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Tony winner Neil Patrick Harris, his husband, It Shoulda Been You star David Burtka, and their cuter-than-words kiddos Gideon and Harper are the reigning royal family when it comes to awe-inspiring Halloween costumes. Every year, they pull out all the stops, and judging by Harris’ Twitter account, this year is no exception! They’ve done it again in 2014 with their incredibly detailed Batman-themed costumes. There’s NPH as the Riddler, Burtka as the Joker, Gideon as Batman and Harper as…Batgirl? Catwoman? Huntress? It’s debatable. Anyway, awwwww! We’re jealous of the lucky houses these adorable trick-or-treaters will visit tonight. Happy Halloween! Star Files View Comments Neil Patrick Harris
Police have arrested the alleged drug kingpin of Rio de Janeiro’s largest slum ahead of a major crackdown, as Brazil prepares to host the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games. The police said late Wednesday, November 9 that they had arrested Antonio Bonfim Lopes — also known as “Nem” and “considered one of the most wanted criminals in Rio de Janeiro” — as the alleged drug trafficker tried to flee the area in a car. Federal police earlier announced that two alleged drug traffickers were nabbed — “Peixe” and “Coelho,” the latter being Lopes’s right-hand man. At dawn Wednesday, dozens of Special Forces set up a checkpoint along the main road leading into the Rocinha “favela,” or slum, which has been a bastion of drug gangs for decades. Police said Rocinha will become the 19th favela to be ridden of traffickers who have been in control for the past 30 years, and local media have ventured that a broader pacification operation will be launched over the weekend. The neighboring Vidigal shantytown is also expected to be pacified soon. Since 2008, authorities in Rio, which has one of the highest murder rates in the country, have been in a race to restore security in the city before the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics, to be held in Brazil. Local press reports and some residents said police were expected to make their move Sunday. But a security spokesman said: “We do not disclose ahead of time when police pacification units move” into the favelas. He said police actions over the past two days were “routine operations.” Their aim, according to the daily O Dia, was to “snuff out drug trafficking” before an assault by security forces backed by commandos. A year ago, some 2,600 troops and police backed by armor and helicopters occupied the Complexo do Alemao in a massive operation after a wave of attacks by drug traffickers on police stations and vehicles that left 37 people dead. More than 1.5 million people live in Rio’s slums — about a third of the local population. By Dialogo November 10, 2011
March 1, 2005 Regular News Board to consider advertising rules Pursuant to Standing Board Policy 1.60, the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar hereby publishes this notice of intent to consider or take final action at its April 8 meeting on the following proposed amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar. These matters are additionally governed by Rule 1-12.1, Rules Regulating The Florida Bar. Most amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar that are finally acted upon by the board must still be formally presented to the Supreme Court of Florida, with further notice and opportunity to be heard, before they are officially approved and become effective. The amendments proposed are recommended by the Advertising Task Force 2004, and the full text of the task force’s recommendations is available on the Bar’s Web site at www.flabar.org, under Organization, Committees, Special, Advertising Task Force 2004. Questions may be addressed to Elizabeth Clark Tarbert, Ethics Counsel, at (850) 561-5780. 4-7.1 Adds new subdivision (b) stating that subchapter 4-7 applies to Florida bar members who advertise inFlorida. Adds new subdivision (c) stating that subchapter 4-7 applies to out of state lawyers who advertise in Florida to provide authorized legal services. Adds new subdivision (e) stating that subchapter 4-7 does not apply to communications between lawyers. Adds new subdivision (f) stating that subchapter 4-7 does not apply to communications between a lawyer and the lawyer’s own family members. Adds new subdivision (g) stating that subchapter 4-7 does not apply to communications between a lawyer and the lawyer’s own current and former clients. Adds new subdivision (h) stating that subchapter 4-7 does not apply to communications at a prospective client’s request. Adds new subdivision (i) stating that the general prohibition against conduct involving dishonesty or misrepresentation applies to all communications by a lawyer. Adds commentary that the lawyer advertising rules do not apply in situations addressed by proposed subdivisions (e) through (i) above. 4-7.2 Reorganizes rule to first set forth required information in proposed subdivision (a), then permissible content in proposed subdivision (b), then general regulations in proposed subdivision (c). Deletes the requirement in subdivision (a)(2) that requires qualifying language to appear with a local telephone number where the lawyer does not have a local bona fide office. Divides permissible content into three subdivisions to address permissible content for lawyers [proposed subdivision (b)(1)], for lawyer referral services [proposed subdivision (b)(2)], and for public service announcements [proposed subdivision (b)(3)]. Adds to permissible content of advertisements military service [proposed subdivision (b)(1)(D)], punctuation marks and common typographical marks [proposed subdivision (b)(1)(L)], the Statue of Liberty, the American flag, the American eagle, the State of Florida flag, an unadorned set of law books, the inside or outside of a courthouse, column(s), and diploma(s) [proposed subdivision (b)(1)(M)]. Consolidates and deletes redundant information in the prohibition against misleading information in subdivision (b)(2) [proposed subdivision (c)(1)]. Deletes references to “unfair” advertising in subdivision (b)(2)(E) and comment. Deletes references to statements that are “likely to create an unjustified expectation about results the lawyer can achieve” in subdivision (b)(1)(B). Adds prohibition against statements that “guarantee results” in proposed subdivision (c)(1)(H). Consolidates the prohibitions against misleading illustrations and misleading visual and verbal portrayals in proposed subdivision (c)(3) [existing subdivisions (b)(3) and (c)(1)]. Deletes the prohibition against advertising for cases in an area of practice that the lawyer does not currently practice in subdivision (b)(5). Deletes as redundant the prohibition against requiring all ads to conform to the requirements of advertising areas of practice in subdivision (c)(2). Adds a prohibition against using terms such as “expert” or “expertise” unless the lawyer is board certified in proposed subdivision (c)(5) and comment [existing subdivision (c)(3)]. Deletes requirement of a disclosure that the lawyer intends to refer cases to another lawyer in subdivision (c)(8). Deletes requirement that required information appear in type size at least one quarter the size of the largest type used in the advertisement, leaving the requirement that all required information be clearly legible in proposed subdivision (c)(10) [existing subdivision (c)(11)]. Reorganizes general regulations to move all issues regarding content to the beginning of the rule and other prohibitions to the end of the rule, renumbering provisions of the rule. 4-7.3 Deletes the required hiring disclosure in subdivision (b) and comment. 4-7.4 Adds the term “unsolicited” to “written communication” in subdivision (b) title and subdivision (b)(1). Deletes prohibition against “unfair” statements or claims in subdivision (b)(1)(E). Moves record retention requirement provision from subdivision (b)(2)(C) to 4-7.7. Adds definition of “prior professional relationship” in the comment. Adds commentary addressing the standard to be used on the required disclosure of how the lawyer obtained the information prompting an unsolicited direct mail in a specific matter in the comment. 4-7.5 Deletes requirement that a nonlawyer spokesperson provide an affirmative disclosure that the person is not a lawyer and not a member of the firm except in ads where it is unclear from the context that the spokesperson is not a lawyer in subdivision (b)(2)(B) and comment. Deletes provision defining “member” of a law firm in the comment as obsolete in light of prior changes to the rule. 4-7.6 Deletes requirement that websites sponsored by a lawyer disclose all jurisdictions where the lawyer is licensed to practice in subdivision (b)(1). Deletes requirement that websites sponsored by a lawyer disclose 1 or more bona fide offices in subdivision (b)(2). Adds that direct mail sent electronically is subject to rule 4-7.2 in subdivision (c)(1). Adds that direct mail sent electronically must contain a subject line that begins with the words “LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT” in subdivision (c)(3). Adds that examples of computer-accessed communications include pop-up ads and banner ads in the comment. 4-7.7 Changes references to the Standing Committee on Advertising or the committee to “The Florida Bar” throughout the rule. Adds that filings must be made to Florida Bar headquarters address in subdivision (a). Adds that a lawyer cannot obtain an advisory opinion reguarding communications that are not subject to subchapter 4-7 in subdivision (a). Adds that a complete filing must include an accurate English translation if the ad appears in another language in subdivision (b)(3). Makes findings of compliance by The Florida Bar binding on The Florida Bar in grievance proceedings, except where misrepresentations are not apparent on the face of the ad in subdivision (f). Adds provision regarding retention of direct written communications to subdivision (h). Adds commentary regarding a safe harbor to encourage lawyers to file their ads and receive approval in advance of using the ads in the comment. 4-7.8 Adds that a public service announcement may contain any permissible content of advertising in subdivision (b). Deletes as redundant that communications sent only to existing clients, former clients or other lawyers are exempt from filing in subdivision (d). Deletes as redundant that communications at a prospective client’s request are exempt from filing in subdivision (e). Deletes as redundant that websites sponsored by a lawyer or law firm are exempt in subdivision (g). 4-7.9 Deletes rule in its entirety as redundant in light of proposed Rule 4-7.1(h). 4-7.10 Renumbers rule to 4-7.9, but no substantive changes. 4-7.11 Renumbers rule to 4-7.10. Adds that lawyer referral services must affirmatively state that they are lawyer referral services in proposed subdivision (a)(10). Rules throughout subchapter 4-7 are renumbered according to the proposed amendments above, requiring renumbering of references to rules throughout subchapter 4-7. The following attorney advertising rules proposals in subchapter 4-7, although not included in the task force’s recommendations, may also be considered: 4-7.4 Extends 30 day ban on unsolicited written communications to criminal cases in subdivision (b)(1)(A) and comment. Adds requirement that a lawyer check with the clerk of court to determine if a prospective client is represented by counsel before sending direct mail in proposed subdivision (b)(3) and comment. 4-7.6 Subjects websites to the requirements of rule 4-7.2 governing lawyer advertising in subdivision (b) and comment. 4-7.7 Requires that advertisements in one or more advertising media be filed for review and receive Florida Bar approval prior to dissemination. Board to consider advertising rules
Feb 12, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Agriculture officials in Laos have reported an H5N1 avian influenza outbreak in poultry in a northwestern province, the country’s first outbreak in about a year.A Lao newspaper reported today that the outbreak hit birds in Louang Namtha province, according to Xinhua, China’s state news agency. About 600 poultry in Nam Ma village died last week, and samples from the birds were positive for H5N1, Bounkhouang Khambounheuang, head of the livestock and fisheries department, told the Lao media.The department banned the movement and sale of poultry and eggs in the village, sprayed flocks with disinfectants, and said it would cull poultry within a 1-kilometer radius of the village, Xinhua reported.The last H5N1 outbreaks in Laos were reported about a year ago, when the virus struck birds in and around the capital, Vientiane, as well as in Savannakhet and Champasak provinces, according to reports from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).Elsewhere, agriculture officials in Bangladesh reported that H5N1 outbreaks have struck 40 of the country’s 64 districts, according to Feb 10 report from Reuters. Workers culled 12,000 more bids after chickens in the northeastern part of the country died of the virus, the report said.Bangladesh has culled 560,000 birds on 228 farms since H5N1 first surfaced in the country in March 2007, The Independent, one of the country’s English language newspapers, reported today, according to Xinhua.Livestock minister Maniklal Samaddar has said 823 people have been tested and found to be free of the H5N1 virus, Xinhua reported. He said the government is trying to raise the public’s awareness about the virus by sending letters to local government leaders, teachers, and imams of mosques.See also:OIE reports on 2008 Laos outbreakshttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/A2008_AI.php
Pension Insurance Corporation – Elliot Varnell and William Coatesworth are to join the bulk annuity insurer as head of enterprise risk management and head of risk, respectively. Varnell and Coatesworth both bring a wealth of experience to the roles, with knowledge and research on actuarial assumptions and Solvency II. Varnell is also chairman of the UK Actuarial Profession’s risk management research committee, while Coatesworth has authored several papers on the impact of Solvency II on infrastructure investment.Russell Investments – Lee Clark has joined the firm as a portfolio manager in its transition management team. Clark joins from Northern Trust, where he operated in a variety of roles in transition management. He will be based in London, working on the EMEA market.Neuberger Berman – Charles Soullard has been appointed to lead the fund manager’s efforts in France, as it seeks to address an increase in interest from the French market. Soullard joins from OFI Asset Management, where he was head of sales.Multrees Investor Services – Sir Roger Gifford is to join the consultancy in a non-executive director position. The former Lord Mayor of London, and head of SEB UK, brings more than 30 years’ experience to the role. He was knighted in 2014 for services to international business, culture and the City of London. RPMI, ING IM, LCP, PIC, Russell Investments, Neuberger Berman, Multrees Investor ServicesRPMI – Babloo Ramamurthy has joined the firm, which is wholly owned by the UK Railways Pensions Scheme, as a non-executive director to the board. Ramamurthy, who is also chairman at defined contribution master trust owner B&CE, brings decades of experience in the UK industry after 34 years with consultancy Towers Watson. There he was responsible for the company’s EMEA business, and was also on the board.ING Investment Management – André van den Heuvel has been replaced as head of ING’s clients group and as a member of its management team. As of 1 March, he is to be succeeded by Gerard Roelofs, who is head investments for Continental Europe and the EMEA region at consultancy Towers Watson. In his new role, Roelofs will be responsible for the company’s client group internationally as it looks to float on the stock market later this year.LCP – Myles Pink has joined the consultancy as a principal in its buyout practice. Pink was previously co-head of business development at specialist pensions bulk annuity insurer Rothesay Life. Pink originated as one of the founders of Paternoster before its incorporation into Rothesay. In a reversal of roles, Pink will be responsible for advising schemes conducting bulk annuities with specialist insurance providers.
Snyder and Bubak traded slide-job for slide-job for three laps until Bubak claimed the top spot, and he never looked back to grab the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car win ahead of Snyder and Blurton. FAIRBURY, Neb. (July 4) – Independence Day led the Mel Hambelton Ford Racing POWRi United Rebel Sprint Series to the 1/5-mile bullring of Jefferson County Speedway in Fairbury. A stacked field was on hand for the historic marking, the first time Sprint Cars took to the semi-banked dirt track and three-time series champion Jake Bubak was the victor. Kyler Johnson took off with the early lead with a heated battle for second behind him. Stuart Snyder rocketed ahead into turn three to take the lead on the fifth lap with J.D. Johnson following. Leaders caught the end of the field before a lap 10 caution. Snyder took off with the lead on the restart, with Bubak, Zach Blurton and J.D. Johnson in the hunt for the lead. Feature results – 1. Jake Bubak; 2. Stuart Snyder; 3. Zach Blurton; 4. J.D. Johnson; 5. Monty Ferriera; 6. Jeremy Huish; 7. Taylor Velasquez; 8. Chad Salem; 9. Jody Reeves; 10. Howard Van Dyke; 11. Kyler Johnson; 12. Boyd Peterson; 13. Shon Pointer.
Statewide—Attorney General Curtis Hill warns Hoosiers to be cautious when donating to relief efforts to help those affected by Hurricane Dorian.“Hoosiers are generous people,” Attorney General Hill said. “They need to know about potential scams that could ensnare those trying to help victims of Hurricane Dorian. Don’t let scammers stop you from donating, but be sure to research organizations before giving them money. Double-check before you write a check.”Donors should stay vigilant toward possible fraudulent solicitations made via emails or phone calls. They should be on the lookout for unscrupulous individuals posing as charities. Donate on your terms. Don’t feel you have to agree to donate during a telephone solicitation or by responding to an email. You can politely but firmly end a telephone call, or just not respond to an email solicitation, then research the charity before agreeing to donate. Then, if you’re comfortable giving to the charity, you can contact the charity directly to make the donation. Here are some tips:Search online for the cause you care about — like “hurricane relief” or “homeless kids” — plus phrases like “best charity” or “highly rated charity.” Once you find a specific charity you’re considering giving to, search its name plus “complaint,” “review,” “rating,” or “scam.” If you find red flags, it might be best to find another organization. See what your state’s charity regulator has to say about the charity. In Indiana, it’s the Attorney General’s Office. From another state? Look it up at nasconet.org. Check out the charity’s website. Does it give information about the programs you want to support, or how it uses donations? How much of your donation will go directly to support the programs you care about? If you can’t find detailed information about a charity’s mission and programs, be suspicious. Use one of these organizations to help you research charities: BBB Wise Giving Alliance, Charity Navigator, CharityWatch, and GuideStar. If you’re considering giving to a crowdfunding effort (for example, through GoFundMe) examine the background and expertise of the individual or group raising money and the exact path of the funds. You may be able to instead donate directly to a local organization in the area affected. Before you donate through an online portal that lets you choose from a list of charities, read the article Donating Through an Online Giving Portal, available at FTC.gov/Charity. It explains how these online giving portals work.After you’ve donated, always review your bank account and credit card statements closely to make sure you’re only charged the amount you intended to donate. It’s good practice to keep a record of all donations.As always, consumers who believe they are the victims of scam attempts are asked to report them to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division by calling 1-800-382-5516 or going online at https://www.in.gov/attorneygeneral/2347.htm and clicking the “File a Complaint” box at the bottom of the page.
The striker has committed his future to the club until 2017 after a “full and frank discussion” with manager Paul Lambert. It marks a sudden change of heart from the 22-year-old, with Villa confirming only 11 days ago that he had asked to leave. Villa manager Paul Lambert said: “I had a full and frank discussion with Christian Benteke on his return to training this week regarding his future. It is my opinion that the best thing for Christian is to remain at Aston Villa. “He enjoyed a terrific first season at the club and can use that as a platform to hopefully enjoy more success this season. “I’m delighted, having time to re-evaluate his future, Christian has decided to commit to the club. It’s a huge bonus and I’m sure the supporters are every bit as delighted as me to have him on board and raring to go.” Benteke said: “I spoke with the manager when I returned to training and we had a good talk. I am very happy to be back here in Birmingham and at Aston Villa, and to sign a new contract. “This is a great club and it has given me a lot. Now I have to give back to my team-mates and the fans who have always been right behind me. “The end of last season was very good and the lads were very strong. It was not easy but we came through it and the confidence is high. So everyone knows what we have to do now – be better. I need to be better than last year.” Keeping Benteke is a huge coup for Villa, with the Belgium international establishing himself as one of the Barclays Premier League’s most feared strikers in his first season at the club. Signed from Genk last summer, he scored 19 Premier League goals to help keep the Midlands club in the top flight. Christian Benteke has withdrawn his transfer request and instead agreed a new deal at Aston Villa, the club have announced. Press Association