here. But a lot of them had to do with sexual slavery. Women were abducted and then subjected to very violent forms of sexual abuse, including instrumentation, shooting in the pelvis, using sticks and roots and terrible stuff.Panzi Hospital was the only place in the region set up to take care of these women, and Denis had very specialized expertise. Not only do these women need high-level operating rooms and anesthesiologists, but they need surgeons who can handle the most complicated pelvic trauma.The social consequences were huge. When the women would return after this horrific treatment, they literally would leak all the time. So they were cast out of their homes and their families would make them sleep outside the house. So not only did they suffer this horrible injustice and abuse, but they were then ostracized from their community.GAZETTE: How much research did you do in the eastern DRC and at Panzi?VANROOYEN: We had a whole team that studied gender and conflict that did a ton of work at Panzi Hospital and in the region. The work sought to understand questions like: What was the distribution of women who were abducted? What were the dynamics? How were they perceived by health care providers? How were they worked back into the community? What were the barriers?We did everything from understanding physical implications and rehabilitation all the way to understanding community dynamics of acceptance and rehabilitation and psychosocial trauma. We must have published 20 papers over the course of several years, with Denis and his team.GAZETTE: Did any of the work help women reintegrate?VANROOYEN: This was one of the times that we really decided that our primary motive was not writing a paper. Our primary motive was to drive policy changes and funding so they could get more resources at Panzi and more resources around community support, social support, transportation back and forth from the hospital, etc. So we were very active in the policy and advocacy fronts, based on that relationship with Panzi.GAZETTE: Why shift from pure research to policy and advocacy? Because of the nature of the problem?VANROOYEN: I’ve always felt — and this played out very starkly in this circumstance — that it is unethical to do research on very vulnerable populations without having a direct programmatic component that feeds back to them. In other words, these women were so vulnerable and so affected by the war that we felt the ethical responsibility was, if we were going to do research, to turn it into concrete policy change for these women.GAZETTE: What can you tell me about your relationship with Denis?VANROOYEN: We had recurrent visits to Panzi and visited Denis and his family. He’s a very warm, wonderful guy, so when we went to the Congo, we’d have dinner with Denis’ family. Then, when he would come here on a speaking trip — we hosted him here for a lecture series — he would come to dinner at our house and stay with us.At one point, he had an assassination attempt on his life and he had to leave the country quickly and he came to Boston. We spent a lot of time with him then. So we got to know him and his wife and daughters well.GAZETTE: Were there things that you learned from him personally?VANROOYEN: He’s a great inspiration for a lot of people — many, many thousands of people — because of his work. I’ve always admired the people in global health and humanitarian aid who do the hard work in the field day in and day out. And Denis’ motive is not recognition. As a matter of fact, he’s probably uncomfortable with the recognition, but he uses it to get the mission, the voice of these women, through to a larger audience. And he’s clear about that.So the thing that is really inspirational about him is just his absolute unwavering dedication to a cause that is important — he risks his life for it, literally. His entire pursuit is to advance the rights and the health of women affected in the Congo.,GAZETTE: To shift to the other Nobel laureate, Nadia Murad was speaking at HHI the night before she learned she’d won the Nobel Peace Prize, correct?VANROOYEN: We gave Nadia the Weintz Humanitarian Award, an annual award we give to a prominent humanitarian leader who’s shaping the future of the humanitarian world. The next morning she was called and notified that she’d received the Nobel Prize.It’s not an accident that a Nobel Prize that went to people who work in this field went to those we knew and worked with. They’re both very committed and very involved in the field and in humanitarian efforts involving the vulnerability of women. It’s our business. We research those areas, we work in those areas, so it’s not an accident that we would be familiar with and engaged with their work.GAZETTE: What should the public take away from this? The importance of fighting sexual violence? Or of dedicating your life to causes like this?VANROOYEN: First of all, these Nobel prizes were awarded to people who were very deserving of recognition, not because they sought it but because they were doing really deep, important work. People should have some degree of faith that this is not a political award. This is a really wise and thoughtful choice that highlights an issue that is absolutely critical, and that’s the plight of women in war. And the Nobel Prize is just recognition for what they would have been doing anyway.Interview was edited for clarity and length. Atrocities attract healing hands to the Congo Related HHI co-director builds on career of relief work Michael VanRooyen: Rebuilding places that peace abandoned The Congo rape crisis prompts Harvard to respond Surgeon describes horrors that ensue when rape is a ‘weapon of war’last_img read more

Ad rules making their way to the board

first_img Ad rules making their way to the board Senior Editor The Bar’s Advertising Task Force 2004 has spent hundreds of hours reviewing and redrafting advertising regulations, but there will still be serious policy issues left for the Bar Board of Governors to decide.“It will be this body’s final decision to look at the policy issues,” said board member Chobee Ebbets, who is also vice chair of the task force.Ebbets was responding to a question at the board’s recent meeting. A board member asked if the task force considered what to do about pending grievances under current rules that might not be violations after changes that could be proposed by the task force and approved by the board and the Supreme Court.“What to do with old complaints. Will we need more Bar staff [to review ads]? All of those things are going to be on our plate,” Ebbets said. “There was a limit to what the task force could do.. . . “We’re going to have a long and lengthy debate on this.”Task force Chair Manny Morales gave a detailed summary of the task force’s preliminary recommendations, which are published on the Bar’s Web site at www.flabar.org.He said the task force is getting feedback on the proposals and will hold a public hearing on the morning of January 20 at the Bar’s Midyear Meeting in Miami. That afternoon the task force will attempt to hammer out its final recommendations, which could be presented to the board preliminarily the following week when it meets in Key West.The goal, Morales said, is for the board to take final action on the rules at its early April meeting in Tallahassee or its early June meeting in Palm Beach. After that, the amendments will go to the Supreme Court.Aside from Ebbets’ comments, Morales said the task force is presenting options on two controversial issues for the board’s ultimate decision.One is whether to extend the 30-day ban on direct mail advertising in personal injury cases to criminal defense and civil traffic ticket mailings. The other is whether the rules should require lawyers to submit their nonexempt ads to the Bar for review before they are published or broadcast. (Ads that provide only certain basic information do not have to be submitted for review.)On extending the 30-day direct mailing ban, Morales said the task force may make a recommendation instead of presenting options. “We have gotten more mail and e-mails about this particular issue from the criminal defense bar and lawyers involved with civil traffic infractions than anything else,” he said. “My personal judgment is we’re probably going to leave the rule the way it is, that it only applies to the personal injury cases. But again, we’ll decide that in January.”At the request of the board, the task force did add an option requiring prepublication review of nonexempt ads, Morales said, although that came by an 8-7 vote. Other options are to keep the present system where ads must be submitted no later than the first publication or broadcast or implementing an incentive system. The latter provides that a lawyer who has an ad approved before using it would get a guarantee he or she would not receive a grievance prosecution if a violation was later discovered, as long as the ad did not have a deliberate falsehood that was found after the ad was approved.“It makes it clear that a lawyer who wants a safe harbor should submit the ad and have it okayed,” Morales said. “Looking at the whole scheme, that’s probably the best practice for any advertising lawyer to follow.”Board members had a variety of questions and observations.Board member Warren Lindsey questioned the need to extend the 30-day ban in direct mail to criminal cases. If that is done, he suggested that lawyers should be limited to defendants who are not already represented by counsel. Morales noted that could cause some enforcement difficulties in determining whether a lawyer had made an innocent mistake.Board member Nancy Gregoire said she agreed with a conclusion of the Citizens Forum (see story, page 1) that lawyer Web sites should be subject to the same regulations as print and electronic ads. The task force is recommending that Web sites be treated as information provided at the request of a potential client, which would exempt them from most advertising regulations.“Because of search engines, it’s just like they’re flipping through the Yellow Pages and up comes your site,” she said. “I think this is too close to the line.”In answering a question from board member Steven Chaykin, Morales said the task force is recommending the elimination of the required hiring disclosure language in print ads because task force members feel it no longer serves any purpose.Board member Ian Comisky said he was concerned about First Amendment issues that could be raised by the revisions.“I think the task force needs to take a First Amendment prism to the entire set of rules so we don’t pass new rules that are immediately challenged,” he said.Other changes being considered, Morales told the board, include:• Expanding what can be included in an ad that does not require review by the Bar.• Making it clear that advertising rules do not apply to communications between lawyers, communications with family members, and communications with current or former clients.• Dropping the prohibition of language that creates unjustified expectations. Morales said that is covered by other parts of the rules, and it was difficult creating a definition for that term.• Clarifying to lawyers that their ads cannot guarantee results.• Dropping the requirement that a lawyer must state in an ad that he or she intends to refer a case to another lawyer. “We decided that it’s better to have a lawyer refer a case than attempting to do it if it’s not their area of practice,” Morales said. January 15, 2005 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Ad rules making their way to the board ‘We’re going to have a long and lengthy debate on this’last_img read more