Cohen Brothers employees allege harassment, endangerment

first_imgShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Email Address* Tagscharles cohencohen brothers realtyReal Estate Lawsuits Message* Full Name* Cohen Brothers’ Charles Cohen and Stephen Fredericks (Getty; iStock; LinkedIn)In March, Charles Cohen, the billionaire head of Cohen Brothers Realty, complained that it was “ridiculous how the news was portraying the pandemic.” Instead of allowing employees to work from home, he allegedly told one of his executive assistants “we have to be a soldier and soldier on.”Two days later, he and his family took a private plane to Palm Beach, and later boarded a private yacht in the Caribbean, according to a lawsuit filed by three of Cohen’s furloughed employees. The wide-ranging suit alleges that the firm’s cavalier response to the pandemic culminated from a toxic work environment where employees were berated, belittled and in some instances, sexually harassed by other executives.An attorney representing Cohen Brothers, Ivan Smith, declined to discuss specific allegations but called the lawsuit’s claims “totally baseless.”One plaintiff, Evelyn Julia, a senior showroom leasing administrator, alleges that she was repeatedly subjected to unwelcome comments about her appearance from her direct supervisor, Stephen Fredericks, head of national leasing at Cohen Brothers. Fredericks would allegedly recount his sexual encounters to Julia and ask about her love life. According to the lawsuit, Julia would respond that such discussions were inappropriate.She also alleges that he would touch her in “inappropriate and unwelcome ways,” including quickly kissing her on the cheek before he went on trips, leaving her no time to react.The lawsuit notes that another former employee either filed a sexual harassment complaint against Fredericks or threatened to do so. The claims were settled, after which Cohen Brothers told employees that they needed to complete sexual harassment training — which Fredericks never did, according to the lawsuit.Fredericks did not return an email or call seeking comment.The lawsuit alleges that CEO Charles Cohen — whose firm’s portfolio spans 12 million square feet across New York, South Florida and Southern California — had a “a longstanding reputation for verbally abusing, screaming at, berating, belittling, and humiliating employees.”Roseann Hylemon, who served as an executive assistant to Cohen and then to COO Steven Cherniak, claims that Cohen repeatedly said “I’m going to kill you” when she did something that displeased him. The reasons for his yelling varied, according to the lawsuit, but included when she ordered a hamburger for him that included cheese.Another of Cohen’s executive assistants, Corinne Arazi, alleges that she was also berated and told that she was not permitted to leave her desk without permission — even to use the bathroom. Cohen did not respond to email requests for comment.When the pandemic hit New York City in March, executives mocked and retaliated against the employees for expressing concern for their safety, according to the complaint.No shutdown was in effect at the time, but the following week the company allegedly ignored Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s March 19 order to reduce in-office non-essential employees by 50 percent. The office remained open when the governor ordered all non-essential employees to stay home starting March 22, according to the lawsuit.The firm’s human resources office emailed employees that day, saying that the governor’s order was ambiguous as to what qualified as essential, the complaint recounts. The email said the office would stay open, but employees could decide for themselves “whether or not to come to work being guided by the time off policies.”There was considerable confusion over whether the real estate industry was “essential” under the state’s orders. Initial guidance and comments from the governor seemed to indicate that while some construction was essential, real estate was not. On April 9, however, the state clarified that real estate services were essential but that in-person activity was allowed only if “legally necessary.”After an employee tested positive for Covid-19, the company allegedly failed to notify Julia, Arazi or Hylemon, who worked in close proximity to the employee. They only learned of his status from a text message he sent Arazi two weeks later, the complaint claims.According to the lawsuit, the three women emailed company executives in April to say that after exhausting their paid time off, they planned to abide by the state’s stay-at-home mandate. They have been on unpaid furlough since and have not been told if they can return to work, according to their attorney.In addition to damages to be determined by the court, the women are seeking compensation for unpaid overtime, according to the complaint.An attorney for the women, Michael Grenert, said the claims share a common thread.“You have a very wealthy company, and my clients were relatively low-level employees,” he said. “You have a kind of culture that looks at the lower level of the company, women in particular, as expendable.”Contact Kathryn Brenzel Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

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New low price for Indian solar

first_imgNew low price for Indian solarCanadian company agrees $0.08 price for Madhya Pradesh plants. The deal puts pressure on Indian subsidy regime. July 20, 2015 Max Hall Finance Installations Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share First Solar may have set the bar for the world’s cheapest solar in Nevada – with more than a little help from Warren Buffett-owned utility NV Energy – but the U.S. thin-film giant lost out on price to a Canadian rival which set a new low price for Indian solar. Ontario-based SkyPower announced on Thursday it had won 150 MW of solar capacity in an auction in Madhya Pradesh and two days later, the solarlove.org website revealed the price agreed had set a new record for the nation. According to solarlove, SkyPower’s Mauritius-based subsidiary SkyPower Southeast Asia Holdings has agreed a price of INR5.051-5.298/kWh ($0.08/kWh) and First Solar was among the competitors to lose out in the 300 MW tender, which prompted bids for 3.7 GW of capacity. The end for Indian solar subisidies? The SkyPower price exceeds the $0.0585/kWh agreed by Saudi state-backed utility DEWA in Dubai as well as the $0.0387/kWh negotiated by NV Energy in Nevada but the new benchmark will reinforce the desire of the Indian government to reduce or remove solar power subsidies. Narendra Modi’s government is planning to hold further auctions this year with a viability funding gap element to the tender – a government grant used to bridge the gap between capital costs and the expected return from electricity customers, which is used to make commercially viable long-term infrastructure projects more attractive to investors. 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Why energy transitions are the key to environmental progress

first_img AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA BRICS At the United Nations’ climate talks in Paris in 2015, US President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi both emphasised the need to find climate solutions that advance, rather than undermine, India’s development prospects.This article originally appeared in Issue 5 2016 of our print magazine. The digital version of the full magazine can be read online or downloaded free of charge.But, the reality of what both nations are doing on climate change does not live up to the rhetoric. The overwhelming focus of US-Indian government climate efforts is on expanding renewables and increasing energy efficiency. Both have merit, but should be third in the list of priorities and not topmost.The main climate and development focus of all governments should be on accelerating the pace of transition in the energy sector, from wood and dung to fossil fuels, and from fossil fuels to nuclear power. To understand why this is, it is important to put energy and environmental progress in their developmental context. Almost all nations develop following the same pattern. Small farmers become more productive and move from the country to the city to work in factories and offices; women become newly empowered; children gain formal education; and couples choose to have fewer children.As fewer farmers must produce more food for more people, they invest in tractors, fertiliser and other ways to increase productivity. Over time, all of this urbanisation and industrialisation delivers large environmental benefits. Using liquid petroleum gas instead of wood for cooking almost completely eliminates toxic smoke and can save hours of labour a day. As we move from wood fuel to fossil fuel, our forests can return and become habitat for wildlife. Recently, India was able to protect its Himalayan forests by subsidising the substitution of liquid petroleum gas (LPG) for wood fuel.Factories and cities create more air pollution at first but over time become cleaner and greener. Rising societal wealth allows for pollution controls such as catalytic converters and smokestack scrubbers. Dust is reduced by paving roads, improving mining and land use practices, and tree-planting. In the US and Europe, conventional pollutants have been in decline since the early 1970s, and carbon emissions for the last ten years. Wealthy nations can afford to move from coal to much cleaner natural gas, which generates a tiny fraction of the pollutants of coal, and half the carbon emissions. In the US and Europe, major oil and gas discoveries were key to shifting from coal to natural gas and reducing pollution. North Sea natural gas in deep waters reduced Europe’s reliance on coal starting in the 1980s.In the US, it was natural gas from shale, a rock formation one mile underground, starting around 2007. China and India both have significant reserves of natural gas and oil in shale, but lack the workforce, drilling rigs and pipeline infrastructure. These will develop over time; the question is at what pace. Because solar and wind cannot generate power 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, their value to developing countries, that need cheap reliable power for their factories and cities, is highly limited. Solar and wind are limited for similar reasons in rich nations as well. As solar and wind become larger contributors to the electrical grid, the value of this resource declines, as Germany is discovering. That is because solar and wind create power when it’s not needed and don’t create power when it is most needed from 5pm to 9pm.Focus on the wrong ideal The great emphasis put on an energy source that cannot support industrialisation and urbanisation is not a coincidence. Environmentalists in India and the West have since the 1960s promoted the romantic idea that low-energy consumption, rural subsistence living, and renewable energy are best for people and the environment – the last 50 years show how wrong this idea is.Economic growth remains tightly coupled with energy consumption. A recent analysis of 76 countries found that Indian and Chinese residents earning $50,000 per year consume the same amount of energy as the Americans and Europeans did when earning that same amount. Where European, US and Indian governments put great emphasis on off-grid solar in rural villages, historically most people gain access to LPG and electricity by moving to cities.Solar and wind are promoted as energy sources with little negative environmental impact but both have large impacts measured on a ‘per unit of energy’ basis. Both require 100 times more land than fossil and nuclear plants. And wind and solar require five times more concrete and steel, respectively, than coal, nuclear and natural gas plants, according to the US Department of Energy.Given the limits to solar and wind in both rich and poor countries, significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions will require a faster transition to nuclear energy: first fission and then fusion. While the transition from wood to coal began 500 years ago, the transition from fossil to nuclear energy began just 50 years ago. India is a special case in that while most countries complete, or almost complete, the transition from biomass (wood and dung) to fossil fuels, India aims to make both energy transitions happen at the same time.Wealthy countries have the strongest scientific and technical workforces capable of building and operating nuclear power plants, but ideological opponents of the technology have successfully spread fear of nuclear energy since the 1960s. Polls show Indians support nuclear energy but the Indian nuclear energy programme is only now recovering after having been isolated from the global community over recusal from the non-proliferation treaty.As such, the most important work by Modi and Obama on climate change was removing hurdles to greater US-India collaborations on nuclear energy. India could soon start constructing power plants with US and European companies and hopefully, one day soon, the Japanese, Chinese and Koreans. The same should be done on natural gas. The US can help India to better access its natural gas reserves and the Indian government can take advantage of low cost natural gas due to the global oversupply; and potentially start importing large quantities of natural gas from Iran.Nations around the world, including the US and Europe, show that the transition from wood to fossil fuels takes decades. To the extent that there is energy technology leap-frogging, it will mostly be from wood to natural gas and nuclear, not to solar and wind. Renewables should play a role but should not distract nations from the main event of accelerating energy transitions for environmental progress. ESIThis article originally appeared in Issue 5 2016 of our print magazine. The digital version of the full magazine can be read online or downloaded free of charge.ABOUT THE AUTHORMichael Shellenberger is President of Environmental Progress, an independent research and policy NGO based in California, US. Rachel Pritzker is President of Pritizker Innovation Fund, a philanthropic foundation supporting technological innovation for human development and environmental progress. Finance and Policycenter_img UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development Generation Previous articleGlobal demand for coal is decreasing, says new reportNext articleSolar PV in Africa: Falling costs driving rapid growth ESI Africa RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

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Education is the back bone of new INDIA

first_imgWe are shouting on Facebook and Whatsapp that we are going to ban Chinese products. We are also shouting about terrorism and other activities on border happening but were on Facebook. How come it is possible to fight this economic war online while the actual damage is happening at the growth of the country and economically slaying it down? We have to create a base which is as stronger than anything or any country can imagine fighting such wars. Manpower we have, the labour we have, the time we don’t but space we have. We only need Educational Reforms to make ourselves stronger.With existing education system of our country, we are willing to fight the India China Situation along with that many more situations going right now, like COVID-19, failing to provide enough employment, post-COVID stress and most importantly economic slowdown. We are facing great depression now, the Suicide rate has been increasing, mental health is the new challenge nowadays to fight for, and along with other pressures our country in. we need to first figure out for the permanent solution of all these problems. As china problem, we may solve today but it will come back to us in future for sure, we have to create a system in which the dependency rate moderately goes down with the help of ease of small business solution no matter what the situation any citizen is.Education is the backbone of the country and with the current educational system, it seems a tough fight today as well as it will become a tougher fight for us tomorrow. Our new generation is highly sharp and adhering rapidly to all the new changes happening across in their lifestyle. We have to make sure that by birth one should get the required and improvised education so that they can contribute to the new nation-building. We need to concrete our roots again to make sure that we are not behind ten or twenty years with respect to developed countries.This is the crucial time frame for each and everyone out there but irrespective of speaking and advertising we need an economist who can come with an idea of reforming our system so that the adult people could be fall into the category in which they would be facing fewer difficulties then earlier while working and our team of gems could be the one who can build our new generation who will be ready to work in the real time frame irrespective of grades and ranks.Till now in India Engineering and doctors are elite professionals and government job is a dream for everyone out there looking for the job. We need to create an environment where unemployment is no longer a big deal for the economy. No matter what is the field we need to build an education system which ensures that if a person wants to do farming for the rest of his life he should have 3-4 options available in farming, such as what kind of farming he wants to pursue, organic or inorganic, wants a stable job in farming or wanted to teach farming, wanted to grow some fruits of flowers or more into the grain and the original one his father was doing. We need a curriculum which presents every field with plenty of options available along with the system which presents with education and respect.Well, education of all is still a dream in our country but we have to make sure that the senior years in school is the time where every child of the nation is getting into.We are failing in delivering the education which makes our graduated students fits well in the industry. And that is the biggest setback for a country like India. With great manpower comes great responsibility, only a great leader cannot entirely drive the team and fulfil the task, as the team should be capable enough of doing so. The workforce should be capable of doing what industry can expect from them and that will be solving our more problems than we can imagine because the cycle would be running without any loophole and fewer loopholes mean less attrition rate and sustainable employment and sustainable employment comes with growth in the industry for sure, and that comes with building the nation for good.We need to make sure that we are keeping this cycle working in complete frame with complete acknowledgement.Educational reforms will not be solving these current problems but it will be surely creating a strong base which will show its impact with respect to time. We as a country are vulnerable as of now in terms of many things but we will fight back with one option available or other but why not to create a better place for our upcoming generation and keeping their roots strong than ever the world could imagine from us. The nation generally builds by the people, for the people with the insightful team who makes such changes to happen.last_img read more

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“Vranjes has seen Elahmar” – Egyptian star to SG Flensburg!

first_imgPingback: Qatari Lekhwiya attack domestic title with Vugrinec and Manaskov! | Handball Planet 2 Comments Stevie 6. February 2015. at 12:56 Finally european audience may see Elahmar! Nice one Ljubo! 2 Comments ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsSG Flensburg will reinforce the squad before the second part of the season with one spectacular player from Egypt. A 30 years-old right back Ahmed Elahmar is coming from Qatari best team El Jaish as replacement for injured Holger Glandorf until the end of the season. It was pretty obvious that Flensburg’s coach Ljubomir Vranjes will try to find quality left-handed player for the rest of the season in which reigning EHF CL champions have high expectations.Destiny or not, Vranjes was a special analyst of Swedish TV network during the matches of the 24th Men’s World Handball Championship in Qatar. He had opportunity to see an outstanding performance of Elahmar in the match Sweden – Egypt, what was probably the first step in the process of negotiations which brought one of the best non-European players, finally, to the European stage.“I am satisfied that with Ahmed Elahmar we found another option on right back position, which can help the team. Ahmed’s style will match to our team’s play, but also he brings a lot of experience”, said Vranjes. Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Related Items: ShareTweetShareShareEmaillast_img read more

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Five men guilty of murdering Putin critic Nemtsov

first_img“It’s the biggest crime of the century and yet they haven’t identified the real organizers or those who ordered it,” Vadim Prokhorov, a lawyer for Nemtsov’s daughter, told reporters after the verdict, Reuters reported. Also On POLITICO Russian electoral body: Navalny can’t run for president in 2018 By Emmet Livingstone Letter to Putin and Trump By David M. Herszenhorn A Russian court on Thursday convicted five men of killing opposition leader Boris Nemtsov in 2015.The court found former soldier Zaur Dadayev and four accomplices — all ethnic Chechens — guilty of the murder after eight months of hearings, according to Reuters.Nemtsov, 55, a staunch critic of Vladimir Putin, was shot on a bridge near the Kremlin. He had been working on a report into Russian involvement in Ukraine at the time of his death.last_img read more

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NERC grant awarded to Omaha e-recycler

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Today, the Northeast Recycling Council (NERC), based in Brattleboro, has announced the award of a grant in support of efforts to become a certified electronics recycler to Sadoff E-Recycling & Data Destruction of Omaha, Nebraska. The grant, which was funded by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), will allow Sadoff to become the second recycler in Omaha to be certified to the R2 Standard, and only the third in Nebraska.“We are excited to receive this grant as it allows us to achieve certification to the R2 standard, this achievement will allow us to grow our business in Nebraska which will result in a greater positive environmental impact for the safe and secure recycling of electronics throughout the state and region” said Markus McDonell, Quality & Management Systems Manager, Sadoff E-Recycling & Data Destruction.The grant is a component of a comprehensive capacity building program in Nebraska that was initiated to support the responsible recycling of electronics in the state.  Ensuring that electronics recycling facilities are operated with the highest degree of worker health and safety, environmental protections, data security, and compliance with all laws is essential to a sustainable and high-quality operation. “When the program began in 2017, there were no certified electronics recyclers in Nebraska,” said Lynn Rubinstein, executive director, NERC. “Fortunately, CTA saw an opportunity to enhance the management and recycling of electronics through training and grants. This is the first grant to be awarded, and we anticipate one more will be presented to an electronics recycler in Nebraska that is successfully moving towards certification.”About Sadoff E-Recycling & Data Destruction: Sadoff E-Recycling & Data Destruction a Sadoff Iron & Metal Company has locations in Lincoln, Omaha and La Vista, Nebraska and services the entire state and beyond.   The vision of Sadoff E-Recycling & Data Destruction is to be the preferred choice for handling the management for end of life electronics.  We call our unique approach “Down to Earth”.  It means we combine our environmental responsibility with easy-going, customer-focused attention.  We’re proud to offer customized programs that not only help the planet, we also help make more for our customers by offering secure disposal and recycling solutions.  With over 20 years of strategic IT expertise, our experts speak the language of IT – which ensures that you get the right fit solutions for your needs.  Our company has 9 locations in multiple states and over 70 years of environmentally friendly recycling experience.  More information can be found by visiting www.sadoffecycle.com(link is external)About Consumer Technology Association: The Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM is the trade association representing the $351 billion U.S. consumer technology industry, which supports more than 15 million U.S. jobs. More than 2,200 companies – 80 percent are small businesses and startups; others are among the world’s best known brands – enjoy the benefits of CTA membership including policy advocacy, market research, technical education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CTA also owns and produces CES® – the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. Profits from CES are reinvested into CTA’s industry services.NERC(link is external) is a non-profit organization that conducts research, projects, training, and outreach on issues associated with source reduction, reuse, recycling, composting, and environmentally preferable purchasing.Source: NERC. Brattleboro 5.17.2018last_img read more

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Strava offers up training data for Boston Marathon

first_imgHaving recently offered up insights into the training habits for those runners taking on the London Marathon, Strava, the social network for athletes, has also revealed insights into the Boston Marathon from race day data – as well as 12-weeks of training data taken from the 2016 Boston Marathon runners.Weekly trainingAthletes training for the Boston Marathon should be prepared to dedicate most of the week to training. On average, men training for the marathon ran 5.3 times per week with a weekly mileage of 41 miles. Women training for the marathon ran an average of 4.9 times each week with a weekly mileage average of 35.6 miles.Building and taperingWhile the average number of runs remained relatively unchanged in the 12 weeks leading up to the race, the distance steadily increased until two weeks from the race. After that, athletes tapered off their distance. The average weekly mileage 3 weeks prior to the race rose to an all-time high of 45.7 miles, while the average weekly mileage the week prior to the race was just 17.6 miles.Long runsAthletes’ runs qualified as long runs if they logged 15 miles or more in one session. Boston Marathon runners averaged a total 4.2 long runs over the course of 12 weeks, with the average long distance run coming in at 19.1 miles.Training timesThe most popular time for runners to train was between 3 a.m. and 8 a.m., with 30% of athletes training for the Boston Marathon logging activities between these times.CommunityBoston Marathon runners engaged frequently with the Strava community, taking more than 18,000 photos, receiving more than 1 million kudos, and commenting more than 93,000 times during training.Race day data for men and womenAccording to Strava data, both men and women experienced their fastest mile at mile 4, and their slowest mile at 21, Heartbreak Hill. Running quickly at mile 4, while a slightly downhill segment, is also possibly an indicator of new-found freedom from the crowded early miles allowing runners to ramp back up to their planned target pace.Race day data per age groupStrava race day data shows that the younger an athlete is, the more likely he or she had a faster finish time at the Boston Marathon. Considering the qualifying times do get easier as you get older, this isn’t a total surprise. The 24 and under age group was the fastest, with an average a finish time of 3 hours and 19 minutes and an average pace of 7:39. This is followed by the 25-34 age group who finished in 3 hours and 23 minutes with an average pace of 7:47, and the 35-44 age group in third, with an average finish time of 3 hours and 31 minutes and an average pace of 8:07. The slowest age group was 65+ with a finish time average of 4 hours and 18 minutes and an average pace of 9:54.RecoveryThese are some serious athletes. Boston Marathon racers were the fastest to recover, with an average of just 5.4 days of recovery before their first post run race activity was logged.One million new members sign up for Strava every 45 days, and the platform boasts approximately 8 million activity uploads each week globally. In 2016, globally, Strava runners uploaded 86.7 million runs, with the US contributing 21 million of the runs covering 105 million miles.www.strava.com Relatedlast_img read more

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Amendments on redaction procedural rule heading to Supreme Court

first_img Dec 18, 2019 By Jim Ash Senior Editor Top Stories Amendments on redaction procedural rule heading to Supreme Court The Board of Governors accepted a committee report on a proposed streamlining of a procedural rule, possibly paving the way for a new process for handling confidential court records.At a December 6 meeting in Orlando, the board voted 34-0 to accept a report outlining a proposed streamlining of Rule 2.420 Public Access to and Protection of Judicial Branch Records. It also looked at a proposal that could end some clerk of court redaction reviews of court filings.Weighing in at 6,500 words, Rule 2.420 has become unwieldy and a headache to research, said Rule of Judicial Administration Committee member Tom Hall.“It is the longest rule in the rule book,” Hall said. “We tried to make it easier to understand and we eliminated a lot of redundant language.”The proposed rewrite goes next to the Supreme Court.If justices approve the changes, its expected the revised rule will go back to the Ad Hoc Joint Subcommittee on Rule 2.420, this time for consideration of substantive changes, Hall said.The joint subcommittee, comprised of members of RJAC and the Florida Courts Technology Commission, has been meeting weekly for more than a year working on the nonsubstantive streamlining of Rule 2.420.After media outlets alleged that they were rarely receiving same-day access to newly filed electronic court records — as they did in the days of paper records — the Supreme Court slightly expanded the subcommittee and asked it to look at the access issue.Six members of the joint subcommittee voted not to recommend any changes to Rule 2.420, and that report was due to the court by December 31.But five members favored a rule change that would end court clerks’ automatic redaction review of some or all court filings. Such a move would leave redaction responsibility with the filing attorneys, at least in most civil cases.The Board of Governors voted unanimously to accept the access part of the joint committee’s recommendation report which the committee will forward to the Supreme Court.President John Stewart said the board was merely taking a procedural vote, and at this stage, was not weighing in on its recommendations.“Whatever this body does has no impact on what is the package of materials that will go to the Supreme Court,” Stewart said.Some board members expressed concern about the unusual path the access proposal was taking. Others expressed concern about the potential impact of the minority recommendations — if the court ever adopted them.The access report centers on Rule 2.420’s requirement that when attorneys file documents containing confidential information covered by the rule’s 23 “automatic” categories, they must file a notice with the document so the clerk can redact that information before the files become public.The subcommittee majority said the rule, and a 2010 Supreme Court opinion adopting amendments to that rule, requires clerks to conduct a separate review of filings and redact information covered by the 23 categories — even if attorneys don’t file notice.The rule also requires that court files be made available in a “reasonable” time after a request to review them has been filed.The minority offered three alternative amendments that would range from eliminating clerk review of all files to eliminating the review for most attorney filings in civil cases (review of medical malpractice filings would continue, for example) before the file could be seen by the public. The review can take from several hours to a few days, depending on a clerk’s policies and the resources available to do the redaction.The minority also favored exploring an online system, such as one that is being used in New York and other states, that makes new civil court filings available online almost instantly, before they are reviewed or docketed.Linda Norbut, an attorney representing the media group, told the board that the minority recommendations hew closer to what the Supreme Court asked the subcommittee to consider.“Our position is that we believe that we are doing the court a disservice by providing a no-action report when it has asked for some kind of solution,” Norbut said.Board member Larry Sellers asked if there was a way to speed public access to court filings and maintain clerk oversight of the redaction process.Hall said he is working on just such a proposal. The subcommittee majority, which included Hall, didn’t believe the media group’s findings were accurate, he said.“So the delay is really not as bad as it seems in that report,” Hall said. “At least that’s the position of the majority that voted in favor of not changing that rule.”last_img read more

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Pathological narcissism linked to sexual assault perpetration in college, study finds

first_imgEmail Pinterest LinkedIn Almost 20 percent of college men have committed some kind of sexual assault, and 4 percent have committed rape, according to a study published by University of Georgia researchers who were examining the link between different kinds of narcissism and the perpetration of sexual assaults.The study found a strong connection between pathological narcissism and sexual assault perpetration through a survey of 234 male university students, mostly in their first and second years of college. Its findings related to perpetration rates were mostly consistent with previous studies, said the study’s lead author Emily Mouilso, a clinical assistant professor in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences’ psychology department.People who demonstrate characteristics of pathological narcissism have difficulties when it comes to relating to others, Mouilso explained. Share on Facebookcenter_img Share Non-pathological narcissism, on the other hand, can be somewhat beneficial because it manifests in high self-esteem and makes it easier for people to shake off failures, study co-author Karen Calhoun said, explaining that it’s what some researchers call the “healthy” form of narcissism.“As we predicted, the aspects of narcissism that we thought would be related were (related)–the lack of empathy, the entitlement aspects of narcissism,” Mouilso said.What surprised them was the link between vulnerable narcissism and rape perpetration.Vulnerable narcissists express high levels of self-esteem but are actually very insecure, Mouilso said.The study found that men with vulnerable narcissistic traits were more likely to use alcohol or other date-rape drugs to incapacitate their victims, a finding that is especially concerning on a college campus, Mouilso said.“I think people don’t realize how prevalent drinking is” in colleges, said Calhoun, a professor emerita in the psychology department. “It’s not so much how much they drink total for women that makes them vulnerable; it’s how much they drink at a time, the binge drinking, the getting drunk and just not being alert and aware of their surroundings or the risks involved. That really puts women at risk.”Mouilso and Calhoun explained their results in the context of the theory that there are two general pathways that frequently lead to perpetration.“If the end product is perpetration, there’s more than one kind of profile that would make you more likely to perpetrate a sexual assault,” Mouilso said. “One of those streams is promiscuity–so people who have higher levels of sexual interest and more frequent sexual partners, they’re more OK with impersonal sex. That’s one stream of risk factors.“The second path is the hostile masculinity path. That has more to do with how you look at women, so having a hostile and angry orientation toward women in general and thinking that relationships are adversarial … it’s more about, what can I get out of this person that I want? I don’t really care all that much about what they want.”She explained that people can be high or low on factors in both of those tracks, but if a person has both of them together, it makes that person much more likely to perpetrate a sexual assault, according to current theory.Narcissists feel a sense of entitlement to anything they want, something that makes it easier for them to rationalize their aggressive and sometimes illegal behaviors, Mouilso said.Many previous studies have used incarcerated sex offenders as their sample pool, which makes it more difficult to generalize results to other populations. Mouilso and Calhoun’s sample of college men is fairly representative of large Southeastern university male populations.Often the view of college men tends to be an old-fashioned, “boys will be boys” attitude when it comes to acts of sexual aggression, Mouilso said.“I just don’t think that that’s accurate,” Mouilso said, “so this research helps to shed light on some of the commonalities in the personality profile between men who end up in prison and men who are walking around because they haven’t been caught.”The idea that most sexual assault perpetrators are strangers who grab women in dark alleyways isn’t accurate, Mouilso said.“It’s less likely to be a stranger who jumps out of the bush,” she said. “It’s more likely to be someone you know like the guy sitting next to you in your intro psych class.”The societal belief in “stranger danger” puts people at risk because they are looking for the deranged person on the corner rather than at the individuals in their lives who have much greater access and opportunity to perpetrate, the researchers said.Studies of non-incarcerated perpetrators are useful in developing prevention programs that could give women a more accurate idea of what to look out for.Although the percentage of college men who committed sexual assaults is unsettling, the findings suggest that it’s a “small percentage of men who are doing most of” the assaults, something that gives the researchers hope, Calhoun said.“If we could identify them and intervene in some way, that would give you some better hope of preventing it,” she said.The study, “Personality and Perpetration: Narcissism Among College Sexual Assault Perpetrators,” published in the journal Violence Against Women Share on Twitterlast_img read more

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