Bruce Hornsby Is Curating His First Festival, And The Lineup Rocks

first_imgThe Virginia Arts Festival and Bruce Hornsby will present the inaugural Funhouse Fest at The Lawn Of The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg in Williamsburg, VA on June 24 – 26.Unique Grateful Dead Tribute Featured On New Eaux Claires Music Festival LineupThe multi-day event will be curated by Hornsby and feature collaborations with Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder as well as a performance from Greensky Bluegrass on Friday, the playing of Hornsby albums The Way It Is and Rehab Reunion in their entirety on Saturday, and appearances from Hornsby & The Noisemakers,  Taj Mahal Trio, Aoife O’Donovan and ChessBoxer on Sunday. Other bands scheduled to appear at Funhouse Fest include Railroad Earth, Colvin & Earle, and Jack DeJohnette with Ravi Coltrane and Matt Garrison.The National Reveals When They’re Releasing Their 60-Song Grateful Dead Tribute AlbumHornsby will get Funhouse Fest underway with a separate solo performance on June 23rd at Phi Beta Kappa Hall with all proceeds going to local charities. Tickets for that show can be found alongside festival tickets here.[Photo by Jay Blakesberg]last_img read more

Experience Hendrix 2019 Tour Announced With Joe Satriani, Dweezil Zappa, Billy Cox, & More

first_imgToday via Twitter, the Experience Hendrix Tour announced a run of dates this coming March and April 2019. For what has been hailed as the “Guitar Event Of The Year,” the 12th-annual run of shows will find an array of legendary artists paying homage to the guitar god himself, Mr. James “Jimi” Marshall Hendrix. Former Jimi Hendrix Experience and Band of Gypsys bassist Billy Cox will anchor the rhythm section of the band and its long list of special guest guitarists and musicians.Along with Cox, the tour will feature performances from Joe Satriani, Dave Mustaine (from Megadeth), Jonny Lang, Dweezil Zappa, Eric Johnson, Doug Pinnick (King’s X), Chris Layton (Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble), Mato Nanji (Indigenous), Kenny Aronoff, The Slide Brothers, Henri Brown, Kevin McCormick, plus special guests Taj Mahal, Ernie Isley, David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas (from Los Lobos), Ana Popovic, and other special guests to be announced.According to the announcement via Twitter and the ExperienceHendrix website, the tour will run for 30 shows from March 3rd, 2019, through to April 6th, 2019. The Experience Hendrix Tour has announced that it will commence in early March with a show at Pompano Beach Amphitheater in Pompano Beach, FL, and span through to April 6th, where it will host its finale at the Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, CT.A general on-sale begins this coming Friday, October 19th at 10am ET and can be purchased via ExperienceHendrix.com.[via JimiHendrix]last_img read more

Cochran at 100

first_imgWilliam Gemmell Cochran sang in a gorgeous tenor voice, remembered everything he read, and in his youth played expert badminton. He also was always on time.Cochran (1909-80), a Glasgow native, was one of the founding members of Harvard’s Statistics Department in 1957. To this day, he is one of the best-known names in the science of planning, collecting, and analyzing numerical data.His modern colleagues at Harvard — some of them former students and collaborators — sponsored a symposium Nov. 14 in honor of Cochran’s scholarship and centenary year.His book “Experimental Design,” co-authored in 1950 with Gertrude Cox, shook the world of the still-young science. So did his next volume, “Sampling Techniques,” in 1953.Cochran and Cox “were like gods,” said Tirthankar Dasgupta, an assistant professor of statistics at Harvard, one of nearly 100 attendees at the symposium, held at Tsai Auditorium. In the audience too was presenter Robert Groves, director of the U.S. Census Bureau and an admirer of Cochran’s work in statistics, which he called both rich and humanizing.Celebrating alongside the scholars were the fabled researcher’s younger daughter, Teresa “Tessa” Cochran, a Virginia psychologist, and his only son, Alexander “Sandy” Cochran, a retired executive living in Florida.They brought along a family album, which at the end of the session flashed on a big screen like a slide show. Included were photos of Cochran as a young man in plus fours, another of him and Cox improbably in chef’s aprons, and group shots of the great minds of statistics from decades ago. Said Harvard department chair Xiao-Li Meng, the Whipple V. N. Jones Professor of Statistics, “That’s like a Who’s Who to us.”Tessa remembered growing up in a strict household, but one where a good joke had its place. The signature sound of her childhood, she said, was the chunk-chunk of the heavy carriage on a Monroe calculator, a hand-cranked paperless precursor to the computer.Her mother Betty had a doctorate in biology, so the parents were intimidating intellectually. When she faltered during a homework assignment, Tessa remembered her father’s statistical reminder of “regression towards the mean.”The greats of modern statistics were visitors to the Cochran household, and all possessed “a foreign language,” remembered Sandy, a one-time mathematics major who confessed to flunking statistics. When the family was in Princeton during World War II, they lived next door to Albert Einstein, who on leaving for work would often pat 3-year-old Sandy on the head. His mother teased him for years after that “none of it rubbed off.”Witty in person and concise on paper, Cochran is best known for his contributions to all three common forms of collecting statistical data, according to Meng: experiments, sample surveys, and observational studies.The three forms differ in degree of control. The more control in the data-collection stage means an easier analysis stage. That means more control over what experts like Meng call “valid statistical inference.” Statistics, after all, is largely the search for causality, as it can be inferred from large universes of data.With experiments, researchers have the most control, as in clinical drug trials, where researchers decide which patients get a drug and which get a placebo. With sample surveys they have less control, said Meng, but at least a researcher can decide where the data comes from. Researchers can take a random sampling of hospitals, for instance, and then in turn a random sampling of patients in each hospital.With observational studies, the researcher typically has no control. Data is simply collected as it comes in, from patients at a particular hospital, for instance. Without care, the “confounding factors” in observational studies can suggest misleading results. Yes, cigarette smokers get lung cancer more often than nonsmokers — but other factors may obscure causality: age, occupation, environment, and so on.Among other things, Cochran was an expert in taking observational data and filtering it mathematically in order to make statistical inferences more powerful. He was the only statistician on the 10-member scientific advisory committee for a 1964 U.S. Surgeon General’s report concluding that cigarette smoking caused lung cancer.There were five nonsmokers on the panel and five smokers, by design. Cochran was the only one of the smokers who did not quit after the report’s appearance. At age 55, Cochran calculated that his chances of getting lung cancer were 40 percent, compared with 24 percent for a former smoker. “The comfort of my cigarettes,” he concluded, outweighs the 16 percent increase in risk.But despite his personal decision, Cochran’s work went on to save millions of lives in the decades since, said Allan M. Brandt, author of “The Cigarette Century” (2007), a study of the rise and fall of U.S. cigarette consumption. (Brandt, a science historian, delivered the symposium’s opening remarks. He is dean of Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Amalie Moses Kass Professor of the History of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.)At the time of the 1964 report, 50 percent of all American adults smoked, said Brandt. Today that figure is closer to 20 percent.He called the range of Cochran’s interests and contributions within statistics “astonishing.” During World War II, Cochran investigated the probability of hits in naval warfare and bombing raid strategies. He later employed statistical methods to assess the effects of radiation at Hiroshima and the efficacy of the Salk polio vaccine.Famously, starting in 1950, Cochran and other statistics experts pored over the data for the Kinsey Report on sexual behavior in the human male. (Their conclusions, summarized in 1953 in the Journal of the American Statistical Association, were largely supportive — though they cautioned readers they had no opinion on “orgasm as a measure of sexual behavior.”)The Kinsey work wasn’t all work. Cochran and statistics legend Frederick Mosteller liked to sing Gilbert and Sullivan tunes on their way back from lunch, and were once shushed by the famous Alfred C. Kinsey for being too loud. Mosteller, the first chair of Harvard’s Department of Statistics, died in 2006. But his posthumous memoir, “The Pleasures of Statistics,” will soon appear in print.Cochran’s landmark contributions started in the 1930s at an agricultural experiment station in the English countryside. Eager for a job during the Great Depression and anxious to make a difference, he had given up Ph.D. studies in mathematics at Cambridge University to assess the effect of weather patterns on crop yields and other practical matters.Investigations at the Rothamsted Experimental Station involved a world of sugar beets, barley, potatoes, eelworms, plowing depths, and soil amendments like chalk. To Cochran, it was a practical universe that inspired his early scholarship in statistics.He published 18 papers in his five years there. The very first one established what is now known as “Cochran’s theorem,” which is just one of the reasons for his enduring fame. The theorem allows checking to see whether two statistical quantities are independent of each other — meaning that knowing one provides no information on the other. That simplifies the path to statistical inference by creating a “simpler condition” mathematically, said Meng.When researchers study the contributing factors in a disease, for instance, a common question is often: Are genes a significant factor, or environment — or both? Cochran’s theorem helps to test if a particular factor is statistically significant.There was a “Rothamsted influence” on Cochran’s work in experimental design, said University of Glasgow statistics professor Michael Titterington, who gave a presentation that included the right pronunciation for “Willy” Cochran’s childhood nickname: “Wully.”Sequential and long-term field trials required complex methods for organization and tracking, which led to methods — like “lattice designs” — which later proved more broadly useful in statistics. Practical farming issues, which Cochran began studying in times of economic hardship, also reminded him that researchers have to guard against the risk of failure, said Titterington — that statistics experts have a responsibility not only to science but to the real world.“He was intensely practical,” said Harvard’s John L. Loeb Professor of Statistics Donald Rubin of his former graduate adviser. During a colloquium presentation on observational studies, he recalled Cochran’s interruption during a conversation in the late 1960s: “Unless you give me an example of why it’s important, stop talking about it.”last_img read more

Students protest University investment

first_imgSophomore Roman Sanchez and junior Liz Furman were two of several students who distributed flyers outside the Junior Parents Weekend Mass to raise awareness about the University’s investment in HEI Hotels and Resorts — a hotel chain with alleged unfair labor practices.“Parents were there and a lot of them are alumni,” Sanchez said. “A lot of them give money to the school.”Furman added, “And they should probably know where their money is going.”But Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) stopped the students in their campaign and the flyers were confiscated. The disciplinary actionAssistant Director for NDSP Dave Chapman said the demonstration was terminated because the students did not have permission from the Office of Residence Life and Housing (ORLH).Du Lac, the student handbook, states, “All demonstrations must be registered in writing with the Associate Vice President for Residence Life.”“They were asked if they had permission and they said no, they did not. They said they didn’t know that they needed permission,” Chapman said. “The report was filed and forwarded to ORLH, as we always do. The flyers were confiscated.”As a result of the incident, the students were disciplined by ORLH and are awaiting the University’s decision regarding their punishment, Sanchez and Furman said.“We understand that as a private institution, Notre Dame can do whatever they want, basically,” Furman said. “But our question is, is that really in line with the kind of learning experience they want students to have here, with having freedom of expression so restricted? The lack of freedom of expression on this campus is unreasonable.”The incident inspired several alumni to write a Letter to the Editor in the March 18 edition of The Observer.John Lavelle, of the Class of 1987, who was one of the authors of the letter, said the University should not apply its policies to discourage student expression.“My perspective as a lawyer and a graduated alumni is that there ought to be a space at Notre Dame to express these views,” Lavelle said. “The University shouldn’t be cracking down on students who express views just because they take a position that might be embarrassing to [the University].”Lavelle also questioned whether the policy requiring permission was universally enforced.“I think that you would look at the way this policy is kind of selectively enforced or creates the opportunity for selective enforcement, where the University is simply exercising it in a way to prohibit expressive conduct,” Lavelle said.Chapman said the only reason the policy would not be enforced is if NDSP was not notified of a demonstration.“If we were not called about it or we don’t know what’s going on, then we can’t do anything about it,” he said.The concerned students are currently persisting in their mission to promote awareness about the University’s investment in HEI by wearing orange jumpsuits to classes this week.Issue behind disciplinary actionHEI is an investment firm that acquires, develops and operates hotels under well-known names such as Marriott, Sheraton and Hilton. The company has more than 5,000 employees, Chief Investment Officer Scott Malpass said.Notre Dame’s real estate portfolio is invested in many properties, such as office, retail, residential and hotels, which includes HEI. The University assesses every firm it invests in and their commitment to social responsibility, he said.“They are very good. They are a very good company. Their reputation in the industry is fabulous,” Malpass said.Sanchez said he and other students are protesting against the University’s investment in HEI because the company does not align with Catholic Social Teaching, which calls for workers’ rights and the right to unionize.Malpass said HEI is not “anti-union” in any way, and currently owns hotels that have unions.“The union has come to campus and fed the students all kinds of information that isn’t true about HEI,” he said. “Our students think that HEI is a terrible place, that they are abusing their employees. We are not against unions. HEI runs union hotels.”Malpass also said HEI had a third party survey their employees’ job satisfaction. The industry average score is 75 percent satisfied, while HEI scored in the 80 to 90 percent range, he said.“I have spoken to  …  employees, including general managers of the hotels, wait staff, housekeeping staff and front desk personnel,” Malpass said. “They were all complimentary of the company.”In the past, the labor union UNITE HERE has targeted HEI for allegedly disallowing employees to join a union. UNITE HERE has filed multiple allegations against HEI, but none have proven, Malpass said.“The filing of multiple allegations is a typical practice from UNITE HERE and HEI is one of many companies the union has unfairly targeted,” Malpass said. “To date, there have been no findings by any court, government agency or arbitrator against any of HEI’s hotels.”Malpass said he encourages students to pursue their mission in other areas.“I applaud our students’ interest in the issues and concern for workers and workers’ rights to organize,” he said. “I continue to support efforts to raise awareness about unfair labor practices in general, but we have done a thorough review [of HEI] and it is clear that issue is simply the union.“UNITE HERE has got to our students and convinced them the HEI is a bad company even though the evidence doesn’t support that at all,” he said.The bottom line — according to Sanchez — lies in Catholic Social Teaching.“[Malpass] is going to say we’re biased and we’re going to say he’s biased, but the bottom line is Catholic Social Teaching says we should be biased to the worker,” Sanchez said.last_img read more

‘Chilihead’ vacation

first_imgPepper paradiseWell, this year my wife, mother-in-law and I headed to southwest Louisiana and Avery Island, the center of the hot pepper world. For 138 years, on this little island among the bayous, the McIlhenny family has used a secret recipe to make Tabasco pepper sauce.Yes, the peppers are here, along with the factory and a funky Tabasco-themed gift shop complete with a variety of pepper products and rollicking Cajun music.Besides being the home of Tabasco Sauce, Avery Island has a fascinating natural history. The “island” is really a little hill created by the upwelling of ancient salt deposits beneath the Mississippi delta. At its highest point, it’s only 152 feet above sea level.Civil War survivorWhen Edmund McIlhenny returned to his Avery Island plantation after the Civil War, he was delighted to find that the special red peppers he had planted in his garden before the war had survived.He began to experiment with making pepper sauce for Christmas presents and hit on a formula that worked. He crushed the ripest, reddest peppers, mixed a half-cup of local salt with each gallon and aged the mixture in crockery jars for 30 days.Then he added fine, French wine vinegar and aged the sauce another 30 days before straining and bottling it in surplus perfume bottles (hence the classic shape).Sold like hot, uh, sauceMcIlhenny chose a Central American Indian name for the product, “Tabasco,” and shipped the first batch of 350 bottles in 1868. The hot sauce took off like wildfire, and orders came in faster than they could be filled.Tabasco has since become the definitive seasoning sauce, offering people around the world a taste of south Louisiana.While Tabasco Sauce production involves salting and fermenting the chili mash, gardeners can enjoy growing these fiery, tasty chilies at home for their own fresh sauces and spicy dishes.Many garden centers have tabasco plants. These small, pointed chilies grow on branching plants 2 to 3 feet tall. They do best where summers are long and hot.Hot little podsEach plant can bear 100 erect little chili pods that color up from yellow to orange to red. Tabasco chilies have a unique, dry-hot, smoky taste combined with fiery pungency for unbeatable flavor.On Avery Island, the 250-acre McIlhenny estate is also home to 20,000 snowy egrets. Along with the bird sanctuary are the Jungle Gardens: vast expanses of gigantic live oaks draped with Spanish moss, huge hollies that form a canopy road, quiet meditation gardens and a sunken garden with rare, exotic palms. The photographic paradise contains other animals, including the ever-present alligator.This garden-loving chilihead found at Avery Island a perfect blend of beauty and taste. Now, let’s see, the little hotel next to the Evangeline Oak in St. Martinville that serves that great crab bisque….last_img read more

Bolivia Increased Illicit Coca Cultivation for Fourth Year, According to INCB

first_img For the fourth consecutive year, Bolivia increased the total area under illicit coca cultivation, according to a report by the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), a UN agency, which called on the Andean-Amazonian country to reduce the plantings. “In 2009, the total area under illicit coca bush cultivation in the Plurinational State of Bolivia increased for the fourth consecutive year – an increase of 22 per cent over the figure for 2005,” the report said. Morales, who took office in January 2006 for his first term and in 2009 for his second, remains a leader of the coca producers’ unions in El Chapare, in the country’s central region. The board also exhorted the Bolivian government “to adopt effective policies and strengthen its efforts to eliminate illicit coca bush cultivation on its territory, as well as to address in a decisive manner the illicit manufacture of and trafficking in cocaine,” the 2010 report said. The INCB celebrated the fact that the regional area under coca cultivation decreased in 2009, due to a reduction in plantings in Colombia, “which counterbalanced increases in the area under such cultivation in Bolivia (Plurinational State of) and Peru.” In 2009, 59,000 hectares were planted with coca in Peru, 30,900 in Bolivia, and between 67,000 and 68,000 in Colombia. La Paz acknowledges cultivation of 30,500 hectares, of which only 12,000 are considered legal under current Bolivian law, for coca chewing, the production of medicinal infusions, and the performance of religious rituals. By Dialogo March 04, 2011last_img read more

Children’s panel studies representation issues

first_imgChildren’s panel studies representation issues January 15, 2001 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News Children’s panel studies representation issues Associate Editor It shouldn’t require stealing $10 from Grandma’s wallet or being beaten by Dad so a child can be labeled either delinquent or dependent in order to get desperately needed mental health services. Too often, children come to court with no one representing them at all, and more needs to be done to encourage lawyers to specialize in children’s rights. Children at the center of rancorous court battles have a right to know what’s being said about them, so they can speak up about inaccuracies and let their voices be heard. Decisionmakers on a child’s case — social workers, teachers, police, prosecutors and public defenders — need to be able to share information through a seamless communication system that flows to the clerk of courts and judges who need good information to make good decisions. And everyone — including the public, the media, legislators, law students, lawyers and judges — needs to be better educated about the root causes of a child’s problem and where to go for help. Those were among the recommendations of five subcommittees of The Florida Bar Commission on the Legal Needs of Children, when it met in Coral Gables on December 14 (see sidebar on page 11). Commission members passed a motion asking to extend their work beyond this year, so there is time to hold public hearings and conduct more research on the unmet legal needs of children. While 11th Circuit Judge Sandy Karlan, who chairs the commission, told members there was a “good chance” of receiving an extension beyond the two years that ends in May, she didn’t formally ask for more time when she gave a progress report to the Board of Governors on December 15. “We have set some large goals,” Judge Karlan told the board. “When are children entitled to representation? What kind of representation are they entitled to? Does it require a lawyer? Do lawyers have to represent the interests of their clients, or do they decide that children can’t determine what is in their best interest? This is a strong philosophical debate that is being carried out all over the country. There are no standards for representing children.” So far, after six meetings, key accomplishments of the commission include a major research project by the University of Florida Gator TeamChild, led by Claudia Wright, to identify all of the state laws that affect children — including probate, domestic violence, health care, education, appellate rules, administrative code and federal laws that affect state funding. “We can see that there are areas of the law that conflict, including just on the definition of what is a child,” Judge Karlan said, adding that Rep. Sandra Murman, R-Tampa, has shown an interest in doing a children’s code. The Florida Bar Foundation has given the commission a $25,000 technology grant to work on linking by computer all of the stakeholders in a child’s case so they can talk to each other. Now, Judge Karlan said, “There is no way the courts, even within a circuit, can communicate with each other on where all the cases involving a family and child are.” The hope is that the technology grant will go a long way toward sharing information so better decisions can be made about children in a timely manner. `Best Interest of the Child’? “We have to get away from the subjective, amorphous `best interest of the child,’” urged Ann Haralambie, a Tucson, Arizona, attorney who limits her practice to juvenile and domestic relations cases. The president of the Arizona Association of Counsel for Children and past president of the National Association of Counsel for Children shared her expertise with the commission. “Most of us who represent children are not social workers, we are not child psychologists, and we have no in-depth training to determine what’s in the best interest of children,” Haralambie said. Even those who are deeply divided about the role of a child’s attorney, she said, agree on this much: “The current tradition of the role of the child’s attorney is horrible.” “What’s in the best interest of the child is very subjective and gives the illusion of advocacy without substance,” she said. “What does it mean? Whatever you think is the best thing to do, just slap `best interest of the child’ on it.” Some judges are just plain lazy in determining what is in the best interest of the child, she said, and readily rubberstamp what lawyers say, while other judges are handicapped by lack of information. “Your decisions as judges can never be better than the data you are given,” she said. “And children’s attorneys, unfortunately, can be loose cannons.” Haralambie urged the commission to adopt statewide standards, adding it won’t be necessary to reinvent the wheel. “The ABA standards now are probably the best out there,” said Haralambie, who wrote “The Child’s Attorney — A Guide to Representing Children in Custody, Adoption and Protection Cases,” published in 1993 by the American Bar Association Section of Family Law. The “scariest research,” she said, is that a child’s brain is developed by age 3. “If you don’t form certain neuronal connections by age 3, you’ll never form them,” she said. So if a child has had a decent upbringing by age 3, and then has been abused, there is a good chance at rehabilitation, she said. But, if the child has been raised since birth in a chaotic, violent household, that child likely will not have the physical brain connections for rehabilitation. “I find that terribly frightening, and that says a lot about what to do with the under-3-year-olds. And my under-3-year-old clients are the least likely to be able to tell me what they would like to see in their case plan,” she said. That’s why objective information about child development is crucial in developing standards for representation. “One thing we all have consensus on is we’ve got to take ourselves out of this loosey-goosey, my own subjective opinion,” she said. The other thing that most everyone agrees with is that the child’s wishes must be communicated by a child’s adovocate, even if that advocate believes the child’s wishes are wrong. The exception, she said, is when the child doesn’t want that wish communicated. Determining what is the child’s wish is something a lawyer can ascertain, even if the lawyer doesn’t agree with it, such as the 16-year-old girl who’s been molested by her stepfather, but wants to go home anyway. Some lawyers abdicate their responsibilities, arguing that it’s what the child wants, so let’s do it, she said. “There has to be a middle ground,” she said. “Let the judge be the judge, and let the judge have the perspective of the child through the child’s eyes,” she said. And advocates should be held accountable, too. “We need to give children not just the illusion but the reality of being heard.” Haralambie recommended that services be provided in a family-friendly way, because there is a real stigma for a family to go through dependency court. “We need to think broader than the courts,” she said, suggesting that programs for families could be placed in schools and churches, where there is no stigma attached in attending. Wanted: Pediatric Lawyers The medical profession has had specialists for children for more than a century. So what’s taking the legal profession so long? That was the question both asked and answered by Diane Geraghty, a professor of law and director of the ChildLaw Center at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Less than 25 years ago, the legal profession began to grasp the importance of lawyers specializing in pediatric law, Geraghty told commission members. It wasn’t until the end of the ’60s, with Supreme Court decisions, the civil rights movement and the clinical education movement, that the need for lawyers specializing in representing children was finally sparked. “There was no case law before that setting out that children have rights,” Geraghty told the commission, in summing up the history that led to focusing on a specialty in advocating for children. Another important correlation was that in the late ’60s and early ’70s, women began entering law schools, helping boost advocacy for children. In 1972, the first casebook on juvenile justice was published, following by treatises on the legal rights of children in the ’80s. The end of the ’80s and early ’90s, Geraghty said, “was a disastrous period for children,” with the crack cocaine epidemic, which flooded children into child welfare departments, and the proliferation of handguns that caused juvenile crime to spike. Driven by those external factors, pressure was put on legal education and the bar in general that led to the demand for legal education on children’s issues, she said. “For a long time, children’s work was thought of as an area that wasn’t challenging, and it is now considered ground-breaking in many areas. It now encompasses the rights of grandparents and the rights of unmarried fathers,” she said. In 1993, the same year the ABA established a committee and came out with the report, “America’s Children at Risk,” Loyola’s ChildLaw Center program was established. Students get a hands-on education with real cases that provide service to the community, and faculty get to disseminate their research. The goal is to attract and train a group of law students who seek to represent children in their legal careers. And its overall mission is to improve the quality of justice for children and families. “We don’t train our students to be social workers or mental health professionals, but we do expose them to those professions and their ethics and values, and teach them how to work with them.” Besides providing substantive knowledge in the law, advocacy skills and a strong ethical foundation, she said, students build skills in dealing with children. “Just the basic ability to communicate is so different when it’s a child, as opposed to a corporate client,” Geraghty said. “You have to know something about linguistics. You have to know that children under a certain age can only think and communicate in certain concrete terms,” she said. That’s why Loyola has a program that allows law students to put kids on the witness stand and do examination and cross-examination. “The traditional warrior-like mentality of litigation and rules of evidence is not particularly well-suited to certain aspects of solving children’s legal problems,” she said. “When you’re trying to think forward about what should happen to this child and this family, the adversary system does not work particularly well. So you have to have mediation.” The legal program at Loyola, she said, has been very involved in trying to improve the administration of justice and the quality of justice for children. “We can provide students with excellent training, but if we put them in systems that are dysfunctional, it impedes our ultimate goal,” Geraghty said. One idea in retaining law students to focus on this area of law is with financial incentives, such as convincing the legislature to forgive student loans for the people willing to practice in the area of child advocacy. With law students graduating with a debt of $100,000 or $150,000, “even for the most talented students, the pressures they are feeling economically are great,” she said. Another concern is that it’s mostly women who focus on this area of the law. “We have to question what it means when all of the guys go to the dot.com side of the law school, and women are left with the public service,” Geraghty said. She spoke of other challenges in advocating for children: “They are kids and can’t vote, the public’s attention span, which has been on child welfare, is short. And we have to capture the moment or it will go away.” To the roomful of judges and lawyers giving their time to the Bar’s Commission on the Legal Needs of Children, Geraghty said: “There truly is no more noble work that you can be doing than the work you are doing today. You are part of a world community trying to function in a way that is noble and good.”last_img

The switch to chip cards is working, six months later, U.S. consumers better protected

first_imgThe U.S. financial services industry is the middle of a technology revolution, and if you’re like most Americans, you’re adjusting to dipping instead of swiping.  It’s the new world of credit cards – magnetic stripes are giving way to chips in cards, and it is changing the security of payments for good.Six months ago, on October 1, 2015, the nation began the transition to more secure chip cards.  Shifting America’s more than 8 million merchants over to chip technology is an enormous task. In fact, it’s the largest change your wallet has seen in forty years. The U.S. is joining more than 80 countries around the world in upgrading payment card security to the chip standard. To give you some context, magnetic stripes utilize the same technology as cassette tapes, so in a way it’s like upgrading from cassettes to Spotify. More important, the chip card migration is addressing the single largest source of fraud in retail stores today. In 2015 alone, more than $6 billion of those electronic payments were fraudulent. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

One foot in the future

first_imgOne of my professors used to say, “You’ve got to have one foot in the present, and one foot in the future.” As a CEO, this statement couldn’t be more relevant in today’s competitive landscape, where consumers are demanding more convenient products and services—and they have more choices than ever.And let me make it clear: when consumers are judging how financial services institutions serve them, they’re not comparing us with the bank down the street, or with other insurance companies. They’re comparing us with the biggest, brightest, best brands out there.So, we know we must focus on providing solutions that address our customers’ needs.At CUNA Mutual Group, we’re going through our own transformation to remain relevant to the credit unions and consumers we serve today. We’re looking to the future and embracing innovation and disruption. Here are a few things we’ve learned along our journey: ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

How you can continue to support small businesses

first_imgAlthough times are temporarily tough, businesses are holding onto hope. “Some of our cashiers are doing deliveries, some of our servers are doing deliveries, we’re beefing up those operations,” said Crews who is also a manager at Owego Originals. “Give them a call, buy them a gift certificate, tell your friends to do the same thing and take good care of yourself,” said Curatolo. Owego Originals offers free lunch to students up to 12th grade from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. “This is who we are. This is our identity. So this isn’t just a matter of taking a dip in business or a dip in sales, this is a matter of us just remembering who we are, supporting our small businesses, and just bouncing back as soon as we can,” said Owego Historic Marketplace president Brad Crews. Shops and restaurants have had to cut hours, as well as workers. “Whether it’s restaurants, gift shops, whatever, come out and support them either through gift certificates, things you’re going to buy, buy something for somebody else who is struggling right now. Those are the important pieces,” said Owego Kitchen owner Ike Lovelass. But in the meantime, there are some things you can do to help while following the restrictions in place. Despite the changes business owners are facing, they are still serving the community and giving back. OWEGO (WBNG) — Earlier this week, the state announced restaurants and bars would be suspending dine-in operations, while capacity restrictions were placed on other businesses. Owego Kitchen offered free family dinners to people in the area on Tuesday afternoon and says it has plans to continue. It’s especially true for the Village of Owego. “Day one they were communicating about what they can do for the community. And I think that’s really telling about why we should feed small businesses, help them sustain themselves, because they are the first ones to give back to the community when we need it,” said Crews. As the coronavirus spreads and more limits are put into place, it’s having its impact on local businesses here in the Southern Tier. “Small businesses are affected extremely and it hits them faster. Faster than large corporations obviously. Some of them will not survive,” said The Goat Boy owner Lisa Curatolo. “Just generosity in this community is why we settled here. It’s incredible the community support. If you think of this village, two floods in two years, 90% of the village underwater, and it’s come out stronger than ever and we hope truly that it will be the same thing here,” said Ike and Julie Lovelass. “It’s heart-wrenching because I know a lot of our employees have kids and while the kids are being taken care of through the schools and the food, it’s such a stressful time. Mortgages need to be paid, the trickle down effect of this is overwhelming,” said Owego Kitchen owner Julie Lovelass. You can also take advantage of take-out and delivery services. Some restaurants in the village, like Owego Kitchen and Las Chicas Taqueria also have online-ordering systems to make things more convenient.last_img read more