Two honored for teaching excellence

first_imgRuth Bielfeldt, Harris K. Weston Associate Professor of the Humanities, and Sarah Richardson, John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences, are this year’s winners of the Roslyn Abramson Award, given annually to assistant or associate professors for excellence in undergraduate teaching.The $10,000 award, established with a gift from Edward Abramson ’57 in honor of his mother, goes to members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) “in recognition of his or her excellence and sensitivity in teaching undergraduates.” Recipients are chosen on the basis of their accessibility, dedication to teaching, and ability to communicate with and inspire undergraduates.“This year’s winners of the Roslyn Abramson Award have a deep commitment to undergraduate teaching and have created unique and challenging opportunities for active learning,” said Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Michael D. Smith. “On behalf of the College and the entire FAS, I offer them my thanks and congratulations.”Ruth Bielfeldt“This prize matters as much to me as any book prize,” said Bielfeldt. “When I write a monograph I write it with an ideal reader in my mind, knowing that he/she may not exist in real life. When I teach at this University my ideal audience is always my actual one: Harvard’s students,” she said.Bielfeldt’s research centers on the iconology and contextual hermeneutics of Greek and Roman art and material culture. She likes to describe her teaching style as akin to midwifery. Bielfeldt said she believes that Socratic dialogue is the most powerful and successful form of teaching, if it is practiced not as a guided and constricted conversation, but as an open and flexible, truly communal enterprise.Her preferred course form is the seminar. “The seminar is a space of free discourse, a palestra for exploring ideas and intellect, where everyone talks to everyone, freshmen to doctoral candidates and vice versa,” said Bielfeldt. “I, like a referee, try to interfere only when we are in danger of going beyond the limits of sound historical reasoning. This is a wonderful way to encourage freshmen and sophomores to develop their independent voice.”As a classical archaeologist, Bielfeldt, who teaches courses in the art and archaeology of the classical world, also advocates passionately for teaching outside the classroom, in museums and on digs. “Archaeological fieldwork, unlike any other academic experience, provides what I would like to call a pedagogy of discovery. It presents us with the artifact of the past as it is, unmediated, unstudied, unknown. Objects, more than 2,000 years old, begin to teach us.”Bielfeldt plans to use the money accompanying the Abramson Award to help fund her new research project on largely forgotten and unpublished bronze candelabra from Pompeii and Herculaneum.Sarah Richardson“I am completely overwhelmed and overjoyed to receive this award,” said Richardson. “We all pour our hearts into teaching, and you often don’t immediately know if you are getting across the material or using the right methods. What an amazing thing to be recognized.”Richardson is a junior professor at the College, teaching on the history of race and gender in the biological sciences, the social dimensions of science, and feminist intellectual history. This spring, she is teaching a new General Education course titled “Gender and Science: From Marie Curie to Gamergate.” The Abramson Award will support the writing of a new book on the history of the science of maternal-fetal effects.Richardson’s teaching style embodies the Harvard College mission. “I am fierce in my teaching,” she said. “I view each interaction in the classroom as an opportunity for an intellectual transformation for not just the student, but also for myself.”For Richardson, the classroom presents a host of opportunities to challenge her students. “I am grappling with the same questions I pose to my students,” she said. “Instead of approaching teaching as a transfer of knowledge, I try to pose questions and arguments with which students can engage. The environment is a lot like a sandbox, where we all jump in and mix it up.”A member of the Harvard Faculty since 2010, Richardson said it is important for her students to feel comfortable, included, and safe in her classroom, but she also likes to shake up standard classroom discussions to ensure students have synthesized the material and can apply it in new and effective ways.last_img read more

The Observer wins Indiana Collegiate Press Association awards

first_imgThe Observer won 28 awards at the 2018 Indiana Collegiate Press Association (ICPA) awards in Indianapolis on Saturday, including second place in the Division I Newspaper of the Year category and second place in the Best Overall Website category.The News department won third place in the Best In-Depth story category for current Editor-in-Chief and former News Editor Courtney Becker’s feature on the Save the Village movement. Becker, along with Assistant Managing Editor and former Associate News Editor Lucas Masin-Moyer, also received second place in the Best Continuous Coverage of a Single Story category for coverage of Vice President Mike Pence as the 2017 Commencement Speaker.The department took second and third place in the Best News or Feature Series for its coverage of the Deferred Action for Childhood  Arrivals (DACA) repeal and former Saint Mary’s Editor Martha Reilly and Becker’s political climate series.Additionally, Becker took third place in the Best Non-Deadline News Story category for her feature remembering the life of former student Edward Lim.Former Assistant Managing Editor Marek Mazurek won first place in the Best Sports News Story category for his coverage of the Notre Dame football team’s loss to the University of Miami and sports writer Renee Griffin took second place in the same category for her story about the Notre Dame women’s basketball team’s loss to Stanford in the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament.Mazurek, former Editor-in-Chief and current Sports Editor Ben Padanilam, Assistant Managing Editor and former Sports Editor Elizabeth Greason, Managing Editor and former Associate Sports Editor Tobias Hoonhout and sports writer Daniel O’Boyle won first place in the Best Podcast category analyzing Notre Dame football’s faceoff against Miami (FL). Padanilam won second place in the Best Sports Column category for his column “Kelly must avoid repeat of last year’s mistakes.”The Scene department won three awards, including first place for former Scene writer Matt Munhall’s piece “Margo Price, poet laureate of the dive bar” in Best Review and second place for former Associate Scene Editor Kelly McGarry’s piece  “Feminism is for kids” in Best Entertainment Column. Current Associate Scene Editor Mike Donovan also took third place in Best Entertainment Story for his feature on Notre Dame’s student music scene. The Photo department won first place in the Best Sports Photo category for former Photo Editor Chris Collins’ picture of junior wide receiver Chase Claypool diving into the end zone for a touchdown. Additionally, Collins and former Graphics Editor Lauren Weldon won first place in the Best Special Section Front/Cover category for the “Gold Standard” Irish Insider cover.Weldon and former Scene Writer Jack Reidy took third place in Best Illustration for the full-page “Ladibree, trill since birth” graphic. The Graphics department also took second place in the Best Informational Graphic category for graphic designer Cristina Interiano’s graphic for the story “University releases 2016 Campus Climate Survey results.”Show Some Skin won third place in Best Opinion Column for its piece “Protect survivors of sexual violence: Ambiguous waiver policy needs clarification.” The 2017-2018 Editorial Board won third place for Best Staff Editorial for “Observer Editorial: It’s your turn.”Advertising Manager Alexandra Pucillo won first place in the Best Self-Promotional Campaign (Three or More Pieces) category and second place in Best General Media Kit/Marketing Package. Additionally, Pucillo, Padanilam and Weldon won third place for Best Rate Card.The Observer won first place in Best Single Issue for Irish Insider: USC and third place for the edition for Sept. 15, 2017. Additionally, The Observer won first place in Best Overall Website Design, third place in Online Publication of the Year and third place in Advertising Publication of the Year.Tags: ICPA, ICPA 2018, Indiana Collegiate Press Association, The Observerlast_img read more


first_imgNow that the kids are back in school, the routine returns, including some self-care to balance out all of the self-abuse that summer can inspire.It’s time to amp up the cardio with days of running, especially now that the mornings stay cool through noon, offering a delightful prance through the neighborhood, complete with cool breezes. Not only can I suddenly climb every hill, but I have enough energy to smile and say good morning to others out on the street. Plus, it no longer takes a gallon of water throughout the day to replenish fluids and stave off cramps from one run.It’s time to do a dietary cleanse of some sort to wash away all of the salt and processed meats found on most summer cookout grills. A good week of juicing should do the trick, complete with vitamins, Emergen-C, and ginger tea rather than hot dogs and lemonade washed down with copious amounts of beer.It’s time to return to yoga, to stretch out those injuries from the late-night rides after a long day working, from the epic Sundays, the races followed, not by stretching and water, but beer and little sleep. Yoga will do wonders for that aching lower back, crippled from pushing strollers and fitful nights of sleep in a tent on a Therm-a-Rest only to be woken at 5:30 a.m. by eager campers under the age of 8. I’ve been back to yoga for two weeks and can already tell the difference. The first class made me laugh out loud while everybody was concentrating on their yujaya breath whilst balancing on their heads. I, a gymnast, had no balance whatsoever, never mind funny breathing. I was thankful I’d remembered to first spit out my gum. The class brought me through my body of misery and the realization of how much I’d slipped in three months. I’m thankful for a new set of issues to unravel between now and November when the self-care flies back out the window in lieu of holiday preparations.It’s time to eat some steroids to clear up the nasty poison-ivy, which leaves its scars for months. Prednisone might make you crazy, but it also really makes the sloppy joints feel miraculously healed while pounding them across the pavement. The first shot the nurse wanted to give me in the bum, I knocked to the floor by squeezing my buns of riding steel and shot it directly into my ankle joint while she got another. Only in my rendition of it later, of course.It’s time to bring the bike into the shop to replace the seat, which now has an entire chunk missing from the left cheek side, causing me to use my right leg more. The chain is stretched and now holds more dirt than lube. The derailleur slips, no matter how many twists of the tension screws. The brake pads have been squealing down the steep hills, which have admittedly been a good bear repellent. The paint is chipped and worn. The new Pivot I rode won’t leave the back of my head no matter how much the wallet complains.So as the season comes to a rallying end, and the final races are won, remember that none of it is possible, or nearly as fun, without self-care.last_img read more

A Better Place

first_imgAll in the family: The McMurry clan will play two shows in North Carolina this month.For the members of Acoustic Syndicate, family has always come before the prospect of fame. This sincere family dedication was the impetus for calling it quits back in 2005 at the height of the band’s success. One of North Carolina’s favorite experimental string bands, Acoustic Syndicate had just released arguably their best record to date, Long Way Round, on the venerable Sugar Hill Records, and they were making strides nationally, playing close to 200 shows a year for a growing fan base.In a crowded landscape of bluegrass-twisting road warriors, Syndicate stood out for their ability to intertwine homespun front porch melodies with an energetic, improvisational edge. The band’s acoustic amalgamation blended the picking prowess of the high lonesome sound with aggressive roots rock, jazzy undertones, and a tinge of light airy reggae.It was all anchored by the tight knit harmonies of brothers Bryon (banjo) and Fitz McMurry (drums), along with their cousin Steve McMurry (guitar and mandolin), whose voices soared with chemistry that only comes from familial bonds and many years singing together while growing up on a small family farm in Cleveland County, N.C. With help from bassist Jay Sanders and saxophonist Jeremy Saunders, the band developed an original sound that was swelling jam band crowds at high-profile festivals like Bonnaroo and turning heads in the Americana world.But a decade on the road had proved to be enough. With expanding families back at home, the band decided to permanently put the brakes on touring, saying goodbye to fans with a marathon headlining set at Smilefest, one of their home state’s most popular music gatherings.In the years since, there have been sporadic reunions, and lately the band is doing an increasing number of shows around the South.“Now we just do things that are fun,” says Sanders. “It’s such a relief after being a touring band for so many years to just do the festivals and clubs that we really enjoy. It’s brought such passion back into the music, because we’re only playing for the love of it.”Essential SyndicateThe group is gradually adding more gigs to their calendar, but there are still plenty of commitments at home, including established day jobs. Steve McMurry is a heavy equipment operator with the North Carolina Department of Transportation, Fitz is a park ranger, and Bryon works for the soil and water conservation department of Cleveland County. Sanders is a computer programmer for an Asheville-based company called Creative Allies.Without the pressure of making a living on the road, the band has found a new creative spark. Recently, set lists have included a handful of new tunes, including “King for a Day” highlighted by Steve McMurry’s usual heavily drawled heartfelt musings, as well as the layered compositions and conscious lyrics of Bryon’s “Rooftop Garden” and “Bicycle Song.”“The new material is a little more advanced and complex musically, but it still also has that same classic sound that we’ve done all along,” Sanders says. “We’ve been seeing what kind of reception these songs get in the live setting and making adjustments from there. It’s a very organic process that involves getting feedback from our listeners.”With more new songs in the can, the band is planning to head into the studio next month and likely release their first album in eight years next spring.The album will also showcase their newest member. With Saunders lending his sax talents elsewhere, the Syndicate members decided to seek out an additional fifth player to expand their range. They found what they were looking for in dobro and slide guitar ace Billy Cardine, a longtime member of the disbanded newgrass outfit the Biscuit Burners. Cardine’s virtuosic playing has added another fitting layer of texture to the band’s dynamic string interplay.With a refocused line-up and an increasing amount of new material, the band is poised to find a way to permanently stay together and reach their full potential, even if it’s on a part-time basis.This month Syndicate will play two of their favorite North Carolina venues, the Lincoln Theater in Raleigh on November 12, and a big post-Thanksgiving show at the Orange Peel in Asheville on November 25.“There’s still a lot of passion and originality in the music,” says Sanders. “We’re doing something that’s a little bit different than everything else that’s out there. A sense of family also runs really deep in this band and that brings a very serious integrity to the music. To me, that’s what sets it apart.”last_img read more

In the Footsteps of the Ancients

first_img• • •Five Must-StopsAlong the CherohAla SkywayFor a weekend, I channeled the spirit of the Cherokee and paused to wonder, if the trees could talk, what would they say? If the creeks could whisper, what secrets would they share? In order to find out, I marveled at the tall trees, gaped at the mountain views, hiked the balds, slept under the star-studded sky, and relished in the mist from cascading waterfalls.Marvel at the Big Tree at Joyce Kilmer Memorial ForestMy first stop wasn’t even technically on the skyway. Driving from Robbinsville, the road literally ends at the top of Santeetlah Gap, leaving the driver with the choice to turn left onto the Skyway or right to Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest. I turned right. The park offers a rare chance to walk through a virgin hardwood old-growth forest. The ancient Cherokees probably thought nothing of magnificent trees towering above, because they lived in a time before the logger’s saw devastated entire forests. Today, few old-growth tree stands remain throughout Appalachia.I meandered along the Joyce Kilmer National Recreation Trail, a two-mile easy hike taking me into the heart of the forest. I stopped often to crane my neck upwards, taking in the gentle giants, some of which are over 100 feet in height and 20 feet in circumference. When I learned that some of the trees here have been around for nearly 400 years, I couldn’t help but touch them, thinking that a Cherokee Indian might have touched some of these very same trees hundreds of years ago.That poplars remain is due to the remote mountainous location, making the effort to log cost prohibitive once the construction of a dam flooded the logging company’s railroad access. Along with the poplars, some 100 species of trees can be seen at Joyce Kilmer, including hemlock, red and white oak, basswood, beech, and sycamore. The forest is aptly named after the poet Joyce Kilmer, who wrote the poem, “Trees.”Gaze at the Mountains from Santeetlah’s Overlook For a peak experience, my next stop was Santeetlah’s Overlook that, at 5390 feet, is over a mile high. On a skyway full of beautiful views, Santeetlah’s Overlook is a must-stop.  A stone’s throw from the paved parking lot, I looked out at the cloud-covered Great Smoky Mountains and the upper Santeetlah watershed. From where I stood, there was little evidence of civilization.  I could not see a building, a bridge, or a road.  The mountains faded into hills, seemingly stretching into infinity. A low-hanging fog danced around the mountains and trees, creating spirit-images that swayed with the breeze. Cloaked in fog, the mountains acquired a sense of mystery.This vantage point provided me the same view a Cherokee would have had before the white men came to these parts. Since then forests have been destroyed to build towns and the landscape has been forever altered in many areas. Here, the mountains and hills remain unscathed. Where the tall trees tower above, the rivers flow freely, and mountain vistas are uninterrupted, it becomes plausible to imagine just how rugged and wild a world the ancient Cherokee inhabited.The very ruggedness and remoteness of this area protected Cherokees during the time of the Trail of Tears. Some Cherokees who lived in the Cheoah Valley hid in these mountains and were saved the fate of being exiled to distant reservations. Their descendants live in a small Cherokee community near the town of Robbinsville, known as Tu Ti Yi, or Snowbird.Hike to Hooper BaldMy next stop was Hooper Bald to hike the half-mile trail to the top. As I hiked, I wondered how the balds came to be at tops of mountains. Why, at heights where I expected to find large trees that otherwise grow in the Appalachia mountain chain, were there grassy meadows covered with shrubs and grass like tundra instead?Turns out theories abound as to how the balds came to be, but my personal favorite theory is that Native Americans cleared the balds for sacred ceremonies. As I stood on those grassy expanses, it seemed entirely plausible that the Cherokees felt a spiritual connection on this spot, where nothing remained between the earth underfoot and the heavens above.The Snowbird Backcountry Area can be accessed from this stop. The network of 37 miles of hiking trails leads to waterfalls and ridgetops, as well as access to the headwaters of Big Snowbird Creek.Camp at Indian Boundary LakeTired after a day of hiking and demanding mountain driving, I couldn’t wait to pitch my tent at Indian Boundary Lake. I descended a two- mile road full of switchbacks to reach the lake, which covers 96 acres and sits at an elevation of 1,560 feet. The detour was well worth the effort – the pristine lake rimmed with pine trees and surrounded by mountain views was nothing less than stunning. The lake offers a swimming beach, a picnic area with grills, and a 3.2 mile hiking and biking trail around the lake.But what my aching body cared most about was the campground. With 80-some campsites at Indian Boundary Lake, I had my choice of campsites that all offered the usual amenities such as a fire pit and picnic tables. What really set some campsites apart were the many docks and man-made peninsulas along the lake. The view I had from my perch on a floating dock couldn’t have been better if I were floating on my own personal boat in the middle of the lake.  It was one of those clear nights when the Milky Way was visible.  The surface of the lake reflected the stars above, and after gazing long enough I couldn’t discern where the sky stopped and the water began.Relish in the Cool Mist from Bald River FallsRefreshed after a good sleep, I headed off for Bald River Falls. After hearing that the falls are one of the most impressive and scenic waterfalls in Eastern Tennessee, I was eager to drive the five miles along the Tellico River to see for myself. Bald River is a powerful, dramatic short river. Just before Bald River joins the Tellico, Bald River cascades one hundred feet onto the boulders below. A bridge over this confluence allows a stunning platform from which to see the falls.While the view from my car was pretty darn good, getting out and walking down to the base of the falls was even more impressive. From my view at the bottom of the falls, it was easy to see how the Cherokees believed that flowing water could help a person begin anew. The ancient Cherokee performed a ritual called “going to water” to cleanse the spirit and body. At a new moon, before special dances, after bad dreams, or during illnesses, Cherokee would step into a river or creek at sunrise, facing east toward the rising sun.  They would dip under the water 7 times.  When they emerged, they were said to be rid of bad feelings and have a clear mind. This ritual doesn’t seem much different from my own need to go kayaking when I have a difficult decision to make or need a fresh perspective on life.I spent the better part of the day hiking the trail just above the falls, which follows Bald River for nearly 6 miles through deciduous forests. In summer, you can swim at the base of Bald River Falls or in pools on the Tellico River, and the lower Tellico River can’t be beat for tubing.Parting TipsThe Cherohala Skyway is about as remote and wild as it gets in the Southeast. Bring plenty of food and water, pack your camera, and fill up your gas tank. There is very little cell phone service. Restrooms are few and far between, and there are no stores or gas stations along the skyway. Take your time. While it’s possible to drive the entire skyway in a couple of hours, to truly appreciate the diverse terrain you might want to consider taking a full day or longer. This is a place to linger and appreciate. For your efforts, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views and offered a glimpse into the lives of the ancient Cherokee people.How the Cherohala Became a SkywayBack in the 1950s, the people who called the rural communities in Southeastern Tennessee home felt isolated and desired to be connected to nearby mountain towns. In an effort to gain publicity for the need for a road linking Tennessee and North Carolina, at a Kiwanis meeting in April 1958, a local resident jokingly suggested club members organize a wagon train “since our roads are only fit for covered wagons.” Six weeks later, residents organized a wagon train consisting of 67 covered wagons and 325 horseback riders. They left Tellico Plains, N.C., on a 42-mile journey to Western North Carolina. Thus began an annual wagon train trek through the mountains. By 1967, the 10th anniversary of the wagon train, the construction of an actual highway began. The wagon wheel tracks of the annual trek created the skyway’s original path. After decades of construction and a price tag of $100 million, the Cherohala Skyway officially opened in October 1996. The US Forest Service estimated that five million cars a year would use the new road, which turned out to be an extremely unrealistic prediction. In reality, only twenty cars and 100 motorcycles a day use the skyway, most of which use occurs during the warmer months. The skyway is desolate in the winter. Southeastern Tennessee existed in my mind as just a series of miserably winding mountain roads—until I happened to drive on the Cherohala Skyway on my way to the Tellico River. The road connects Robbinsville, N.C. to Tellico Plains, Tenn., and was named after the Cherokee and Nantahala National Forests it crosses: “Chero. . . hala.” The road opened in 1996 and was soon after designated a National Scenic Byway. The mountains here are a bit taller and more remote, the lakes are noticeably clearer and greener, and the rivers a tad steeper and more dramatic than in the rest of Appalachia. The drive treats you to one amazing view after another as you ascend peaks up to 5390 feet.The views along this road are nothing less than awe-inspiring, but even more intriguing are the subtle hints of the Cherokee in these parts. Motorists aren’t bombarded by billboards advertising commercial reenactments or tourist traps thinly disguised as reservations. Like the scenery, the presence of the Cherokee can be found all around. The street signs are written in both English and Cherokee. In fact, the namesakes for the very land, rivers, and mountains in this area are derived from Cherokee words. When I heard that parts of the now Cherohala Skyway were once used by the ancient Cherokee as footpaths, I was less interested in rushing to the rivers to kayak and more curious to explore and find out more about the native people who once called these mountains home.Cherokee HeritageThe Cherokee Nation occupied these mountains, surviving in this harsh country by growing crops, hunting, fishing, and gathering wild foods. The largest Native American group in the U.S., the Cherokee tribes spent centuries in Southern Appalachia. The Cherokees left their mark. In fact, Tennessee was actually named after the first capital of the Cherokee nation “Tanasi,” which means “big bend” and was used to describe what we now call the Tennessee River. In this area, so many of the rivers, forests, and mountains received their name from the Cherokee language.The idea of seeking out a “wilderness experience” or spending time in nature would have been absurd to the ancient Cherokee. The Cherokees did not – and in fact could not – relegate the outdoors to a small place or time in their lives, so intertwined was their existence with nature. The Cherokee believed that the eagles, deer, snakes, fire, creeks, and mountains all had an intelligent spirit, which played a role in Cherokee myths and daily practices.Eastern Bank of CherokeeMember of Eastern Bank of Cherokee Indian with traditional hairstyle worn by male warriors and plucked eyebrows, as was customary for Cherokee warriors in the early 1900s.last_img read more

Section forges international ties

first_img March 15, 2003 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News Section forges international ties Associate EditorTravel to Brazil’s Amazon Rainforest to learn more about environmental law.Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the European Parliament in Brussels.Get an Israeli perspective on travel law issues under the Peace Accords while in Monaco.Flit to Havana to better understand complex legal issues handling cases involving Cuban nationals.Reap an insight on special banking privileges from the International Financial Center in Montreal.Promote cultural and economic ties with Russian lawyers and civil law notaries in St. Petersburg.These are just some of the opportunities for continuing legal education sponsored by the Bar’s International Law Section.“Especially in these times of non-world peace, it’s most important that we get out there and develop these relationships and maintain the ones we have,” said International Law Section Chair Larry Gore of Ft. Lauderdale.While the section is seasoned at reaching out to lawyers around the world, Chair-elect David Willig said his personal initiative will be reaching out to other sections of The Florida Bar. He invites other section members to brainstorm about future joint programs at a summer retreat in Miami at The Palms hotel on August 8-10.“If you are in criminal law practice or family law practice, there is always an international element to that,” Willig said.“I think other Bar members can benefit from our knowledge and experience and our programs.”Globe-trotting members of the International Law Section hope to stimulate minds and rack up CLE credits, as well as enrich worldly experiences and make international contacts.In Havana, the purpose of the February 27 through March 3 trip organized by Miami lawyers Jose Valdes and Enrique Zamora was to familiarize lawyers with complex legal issues encountered handling cases involving Cuban nationals, with the promise that political issues would not be discussed and no Cuban government representatives would be present.There’s still a chance to go to Brazil with Professor Pamella Seay of Florida Gulf Coast University, where participants will spend 11 days from September 11-21 in Rio de Janeiro, Salvador da Bahia, the Amazon Rainforest, and Manaus. Besides a dizzying array of sightseeing activities, the continuing legal education features international experts in a variety of topics including intellectual property, environmental law, trade, business, and ethics — all from an international, and decidedly Brazilian, perspective. (To register or receive a brochure, call Seay at 941-255-7414, email her at [email protected] or visit the Web site at“I’ve been getting a lot of positive feedback about the tour. The speaker slots are filling up, though I’m still interested in hearing from anyone who might want to participate,” Seay said. “We’re looking at nine CLE credit hours, three hours in each city, plus the wonderful tours.”While the programs are designed for the attorney whose practice focuses on international law, Seay said, it is equally relevant for non-international lawyers who need to become familiar with these issues.The section’s big trips this year have been postponed from May until July, because of uncertainty about war in the Middle East.In July, the 2003 International Legal Symposium will offer an opportunity to promote cultural and economic ties with Russia, and maximize participation of attorneys and civil law notaries of Florida, St. Petersburg, Quebec, Paris, and Versailles. (For more information on the program, check out the Web site at, or contact Maxim Istomin at 850-222-5918, email: [email protected])Also in July (postponed from April) is a program in Brussels for a behind-the-scenes tour of the European Parliament and dinner with several members of Parliament, and then on to London for lunch at the House of Commons and dinner in the House of Lords.Another trip, tentatively scheduled for May 1-4, in Monaco, is organized by the International Forum for Travel and Tour Advocates, and will include sessions on travel agency litigation worldwide, an Israeli perspective on travel law issues under the Peace Accords, and a dinner hosted by the minister for tourism.Last year in Canada, Lucius Smejda reported, the “Fourth Annual Florida-Canada Forum” was a great success, with 19 attendees from Florida, 60 attorneys from Quebec City, and 50 attorneys and notaries from Montreal. The Quebec colloquium included advising troubled businesses and business ethics in the wake of the Enron scandal. Educational discussions at the Montreal International Financial Center focused on the International Civil Law Notary Practice in the United States and Canada. At the St. James Club, a presentation by the IFC offered insights on special banking privileges and partial on-shore tax haven status.The Canadian international lawyer exchange promises to continue, as The Quebec Bar has proposed the Fifth Annual Florida-Canada-Forum to take place in winter 2003-04 in Florida.Because of civil law notary legislation in Florida, the section is expanding efforts to work with notary chambers in other countries.“In many foreign countries, particularly in the civil law countries, the notary profession is a high-level legal profession,” explained Willig, who is a Florida civil law notary.“It’s not a mere notary public, as we also have in Florida. It’s separate from the profession of advocate or lawyer. To have a program with the advocate’s bar would exclude the notary’s chamber. So we are trying to branch out and do both. Notaries are highly trained legal professionals in these countries, and they have a lot to offer us, as well as legally what we can offer them.”Do the countries the International Law Section members visit have organized bars, too?“Most of them. If not, they usually do after we’re finished,” said Gore.Cooperative agreements have been forged with bar associations in other countries, such as the one approved in January between the Bar’s International Law Section and the Budapest Bar Association, represented by Bar member Daniel Visoiu, that calls for building “a special relationship and moved by a common concern over the future of the legal profession,” with a pledge to exchange ideas and information. Included is a program to welcome young lawyers from the Budapest Bar who speak English to work-experience opportunities at law firms in Florida. In exchange, the Budapest Bar will do the same for young American lawyers.A similar exchange program is in place with Barcelona, Spain. And last year, the Florida-France Forum provided a two-day program for French lawyers to learn more about Florida law.Protocol agreements and liaisons with the International Law Section have already been entered into with bars around the world, including those in San Paolo, Brazil; Quebec, Canada; Paris, France; Hubei Province, China, and Mexico.“The international exchanges that we are doing are really getting us out there, so to speak, around the world,” Gore said.Chair-elect Willig is one of several section members who are members of both The Florida Bar and international bars. After teaching himself French law and taking oral exams in French, Willig passed the bar exam in Paris in 1997, so he is entitled to call himself an avocat à la cour d’appel de Pari. One thing he neglected to do in the past five years was get his own French advocate’s robe. On a recent trip to Paris, Willig scratched that off his list and was proud to hand-carry the special lawyer’s robe, black with white bib, aboard the plane for the trip home to Miami.“It’s a beautiful, beautiful garment, with beautiful buttons and satin cuffs and sleeves wide for making gestures,” Willig said. “The first time I put it on I had a great feeling of joy and accomplishment and a sense of reverence of the law and the dignity of law, and a gentlemanliness, not to be sexist about it.”While Willig has a lot of contacts in other countries and internal contacts in Paris, he calls the section’s exchange programs excellent opportunities for networking around the globe.“What we like to do is organize joint programs with these other organizations and do an exchange of legal ideas, legal concepts, legislative concepts, and to familiarize both sides, really, with what the other does,” Willig said. “If you have litigation in Hungary, you can look up in Martindale-Hubbell and just find a name. But here you know somebody, you’ve met somebody.”As for his outreach to other sections of The Florida Bar, Willig said he has heard back from the Trial Lawyers Section, whose members have traveled to England to meet with the English Barristers, who then come here for Florida’s Advanced Trial Advocacy program.And the Criminal Law Section, Willig said, is interested in organizing a study trip to the International Court of Justice in Hague.“I think that the International Law Section really has something to offer every section in the Bar,” Willig said. Section forges international tieslast_img read more

UMW confirms rig contract with ConocoPhillips

first_imgFollowing Offshore Energy Today’s report last week on UMW securing a rig contract with ConocoPhillips, the Malaysian drillers has now officially confirmed the deal.UMW said in a Bursa Malaysia filing on Monday that the contract for the provision of the jack-up drilling rig Naga 4 was awarded by ConocoPhillips Sarawak Limited (COPSK), a subsidiary of ConocoPhillips.The driller said that the contract for the UMW Naga 4 was for two firm wells, with the option of two additional wells. The value of the contract for the firm well is estimated at $6.8 million.The activities on the first well will begin in the second quarter of 2018, off the coast of Sarawak, Malaysia.The drilling activities for the well are expected to take about 50 days.As for the UMW Naga 4, it is an independent-leg cantilever jack-up that has a drilling depth capability of 30,000 feet and a rated operating water depth of 400 feet.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Ørsted Sets Carbon Neutrality by 2025 Target

first_imgAccording to the Danish company, the most important levers are the installation of 20GW of offshore and onshore wind by 2025, supported by a commitment to invest DKK 200 billion in green energy, and a complete phase-out of coal by 2023. As the leading developer of offshore wind, Ørsted has installed one-third of all offshore wind turbines globally. By driving out carbon emissions from its energy generation and operations, the company has reduced its carbon emissions by 86% compared to 2006. Corporate Knights recently named Ørsted as the world’s most sustainable company. Ørsted believes this will allow the reduction of its emissions by at least 98% by 2025, while the remaining emissions come from a variety of sources that are harder to abate. “We’ve transformed from producing energy based on fossil fuels to producing carbon neutral energy. We’ve seen a real strengthening of our business and shown that a rapid green turnaround is possible. A decade ago, we were one of Europe’s most coal-intensive utilities, and by 2025, we’ll be carbon neutral.” By becoming carbon neutral by 2025, Ørsted will be the first major energy company to reach net-zero emissions in its operations and energy generation. Ørsted has set a target to become carbon neutral by 2025 and achieve a carbon-neutral footprint by 2040. “We’ve come very far in reducing our emissions and Ørsted is more than two decades ahead of what is required by science to limit global warming to 1.5°C. We’ve now decided to take an additional step by making Ørsted a carbon neutral company already by 2025. Halting climate change requires action at all levels of society, and we need that action now. Especially within production and use of energy which account for 73% of all global emissions,” said Ørsted CEO, Henrik Poulsen. To achieve a carbon-neutral footprint by 2040, the company plans to gradually phase out natural gas trading activities while increasing the green share of power traded. last_img read more

Messi furious with Barcelona teammates after Real Madrid defeat

first_img “Messi was p****d off inside the locker room, naturally,” revealed Inda. “He said: ‘You can’t play that way against Real Madrid’. He repeated that several times.” Read Also:Beckham confirms Inter Miami’s interest in Messi,Ronaldo Messi’s anger overtook what coach Quique Setien planned to say, with Inda adding: “The players looked to Setién, who was quite taken aback after what has been seen as a deauthorisation of the coach.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Lionel Messi was furious after Barcelona’s defeat at Real Madrid on Sunday night. It comes after the Barca board determined that their talisman was isolated against Real Madrid The Barca captain was vocal with his anger in the away dressing room after the 2-0 loss. That’s according to Okdiario’s chief pundit Eduardo Inda, while speaking on El Chiringuito.Advertisementlast_img read more

Cameroon army blames accident for village ‘massacre’

first_imgBut army spokesman Colonel CyrilleAtonfack Guemo described the allegations as “duplicitous.” An army investigation, he said, foundthat the deaths happened after fuel was set ablaze during a gunfight withanglophone separatists. (AFP) The Cameroon government has been battling armed separatists in English-speaking regions since October 2017. AFP Up to 22 civilians, 14 of themchildren, died in the incident on Friday, according to the United Nations —deaths which opposition parties blamed on members of the armed forces. YAOUNDE – Cameroon’s army on Mondaydenied opposition charges that it had massacred villagers in a troubledEnglish-speaking region, blaming instead an “unfortunate accident” caused by anexplosion of fuel during a firefight.last_img read more