Free online legal research in the works

first_img Free online legal research in the works May 1, 2005 Regular News Free online legal research in the workscenter_img With some minor technical changes in the contract, the Bar Board of Governors has approved a deal with Fastcase that will provide free online legal research to all Florida Bar members.The board vote at its April 8 meeting in Tallahassee could result in the service being available in June, by the Bar’s Annual Meeting.Under the contract, according to Mike Tartaglia, director of the Bar’s Programs Division, the Bar will pay Fastcase $1 for each Bar member in good standing (about $76,000) for the research service. Members will be able to access the service through the Bar’s Web site, that fee, Bar members will have access to Florida appellate law since 1950, federal appellate law from the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals since 1950, and the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals since 1981, all U.S. Supreme Court cases, and the Florida statutes, administrative code, and constitution. The board, in one of its changes, also requested that Florida procedural rules be made available.Besides that basic service, Bar members can buy access to the entire Fastcase database for $195 per year, Tartaglia said, which is a substantial discount from the $995 the company normally charges.Board member Chobee Ebbets praised the service, saying Fastcase provides more than just a basic search engine and has the ability not only to find a case, but also locate other opinions that mention that case.“This offers wonderful benefits for Bar members,” he said. “It’s a moderately good search engine which, for anyone who can’t afford Lexis or Westlaw, is a great product.”The board unanimously followed the recommendation from the Member Benefits Committee and approved the contract as modified.last_img read more

Modern data architecture and why it matters for credit unions

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Will Thomas Will Thomas leads business development at Blue Orange Digital, a data science agency that empowers credit unions to make better decisions with their data. Will earned an MBA from the … Web: Details Credit Unions should own and know how to use their data. Period. Legacy architectures, rarely update spreadsheets, unintuitive UIs, and siloed data storage leave employees, members, and leadership in a reactive state. Many vendors offer single solution dashboards to address specific needs, but often this further compounds the foundational problem: disparate data systems only provide a partial picture. But what if instead of just seeing the growth figures from a new membership campaign, you could predict your member attrition rate and the corresponding factors to avoid it. The real value of data is unlocked when data is both unified and accessible. Fortunately, this is a case where the laggard nature (sorry team) of credit unions can actually be an advantage. Rather than wrangling your data to conform to outdated approaches, skip building landlines in a mobile world and go straight to a cloud-based data lake. In the past year, there has been an acceleration in the quality and accessibility of managed services from cloud providers like AWS that simplifies data lake formation and the use of pre-tuned machine learning models. This allows CUs to unify and securely store their data in its cheapest, raw form and enables advanced prediction to solve pressing challenges in real-time.What the heck is a data lake?Almost every CU has likely heard of or (often tragically) tried to implement a data warehouse. Data warehouses pair well with ETL, an extraction technique that formats data before putting it into storage. Much like a giant database where data is stored in a standard format, warehouses conform data to constraints to be queried more easily. So how is a data lake different? An analogy might help here. There are two prototypical drawers in most kitchens: a utensil drawer where each type of utensil has its own special place and that catch-all-drawer where you throw everything else you need. The former is a data warehouse; the latter, a data lake. A data lake can be thought of like a giant directory or file system. Data lakes pair well with ELT, an extraction technique that doesn’t alter the data before storing it. This simple-sounding difference has big implications. Anybody in the organization can store their data there, in any format, schema, or order.But now you might ask, “Isn’t it easier to find a fork if all the forks are organized together?” Well, yes, it is easier to find a fork, but finding and counting forks is just scratching the surface of modern analytics. With today’s cheap and powerful computing, grouping things in whatever way you want is nearly instant. The data doesn’t need to be stored in a specific format, which opens the door to endless types of data analytics. Modern tools such as Spark/Hadoop can process any organizational data out of a unified environment and analyze it in any given way. Like a knife to fork or a fork to fork-from-3-year-ago. Ok…I may have worn out this analogy. Why does it matter?The data lake pattern is the preferred architectural solution for 2020 because it provides a low cost, flexible, and scalable way to store large amounts of diverse data. All your CU data that is now sitting in dozens of siloed, vendor-specific systems is stored in a central location that you own, so it’s readily available to be categorized, processed, analyzed, enriched, and consumed by downstream analysts and operational teams. By using ‘metadata’ to tag data rather than coerce it into a predetermined warehouse format, broader types of data can be used effectively for business intelligence. When a business question arises, the data lake can be queried for relevant data in any format, and this smaller set of data is rapidly available to analyze and help answer that specific question.From an executive perspective, the main advantage of a data lake is that it delivers strategic flexibility. Owning your data in a cloud data lake provides high levels of security, portability, and access to better tools. It doesn’t constrain future changes in business strategy because the raw data is still there. If you decide on a new BI or reporting tool, just write a job to structure the data in that format. If next year’s annual plan calls for a completely new initiative that requires answers to questions you didn’t know you needed to ask when the data lake was stood up, fine. If a new source of member data starts growing exponentially, you can handle it. The data lake approach provides a solid architectural foundation to build on for the future, even if you don’t know exactly what that future entails.Takeaway: Strategic Flexibility, Data Flexibility, Future Proofed, Cheaper, Single Source of Truth, Better BI Integration. How does this actually work for my CU?The deeper purpose of deploying a data lake is to simplify decision making across the credit union. It provides the foundation for advanced analytics and the control to use the vendors you value without being locked-in. After building dozens of data lakes for Fortune 500 companies to startups, we at Blue Orange have seen a fundamental shift in the past six months that democratizes access to cutting edge data tools. In terms of cloud computing, we are “standing on the shoulders of giants,” and credit unions of any size can be the beneficiaries.Here is a map of modern AWS data architecture for credit unions. It looks complicated, but the beauty is that these are all high-end data services that you don’t have to build. AWS has created impressive tools at every stage of the data lifecycle that can be pulled together, revolutionizing how credit unions think about and use their data.Your data is stored in its raw, persistent form in an AWS data lake built on Lake Formation. The data you need for a specific job is pulled out, transformed, normalized, and sent to an analytics engine in real-time. Let’s say you have already purchased a loan analyzing software that you love based on the CUFX schema. We write a ‘job’ that transforms a representation of your loan data into CUFX so the software can use it. But the underlying the data in the single source of truth doesn’t change. The next level is actually applying modern data science tools like EMR and SageMaker to implement machine learning models and predictive analytics. Once the data pipeline is built, you just rent the processing time. This is not traditional IT. The time to stand up an end to end data and analytics pipeline built on AWS tooling is measured in weeks, not years. If you want to learn more about data lakes and advanced analytics for CU, we’d love to talk. You can book me directly here.last_img read more

WHO adopts resolution on flu virus sharing

first_imgMay 23, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – As expected, the World Health Organization (WHO) approved a resolution on the sharing of influenza viruses and access to pandemic vaccines just before adjourning its annual meeting of member countries today.The resolution calls on the WHO to establish “an international stockpile of vaccines for H5N1 or other influenza viruses of pandemic potential, and to formulate mechanisms and guidelines aimed at ensuring fair and equitable distribution of pandemic-influenza vaccines at affordable prices in the event of a pandemic,” the WHO said in a news release.The resolution also calls for creation of an interdisciplinary working group to draw up new “terms of reference” (TORs) for the sharing of flu viruses by WHO collaborating centers and reference laboratories, the agency said.”The new TORs will take into account the origin of influenza viruses going into the WHO Global Influenza Surveillance Network and will make their use more transparent,” the WHO said. “Once finalized, these TORs will be submitted to a special Intergovernmental Meeting of WHO Member States and regional economic organizations.”The resolution is a response to Indonesia’s recent withholding of H5N1 influenza virus samples to protest the high cost of commercial vaccines derived from such samples. Breaking with a long tradition of free international sharing of flu virus specimens, Indonesia stopped sending samples to the WHO last December. Last week the country said it had resumed supplying viruses, but the WHO has said it has received only three samples so far.Countries are expected to continue sharing viruses while the new WHO rules are hammered out, news reports have said. But Dr. David Heymann, the WHO’s head of communicable disease control, said today that the new agreement is voluntary, according to the Associated Press (AP).”If countries wish to make exceptions, they will make exceptions,” Heymann told the AP. “We will have an opportunity to see over the next few weeks, as we begin to request the viruses, if there are any conditions on [using] the viruses as they are sent in.”Indonesia and other developing countries had proposed that the WHO supply H5N1 virus samples to vaccine manufacturers only with the consent of the source country. But the adopted resolution, which emerged from a WHO committee yesterday, says that vaccine makers should have full access to viruses from the WHO during a public health emergency, the AP reported yesterday.WHO Director-General Margaret Chan, in closing remarks, reminded the delegates of their responsibilities under the revised International Health Regulations (IHR), according to the WHO release. The revised regulations, which take effect in June, are designed to stop the international spread of infectious diseases.”When collective security is at stake, public opinion can carry great weight,” Chan said. “After very considerable discussion, you have adopted a resolution on the sharing of influenza viruses and access to pandemic vaccines and other benefits. I want to underscore the importance of this decision. My responsibilities in implementing the IHR depend on this sharing.”In a statement today, US Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt said he was pleased that the WHO resolution makes clear that member states must continue to share flu viruses with the agency’s flu surveillance network.”Withholding influenza viruses from the Global Influenza Surveillance Network greatly threatens global public health and is inconsistent with the spirit of the legal obligations we have all agreed to undertake through our adherence to the International Health Regulations,” Leavitt said.As the 10-day WHO meeting ended, Heymann warned that current global vaccine production capacity remains far from adequate to protect the world’s population in the event of a pandemic.According to a Reuters report, Heymann said vaccine makers can produce enough vaccine for only 1.5 billion of the world’s 6.2 billion people. It will be “a five-year maximum before we believe we will have enough vaccine to begin to talk about equitable sharing,” he said.In a report last October, the WHO estimated world flu vaccine production capacity at 350 million doses of trivalent (three-strain) vaccine, which could possibly be pushed to 500 million trivalent doses in an emergency. That would be the equivalent of 1.5 billion doses of single-strain vaccine.In other action, the World Health Assembly of WHO members approved a record budget of $4.2 billion for 2008-09, up from $3.3 billion for 2006-07, the agency said. “The new budget highlights the continued trend of increased investment in global public health,” the statement said.The members also approved resolutions dealing with the prevention and treatment of malaria and tuberculosis and the eradication of polio, among other actions.See also:May 23 WHO news release 23 United Nations news releaseOct 23, 2006, CIDRAP News story “WHO seeks urgent push for pandemic flu vaccines”last_img read more

Maid Rebellion in Spain: Cleansing has become modern slavery

first_imgPurely for comparison, salaries for chefs, waiters and other tourist staff are 30% lower in Slovenia than in Slovenia, and even practically 100% lower than in Austria. “We have always been at the lowest level, but since the crisis of 2008 many of us have been working in temporary employment agencies because it is cheaper for hotels Caston told Deutsche Welle. Until the XNUMXs, the following was common in Spain: whoever stays in a hotel leaves a tip to the maids and talks to them a bit. It was clear to everyone that they earn little and the guest showed his gratitude in that way. According to the Spanish organization Confederación Española de Hoteles y Alojamientos Turísticos (CEHAT), their average gross salary is 1.560 euros per month. But that salary, which isn’t really that bad by Spanish standards, now only applies to 40 percent of employees. The same problem exists in Croatia, and due to the same root, the problem of lack of workers in Croatian tourism has arisen. But another big problem has surfaced, and our market has also followed and continues to practice the same model in recruitment. And these are temporary employment agencies. At first, everything looks ideal, but it is ideal only through the eyes of an agency, a hotelier, but not a worker. And for the success of this story, it is important to connect three points to be satisfied, not just two. “Being a maid used to be a profession, and now normal cleaners are ‘abused’ for it. The problem is that it’s physically hard work, because you have to move furniture, and drive heavy laundry carts from room to room. In addition, increasingly aggressive allergy-based cleaners are being used. One person cleans 20 to 30 rooms a day, a third of which is complete cleaning, as the guest leaves the hotel”Points out the President of the organization” Las Kelly “Myriam Barros and adds that one room can not be spent more than 15 minutes. The first maid protest was organized There are no protests of this type in Croatia yet, but perhaps the most important protest is the quiet departure of our labor force to the markets of Austria, Germany, Ireland and others where wages and working conditions are much better. “Cleansing has become modern slavery“, Says Maria Carmen Castón, who has been working in hotels for many years. On the Canary Island of Lanzarote, the first maid resistance was organized. Frustrated workers joined the group “Las Kellys” and protested dressed in bright colors in public places. Not only did they draw attention to their problems, but they also pointed out the problems of employees in other sectors, such as customer service or care services for the elderly. Working conditions in many hotel chains have deteriorated over time, says Ricardo Sanchez, a longtime hotel employee who has worked in five-star hotels in Madrid and Seville. “ANDwhich also applies to work in the restaurant and at the reception. Directors want someone who speaks three languages, and then they don’t pay even 1.300 euros net per month. Various tricks are done in the contracts to save on social security. In the lower categories of hotels, the situation is certainly much worse. ” says Sánchez. Thus, in Spain, neither agreements between the employer and the works council nor collective agreements apply to maids. The big unions in Spain hardly care about that. However, as it conveys Deutsche Welle, in recent years due to the financial crisis it has become worse, and tips are almost non-existent. On the other hand, while tourism in Spain has grown rapidly (82 million foreign tourists a year) everything is going faster and faster, demands have risen, rooms have become bigger and staff salaries are getting lower and lower, and without the aforementioned tips missing . Which of course then leads to a system breakdown, in this case the maids who rebel over working conditions and low wages. Photo: Source: DWlast_img read more

CIS joins institutional property rush with £48m deal

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Prescott gives DIRFT go-ahead

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BLOG: Governor Wolf Offers A Choice – Address Pennsylvania’s Fiscal Crisis or Face Severe Consequences (ROUND-UP)

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Budget News,  Round-Up,  The Blog Yesterday during his 2016-2017 budget speech, Governor Tom Wolf laid out the crisis facing Pennsylvania and the critical decision lawmakers in the House and Senate must make this year: fix Pennsylvania’s structural budget deficit and invest in schools or continue down a path of greater devastation and face further, billion dollar cuts to both our schools and essential social services.“There are two paths we can take: we can fix our deficit and invest in education to move Pennsylvania forward or we can continue to embrace the failed status quo and cut $1 billion from education funding, cut hundreds of millions of dollars to essential social services and continue to stifle the commonwealth’s economic growth.” – Governor WolfHere’s what others are saying about the plan Governor Wolf has laid out:“We support Governor Wolf’s commitment to public schools in his proposals for completing the current fiscal year budget with an increase of $377 million, increasing basic education funding further in the upcoming year, and applying the fair funding formula proposed by the bipartisan Basic Education Funding Commission. In fact, we believe the Governor and General Assembly must invest even more than the $200 million proposed by the Governor for next year to move the state further toward the goal of full and fair funding for schools.” [The Campaign for Fair Education Funding, 2/10/16]“If Pennsylvania doesn’t start making the right budget choices, we’ll end up with a $2 billion budget deficit and $1 billion in cuts to public education. That means another generation of kids – not some hypothetical kids, but real kids, our children and our grandchildren – will struggle to learn with larger classes, fewer teachers, shuttered libraries, and no school nurses. Some schools won’t even have enough money to stay open through June. We can and must do better….Anyone who says this isn’t a crisis is just wrong. It is. Gov. Wolf has a solution to fix it. Now, let’s get it done.” [PSEA, 2/9/16]“”With the resolution of a budget for FY 15-16 still in flux, Governor Wolf today delivered an unprecedented budget address for FY 16-17. Governor Wolf, since the launch of his campaign, has committed to being “a different kind of Governor,” and the past year he has proven just that. His simple refusal to negotiate a budget on the backs of our children and workers is a testament to his fortitude, and his commitment to governing for the people he serves.” [Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, 2/9/16]Easton Area Superintendent John Reinhart placed the blame on the Republican-controlled Senate and House. ‘I thought that the voters in Pennsylvania spoke loudly and clearly with [Wolf’s] election over Corbett,’ he said. ‘It is hard to understand how elected leaders in both the Senate and the House can continue to disregard their responsibility to approve a state budget at the risk of our children and the state’s neediest populations.’” [Morning Call, 2/9/16][Governor Wolf] gave a sobering account of Pennsylvania’s future if lawmakers don’t address a deficit that Wolf called ‘a time bomb, ticking away, right now, even as I speak. If it explodes, if the people in this chamber allow it to explode, then Pennsylvania will experience a fiscal catastrophe the likes of which we have never seen,’ he said.” [Tribune-Review, 2/9/16]“Unless next year’s deficit is closed, property taxes for homeowners will skyrocket, Wolf said. More than 23,000 teachers and school employees would be cut, as would special education and pre-kindergarten programs. Services for senior citizens, the mentally ill, child care and domestic violence shelters also would be slashed, he said.” [Reuters, 2/9/16]“Wolf delivered his plan in a speech to a legislature that has repeatedly rejected his attempts to have any completed budget passed. So this one was laced with sharp rebukes to lawmakers, and dire predictions about what looms if the gridlock doesn’t end: tens of thousands of teacher layoffs, overcrowded classrooms, higher property taxes, and devastating cuts in services for the disabled.” [Philadelphia Inquirer, 2/9/16]“Gov. Tom Wolf warned lawmakers on Tuesday that Pennsylvania’s finances are a ticking time bomb amid a record-long budget gridlock, sending them a spending proposal for the coming fiscal year with no full plan in place for the fiscal year that began back in July.” [WTAE, 2/9/16]“Governor Tom Wolf presented his 2016-1017 Budget. He says the Commonwealth is in crisis  and threatening our future. He told state lawmakers the Commonwealth is billions of dollars in the red and the state will experience what he calls a ‘fiscal catastrophe.’ Governor  Wolf says if the general assembly doesn’t act quickly nearly three quarters of state homeowners will see property taxes skyrocket.” [WBRE/WYOU, 2/9/16]“Gov. Wolf made it clear from the beginning that he doesn’t view the issue of one of ideologies but one of simple arithmetic. ‘The problem is not that Republicans in the General Assembly and I don’t see eye-to-eye,’ Wolf asserted. ‘No, this crisis is not about politics at all. This is about math. Pennsylvania now faces a $2 billion budget deficit. That’s not a Democratic fact or a Republican fact. It’s just a fact.’ He then went on to list the various horrors that would be inflicted on the commonwealth’s schools and citizens if no budget is passed.” [PoliticsPA, 1/9/16]“Wolf says lawmakers must pass the now seven month late budget bill he wants. The governor says that will lead to a half billion dollar increase for schools pre-K through twelve while getting the state out of $2 billion in debt.” [WGAL, 2/10/16] By: J.J. Abbott, Deputy Press Secretary You can find updates and behind-the-scenes content on the 2016-2017 budget announcement on our Facebook and Twitter all this week.Read more posts about Governor Wolf’s 2016-17 budget.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: February 10, 2016 BLOG: Governor Wolf Offers A Choice – Address Pennsylvania’s Fiscal Crisis or Face Severe Consequences (ROUND-UP)last_img read more

Swedish roundup: AMF invests €200m in VW truck subsidiary

first_imgSwedish pension fund AMF has signed a deal with German vehicle manufacturer Volkswagen to invest over SEK2bn (€200m) in the company’s heavy truck and bus division, Traton.The deal for an equity stake in the VW subsidiary, which includes brands such as Scania and MAN, is taking place in connection with Traton’s upcoming listing on the Stockholm and Frankfurt stock exchanges at the end of June.Anders Oscarsson, head of equities and ownership at AMF, said: “Five years ago, we were among those working for Scania to stay on the stock exchange, and now we do not want to miss the opportunity to invest once again in one of Sweden’s most respected and important industrial companies, even though this time as part of a larger vehicle group.”Oscarsson said the deal felt “extra right in light of how important Scania is to Sweden in general, and in particular to many of our savers who work in the company”. Sweden’s AP7 has added seven stocks to its exclusion list, bringing the total blacklisted by the defined contribution default fund to 71 following its latest half-yearly revision of the list.The latest companies to be cut from the SEK460.1bn (€43.6bn) fund’s investment universe include two Canadian cannabis companies that the main national pension buffer funds, AP1-4, blacklisted at the beginning of this year.Aurora Cannabis and Canopy Growth were excluded following a recommendation from the AP funds’ council on ethics. AP7 has followed suit, saying the companies’ involvement in cannabis violated international conventions against drugs.The fund announced the exclusion of five other companies:Brookfield Asset Management for involvement with nuclear weapons;US energy company Evergy for acting in violation of the Paris Agreement;Korean steel manufacturer Posco and its subsidiary Posco International for violations of worker rights in Turkey; andRosneft Oil for violations of environmental standards in connection with oil extraction in Russia.Danica in Sweden changes name to Futur PensionNow under new ownership, the Swedish arm of Danica Pension has announced that it is to change its name to Futur Pension at the beginning of next year.The name change comes after the pension provider’s parent company, Danske Bank, finalised its sale to a group of investors including Danish labour market pension fund Sampension, Swiss asset manager Unigestion and two private equity companies.Claes Carlson, chief executive of Danica Sweden, said: “With the change of ownership and as part of the agreement, we also take the opportunity to switch to a name and a visual identity that is more in line with our ambition and our values.”The fund said the change of identity was agreed as part of the DKK1.9bn (€254m) sale, which was finalised on 2 May. The Swedish commercial vehicle brand Scania has its headquarters in the city of Södertälje and has been one of the country’s leading industrial companies since it was founded in 1891.Institutional investors including AP4 and Alecta were invested in Scania prior to its purchase by VW in 2014. At the time, both investors attempted to resist the acquisition in support of Scania’s independence, but eventually submitted to the bid in May 2014.AP7 blacklists stocks including cannabis firmslast_img read more

The highest rate of teen suicide in the developed world

first_imgStuff 16 October 2016Family First Comment: Shocking – and tragic.New Zealand has the highest rate of teen suicide in the developed world, an OECD report reiterates.Despite the alarming information the report revealed nothing new.New Zealand continuously ranked among the worst in the world for our levels of teen suicide.In a normal week two teenagers or two children kill themselves, Youthline director Stephen Bell says. About 20 young people will be hospitalised for self-harm each week, he estimated.This was New Zealand’s shame, he said. If suicide was a contagious disease, Bell said the country would have demanded action.READ MORE: read more

Slain OFW’s employers in Kuwait face murder raps

first_imgLocal autopsy showed that Villavende suffered at least fivemonths of abuse and has clear indication of sexual abuse, contrary to theinitial autopsy done in Kuwait seemed “roughly done” based on the autopsyincision on Villavende’s head. MANILA – The employers of slainFilipina domestic worker Jeanelyn Villavende has been charged with murder inKuwait, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III confirmed in a Senatehearing on late Tuesday that he received information on the filing of acriminal case against the Kuwaiti couple earlier this week. Overseas Workers Welfare Administration administrator HansCacdac, meanwhile, said that labor officials are heading to Kuwait this Fridayto get updates on the case against Villavende’s employers. Villavende’s family in Norala town, South Cotabato has earlierrejected the P50 million worth of blood money offered by the Kuwaiti suspectsto settle the case.center_img “I was informed that the employers have been formally chargedwith murder… ‘Yung detention nila ‘yung para sa mga high criminals ‘yung tawag e,” Bello said at the Senatecommittee on labor’s hearing on the government’s migration policies. Villavende’s death has resulted in a total deployment ban ofFilipino workers to Kuwait but Bello said that Filipinos could be allowed towork again in Kuwait if the Gulf state would serve justice for Villavende andfinally agree to implement a standard employment contract which would ensurethe welfare of Filipino domestic helpers./PN Cacdac also said that the government will also bringVillavende’s father to Kuwait to witness the hearings once the trial starts, asrequested by the family.last_img read more