FisherBroyles: 2020 has been ‘the best year on record’

first_img whatsapp Thursday 12 November 2020 1:31 pm 45 lawyers hired in 2020 Virtual law firm FisherBroyles: 2020 has been ‘the best year on record’ whatsapp International virtual law firm FisherBroyles has been unwittingly preparing for the coronavirus pandemic for nearly 20 years. Michael Pierson: “The only difference between us and other large elite law firms is that we don’t physically operate offices.” Michael Pierson: “The only difference between us and other large elite law firms is that we don’t physically operate offices.” Also Read: Virtual law firm FisherBroyles: 2020 has been ‘the best year on record’ Typically at magic circle firms partners are remunerated according to their seniority – a more senior partner would get a bigger cut of the profits than someone more junior. There are occasional outliers; a partner who pulls in a particularly large amount of money for the firm may be additionally compensated with a bonus, for example. “The culture of the firm is remote working,” says the firm’s managing partner Michael Pierson, who claims: “The only difference between us and other large elite law firms is that we don’t physically operate offices. We instead leverage technology instead of real estate.”  Like all businesses, however, FisherBroyles has not been entirely immune from Covid-19’s clutches – the firm had to cancel its annual partnership retreat for all firm partners. On a typical year everyone flies to a city, takes over a hotel and enjoys three days of dinners and networking. Last year partners went to Deer Valley ski resort in Utah. Michael Pierson: “The only difference between us and other large elite law firms is that we don’t physically operate offices.” Also Read: Virtual law firm FisherBroyles: 2020 has been ‘the best year on record’ Show Comments ▼ Pierson says the majority of lawyers joining the firm come from “global elite or magic circle” firms, but coronavirus “brought hiring efforts to a new level – the vast majority are joining as partners”. “We had one of the largest partnership distributions – the amount of compensation paid to partners,” he says. “We’ve hired more than 45 lawyers since the beginning of 2020 and coronavirus accelerated our hiring ability because everyone realised what it’s like to work from home.” The virtual law firm has an unusual remuneration structure for partners. Partner pay is based on a formula-based remuneration model that awards and records bringing on clients. Partners earn 80% origination and working credit of the collected fee revenues from clients they bring on as a finder; earn 48% working credit for performing work for other firm clients; and earn 32% origination credit for all work performed by other partners in the firm. Where many firms have struggled through the pandemic, Pierson says his firm has had “the best year on record.” The managing director confirms the firm’s revenue has never been as high as in 2020, where so far the law firm’s gross revenue stands at around $113,00,000 – up 24% on 2019’s gross revenue figure of $91,253,000. Founded in 2002 following the burst of the dot-com bubble, FisherBroyles is a full-service international law firm that operates – and indeed has always operated – virtually.  Saving overheads on office space has apparently proved a lucrative move for the firm and its partners. Pierson claims FisherBroyles partners earn “unparalleled” sums of money when compared with competitors.  For a brief period during the pandemic FisherBroyles’ merger and acquisitions work dried up somewhat, but Pierson says that has largely returned to normal: “Litigation has continued to soar, and employment has been incredibly active thanks to corporate layoffs and furloughing and corporate restructuring,” the managing partner continues.  by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeAll Things Auto | Search AdsBuick’s New Lineup Is Truly StunningAll Things Auto | Search AdsBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutLuxury SUVs | Search AdsThese Cars Are So Loaded It’s Hard to Believe They’re So CheapLuxury SUVs | Search AdsBrake For ItSay Goodbye: These Cars Will Be Discontinued In 2021Brake For ItNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsDrivepedia30+ Funny Photos Of Car Owners Having A Rough DayDrivepediaSoGoodly20 Historical Photos They Dare Not Show You In SchoolSoGoodly The firm has offices in cities it operates in, like London, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, but lawyers are under no obligation to go into the office to carry out day-to-day work. Instead the offices are used for the likes of presentations or candidate interviews.  Michael Pierson: “The only difference between us and other large elite law firms is that we don’t physically operate offices.” Also Read: Virtual law firm FisherBroyles: 2020 has been ‘the best year on record’ Share Hannah Godfrey “Once we see some certainty in the US election and the result of the lockdown in France, the UK and so on, we’ll have a little bit more certainty with regard to everything. Can we open safely? Can we go about our business like we did prior to the coronavirus pandemic?” Despite the firm’s 2020 successes, Pierson would like to see some certainty in the near future. For now, he says it is “difficult to predict” what will happen next: “People are hurting, it’s terrible. After the rounds of stimulus have waned we’re going to be looking at some tough economic consequences,” he says. Where the Covid-19 pandemic left many business leaders scratching their heads and dreaming up new ways to make old systems work, at the start of the pandemic FisherBroyles found itself ready and raring to go in a world it had inadvertently been preparing for, for the best part of two decades.    last_img read more

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Who is Robert Durst? US billionaire says he “killed them all” during The Jinx filming

first_img whatsapp Who is Robert Durst? US billionaire says he “killed them all” during The Jinx filming by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbeszenherald.com20 Rules Genghis Khan’s Army Had To Live Byzenherald.comNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableyMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesHigh TallyThe US Built A New Submarine The World Is Afraid OfHigh TallyComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyDefinitionThe Most Famous Movie Filmed In Every U.S. StateDefinition whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Billy Ehrenberg Monday 16 March 2015 6:10 am Billionaire Robert Durst may have uttered the five words that will end his decades-long flirtation with justice. During The Jinx, a six-part HBO documentary about him, Durst finds himself alone in a bathroom and mutters: “What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course.” He was arrested on Saturday.The “them” may refer to three alleged victims killed over the space of three decades. An elderly male neighbour, his first wife and a close female friend. But who is Robert A. Durst, and why was he the subject of a documentary?The eccentric son of one of New York’s most prominent real estate moguls, Seymour Durst, Robert is a 71-year-old millionaire who first came to public attention following the disappearance of Kathleen Durst (previously McCormack), his wife.The two had married, moved to Vermont and opened a health food store, but by the time she went missing in 1982, she was said to be considering divorce. He was questioned but never charged.A friend of Durst’s, Susan Berman, was said to have knowledge of the murder and in 2000 she was found dead in her flat. A handwritten note was passed to police, saying there was a “cadaver” in her home. Again, Durst was questioned but never charged, and handwriting tests were inconclusive.A year later, in 2001, Durst was again suspected of murder. An elderly neighbour, Morris Black, was found dismembered and floating in Galveston Bay. Durst was arrested and put on $300,000 (around £200,000) bail, but promptly disappeared. He was arrested after being found in Pennsylvania, trying to shoplift a chicken sandwich and some sticking plasters.Despite admitting in the trial that he had hacked up Black’s body until he had been “swimming in blood” he was acquitted after successfully arguing self-defence. He said he and Black had grappled and during the struggle a gun Black was holding went off. The jury believed him.Now Durst’s past seems to be catching up with him. The six-part series appears to have done what decades of police work could not.Near the end of the show, Durst asked if he could use the bathroom but didn’t remove his microphone. Two years passed before the audio was found.There does, however, remain a question regarding whether Durst’s apparent confession will be admissible in court because, although he was wearing the microphone, a bathroom is a space where privacy can reasonably be expected.According to a professor at Columbia Law School contacted by the New York Times, the muttering may well be admissible, so long as no one tampered with the audio. Tags: NULL Sharelast_img read more

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Valeant CEO reaches deal with Senate committee, contempt charges on hold

first_img Michael Pearson agreed to give a deposition to the Senate Aging Committee after Valeant urged him to cooperate. Canadian Press/Ryan Remiorz Related: Pearson’s lawyer, Bruce Yannett of Debevoise & Plimpton, had said in a letter to the committee that its staff members had not given enough specifics about what Pearson would be asked about, and that he shouldn’t have to testify under those conditions. But Valeant quickly made it clear that he should give the deposition, saying in a statement Monday that the board “has requested Mr. Pearson’s cooperation” with the subpoena.On Wednesday, a Pearson spokesman said that “following discussions between the committee’s staff and his lawyers, Mr. Pearson looks forward to testifying at a deposition and the hearing.”advertisement Valeant cutting sales reps for female libido pill By David Nather April 13, 2016 Reprints WASHINGTON — A Senate committee called off a planned meeting Wednesday to discuss contempt charges against Valeant Pharmaceuticals chief executive Michael Pearson after he agreed to give a deposition for the panel’s investigation of rising drug prices.The Senate Aging Committee announced that it had postponed the meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, as long as Pearson shows up to give the deposition on April 18. It had threatened to bring contempt charges against him after he failed to appear for the deposition on Friday.“The deposition has been scheduled for Monday April 18th and we look forward to hearing Mr. Pearson’s testimony,” Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine, the chairwoman of the committee, and Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri, the top Democrat, said in a joint statement. “This deposition and investigation are about better understanding the dramatic price increases we’re seeing for decades old prescription drugs and how those prices are affecting consumers — and we’re committed to being thorough in that pursuit.”advertisement Pearson is also scheduled to testify in public at an Aging Committee hearing on April 27, and his lawyer has said he will honor that commitment. PoliticsValeant CEO reaches deal with Senate committee, contempt charges on hold Tags Congressdrug pricespolicyValeant Pharmaceuticalslast_img read more

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Asthma Society release advice on COVID-19 outbreak

first_img The Asthma Society of Ireland is advising people with asthma to be extra vigilant in their asthma management and follow the advice set out by the HSE, amidst growing coronavirus concerns.Sarah O’Connor, CEO of the Asthma Society, released a statement on behalf of the body.She said: “We have been inundated with calls from individuals with asthma and COPD who are extremely worried about how coronavirus will affect them if they get it and what additional precautions they can take to minimise their chances of contracting the virus.“Unfortunately, international data indicates if people with asthma and other respiratory conditions contract coronavirus, the health impact can be more severe; they are more likely to experience complications and to need hospital treatment.The Asthma Society has been liaising continuously with the HSE over the past number of weeks in relation to this healthcare challenge.“We have communicated to the HSE the needs and very acute concerns of respiratory patients. We welcome increased engagement from the HSE with patient organisations in the last 24 hours and updated advice that has been provided for people in vulnerable groups, such as those with a long-term respiratory illness.“We have urged the HSE to develop specific COVID-19 advice for people with long-term respiratory illnesses, as has already been created for other disease areas, like cancer. People need to know that they are doing everything in their power to manage their illness and protect themselves from coronavirus.“They also need reassurance that they will receive the healthcare they need and that employers will recognise their particular vulnerability at this time. Healthcare professionals also need leadership on clinical best practice. This guidance is best provided by the HSE.“We are extending the hours of our COPD and Asthma Adviceline to meet increased demand – this free service is available on 1800 44 54 64 – and we will do everything we can to continue to inform, support, advise and reassure people with asthma or COPD and their families on our website, social media channels and through our other services.“Our website includes the most up-to-date information available to us on how best to manage respiratory conditions and coronavirus and this will be updated regularly. In the absence of more detailed advice specific to people with long-term respiratory illnesses, the Asthma Society has developed a Frequently Asked Questions section on coronavirus for asthma and COPD patients in particular. This can be found on our website.”“At the moment, the most important thing that people with asthma or COPD can do is to ensure that their underlying condition is well managed, which is detailed below and on our website.“The HSE has advised people from vulnerable groups, which includes people with a long-term respiratory illness, to ‘self-separate’. The Asthma Society is strongly recommending that patients, their carers and close family and friends closely follow the HSE’s advice on how to avoid spreading the virus.!Top Tips for Managing your Asthma:Take your preventer inhaler as prescribed. This will decrease your risk suffering an asthma attack and reduce your asthma symptoms. Check out the Asthma Society’s information on preventer inhalers here and our recent SafetyCare campaign hereHave an up-to-date Asthma Action Plan which will help you recognise when your asthma is deteriorating – download one hereHave an up-to-date Communications Card which will help you manage your COPD – download one hereAlways carry your reliever inhaler (usually blue) with you in case of an asthma emergency – reliever inhaler over-relianceKnow the 5 Step Rule – which will help you manage an asthma attack if one occurs – download our Asthma Attack Card hereKnow your asthma triggers in order to avoid them where possible – check out our information on asthma triggers hereEnsure you are practicing proper inhaler technique – check our Inhaler Technique page for demonstrations of all the inhalers on the Irish market hereIf your inhaler requires a spacer, we recommend you use one to ensure best medication delivery – check out our information on spacer usage hereDo not smoke and avoid areas where smoke is present if possibleIf you feel like your symptoms are deteriorating, or if you are experiencing a “new” fever or “new” cough – call your GP as soon as possible and they will support and advise youGet your prescription filled to ensure you have enough medication for one month – the Department of Health and Irish Pharmacy Union have assured us that there is no need to stock up beyond thatThe Asthma Society can email any of the above resources to patients if they email a request to [email protected] ALSO – Laois hurler and Taoiseach hit out at crowds in pubs over the weekend News Home News Asthma Society release advice on COVID-19 outbreak News Facebook By Alan Hartnett – 16th March 2020 Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date WhatsApp TAGSAsthmaCoronavirusCovid-19 Twitter Asthma Society release advice on COVID-19 outbreak Twitter Electric Picnic Pinterest Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Monday, March 16, 2020Next articleLaois Councillor urges people to shop locally and support small business amid Coronavirus outbreak Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Electric Picnic Facebook Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Pinterest WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

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“Be Careful of Your Words Whether You’re in an Elevator or…

first_img By Kim Chan Ku, Researcher in the Institute for Far Eastern Studies – 2006.04.26 12:21pm “Be Careful of Your Words Whether You’re in an Elevator or in Your Room” There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China “1989 Pyongyang, Kim Il Sung City Pieced Together” SHARE Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak Facebook Twitter [imText1]On the third day of my visit to Pyongyang, I planned to visit the Kim Il Sung statue. Without any prior notice to me, they brought a flower basket and asked me for money. I took a photo with the guide in front of the arch. They say that they built this arch a bit higher than the one in Paris, France. The arch is to commeorate the triumphant success of Chairman Kim Il Sung during the 1945 movement for independence, and was built on the Moranbong edge on April 14, 1982. The guide diligently explained how the arch was a 60m high, 52.5m wide, 3-story stone building, and that there was an arch-shaped one-story high door that was 27m high and 18m wide. The first and second floors created the boundary for the balcony and the second and third floors created a rooftop that can be experienced. “Only in this way can they earn foreign currency”[imText2]For lunch, we went to the famous “Ok Ryu Kwan,” a nengmyun (cold buckwheat noodles) place located on the edge of the Daedong River. There were many residents gathered there. Since there was no room in the restaurant, people were crouched by the doorway, awaiting their turn; most of them were smoking cigarettes.I was told that they came by villages, and I later found out why they had to come like that. It was one of the days that the nengmyun restaurant opened. This meant that the restaurant did not do business every day of the week.We were brought to a special room of the restaurant and were served jaengban noodles without being asked. It was so spicy that I had to eat it by blowing on the noodles so that the spiciness would diminish somewhat. One person even had another plate. He said that the noodles tasted exactly the same as that of the Ok Ryu Kwan of the past. However, since I had never tasted these noodles from the past, I could not tell the difference. In my opinion, the Pyongyang noodles sold in Seoul was much tastier. As for the price, they charged us 10 times more than the North Koreans for the same noodles. I chose to sympathize with them, thinking, “Only in this way can they earn foreign currency.”They say that the name Ok Ryu Kwan had existed since a long time ago. This is North Korea’s largest restaurant, built and opened in the 1960’s, located in front of the calm Daedong River. It is a place frequented at least once by foreign officials or South Korean visitors. The Daedong River was brilliantly beautiful, as I looked out on it from the restaurant’s window.After dinner, those who were North Koreans left, saying they had some sort of debate to attend. I assumed that they were going for some sort of underground activities or propaganda education. Through a special request related to the construction of North Korean business, I met with the president of the ‘Third Company of Daesung Corporation (deep-sea fishery in Charge)’ fishing industry in the hotel conference room. My visit to Pyongyang had a purpose other than mere traveling.During my tours of Pyongyang, I frequently expressed admiration. However, when I entered my hotel room at night, the criticisms would gush out freely. “They brag as if they are the best, but how much did the North Korean citizens have to suffer to build those things that they are so proud of, those XXX!” I took comfort, knowing that it was my private room in which I was criticizing and cursing. But someone warned me that I must be careful with my words, whether I am in an elevator or in my room. In this way, I spent my days busily until I left for Beijing in February.Hordes of People Upon Lim Soo Kyung’s Visit to North Korea[imText3]During my visit to Pyongyang, people wanted to feed us well, and so they tried their best to prepare the best foods, but the preparations were poor and even the rice, the main dish, was insufficient. We had to eat the side dishes sparingly to match the rice, and as for the kimchi, it was in name only, and we could not find anywhere the types of kimchi which we were used to.So the day we arrived in Beijing, we wanted to find a place where we could at least eat kimchi to our hearts’ content, but during those days, Korean restaurants were hard to find in China. Only when we arrived in Hong Kong could we eat as many side dishes as we wanted to, since there were many Korean restaurants there. Because there were no direct flights to China back then, we had to circle Asia, from Pyongyang to Beijing to Hong Kong to Seoul. That same year, when i went back to Pyongyang in June, Lim Soo Kyung also came to Pyongyang. In order to participate in the 13th annual World Student Celebration, Lim Soo Kyung traveled secretly through Japan and then East Berlin, and arrived in Pyongyang Sunan International Airport on June 30, 1989 without either of the North or South Korean governments’ knowledge. Upon hearing this news, hordes of North Korean citizens gathered at the airport to welcome Lim Soo Kyung. On a bright sunny day, after a brief shower, the roads surrounding Koryo Hotel were so busy that traffic regulations had to be put in place.center_img Related Article News AvatarKim Chan Ku, Researcher in the Institute for Far Eastern Studies News News News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

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OSC to examine advisor titles

FINRA to focus on retail investors in its reviews this year James Langton The report touches on a number of familiar issues, including regulators’ efforts to improve disclosure (through the Client Relationship Model (CRM) reforms, and Fund Facts), along with their recent initiative to examine the idea of requiring a statutory best interests duty on advisors. “As part of our analysis of the best interest standard we will consider the impact that advisor titles and proficiency standards have on investor protection,” it says. These issues were not big features of the Canadian Securities Administrators’ (CSA) original consultation paper, however the lack of regulation of the titles advisors use, and the adequacy of proficiency requirements, were issues raised in roundtables hosted by the OSC over the summer as part of its consultation on the CSA paper. The CSA has indicated that it intends to publish an update on the outcome of its consultations during the fall. “The provision of fair advice by qualified advisers is a key element that affects investor confidence. An expectation gap exists if investors incorrectly assume that their adviser/dealer must always give advice that is in their best interests,” the Office of the Investor’s report notes. “We are considering the issues around the relationship between financial advisers and their clients and ways to improve this. The key question is whether or not the current standard, requiring advisers to ensure an investment is suitable, offers sufficient investor protection.” Additionally, the report also notes that it heard from investors that they are concerned about investment fraud, the risk of outliving their savings, and the adequacy of disclosure, in its meetings in various cities around the province. It is planning more of these sessions in the coming months, the report adds, noting that it will be starting with Windsor, Ottawa and Barrie. “Our increasing engagement with investors has improved our understanding of their needs and has informed how we undertake our outreach and education, regulatory policy, compliance oversight and enforcement work,” it says. The Ontario Securities Commission’s Office of the Investor says that regulators will be looking at advisor titles and proficiency requirements as part of their examination of the possibility of imposing a “best interests” standard on financial advisors. The OSC’s Office of the Investor has published a summary of the results of its consultations with ordinary retail investors so far this year — through its program known as OSC in the Community in 2013, which has been to various cities this year, including Thunder Bay, Kingston, London, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Peterborough and Brampton. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Related news FCA seeks consumer duty standards Fiduciary duty breach caught by whistleblower Keywords Best interest standard,  Fiduciary dutyCompanies Ontario Securities Commission Share this article and your comments with peers on social media read more

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Agreements are critical to expanding trade in financial services

first_img James Langton The report ranks the prospects for increasing Canadian financial services firms’ foreign trade both in terms of economic attractiveness and the feasibility of concluding negotiations. With those dual objectives in mind, the report says that the TPP should be Canada’s top priority given that it involves several markets “in which Canada could better exploit its advantages in financial services.” A possible trade deal with China ranks second, the report says, recommending that “Canada should respond to China’s still outstanding offer to negotiate a trade agreement.” After that, the report recommends that Canada should seek to join the Pacific Alliance trade pact: “Although Canada has a bilateral free trade agreement with Mexico, Peru, Columbia and Chile, it should seek to join the Pacific Alliance group in order to benefit from any deeper trade liberalization within this important economic grouping.” The report ranks a possible trade deal with India fourth and, says that Canada should also seek a deal with the countries that belong to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (a.k.a. ASEAN) group, including Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand. The report notes that other potentially attractive markets — such as Brazil, Russia and Saudi Arabia — did not make it onto its list of top priorities, given the lack of trade talk prospects with these countries. “These countries have shown less openness than others to negotiate agreements that liberalize trade and investment in services with any partner, let alone Canada,” the report says. “This does not mean they are not potentially important partners, but the indicators we use suggest only a low potential for progress on trade in services with them.” The inclusion of financial services in recent trade agreements is “good news for Canada, since financial services represent a source of strength for the Canadian economy,” the report concludes. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Exports Conference Board chief economist: ‘Chronically high loonie’ The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement should be policy-makers’ top priority in expanding trade in financial services, argues a new report from Toronto-based think tank the C.D. Howe Institute. The TPP, which was signed earlier this year, but still requires legislative approval from all of the signatories, ranks as the most appealing trade deal for the financial services sector right now, the report says. Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

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SMPD talks teenager out of suicide attempt above PCH

first_imgHomeFeaturedSMPD talks teenager out of suicide attempt above PCH Oct. 27, 2020 at 11:00 amFeaturedNewsSMPD talks teenager out of suicide attempt above PCHClara Harter8 months agosuicide attempt Santa Monica Police Department crisis negotiators helped talk a nineteen year-old man out of a potential suicide attempt in Palisades Park on Tuesday morning.The individual sat on a bluff above the Pacific Coast Highway from 10:20 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., during which time officers closed the 10 freeway below Lincoln Ave and a section of the northbound PCH. The young man voluntarily returned to safety and was taken to a local hospital for medical treatment and mental health assessment.Officers were first contacted at 10:20 a.m. by a family member who reported the individual was distraught and in need of emergency assistance. The young man had climbed over the fence into Palisades Park and was perched on the edge of a cliff.“Upon arrival our police officers recognized that the individual was having a difficult time, was in a very dangerous situation and in need of help. The officers requested our crisis negotiators who are trained in mental health and crisis communications. They responded to the scene while our police officers were gaining a rapport with the young man,” said Joseph Cortez, SMPD Public Information Officer.The crisis negotiators spent two hours speaking with the individual to gain his trust and convince him to climb back over the fence. Crisis negotiators are trained by psychologists, mental health experts, and negotiation experts to handle difficult situations such as this.Firefighters were also on scene with ropes and harnesses in case they needed to perform a rescue.“We were able to successfully negotiate this individual to get the help he needed and we were very happy by the outcome this afternoon,” said Cortez.The SMPD is not aware of any increase in suicide or suicide attempts since the outbreak of the pandemic. If people are having an immediate suicide emergency they should contact 911. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is available 24/7 at 800-273-8255 and provides free confidential support in English or Spanish for people in emotional [email protected] :suicide attemptshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentSchool fees lawsuit resumes with 334 reimbursement claims disputed by DistrictLakers, Dodgers fans helping drive uptick in LA virus casesYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall5 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson16 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter16 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor16 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press16 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press16 hours agolast_img read more

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Listen: J. P. Moreland on Mental Health and the Reality of the Soul

first_imgRequesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share On a new episode of ID the Future, philosopher and Biola University Distinguished Philosopher J.P. Moreland talks with Discovery Institute Senior Fellow Michael Keas. Their topic: the intelligent design implications of Dr. Moreland’s new book, Finding Quiet: My Story of Overcoming Anxiety and the Practices that Brought Peace.As Moreland explains, Darwin in essence said, In the beginning were the particles. But the evidence of design in nature and of a cosmic beginning from nothing, taken together, suggests instead, In the beginning was the Logos, in other words, mind or organizing thought. And what we see in mental health treatments — or indeed in science itself, as Moreland has also written — only makes sense if we can trace reality back to an intelligent, purposeful cause.At the same time, Keas and Moreland stress, this is a call not to ignore the material but to rightly regard both the material and immaterial dimensions of the human person when pursuing mental health. Download the podcast or listen to it here.Photo: J.P. Moreland, screen shot from a video promoting the book Theistic Evolution, via Crossway Books. Evolution NewsEvolution News & Science Today (EN) provides original reporting and analysis about evolution, neuroscience, bioethics, intelligent design and other science-related issues, including breaking news about scientific research. It also covers the impact of science on culture and conflicts over free speech and academic freedom in science. Finally, it fact-checks and critiques media coverage of scientific issues. Share Recommended A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Intelligent Design Listen: J. P. Moreland on Mental Health and the Reality of the SoulEvolution News @DiscoveryCSCJune 15, 2019, 4:42 AM Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share TagsanxietyBiola UniversityCharles DarwinDiscovery InstituteFinding Quiethuman beingID the Futureintelligent designJ.P. Morelandlogosmaterialismmental healthMichael Keaspeacephilosophypodcastsciencesoul,Trending Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesislast_img read more

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Dillon Captures Class A Championship in Columbia Falls

first_imgCOLUMBIA FALLS — Troy Andersen and the experienced Beaverhead County Beavers stormed Columbia Falls and captured the Class A football championship 34-17 on Saturday, pulling off a methodical and dominating win that boosted their well-established reputation as a gridiron powerhouse.Playing in its sixth consecutive title game, Dillon (10-1) won its fourth championship since 2011. Columbia Falls, playing in its first state championship since 1970, finished its best season in nearly 50 years with a 10-2 record.In a much-anticipated title game in a town yearning for its first football championship, more than 3,000 people persevered through snow flurries and a surprising turnabout as the best offense in Montana stalled in the cold mud of Satterthwaite Memorial Field.With Columbia Mountain shrouded in gray clouds in the backdrop, the result was Columbia Falls’ lowest scoring game of the season, but not for a lack of effort — the high-powered Wildcats simply met their match on Saturday.“As long as our kids try to play right, try to play hard, try to do all these things we’ve taught them — win, lose, or draw, we’re always proud of them, and we’re very proud of them right now,” Columbia Falls head coach Jaxon Schweikert said afterward. “They played as hard as they could and they did everything they could … Dillon is a good team. They just beat us. There was no doubt about that.”Dillon had a go-to leader in Andersen, a senior destined for Montana State University, who capped his impressive prep career with another fine quarterback performance, completing six of 15 passes for 167 yards passing with one touchdown and one interception. He ran for 86 yards and three touchdowns. He also returned an interception for a score.The Dillon defense accomplished what few teams could this season by containing the spectacular Columbia Falls offense. The Beavers forced six turnovers and limited Columbia Falls to 45 yards rushing in the game, 85 yards overall in the second half.Dillon scored 21 straight points to end the first half and held Columbia Falls scoreless in the second half. R.J. Fitzgerald rushed for 39 yards and Graden Greenslade had 49 yards on the ground.“The kids executed the game plan and did a superb job,” Dillon head coach Rick Nordahl said.“I’m proud of what our kids accomplished here because they shut down a high-powered team that was setting all kinds of state records. I’m just dang proud that our kids came out and got a victory and shut down that high-power offense.”Dakota Bridwell, Columbia Falls’ record-setting quarterback, finished 20 of 47 for 242 yards passing, two touchdowns, four interceptions and a fumble. Columbia Falls also fumbled a punt return.Bridwell ended his remarkable prep career with 49 TD passes this season, most in Montana history, according to the Montana High School Association.Bridwell connected with Wyatt Green for a 27-yard TD pass in the first quarter to give the Wildcats an early lead. Brandon Karberg added a 29-yard field goal and the Wildcats led 10-6 after the first quarter.But in the second quarter, the momentum picked up and carried Dillon. Andersen scored three touchdowns and the Dillon defense pressured Bridwell in the pocket numerous times, leading to stalled drives and sullied confidence for the Wildcats. Bridwell was able to find Trevor Hoerner on a 20-yard TD pass, but that was the final time the Wildcats found the end zone. Hoerner finished with seven catches for 101 yards.“We just weren’t as precise as we usually are when we’re throwing. Our timing was a little off,” Schweikert said. “Our passing attack just seemed to be off. We just have to go watch film to see what we did wrong.”Earlier this season, Columbia Falls was able to rally from a halftime deficit to beat Dillon.Not this time.Trailing 34-17 at half, Columbia Falls found a momentary spark in the third quarter and marched down the field before an interception in the end zone quickly stifled the excitement in the crowd and on the Wildcat sidelines.From there on out, the Beavers showed their experience in big games, managing the clock expertly and keeping Columbia Falls’ offense off the field. The Wildcats only ran six plays on offense in the fourth quarter as the clock quickly wound down.After the game concluded, Schweikert huddled the emotional team together and reminded them of the grand accomplishment of this season, the best in generations. A proud tradition has developed here in Columbia Falls, and Schweikert reminded his younger players how it’s up to them to carry on this legacy. He also thanked his seniors for an unforgettable season.“Our seniors set a really great example about how to conduct themselves in the school, outside school, on the field and in practice,” Schweikert said. “And we really feel that our young guys really learn more from the seniors than what they do from the coaches. We really hoped they learned a lot from those kids because those are some of the best kids I’ve ever coached with in all these years.”Dillon         6       28     0       0       — 34Columbia Falls    10     7       0       0       — 17First QuarterCF — Wyatt Green 27 pass from Dakota Bridwell (Brandon Karberg kick)D — Troy Andersen 26 interception return (run failed)CF — Karberg 29 field goalSecond QuarterD — Andersen 5 run (kick good)CF — Trevor Hoerner 20 pass from Bridwell (Karberg kick)D — Andersen 7 rush (kick good)D — Brent Tezak 25 pass from Andersen (kick good)D — Andersen 15 run (kick good) Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. 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