OMG: Idina Menzel & Julie Andrews Are in the Same Room Together!

first_imgWarning: too much theatrical greatness in one room! Stage and screen legend Julie Andrews and If/Then star Idina Menzel stopped by the Watch What Happens Live clubhouse with Andy Cohen on May 1, and our theater nerd brains more or less exploded. A lot was revealed during their time on the show, including how Menzel would do the Wicked movie either as “the mother of Elphaba” or if she got some Avatar-esque CGI treatment, who makes Andrews a “bad girl” and yes, their takes on the infamous “Adele Dazeem” flub and the The Sound Of Music Live! broadcast. Take a look at clips from their appearance below, and catch Menzel in her Tony-nominated performance in If/Then and at Radio City Music Hall! View Comments Related Shows If/Then Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015 Star Files Idina Menzellast_img read more

SBA to open recovery center for Hurricane Irene survivors in Brattleboro

first_imgThe US Small Business Administration announced today that a recovery center will open at the Brattleboro Development Credit Center inBrattleboro on Tuesday, October 11 at 8 a.m. to assist individuals and businesses affected by Hurricane Irene.”Due to the amount of physical and economic losses caused by Hurricane Irene in Vermont, we want to make it more convenient for victims to get assistance by opening a SBA recovery center.  Survivors can meet individually with SBA representatives and find out how a low-interest disaster loan can help them recover,” said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta.  The Center is located in the following community and open as indicated:Windham CountyBrattleboro Development Credit Corporation76 Cotton Mill Hill, 2nd FloorBrattleboro, VT 05301Opens: Tuesday, October 11, 2011Hours: 8 a.m. ‘ 5 p.m., Monday through Friday,until further notice. Loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate.   Homeowners and renters are eligible for loans up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.Businesses and non-profit organizations of any size may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets.The SBA may increase a loan up to 20 percent of the total amount of disaster damage to real estate and/or leasehold improvements, as verified by SBA, to make improvements that lessen the risk of property damage by future disasters of the same kind.For small businesses, and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes, the SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster.  EIDL assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage.Interest rates are as low as 2.5 percent for homeowners and renters, 3 percent for non-profit organizations and 4 percent for businesses with terms up to 30 years.  Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.Individuals and businesses unable to visit one of the Centers may obtain information on loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov(link sends e-mail).  Loan applications can also be downloaded from the SBA website at www.sba.gov(link is external) . Completed applications should be returned to one of the Centers or mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.  Those affected by the disaster may also apply for disaster loans electronically from SBA’s website athttps://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/(link is external).The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is October 31, 2011.  The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 1, 2012.  For more information about the SBA’s Disaster Loan Program, visit www.sba.gov(link is external).SOURCE U.S. Small Business Administration ATLANTA, Oct. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —last_img read more

Local and Voluntary Bar News

first_imgLocal and Voluntary Bar News June 15, 2002 Regular News NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY Law Professor Marilyn Cane has spearheaded a Special Master Project at NSU Law, handling claims of privilege and confidentiality for over 1,400,000 pages of documents subject to discovery in a major product liability case. With the aid of 50 NSU law students and the project coordinator, NSU graduate Jamie Morgan, Cane helped to solve a multitude of daunting issues surrounding these documents. These issues are related to finding and training people to review such vast numbers of papers, as well as the organizing and reviewing process of these documents — specifically in organizing these documents in such a way that allows the efficient retrieval by the parties, the special master, the judge, and any appellate court. Upon agreeing to serve as special master before Judge Robert Andrews of the 17th Judicial Circuit, Cane began the process of solving the logistical problem to safely store these documents and have ready access to them at all times. To accommodate this need, Cane acquired local storage and periodically transported these boxes to the law center, and scanned the documents into a computer database for easy retrieval later. Cane also employed NSU law students for the task of reviewing the information, which served the dual purpose of having a supervised review process and gave students hands-on experience with evidentiary privileges in a real world context. To date, over 1,000,000 pages under the privilege claims of attorney-client, work product, trade secrets, and business confidentiality have been reviewed. Over 193,071 pages have been scanned into the database, using high-speed scanners at the Shepard Broad Law Center. The fees charged for the scanning were remitted to the Law Center to be used for law student scholarships. Pictured is Cane presenting a check for scholarships to Dean Joseph Harbaugh as students look on. Wells, Bush attend drug court graduation Chief Justice Charles T. Wells and Governor Jeb Bush recently addressed graduates from Florida’s adult criminal, juvenile dependency, and juvenile drug courts at the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commission Chambers.Chief Judge Joseph P. Farina, Gwen Margolis, chair of the Board of County Commissioners, local officials, and drug treatment program representatives also were present as Drug Court participants were honored for their successful completion of the program. This year marks the third year that the Florida Supreme Court and the governor have addressed graduates of Drug Court, and the event was broadcast via the Internet to judicial circuits around Florida who were simultaneously conducting their drug court graduations.In 1989, Miami-Dade County established the first drug court in the country. Today there are over 750 operational drug courts throughout the United States. Drug Court is a specialty court that handles cases involving drug-addicted offenders through an extensive supervision and treatment program. Drug courts are one of the most successful treatment intervention strategies in the justice system and Florida leads the nation with the development of drug courts having, 69 in operation and 10 programs currently being planned. ROSE MARIE ARCHIBALD, left, was recently awarded the Woman of the Year Award for 2002 by the Volusia/Flagler Association for Women Lawyers. The award was presented by VFAWL President Shirley Green, right. Archibald was honored for her work with foster children and as a special education advocate for 50 children at the Mary McLeod Bethune Center, along with her work as a supervising attorney of Special Education Law at Central Florida Legal Services for Volusia County. Aprille Rhynard also was awarded the VFAWL Distinguished Service Award for 2002 for her work with the mentally handicapped. South Miami-Kendall Bar awards scholarships The South Miami Kendall Bar Association and co-sponsor, Florida Savings Bank, recently presented the annual M.H. Paul Van Hemert Scholarship to Kahlida Nicole Lloyd of Coral Reef Senior High.The $1,000 college scholarship is named for M.H. Paul Van Hemert, a member of the South Miami Kendall Bar Association, noted for his professionalism and ethics, who died a few years ago.Lloyd was selected from among those students who participate in the Miami Dade County Executive Internship Program and who intern with attorneys in the South Miami-Kendall area. The Executive Internship Program is a full year high school program that exposes the students to a genuine working environment for which they receive school credits.Scholarship recipients are selected based on grade point averages, extracurricular activities, recommendations from the attorneys for whom they intern, response to an essay, and need. Scholarship Committee Chair Howard Kuker said there “was no difficulty in selecting Kalida Lloyd from among the many deserving applicants. Her credentials shone out.”Florida Savings Bank in Pinecrest is also a partner of The Florida Bar Foundation and is on the IOTA bank honor roll. its participation in the IOTA program, Florida Savings Bank supports the Foundation’s efforts in providing grants for legal assistance for the poor, improvements in the administration of justice, and loans and scholarships for the law. Firm celebrates Law Day The partners of Page & Eichenblatt left the courtroom for a Boone High School classroom during Law Week 2002.Gregg Page, Steve Eichenblatt, and Lee Bernbaum participated in a mock DUI trial with Boone students and Orange County Judge Frederick Lauten. Boone High School offers a law program as part of the magnet school’s curriculum. Students played the roles of defendant, jurors, and audience in the school’s mock courtroom. Eichenblatt defended the “accused” student in the trial, with Page as the prosecutor. Bernbaum took the stand as the arresting officer. UF puts state’s historical legal documents online It may be difficult these days to imagine divorces taking place in Tallahassee’s state government buildings, but in early territorial Florida — before it became a state — public divorce proceedings before the legislature were commonplace.This is one of many historical tidbits revealed on the new Florida Historical Legal Documents Web pages, among the first of its kind in the country and put together by a team from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.“If you’re interested in state laws and history, it’s fascinating,” Mae Clark, assistant director of technical services for the law school’s Legal Information Center and coordinator of the online catalogue of Florida laws and legislative proceedings of 1822-1845.Putting the documents online was a project Clark and her colleagues at the law library launched in November 2000. They collected state documents from those 23 years, had them transferred to CD-ROM, and put the information online this month.“Many people want to know about early Florida law, establishment of the state, the court system, and how selection of capitals and county seats was made,” Clark said. “Previously, they would have had to go to a library at one of the state’s universities to do this kind of research. Now they can do it online from anywhere.”And although the early constitutions of some states are online, Florida may be the first state to have the full text of all of its territorial documents on the World Wide Web, Clark said.“Mae and other of our library personnel did an outstanding job on this very important program, which is another example of how our college of law serves all of the peoples of this state,” said Betty Taylor, law library director and professor of law. “Future state funding would allow Mae and her colleagues to extend information available into the 1900s.According to Clark, the site is keyword-searchable, “making it easy to do such things as legal, historical and genealogical research. There are so many things to discover. For example, one can search for the name of the county in which he/she lives to see documents related to its history, and a University of Michigan professor already has used the site for his research into pre-Civil War laws.”Visitors to the site can compare Florida laws and regulations with those of mid-19th century contemporaries in the established United States and Europe to develop a perspective about state history. Clark notes that contrary to what most might think about Spanish influence on early Florida, British common law is at the root of most territorial rule making.Among facts to be found on the site:• There was an East and a West Florida during the early territorial stage, which helps explain why Tallahassee was chosen as the state capital as the areas were merged.• All divorces had to be approved by the Florida legislature, so details of early settlers’ lives are a matter of record.• Current familiar names of many cities, counties, and rivers evolved over time. For instance, Santa Fe was originally “Santafee.”• In early territorial Florida, there was no separation of church and state: The legislature was responsible for appointing boards that incorporated churches. Thus site visitors can check on religious roots in the state.• Establishment of roads, ferries, and mail routes were recorded in legal documents, giving site visitors details on development of the state’s infrastructure.• Slave laws give insight into the Florida population’s pre-Civil War feelings toward slavery.The Florida Historical Legal Documents Page is at http://palmm.fcla.edu/law. AAML endows legal scholarships At its recent 24th Annual Institute in Tampa, the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers committed to contribute $23,000 to eight Florida law schools during the 2002-2003 academic year.To date, more than $250,000 has been donated by the academy’s Florida chapter to establish endowment funds and provide additional scholarship money to students who exhibit exceptional achievement in their study of family law.Contributions of $1,000 for scholarships are being given to the University of Florida, whose endowment is already fully funded, and Barry University College of Law. As it has with the other schools, the Florida chapter has offered to work with Barry to establish an endowed scholarship fund, eventually totaling $50,000.In addition to providing financial support, academy fellows also are available, if needed, to assist Florida’s law schools by serving as guest lecturers and adjunct professors. South Florida Red Mass draws hundreds Nearly 400 judges, lawyers, and guests attended the 13th annual Red Mass, reception, and dinner sponsored recently by the St. Thomas More Society of South Florida.The Red Mass was celebrated at St. Anthony’s Church in Ft. Lauderdale. Judge Joseph A. Murphy, president of the St. Thomas More Society, presided over the evening event.Rev. Edward A. Malloy, president of the University of Notre Dame, was the guest speaker. Sr. John Norton Barrett, the former principal of St. Thomas Aquinas High School, received the Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy Award, and was recognized for his contributions to education and the community. THE LEE COUNTY ASSOCIATION FOR WOMEN LAWYERS recently recognized Judge Margaret O. Steinbeck at its 13th Annual Judicial Reception on Law Day, in appreciation of her service and commitment to the judicial system. Pictured from the left are Helene O’Connell, Hayley Brady, Judge Steinbeck, Carolyn Delizia, and Laurie Anton. Judge Steinbeck was honored as a “shining example” of someone who is a role model leading by example and fulfilling the mission and purposes of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. Judge Steinbeck discussed the history and importance of Law Day and centered on this year’s theme of “Celebrating Your Freedom — Assuring Equal Justice for All.”last_img read more

NCUA awards $2 million to low-income credit unions

first_img 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The NCUA announced that 225 low-income credit unions received more than $2 million in funds in the agency’s latest round of grants.The NCUA’s Office of Small Credit Union Initiatives administered the Community Development Revolving Loan Fund grant process, and its Director, William Myers, said the high degree of credit union participation has been encouraging. continue reading »last_img read more

Bacolod diocese sets ‘new normal’ protocols

first_imgThe policy, also referred to as “Balik Simba,” aims to implement minimal health protocols to combat the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).According to the guidelines, churches under the diocese are ordered to implement social distancing measures including how parishioners line up and seating arrangements. In addition, prior to entering the church, temperature checks would be conducted and those permitted entry must step on a footbath.Rubbing alcohol would be available at the entrance.Some churches have installed wash sinks in order for churchgoers to wash their hands prior to entering church premises.Everyone would be required to wear face masks and are encouraged to avoid “unnecessary movements.”For mass offerings, the diocese has decided to have a box available at the entrance of the church for any offerings or donations.Meanwhile, churchgoers should not to hold hands when reciting the Lord’s Prayer as well as avoiding shaking hands, or beso-beso.When receiving communion, parishioners are advised not to get too close to Eucharistic ministers and distribution of the Eucharist will be done hand-to-hand only.The diocese added that for the veneration of images, churchgoers should bow and make the sign of the cross.Aside from the minimal health measures, a reliable source inside the diocese said individuals below 21 years old and above 60 years old will not be allowed to enter church premises.However, an arrangement has been made at some parish churches for chairs to be placed outside a few meters apart with speakers utilized to project the mass.Regular disinfection after mass will be conducted./PN BY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGABACOLOD City – With Negros Occidental shifting to a more lenient modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), the Diocese of Bacolod has begun preparations for the resumption of worship services by launching “new normal” liturgical guidelines.last_img read more

Martin Clarke, Metric Gaming: Leading the counter trend to scale-driven cookie-cutter solutions

first_imgShare Mexico’s igaming market blurred by new digital VAT scheme June 8, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit Share Digitain nets industry first with table football feed May 26, 2020 Codere Chairman pursues final options to save the company  May 22, 2020 Metric Gaming Head of Product Martin Clarke discusses the current issues surrounding innovation and how the industry’s existing technology may be a roadblock to creativity, especially for dynamic live betting markets. SBC: The gambling industry has often been criticised for being too homogeneous, with the only competition on the amount of money given to players via bonuses. Why is there a lack of differentiation in the space?Martin Clarke: Two words: Legacy Technology.A fair criticism levelled at the iGaming industry is that it was slow to embrace and invest in digital. By the time that epiphany finally manifested, the arena of battle quickly shifted to mobile and that’s caught almost everyone out.As a result, leading technology stacks employed across the industry were developed in the 20th century and are creaking under the pressure of trying to deal with and solve 21st century problems. You don’t need to be an industry guru to realise most brands aren’t set up for a product war that requires agile product iteration in response to customer feedback.A great example of this is the latest soccer innovation to be adopted across the industry: Create-A-Bet. Most brands have had to accept major compromises, like not being available in-play or in some cases a manual implementation. This has been the case for well over a year now.No brand would choose to go live with such a sub-standard execution but the technologies they and their suppliers use don’t allow them to be agile and adapt their products to customer feedback nimbly.SBC: So how is Metric approaching this issue, given the extent it is affecting most of the industry?Martin Clarke, Metric GamingMC: Unlike most systems available on the market, Metric’s system was designed and developed in the 21st century. It is built to solve the competing pressures of operators’ scale-driven international consolidation running counter trend to growing international regulatory divergence.Almost every technology stack available was designed before this reality created the need for materially different products in different countries to be compliant and viable.As a few high profile and costly examples have proven recently, trying to shoehorn a generic one size fits no one product into every jurisdiction no longer works.To offer truly localised propositions that are compliant, viable and cater for cultural nuances and realities your technology needs to be dynamic and agile. That’s how Metric has been able to develop products that are demonstrably better than the market leading implementations across multiple disciplines.SBC: So one of your latest developments using this technology is Multi-Event SuperLive – what does that provide?MC: Multi-Event SuperLive is a standalone bolt-on product providing brand new, goals-based betting opportunities in-play. Instead of betting on what will happen next in just one match, consumers can now bet on what will happen next across the matches they’ve selected.The product allows customers to bet on things they already talk about with their friends, offering bets like which player will score next, which match will see the next goal or how many goals will be scored in total across the matches.With over 100,000 matches covered annually from across the world, Multi-Event SuperLive is a unique opportunity to upgrade existing soccer products with a top quality ‘always-on’ proposition.SBC: So a multi-game bet, rather than a multi-bet? Who do you think this will appeal to? MC: The product is a perfect fit for two types of operators:Any sportsbook operator for which soccer is a key revenue driver will know how hard it is to find product innovations that aren’t ‘gimmicky’ and move the needle. Multi-Event SuperLive provides the product variation that consumers demand, as well as a meaningful opportunity for operators to boost competitiveness and revenues on a key product in a market saturated by cookie-cutter solutions. Casino operators active in territories where soccer is the dominant betting sport will see their traffic drop off a cliff during soccer activity, particularly during high-profile events. Offered through an iFrame, Multi-Event SuperLive can embed seamlessly as a stand-alone widget, offering compelling betting opportunities in-play without the need for customers to navigate away from the casino screen.SBC: Why do you believe this will be attractive to the modern-day sportsbook customer?MC: Finally allowing punters to bet on which team will score next in the Champions League, or how many goals will be scored across the afternoon’s Premier League fixtures, fits modern-day habits of sports bettors who use and follow livescore websites or watch TV shows like Sky’s Soccer Saturday, BBC’s Final Score & BT’s Sport Score.As industry pioneers of SuperLive, quickly determined markets that allow customers to predict what will happen next in a match, Metric looked at the data from customers to optimise the product line.When we analysed the data and spoke with our partners it was clear there is an untapped demand for more goals-based betting opportunities that reflect the conversations consumers are having.There is a real lack of material differentiation in the soccer space across the industry and Multi-Event SuperLive is a non-gimmicky opportunity for forward looking brands to keep their offering fresh and interesting to their base.SBC: What’s next on the roadmap for Metric?MC: To keep our suite of market leading in-house products ahead of the competition we’re always adding bits and pieces to them and we’ve got some eagerly anticipated additions planned for our Soccer, Racing, Golf, SuperLive and Create-A-Bet products for the back end of this year.Excitingly, Metric also recently secured its first complete sportsbook customer which will go live in Mexico in Q4 2019. Attracted by Metric’s unique customisation capabilities, we are working on more platform features to further enable customers to leapfrog their competition through superior product.last_img read more