The Cyber Center of Excellence is the U.S. Army’s force modernization proponent for cyberspace operations, signal/communications networks and information services, and electronic warfare. It is responsible for developing related doctrine, organizational, training, materiel, leadership and education, personnel and facility solutions. A major aspect of the center’s mission is the training, education and development of world-class, highly skilled signal, cyber and electronic warfare professionals supporting operations at the strategic, operational and tactical level. Today’s broad and rapidly changing global operational environment means the DOD and the nation are required to function within an increasingly competitive, congested and contested cyberspace and electromagnetic spectrum. Ultimately, the center must enable the commanders and leaders to seize, retain and exploit freedom of action in both the land and cyberspace domains, while simultaneously denying and degrading the adversary use of the same.7TH SIGNAL COMMAND (THEATER)The 7th Signal Command was activated at Fort Gordon in July 2008. The command is responsible for the integration, security and defense of the Army LandWarNet within the continental U.S. The command is designed to extend LandWarNet capabilities to generating and operating forces in support of CONUS-based information-enabled expeditionary operations.15TH REGIMENTAL SIGNAL BRIGADETraining is the primary mission of the 15th Regimental Signal Brigade. The mission is as diverse as the personnel who train therein and the equipment that they learn to install, operate and maintain. The brigade conducts world-class training to produce expeditionary signal and ordnance warriors with full-spectrum competencies who live the Soldier’s Creed. It provides tough and realistic training in a contemporary operating environment that focuses on tactical and technical skills, knowledge and abilities.35TH SIGNAL BRIGADEThe 35th Signal Brigade is a subordinate element of the XVIII Airborne Corps. The brigade rapidly deploys worldwide to provide and protect expeditionary C4 systems and networks for the Army service component commanders and combatant commanders, as well as joint task force and coalition headquarters, to enable joint and combined battle command across the full spectrum of network-centric operations and warfare.359TH SIGNAL BRIGADEThe 359th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade exercises command and control over Army Reserve soldiers in six states. The brigade has a distinguished history dating to 1944 when it served admirably in Brazil and was decorated with the Meritorious Unit Commendation Award for its accomplishments.116TH MILITARY INTELLIGENCE BRIGADEThe 116th Military Intelligence Brigade conducts 24/7 tasking, collection, processing, exploitation, dissemination and feedback operations of multiple organic and joint intelligence aerial-intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions collected in overseas contingency areas of operation.513TH MILITARY INTELLIGENCE BRIGADEThe 513th Military Intelligence Brigade’s mission is to conduct intelligence in support of U.S. Army Central full-spectrum operations in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility to defeat adversaries, promote regional stability, support allies and protect U.S. national interests.706TH MILITARY INTELLIGENCE GROUPThe 706th Military Intelligence Group conducts continuous full-spectrum signals intelligence and computer network operations at National Security Agency/Central Security Service – Georgia to gain information dominance in support of national, combined, joint and Army decision-makers and to shape future Army intelligence capabilities.480TH INTELLIGENCE, SURVEILLANCE AND RECONNAISSANCE GROUPThe Air Force’s 480th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group conducts real-time tactical and national intelligence collection, exploitation, analysis and reporting operations. The group provides cryptologic products and services to warfighters and decision-makers operating in, or concerned with, the U.S. Central Command, U.S. European Command, U.S. Africa Command and U.S. Special Operations Command areas of responsibility. The group also conducts Air Force National Tactical Integration and Tactics Analysis Studies Element missions for the 609th Air and Space Operations Center. The group is the Air Force component of the National Security Agency/Central Security Service – Georgia.NAVY INFORMATION OPERATIONS COMMAND, GEORGIANavy Information Operations Command, Georgia was originally commissioned as Naval Security Group Activity, Fort Gordon. This organization was commissioned Nov. 1, 1995, at Fort Gordon to perform Naval Security Group-related functions. Specifically, it provided operational cryptologic personnel to support the Fort Gordon Regional Security Operations Center. In summer 2005, the security operations center was renamed the National Security Agency/Central Security Service — Georgia. National Security Agency/Central Security Service — Georgia serves as a joint service facility established by the director of the National Security Agency to conduct continuous security operations in support of national and warfighter intelligence requirements.
Valener Reconciliation of adjusted net income attributable to common shareholders For the three months For the six months ended March 31 ended March 31 —————————————————————————-(in millions of dollars) 2017 2016 2017 2016 —————————————————————————-Net income 32.6 29.5 56.7 70.0 Loss (gain) on derivative financial instruments – 2.8 (0.8) 2.7 Income taxes on the gain (loss) on derivative financial instruments – (0.7) 0.2 (0.7)Share in Gaz Metro’s net income adjustments – – (3.6) (23.0)Income taxes related to Gaz Metro’s net income adjustments – – 0.7 – Deferred income taxes related to the outside- basis temporary difference on the interest in Gaz Metro 1.4 1.6 2.2 2.1 Cumulative dividends on Series A preferred shares (1.1) (1.1) (2.2) (2.2)—————————————————————————-Adjusted net income attributable to common shareholders 32.9 32.1 53.2 48.9 —————————————————————————- Valener Reconciliation of normalized operating cash flows For the three months For the six months ended March 31 ended March 31 —————————————————————————-(in millions of dollars) 2017 2016 2017 2016 —————————————————————————-Net income attributable to Partners 142.5 140.5 243.9 295.1 Impact of the regulatory treatment related to employee future benefits (Gaz Metro-QDA) – – – (79.3)Gain on remeasuring CDH following the acquisition – – (12.5) – —————————————————————————-Adjusted net income attributable to Partners 142.5 140.5 231.4 215.8 Per unit, basic and diluted (in $) 0.85 0.84 1.38 1.28 —————————————————————————-Overview of ValenerValener is a widely held public company that serves as the investment vehicle in Gaz Metro. Through its investment in Gaz Metro, Valener offers its shareholders a solid investment in a diversified and largely regulated energy portfolio in Quebec and Vermont. As a strategic partner, Valener, on the one hand, contributes to Gaz Metro’s growth, and on the other, invests in wind power production in Quebec alongside Gaz Metro. Valener favours energy sources and uses that are innovative, clean, competitive and profitable. Valener’s common and preferred shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the “VNR” symbol for common shares and the “VNR.PR.A” symbol for Series A preferred shares. www.valener.com(link is external)Overview of Gaz MetroWith more than $7 billion in assets, Gaz Metro is a leading energy provider. It is the largest natural gas distribution company in Quebec, where its network of over 10,000 km of underground pipelines serves more than 300 municipalities and over 205,000 customers. Gaz Metro is also present in Vermont, producing electricity and distributing electricity and natural gas to meet the needs of more than 315,000 customers. Gaz Metro is actively involved in the development and operation of innovative, promising energy projects, including natural gas as fuel and liquefied natural gas as a replacement to higher emission-producing energies, the production of wind and solar power, and the development of biomethane. Gaz Metro is a major energy sector player that takes the lead in responding to the needs of its customers, regions and municipalities, local organizations and communities while also satisfying the expectations of its Partners (Gaz Metro inc. and Valener) and employees. www.gazmetro.com(link is external)MONTREAL, QUEBEC–(Marketwired – May 11, 2017) – Valener Vermont Gas Systems Inc,Green Mountain Power Corp,Vermont Business Magazine Valener Inc (TSX: VNR(link is external))(TSX: VNR.PR.A(link is external)), the public investment vehicle in Gaz Metro Limited Partnership (“Gaz Metro”), today reported adjusted net income attributable to common shareholders of $32.9 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2017, up $0.8 million or 2.5% from the second quarter of fiscal 2016. This resulted in an adjusted net income of $0.85 per common share for the second quarter of fiscal 2017 compared to $0.83 per common share for the second quarter of fiscal 2016. Gaz Metro is the parent company of Green Mountain Power and Vermont Gas Systems.Net income attributable to common shareholders was $31.5 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2017 compared to $28.4 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2016.Normalized operating cash flows stood at $11.3 million ($0.29 per common share) in the second quarter of fiscal 2017, consistent with the second-quarter results of fiscal 2016.In addition, Valener announced the extension, for four additional years, of the compound annual growth target of 4% on its common share dividends. “Given the quality of its underlying assets and their growing, predictable returns, not to mention the innovative non-regulated projects such as added capacity at the natural gas liquefaction plant in Montreal and the recent acquisition of Standard Solar in the United States, Valener will have increased, accordingly, its annual dividend for eight consecutive years from fiscal 2015 to fiscal 2022,” said Pierre Monahan, Chairman of Valener’s board of directors.DividendValener also announced that its Board of Directors declared, on May 10, 2017, a quarterly dividend of $0.28 per common share, payable on July 17, 2017, to shareholders of record at the close of business on June 30, 2017.In addition, the board of directors announced the extension of the 4% compound annual growth target on common dividends for the next five fiscal years, i.e.; until fiscal 2022, four years later than initially planned.The Board of Directors also declared a quarterly dividend of $0.271875 per Series A preferred share, payable on July 17, 2017, to shareholders of record at the close of business on July 10, 2017.Both dividends are designated as eligible dividends for Canadian tax purposes.Dividend Reinvestment PlanValener offers a Dividend Reinvestment Plan pursuant to which eligible common shareholders may elect, without brokerage and administration fees, to have the cash dividends paid on their common shares automatically reinvested into additional Valener common shares at a discount of 2% of the weighted average price during the five trading days immediately preceding the dividend payment date, as approved by the Board of Directors for the dividend payable on July 17, 2017.Details of the Plan and the enrolment process are available in the “Investors” section of Valener’s Web site under “Shares and dividends(link is external)”.Gaz Metro’s resultsFor the second quarter of fiscal 2017, net income attributable to the Partners of Gaz Metro totalled $142.5 million, a $2.0 million year-over-year increase owing mainly to higher net income generated by natural gas distribution activities in Quebec (“Gaz Metro-QDA”) and Vermont.In addition, Gaz Metro completed the construction of a second liquefaction train at its plant in Montreal East, effectively tripling its production capacity.”Our plant’s annual liquefaction capacity now exceeds 9 billion cubic feet of LNG,” said Sophie Brochu, President and Chief Executive Officer of Gaz Metro. “It’s the only facility of its kind in Eastern Canada. Together with our partner, Investissement Quebec, we can now more than ever fully leverage LNG’s potential to meet the energy needs of industries that operate far from the gas network and to serve customers in the heavy road and marine transportation sectors.””What’s more, by acquiring Standard Solar, Gaz Metro is positioning itself to capitalize on the projected growth in solar energy in the U.S.,” she continued. “This acquisition reflects Gaz Metro’s commitment to further establishing its presence in the renewable energy sector while continuing to grow its current operations.”Valener– Adjusted net income(1,2) of $0.85 per common share in the second quarter of fiscal 2017 compared to $0.83 per share in the second quarter of fiscal 2016; — Normalized operating cash flows(1) per common share of $0.29 for the second quarter of fiscal 2017, unchanged from the second quarter of fiscal 2016; and — Extension of the dividend growth target for common shares — Compound annual growth of 4% for four additional years starting in fiscal 2019. For the three months For the six months ended March 31 ended March 31 —————————————————————————-(in millions of dollars) 2017 2016 2017 2016 —————————————————————————-Cash flows related to operating activities 12.4 12.4 25.7 23.9 Dividends to preferred shareholders (1.1) (1.1) (2.2) (2.2)—————————————————————————-Normalized operating cash flows 11.3 11.3 23.5 21.7 —————————————————————————- Gaz Metro Limited Partnership Reconciliation of adjusted net income attributable to Partners Gaz Metro– Adjusted net income(1,3) of $142.5 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2017, up $2.0 million from the second quarter of fiscal 2016; — Adjusted net income(1,3) per unit of $0.85 compared to $0.84 for the second quarter of fiscal 2016; — Standard Solar, Inc.: acquisition completed in April (following the announcement in March); — Liquefaction, storage and regasification (“LSR”): commissioning of new facilities tripling the plant’s liquefaction capacity; and — Vermont Gas Systems, Inc.: full commissioning of the system development project in Addison County. ( 1) Financial measures not defined by U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). (2) Adjusted net income attributable to common shareholders. (3) Adjusted net income attributable to Partners. A reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures is presented hereafter. Summary of Valener’s results For the three months For the six months ended March 31 ended March 31 ————————————————(in millions of dollars, unless otherwise indicated) 2017 2016 2017 2016—————————————————————————-Net income 32.6 29.5 56.7 70.0—————————————————————————-Net income attributable to common shareholders 31.5 28.4 54.5 67.8—————————————————————————-Adjusted net income attributable to common shareholders (1) 32.9 32.1 53.2 48.9Per common share (in $) (1) 0.85 0.83 1.37 1.27—————————————————————————-Normalized operating cash flows (1) 11.3 11.3 23.5 21.7Per common share (in $) (1) 0.29 0.29 0.61 0.56============================================================================(1) These financial measures are not defined by GAAP. A reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures is presented hereafter. Seigneurie de Beaupre wind farms – Valener and Gaz Metro For the three months For the six months ended March 31 ended March 31—————————————————————————- 2017 2016 2017 2016—————————————————————————-Actual output of Wind Farms 2 and 3 (in MWh) 245,119 243,954 458,431 452,869Actual output of Wind Farm 4 (in MWh) 62,180 60,373 117,412 112,514—————————————————————————-Cash flows related to the operating activities of Wind Farms 2 and 3 (in millions of $) 11.1 8.9 24.6 24.1Cash flows related to the operating activities of Wind Farm 4 (in millions of $) 2.7 2.7 5.0 18.5—————————————————————————-Distributions paid by Wind Farms 2 and 3 (in millions of $) – – – -Distributions paid by Wind Farm 4 (in millions of $) – – 0.7 —————————————————————————–(1) Includes a $12.9 million payment received from Hydro-Quebec in the first quarter of fiscal 2016 relating to a note receivable for the reimbursement of certain construction costs. Seigneurie de Beaupre Wind Farms 2 and 3 General Partnership (“Wind Farms 2 and 3”) and Seigneurie de Beaupre Wind Farm 4 General Partnership (“Wind Farm 4”) generated a combined 307,299 MWh of electricity in the second quarter of fiscal 2017, a year-over-year increase of 2,972 MWh, or 1.0%, owing to stronger winds than those of second-quarter 2016. The resulting operating cash flows for the second quarter of 2017 totalled $13.8 million, up $2.2 million from the same quarter in fiscal 2016.Wind Farms 2 and 3 and Wind Farm 4 used these cash flows to pay distributions of $7.4 million and $1.3 million, respectively, in April 2017.Gaz Metro’s segment results – Net income and adjusted net income attributable to Partners(1) For the three months For the six months ended March 31 ended March 31 ————————————————(in millions of dollars) 2017 2016 2017 2016 —————————————————————————-Energy Distribution Gaz Metro-QDA 114.4 112.9 178.5 166.3 Impact of recognizing regulatory assets related to employee future benefits (Gaz Metro-QDA) (2) – – – 79.3 Vermont (3) 22.4 20.5 42.8 38.8 —————————————————————————- 136.8 133.4 221.3 284.4 —————————————————————————-Natural Gas Transportation (3) 6.7 7.4 11.6 11.9 —————————————————————————-Electricity Production (3) 1.5 1.5 2.3 2.0 —————————————————————————-Energy Services, Storage and Other (3) 1.6 0.9 2.6 1.9 Gain on remeasuring CDH following the acquisition (4) – – 12.5 – —————————————————————————- 1.6 0.9 15.1 1.9 —————————————————————————-Corporate Affairs (3) (4.1) (2.7) (6.4) (5.1)—————————————————————————-Net income attributable to Partners 142.5 140.5 243.9 295.1 —————————————————————————-Adjustments (2) (4) – – (12.5) (79.3)—————————————————————————-Adjusted net income attributable to Partners (1) 142.5 140.5 231.4 215.8 ============================================================================(1) This financial measure is not defined by GAAP. A reconciliation of non- GAAP financial measures is presented hereafter. (2) One-time adjustment to account for a regulatory asset related to employee future benefits and resulting from the conversion to GAAP. (3) Net of financing costs of investments in this segment. These costs consist of the interest on long-term debt incurred by Gaz Metro to finance investments in the subsidiaries, joint ventures and entities subject to significant influence in each of these segments. (4) $12.5 million gain on remeasuring, at fair value, Gaz Metro’s ownership interest in CDH Solutions & Operations Limited Partnership (“CDH”) (which holds 100% of the issued and outstanding units of CCUM) following Gaz Metro’s acquisition of an additional 50% interest. SEGMENT INFORMATIONEnergy DistributionIn QuebecFor the second quarter of fiscal 2017, Gaz Metro-QDA’s net income attributable to Partners totalled $114.4 million, a $1.5 million year-over-year increase that was mainly due to:– growth of investments in the rate base; and — the favourable impact of recognizing a $2.8 million share in overearnings during the second quarter of fiscal 2017; partly offset by lower distribution revenues as a result of an overall average price decrease following changes in customer consumption.Given this recognition of the share in overearnings, Gaz Metro expects that the fiscal 2017 net income generated by the Quebec Energy Distribution segment will slightly exceed the earnings projected in the 2017 rate case.BiomethanationThe project to purchase renewable natural gas (“RNG”) from the city of Saint-Hyacinthe continues to move forward, with the first injections of RNG scheduled for June 2017. The city will produce up to 13 million cubic metres of RNG per year, most of which will be injected into Gaz Metro’s gas network. Quebec’s natural gas consumers will therefore gain access to a locally produced source of clean, renewable energy.In VermontThrough Green Mountain Power Corporation (“GMP”) and Vermont Gas Systems (“VGS”), the Energy Distribution segment in Vermont recorded net income attributable to Partners of $22.4 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2017, a $1.9 million or 9.3% year-over-year increase that was mainly due to:– an increase in GMP’s rate base; and — a timing difference between revenue and cost recognition. Addison projectOn April 12, 2017, VGS completed construction and put into service the extension to its natural gas distribution system in Addison County. The project is viewed as beneficial for the State of Vermont given that, aside from its environmental advantages, natural gas is a competitive energy solution compared to other fossil fuels. A 0.6 km segment is currently the subject of legal proceedings before the Supreme Court of Vermont. In December 2016, the Supreme Court of Vermont authorized VGS to continue the work without ruling on the merits of the appeal. The hearings before the Supreme Court of Vermont took place in April 2017 and a decision is expected to follow this year.Solar powerAs part of its commercial goal of continuing to offer sources of renewable energy generation to Vermont residents, GMP submitted three new solar farm projects, each having a capacity of 5 MW, to the Vermont Public Service Board (“VPSB”) in March 2017. Each farm will also have the capacity to store 2 MW of energy. Located in the State of Vermont, these projects will be held in partnership and represent an investment of approximately US$26 million for GMP. VPSB approvals are expected in early 2018 and construction is scheduled for autumn 2018.Natural Gas TransportationFor the second quarter of fiscal 2017, the Natural Gas Transportation segment generated net income attributable to Partners of $6.7 million, down $0.7 million year over year mainly because of a decrease in volumes transported by Portland Natural Gas Transmission System (a Gaz Metro entity subject to significant influence) given fewer short-term contracts.Electricity ProductionThe Electricity Production segment recorded net income attributable to Partners of $1.5 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2017, unchanged from the net income of $1.5 million generated in the same quarter of fiscal 2016.Acquisition of Standard SolarIn April 2017, Gaz Metro, through one of its subsidiaries, made a strategic acquisition by acquiring all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Standard Solar for a net cash consideration of US$16.3 million. Based in the State of Maryland, Standard Solar is a U.S. leader in the solar power sector and provides development, engineering, supply management, construction and solar power systems operations and maintenance services in the commercial, industrial and institutional sectors. Standard Solar operates in many U.S. states and currently has a large portfolio of construction-ready projects for a total capacity of nearly 80 MW, a significant project-development portfolio, and over 100 MW of solar generation capacity under management. With this acquisition, Gaz Metro is growing its presence and expertise in the solar power sector-one of the fastest growing sectors in the United States. In keeping with Gaz Metro’s strategic vision, this acquisition will deepen Gaz Metro’ s existing know-how in the solar power sector and build on its presence in the renewable energy segment, all while ensuring the long-term growth of its activities.Energy Services, Storage and OtherFor the second quarter of fiscal 2017, the Energy Services, Storage and Other segment recorded net income attributable to Partners of $1.6 million, a $0.7 million year-over-year increase that primarily reflects a $0.4 million favourable impact of acquiring an additional interest in CDH Solutions & Operations Limited Partnership (“CDH”), which owns Climatisation et Chauffage Urbains de Montreal, s.e.c.LSR plantIn April 2017, Gaz Metro put into service new infrastructure at the LSR plant. The plant now has an annual production capacity of more than 9 billion cubic feet of liquefied natural gas. As a result, Gaz Metro can better meet the growing demand in road and marine transport markets and in areas located far from Gaz Metro-QDA’s gas system, particularly the Nord-du-Quebec and Cote-Nord regions of Quebec and the Northeastern United States. As at March 31, 2017, Gaz Metro and its partner, Investissement Quebec, had invested $66.5 million and $48.2 million, respectively, in the project.Corporate AffairsThe Corporate Affairs segment recorded a net loss of $4.1 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2017 compared to a net loss of $2.7 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2016, mainly because of higher development costs on various projects, in particular the Standard Solar acquisition.Financial initiativesOn March 31, 2017, Gaz Metro issued 4,545,455 new units as part of a private placement for total proceeds of $100 million. The placement proceeds were used for general business purposes.Valener subscribed to its proportional share of the outstanding units, i.e., 1,318,291 Gaz Metro units for approximately $29 million. Gaz Metro inc. also subscribed to its proportional share of these units.Reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measuresFor additional information on non-GAAP financial measures, refer to Valener’s MD&A for the three-month and six-month periods ended March 31, 2017 and 2016.
Mentoring picnic delivers access to law students December 1, 2010 Jan Pudlow Senior Editor Regular News Mentoring picnic delivers access to law students Senior EditorWhat began years ago as a small gathering at a bookstore courtyard for University of Miami students has swelled into a colossal celebration of diversity, attracting busloads of minority law students willing to travel hundreds of miles to find advice and inspiration. Converging at the Amelia Earhart Park in Hialeah November 13, an estimated crowd of more than 2,000 came to the Seventh Annual Minority Mentoring Picnic to teach and learn about the legal profession that strives to better reflect society.“This is one of those rare events that brings so many members of the minority legal community from all over Florida to one location. So it’s a great opportunity to meet people that we wouldn’t normally have access to,” said Lorraine Young, a Florida State University College of Law student who made the journey from Tallahassee, wearing an “I need mentor” sticker and quick to present a polished business card announcing she’s a “juris doctor candidate 2012.”A big straw hat bobbing through the crowd helped spot Miami lawyer John Kozyak (a.k.a. Mr. Picnic), the creator of the fun event with the lofty purpose of bringing lawyers, judges, and law students together to forge mentoring relationships.Bustling around the picnic grounds since 6 a.m. to attend to last-minute details, Kozyak proclaimed with a grin: “This is much better than my birthday!”Plates were piled high with delectable ethnic fare: arroz con pollo, paella, whole roasted pig, jerk chicken, goat, lamb, soul food, barbecue ribs, and good old traditional hotdogs and hamburgers.The thwack of volleyballs during a spirited tournament mixed with the splash and laughter of voluntary bar leaders getting soaked at a dunking booth.Old friends and colleagues greeted each other with hearty handshakes and hugs, and set out to make new friends and find someone to mentor.Raoul Cantero, a former Supreme Court justice now in private practice in Miami, placed an “I need mentee” sticker on his shirt.“I think it’s important for experienced attorneys to guide and mentor young attorneys and law students, because you get out of law school and you have only the foundations for a practice, but none of the walls, the roof, the ceiling, nothing else has been built. And there are a lot of pitfalls out there when you are in the practice,” said Cantero, who has experienced all levels of mentoring: one-time lunches, occasional phone calls and e-mails, and long-term relationships.“People need guidance, and a lot of attorneys aren’t going into large law firms, and aren’t going into government service. They are on their own, and they need people to guide them. If not, they can get lost.”Just then Miami attorney Matt Dietz walked up to say he was thankful Cantero took him out to lunch when he first came to Florida in 1995.“He gave me some great advice before I even started being a lawyer,” Dietz said.What great advice was that? Dietz went blank and mumbled, “Oh, gosh.”To laughter, Cantero stepped in to say: “I think my advice was, ‘Order the grilled fish.’ Now he’s developed into a mentor himself.”The prevailing spirit of the day was sharing what you know, and a sure place to give and receive was under the Legends & Leaders Tent, where Detra Shaw-Wilder made sure seasoned advice flowed from 12:15 p.m. to 4 p.m.First up to the microphone was ABA President Steve Zack. Zack’s No. 1 piece of advice to law students: “Find a mentor and do not hesitate to call that mentor, and maybe more than one mentor. There may be somebody who mentors you in one particular area, and not in another. But what happens, and this is just natural, you are afraid to call. You don’t want to bother somebody. Well, the idea of a mentor is we want to be bothered. We want you to call us. We want to help.”When Zack started practicing 40 years ago, his mentors were right across the hall at the firm.“Since we didn’t make much money, there was lots of time to get guidance, to sit down and watch depositions, and go to court,” Zack said.“Today, the other side of the high side of salaries is these law students are not allowed to really learn their craft the way they should. You have a whole different issue of more lawyers leaving law school and opening up solo practices than ever before, because of the job market. They, more than anyone, need mentors.”Daryl Parks, president of the National Bar Association, delivered pointed advice with a down-home drawl: “Y’all find a mentor! Even today, I don’t settle a major case without going to one of my friends or mentors who have had similar experiences and can help me out. It’s so important. You cannot do this alone.”Kozyak, a longtime champion of diversity in the legal profession, said he has “recently been focusing on how I can help Muslims, because I know how much prejudice and hatred is directed at them.”At the picnic giving the Muslim lawyer perspective was Khurrum Wahid, president of the Florida Muslim Bar Association. A lot of young attorneys have told him that they are having a tough time getting a job, not just because of the economy, but because of stereotypical backlash from the “post 9-11 effect.”In his law practice, Wahid said he does a lot of national security cases, representing people charged with terrorism. “When we do those jury selection questionnaires, we see very clearly that there is a strong correlation between if somebody has not met a Muslim, they have a negative opinion of Muslims, and if they have met a Muslim, they have a positive opinion. So, that clearly shows me we just have to get people to meet others who identify themselves as Muslims, and that will help immediately erode some of the negative stereotypes, and make it more and more clear that we are Americans, just like anybody else.”Speaking to the racially and ethnically diverse array of students gathered under the tent, Wahid said: “We want to make sure if your name is Mohammad. . . that you don’t have to change your name or identity in any way, shape, or form to get a job in this profession.. . . ”And, he stressed, it’s not just about getting a job.“You are an ambassador for change. I believe that is one of the real amazing parts of this profession: an inbred certain degree of credibility. Saying you are a lawyer has credibility. That gets you through the door. Someone will now listen to you. And what you say, that’s what’s going to change the world.“That’s why this is such an important opportunity for you. Not just being in law school, but trying to find a lawyer to work with you in a mentor-mentee relationship, and using that to change their perspective.. . . “You are actually a great asset for these law firms. You can bring to the table not only a great economic benefit for whomever you end up working with, but you can be part of that sea of change in our profession.“And I believe that is, quite frankly, both a burden and a great asset that you all carry. I hope you take that with you as you walk around and definitely find an attorney to work with, and keep that in mind and hang on to your identity as you do it.”Back home three days after the picnic, FSU law student Lorraine Young said, “I think what I took away from the picnic was greater than just obtaining one mentor. I had the opportunity to network with several members of the legal community from Tallahassee, alumni of FSU’s College of Law, and students from around the state. The picnic enabled all of us to forge some natural relationships and become more comfortable within the legal community at large. Overall, it was an invaluable experience, and I definitely look forward to attending again as a 3L!”
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Russia’s Vympel shipyard, Rybinsk has launched a new hydrographic vessel of project 19920 made for the Russian Navy.According to the Russian Ministry of Defence, on the same day, the enterprise laid down keel for another vessel of that project.The ship is equipped with advanced automated hydrographic complexes with multi-beam echo sounders and high-precision positioning systems.After all trials and tests, the newbuild will be delivered to the Leningradskaya military naval base located in the city of Lomonosov. The delivery is scheduled for the end of the summer.The ship will be used to maintain over 160 navigational signs located on islands in hard-to-reach sectors.In addition, the vessel will be used to conduct survey of the bottom of the Gulf of Finland.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has detained the Panama flagged bulk carrier MV Apellis after an inspection revealed a number of deficiencies relating to the working conditions of the crew.“The vessel has been detained on the matter of non-payment of wages and it will remain under detention by AMSA until this deficiency is rectified,” AMSA said.AMSA inspected the vessel at Esperance grain jetty after receiving a complaint from the International Transport Workers Federation raising concerns about the welfare of the crew.Once on board, the AMSA surveyor discovered a number of deficiencies including seafarers not being repatriated as required by their employment agreements, seafarers not being provided a monthly account of wages for the month of August and not being paid monthly as required by their employment agreements in addition to inadequate quality or nutritional value of food on board.AMSA’s General Manager of Ship Safety, Allan Schwartz, said that the proper treatment of seafarers is just as important as the proper maintenance of ships’ equipment – a failure in either system can lead to serious accidents.“All ships in Australian waters need to comply with Australian standards,” Schwartz said. “Seafarers live difficult lives often spending many months at sea away from their families and friends. Any vessel which is found to be in breach of the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) or other Australian standards will be detained by AMSA and repeat offenders risk being banned from Australian waters.”All Australian registered and foreign flagged vessels within Australian waters must comply with the standards set out in the MLC.The MV Apellis is operated by Pyrsos Shipping Co Ltd and chartered by Hudson Shipping Lines.
English singer-songwriter Maz O’Connor will release new album Chosen Daughter on 25th October via Restless Head/Hudson Records.The album is her first new studio album since 2016 and the lead single, San Francisco, is out to stream and download now. Watch the video below:Chosen Daughter started coming to life following a chance conversation Maz had with her mother as they watched the film Philomena (about a woman’s search for her forcibly adopted son in Ireland). That conversation revealed that Maz’s mother had been adopted from a Catholic mother and baby home run by nuns. Her mum’s birth mother had been an Irish domestic servant in England when she fell pregnant. Her story inspired Predator and Finer than I on the new album.Following that Maz travelled to her grandmother’s childhood home in Ireland and the new songs began to flow. The end result is a collection of deeply personal songs. Lead track San Francisco was inspired by Maz’s eldest sister moving to the California city aged 16 to become a nun and in return the Order educated and housed all of her sisters in England, effectively saving the family after they were left destitute when their father died.All songs on the record were written and arranged by Maz O’Connor, and produced, engineered and mixed by Mattie Foulds at Caribou Studios. Chosen Daughter was mastered by Stuart Hamilton at Castle Studios.
Share Share If Kirani James takes the sportsman of the year award in January this will be the fourth consecutive year for the 20 year-old who also copped the national award in 2009, 2010 and 2011.ST.GEORGE’S, Grenada – Reigning World and Olympic 400 metres champion, Kirani James, and ace middle distance runner, Neisha Bernard-Smith, are front runners for Grenada’s top sports personalities of 2012, a popular sports website has predicted.GrenadaSports, run by veteran New York based Grenadian sports journalist Michael Bascombe, is favouring James and Bernard–Smith to take the top award at the sports award ceremony carded for January 26th.James sparked massive celebrations across Grenada and in the Diaspora after creating history by winning the country’s first medal at the summer Olympics in London.“There is no doubt that (Kirani) James’ exploits in 2012 surpasses any other local achievement,” said GrenadaSports.“He could easily pick up any and all awards at stake in the annual ceremony held to recognise outstanding sporting achievements,”If James takes the sportsman of the year award in January this will be the fourth consecutive year for the 20 year-old who also copped the national award in 2009, 2010 and 2011.Bernard-Smith, who will turn 32 the same week of the awards ceremony, defied age and in June, attained a “B” Standard qualifying time of 2:01.21 in the Women’s 800m for the London Olympic Games. She eventually reached the semi-finals of the event with a season’s best 2:00.68.“Granted her age and demands of the 800m, Neisha surpassed expectations in 2012 to qualify and then progressed to the semis,” GrenadaSports reported.The Grenada Olympic Committee (GOC), organizers of the annual sports awards ceremony, is expected to release the list of nominees in early January. Caribbean 360 Share 24 Views no discussions NewsSports Kirani James aims for beaver trick of sports awards by: – December 28, 2012 Tweet Sharing is caring!
BusinessLocalNews DAIC Conducts Survey and Hosts Special Meeting for the Local Private Sector by: – March 13, 2020 Sharing is caring! 57 Views no discussions Share Tweet Share Roseau, March 13, 2020 – The Dominica Association of Industry and Commerce is conducting a survey on the impact of COVID-19 on the local Private Sector.The DAIC acknowledges that COVID-19 is not only a threat to the health of our citizens but also a threat to our economic development.This survey seeks to understand the impact thus far on sales, production, logistics and employee productivity; the greatest anticipated short-term effects of COVID-19 on businesses within the next 12 months; the measures and best practices implemented by businesses to curb the effect of the virus; and the support required in managing the impact of COVID-19.Responses to this survey are requested by Wednesday, March 18th, 2020. These responses will greatly inform on the impact of COVID-19 on our business community; hence, wide participation is greatly encouraged.The DAIC also announces a special meeting for its Membership and the other members and partners of the Private Sector on Thursday, March 19th, from 2:30 to 4:00 PM at the Prevo Cinemall Ballroom.This special meeting is to receive the most updated information on COVID-19. The agenda includes: updated protocols and best practices for the Private Sector in managing COVID-19, the report of the local survey conducted, and a cutting-edge presentation on Crisis Management from Mrs. Nikima Royer-JnoBaptiste.Should you have any questions, please contact the DAIC at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1(767)449-1962.The survey can be found here Share