Hodges honored for ‘fairness, decency, and knowledge’

first_imgHodges honored for ‘fairness, decency, and knowledge’ November 15, 2003 Regular News Hodges honored for ‘fairness, decency, and knowledge’center_img William Terrell Hodges, senior judge for the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, recently received the 21st Annual Devitt Distinguished Service to Justice Award.The Devitt Award annually honors an Article III judge of national stature, whose distinguished lifelong career is characterized by: “Decisions that, through their wisdom, humanity, and commitment to the rule of law, make clear that bench, bar, and community alike would willingly entrust that judge with the most complex cases of the most far-reaching import; writings, including opinions, lectures, or other publications, that reveal scholarship and dedication to the improvement of the judicial process; and activities that have helped to improve the administration of justice, advance the rule of law, reinforce collegial ties within the judicial branch, or strengthen civic ties within local, national, and international communities.”Judge Hodges served as an active judge on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District from 1971 to 1999, and as its chief judge from 1982 to 1989. His impact has been felt at both the state and national level. He was chair of the Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States and is currently chair of the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. Hodges was a founder and former president of the American Inns of Court, Tampa Chapter; and in 1996, after moving to Jacksonville, he served as president of the Jacksonville Chapter of the American Inns of Court.Judges and lawyers from across the country wrote the Devitt Selection Panel to express their admiration and respect for his work on the bench, administratively, and in public service, uniformly recognizing his fairness, decency, and knowledge of the law, and describing, for example, Judge Hodges’ extraordinary record of such accomplishments as: “.. . in my 60 years of life, I have never known a more decent man or a better role model for the American judiciary. . . (Hodges) has served with continued distinction at every level of government in the federal judiciary, exhibiting extraordinary skill, energy, and leadership.. . It is hard to envision a greater record of accomplishment and service.”“For more than a quarter-century,” read a Tampa Tribune editorial in 1999, “this wise and humble man from Polk County has devoted his life to public service.”The Devitt Distinguished Service to Justice Award is named for the late Edward J. Devitt, longtime chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. It is administered by the American Judicature Society with funding provided by the Dwight D. Opperman Foundation, Minneapolis. The honor includes an award of $15,000 and is symbolized by an inscribed crystal obelisk.This year’s three-member award selection panel included: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer; Judge Harry Edwards of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; and Judge Fern Smith, director of the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, D.C., and a judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.last_img read more

7 Indispensable secrets to becoming a better listener

first_imgRemember when you were a kid, and you had a knock-down, blow-out fight with your parents? It could have been about anything, really; and chances are it was about something that, in retrospect, was moronic on your part (or was it just me?).A common refrain, though, in the aftermath and while debriefing your friends was something like this: “Dude, my parents just don’t _____ to me!”Fill in the blank.Ok, ok. Fine. No doubt you employed your Sherlock-esque deductive reasoning skills and put together that since this post is about listening, the word “listen” most likely belongs in the blank.Well, you’re right.The reason I point this out is because there’s a sort of universal frustration that all of us feel when we detect that someone isn’t listening to us. continue reading » 30SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Books, bobbleheads, biscuits and your brand

first_imgThis is a sermon we’ve preached before but always deserves extra airtime: in branding, everything matters. Every little detail from the 30,000-foot level right down to what’s on your desktop.This brand pillar came to light during a recent mystery shop exercise for a client as part of a larger marketing auditpartnership. With close to twenty branches to visit, it offered an interesting cross-sample of brand culture (both for the client and the competitors they specified).While the following observations didn’t occur every branch (and aren’t representative of the entire mystery shop score) they are uniquely indicative of the brand tenet above. Of the roughly twenty branches where we interacted with staff to get a feel for their culture and brand:One employee (a teller) had to put down a paperback novel she was reading as we approached her workstation (and left it in plain sight throughout the conversation). continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

CFO Focus: 7 filters for strategic cost-cutting

first_imgLike in the Great Recession, decision-makers are facing a margin squeeze, credit risk is unknown and non-interest income is under pressure. During that time, there was significant cost-cutting.But it was different back then. Consumers weren’t as attached to digital channels as they are now, and they weren’t as compelled to instantly adopt them like they are now due to social distancing. This instant adoption means that competition for financial services just increased monumentally, so across-the-board cuts won’t cut it.In this highly competitive environment, it is simply not possible to save your way to a relevant and compelling business model. Pulling back and waiting for the storm to blow over is not an option.To meet the competition head-on and emerge from this crisis stronger, more relevant and ready for whatever the post-crisis world has in store, cost-cutting must be met with judicious methods that put strategy first. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Hafez will bring new voice to City Council

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWe have the opportunity on Election Day, Nov. 7, to get some new blood on the City Council of the city of Schenectady and diversify its mostly one-sided party makeup. In my opinion, it is more important to have council members with common sense rather than the proper party affiliation. Proof positive is Vince Riggi, who was never previously a politician but has become an outstanding council member.I would like to see Mohamed Hafez join Vince on the council as a practical, reasonable check against monolithic party rule. Mr. Hafez, owner of Crane Insurance Services, would bring his financial expertise to a city that often seems to lack common sense in that area.As a representative of the Republican Party, Reform Party and Green Party, he’s a practical person who wants to take action to solve problems, rather than simply discussing them in ad finitum. This includes middle-class issues like property taxes, but also crime reduction and investment in our lower-income neighborhoods to strengthen and lift up the city overall.Please join me in voting for Mr. Hafez on Nov. 7. It’s far past time to have more voices with new ideas on our city council.Jessie MaleckiSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Gold Coast’s first ‘floating house’ is off the market

first_imgThe master suite has an outdoor stone tub. Matt black combines with copper accentuates.The interior is a flow of matt black, copper and timber finishes, with timber framing the stunning coast and city view.Ms Naumoski has knocked back two offers to swap the property — one in the Whitsundays and one locally — so she can build or renovate her next home.Ed Cherry of Sophie Carter Exclusive Properties, who was marketing the property, said Ms Naumoski plans to keep an eye on other multimillion-dollar sales in the local market and remains open to serious offers. “She was serious about selling the property and still is serious about it,” Mr Cherry said.“Right now she will sit it out and wait for a good sale (in the area).” It is built on stilts to appear suspended.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa19 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“There’s nothing really to compare it to, so that was the biggest challenge, ” Ms Naumoski told the Gold Coast Bulletin at the time.“At the moment I’ve put a price on it, I believe that’s what it’s worth in terms of the land value, the cost of the build and the considerable effort that’s gone into the home and that’s based off the feedback that came through the expressions of interest campaign,” she said. The indoor pool.Ms Naumoski worked with a local builder and architect to bring the three-bedroom, two-bathroom residence to life on a 405sq m block and then-shambling shack in 2016.The new build features’ include a sunken outdoor lounge with fire pit, a cinema room, an outdoor concrete bathtub and an indoor pool. The Burleigh Heads house has the wow factor. The interior features plenty of timber. 45 Hill Ave, Burleigh Heads has been taken off the market.THE Gold Coast’s first floating house has been taken off the market following a sales campaign that included offers of a property swap. The unique residence that was built to appear as if it’s suspended from the side of Hill Avenue in Burleigh Heads was listed for sale through an expressions of interest campaign in November 2017, before vendor Rozetta Naumoski put a $2.7 million price tag on it last month. last_img read more

UK plan for sovereign-owned listing category a worry for investors

first_img“If the proposals in this consultation document are implemented, it will be bad news for London and will reverse the progress we have made in recent years to uphold strong governance and protect minority shareholders,” he said.In Royal London’s view, the listing rules should apply for any premium listing, whether the controlling investor was a private individual, a consortium or a sovereign state, Hamilton Claxton said.The FCA explained in yesterday’s announcement that it had decided to bring this proposal forward from its ongoing “Review of the Effectiveness of Primary Markets”.Andrew Bailey, the regulator’s chief executive, said: “Sovereign owners are different from private sector individuals or companies – both in their motivations and in their nature.”Regulatory protections for investors lay at the core of the listing regime, he said, but added it was important that those protections remained well-targeted. “Refining the listing regime in this way would make UK markets more accessible whilst ensuring that the protections afforded by our premium listing regime are focused and proportionate,” he said.The authority said the new premium listing category would include all of the investor protection that applied to firms in the existing premium listing category, but with two changes.Firstly, the sovereign would not be considered a related party in the related party rules, and secondly, the controlling shareholder rules would not apply to companies in the new category in respect of the sovereign controlling shareholder.Shareholder lobby group ShareAction warned of the danger of diluting existing protection.“Our initial reaction is that investors and savers should be nervous about any dilution of existing protections which were specifically introduced to avoid a repetition of the governance issues associated with Bumi and ENRC,” said Catherine Howarth, the organisation’s chief executive.Apart from giving feedback to the FCA’s new proposal for listing of state-owned entities, ShareAction would also push for the major index providers to carefully consider how to respond, she said.“The FTSE 100 includes a range of multinational businesses who meet high governance standards – there is no reason why this should be diluted by technical changes in the premium listing with potential implications for passive investors,” Howarth said. The announcement by the UK’s financial regulator that it is proposing to introduce a new “premium listing” category for sovereign controlled companies — which effectively relaxes the rules around some IPOs — has been criticised for eroding shareholder protection.The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said yesterday that it had launched a consultation on proposals to create a new category within its premium listing regime to cater for companies controlled by a shareholder that was a sovereign country.The move is seen by many in the market as catering for an IPO by Saudia Aramco, Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil company. The Gulf country is looking to sell 5% of the company, with New York and London reportedly left in the running as venues for the listing. Ashley Hamilton Claxton, corporate governance manager at Royal London Asset Management, said: “It looks like the FCA is consulting on amending the existing listing rules to accommodate the peculiarities of one company, which is not a very effective strategy for regulating the market as a whole. last_img read more

Magazine highlights Indiana round barns

first_imgBatesville, In. — The January-February issue of Outdoor Indiana magazine features a cover story on the movement to preserve the Hoosier state’s round and polygonal barns.Such barns were always rare, even in their heyday. At least 226 such barns were built in Indiana between 1874 and 1936, more than in any other state. Only 73 are left. A registry of round or polygonal structures in Indiana is here.Get more information at Outdoor Indiana.last_img

David B. Tousley

first_imgDavid B. Tousley, age 72, died peacefully on Wednesday, August 12, 2020, surrounded by family at his home in Batesville. Born November 27, 1947, in Indianapolis, he is the son of John and Shirley (Wilkerson) Tousley. David received his bachelor’s degree in 1969 and later a Master’s degree in education from Butler University. He was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity serving as president of the local chapter. David worked as a sales representative for Norwalk Furniture Corporation for 30 years, much of it in Seattle, before he retired. David loved looking at the mountains and the Puget Sound. Most of all, he loved spending time with family and friends. David was a kind and generous soul. He will be remembered for his sense of humor and love of laughter. Anyone who knew him became his friend. He was loved by all. David could spend hours in his backyard observing birds and nature in general. He was an avid reader and loved history. David is survived by his wife, Roseann (Moody), daughter Jennifer Tousley of Washington, D.C., brothers John Tousley of Zionsville, Indiana, and Thomas Tousley of Alexandria, Virginia, as well as sisters, Karen Elliott of Carmel, Indiana and Jane Brown of Zionsville, Indiana, stepdaughters, Erica (Scheidler) Hopewell, Lori (Schalf) DeWitt and stepson Casey Scalf. He was preceded in death by his parents. David will be cremated. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Donations may be made to the Margaret Mary Foundation Oncology or Margaret Mary Hospice in Batesville.last_img read more

Garry Monk: Everton’s handling of John Stones transfer saga to be admired

first_imgSwansea manager Garry Monk has expressed his admiration for Everton over the way they handled the John Stones transfer saga. “But all credit to him. He looks to be getting on with it, which is what you should do as a player.” Swansea enjoyed a resounding 3-0 victory over Everton in the Capital One Cup last season but have never beaten the Toffees in 20 league attempts. Monk says it would be pleasing to “put that record to bed” but admits it will be a difficult challenge, particularly as he says he has detected a change in Everton’s approach this season. “They had a difficult season last year for various reasons but they’ve started this one well and shown their true quality,” Monk said as he prepares for another reunion with Martinez, his former Swansea team-mate and manager. “The players they’ve got at the club they should be a top 10 side as that’s been their history. “They finished outside the top 10 last season and that would have been seen as below-par at Everton, but they don’t have Europe this season and I’m sure they feel they will be able to concentrate on the league. “Roberto’s a good manager and they’ve probably changed their game a little bit this season. “They’ve adapted their game, they can be direct at times and vary it up a bit. “We are expecting a difficult game because they are obviously full of confidence after last weekend’s result.” Everton stood firm in the face of three offers from champions Chelsea last month – the last upwards of £30million which prompted the England defender to hand in a transfer request – with manager Roberto Martinez insisting all along the 21-year-old was not for sale. And Everton’s stance was immediately rewarded last weekend when Stones produced a cultured performance in a 3-1 home victory over Chelsea. “Roberto was very clear on the situation and credit to Everton that they’ve followed through on it,” Monk said. “I personally admire that because it’s very difficult for clubs like Everton and ourselves – clubs outside that top six – when teams come in for your players. “It’s not just this league, but other leagues as well, that teams can come in and poach a player and wave that cheque in your face. “Sometimes it’s very difficult to stop a player having his head turned in those situations. “It is a so-called step up and a different pay packet I would imagine, but that’s testament to the club. “They’ve stayed strong from the start and it doesn’t look like it’s distracted him. He’s a very good player and you can see why he’s attracted the interest he’s attracted. Press Association Monk’s men have to break down an Everton defence featuring Stones at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday as they seek to bounce back from last weekend’s first defeat of the season at Watford. But Monk feels the Toffees have struck a blow for clubs outside the Barclays Premier League’s top-six elite. last_img read more