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Panel seeks to improve quality of UKworking life

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first_img Previous Article Next Article The Work Foundation has created a panel of inquiry to look at improving thequality of working life and productivity in the UK. Launched by Trade and Industry Secretary Patricia Hewitt, the year-long Workand Enterprise Inquiry will consider high-productivity workplaces in the UKthat incorporate effective work-life balance for staff, with the aim ofproducing best practice guidance. Work Foundation chief executive Will Hutton said the major challenge facingthe UK is to close its long-standing productivity deficit while improving thequality of British working life. “The Panel of Inquiry will examine these two aims, sometimes presentedas conflicting, to establish robust recommendations as to how they can best bemarried together. The encouraging level of private sector interest in theinquiry indicates the urgency of the problem and the business community’sconcern to find solutions in this area.” The panel also includes head of research John Knell, chief economist RebeccaHarding and Margaret Wheeler of Unison. www.theworkfoundation.com Related posts:No related photos. Panel seeks to improve quality of UKworking lifeOn 4 Jun 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more

USU Men’s Basketball Signs Polish National Szymon Zapala

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first_img Robert Lovell FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah – Utah State head men’s basketball coach Craig Smith has announced the addition of Szymon Zapala to a National Letter of Intent, joining the Aggies for the 2020-21 season. Zapala, a 6-foot-11, 240-pound center played for the Poland National Team at the 2019 U18 FIBA European Championships.At the tournament, Zapala led Poland to the finals, averaging 7.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game as his team finished second. Zapala scored in double figures in two games during the championships, logging a tournament-high 16 points against Estonia on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor. Zapala also added 10 points in the semifinals against the Czech Republic, finishing the tournament shooting 61.0 percent (25-of-41) from the floor.Nationally, Zapala played for Trefl Sopot in the U20 Polish Cup, helping his side to the championships and earning MVP honors. At the high school level, Zapala averaged 17.9 points, 13.5 rebounds, 2.4 blocks and 2.1 assists per game for SMS PZkosz Wladyslawowo. Zapala’s rebounding numbers included 4.2 offensive rebounds per game, while shooting 58.6 percent from the floor and 47.1 percent from behind the 3-point line.“We are thrilled to announce Szymon will be joining the Aggie family. Szymon has the unique combination of being an absolute warrior on the floor and a borderline nuclear physicist in the classroom,” Smith said. “Szymon is 6-11 and 240 pounds, and possesses great skill, physicality, and has a high IQ for the game. He has played at an extremely high level, representing the Polish National team. He has also been very well coached in Poland. Above all, he is a tremendous person with a great attitude that leaves a positive impression on everyone that he is in contact with.” Tags: Szymon Zapala/Utah State Aggies Basketball May 19, 2020 /Sports News – Local USU Men’s Basketball Signs Polish National Szymon Zapala Written bylast_img read more

Traditionals with a twist MADEIRA CAKE by Fiona Burrell

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first_imgMadeira Cake is traditionally flavoured with lemon zest and juice and is decorated with candied citrus peel. It does not originate from Madeira, but was served to accompany Madeira wine, which was popular in the 19th century. In texture it is similar to a pound cake. Large pieces of sliced citrus peel are pushed on to the top prior to baking. This recipe is flavoured with orange and cinnamon, instead of the more expensive citrus peel.MADEIRA CAKEMelted lard or oil for greasing tinUnsalted butter180gCaster sugar 180gGrated zest of 1 small orangeOrange juice2 tbspGround cinnamon½ tspEggs, beaten3Self-raising flour120gGround almonds60gDried apricots120gMethod1.Grease a 20cm/8in cake tin and line the base with a baking parchment.2.Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the orange zest and cinnamon.3.Add the eggs gradually, beating well after each addition. Add a little of the flour if necessary to prevent the mixture from curdling. Add the orange juice.4.Fold in the remaining flour and the ground almonds.5. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and spread out evenly with a palette knife. Press the apricots onto the surface of the cake.6. Bake in the centre of a 170C oven for 1¼ hours or until the top springs back when pressed lightly with a fingertip.7. Remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then gently ease it out on to a wire rack and leave to cool completely.last_img read more

Spianata&co continues London expansion

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first_imgSpianata&co is hoping to bring its store count to eight with plans to open two further bakery retail outlets in the next 12 months.The London-based bakery business, which produces its self-named sandwiches using a traditional Roman flat bread, will look to open another site in the centre of the capital in the next year, as well as an additional outlet in the West End region.At the opening of the firm’s sixth store yesterday on Hay Hill in Mayfair, London, Stefano Nicolai, managing director of Spianata&co, told British Baker: “We have not stopped our growth in the city of London, we will carry on opening outlets in central locations because our concept works very well city professionals. “However we wanted to explore other locations in London, and in particular I feel that in the West End there are two or three areas such as Hanover Square where our concept would work very well.”The company has taken on five new members of staff at its new Mayfair location, with the total number of employees currently standing at 40.Spianata&co’s Mayfair site features a new layout and design, which will be rolled out in the existing five London outlets. It incorporates both traditional Italian concepts as well as more modern features such as cold-lit ceramic shelves to keep sandwiches fresh.The company’s current London sites are based on Watling Street, Brushfield Street, Holborn Viaduct, Blomfield Street and More London Place.Nicolai added: “It was a difficult year when the recession hit but we became a stronger company because of it, managing our costs much more efficiently. However, in the last year we accumulated like-for-like sales in some of our locations above 5-6%. So we feel the worst is behind us and we’re optimistic, and we are hoping that next year we will see an increase in sales.”The firm recently won the only platinum award for the Best Independent Sandwich Bar of the Year at the Sammies – the British Sandwich Industry’s annual awards.last_img read more

Listen To Dopapod’s Neal “Fro” Evans Tear Up Brooklyn Bowl With Elephant Wrecking Ball [Full Audio]

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first_imgElephant Wrecking Ball is an electronic-infused instrumental power trio featuring Neal “Fro” Evans of Dopapod on drums and Scott Flynn and Dan Africano of John Brown’s Body on trombone and bass, respectively. While they’re not on the road with their other projects, the three musicians try to find time to come together as Elephant Wrecking Ball and bring their unique and avant-garde blend of jazz, hip-hop, and electronic music to the masses. Eschewing the norms of genre and any type of explicit classification, the group is adventurous and musically held together by their underlying tightness as a crew.Last weekend, on August 20th, Elephant Wrecking Ball took over Brooklyn Bowl, with the three-piece playing an hour-and-a-half of music for their cult following of rabid fans. During the show, the band was joined by Snarky Puppy saxophonist Chris Bullock for two numbers, “Five Bucks” and “Do We Ah”, and by guitarist Dave Fullerton of Deaf Scene during “Mountain Lion.” In addition to pulling tunes from their older catalog, the group also laid down a stellar rendition of their relatively new song, “Jogging.” Across the board, the show was a smashing success, with eager fans keeping a watchful eye on this side project turned musical powerhouse as the group continues their mini-tour of the East Coast over the next week.You can take a listen to Elephant Wrecking Ball’s show at Brooklyn Bowl for yourself below, recording courtesy of Matt Moricle. Also, don’t forget get to check out the group’s upcoming tour schedule, which wraps up on Sunday with a show in Baltimore, Maryland, at the 8×10.  Elephant Wrecking Ball Upcoming Tour DatesAug. 23 Wed. @ Funk ‘n Waffles in Syracuse, NY *Aug. 24 Thu. @ Flour City Station in Rochester, NY *Aug. 25 Fri. @ Night Lights Music Festival in Panama, NYAug. 26 Sat. @ Zeno’s in State College, PA *Aug. 27 Sun. @8×10 in Baltimore, MD ** = w/ Deaf Scenelast_img read more

7 Of The Best Things We Saw On Jam Cruise 17: Day 4

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first_imgAn Army Of Artists Packs Out The Bliss Lounge For A Late-Night Tribute To The BandAfter the clock struck midnight, a massive crew of artists from across the lineup threw down a revelrous tribute to The Band, drawing what was easily the biggest crowd of the week in the Bliss Lounge. How big a crew? The list of performers included Chris Spies, Aaron Wilkinson, Michelangelo Carubba, Jeff Franco, Kevin Scott, Chris Chew, Chris Brouwers, Greg Sanderson, George Porter Jr., Robert Mercurio, Jeff Raines, Phil Rodriguez, Brian Braham, Vince Herman, Adryon De León, Kim Dawson, Jennifer Hartswick, Jeremy Salken, Jackson Kincheloe, Tori Pater, Peter Stelling, Mike Tallman, DJ Williams, Stanton Moore, and more. With some of the most talented musicians on the ship paying homage to The Band’s beloved catalog, this dance party/sing0along was easily one of the most fun Jam Cruise experiences of the evening.TAUK Rocks The Pool Deck With Cosmic Jams, Welcomes Members Of The Motet For Some “Jalbert-On-Jalbert Love”Instrumental prog-jam quartet TAUK held down the final late-night spot on the Pool Deck on Friday, taking Jam Cruise on a ride through the cosmos. Among several highlights of the performance was a surprise collaboration with Lyle Divinsky (vocals) and Ryan Jalbert (guitar) of The Motet for Prince‘s “Head”. As Lyle and TAUK drummer Isaac Teel excitedly reminded the crowd, the Jalbert-on-Jalbert love (that’s Ryan Jalbert and TAUK guitarist Matt Jalbert) was strong on this one. Leftover Salmon Does Their Best Khruangbin Impression, Honors Col. Bruce, Proves Why They’re Still One Of The Best In The BusinessLeftover Salmon is celebrating their 30th anniversary, and after their memorable day one performance in the Stardust Theater and last night’s incredible Pool Deck set, it’s clear that they’re still one of the best bands on the road today. There are few frontmen with the presence and charisma of Vince Herman (acoustic guitar, vocals) and few instrumentalists with the stylistic diversity and technical prowess of Drew Emmitt (mandolin, electric guitar, fiddle, vocals). The band’s pool deck set once again had Jam Cruise enthralled, laughing, and dancing along. From guest spots by Jon Stickley, Roosevelt Collier, Karl Denson, Andy Frasco, Ernie Chang (The U.N.), and Sammi Garett (Turkuaz) to an astral tribute to Col. Bruce Hampton to a hilarious Khruangbin impression complete with black wigs and Laura Lee dance moves, this set was one of the most entertaining and impressive to go down on the boat thus far. On Tuesday evening, Jam Cruise 17 set sail from Miami, FL to begin a newly-expanded, six-day floating musical excursion that stopped in Belize on Thursday and Cozumel, Mexico yesterday, and Progreso, Mexico today. Tomorrow, the ship will head back toward Miami, where it will finish its trip on Florida on Monday, January 21st.Following a stop to check out Cozumel, the music schedule on the boat continued on Friday with performances by Toubab Krewe, Galactic, Leftover Salmon, TAUK, Sister Sparrow, Spafford, The Nth Power, The Sweet Lillies, magicgravy, The Whole Other, an all-star Tribute to The Band, a funky Jam Room session led by Big Sam, and much more.With multiple sets running simultaneously throughout the day, night and well into Saturday morning, it was impossible to catch all the amazing performances and collaborations that went down onstage throughout the Norwegian Jade. However, here’s just a few of the most memorable moments from the fourth day of Jam Cruise 17. (You can also head to Live For Live Music‘s Instagram and Instagram stories to follow along in real time).Galactic Throws Down With Some Exciting Guests On The Pool DeckGalactic’s pool deck set has been one of the most highly anticipated Jam Cruise 17 sets since the ship set sail on Tuesday. There’s no band more synonymous with Jam Cruise—they’re the only act that’s been on the boat for each of its 17 voyages. In addition to rocking a number of funky fan-favorite originals, Galactic welcomed a number of exciting guests throughout their standout set, including Big Sam, the Turkuaz Horns, and Roosevelt Collier. The set’s most memorable highlight, however, was when Fruition‘s Mimi Naja and Jay Cobb Anderson joined in to help Erica Falls on vocals for a high-octane rendition of “Like A Rolling Stone”, then stuck around and welcomed their Fruition bandmate Kellen Asebroek as well for a funky cover of “No Diggity”. You can check out the Galactic/Fruition collabs below. Big Sam Gets The Jam Room Grooving Late Into The Night With A Little Help From His FriendsThe Big Sam-hosted Jam Room session kept the party funky well into Saturday morning, as a parade of artists including Sammi Garett (Turkuaz), Arleigh Kincheloe (Sister Sparrow), the Turkuaz Horns, Parris Fleming (The Motet), Roosevelt Collier, Brian Moss (Spafford), and many more collaborated for feel-good sing-alongs like “Tell Me Something Good” by Rufus & Chaka Khan.Check back tomorrow for more coverage from aboard Jam Cruise 17, and don’t forget to tune into Live For Live Music‘s Instagram and Instagram stories to follow the action in real time.center_img The Nth Power Showcases Their Versatility With A Stream Of Special Guests At The Stardust TheaterThe Nth Power took the stage after 2 a.m. for the final set of the night in the Stardust Theater, and while the Jam Cruise crowd trickled into the set somewhat tired, they left dancing. The core group of Nick Cassarino (guitar, vocals), Nikki Glaspie (drums, vocals), and Nate Edgar (bass) held down the fort as they welcomed a number of exciting guests, including an extended sit-in by Jennifer Hartswick (vocals, trumpet) and a Nirvana tribute sung with abandon by Skerik. All that led to the set’s most memorable moment, a searing rendition of Earth, Wind & Fire‘s “Shining Star” featuring Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, Joey Porter (The Motet), and keyboardist Rob Marscher as well as Skerik (sax) and Hartswick (trumpet). The Sweet Lillies Recruit George Porter Jr, Roosevelt Collier, & More For Genre-Bending Bluegrass PerformanceIf you’re not up on The Sweet Lillies yet, it’s time to get familiar. Despite drawing a smaller crowd in the Spinnaker Lounge, the Colorado-based Americana crew—comprised of Julie Gussaroff (upright bass, vocals), Becca Bisque (viola, vocals), and Melly Frances (washboard, vocals)—put on one of the most memorable sets of the day on Jam Cruise. From their beautiful originals to their reworked bluegrass renditions of throwback hits like 1995 R&B smash “This Is How We Do It”, Phil Collins‘ “In The Air Tonight”, and Gorillaz‘ “Clint Eastwood”, the talented ladies of The Sweet Lillies never ceased to surprise and entertain their crowd. The cherry on top came in the form of a pair of memorable sit-ins—first, by bass legend George Porter Jr., and second, by Roosevelt Collier and Fruition’s Kellen Asebroek. This band undoubtedly picked up some excited new fans with this set—us included.last_img read more

Nine Met Opera Productions Broadway Fans Should Look Out for This Season

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first_img Lucia di Lammermoor – Begins March 16, 2015 Broadway fans love a crazy diva, and Lucia is the ultimate. Tony-winning director Mary Zimmerman’s ghostly production returns to the Met for the third time, after opening the 2007-08 lineup and playing an encore the following season and in 2011. This time, rising star Albina Shagimuratova takes center stage as the tragic, blood-soaked bride. With an electrifying Act III coloratura mad scene, this Donizetti classic is Women Well Past the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. And let’s face it: We rarely ever get to hear a glass harmonica live on Broadway. Familiar Stories Big Names at the Helm La Bohème – Begins September 23 Obsessed with Rent, but never heard Musetta’s Waltz in its original Puccinian context? Here’s your chance. This season, Daphne Rubin-Vega Kristīne Opolais will sing the role of Mimi. Earlier this year, the Latvian soprano made two Met role debuts in less than 24 hours: Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly and Mimi in Bohème, stepping in for the latter with just a few hours’ notice. Now, she’ll be able to sing it with some time to properly prepare. She shares the role with Angela Gheorghiu and Ekaterina Scherbachenko. The lavish Franco Zeffierelli production is quintessential grand opera spectacle. View Comments Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) – Begins October 6 A perfect Halloween-time treat! After playing a holiday engagement last year in a 90-minute English-language condensed version, Tony winner Julie Taymor’s whimsical take on Mozart’s classic opera returns to the Met in its full-length, and in German. In true Taymor fashion, enchanting puppets and costumes abound, from bears to birds to a genuinely terrifying Queen of the Night. That aria will haunt your dreams. Carmen – Begins September 30 After Aida and Boheme, Bizet’s masterpiece rounds out the ABCs of standard operatic repertoire. The divine mezzos Elīna Garanča and Anita Rachvelishvili sing the role of the doomed gypsy in Richard Eyre’s stunning production, which transports the story forward a century to 1930s Seville, during the heart of the Spanish Civil War. Singing along is heavily frowned upon at the Met anywhere, but its many recognizable arias make Carmen a must for opera buffs and novices alike. *New Production Il Barbiere di Siviglia – Begins November 18 Figaro, Figaro, Figaro! The Barber of Seville, regarded as one of the most beloved comic operas (opere buffe), returns to Lincoln Center this fall. Tony winner Bartlett Sher made his Met debut with this lighthearted production back in 2006. As with many great operas, there are mistaken identities, trickery and a love triangle. And like many great comedies, there are plenty of laughs, colorful characters and a happy(ish) ending. Rossini’s iconic score is one you can’t help but bounce along to.center_img Macbeth – Begins September 24 Russian soprano Anna Netrebko, who opened last season with Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, will go Italian and show off her fiery Verdi chops once again opposite Željko Lučić. The Shakespearean tale is transported to a 20th century warzone in the eerie Adrian Noble production; daggers are still in play, but so are rifles and jeeps. Lucia may be cray, but as well all know, Lady M. is right up there. And she sleepwalks. Aida – Begins October 30 Before there was “Easy as Life,” there was “Ritorna Vincitor.” The classic love triangle returns to the Met in this epic experience—if your view of opera involves enormous casts and elaborate sets, Sonja Frisell’s archetypal production is not to be missed—even 26 years after it first hit the Met stage. This season, opera legend Plácido Domingo will conduct the thunderous Verdi score at select performances. The Merry Widow – Begins December 31 You have opera greats Renée Fleming and Nathan Gunn, as well as a very special Great White Way darling making her Met debut: Tony nominee Kelli O’Hara (who starred opposite Gunn in the New York Philharmonic’s Carousel). Five-time Tony winner Susan Stroman directs and choreographs the brand new English-language production of the Lehár operetta, which features costumes by six-time Tony winner William Ivey Long. Bring in the New Year with opera and Broadway divas, can-can dancers and some fabulous hats! The Death of Klinghoffer – Begins October 20 Before the season has even begun, this opera by John Adams has caused quite the stir. South Pacific Tony winner Paulo Szot returns to the opera stage for this Met premiere, which details the accounts of the Palestinian hijacking of the cruise ship Achille Lauro in 1985. The production from Tony-winning War Horse director Tom Morris serves as a haunting reminder that the dramatic themes that opera depicts are in no way antiquated. Following Doctor Atomic and Nixon in China, this is the third opera by Adams to be staged by the Met in the past seven years. The complete 2014-15 Metropolitan Opera lineup is as follows: Le Nozze di Figaro, begins September 22* La Bohème, begins September 23 Macbeth, begins September 24 Carmen, begins September 30 Die Zauberflöte, begins October 6 The Death of Klinghoffer, begins October 20* Aida, begins October 30 Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, begins November 10 Il Barbiere di Siviglia, begins November 18 Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, begins December 2 La Traviata, begins December 11 Hansel and Gretel, begins December 18 The Merry Widow, begins December 31* Les Contes d’Hoffmann, begins January 12 Iolanta/Bluebeard’s Castle, begins January 26* Don Giovanni, begins February 4 La Donna del Lago, begins February 16* Manon, begins March 9 Lucia di Lammermoor, begins March 16 Ernani, begins March 20 Don Carlo, begins March 30 Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, begins April 14* Un Ballo in Maschera, begins April 23 The Rake’s Progress, begins May 1 Star Quality The 2014-15 Metropolitan Opera season kicks off on September 22, starting with the fancy opening night gala for a new production of Le Nozze di Figaro, directed by Richard Eyre. Following the Mozart comedy are 25 equally lavish stagings, including five additional Met premiere productions. From some favorite Broadway faces, to big-name directors to recognizable narratives, here are just some of the operas that fans of the Great White Way should consider checking out. Whether you’re looking for thrilling music, breathtaking sets or an unexpected take on a personal fave, this season is not one to disappoint.last_img read more

Deadly Fall for Cats, Dogs

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first_imgThat fall nip in the air can make even parked cars deadly to cats anddogs. A University of Georgia veterinariansays cooler weather often leads to two fatal attractions for householdpets.”As the weather cools, many cats are attracted to the warmth of thecar’s engine,” said Jim Strickland,an Extension Service veterinarianwith the UGA College of Agriculturaland Environmental Sciences.”If you don’t look out for them, they can still be in there when youcrank the car,” he said. “And many of them wind up getting into the fanbelt.”When that happens, he said, there often isn’t much a veterinarian cando to help.A more common cool-weather problem may be even more deadly. As winternears, many people check, change or add to their car’s antifreeze. Beingjust a little careless in this chore has killed many dogs and cats, Stricklandsaid.”The ethylene glycol in some antifreeze is extremely deadly,” he said.”It’s deadly to any mammal. And it’s a fairly common cause of death incats and dogs.”Many new antifreeze products don’t contain ethylene glycol, he said.Those shouldn’t be toxic to pets. “It’s best to be careful, though, evenwhen using those products,” he said.Antifreezes containing ethylene glycol are deadly to cats and dogs forthree reasons, he said. One, the animals lap it up voluntarily, even whenwater is nearby. Two, it takes only a tiny amount to kill a dog or cat.And three, most people don’t know it’s that lethal.”Cats and dogs seem to like the taste of it,” Strickland said. “I don’tknow if it has a sweet taste or what, but they naturally go to it if it’saround.”Only one-fourth of an ounce of antifreeze will kill a 10- to 12-poundcat, he said. Two ounces will kill a 25-pound dog.”It’s easy to spill that much antifreeze when you first start to poura full container,” Strickland said.Ethylene glycol affects mostly the kidneys, he said. Dogs and cats getseverely dehydrated and have below-normal temperatures. They’ll show weaknessand staggering in their back legs and a sluggishness that leads into comaand eventual death.All that happens in a few hours. So for a veterinarian to have any chanceto successfully treat the dog or cat, he has to know the animal has consumedantifreeze.”The symptoms are easy to confuse with injury, encephalitis or an overdoseof a number of drugs,” Strickland said. “And by the time you can get alab analysis done, it’s usually too late to help the animal.”Not only must the vet know the animal has gotten into antifreeze, butit’s also crucial to tell him exactly when it happened, Strickland said.”The treatment varies at different stages,” he said. “For the vet toreally know what to do, he needs to know how long it has been since theantifreeze was ingested. The timing is critical.”If you take an antifreeze-poisoned cat or dog right away to the vetand tell him all he needs to know, he may be able to save it, dependingon how much antifreeze it consumed.But all the pieces rarely fall together. So only about 20 percent ofthe dogs and cats survive.”The best way to handle it is to be very careful not to let animalsget to the antifreeze in the first place,” Strickland said.Taking the extra care and time to wipe up spills or hose down the placewhere the radiator boils over is the easiest, cheapest and most effectiveway to protect your pets from antifreeze poisoning.last_img read more

Venezuela Arrests FARC Guerrilla Wanted by Bogotá

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first_imgBy Dialogo September 21, 2012 A FARC guerrilla linked to a foiled attempt to bomb a police headquarters in Bogota in May was killed in a shoot out in Venezuela on September 19, Colombian officials said. Freddy Rojas Rincon, known by the alias “Boiteaux,” was captured in a hotel near the Colombian border after he was wounded in a shootout with Venezuelan security forces, Colombian police said. “He received medical attention but died hours later,” said Colombian Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon, adding that Colombian intelligence services had been pursuing Rojas. Venezuela did not immediately report on the death, which came a day after Colombia’s last major drug lord, Daniel “El Loco” Barrera, was taken into custody in Venezuela. The police said Rojas was believed to be the “principal organizer” of a foiled attempt to detonate a car bomb outside of a police headquarters in the Colombian capital on May 15. The bomb was deactivated before it exploded, but in another part of the city the same day a second bombing also attributed to the FARC ripped through a vehicle carrying a former interior minister, killing two bodyguards and wounding about 40 other people.last_img read more

Court reprimands Judge Adams

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first_imgCourt reprimands Judge Adams June 15, 2006 Regular News Court reprimands Judge Adamscenter_img The Florida Supreme Court has ordered the reprimand of a Lee County judge who entered into a romantic relationship with a lawyer and continued to hear cases involving that lawyer.The court scheduled the reprimand for Judge James R. Adams for June 7, after this News went to press.Judge Adams stipulated to the finding of the Judicial Qualifications Commission that he issued numerous continuances in five cases and dismissed four traffic cases where the parties were represented by the attorney. He also agreed that the actions call his impartiality into question.The court agreed with the JQC that Judge Adams’ actions violated three canons of the Code of Judicial Conduct.“A judge who enters into a romantic relationship with a lawyer who practices before the judge, and then continues to preside over matters in which the lawyer appears as counsel, transgresses the Code of Judicial Conduct in both letter and spirit,” the court wrote. “Judge Adams failed to maintain the high standards of conduct necessary to preserve the integrity of the judiciary, violating Canon 1. He also failed to act in a manner promoting public confidence in the judiciary, violating Canon 2A. Further, his conduct tended to create the impression that he allowed a personal relationship to influence his judgment, contrary to Canon 2B, and that he would have difficulty performing his judicial duties fairly and without bias, contrary to Canons 3B(5) and 3B(8).”The court noted that Judge Adams has otherwise had an unblemished record and acknowledged his errors.“Finally, from our review of the record, we conclude that there is no evidence that the relationship actually influenced his actions in any of the cases involving the attorney. If evidence had demonstrated that the relationship affected the disposition of any matter before the judge, we would not hesitate to impose stiffer discipline,” the court said.The court acted May 18 in Inquiry Concerning a Judge, No. 05-05 Re: James R. Adams, case no. SC06-249.last_img read more