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Laying flowers for the Magdalene

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SheahanRose SloanRose SweetlandSarah BrettSarah CooneySarah CormackSarah CotterStatia HealyWinifred Joyce Linkedin TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! NewsCommunityLaying flowers for the MagdaleneBy Cian Reinhardt – March 6, 2019 1490 Email Advertisement Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Limerick on Covid watch list center_img Twitter Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleFrom Ivory Towers to Other Voices headliner: Jack O’RourkeNext articleO’Neill secures Fianna Fáil nomination in Limerick City North Cian Reinhardthttp://www.limerickpost.ieJournalist & Digital Media Coordinator. Covering human interest and social issues as well as creating digital content to accompany news stories. [email protected] Agnes McNamaraAgnes WardAlice HarrisonAlice KeoghAlice McNamaraAlice MorrisonAlice SlatteryAnastasia CorbettAngela BlakeAnna B. CullenAnna RyanAnne BarryAnne DawsonAnne DolanAnne HartneyAnne LynchAnne McInerneyAnne RyanAnnie BrinnAnnie DaverouAnnie FitzgeraldAnnie GeraghtyAnnie McMahonAnnie McNamaraAnnie MullanyAnnie ShanaghanAnnie WolfeBessie MorriseyBetty FitzgeraldBlenda PollenBridget CareyBridget ComerfordBridget GissaneBridget GradyBridget KielyBridget MadiganBridget McDonaghBridget MooneyBridget SullivanBridget TwomeyBridget WhelanBridgid MerrimanBrigid EdwardsBrigid McDermotBrigid NevinBrigid SheahanCatehrine LinehanCatherine DalyCatherine GradyCatherine HayesCatherine McCarthyCatherine O’MaraCatherine RiggsCatherine StubbinsCatherine TierneyCatherine WalshCecilia MartinCharlotte CooneyChristina SuppleEliza MulcahyEliza ShaughnessyElizabeth MoynihanElizabeth RocheElizabeth WilliamsEllen BarringtonEllen BrowneEllen CollinsEllen FayEllen HanburyEllen HartiganEllen McInerneyEllen MeadeEllen NaughtonEllen NormoyleEllen O’SullivanEllen RyanEllen WalshEllie HaymakerEmily BrowneEsther CollinsEsther FitzgeraldEthel RyanEvaline ShanaghanEveleen FinnGrace GleesonHannah HartyHanora ClanchyHanora FitzgeraldHanora MooreHelen VaughanHelena BradleyHelena CashmanHonoria HanrahanHonoria HewsonIsabel ValentineIsabella HaweJane CarrollJessy PlattJohanna CurtinJohanna DalyJohanna GradyJohanna GreeneJohanna KennedyJohanna SheahanJohanna SmithJospehine O’DeaJulia FlanneryJulia KearneyJulia PrattJulie MulvihillKate CollinsKate ConnellKate DanielKate DanielKate DunphyKate FitzgeraldKate JordanKate McDonaldKate PrestonKate ReillyKate SheehanKathleen FarrellyKatie FoleyKatie McMahonKatie McNicholasKatie PhelanKatie SheehanKitty LenihanKitty MartinLeonora FaganLily ConnorsLizzie ScullyLucy CollinsMaggie CusackMaggie DundonMarcella HoffimerMargaret AhernMargaret BrownMargaret BulgarMargaret BurnMargaret CarmodyMargaret CourtneyMargaret CoveneyMargaret DempseyMargaret DowlingMargaret DugganMargaret DunleavyMargaret FrazerMargaret HanleyMargaret HollyMargaret MassyMargaret PurtellMargaret ReidyMargaret RyanMargaret RyanMargaret SlatteryMargaret WhelanMaria O’ConnorMaria O’NeillMaria PierceMary A. FlahertyMary A. TanseyMary Anne GodfreyMary Anne LynchMary ArmstrongMary BarryMary BarryMary BurkeMary Clayton A member ofthe group holds daffodils to place on the gravesite in Mount St Lawrence Cemetery. Photo: Cian ReinhardtTHE NAMES of 253 women who lived and died behind the walls of the Good Shepherd Convent in Limerick echoed across a snowy Mount St Lawrence cemetery last Sunday.In what was the sixth year of the remembrance ceremony, people gathered to share poems, to lay flowers and to bear witness to the memory of the women buried in a mass grave.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Camilla O’Donoghue, one of the event organisers, quoted the lyrics from Joni Mitchell’s ‘The Magdalene Laundries’.“Peg O’Connell died today, she was a cheeky girl, a flirt. They just stuffed her in a hole. Surely to God, you’d think at least some bells should ring.“One day I’m going to die here too and they will plant me in the dirt, like some lame bulb that never blooms come any spring. Not any spring.”Ms O’Donoghue said this was for “all the Peg O’Connells” buried in Magdalene graves around the country.“We’re so sorry we didn’t listen, and nobody heard, and may your souls rest in peace.”She thanked Cllr John Gilligan whom she said “played a huge part” in having the names inscribed on the monument.As the snowfall intensified, Cllr Gilligan said it was good to see people attend on a cold and wet day because “these people came from a very cold place”.“We can only hope in our hearts that some place along the line, maybe some little ray of sunshine entered into their lives.“The idea of having their names inscribed here was very important to me. When you take a look around, all these gravestones are not to mark the fact a person died. They are to mark the fact that a person lived; they had a name. This is now a sacred place.“They are here, we remember every single one of them, we remember what they went through. They are now part and parcel of us. This is no longer a burial pit, this is a sacred place and we should always remember that.”After the names of the Limerick Magdalenes were read out, Marian O’Rourke recited one of her poems from her collection about the Magdalene Laundries. Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? TAGSCommunityLimerick City and CountyMagdalene LaundriesNewsRemembrance Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow last_img read more

Homeownership: Through the Eyes of Black America

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Homeownership: Through the Eyes of Black America The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles On Friday, the American Mortgage Diversity Council (AMDC) presented a webinar titled “The State of Housing in Black America,” that addressed the struggles faced by the African-American community in areas of homeownership.It also explored the level of progress made as well as the steps to ensure equal housing opportunity for all. Providing historical context and how it connects to the current issues at hand, Charmaine Brown, Director, External Outreach and Engagement, Office of Minority and Women Inclusion at Fannie Mae, recalled the first 250 Years in America, wherein African-Americans had no property rights, and were locked out of the American Dream of homeownership, until the Fair Housing Act came in to being in April 1968. In her presentation, she also elucidated on what the data says about African-American homeownership.”As we kick off our celebration of 400 years of African American history, I can think of no better topic to begin than to discuss the current state of homeownership and potential solutions for improvement. I’d like to thank Charmaine Brown for her thought-provoking presentation,” said Derek Templeton, Executive Director & Associate General Counsel at Five Star Institute.Brown pointed out that “African-American homeownership rates are the same as it used to be in 1968, whereas the number of incarcerations in the community as well as the wealth gap between black and white families tripled between 1968-2016.” Currently, the homeownership rate among African-Americans is the lowest of all racial groups at 41.8 percent, lagging consistently behind white homeownership rate.African-Americans have been the slowest to recover from the housing crisis; with their homeownership rate at nearly 6 percentage points lower than in 2010. “While Hispanics and other ethnic groups experienced an increase in homeownership, African-American homeownership rate dropped by 4.8 percentage points between 2000-2017. So, while others are moving forward, African-Americans are moving in the other direction,” Brown said.Interestingly, the younger demographic have seen a greater decline in homeownership in the community. Moreover, the net worth of African-Americans significantly lags the net worth of other groups. Homeownership is seen as one of the primary means of wealth creation, however, African-American homeownership has not recovered from the aftermath of the 2007 financial crisis.Pointing out to generational implications, Brown addressed wealth and homeownership transfers from parents. She also touched on the effects of predatory lending during the housing boom, wherein African-American and Hispanic communities were primary targets of highly exploitative practices, which further exacerbated the situation. African-Americans were more likely to be given subprime products during this period, which led to a significantly higher foreclosure rate between 2007-2009.The webinar also explored ways to diversify the appraisal industry through homebuyer education, community partnerships, strategic alliances, and financial literacy.Click here to view the webinar. Previous: What Led Microsoft to Invest $500M in Seattle Housing? Next: Maxine Waters Sets the Agenda Donna Joseph is a Dallas-based writer who covers technology, HR best practices, and a mix of lifestyle topics. She is a seasoned PR professional with an extensive background in content creation and corporate communications. Joseph holds a B.A. in Sociology and M.A. in Mass Communication, both from the University of Bangalore, India. She is currently working on two books, both dealing with women-centric issues prevalent in oppressive as well as progressive societies. She can be reached at [email protected] center_img About Author: Donna Joseph in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Servicing AMDC Charmaine Brown Derek Templeton Diversity and Inclusion Homeownership 2019-01-18 Donna Joseph Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Homeownership: Through the Eyes of Black America Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago  Print This Post January 18, 2019 1,723 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: AMDC Charmaine Brown Derek Templeton Diversity and Inclusion Homeownership Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

“We Are Victims of Communally Charged Politics and Propaganda Run by Media”: 3 Persons Arrested With Siddique Kappan Tell Allahabad High Court

first_imgNews Updates”We Are Victims of Communally Charged Politics and Propaganda Run by Media”: 3 Persons Arrested With Siddique Kappan Tell Allahabad High Court Akshita Saxena9 Feb 2021 5:41 AMShare This – xThe Uttar Pradesh Government has filed its counter affidavit before the Allahabad High Court in a Habeas Corpus petition filed by 3 alleged PFI Members, arrested alongside journalist Siddqui Kappan while they were going to Hathras. The development comes after the High Court granted it one last opportunity to file its supplementary counter affidavit, vide order dated February 4….Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Uttar Pradesh Government has filed its counter affidavit before the Allahabad High Court in a Habeas Corpus petition filed by 3 alleged PFI Members, arrested alongside journalist Siddqui Kappan while they were going to Hathras. The development comes after the High Court granted it one last opportunity to file its supplementary counter affidavit, vide order dated February 4. Delete Allahabad High Court grants last chance to UP Government to file its supplementary counter affidavit in a Habeas Corpus petition filed by three persons, arrested alongside journalist Siddique Kappan, on their way to [email protected] @myogiadityanath pic.twitter.com/0lZ1PqaGts— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) February 4, 2021 The Petitioners Atik Ur Rehman, a student; Alam, a cab driver and Masud, an activist, were intercepted by the Deputy Superintendent of Police on October 5, 2002, while they were going to Hathras and were later remanded to judicial custody by CJM Mathura. They were accused of conspiring to cause riots and caste-based unrest in Hathras and were booked under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 (UAPA). Responding to the affidavit, the three detenus have alleged that they are victims of communally charged politics and the propaganda run by various media outlets. Communally charged politics & propaganda run by media outlets It is alleged that the even the State Government’s counter affidavit reeks of stench of communalism, inasmuch as it accuses the Petitioners of trying to create Islamic Rule in the Nation, without any iota of evidence. In their rejoinder affidavit, filed though Advocates Shashwat Anand and Ankur Azad, it is alleged, “Since several days prior to the arrest of the petitioners while en route to Hathras, a large section of the Media had been running programmes on a false and humbug agenda of ‘Conspiracy to instigate Riots and create Caste-based unrest’ and ‘International Conspiracy to defame Govt. with funding from Islamic States’ in context of the Hathras gangrape incident.” It adds, “The said agenda was run by the Media Outlets purely on communal and divisive lines, targeting the Opposition Parties and their Leaders for the said ‘Conspiracy.’ However, the petitioners, who are not associated, affiliated or related to any political party or dispensation, were unlawfully arrested and detained in an utter travesty of their fundamental rights guaranteed by the Part III of the Constitution, in a blistering display of collusion and high-handedness of the police authorities, administration and the media.” False statements and misconcieved counter affidavit It is stated that the allegations levelled against the Petitioners viz., quarrelling with the police personnel, or efforts to create communal war in the State, or dividing Dalit group against other caste and also against the State, or to unite Dalit group to create proxy war against the State, are all “cooked up, concocted, misleading and untrue, drawn on communal and divisive lines”. Criminal contempt of court The Petitioners have alleged that in the counter affidavit, the State Government has made a statement on oath that the Sessions Judge, vide order dated January 4, has extended the period of judicial remand of the Petitioners by 180 days. It is contended that the said order was in fact passed by Additional Sessions Judge, Mathura, who is not a competent Court under the NIA Act. The rejoinder states, “This statement is palpably false and has dishonestly and deliberately been made with a view to confound the matter and mislead the Court. In fact, the said extension order has not been passed by the Ld. Sessions Judge, to the contrary, it has been passed by the Additional Sessions Judge, Court No. 1, Mathura, who is not a competent Court under the NIA Act. Using the expression “Sessions Judge” for ‘Additional Sessions Judge’ is not an inadvertent mistake, rather it is a conscious and deliberate act of the deponent swearing and filing the said affidavit, which is patently false and amounts to Criminal Contempt of Court.” Investigation legally vitiated for non-compliance of Law The Petitioners have alleged that the entire investigation in this case has proceeded in utter disregard of Section 6 of the NIA Act. As per this provision, the Police authorities shall forward a report to the State Government in case of receipt of information relating to commission of any Scheduled Offence. State Government shall forward such report to the Central Government as expeditiously as possible which in turn will determine, within 15 days, whether the offence is a Scheduled Offence or not and also whether it is a fit case to be investigated by the NIA. In the rejoinder it is alleged that nowhere has it been mentioned by the UP Government whether the above provisions have been complied with. “Accordingly, the entire investigation being carried on by the State Government and its investigating agencies, amounts to usurpation of jurisdiction of the Central Government and a fraud on law and the NIA Act,” it states. Illegality of Custody It may be noted that the Petitioners have challenged the order of judicial remand, inasmuch as it was passed by the Court of Magistrate, which is alleged to not be a competent authority for dealing with cases under the scheduled offences of UAPA, in terms of Section 13(1) of the National Investigation Agency Act, 2008. When this issue was raised in the writ petition, the UP Police’s Special Task Force (which is investigating the case), moved an application to transfer all the Remand Records from the Court of CJM, Mathura to the Court of Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mathura. The application was allowed and the District and Sessions Judge, Mathura transferred the case to Additional District and Session Judge. Case Against Siddique Kappan & 3 others Transferred To Addl. District & Sessions Judge On UP Police’s Application The Petitioners have now submitted that the said order of the ASJ suffers from the vice of inherent lack of jurisdiction and is total nullity and further, and is also void for the reason that the Ld. ASJ, Mathura, cannot ‘accept/ratify’ the non est remand order passed by the CJM, Mathura, as the same also suffers from inherent lack of jurisdiction. The matter is listed for hearing on February 18, 2021.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Computer scientists identify Yelp security leak

first_imgComputer scientists at Harvard, Boston University, and Yale stumbled upon a privacy leak in the mobile version of the popular Yelp social networking review site (m.yelp.com) in late October.In the course of their ongoing research, which studies the interplay between social networks and Internet commerce, the team—Michael Mitzenmacher, Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; John Byers, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Boston University; and Giorgos Zervas, Simons Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University and an Affiliate at the Center for Research on Computation and Society at Harvard — inadvertently found a servlet on m.yelp.com that could reveal some user information that was intended to be private.Data at risk included certain user-specific fields such as email addresses, birth dates, gender, and full names. Even though no financial information was leaked, the team felt that the exposure of personally identifiable information presented a major threat. After double-checking the finding they alerted Yelp.The group then worked with the company’s engineers to help them gain a fuller understanding of the problem, which was then resolved with a workaround the very same day.“Yelp’s team responded in an exemplary fashion,” says Mitzenmacher. “After we contacted them, Yelp’s Michael Stoppelman and members of the engineering staff listened to our presentation and description of the vulnerability seriously, and, as they describe in their blog post, took immediate action to correct the problem.”The researchers also noted Yelp’s willingness to make the issue public to help alert users and to prevent any possible related problems on similar websites.Mitzenmacher and Byers give full credit to Zervas for identifying the privacy risk. He came across the vulnerability in the course of a case study on Yelp as a site that provides economic information in the form of user-generated reviews.“As part of our research and data collection, Giorgos [Zervas] was looking at Yelp’s various interfaces, including the mobile web site,” explains Mitzenmacher. “To be clear, he was not ‘hacking’ the site in any way—just interacting with it via a standard browser and normal HTTP requests.”Zervas, using an HTTP logger (a standard browser tool that allows a user to watch the exchange of data between the browser and the web servers), discovered that when he checked a particular restaurant for reviews and then clicked on the button asking for more reviews, entire reviewer records were leaked in JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) format. Those records contained non-encrypted information such as email addresses, gender, birth dates, and full names.Ordinary users accessing the site from a mobile device would not have seen such sensitive information, as client-side JavaScript displayed only the non-sensitive information (such as the review text, date, and the reviewer’s handle).In the blog posting, Yelp’s Stoppelman writes that the company engineers “analyzed the servlet’s access logs to see if anyone exploited the hole…[and] did not find any evidence that user information had actually been collected.”“This example shows the importance of having multiple redundant layers of security when handling personally identifiable information,” says Mitzenmacher. “In the Yelp post, they describe the redundancies they have added to prevent such leakage in the future.”For more informationYelp Blog PostMichael Mitzenmacher’s blog postlast_img read more

Few Americans aware of President Trump’s prescription drug plan

first_img Read Full Story Only 27 percent of Americans are aware of President Donald Trump’s plan to lower prescription drug prices and few believe that it will actually achieve its aim, according to a new POLITICO-Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health poll.The poll included responses from 1,001 adults. Among the respondents who said they had heard or read about Trump’s prescription drug plan, only 37 percent said they think it will lower the prices Medicare pays for prescription drugs and less than half said they believe it will lower drug prices for the country overall.It could prove tough for lawmakers to campaign on the issue and rally voters around drug pricing because so few people are aware of the plan, according to a July 23, 2018 article in POLITICO. “When you have something like this where people think it’s an important issue, but they aren’t following what the president does, it suggests it won’t be a major differentiator in the campaign,” said Robert Blendon, the Richard L. Menschel Professor of Public Health and Professor of Health Policy and Political Analysis at Harvard Chan School.last_img read more

Accelerate Your Deep Learning Initiatives

first_imgArtificial intelligence (AI) disciplines like deep learning have been the talk of the industry for the past several years and only continue to gain steam. The research is in: AI-enabled organizations see a 19 percent average improvement in decision speed and a 21 percent average improvement in decision accuracy. How can you best position your company to capitalize on the benefits? What server technology can differentiate your company as a top competitor?Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) considers accelerators one of the three essential compute technologies for AI pursuits. Along with the implementation of automated servers and converged/hyperconverged infrastructure, the widespread use of accelerators was seen by ESG as the key to whether an organization could be considered AI enabled.Why the emphasis on accelerators for AI initiatives like deep learning? To understand the logic behind the research firm’s criteria, it helps to comprehend the fundamentals of deep learning. Roughly, it can be broken down into two pursuits: training and inferencing. Training involves teaching your models to learn and develop accuracy. To train a model, you give your computer instructions on how to learn to do something. Inferencing requires running the model on new data in an application. You input the model into code and glean fresh insights. Training and inferencing work in partnership: As your model discovers new data, it must be retrained and refined.Diagram source: Retail Analytics with Malong RetailAI® on Dell EMC PowerEdge ServersTo complete the tasks involved in training and inferencing, you need super-charged compute power bolstered by accelerator technology. The two best-known operators in this space are graphics processing units (GPUs) and field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). Both rely on parallel processing to reduce processing time, but there are also significant differences between the two choices. GPUs work well for accelerating compute and are best suited for training. They were originally designed to handle the complex math operations needed for graphics. FPGAs have programmable logic blocks that can be optimized to run already-trained models quickly and are ideal for inferencing.Back to that ESG study: Researchers found that the most AI-enabled organizations are implementing initiatives directly tied to deep learning. Sixty-four percent of such companies are developing, deploying, and tuning AI models in production for natural language processing, while 58 percent are engaged in the same activities for image classification. These organizations accrue major business benefits from their AI pursuits. AI-enabled organizations are: 8x more likely than Stage 1 (the least AI-enabled) orgs to say AI has been very effective at driving value.2x more likely to tie 10 percent or more revenue to AI initiatives.2x more likely to experience a time to value shorter than expectations.It’s worth your while to invest in top-notch accelerator-enhanced servers for deep learning. The complex and ever-updating neural networks essential to this discipline demand immense processing power, and accelerators are a requirement to participate. To learn more about the platforms and technology that facilitate deep learning, as well as the best Dell EMC PowerEdge servers for the job, download our new eBook, The Server Technology Vital to Deep Learning.Follow us and join the conversation on Twitter @DellEMCServers.last_img read more

Announcing the 1st B2B Community for Networking, Marketing & Business Development

first_imgNetworking, Marketing & Business DevelopmentA new company promises the ability to build wealth for its members, whilst eliminating many of the downsides of traditional business development. Mybusinessadvice.co.uk commenced its web based service in December 2007 with a goal of helping small to medium sized business owners throughout the UK, whether they are growing, running or even starting a new business create the profits and lifestyle they desire.What makes the business concepts behind mybusinessadvice.co.uk so effective is that these have been tried and tested, however they havent been available before under a single umbrella, or at such an affordable cost, to provide the help and support for business owners and entrepreneurs.Mybusinessadvice.co.uk provides networking, marketing and business development facilities to build inter-business relationships, increase sales and marketing, increase efficiency and profitability and to develop the business and its owner. For only 20p a day they get:NetworkingoRaise their on-line profile and opening up new marketsoSystemise their on-line and off-line networking referralsBusiness DevelopmentoSupport with an off-line mentoring and development Buddy GroupoTraining Events and Seminars to expand essential business skillsMarketingoOpportunities to promote their latest products/servicesoCreation of alliances to develop new marketsOther AspectsoAll their business supplies/services from trusted companiesoDetailed written/video business advice from expertsoEfficiency with soon to be added “Tools” section saving time & moneyoBusiness news to stay one-step sheds of their competitionThe Managing Director and co-founder of My Business Advice Ltd is Ian Donaldson who has been running his own businesses for over 18 years and grew up in both his fathers and grandfathers manufacturing businesses so he understands the pressures involved in setting up and running a small business.last_img read more

Trail Mix: Behind the Scenes with Levi Lowrey

first_imgLevi Lowrey reminds me a lot of two of my favorite songwriters, Darrell Scott and Shawn Camp.  You might not know their names, but I can just about guarantee you know their songs.If you are a fan of the Zac Brown Band, you have heard Levi Lowrey’s songcraft.  Unwittingly, you have probably sung along with his words.  Levi earned a CMA Song of the Year nomination for his co-write on “Colder Weather,” from the 2010 Zac Brown Band release You Get What You Give, and he co-wrote “The Wind,” which was on Uncaged, Zac Brown Band’s chart topping and Grammy winning 2012  record.I first heard of Levi Lowrey when he was tabbed to replace Bryan Simpson following his departure from Cadillac Sky.  That collaboration didn’t stick, but I have been following Levi ever since. I Confess I Was A Fool, his 2011 release on Zac Brown’s Southern Ground label, is a Southern Americana masterpiece.  For proof, listen to “Whiskey and Wine” or “Freight Hopper,” two of my favorite tracks from a record that has rarely been far from my stereo these last few years.Levi’s eponymous sophomore effort, which releases February 25th, met my expectations easily.  Tracks like “Picket Fences,” which is featured on this month’s Trail Mix, “December Thirty-One,” and “Before The Hymnal Died” confirm to me that Levi Lowrey stands shoulder to shoulder with Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, and Will Hoge as the best in what Southern songwriting has to offer.Trail Mix recently caught up with Levi to chat about working with Zac Brown, heavy metal music, and the new record.BRO – As an emerging Americana artist, what does it mean to be associated with Southern Ground?LL – I think that Southern Ground is the perfect place for ANY Americana artist.  Zac really knows allows artists to be themselves.  I’m making music the same way that I always have, without being pressured to cut my hair, shave my bear, and wear a baseball cap (the new cowboy hat).  Zac throws his full weight behind it, because he believes in his artists.  He doesn’t try to manufacture pop stars.BRO – The world knows Zac Brown as a performer.  How was it working with him as a producer?LL – Zac has a really good grasp on track listings.  He’s always amazed me with his ability to pick songs for records, put them in order, and then pick singles.  It’s the kind of skill that only a music lover and seasoned reader of liner notes can possess.  I have to also stress that Matt Mangano and Clay Cook did an incredible job producing this record.  They took the aforementioned hand picked songs and elevated them to a new level.BRO – We are featuring “Picket Fences” on Trail Mix this month.  What’s the story behind the song?LL – First, thank you for this honor.  There are several viewpoints that are represented in this song.  There is a kind of U2 element to this one.  The cheater is me.  The wife is God, and the lover is the world.  There is another story that’s far more straight forward.  It’s that story that most people will latch onto and pick up on the first listen.  Both stories are true.BRO – Is there a song on the record that you just fell into, something that happened unusually quickly?LL – “Trying Not To Die” came rather quickly.  I was at a family Thanksgiving gathering, watching my kids play with their cousins out in the yard.  They were trying to kill themselves on a Cozy Coupe and various other playground items.  It reminded me of my childhood, when I’d spend all of my time outside playing with my cousins.  It made me sad to realize that, somewhere along the way, I lost that daredevil mentality.  Now I am an overly nervous father, trying not to die.BRO – Why aren’t more Americana artists covering Black Sabbath tunes?LL – Why isn’t Black Sabbath covering more Americana artists?Levi Lowrey is out on the road in support of the Zac Brown Band for much of the month of February.  For more information on Levi, the new record, or when you might be able to catch him live, point your browser to www.levilowrey.com.And, if you want to grab a signed copy of Levi’s record early, take a shot at our trivia question in the form down below – just fill it out and submit!.  We’ll pick a winner from all of the correct responses received by noon (EST) tomorrow – Thursday, February 6th.Good luck!!last_img read more

Briefs

first_imgBay Area Legal Services, Inc., recently received $133,000 from Carlton Fields as a result of the firm’s endowment fundraising campaign for Bay Area Legal Services.Carlton Fields donated $50,000, and its attorneys made additional individual donations in the amount of $83,000. Carlton Fields has a longstanding relationship with Bay Area Legal Services as a donor, volunteer, and advocate of the agency.“This generous gift to the endowment will continue to generate income to service low-income families that have nowhere else to turn, and leave a legacy that will benefit Bay Area for years to come,” said Beth Eppley, development director at Bay Area Legal Services, an agency in Hillsborough and Pasco counties entrusted with providing legal services to the indigent.Florida graduates donate $25,000 to the law school Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10, Brad Alexander has petitioned the Florida Supreme Court for reinstatement to the Bar from a rehabilitative suspension.This suspension was effective January 27, 2000, and was for a period of one year resulting from a felony conviction.Any persons having knowledge bearing upon Alexander’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact William Mulligan, Bar Counsel, The Florida Bar, Suite M-100, 444 Brickell Ave., Miami 33131, telephone (305) 377-4445.Court sets arguments July 1, 2003 Regular News Members of the Treasure Coast Association of Women Lawyers recently held its second annual Law Day program at the PACE Center for Girls, Inc., in Ft. Pierce.TCAWL members, joined by representatives from Florida Rural Legal Services for the 19th Circuit, participated in class discussions on school, careers, and overcoming obstacles to goals. The classes were followed by a barbeque for the students of the PACE Center for Girls.SanGiovanni named new Orange County Bar leader Briefs In an effort to more effectively communicate with and assist Florida’s burgeoning Caribbean-American community, the Caribbean Bar Association has launched a new Web site, www.caribbeanbar.org.Visitors can find help locating Caribbean-American attorneys from a range of practice areas, access Caribbean consulates in South Florida, and throughout the nation, and keep track of current events and initiatives affecting the Caribbean community.The Caribbean Bar Web site was created to better interact with the Caribbean community at large, which represents one of the fastest growing populations within America’s black community. According to sociologist John Logan, co-author of a recent report on black diversity, the number of blacks from the Caribbean increased 63 percent to more than 1.5 million in the 1990s, leading to the birth of black advocacy groups, such as the Caribbean Bar, in communities across the nation.As a result of this tremendous population growth, the Caribbean Bar has grown from 25 to more than 150 attorneys from the Caribbean-American community in South Florida’s tri-county area, according to Caribbean Bar Association President Marlon A. Hill.Hill said that the new Web site will serve as a “valuable resource” for both the Caribbean-American legal profession in Florida, as well as to the Caribbean-American community by providing legal resources and information.“The sad truth is that the vast majority of citizens in most minority communities don’t know where to turn for dependable legal counsel for even the most basic needs, such as drafting a will, purchasing real estate, starting a business, or adopting a child,” Hill said. “This Web site will allow the Caribbean Bar Association to develop a more intimate relationship with the community, thus enhancing greater interaction with bar members across Florida, as well as with citizens in need of legal service throughout the country and the world.”The Caribbean Bar Association was founded in 1994 and is based in Miami. For information call (305) 548-3800, or visit www.caribbeanbar.org. The Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors is seeking those interested in filling a 16th Circuit vacancy created by the resignation of Samuel Kaufman.Anyone wishing to fill the vacancy should send a letter of intent and a resume to Austin Newberry, The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300 by July 18.Alexander petitions for reinstatement For the third year, the South Eastern Bar Circuit (England and Wales) is sponsoring the Gerald T. Bennett Scholarship for the Advanced International Trial Advocacy Course at Keble College, Oxford University, England.The course offers week-long practical experience on trial advocacy in the format of the Trial Lawyers Section Advanced Trial Advocacy held annually at the University of Florida. The criteria for the scholarship are membership in the Trial Lawyers Sections and five to eight years of trial experience.To apply for the scholarship, submit your resume and a letter stating the reason for your interest in attending the seminar, by July 13 to Connie Stewart at [email protected] or fax the information to her at 850-561-5628.The program will be held August 25-30. The Executive Council’s Oxford Committee will make its decision by July 15.Communications panel wants to promote public participation in the Bar’s grievance process The Orange County Bar Association is still taking reservations for its Eighth Annual and Final Jet Break to Scotland set for September 16 – 29.The cost this year is $3,279 for 14 days and 13 nights and includes airfare from Orlando or Miami, hotel rooms, some dinners and breakfasts.The tour includes visits to historic castles of Scotland, including Blair, Scone, Glamis, and Stirling, a visit to Edinburgh and historic Edinburgh Castle, a leisurely ride through the loch, hills, and glens of the Trosachs area of Scotland, a tour of a Scottish distillery capped off by a tasting at the bar, plus a day free for salmon or trout fishing in the famous Tay River or playing golf.After seven days in Scotland the group travels to London via first-class Britrail to stay six nights at the Knightsbridge Green Hotel in the Knightsbridge area of London, around the corner from Harrods and across from Hyde Park.Another highlight of the trip is the optional law day which includes a tour of Westminister, the Middle and Inner Temples, the Temple Church, Lincoln’s Inn, a four-course lunch with the barristers at the 600-year-old Middle Temple dining room, ending with tea at the Law Society.For more information contact John Pattillo at 146 Virginia Drive, Winter Park 32789; telephone (407) 644- 2816; fax (407) 629-5209 or e-mail [email protected] Fields donates to Bay Area Legal Services Beginning July 1 the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida will implement its Facsimile Noticing Program.Attorneys who have returned the “Authorization for Participation in Facsimile Noticing Program” form will receive by fax, in lieu of transmission by United States mail, orders, judgments, and notices that originate with the court.The Clerk’s Office will maintain a report confirming delivery of each facsimile transmission. If the Clerk’s Office is unable to confirm receipt, the document will be sent by U.S. mail no later than the following business day.Attorneys who have not yet registered, but wish to participate in the Facsimile Noticing Program, must provide the Clerk’s Office with a completed form “Authorization for Participation in Facsimile Noticing Program.”Contact any divisional Clerk’s Office for the authorization form or download it from the court’s Web site at www.flmd.us courts.gov, under “Attorney Resources.”A separate authorization form must be completed by each attorney in a firm. Note that participation in this program requires that a dedicated fax line (not shared with a phone line) be available.Gerald Bennett trial scholarship now available The revised second edition of The Florida Public Records Handbook is now available with profiles on more than 150 of Florida’s most useful state and local public records.The handbook is published by the First Amendment Foundation in Tallahassee and is writen by Jacksonville journalist Joe Adams, who has spent more than a decade researching Florida public records and coaching others on how to use them.The handbook gives details about useful documents available at state agencies, the courthouse, city hall, and online. Many agency phone numbers, office addresses, and Web links are provided. It also includes a public records law question and answer section by Barbara A. Petersen, president of the foundation, and a summary of the state’s public records laws from Pat Gleason of the Florida Attorney General’s Office.Adams, an editorial writer and opinion page editor at The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville, also will provide periodic update information through his Web site at www.iDigAnswers.com.The publication debuted at the beginning of 2000 and quickly became a staple for lawyers, journalists, civic activists, paralegals, public officials, librarians, and residents throughout Florida.Petersen edited the project along with Mark Middlebrook, a former president of Investigative Reporters and Editors and now a public official with the Jacksonville Mayor’s Office. The handbook is the companion to the Government-in-the-Sunshine manual produced annually by the Florida Attorney General’s Office and also published by the foundation.Copies are available from the foundation prepaid for $24.95 or may be purchased in combination with the sunshine manual for $34.95. Make payment to The First Amendment Foundation, 336 E. College Ave., Suite 101, Tallahassee 32301. Order forms are on the foundation Web site at www.floridafaf.org. Call the foundation at (850) 822-3518 or (800) 337-3518 for more details.Florida Bar member becomes NY Bar leader A. Thomas Levin took office on June 1 as president of the 70,000-member New York State Bar Association.Officially elected this past January by the House of Delegates, the association’s decision and policy-making body, Levin – who also is a member of The Florida Bar — is the fourth president from Long Island in the 127-year history of the NYSBA, and the first from Nassau County.According to Levin, during his one-year term as president of the nation’s largest voluntary state bar, he will focus his efforts on several initiatives, including: increasing access to civil legal services for the poor, making legal services more affordable for middle income consumers, enhancing the state bar’s outreach to other professional organizations, and improving the public’s understanding of the law and the legal system.Since 1972, Levin has provided free legal services as general counsel to the Day Care Council of Nassau County and the Rosa Lee Young Childhood Center, Inc. He is the 2002 recipient of the Nassau/Suffolk Legal Services Commitment to Justice Award for his tireless support of pro bono work in the community. He is a shareholder in the Mineola firm of Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C.Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar will now make Okaloosa and Walton referrals Florida Bar members should now have received their 2003-2004 annual fee statements — reflecting no increase in fees.The statements were mailed in late May. The fees are payable July 1 and are late after August 15.Members will receive one of two fee statements: one designed for active members and another for those who have elected inactive status. Annual fees are still $265. Inactive members pay $175. Eligible members may pay online at www.FLABAR.org.Under the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, fees postmarked after August 15 will be assessed a late fee.YLD to fill 16th Circuit vacancy Paul L. SanGiovanni has been named president of the Orange County Bar Association for 2003-04.Other new OCBA officers include Wayne L. Helsby, president-elect; William E. Sublette, treasurer; and Rebecca L. Palmer, secretary.Funds raised for accounting scholarship Bar fees are payable July 1 The Florida Supreme Court has set oral arguments in Re: Amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, SC03-705 for August 29, beginning at 8:30 a.m.A maximum of 15 minutes to each side has been allotted for the arguments.Middle District implements fax notice program The Broward County Bar Association’s Solo/Small Law Firm Networking Group reached a new milestone with more than 60 attorneys attending a recent dinner program.“The networking group features group members who speak about their own law firm’s areas of practice, promoting the visibility of the participants,” according to Nancy W. Gregoire, president of the Broward County Bar Association. “The Broward Bar has created these interactive programs to enhance networking opportunities for law firms having four or fewer attorneys.”“Some attorneys have already received case referrals from other participants,” said Loring N. Spolter, a Ft. Lauderdale employment law attorney who is the group’s chair. “Many of the participants are ‘repeaters’ who recognize how the networking group can assist in business development.”Attorneys and mediators working in a variety of legal fields comprise the Networking Group without any single practice type dominating, Spotter said. With so many participating attorneys, dinner events are now being held every other month. On those months between dinner programs, the networking group is organizing neighborhood lunches to create more business development opportunities.For more information call Spolter at (954) 728-3494.Seats available for Scotland trip The Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service is now serving Okaloosa and Walton counties, which previously were covered by The Florida Bar’s Lawyer Referral Service.In 2002, the Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service submitted a request to the Board of Governors to add Okaloosa and Walton counties to its coverage area, which was approved.“We had to wait until the new telephone books were published in those two counties so that the Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association’s Yellow Page ad for the referral service would appear,” said Karen Kelly, director of the Bar’s LRS. “The telephone books were published in May, so we are now making the transition from covering those two counties to the Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar covering those counties.”Kelly said letters have been sent to all the attorneys that are currently on The Florida Bar Lawyer Referral Service informing them of the change and asking them to contact the Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association if they wish to join its service.Those interested in joining the Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association’s referral service may call (850) 434-8135 to receive an application.Broward’s small firm networking group begins to draw crowds Continuing a renewed tradition of the University of Florida Levin College of Law, spring 2003 graduates presented approximately $25,000 in gifts and pledges to Dean Jon Mills at recent commencement ceremonies.John Marshall Bar Association “Student of the Year” Nicole Kibert of Tampa presented the contribution to Mills with the request it be used to help support 10 of the school’s student organizations and a variety of student/faculty programs.Student members of the Law Alumni Council coordinated the fundraising effort. This is the fourth consecutive class to raise funds for the school since renewal by the 2001 graduates of a tradition dormant in the ’90s. With return of the “class gift,” more than $66,400 has been given or pledged to the college by its last four graduating classes.Treasure Coast women lawyers assist students The Suntrust/Fowler White Boggs Banker Local Accounting Scholarship Fund now exceeds $120,000 thanks to this year’s recent CPA Extravaganza, an annual continuing education day for Tampa Bay area certified public accountants.Proceeds from the seminar go to the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay to award scholarships to University of South Florida and University of Tampa students and to continue building an endowment for those scholarships.Scholarship recipients Kelley Neff from the University of Tampa and Jason Burkett and Deborah Bischsel from the University of South Florida were introduced to the more than 300 seminar attendees.“This event continues to be a model effort for other organizations in combining philanthropy with professional education,” said George Baxter, president of the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay.Jack Boggs, chair of Fowler White Boggs Banker said, “Our participation not only provides continuing education to local CPAs but provides funds for students who can hopefully make a difference in the future of our community.”Caribbean Bar launches Web site Expanding ways to recruit public members for Bar grievance committees, monitoring the Dignity in Law program, and continuing the Bar’s outreach program with local bars has been occupying the Communications Committee’s time.Chair David Welch reported to the Board of Governors recently that the panel considered a suggestion from a Bar staffer to more widely publicize public member vacancies on grievance committees and have a screening committee review applicants.Currently, Welch noted, Board of Governors members make recommendations for public appointees for their local committees.The Communications Committee recommended organizing more publicity, but not using screening committees.“The committee recommended issuing press releases about the appointment of new lay people to local grievance committees to generate publicity about the fact that we do have public members on our grievance panels,” Welch said. “This would inspire people to seek membership on grievance panels.”Those interested would be told to contact the Bar’s Public Information Office for more information, he said.The committee has been active in monitoring the Dignity in Law program, and Welch echoed comments by outgoing Bar President Tod Aronovitz (see story elsewhere in this News ) about the success of the effort’s first year. “It’s been a remarkable program and it’s been very well received,” he said.Welch touted the success of the Bar’s outreach program that matches funds with local bars for programs that educate the public about the legal system and the judiciary. The two most recent grants went to the Tallahassee Women Lawyers and the Palm Beach County Bar Association for Law Week related activities.He noted a Broward County Bar Association produced a videotape explaining legislative actions on judiciary funding in the wake of 1998’s Revision 7 constitutional amendment has attracted interest. He said eight other local bars have requested copies to use in their public education efforts.On another matter, Welch said the committee had approved a new public information pamphlet dealing with revocable trusts. It is one of dozens the Bar makes available to the public to answer and explain common legal questions and problems.Public records guide available last_img read more

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