Today, Chaka Khan, the Queen of Funk, has released her first new collection of music in 12 years, Hello Happiness, via Diary Records/Island Records, the new label formed by Major Lazer founder and Grammy-nominated producer Switch and artist/songwriter Sarah Ruba Taylor. The new release—her first since 2007’s Funk This—comes on the heels of this week’s announcement that Chaka Khan will head out on an extensive co-headlining tour with Michael McDonald this summer.As the album’s announcement press release notes, “Hello Happiness is an album which sets Chaka Khan’s timeless vocal to an empowering collection of songs with cutting-edge production. With an eye on the future and a respect for the past, Chaka Khan has delivered an album with the contemporary edge to entice newcomers to her world class talent and the quality to excite long-term fans.”Jam fans will also notice a familiar name on the album’s songwriting credits. Dopapod keyboardist Eli Winderman is credited as a co-writer on Hello Happiness track “Don’t Cha Know” for the organ, synth, and clavinet work he contributed to the recording.You can stream Chaka Khan’s new album below:Chaka Khan – Hello Happiness – Full Album Khan first collaborated with Switch and Ruba Taylor as a potential featured artist on a different project. Inspired by the power of both her voice and personality, the duo suggested working on an original Chaka Khan album—something which she didn’t have in mind. However, she was soon convinced when she heard some of Switch and Ruba Taylor’s songs, which coincidentally were influenced by Chaka Khan but written for their own project.Khan released the album’s first single, “Like Sugar”, in June of last year as a limited edition release for 2018’s Record Store Day. The Kim Gherig-directed music video that came along with it received extensive acclaim and nabbed two recognitions at the U.K. Music Video Awards. You can watch the music video for “Like Sugar” below:Chaka Khan – “Like Sugar”[Video: Chaka Khan]For more information about Chaka Khan’s new album and upcoming tour dates, head to her website here.
Proposed board actions March 15, 2005 Regular News Proposed board actions 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.
A black man was shot seven times in the back by Kenosha, Wisconsin police in front of his three children who were inside his SUV.”I’m pretty sure Jacob’s kids were more traumatized than anybody during the whole situation.” Raysean White saw Jacob Blake and his children on Sunday, when he recorded Blake being shot multiple times by police while Blake’s three children were in a car. https://t.co/WtXaOAcq2P— CNN (@CNN) August 25, 2020 Jacob Blake had an arrest warrant out for rape and domestic abuse pic.twitter.com/t8g2OtZby1— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) August 25, 2020 Police shot 29 year-old Jacob Blake as he walked away from them and attempted to reach into his SUV.Blake was reportedly trying to break up a domestic dispute between two women when police were called.Shortly after the shooting, large crowds arrived near the scene in protest.An overnight curfew was disregarded as protests flared up sparking looting and arson.More than 150 national guardsmen were called in to help police control the unrest.The officers involved have been pleased on administrative leave and Blake remains hospitalized in serious but stable condition.New footage shows Jacob Blake brawling with cops before being shot https://t.co/gsSuFtn2Je— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) August 25, 2020
FORMER president of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) Drubahadur was elected president of the Demerara Cricket Board (DCB) following last Saturday’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) held at the Wales Community Centre. The AGM featured representation from clubs; West Demerara Cricket Association (WDCA), East Bank Demerara Cricket Association (EBDCA) and East Coast Cricket Board (ECCB) while sources confirmed that there was no representation from the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA); despite an invitation was issued.With clubs like Upper Demerara Association (UDCA) recently holding their Elections for 2020 and electing a new president/executive committee in a bid to reignite cricket in Region 10, the newly reformed DCB executive committee will now seek to resuscitate cricket in the Demerara County after years of dormancy.Other executives elected as part of the new committee are; Rohan Sarjoo (vice-president), Anand Sanasie (2nd vice-president), Anil Persaud (secretary), Sudesh Persaud (assistant secretary), Anand Kalladeen (treasurer), Lancelot Easton (assistant treasurer), Lalta Gainda (Marketing Manager), Manzoor Nadir (Public Relations Officer) and Colin Europe (Chairman of the Competitions Committee).Guyana has earned credits from Cricket West Indies (CWI) recently for being the frontrunner of cricket development over the last six years with regard to its academy structure and transitioning speed which has seen a number of players represent the West Indies from the junior all the way to the Test levels.Drubahadur, one of the country’s senior accountants, was elected GCB president back in 2013 and served as president during the peak of Guyana’s success in the Professional Cricket League (PCL) when Guyana had transformed into the best 4-Day team in the Caribbean. He resigned from the post in 2017.Meanwhile Nadir, the current president of Everest Cricket Club (ECC) and executive member of the GCA, along with Sarjoo, Persaud and Europe, will add experience to the committee whose two-year term ends in 2022.