Far Cry 6 announced at Ubisoft Forward, launches next year

first_imgFar Cry 6 announced at Ubisoft Forward, launches next yearAssassin’s Creed: Valhalla and Watch Dogs: Legion also get release dates, smart delivery on XboxRebekah ValentineSenior Staff WriterSunday 12th July 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleUbisoftUbisoft’s single newly announced title at its Ubisoft Forward presentation today was Far Cry 6, which was shown along with a cinematic trailer and a release date of February 18, 2021.The game is planned for release across both current and next-generation systems, on Xbox and PlayStation as well as Google Stadia, and the Epic Games Store and Ubisoft Store on PC. It will also be a part of the Uplay+ subscription service.Other titles shown during the showcase included Watch Dogs: Legion and Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, which received release dates of October 29, 2020 and November 17, 2020, respectively.Both games will feature smart delivery on Xbox systems — meaning users who purchase the game on either Xbox Series X or Xbox One will be able to play it on both systems without purchasing a second time.Additionally, Brawlhalla received an iOS and Android release date of August 6, and Ubisoft’s free-to-play battle royale Hyper Scape is now out in a free PC open beta.The presentation closed with the news that another Ubisoft Forward event would be coming later this year with more announcements.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games Ubisoft Forward took place today as a stand-in for the publisher’s usual E3 presentation, coming on the heels of a wave of abuse allegations against a number of company employees all the way up to top executives.The company has since announced a plan to restructure its editorial team in response to allegations, and has placed some executives on leave while others have stepped down.Ubisoft acknowledged this morning that its presentation took place during a time of “big internal change,” stating in advance that it would not be addressing these issues during its pre-recorded Ubisoft Forward showcase.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesUbisoft posts record sales yet again, delays Skull & Bones yet againPublisher moves away from target of 3-4 premium AAA titles a year, wants to build free-to-play “to be trending toward AAA ambitions over the long term”By Brendan Sinclair 4 hours agoFirst-party Ubisoft titles will now be branded as ”Ubisoft Originals”Change was made alongside the announcement of new Tom Clancy titleBy Danielle Partis YesterdayLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

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Twice as Nice for Anderson and Terrific in Thermal

first_imgMore from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. SIGN UP Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Email* We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Thermal, CA – For the second week in a row, Calgary’s John Anderson stood in the winner’s circle in Thermal, CA, after capturing the $25,000 HITS Grand Prix on Sunday, February 14.Anderson and his mount, Terrific, had also claimed victory in the $30,000 HITS Grand Prix held Thursday, February 4, during the second of six weeks of competition at the HITS Desert Circuit in Thermal, CA. At the half-way mark, following three weeks of competition, Anderson and Terrific now have a firm grip on the Catena Leading Grand Prix Rider Award standings, thanks to impressively consistent results. The pair has placed in the top 10 in all seven Grand Prix events they have contested. Their record currently stands at two wins, two second place finishes, a fourth, an eighth, and a ninth.On Valentine’s Day, Anderson had a heartbreaking rail at the last fence in the jump-off over the course designed by Germany’s Olaf Petersen Jr. However, none of the other jump-off contenders were able to post a fault-free round, giving Anderson and Terrific the win with a four-fault performance in a time of 49.19 seconds. The final jump-off fence, an oxer set 14 strides out and beside the in-gate, proved to be the undoing of many of the jump-off contenders.“I barely rubbed the final fence and it came down, and some of those that followed me tried to go for the cautious clear only to have the last fence down as well,” said Anderson who competed second in the seven-horse jump-off, which was narrowed down from an original starting field of 40 entries. “Now that we are into the third week of competition, the courses were raised up a notch.”Anderson also spoke of his decision to compete in Sunday’s Grand Prix, with an eye towards the final event, the $300,000 Grand Prix of the Desert to be held on Sunday, March 14.“We have been jumping indoors the past two weeks, but Sunday’s Grand Prix was outside, just like the big $300,000 Grand Prix will be at the end of circuit,” said Anderson, 43. “Terrific has been so good indoors – everything comes up fast, and he is quite attentive, always looking for the next jump. I thought a nice round jumping outside would be good for him.”Terrific is a 10-year-old bay Dutch Warmblood gelding (Marlon x Lux) that owners Craig and Jan Maxwell of Foxdale Farms purchased as a five-year-old for Anderson to ride. Anderson has his sights set on this year’s FEI World Equestrian Games, which take place in the fall in Lexington, KY.“The horse is really growing into his own,” said Anderson, who was a member of Canada’s fourth placed team at the 1986 World Championships in Aachen, Germany, where he also placed eighth individually. “I got lucky last year and had such a great summer that I was asked to ride on the Canadian Team at Spruce Meadows in September. Terrific went in and held his own against the best in the world, and we were contributors to Canada’s fourth place performance. If everything goes well, maybe we will get to go to Kentucky.”The organizer of Rocky Mountain Show Jumping competitions in his hometown of Calgary, Anderson commutes back and forth between Calgary and Thermal. In addition to celebrating his own victory, he was thrilled that two other Alberta riders, Lisa Carlsen and Jenn Serek, joined him in the jump-off for the $25,000 HITS Grand Prix. Carlsen of Edmonton, AB, placed third riding La Boom while Serek of Calgary, AB, was fourth riding Eleonora.“Both Lisa and Jenn are regulars at our Rocky Mountain Show Jumping competitions, and they have both developed their young horses at our facility,” said Anderson. “It was also great to see Lisa’s student, Ellicia Edgar, another Alberta rider, finish tenth in her first major grand prix. Alberta riders are tearing up the joint!”Rocky Mountain Show Jumping competitions are held throughout the year at Anderson Ranch in the south end of Calgary. 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92-year-old mom fatally shoots son when he threatened to move her into assisted living: authorities

first_imgMaricopa County Sheriff’s Office(FOUNTAIN HILLS, Ariz.) — A 92-year-old woman was charged with murder for allegedly shooting her son after he threatened to move her into an assisted living facility, authorities said.Anna Mae Blessing allegedly pulled two pistols from her robe at about 10 a.m. Monday fired one several times at her unidentified 72-year-old son inside his Fountain Hills, Arizona home, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office ABC station KNXV-TV reported.Deputies responding to a 911 call found Blessing lounging in a recliner and, as she was put in cuffs, Blessing allegedly said, “You ended my life, so I’m taking yours,” according to the sheriff’s report acquired by KNXV-TV.A 911 phone call made from the home suggests that Blessing may have been a threat to commit further bloodshed.“Complainant is saying that Anna is coming for her now, there’s a lot of screaming,” the 911 operator is heard saying in a recording.Blessing allegedly pointed a second gun at the dead son’s girlfriend and they tussled over it.“She still has a gun,” the 911 operator was recorded telling dispatch. “I have another woman crying out that she’s gonna get shot.”But the late son’s girlfriend managed to wrest control of the weapon from Blessing’s hand, authorities told KNXV-TV.For six months, court records show, Blessing had taken up residence at her son’s home in Fountain Hills, approximately 40 miles northeast of Phoenix, the station reported.She told authorities that she bickered with her son before drawing the firearms about how she was being treated and angered over his decision to move her out of his home and into assisted living, officials said.“According to statements provided by suspect Blessing and received by the detectives, she had been contemplating for several days her son’s intentions to place her in an assisted living facility,” the sheriff’s stated in a release.Blessing told detectives she acquired both handguns back in the 1970s — one bought at a gun store and the other handed down from her late husband, according to statements she made to detectives.At her arraignment on Tuesday, Blessing was ordered held in lieu of a $500,000 bond, KNXV-TV reported.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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‘He had a cold look’: Teen who took viral video says of Derek Chauvin

first_imgPool via ABC NewsBy BILL HUTCHINSON, ABC News(MINNEAPOLIS) — The teenage bystander who took a viral video of Derek Chauvin with his knee on George Floyd’s neck gave tearful testimony on Tuesday in the former Minneapolis police officer’s murder trial, saying that when she looks at the horrific footage she thinks how it could have been her Black father on the ground begging for his life.To protect her identity, Hennepin County District Court Judge Peter Cahill allowed the young witness, who is now 18, to testify off-camera in the televised trial and to use only her first name, Darnella, during her stint on the witness stand.Asked by prosecutor Jerry Blackwell how her life has changed since she took the 10-minute video and uploaded it on Facebook, she struggled through tears to explain.“When I look at George Floyd, I look at my dad, I look at my brothers, I look at my cousins, my uncles because they’re all Black,” Darnella testified. “And I look at that and I look at how that could have been one of them.”She said she has spent nights agonizing over what she saw on May 25, 2020, and wishes she could have done more to save Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man she had never met.“I stayed up apologizing and apologizing to George Floyd for not doing more and not physically interacting, not saving his life,” Darnella said.She said she came upon the incident while walking her 9-year-old cousin to the Cup Foods store to by snacks, and asked her cousin to go into the store while she circled back to where police officers had the handcuffed Floyd prone on the ground next to a patrol car. She identified Chauvin in court as the officer she saw with his knee on the back of Floyd’s neck.Darnella said she immediately pulled out her cellphone and started recording video.Asked by Blackwell to describe what she saw, Darnella said, “A man terrified, scared, begging for his life.”“It wasn’t right,” she said. “He was suffering. He was in pain. I heard George Floyd saying, ‘I can’t breathe. Please get off of me.’ He cried for his mom. It seemed like he knew it was over for him.”She said that when she started recording, she was the only bystander around. Soon a crowd gathered and began yelling at the officers to get off of Floyd, she said.Asked by Blackwell if she witnessed any violence at that particular instance, she said, “Yes, from the cops.”She said that the more bystanders pleaded with Chauvin to relent, the more he seemed to use force.“If anything, he was actually kneeling harder. He was shoving his knee into his neck,” she said of Chauvin.She said at one point, Chauvin and a fellow officer, Tou Thao, put their hands on their Mace canister, apparently to prompt the crowd to back up as witnesses grew louder and shouted expletives at the officers. She said nothing the bystanders said to Chauvin seemed to matter.“He just stared at us, looked at us,” she said. “He had a cold look, heartless. He didn’t care.”She said Chauvin refused to let up even when paramedics initially arrived and attempted to check Floyd’s pulse.She said a paramedic “checked his pulse first while Chauvin’s knee still remained on George Floyd’s neck.”Under cross-examination from Chauvin’s attorney, Eric Nelson, Darnella conceded that she did not witness any part of what happened prior to her arrival, nor did she hear the conversations between the officers.Nelson asked her about all the cursing and shouting at the officers from bystanders, asking if the crowd became louder and hostile as the incident went on.“More so as he [Floyd] was becoming more unresponsive,” she said.Darnella’s 9-year-old cousin was also called to testify off-camera. She said that when she emerged from Cup Foods, she saw Chauvin with his knee on Floyd’s neck. When an ambulance arrived, she said she saw paramedics ask Chauvin to get up so they could check Floyd’s pulse.“I was sad and kind of mad cause I felt like he was stopping him from breathing,” she said of Chauvin.Mixed martial arts fighter says Chauvin used “blood choke”A professional mixed martial arts fighter who testified in graphic detail about seeing Floyd’s life being squeezed out of him by a “blood choke” returned to the witness stand on Tuesday, presenting the defense with what legal experts said was an uphill battle to discredit him.Donald Williams II — a 5-foot-6, 135 pound bantamweight who fights under the nickname “DWill II” — testified for the prosecution on the first day of the trial. He said he was headed to the Cups Foods store in Minneapolis when he was drawn to a commotion. He said he saw police officers pinning a handcuffed Black man to the ground and Chauvin, who is white, grinding his knee into the back of Floyd’s neck.Williams testified that he has been a competitive wrestler since he was in high school and turned professional mixed martial arts fighter in 2009. Given his training, he was allowed leeway by Hennepin County District Court Judge Peter Cahill to describe the hold he said he recognized Chauvin was using on Floyd.He said Chauvin was using a “blood choke,” applying pressure with his knee on the side of Floyd’s neck and cutting off the blood flowing to his head.“His breathing was getting tremendously heavy and tremendously harder for him to breathe,” Williams said of Floyd. “You actually could hear him, you could see him struggling to actually gasp for air while he was trying to breathe. He barely could move while he was trying to get air.”In his opening argument, prosecutor Blackwell played for the jury a bystander video showing Chauvin with his knee on the back of Floyd’s neck for what he said was 9 minutes and 29 seconds as two other officers helped hold Floyd down. Another, identified as Thao, kept Williams and other witnesses at bay as they pleaded with Chauvin to relent.Blackwell told the jury that Chauvin “betrayed his badge” when he dug his knee into Floyd’s neck “until the very life was squeezed out of him.”Williams said he locked eyes with Chauvin at one point during the street encounter.“He looked at me. It was the only time he looked at me when I said it was a blood choke,” Williams testified.He said Chauvin was also using what fighters call a “shimmy” to tighten his hold on Floyd.Williams added that he had gone fishing earlier that day with his son. Seeing the life drain out of Floyd reminded him of how he suffocated the fish in a plastic bag.He said he saw Floyd “slowly fade away like the fish in the bag” with his eyes rolling back in his head until he stopped begging for his life and went unconscious.During cross-examination, Nelson grilled Williams about the foul language he directed at Chauvin and Thao, asking if he and other bystanders were getting angry at the officers.Williams, who also worked in security and as a nightclub bouncer, said he was angry because the officers were not listening to him. He tried to maintain his “professionalism” and in one instance stepped off the curb to approach the officer only for Thao to place his hand on his chest and direct him back.On direct examination from prosecutor Matthew Frank, Williams said he called 911 after an unresponsive Floyd was taken away from the scene in an ambulance.Asked by Frank, who played Williams’ 911 call for the jury, why he reported what he saw to authorities, Williams replied, “Because I believed I witnessed a murder.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Key takeaways from Derek Chauvin’s murder trial: Day 13

first_imgDNY59/iStock(MINNEAPOLIS) — At Derek Chauvin’s murder trial on Wednesday, jurors heard from a forensic pathologist who stressed that Floyd’s heart and health conditions, his drug use and the carbon monoxide released from a nearby police car played a “significant” role in his death.The defense continued to try to sow reasonable doubt against the prosecution’s case that Floyd died because of restraints by police officers, including Chauvin’s knee pressed down on his neck on May 25 in Minneapolis.Chauvin’s attorney, Eric Nelson, told the jury Floyd died from a combination of heart disease and an overdose of fentanyl and methamphetamine, which were found in his system during an autopsy.Court proceedings kicked off with Judge Peter Cahill quashing a subpoena for Morries Hall, who was in a vehicle with Floyd the day he died, to testify. Hall has been identified during trial testimony as a suspected drug dealer from whom Floyd obtained narcotics.He said he wanted to invoke the Fifth Amendment to avoid any incriminating testimony.“I’m fearful of criminal charges going forward. I have open charges that’s not settled yet,” Hall said.Medical witness calls heart condition and drug use ‘significant’Dr. David Fowler, a former Maryland chief medical examiner, testified for more than five hours as a paid witness for the state.He asserted Floyd died of sudden cardiac arrhythmia caused by his underlying health conditions during his subdual by the police. This is contrary to the testimony of several other medical experts who testified that Floyd died of asphyxia.Fowler said Floyd’s heart condition, drug use and a potential stomach tumor played a “significant” role in the man’s death. For the first time, the court heard of another potential contributing factor — carbon monoxide exposure, from the tailpipe of a nearby police car while Floyd was pinned to the ground.“They contributed to Mr. Floyd having a certain cardiac arrest, in my opinion. That’s how I would read it,” Fowler said.However, Fowler stressed that carbon monoxide poisoning wasn’t a primary cause of death. Floyd’s blood was not tested for carbon monoxide, the doctor added.Fowler said he ruled out asphyxia as a cause of death, adding that because Floyd was groaning, the pressure on the neck didn’t block his airways.Fowler testified he found no bruising on Floyd’s neck or back and suggested that if Chauvin exerted significant pressure there would have been bruises.“In your opinion, the absence of such injury, how does that speak to the cause of death?” Nelson asked.“It speaks to the amount of force that was applied to Mr. Floyd was less than enough to bruise him,” Fowler replied.However, several medical experts presented by the prosecution said the absence of bruising wasn’t important, and the weight of Chauvin’s knee and body was sufficient to asphyxiate him.Fowler testified that if he were the medical examiner in the case, he’d classify the death as “undetermined” because there were so many potential factors.Hennepin County Medical Examiner Dr. Andrew Baker, who testified last week, classified it as a homicide.Fowler has faced controversy in his career. In 2019, he resigned as chief medical examiner in Maryland, and he’s one of several parties being sued by a Maryland family in the death of a Black teen named Anton Black.Black’s death was eerily similar to Floyd’s. Black died after he was pinned to the ground by police in September 2018 and cried out for his mother. Fowler classified that death as “accidental.”Controversy over white substance in Floyd’s mouthUpon cross-examination, prosecutor Jerry Blackwell poked holes in Fowler’s testimony and got him to acknowledge that he is not a heart or lung specialist nor a toxicologist.At one point he became testy with Fowler. He showed photographs of Floyd in the store with something white in his mouth, which was brought up by the defense as a part of their argument that drugs played a role in Floyd’s death.Blackwell asked Fowler if saying the white substance in Floyd’s mouth was a pill “would be jumping to a conclusion.”“I never said it was a pill,” Fowler replied. “I carefully said that I could see a white structure in his mouth. I did not want to classify it, and I didn’t.”He further got Fowler to assert that low oxygen levels played a role in Floyd’s death and that he didn’t exhibit any signs of a fatal fentanyl overdose.Blackwell also got Fowler to criticize police officers for not offering medical care to Floyd.“Are you critical of the fact he wasn’t given immediate emergency care when he went into cardiac arrest?” Blackwell aside.“Yeah,” Fowler said, “as a physician I would agree.”ABC News’ Whitney Lloyd and Bill Hutchinson contributed to this report.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Lollapalooza Bro Backflips Into Chicago River

first_imgLollapalooza may have a lot of things, but we never knew it was had circus performers. Apparently this fan got so excited after a long day of music, he just had to show his enthusiasm by backflipping into the Chicago River.Don’t try this at home.And, for a second camera view:[Via Consequence of Sound]last_img

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The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville, Starring Mandy Patinkin, Begins Performances Off-Broadway

first_imgQuick, to Noah’s Ark! Classic Stage Company’s The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville starts performances on December 14. Starring Tony and four-time Emmy award winner Mandy Patinkin and performance artist Taylor Mac, the off-Broadway workshop presentation will play a limited engagement at the Abrons Arts Center through December 31. Star Files Directed and choreographed by five-time Tony winner Susan Stroman, this abstract two-man show follows the story of a flood of biblical proportions that leaves us with only two people on Earth (Patinkin and Mac). The pair discover their common language is song and dance. Together they chronicle the rise and fall and hopeful rise again of humankind, through music that runs the gamut from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Sondheim, R.E.M. and Queen. Mac is known for creating experimental theater experiences and has starred in The Lily’s Revenge, The Be(A)st of Taylor Mac, Comparison is Violence, The Young Ladies of and Red Tide Blooming. Patinkin recently collaborated with his former Evita co-star Patti LuPone on the two-person show An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin, which ran at Broadway’s Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Patinkin earned a Tony Award for Evita and additional nominations for The Wild Party and Sunday in the Park with George. He has also appeared on Broadway in Celebrating Sondheim, Falsettos, The Secret Garden, The Shadow Box and Hamlet. He stars on TV’s Homeland, which is currently in its third season.

center_img The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville features set design by Beowulf Borrit, costumes by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Ken Billington and sound design by Daniel J. Gerhard. Mandy Patinkin View Commentslast_img read more

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Brandon Victor Dixon, Vanessa Hudgens, Keala Settle, Jordan Fisher Set for Fox’s Rent Live!

first_imgNo day but today! Casting is here for Fox’s upcoming live TV presentation of Jonathan Larson’s Tony-winning musical Rent. Two-time Tony nominee Brandon Victor Dixon, Vanessa Hudgens, Tony nominee Keala Settle and Jordan Fisher are among the group of actors who will perform the hit show for television audiences next year. Original Rent casting director Bernard Telsey compiled the company for the television event, titled Rent Live!, airing on January 27, 2019 at 7:00pm ET.Dixon (Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert) will take on the role of Tom Collins, with Hudgens (Gigi) as Maureen Johnson, Fisher (Hamilton) as Mark Cohen, Settle (The Greatest Showman) as the “Seasons of Love” soloist, newcomer Brennin Hunt (Nashville) as Roger Davis, pop star Mario (Empire) as Benny, recording artist Tinashe (Dancing with the Stars) as Mimi, Kiersey Clemons (Hearts Beat Loud) as Joanne and celebrated performer Valentina (RuPaul’s Drag Race) as Angel.We’ve also learned that original Tony-nominated Rent director Michael Greif will repeat his duties to helm the live TV presentation.Larson’s beloved musical about a group of friends surviving and thriving in New York City at the height of the AIDS crisis has garnered numerous awards, including the 1996 Tony Award for Best Musical and a Pulitzer Prize. A film version was made in 2005 starring many of the original cast members. There have been countless productions of the favorited tuner all over the world since it bowed on the Great White Way.Fox’s past musical events include the highly successful Grease: Live and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Brennin Hunt Star Files Brandon Victor Dixon Vanessa Hudgenscenter_img View Comments Jordan Fisher View All (4)last_img read more

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Proposed board actions

first_img Proposed board actions November 15, 2011 laws – Health Law Section Regular News Proposed board actionscenter_img Pursuant to Standing Board Policy 1.60, the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar publishes this notice of intent to consider the following items at its December 9, 2011 meeting in Amelia Island, FL.. These matters are additionally governed by Rule 1-12.1, Rules Regulating The Florida Bar. Most amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar that are finally acted upon by the board must still be formally filed with the Supreme Court of Florida, with further notice and opportunity to be heard, before they are officially approved and become effective. To receive a full copy of the text of any of these proposed amendments call (850)561-5751. Please reference any requested proposal by its title or item number and date of this publication. RULES REGULATING THE FLORIDA BAR Chapter 4 Rules of Professional ConductSubchapter 4-6 Public Service 1. Rule 4-6.5 Voluntary Pro Bono Plan (responsibilities) Summary: Within subdivision (b)(2), adds new subdivision (A) to include “identify, encourage, support, and assist statewide and local pro bono projects and activities” to the responsibilities of the standing committee; reletters accordingly. Chapter 6 –Legal Specialization and Education Programs – 2. Chapter 12 – Emeritus Attorneys’ Pro Bono Participation Program Summary: Amendments would allow an Authorized House Counsel to participate in the Emeritus Attorneys’ Pro Bono Participation Program. Additional amendments for these rules as well as the rest of chapter 12 are for clarity and to conform to the Supreme Court Style Guidelines. Rule 12-1.2, within subdivision (a), allows an Authorized House Counsel certification as an Emeritus Attorney to provide pro bono legal services.Rule 12-1.5, adds new subdivision (a)(3) to allow an exemption for an Authorized House Counsel applying for Emeritus Attorney status from having to supply a certificate of good standing.Rule 12-1.6, adds new subdivision (a)(3) to provide that if an individual’s Authorized House Counsel status is revoked, their Emeritus Attorney status is also revoked. Chapter 17 Authorized House Counsel RuleSubchapter 17-1 Generally 3. Rule 17-1.3 Activities Summary: Adds new subdivision (a)(3) to allow an Authorized House Counsel to provide pro bono legal services if certified under Chapter 12, the Emeritus Attorney rule. Chapter 20 Florida Registered Paralegal ProgramSubchapter 20-3 Eligibility Requirements 4. Rule 20-3.1 Requirements for Registration Summary: Allows an FRP who was initially registered under the grandfathering provision to reregister under the grandfathering provision. STANDING BOARD POLICIES 5. SBP 5.10 Standing Committees Summary: Adds the Adoption Law Certification Committee, Education Law Certification Committee, and Florida Registered Paralegal Committee to the list of standing committees; deletes the Member Outreach Committee; changes the name of the Committee on Judicial Independence to the Constitutional Judiciary Committee. SECTION BYLAWS 6. Bylaws – Health Law Section Summary: Non-substantive edits throughout to conform to the style guide.Article I, Section 2: Adds the adoption of a section logo and tagline.Article II, Section 2: Establishes the new mission statement of the section.Article IV, Section 2: Clarifies that all section recommendations must be approved by the executive council and the board of governors. Section 3: Increases the number of elected members. Adds all former chairs as non-voting ex-officio members of the executive council. Section 4: Implements term limits for service on the executive council. Section 6: Corrects reference to appropriate article/section. Section 8: Changes the requirement from mandatory removal to optional removal when council members have consecutive absences from meetings.Article V, Section 2: Clarifies the duties of the section officers. Section 5. Clarifies that permanent vacancies of the secretary or treasurer will be filled and that permanent vacancies of the chair-elect position will not be filled until the next annual meeting.Article VI, Section 2: Eliminates the requirement that an executive council meeting be held in conjunction with the mid-year meeting of The Florida Bar; grants the chair, the executive council and the program administrator the authority to collectively schedule regular meetings. Requires in-person attendance at executive council meetings for purposes of determining a quorum. Section 3: Recognizes that time constraints may preclude consideration of some matters.Article VII, Section 1: Provides for a slate of nominees. Adds the practice setting as a consideration for identification of nominees. Section 5: Provides for voice or hand vote for election of council members, unless an election is contested. Provides that in a contested election the number of candidates eligible for election receiving the highest number of votes would be elected. Section 6: Provides that vote will be by voice or hand unless nominations have been made by petition or nominations are made to fill a new position or the previous nominee has died or become unable to serve.Article VIII, Section 4 : References the appropriate section.Article IX, Section 1: Updates, identifies, and clarifies the section committees and subcommittees; establishes the purpose and function of each committee and subcommittee. Section 3: Added reference to the standing subcommittees and the appointment of their chairs.Article X: Section 6: Establishes the date the amended bylaws were adopted by the executive council and made them effective upon approval by the Board of Governors. 7. Bylaws – Tax Section Summary: Non-substantive edits are made throughout to conform to the style guide or grammatical correctness.Article I — Revised to encompass section’s interest in international tax matters, reflected in the addition of committee on international taxation in federal tax division. Expands section’s purpose to further tax knowledge and practice of all members of The Florida Bar, and to promote ethical and competent practice by all tax practitioners.Article II — Clarifying distinction made between “regular” and “affiliate” membership. “Conditionally admitted members” of The Florida Bar expressly made eligible for affiliate membership. One year grace period to apply for regular membership added in section 2 as an accommodation to LLM students who may pass Bar exam between JD and LLM programs. Section 4 revised to omit unnecessary language; last sentence in section 4 deleted as redundant of “good standing.”Article III — Expressly permits appointment of more than one director for specified divisions and committees. Reflects elevation of membership recruitment committee to a standing committee in Art. VI. Clarifies nominating process for chair-elect and composition of nominating committee. Allows chair to appoint non-voting members to nominating committee. Accelerates timeframe for nominating process to facilitate appointments by chair-elect and scheduling of meetings. Specifies eligibility criteria for office of chair-elect, applicable to nominations by both committee and petition. Provides for electronic mailing of ballots and candidate statements to regular section members, rather than regular mail, to save costs and avoid unanticipated expenditures that would adversely affect the section’s financial condition. Expressly limits voting to the candidates nominated. Some minor re-ordering for purposes of clarity. Extends maximum service of an individual in any one officer position to three years, for purposes of continuity; however, a policy of two years is encouraged. Clarifies requirement for ratification of chair’s appointments, and expressly provides for delegation of that authority to division directors. Requires authorization from both chair and treasurer to commit or disburse section funds.Article IV — Includes past chairs as ex officio members of directors’ committee, with voting rights, to promote continuity and capitalize on past chairs’ experiences, Clarifying changes.Article V — Clarifying changes.Article VI — Committee structure revised to more accurately reflect current Executive Council alignment. Committee responsibility descriptions streamlined and updated. Reflects elevation of membership recruitment committee to standing committee status, as recommended by long range planning retreat. Ad hoc committees are not included in the bylaws standing committee structure (e.g., State Tax Court). Provides for chair of sponsorship committee and make-up of meeting committees in accordance with long range planning retreat recommendations.Article VII — Stylistic changes. Permits only regular section members to be counted for purposes of a quorum Permits electronic meeting notice and proxy, as well as certain meetings to be conducted telephonically and electronically, as cost-saving measures.Article VIII — Revised to conform with mandatory provisions of Bylaw 2-7.5 of The Florida Bar (Legislative Action of Sections and Divisions) and Board of Governors Standing Policies and Procedures 8.10 (Amicus Curiae Filings and Responses to Bar Rules Petitions) and 9.50 (Legislative Activities of Sections).Article IX — Clarifying and updating edits.last_img read more

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The Dangers of Distracted Parenting

first_imgSmartphones have by now been implicated in so many crummy outcomes—car fatalities, sleep disturbances, empathy loss, relationship problems, failure to notice a clown on a unicycle—that it almost seems easier to list the things they don’t mess up than the things they do. Our society may be reaching peak criticism of digital devices.Even so, emerging research suggests that a key problem remains underappreciated. It involves kids’ development, but it’s probably not what you think. More than screen-obsessed young children, we should be concerned about tuned-out parents.Yes, parents now have more face time with their children than did almost any parents in history. Despite a dramatic increase in the percentage of women in the workforce, mothers today astoundingly spend more time caring for their children than mothers did in the 1960s. But the engagement between parent and child is increasingly low-quality, even ersatz. Parents are constantly present in their children’s lives physically, but they are less emotionally attuned. To be clear, I’m not unsympathetic to parents in this predicament. My own adult children like to joke that they wouldn’t have survived infancy if I’d had a smartphone in my clutches 25 years ago. Read the whole story: The Atlantic More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

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