Lewis to lead Supreme Court

first_img April 1, 2006 Regular News Lewis to lead Supreme Court Justice R. Fred Lewis has been unanimously named by his colleagues on the Florida Supreme Court as chief justice-elect. He will become the state’s 52nd chief justice since statehood in a ceremony tentatively scheduled for Friday, June 30.His term will begin July 1 and at that time he is expected to outline his vision to lead the court. Until he assumes the responsibilities of the position, he has announced that he will continue to work to advance the priorities of current Chief Justice Barbara Pariente.“Justice Lewis has distinguished himself as the ‘education justice,’” said Chief Justice Pariente. “He is well known throughout the state as a frequent guest teacher in schools where he is passionate in his efforts to help children grow in their understanding of the law.”A native of Beckley, West Virginia, Lewis hails from an area rich in coal-mining tradition. He still keeps a jar of raw coal on his desk to remind him of his beginnings, along with New River Coal Company scrip and his grandfather’s carbide light.In his youth, Lewis became a star athlete, winning a basketball scholarship to Florida Southern College in Lakeland, where he distinguished himself in studies, athletics, and leadership. He was elected president of the sophomore, junior, and senior classes, and received the highest honor in 1969 by being selected as the Honor Walk Student, which is awarded annually to the outstanding senior student for scholastic and service achievements.Lewis, 58, went on to graduate from the University of Miami School of Law with honors. After a stint in the U.S. Army, he entered private practice in Miami, specializing in civil trial and appellate litigation. While in Miami, he also was very actively involved in issues facing children and the physically challenged.He left the practice of law upon becoming a justice of the Supreme Court effective January 1, 1999, after being appointed to that post by the late Gov. Lawton Chiles the month before.Since his appointment, Lewis has worked closely with the Florida Law Related Education Association in sponsoring the court’s annual Justice Teaching Institute, which brings 25 teachers from around Florida to the court each spring to receive specialized training in teaching about the law.Lewis routinely travels around Florida to teach in classes from elementary schools to the university level and has been instrumental in developing law-related education programs that involve other judges, lawyers, and bar organizations.Throughout his career, Lewis has worked to help persons with disabilities. While in private practice, he counseled families with children who have impairments and provided free legal services to cancer patients seeking proper treatment for multiple conditions.In the early 1990s, Lewis took on the pro bono case of Denise Montes, who would have died if she did not receive a medical treatment within 60 days that her insurance company had refused to reimburse. Despite damage to his home and office by Hurricane Andrew during this period, Lewis worked out of another attorney’s office and quickly persuaded the federal court to rule in favor of Montes, saving her life.“Satisfaction in the law,” said Lewis, “comes not from position or monetary reward but from the good, the right, and the justice that the law represents in resolving human problems.”In 2002, the University of Central Florida honored Lewis by creating the Justice R. Fred Lewis Award, awarded annually to the individual who has demonstrated the highest level of social responsibility. Justice Lewis received the inaugural award for his service to the youth of Florida. He also received the 2005 Great American, Law in Education Award, and the 2006 Guardian of The Constitution Award.center_img Lewis to lead Supreme Courtlast_img read more

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Apple Puts Major Taiwanese Supplier Pegatron on Probation Over Labour Laws Violation

first_imgIn 2017, Apple and Foxconn said a small number of students were discovered working overtime in one of the latter’s Chinese factories, violating local labour laws.In July, the third major Taiwanese assembler of iPhones, Wistron, sold two smaller factories in China to Dongguan-based Luxshare, a fast-growing firm emblematic of China’s rising home-grown suppliers which are gradually increasing rivalry with the Taiwanese giants.© Thomson Reuters 2020 Which is the best TV under Rs. 25,000? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. “Apple has placed Pegatron on probation and Pegatron will not receive any new business from Apple until they complete all of the corrective actions required,” the statement added.Apple did not declare the terms of the probation. Its own investigations had found no evidence of forced or underage labour, Apple said, adding that Pegatron had now fired the executive with direct oversight of the programme.“The individuals at Pegatron responsible for the violations went to extraordinary lengths to evade our oversight mechanisms,” Apple said. Pegatron’s shares closed down 2.1 percent on Monday, underperforming a 1.2 percent rise in the broader Taipei market.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Pegatron said in a separate statement that student workers at its Shanghai and Kunshan campuses had been found working without complying with local rules and regulations. They had now been taken off the production lines and given “proper compensation”, it said.The statement from Pegatron, however, did not address the question how being put on probation by Apple might impact the company. Pegatron reported a TWD 19.3 billion (roughly Rs. 5,000 crores) profit in 2019, up 74 percent on the previous year.Apple last month launched its next-generation iPhone 12, with faster 5G connectivity. Apple and its suppliers have been accused of poor labour practices in the past, but the US company has been trying to get a grip over such issues by releasing annual reviews of the iPhone supply chain.- Advertisement – Apple has put its Taiwanese supplier Pegatron on probation after finding that the company violated Apple’s supplier code of conduct by asking student employees to work night shifts or overtime and also take up work unrelated to their majors. Pegatron had mis-classified student workers and falsified paperwork to disguise the violations, and, in some cases, also breached the code by allowing students to perform work unrelated to their majors, the US technology giant said.“Several weeks ago, we discovered Pegatron, one of Apple’s suppliers in China, violated Apple’s Supplier Code of Conduct in its administration of a student work study programme,” Apple said in a prepared statement. Pegatron is one of a handful of Taiwanese manufacturers on the island, alongside Foxconn, who dominate Apple’s iPhone assembly chain.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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PFM moves into eastern Europe

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Indonesia’s COVID-19 cases top 100,000 as Jakarta logs new daily record

first_imgThe city’s previous daily highs include 441 new cases on July 21, 404 on July 12, 395 on July 11 and 344 on July 8.Behind Jakarta is East Java, which reported 273 new cases on Monday, followed by Central Java with 210 cases, South Sulawesi with 110 cases and Bali with 62 cases.The new cases brought the total number of confirmed cases in East Java – home to some 39 million people – to 20,812, the highest among the country’s 34 provinces to date.Indonesia has recorded the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia, with its official tally having also surpassed the official tallies of South Korea, Japan and China.A Flourish chart As of Monday, Indonesia’s death toll from the contagious respiratory illness had reached 4,838, with 1,608 deaths recorded in East Java, followed by Jakarta with 769 and Central Java with 574.According to the COVID-19 task force, East Java’s provincial capital of Surabaya has logged the single-largest number of coronavirus-related fatalities in the country of 268 million people.The task force’s latest COVID-19 data analysis as of Saturday found that the city had recorded more than 800 deaths linked to COVID-19.Other regions with the highest numbers of COVID-19-related fatalities include Semarang in Central Java, with at least 250 deaths, Makassar in South Sulawesi with at least 211 deaths, Central Jakarta with at least 180 deaths and East Jakarta with at least 156 deaths, the report showed.Furthermore, Surabaya had also recorded the country’s highest mortality rate of 27.22 per 100,000 people at the time of the writing.Other regions with the highest COVID-19 mortality rates include Banjarmasin in South Kalimantan (18.20), Manado in North Sulawesi (18.20), Palangkaraya in Central Kalimantan (17.94), and Semarang in Central Java (16.96), according to the report.Topics : Indonesia’s official tally of COVID-19 cases has reached 100,303 after the government recorded 1,525 new infections on Monday, with Jakarta reporting its highest one-day spike since the first confirmed cases were detected in the city in March.The capital recorded 467 new confirmed cases on Monday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the city of 10 million people to 19,592.The latest figures continue the trend of increasing numbers of confirmed cases in Jakarta in recent weeks following the city’s decision to gradually relax restrictions and reopen businesses and offices under health protocols from June 4.last_img read more

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University students can volunteer for national defense program: Education ministry

first_imgIn 2019, the Defense Ministry introduced the military reserve component program that aimed to recruit a total of 25,000 people aged 18 to 35. The reserves could be deployed to strengthen the Indonesian Military (TNI) in dealing with military threats, according to the 2019 law.The law also stipulates that the enlisted personnel are required to undergo basic military training for three months.Read also: Military reserve looks to millennials despite criticismsPreviously, Deputy Defense Minister Wahyu Sakti Trenggono proposed a plan to allow university students to join basic military training as part of the reserve program for a whole semester or six months. Their participation in the program could be included in their semester credit system (SKS), he went on to say. The Education and Culture Ministry will allow university students to enlist in the military reserve component program proposed by the Defense Ministry, only if they are willing to voluntarily participate in the program.The education ministry’s higher education acting director general, Nizam, said the enlistment was stipulated in Law No. 23/2019 on the management of national resources for state defense.“If they meet the requirements, the students will be awarded not only a graduation diploma but also a rank as a commissioned officer in the reserve force. However, it is voluntary,” Nizam said on Monday as quoted by tribunnews.com. “Later on, we will have millennials who are not only creative and innovative but who can also foster their love for the nation in their daily lives,” Wahyu said on Sunday.Nizam added that the education ministry had facilitated students in joining the military reserve component program through the Kampus Merdeka (Freedom Campus) policy, which gives universities greater freedom to establish new programs.“We will also work with the Defense Ministry to hold leadership and state defense programs,” said Nizam.Human rights activists had slammed the military reserve component program, arguing that civilian militarization would result in human rights violations. They also raised concerns about regulations stipulating that reservists may face a maximum of four years’ imprisonment if they refused to answer a call to service. (trn)Topics :last_img read more

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Tour de France on coronavirus red alert as teams gather for Nice start

first_imgTour de France ‘Grand Depart’ host city Nice scrambled to impose tighter health protocols on Thursday as the region was reclassified as a COVID-19 ‘red zone’ while four members of one team were sent home after positive pre-race tests.With contenders mulling the likely sprint finish on the Mediterranean city’s celebrated seafront Promenade des Anglais, it was announced only a few dozen fans could get to see the race start on Saturday.Authorities in the chic seaside town decided Thursday’s team parade and fan park could only host 1,000 spectators, leaving the vast downtown Place Massena almost deserted for the show with thousands of fans packed outside large blacked out barriers. There was an “undeniable resurgence” of the COVID-19 epidemic throughout France, Castex told a press conference, with 39 positive tests per 100,000 population — four times the level of a month ago, and rising in all age groups.”We knew it was coming,” regional prefect Bernard Gonzalez said. “We are shifting from tight conditions, to very tight conditions,” he said, flanked by Nice mayor Christian Estrosi and Tour de France organizer Christian Prudhomme.Saturday’s Promenade des Anglais start line will allow just 100 spectators, reserved for municipality staff “who worked so hard to get this to happen” Gonzalez said.There will also be no camper vans or pop-up villages on the summits in the mountains behind Nice on stage two.”People should stay home and watch on television,” Gonzalez said, without going as far as banning people from gathering in their thousands by the roadside.Anyone involved in the Tour — riders and the rest of the caravan — have undergone nasal tests for coronavirus symptoms.”It’s unpleasant [the nasal swab] but necessary. We are all here ready to race after all,” Astana’s Colombian captain Miguel Angel Lopez told AFP.The Nice mayor went even further.”Inside the Tour is where you are most protected from the spread of the virus,” said Estrosi. Outsprinting COVID-19 The Tour de France, however, appears to be succeeding where the Tokyo Olympics and football’s Euros failed, in getting their event staged in 2020, albeit late and in reduced circumstances.The mountainous 21-day race starts Saturday with a run around the outskirts of Nice but avoids the low Alps behind it until stage two, meaning the first stage should end in a mass bunch sprint.The winner of stage one will wear the overall leader’s yellow jersey, but in the long term will be targeting the green jersey awarded to the best sprinter.Lotto-Soudal’s Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan, who stands at 1.65m, is a red hot favorite to win the opener.”I feel more pressure than last year at the start of my first Tour de France,” says Ewan who won three stages including the clincher on the Champs-Elysees in 2019.”I’ve stepped up again another level and I’m ready to take up the challenge on Saturday,” said the affable 26-year-old.”Stage one is not too hard for me.”The conditions may be rainy and lower temperatures suit me better,” said the man from New South Wales, who lives down the coast from Nice in Monaco.Temperatures Saturday are expected to be around 26C with frequent showers. Topics : Fines of 135 euros were dished out to anyone without a protective face mask in Nice’s terrace-lined squares and along the beachfront walkways.The Alpes-Maritimes region where Nice is situated was reclassified as a COVID-19 red zone, along with 18 other French departments in a decision from French Prime Minister Jean Castex.On Thursday evening, Belgian team Lotto said it had sent four of their entourage home after two of them tested ‘non-negative’ for their PCR nasal swab COVID-19 tests.Any team that has two riders test positive will be expelled from the Tour.last_img read more

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ING Investment Management poaches convertible bond team from rival

first_imgHans Stoter, the asset manager’s CIO, said he expected to focus on yield, low volatility and limited downside risk in the current investment climate.“Convertible bonds fit very well within this environment and provide an excellent complementary strategy to our product suite,” he added.Stoter praised Saber and Van Ingen as “seasoned investment experts”.Saber has nearly 30 years’ experience in the convertible bond market, launching APG’s corporate opportunity strategy fund.He has also worked at HSBC Investment Bank as its global head of convertible bonds and was head of European convertible bonds at Schroder Securities.For his part, Van Ingen spent six years at APG working on the corporate opportunity strategy fund launched by Saber, but also as a hedge fund portfolio manager in APG’s New York office.Both will be based in London. ING Investment Management has poached the team in charge of a rival convertible bond vehicle, growing its range of funds.Tarek Saber, whose move to ING IM was confirmed last week, will be joined at the asset manager by Jasper van Ingen.Both joined previous employer Avoca in 2011 from Dutch civil service scheme APG.They joined ING IM in November – Saber as investment team manager for convertible bonds, Van Ingen as senior portfolio manager for convertible bonds.last_img read more

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Multi-asset manager sought for German foundation via IPE Quest [updated]

first_imgThe strategy should be “risk-managed” or “risk-targeted” and although it could invest in other funds, this should not be the main approach. Leverage should also not be the principal strategy.The investor is willing to accept pooled funds or a managed account. The benchmark should be specified and the fund managed against this.Applicants should state performance net of fees to 31 July 2019.The deadline for applications is 6 September at 5pm UK time.  Interviews with short-listed managers are due to take place around the end of September to the beginning of October, with investing possible from 15 October.This article was updated with more information from the investor on 16 August.The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE Quest, Discovery, or Innovation tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 3465 9330 or email jayna.vishram@ipe-quest.com. A Germany-based consultant has tendered a €15m multi-asset mandate for a Bavarian foundation via IPE Quest.According to QN-2559, the mandate could be split into two equal-sized lots if there is more than one “convincing” manager.The consultant is looking for a mainly long-only fund or managed account for investment in several different asset classes, but excluding real estate.The manager should have a track record of at least three years with at least €150-€200m assets under management in multi-asset strategies. The investment team should be at least partly based in a German-speaking country – Austria, Germany or Switzerland.last_img read more

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Keppel and Shell in 1st commercial Singapore LNG bunkering

first_imgFLNG Hilli Episeyo (Image courtesy od Golar LNG)FueLNG, a joint venture between Keppel and Shell, has completed the first commercial liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker transfer in Singapore.The LNG bunker transfer was done by a truck-to-ship method to the floating liquefaction (FLNG) vessel, Hilli Episeyo, that is expected to arrive in Cameroon later this year.The transfer was carried out in batches from 22 July to 23 September 2017, according to a joint statement.This marks the first LNG trucking operation for FueLNG, following the facilitation of Singapore LNG’s gas-up/cool-down and reload operation at its Jurong Island terminal of the Cardissa, Shell’s LNG bunker vessel, in June this year.FueLNG is committed to building the LNG bunkering industry in Singapore, and is working with relevant local authorities to provide safe truck and vessel bunkering solutions, the statement reads.The JV has also secured contracts from Keppel Smit Towage and Maju Maritime to provide LNG bunkering services for two dual-fuel LNG harbour tugs. These contracts will commence in 2018 when construction of the tugs is completed.To promote Singapore as an LNG bunker-ready port, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) commenced its LNG bunkering pilot programme early this year. Under the programme, the MPA has provided various companies with grants of up to S$2 million per LNG-powered vessel constructed.Global industry players are poised to pursue greener and more sustainable solutions with the implementation of environmental regulations such as the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) new 0.5% global sulphur cap on fuel content effective from 1 January 2020.According to DNV GL, the use of LNG completely removes SOx and particulates, and reduces NOx and carbon dioxide emissions by 85 percent and at least 20 percent respectively.As of March 2017, there were 102 LNG-fuelled ships in operation and 108 on order, DNV GL’s data shows.last_img read more

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Mindanao still under nat’l emergency’ after lifting of martial law

first_img It has since been in effect after Congress voted to approve its extension thrice – from July 1 to Dec. 31, 2017; from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2018; and from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2019. “Kungmakikita po ng ating mga kalaban na tayo ay ika nga magiging relaxed na in terms of security, baka makasingit na naman po sila,” hesaid in an interview with DZMM. The martial law in Mindanao has been in effect for two years and seven months or 953 days. “The suspension of the writ of habeas corpus cannot be observed anymore. The perception on Mindanao… There has really been a sacrifice and it had an impact on the economy of the region,” Adiong said. Curfews and checkpoints, however, may still be implemented in Mindanao even with expiration of martial law, Bangsamoro Transition Authority member Zia Alonto Adiong said. President Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao on May 23, 2017 following attacks launched by the Islamic State-linked Maute Group in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur. Under the state of emergency mandated byPresident Rodrigo Duterte’s proclamation 55, security procedures would be ineffect to counter “terrorist violence” in Mindanao even as checkpoints andpatrols are reduced, said military spokesperson Brig. Gen. EdgardArevalo.  “The security sector believes that the objective of the martial law has been achieved. The rebellion in Marawi, Lanao del Sur and other areas in Mindanao have been effectively stopped,” he added. Adiong, however, said that the lifting of martial law in Mindanao was significant since it meant that the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus or warrantless arrests of suspected rebels and terrorists would no longer be allowed. Lorenzana sees no need to extend the martial rule, which expired on Dec. 31, 2019, but soldiers will remain in the region “to sustain peace and stability.” The entire southern Philippines remainsunder a “state of emergency on account of lawless violence” followingthe lifting of a 957-day martial law in the area, the military saidThursday.  “Upon the recommendation of the security sector, the President has decided to allow martial law to lapse and not ask for another extension anymore,” Lorenzana said in a statement. “But Proclamation 55, issued after the September 2016 due to a bombing incident in Davao City, is still in effect,” he added, pertaining to Duterte’s declaration of a state of national emergency on account of lawless violence in Mindanao before.  “They are confident that they can maintain the current peace and order in Mindanao and that an attack similar in scale to Marawi cannot be waged by the remnants of the Mautes or by any other terrorist groups in the future,” he said. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana welcomed this development, saying the objectives of the martial law declaration in the entire island of Mindanao have been achieved. “The Palace and the security forces, the DILG, police and the military did not ask for an extension of martial law before Congress, and the implication of that is by law, martial law [in Mindanao] will expire by midnight today,” Adiong said. “Of course, if you have a business, you would not invest in an area without a stable peace and order situation,” he added. “They cannot simply put money in an area where there will be a change of rules in the middle of the ballgame.”(With ABS-CBN News/PN)last_img read more

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