Proposed board actions

first_img Proposed board actions March 15, 2005 Regular News Proposed board actionscenter_img Pursuant to Standing Board Policy 1.60, the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar hereby publishes this notice of intent to consider or take final action at its April 8 meeting on the following items. These matters are additionally governed by Rule 1-12.1, Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, where applicable. Most amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar that are finally acted upon by the board must still be formally presented to the Supreme Court, with further notice and opportunity to be heard, before they are officially approved and become effective. To receive a full copy of the text of any of these proposed amendments call (850) 561-5751 — reference any requested proposal by its title or item number and date of this publication. RULES REGULATING THE FLORIDA BAR Chapter 3 Rules of Discipline Subdivision 3-5 Types of Discipline 1. Rule 3-5.1 Generally Summary: Within subdivision (b)(3), adds language to clarify that a respondent is responsible for the $1,250 administrative fee if guilty of minor misconduct. 2. Rule 3-5.2 Emergency Suspension and Probation Summary: Revises subdivision (a) and creates new subdivision (b), to allow for separate criteria for petitions for emergency suspension or for interim probation; amends rule title and subtitles accordingly and reformats remainder of existing rule as necessary to accommodate these proposed changes; within former subdivision (d) – new (e) – deletes requirement that bar must proceed to trial within 60 days of any emergency order. Subdivision 3-7 Procedures 3. Rule 3-7.5 Procedures Before the Board of Governors ­Summary: Within subdivision (a), clarifies that a request by a designated reviewer for grievance committee reconsideration or referral to the disciplinary review committee shall be submitted to bar counsel; defines “in writing” for purposes of this subdivision; clarifies how bar counsel processes requests for reconsideration, to include notice to respondent and complainant; confirms that procedures in rule 3-7.4 apply to reconsiderations, and that the bar – as a party in disciplinary matters – has no authority to adjudicate rights; other edits attempt to clarify current verbiage or reformat remainder of existing rule to accommodate these proposed changes. 4. Rule 3-7.16 Limitation on Time to Bring Complaint Summary: Within subdivision (a), adds provision stating that a reopened disciplinary investigation shall not be time barred by this rule if the investigation is reopened within 1 year of the date on which the matter was closed, except that reopened investigations based on deferrals shall not be barred if reopened within 1 year of the conclusion of the proceeding on which the deferral is based; amends subdivision title to additionally reference reopened cases; amends subdivision (b), to extend its exception from time limitations to the reopening of any matter alleging theft or conviction of a felony criminal offense; amends subdivision (c), to extend its tolling provisions to the reopening of any matter where fraud, concealment or misrepresentation is shown to have prevented discovery of the matter. Chapter 4 Rules of Professional Conduct Subchapter 4-1 Client-Lawyer Relationship 5. Rule 4-1.5 Fees for Legal Services Summary: Creates new subdivision (i) – “Arbitration Clauses” – that would add language permitting lawyers to contract with clients to resolve any fee dispute that may arise, through mandatory arbitration; prohibits such arrangements unless the lawyer first advises the affected person in writing of the opportunities of independent representation; sets forth required language for any such attorney-client agreement; proposed as companion to suggested amendments in rule 4-1.8(h). 6. Rule 4-1.8 Conflict of Interest: Prohibited and Other Transactions Summary: Within subdivision (h), adds new language that would permit lawyers to contract with clients to resolve any fee dispute that may arise, through mandatory arbitration; prohibits such arrangements unless the lawyer first advises the affected person in writing of the opportunities of independent representation; sets forth required language for any such attorney-client agreement; proposed as companion to suggested amendments creating new rule 4-1.5(i). Chapter 6 Legal Specialization and Education Programs Subchapter 6-1 Generally 7. Rule 6-1.2 Public Notice Summary: Updates explanation of board certification, for public notice in telephone directory Yellow Pages. Subdivision 6-4 Standards for Certification of a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer 8. Rule 6-4.1 Generally Summary: Incorporates professionalism reference in preamble as to purpose of board certification. 9. Rule 6-4.3 Minimum Standards Summary: Substantial editorial rewrite of rule, with some substantive edits as noted; within subdivision (a), adds competence to substantial involvement criteria; in subdivision (a)(1), increases the active participation practice time from 30 to 50 percent; in subdivision (a)(2), specifies that each of the 15 minimum cases must involve substantial legal or factual issues; identifies matters unacceptable for the 15-case requirement; defines a “day” as at least 6 hours for purposes of this rule; and includes an allowance of 3 substitutions, including evidentiary hearings or preliminary injunctions lasting at least 1 day and involving substantial legal or factual issues – provided that matters submitted as substitutions are adversarial and binding on the parties, with “binding” meaning that parties must honor the court’s decision unless overturned pursuant to law; in subdivision (a)(3)(b), specifies that peer review must be sufficient to confirm competence, ethics, and professionalism; otherwise clarifies throughout that “courts of general jurisdiction” mean circuit courts, federal district courts, or courts of similar jurisdiction in other states. 10. Rule 6-4.4 Recertification Summary: Substantial editorial rewrite of rule with some substantive edits as noted; within subdivision (a), adds competence to substantial involvement criteria and increases active participation practice time from 30 to 50 percent; within subdivision (b)(1), reduces from 3 to 2 the number of contested trials for recertification; specifies that at least 1 trial must be a jury trial and handled by the applicant as lead counsel; references unacceptable trial matters for recertification, from rule 6-4.3(a)(2); allows a creditable non-jury matter to be an evidentiary hearing or preliminary injunction, as defined in rule 6-4.3(a)(2); within subdivision (b)(2), also permits recertification with 1 jury trial as lead counsel lasting a minimum of 10 days, with each day defined as at least 6 hours, in lieu of 2 contested cases; within subdivision (c), would allow the jury trial/lead counsel requirement to be replaced by either teaching or attending an advanced trial advocacy seminar, eliminating the substitution for a non-jury trial; within subdivision (d), specifies that peer review must be sufficient to confirm competence, ethics. and professionalism; otherwise clarifies throughout that “courts of general jurisdiction” mean circuit courts, federal district courts, or courts of similar jurisdiction in other states; revises other subdivision entries as editorially necessary to accommodate these proposed changes. Chapter 10 Definitions Subchapter 10-3 Standing Committee 11. Rule 10-3.1 Generally Summary: Adds recusal provision as new subdivision (b), consistent with current practices and similar revisions proposed for rule 10-4.1 and circuit UPL committee members; adds new subdivision titles for existing text due to insertion of these proposed changes. 12. Rule 10-4.1 Generally Summary: Adds recusal provision as new subdivision (g), consistent with current practices and similar revisions proposed for rule 10-3.1 and standing UPL committee members. Chapter 14 Grievance Mediation and Fee Arbitration Subchapter 14-6 Nature and Enforcement of Award 13. Rule 14-6.1 Binding Nature (fee arbitration awards) Summary: Adds, as new subdivision (c), provisions to confirm that a member’s failure to timely pay a fee arbitration award without just cause shall result in the member being delinquent and unauthorized to practice law pursuant to rule 1-3.6; amends subchapter and rule title to reflect this new matter. Chapter 17 Authorized House Counsel Rule Subchapter 17-1 Purpose 14. Rule 17-1.3 Activities Summary: Within subdivision (b), clarifies that authorized house counsel must disclose their status as such in communications with individuals outside the corporation with which the authorized house counsel is registered and certified; provides examples of acceptable disclosure language. STANDING BOARD POLICIES 1500 Series – Lawyer Regulation Policies 15. Policy 15.10 Waiver of Disqualification as Attorney for Respondent Summary: Adds new subdivision (c), to revise current prohibitions and allow a member of a board member’s firm to represent a disciplinary respondent in limited instances – if the respondent is a member of the board member’s firm, if representation of the respondent predated the board member’s initial date of board service and refusal to allow continued representation would work a substantial hardship on the respondent, or if representation of the respondent predated the time when the board member and respondent’s counsel became members of the same firm and refusal to allow continued representation would work a substantial hardship on the respondent; adds new subdivision (h), to clarify that if a waiver is granted hereunder the affected board member shall be recused from additional Bar participation in the matter per policy 15.20 and further screened from the law firm’s files and representation; adds new subdivision (k), specifying procedures for review of and action on any request for waiver hereunder; other edits attempt to clarify current subdivision titles or reformat remainder of existing rule to accommodate these proposed changes. 16. Policy 15.20 Recusal of Board Members Summary: Consistent with proposed changes in policy 15.10, adds language within subdivision (a) to clarify that the president or presiding officer may order recusal of a board member in a disciplinary matter upon concurrence of a majority of the board; further clarifies that a recused member may not participate in any manner of discussions with any member or group of members of the board concerning the matter; adds new language stating that a recused member should not be present when the matter is being debated by the board. 17. Policy 15.90 Review and Approval of Disciplinary Cost Payment Plans Summary: Expands current policy to include procedure for review and approval of plans for member payment of diversion fees, restitution amounts, and fee arbitration awards. SECTION BYLAWS 18. Workers’ Compensation Section Bylaws Summary: Within Article III (Officers) increases the size of the executive council, from 27, to 30 members; revises executive council membership to require at least 15 claimants’ and 15 employers’/carriers’ attorneys; revises the annual terms of office for all officers, to commence on July 1 of each year rather than at the conclusion of the council’s annual meeting; within Article V (Nomination and Election of Officers and Executive Council) increases the number of council members separately nominated by both the council and membership, from 4 to 5; includes other non-substantive editorial or conforming changes throughout; within Article VI (Committees) revises names of “specialization” committee, to “board certification” committee, and “planning” committee to “long range planning” committee.last_img read more

Reina set to join Bayern

first_img Rummenigge expanded on the club’s official website, saying: “The player will come to Munich in the next few days for a medical exam and to sign his contract.” Reina served as Liverpool’s number one for eight seasons following his signing from Villarreal in 2005, but the arrival of Simon Mignolet last summer saw him reunited with former Reds boss Rafael Benitez in Italy. Benitez was known to be interested in signing the Spain international on a permanent deal, but Napoli refused to meet the £3.95million release clause in his contract and Reina travelled to the United States for Liverpool’s pre-season tour following the World Cup. He will now make a fresh start in Germany, although the 31-year-old is likely to find it more difficult to get first-team football in Munich than he did on Merseyside, with Germany keeper Manuel Neuer firmly established between the sticks at the Allianz Arena. Reina came through the ranks at Barcelona but could never fully establish himself at the Nou Camp and moved to the Yellow Submarine in 2002, spending three seasons with the club before his move to the Premier League. While at Anfield, Reina won the FA Cup, League Cup and European Super Cup and added the Coppa Italia to his list of medals in Naples last season. Rummenigge added: “Pepe Reina was eager to come to Bayern Munich. “He wanted to embark on this adventure even though he knows that, in Manuel Neuer, he has a keeper in front of him who, if nothing changes, will always remain the number one.” As well as adding to his defensive ranks, Bayern boss Pep Guardiola also seems keen to keep hold of the players he has and on Tuesday dismissed reports linking central defender Jerome Boateng with Barcelona. Press Association Bayern Munich have agreed a deal to sign Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina, the Bundesliga champions have announced.center_img The Spaniard has fallen out of favour at Anfield under Brendan Rodgers and spent last season on loan at Napoli, but is now set to move to Germany on a permanent deal, with Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge confirming a deal had been agreed. “Goalkeeper Pepe #Reina (@PReina25) set for move from @LFC to #FCBayern. #Rummenigge confirms agreement. Medical to follow soon,” read a post on Bayern’s official Twitter feed. last_img read more

Connie Keller – January 12, 1953 – July 14, 2013

first_imgConnie KellerConnie L. Keller, formerly of Albuquerque NM, died Sunday, July 14, 2013 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington at the age of 60.Connie was born the daughter of Everett E. and Carol L. (Jellison) Keller on Monday, January 12, 1953 in Coldwater.Connie recently retired from the United States Postal Service where she was employed as a postal carrier for over 29 years. She was able to live in both Madison, Wisconsin and Albuquerque NM where she made many great friends over the years. Along with her friends, Connie will be missed by her family and her beloved dogs: Bailey, Maggie and Cote.Survivors include parents, Everett and Carol Keller of Protection, brother, Allen Keller and his wife Billie of Wellington, nephew, Adam Keller and his wife Jennifer of Goddard, niece, Erin Fenn and her husband Bob of Las Vegas, Nevada, niece, Allison Keller of Wellington, nephew, Evan Keller of Wellington, great-niece, Makayla Keller, great-nephews: Isaac Keller and Easton, Carter and Carson Fenn along with numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.Memorial services for Connie will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, July 19, 2013 in the First Baptist Church of Protection.Memorials have been established in her loving memory with Victory in the Valley, 3755 East Douglas Avenue, Wichita 67218.To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit www.dayfuneralhome.info.Arrangements are by Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington.last_img read more

Allderdice girls stay undefeated in City League

first_imgIN TRAFFIC—Westinghouse’s Roishay Woods shoots over Brashear’s Ashley Albright. Woods scored 10 points in the Lady Bulldogs 54-31 win. (Courier Photos/William McBride)last_img

City League Roundup Brashear, Perry, USO headed for collision

first_imgby Malik Vincent For New Pittsburgh Courier After an appearance in the City championship last season, the Brashear Bulls have been doing what’s necessary to try to prove they belong back there this year by blowing past all their opposition. However, both defending champs Perry (4-0) and USO (4-1) have looked just as impressive this season.On Oct. 13, the Bulls added winless Oliver to that list with a 33-6 blowout at Cupples Stadium on a crisp Thursday night. TO THE HOUSE—Brashear’s Jawanza Bryant takes an interception 25 yards to the house in the Bulls 33-6 win over Oliver. (Courier Photos/William McBride) The concern at the beginning of the season wasn’t who was going to play at the skill positions, but rather, who would step up and lead Brashear (5-0, 5-1) up front on the offensive line.Brashear coach Rick Murphy mentioned that the freshman and two sophomores that are starting on the offensive line are a part of the school’s Center for Advanced Studies program.“They’re all very smart,” Murphy said. “They don’t have problems with learning what it is that we need them to do and they have the size that it takes to be successful. We’re very proud of the things that our young line has been able to do so far.”Their defense also hasn’t disappointed. Its 71 points-allowed is second in the league to University Prep’s 40.“We’re beginning to win the turnover battle,” Murphy mentioned. “Right now, as a whole we’ve been able to play good team defense. This is giving our offense opportunities to get into good field position and for us to, in turn, put points on the board.”In their most recent win, running back Joell Nesbitt rushed for 116 yards to pace the Bulls offense against the anemic Bears. Quarterback Adam Lynch added to that by completing 7 of 11 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown for Brashear.Quarterback LeAndre Harrison ran Oliver’s offense, as he completed 11 of 19 passes for 160 yards. Shakeem Cox caught five of them for 104.“I see the effort and the competition around the league and it’s been good,” Murphy said. “But we’ve just been lucky enough to win them all.”Other games:USO (University Prep, Sci-Tech, and Obama) earned their fourth shutout in five games in a 12-0 blanking of preseason favorite Allderdice on Oct. 13.Jaylen Coleman led the way for the Panthers’ offense as he carried the ball 17 times for 160 yards, which included a score from 46-out in the third quarter.Carrick picked up its first win of the season against Langley, 26-21, on Oct. 14 at Cupples Stadium.Perry edged nonconference Erie East on the road on Oct. 14, 14-12.Westinghouse went down to Morgantown (W. Va.) in a nonconference shootout, 58-36, on Oct. 14.(Follow our continuing coverage of and add your comments to our website at www.newpittsburghcourieronline.com. Malik Vincent can be reached at [email protected])last_img read more

QPR forward ‘set for Brentford’

first_imgRob Hulse could join Brentford, according to the Daily Mirror.It is claimed the Bees are looking to take him on loan from QPR, where he is not part of manager Mark Hughes’ plans.Hulse, who turns 33 next month, is one of a number of players Hughes is keen to offload.Luke Young, DJ Campbell and keeper Radek Cerny have also been tipped to leave Loftus Road on loan.Brentford enquired about Hulse in March but Hughes was reluctant to loan out any of his 25-man squad, which the striker was then part of.Related West London Sport story: Brentford ask about QPR striker (16 March)Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

March Moon Madness

first_imgMoons of our planetary system are supposed to behave themselves.  They were expected to just quietly orbit their host planets like nice, cold, frozen, inactive chunks of rock and ice.  It seems like whenever we get a close look at them, they are madly at work destroying theories – just like their planets have been wont to do.Io, Io, It’s Off to Work I Go:  “The results are surprising because no theory predicted upstream spots.”  Belgian researcher Bertrand Bonford was commenting on a press release from American Geophysical Union (AGU) about the volcanic moon Io, and how its eruptions create auroral spots on Jupiter.  “The finding of the leading spot puts all the previous models of the Io footprint into question,” the article said.Tethys Ocean:  The “surprisingly ordinary” moon Tethys at Saturn may have, or may have had, an underground ocean, according to National Geographic News.  The energy required to create the monstrous rift called Ithaca Chasma must have melted the ice below.  Where did the heat come from?  Since Tethys is largely ice, there would not have been radioactive elements sufficient to produce internal heat.  This leaves tidal flexing to create the rift – but only if there was liquid underneath.    The thought of water quickly led to thoughts of life.  A Cassini scientist told NGN, “This makes the exploration of icy satellites and their interiors even more important to understanding possible habitats for life in our solar system” and for how common life is in the universe.Do you want your Mars with salt?  Sodium chloride – good old table salt – may be common on Mars, said the BBC News and EurekAlert.  Because the salt may have become deposited in channels and lakes, some scientists immediately visualized the salt as a preservative for life.  Salt is a double-edged sword, however: “Water is the first sign that an environment might have been habitable, but waters that precipitate table salt on Mars would have been much saltier than any waters known to support microbial populations on Earth,” said Andrew Knoll of Harvard.  Salt is also a poison to organic soup (09/17/2002).Titan clash:  Titan isn’t rotating like scientists expected.  When they went to focus on a spot identified from a previous orbit, it was 19 miles off.  The only way they can explain it is by modeling an ocean under the ice, according to a paper in Science.1  If the crust is decoupled from the interior by floating on an ocean, it also means that Titan’s zonal winds can alter the rotation of the whole moon.  See explanation by The Planetary Society and press release from JPL.    The ocean-and-wind hypothesis is only a partial answer.  Christophe Sotin and Gabriel Tobie, writing in the same issue of Science,2 said, “However, the observations and model predictions do not correlate very well.”  Some are proposing a periodic wobble in the spin, or a large impact that might have sped up the rotation.  No impact basin large enough to record such an event has been found.  “There’s a fundamental difficulty with Titan global circulation models right now — all of them,” said lead author Ralph Lorenz, “–which is that they predict that the predominant winds at low latitudes near the surface would be easterly, from east to west.  Yet all the sand dunes point in exactly the opposite direction.  There’s something we do not understand about Titan’s circulation.”Back on earth, scientists are also scrambling to explain the origin of the home planet.  Science Daily, PhysOrg and National Geographic News all reported that a “new study is challenging the long-standing notion that the whole solar system formed from the same raw materials.”  Isotopes in meteorites don’t match those on earth.  To get around this problem, scientists are having to imagine that materials in the solar disk that supposedly gave birth to the planets got sorted somehow.    In addition, a news item in Nature News about the Genesis solar-wind collection experiment “raises more questions.”  The finding that “the Sun is relatively richer than Earth in oxygen-16, the most common oxygen isotope, contradicts the conventional wisdom that Earth has the same oxygen isotope composition as the Sun” the article said. “Everybody would have bet that the Sun had the same composition as Earth and the meteorites,” a French cosmochemist remarked.  “In fact, Earth is not like the Sun.”  Scientists are scrambling to model what process might have “sucked out oxygen-16 while the gas of the proto-Solar System condensed into solid grains that coalesced into the planets.”  If so, the article said, it would have had to happen early on.Footnote:  We’re still waiting for word about the Enceladus flyby results from March 12.  Expect more surprises.  Whatever is found will have to comport with findings of Roberts and Nimmo in the April Icarus.3  Their calculations show that neither radioactive decay or tidal forcing are adequate to maintain a liquid ocean under the crust for more than 30 million years (6% of the assumed age).  Heat is removed from the surface faster than it can be generated in the core, and tidal heating is far too low at the present orbit.  The only way they could rescue a long-lived ocean was to propose an ad-hoc scenario: perhaps the obliquity of Enceladus is pumped up from time to time.  “A transient ocean could exist beneath the ice shell today as a remnant of an earlier epoch of higher heating,” they said.  Such a phenomenon is beyond observation.1.  Lorenz et al, “Titan’s Rotation Reveals an Internal Ocean and Changing Zonal Winds,” Science, 21 March 2008: Vol. 319. no. 5870, pp. 1649-1651, DOI: 10.1126/science.1151639.2.  Sotin and Tobie, “Titan’s Hidden Ocean,” Science, 21 March 2008: Vol. 319. no. 5870, pp. 1629-1630, DOI: 10.1126/science.1155964.3.  James H. Roberts and Francis Nimmo, “Tidal heating and the long-term stability of a subsurface ocean on Enceladus,” Icarus, Volume 194, Issue 2, April 2008, Pages 675-689, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2007.11.010.Science marches on – sometimes in disciplined ranks, sometimes in scatter formation.  The latter occurs when observation bombs drop in on theory playgrounds.    Remember, the consensus theories that have been blown away by new discoveries were textbook orthodoxy a few years ago.  Only a devout logical positivist would think this could not happen to today’s accepted ideas.  Just wait.    Evidence does not exist in isolation.  To make sense, it must be incorporated into one’s web of belief by a number of auxiliary hypotheses and assumptions.  Planetary scientists interpret what Ithaca Chasma, Titan’s rotation and Earth’s oxygen-16 ratios mean through the filter of assumptions and auxiliary hypotheses that are rarely considered or questioned independently.    One of their most sacred assumptions is the A.S.S. (age of the solar system).  The accepted value of 4.5 billion years is written in their genes.  All evidence is viewed within this major structural component of their web of belief.  The web itself stretches and distorts as new evidence bombards it, but it would take a mighty big impact to break it.    Too much is at stake for secular planetologists, bent on finding life and evolution at every water hole, to allow that to happen.  Like predatory spiders, they snag the evidence, wrap it in theories spun out of their own selves, and suck the juice out of it to feed themselves and their young.  The dried up hulk that once contained structure, organs and connective tissue is discarded to blow away in the wind.    If you love and respect science, make like a bee instead.  Get busy and gather nature’s nectar far and wide.  Digest it carefully.  Transform it into something sweet to benefit others – something that will nourish the heart and bring delight to the eyes.  (Thanks to Francis Bacon for the metaphor.)(Visited 30 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA ‘encouraged’ by G20 growth plan

first_img7 November 2011 South Africa is encouraged by the Group of Twenty’s commitment to an action plan for growth and jobs, President Jacob Zuma said at the conclusion of the G20 summit in Cannes, France on Friday. “We are pleased with the commitment to an Action Plan for Growth and Jobs, which is an undertaking to renew efforts to combat unemployment and promote decent jobs, especially for the youth and others who have been most affected by the economic crisis,” Zuma said. According to the Presidency, the focus on job creation is in line with South Africa’s domestic focus on transforming the economy to promote inclusive growth and decent jobs. Zuma said the sovereign debt crises as well as credit rating downgrades of Eurozone economies had raised fears about a deepening financial crisis in the region. “We welcome the progress made by European leaders in their effort to resolve the current crisis. We urge them to continue to take decisive actions that will build confidence in the global economy.” The two-day summit, which ended on Friday, took place against the background of risks to the global economy, notably the risk posed by financial sector weakness. “We have also urged all G20 member countries to play their part to prevent the negative spill-over effect of the crisis on developing and low-income countries in line with the action plan,” Zuma said. South Africa was concerned that slow growth in the world economy was affecting Africa’s trade, growth and job creation prospects. South Africa’s real GDP growth was expected to remain below its pre-crisis 5% average at 3.5% over the next two years. South Africa also supported calls for ways to address loose monetary policies in advanced economies, while also strongly supporting the continued mainstreaming of development discourse in the G20, Zuma said. Over the course of the summit, South Africa participated and co-chaired the G20 Development Working Group alongside France and Korea. “While we participate in the G20 in a national capacity, we have always been mindful of the concerns of developing countries and the special challenges faced by Africa,” Zuma said. “The success of the development agenda of the G20 is crucial for the long-term credibility and legitimacy of the G20 for developing countries.” South Africa supported recommendations made by the High Level Panel on Infrastructure, premised on the understanding that facilitating increased private sector involvement was essential for enhancing infrastructure financing. Zuma said South Africa also supported the work of the Development Working Group on food security and building resilience in low-income countries, as this was critical in preventing cases of famine such as the one in Somalia. “We welcome chairing of the Development Working Group by Mexico in 2012 and the continued implementation of the Seoul Multi-Year Action Plan to support economic growth in developing countries.” BuaNewslast_img read more

Africa-EU Summit gets under way in Brussels

first_img2 April 2014International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane is in Brussels where she is leading a South African delegation to the 4th Africa-European Union (EU) Summit.According to the Department of International Relations, the summit affords Africa and Europe the opportunity to further strengthen political and socio-economic cooperation between the two continents.High on the agenda of the two-day event, starting on Wednesday, will be peace and security, trade and investment, human development and the future institutional and financial arrangements of the Africa-EU Partnership.Leaders from the two continents are also expected to use the opportunity to stocktake what has been achieved over the past three years, as guided by the Africa-EU Action Plan 2010-2013. The action plans was adopted at the 3rd Africa-EU Summit in Libya in November 2010.Issues concerning the financing of priority projects aimed at meeting the developmental challenges of Africa will also be addressed.Agreements that are due to be signed during the meeting include the Brussels Declaration of the Heads of State and Government, which is the main outcome document for the 4th Africa-EU Summit; the Africa-EU Roadmap; and the Declaration on Migration and Mobility.Nkoana-Mashabane is expected to hold bilateral consultations with her counterparts from Africa and Europe on the sidelines of the summit. South Africa’s delegation includes Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Mindfulness in Sales

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now Your body may be sitting across from your prospective client, but your mind may be somewhere else, somewhere very far away. It might be thinking about some problem or challenge you are experiencing now. Or it could be off somewhere in the past, dealing with something unresolved that still has part of your attention.You are writing an email to follow up on a number of concerns that your dream client shared with you during a meeting. Your fingers are tapping out words on the keys, but they aren’t capturing what you want to say because you are distracted by all the incoming emails, many of which require you to do something. Your head isn’t in the game.Your manager is sharing with your team the changes to your solutions, the changes to your overall strategy, and everything that is going to be expected of you in the coming months. Everything she is saying is important, but your mind has wandered off into a different future, all the things you must do on important personal relationships.Mindfulness is being fully present in the moment. In the more traditional sense, mindfulness is acknowledging your thoughts and emotions without allowing them to take over your mental state. It’s why many people practice meditation.When you are with your clients or prospects, they need to feel that you are fully present, giving them every ounce of your attention. Doing so proves that you care about them and what they are saying. The time you get with clients is too rare to waste it being only partially there.Every communication has a chance to help you create and win an opportunity, to cause the opportunity to slip away, or to make no impact at all. There is no reason to communicate without working on the positive outcomes you need from that client interaction, whatever it may be, and in whatever medium you choose. The language choices you make matter, and you need to give yourself over to the outcome, eliminating all distractions, real or imagined.Mindfulness is a mental state, and it is under your control, even if it can sometimes feel as if it is outside of your control. You can change your mental state through conscious effort or by changing your physical state. I have found it impossible to hold any kind of negative state while running, something I believe is due to the massive increase in oxygen and other physiological changes.Wherever you are, be there. Whatever you are doing, do that.last_img read more