‘Covid has weaned the industry off its reliance on property portal leads’

first_imgHome » News » ‘Covid has weaned the industry off its reliance on property portal leads’ previous nextProducts & Services‘Covid has weaned the industry off its reliance on property portal leads’Ben Sellers, co-founder of Starberry claims the need to find alternative ways to find sales and lettings leads has created a ‘step change’ in agent behaviour.Nigel Lewis9th March 20211 Comment569 Views The Covid pandemic has given the property industry the huge digital ‘kick up the backside’ it needed, it has been claimed, and helping to wean them off their reliance on the big property portals for digital leads.Ben Sellers, who is co-founder of the digital marketing platform Starberry which was sold to Guild parent company Epropservices last week, says agents’ need to use digital tech to keep their businesses going during Covid has taken the industry to the next level over the past 12 months and ‘changed some of the slightly old fashioned ways within the industry’.“I’m not detracting from the health problems created by Covid, but for us it’s been a phenomenal period; we’re no longer having to preach so much about digital transformation,” he says.“We’re in a step-change period when agents are waking up to the potential of their own websites and how leads generated by them can be better quality and lower cost.”Sellers claims says the main tools at agents’ disposal have been the portals, websites and CRM and that until recently, apart from the famous Rightmove feed that everyone’s copied, other ways of getting leads have been pretty ‘dumb’ and un-joined up.“The agents who can achieve similar or better results from their websites via digital marketing are the ones who have begun to join the dots up and connected their social channels, email and portal leads up together in parallel with their CRMs.”Sale decisionSellers also tells The Negotiator why he and his brother sold Starberry to the Guild’s parent company last week, saying his largely prime agency focussed company has been seeking investment to expand into theSME estate agency market and found an ideal home at Epropservices.“We didn’t want to go a venture capital fund, many of which don’t understand property,” he says.starberry Epropservices ben sellers March 9, 2021Nigel LewisOne commentAdam Pigott, OpenBrix OpenBrix 9th March 2021 at 2:31 pmAny portal now must do more than act as a listing/online brochure. Fail to innovate will mean a demise. Just like BlockBuster! Agents and consumers want more!Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Get Hyped For Disc Jam 2017 With This Choice Playlist

first_imgThis year’s Disc Jam Music Festival right around the corner is set to take place from June 8th-11th in Stephentown, NY. In preparation of the celebration, Live For Live Music has created a special Spotify playlist highlighting many of the 60+ acts featured on the lineup.Take a listen to Break Science‘s “Brain Reaction” (ft. Redman & Lettuce), “Nightswimming” by Turkuaz, the latest single from The Motet titled “Supernova,” the Manic Focus ft. GRiZ track “Life Goes On,” TAUK‘s “Program Select,” Dopapod‘s “Present Ghosts,” Aqueous‘ “Staring Into the Sun” from their latest live release Element Pt. I, and a plethora of other artists that are on the full lineup.Disc Jam 2017: From The Little Festival That Could To A Massive Summer AffairThis 40-song playlist is full of great tracks that deserves a listen, including Electric Beethoven, Ghost-Note, Congo Sanchez, Roots of Creation, lespecial, Swift Technique, Wild Adriatic, Teddy Midnight, Spiritual Rez, Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad, Consider the Source, and a number of acts on the rise and ready to make their way into your listening habitats. Press play below, sit back and enjoy!Tickets for Disc Jam are currently on-sale and can be purchased at the festival’s website. For event updates and additional information, join the Facebook Event page, and check out the full 2017 Disc Jam Music Festival lineup below![cover photo courtesy of Sarah Bourque] Enter To Win A Pair Of Passes + Exclusive Festival Merch!,Enter To Win A Pair Of Passes + Exclusive Festival Merch!last_img read more

Bill Withers Covers Little Jimmy Dickens In First New Recording Since 1985

first_imgBill Withers came out of the woodworks this week with his first release since 1985! The legendary singer/songwriter, who’s recordings of “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Lean On Me,” “Lovely Day,” and “Use Me” will forever live in rotation, recorded a song for the Little Jimmy Dickens tribute album, The Rhinestone Hillbilly. Withers recorded a version of Dickens’ “(You’ve Been Quite A Doll) Raggedy Ann” for the compilation, which is available now on Bandcamp.Listen to the recording below:<a href=”http://rhinestonehillbilly.bandcamp.com/album/the-rhinestone-hillbilly”>The Rhinestone Hillbilly by Little Jimmy Dickens Tribute</a>Withers’ cover appears on the 16-track album, alongside Kathy Mattea, Charlie McCoy, Tim O’Brien, Connie Smith and more. A who’s-who of country, Americana and bluegrass luminaries celebrate the music of “little but loud” hillbilly hero Little Jimmy Dickens on The Rhinestone Hillbilly. Like Little Jimmy, who was inducted into the WVMHoF in 2007, all of the performers are proud of their long-standing connections to the Mountain State. More information is available here.last_img read more

April 1, 2003 Notices

first_imgThe George Edgecomb Bar Association will hold its 2003 Annual Law Week Scholarship Banquet April 28 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Tampa.This year’s speaker is Joe Madison, “The Black Eagle” of WOL-AM in Washington, D.C. Talker Magazine recognized Madison as one of the “100 most influential radio talk personalities in America.” Madison is a human and civil rights activist, radio and television talk show personality, political organizer, columnist, lecturer, labor and corporate spokesman, former musician, and athlete. Madison also is the former executive director of the Detroit NAACP and held an appointed director position with the National NAACP Political Action Department for nine years.As a civil rights activist,Madison traveled twice to war zones in Southern Sudan where he participated in the freeing of over 7,000 slaves.Each year the GEBA raises money to provide scholarships to deserving high school students. This year, GEBA is awarding three scholarships. GEBA’s premiere scholarship is co-sponsored by the Hillsborough Education Foundation and provides four years of tuition at a Florida university. Michelle Richardson, a freshman at Plant City High School, is the seventh recipient of this scholarship.GEBA is awarding $1,000 scholarships to Vanessa Moorer, a senior at Blake High School, and to De’Nicea Hilton, a senior at Hillsborough High School. T ickets are $45. Table sponsorships are also available for $500, $1,000, and $1,500. Tickets and table sponsorships can be obtained by calling Monica J. Williams at (813) 223-7166 or Charlotte Diggs at (813) 274-1751.Nominations sought for Tradition of Excellence Award April 1, 2003 Notices Penny Wise Office Products and The Florida Bar Member Benefits Committee have announced a special, members-only discount program where new customers receive $30 off their first purchase of $100 or more.Through The Florida Bar’s relationship with Penny Wise Office Products, members also receive free, overnight delivery. “We’re excited to go forward with such an aggressive discount program to Florida Bar members in 2003,” said Gary Luiza, president of Penny Wise. “We’re offering this members-only discount to thank The Florida Bar for their years of partnership.”Call (800) 942-3311 and mention your Florida Bar membership to redeem your $30 discount on the office supplies you need or view the catalog and order online at www.penny-wise.com. However, the $30 off the first purchase of $100 or more is not available online. If a member buys a product from Penny Wise, sees it advertised for less, and sends the ad to Penny Wise within 30 days, Penny Wise also will credit their account.Court seeks works of art In representing a client, a lawyer shall not communicate about the subject of the representation with a person the lawyer knows to be represented by another lawyer in the matter, unless the lawyer has the consent of the other lawyer. Lawyer applicants are being sought to fill two vacancies on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. The Board of Governors will be selecting six nominees for two lawyer vacancies at its May 30 meeting. The nominations will then be forwarded to the Supreme Court to fill the five-year terms commencing November 1 and expiring on October 31, 2008.Attorney members must have been a member of The Florida Bar for at least five years. They must be practicing lawyers with scholarly attainments and have an affirmative interest in legal education and requirements for admission to the Bar. Appointment or election to the bench at any level of the court system will disqualify any applicant. Law professors or trustees are ineligible.Board members of the Bar Examiners must be able to attend approximately 10 meetings a year in various Florida locations. Members work 300 or more hours per year on board business depending on committee assignments. Actual travel expenses connected with the meetings and examinations are reimbursed.Completed applications must be received no later than the close of business Friday, April 11, 2003. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the required application. The Board of Governors will review all applications and may request telephone or personal interviews.Compensation Claims JNC needs members Three attorneys are being sought from the territorial jurisdiction of the First, Third, and Fifth state appellate districts to serve four-year terms on the Statewide Nominating Commission for Compensation Claims Judges, commencing July 1.All applicants must be members of the Bar who are engaged in the practice of law. No attorney who appears before any judge of compensation claims more than four times a year is eligible to serve on the commission, pursuant to Section 440.45(2)(b), F.S. Commissioners are also not eligible for state judicial vacancies filled by the JNC on which they sit for two years following the expiration of their term. Commissioners are subject to Florida financial disclosure laws. Meetings and deliberations are open to the public.Persons interested in applying for these vacancies may download the application from the Bar’s Web site, www.flabar.org, or should contact The Florida Bar at (850) 561-5600, ext. 6802, to obtain the proper application form. Applications may also be obtained by writing Executive Director John F. Harkness, Jr., The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, 32399-2300.Completed applications must be received no later than the close of business Friday, April 11, 2003. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the required application. The Board of Governors will review all applications and may request telephone or personal interviews.Board to make May appointments The Board of Governors is seeking applicants for the following vacancies to be filled during its May 30 meeting in Key West: ABA House of Delegates: Three lawyers to serve two-year terms commencing August 12, at the conclusion of the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Applicants must be ABA members. Florida Legal Services, Inc. Board of Directors: Six lawyers to serve two-year terms commencing July 1. This is a 21-member board composed of seven members from client groups and 14 lawyers, 11 of which are appointed by The Florida Bar Board of Governors. Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc. Board of Directors: Five lawyers to serve three-year terms commencing July 1. The purpose of this 15-member Board of Directors is to assist the legal community in securing counseling and treatment for emotional and chemical dependency problems for lawyers. Florida Patients Compensation Fund: One attorney to serve a four-year term commencing July 1 and expiring on June 30. The purpose of the board is to supervise the operations of the FPCF which provides excess medical malpractice coverage for health care providers.Persons interested in applying for any of these vacancies may download the application for special Appointment from the Bar’s Web site, www.flabar.org, or should call Bar headquarters at (850) 561-5600, ext. 6802, to obtain the application form.Completed applications must be received by John F. Harkness, Jr., Executive Director, The Florida Bar, 650 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee 32399-2300 no later than 5:30 p.m., Friday, April 25.Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the required application.11th Circuit seeks comments on rule amendments April 1, 2003 Regular News (1) the lawyer reasonably believes the representation will not be adversely affected; and (2) the client consents after consultation [emphasis added].Under Rule 4-1.7(b), an attorney may represent a client when the attorney’s exercise of independent professional judgment in the representation of that client may be materially limited by the attorney’s own interests only if two conditions are satisfied. First, the attorney must reasonably believe that the representation of the client will not be adversely affected. Second, the attorney’s client must consent to the representation after consultation with the attorney regarding the relevant facts. As the Comment to Rule 4-1.7 points out, there are conflicts which are so inherent that it would be improper to request a client’s consent:A client may consent to representation notwithstanding a conflict. However, as indicated in paragraph (a)(1) with respect to representation directly adverse to a client and paragraph (b)(1) with respect to material limitations on representation of a client, when a disinterested lawyer would conclude that the client should not agree to the representation under the circumstances, the lawyer involved cannot properly ask for such agreement or provide representation on the basis of the client’s consent.The indemnification agreement creates a personal conflict of interest for the attorney to which the attorney should not seek client consent. See New York City Opinion 1986-5 (1986). Additionally, it is unreasonable to request that the client consent to indemnifying the attorney if the attorney is legally obligated to release the funds to the client. See Rule 4-1.8(a).In summary, the committee is of the opinion that an attorney representing the seller, who is holding the deposit for a purchase agreement that has not been closed on time by the buyer, may not remit the funds to the seller/client if the buyer has a valid legal claim to the escrow funds and the attorney has a legal duty to protect the funds. Rule 5-1.1(f). Rather, the attorney must continue to hold the funds in trust until the dispute is resolved or the attorney may file an interpleader and deposit the funds into the court’s registry. However, if the buyer has no valid legal claim, then the attorney must turn the funds over to the seller/client pursuant to the escrow agreement. What the attorney’s legal obligations pursuant to a particular escrow agreement is a legal/factual question, beyond the scope of an ethics opinion. Finally, under the facts presented, it is unethical for the attorney to require the client to sign an indemnity agreement before releasing funds held by the attorney as a deposit on the purchase of the property. PROPOSED ADVISORY OPINION 02-8The Professional Ethics Committee has received an inquiry from a member of the Florida Bar who is contemplating entering into a referral arrangement with a nonlawyer. The inquiring attorney has been approached by a securities dealer who would like to pay members of the Florida Bar a portion of any advisory fees generated in exchange for referring clients to a specified financial advisor. The attorney would also have the option of taking an examination to become an investment advisor. The attorney could then become actively involved in the client’s account and be eligible to share in an advisory fee based upon the amount of work the attorney performs on the client’s account.This inquiry raises the question of when, if ever, can an attorney refer a client to a particular service or product and then profit from the referral. Many state bars have examined this issue and come to different conclusions. Some states have determined that such conduct would be permissible with disclosure and the consent of the affected client. See, e.g., California Formal Opinion 1999-154, Oklahoma Opinion 316, and Utah Opinion 99-07. Others states have determined that an inherent conflict of interest exists which cannot be cured with consent. See, e.g., New York State Opinion 682, North Carolina Formal Opinion 99-1, Ohio Opinion 2000-1, and Texas Opinion 536.This Committee has also issued a number of opinions relating to this subject. Originally, the Committee approved an attorney accepting a referral fee from a savings institution under certain conditions. The attorney would have to conduct an independent investigation to see if the investment was proper under the circumstances. The attorney would also need to inform the client of referral payment and secure the client’s consent in writing. See Ethics Opinion 60-26. Later this opinion was modified by Ethics Opinion 70-13 which concluded that attorneys must also pass on the benefit to the client or credit the same against fees charged by the attorney. Finally, the Committee, in Ethics Opinion 90-7, determined that an attorney cannot advise a client as to the amount of insurance the client needs and then sell the client the recommended insurance because of the inherent conflict of interest. The opinion suggests, that in instances where the attorney is not advising the client on the client’s insurance needs, the attorney may sell the client insurance as long as it is in the best interest of the client in accordance with Rule 4-1.7(b) and the attorney abides by the requirements of Rule 4-1.8(a) regarding business transactions with a client.At this time, we see no substantial distinction between advising a client to purchase insurance, or to use a particular bank, or to see a financial advisor. Accordingly, we adopt the rationale of the Committee’s previous opinions in any situation where an attorney is advising a client to use a particular product or service where the attorney is to receive a fee for the referral. Whenever an attorney is entrusted by a client to provide the client with independent unbiased advice on how to proceed, the client should expect that the advice given is not tainted by the attorney’s own financial interest. Because of the attorney’s personal interest in receiving a referral fee, this type of conflict of interest cannot be consented to by the client. In order for an attorney to make such a recommendation, the attorney would need to remove any financial interest in making the recommendation by either passing on the benefit to the client or crediting the amount against legal fees.As discussed in Opinion 90-7, there are instances when an attorney can refer a client to a product or service and benefit financially from the referral. This would be true only if the referral is not related to any legal advice being provided to the client.This inquiry is timely in light of the recent adoption of Rule 4-5.7 of the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar which discusses the ethical responsibility of a member of the Florida Bar providing nonlegal services. Rule 4-5.7 provides the following guidance: (a) Services Not Distinct From Legal Services. A lawyer who provides nonlegal services to a recipient that are not distinct from legal services provided to that recipient is subject to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar with respect to the provision of both legal and nonlegal services. (b) Services Distinct From Legal Services. A lawyer who provides nonlegal services to a recipient that are distinct from any legal services provided to the recipient is subject to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar with respect to the nonlegal services if the lawyer knows or reasonably should know that the recipient might believe that the recipient is receiving the protection of a client-lawyer relationship. (c) Services by Nonlegal Entity. A lawyer who is an owner, controlling party, employee, agent, or otherwise is affiliated with an entity providing nonlegal services to a recipient is subject to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar with respect to the nonlegal services if the lawyer knows or reasonably should know that the recipient might believe that the recipient is receiving the protection of a client-lawyer relationship. (d) Effect of Disclosure of Nature of Service. Subdivision (b) or (c) does not apply if the lawyer makes reasonable efforts to avoid any misunderstanding by the recipient receiving nonlegal services. Those efforts must include advising the recipient, preferably in writing, that the services are not legal services and that the protection of a client-lawyer relationship does not exist with respect to the provision of nonlegal services to the recipient. The Florida Bar’s Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section will presents its Fifth Annual Legal Symposium on the World of Music, Film and Television, at The Eden Roc Renaissance Resort April 4 in Miami Beach.The symposium will cover current topics and issues in the entertainment industry in motion pictures, television and music.“This nationally recognized symposium is regarded as one of the finest seminars in the country,” said symposium Co-chair Richard Warren Rappaport. Julee Milham is also a co-chair.A highlight of this year’s event will feature the presentation, during the luncheon, of the Tom Dowd Excellence in the Arts Award (“The Crystal Gavel”) to Francis Preston, president of BMI. The presentation will be made by Louis Tertocha, EASL chair, and Darryl Cohen, EASL chair-elect. Luncheon speeches will be given by Peter Price, president of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and Antoinette Zel, president of MTV Networks, Latin America.Film producer Ken Atchity, CEO of AtchityEntertainment International, also will be the subject of a special interview on movie-making in Hollywood.The four panels during the day will cover legal and business affairs in music, film and television. The topics are “The Art of the Deal in 2003: Development Deals in Music, Film and Television;” “Closing the Deal: Music, Film and Television Contracts in the Entertainment Industry;” “Lights, Camera, Action: Negotiating Deals for Actors, Actresses, Fashion Models, Disc Jockeys, and On-Air Broadcast Talent in the Entertainment Industry;” and “Staying at the Top: The Future of Music, Film, Television, the Arts and the World of Entertainment.”The Symposium will offer 10 hours of CLE credits (including 3.5 hours of ethics). The cost is $175 for section members; $195 for nonmembers; and $95 for students. Tickets for the luncheon only also are available. For more information contact Rappaport at (561) 393-5660, or [email protected] or Angela Froelich at (850) 561.5633 or [email protected] Wise offers members discount Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §2071(b), notice and opportunity for comment is hereby given of proposed amendments to the Rules of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. In addition, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §2071(e), notice and opportunity for comment is hereby given of amendments to 11th Cir. R. 33-1(c)(3) and 33-1(d) that were approved by general administrative order of the court to take effect April. A copy of the proposed amendments, may be obtained from the circuit’s Web site at www.ca11.uscourts.gov. A copy may also be obtained without charge from the Office of the Clerk, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, 56 Forsyth St., N.W., Atlanta, Georgia 30303, phone: (404) 335-6100.Comments on the proposed amendments, and on the amendments to 11th Cir. R. 33-1(c)(3) and 33-1(d), may be submitted in writing to the clerk at the above street address by May 5.Vazquez seeks Bar reinstatement Generally, an attorney’s first duty is to the client. However, in certain circumstances, such as when an attorney is also acting as an escrow agent, the attorney may also have a duty to third parties. An escrow agent is a trustee of both parties who is charged with the performance of an express trust as set forth in the trust agreement. In other words, an escrow agent has a duty to perform in accordance with the express terms of the escrow agreement. See, The Florida Bar v. Toothaker, 477 So.2d 551 (Fla. 1985) (attorney acted as escrow agent and therefore had fiduciary relationship to both buyer and seller). The Comment to 5-1.2, (formerly Rule 4-1.15) of the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, offers guidance regarding escrow funds held by an attorney. The Comment, in pertinent part, provides: The Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section has announced that the new probate and guardianship forms from Florida Lawyers Support Services, Inc., are available.“During the past two years there have been vast changes to the Probate Code and to the Florida Guardianship Law as well as to the Florida Probate Rules,” said RPPTL Forms Committee Chair Emeritus John Arthur Jones. “This has required the forms committee, and especially its chair, William Platt, to expend an extraordinary amount of time attempting to see that the forms are right. This has been especially difficult because the text of the code and the provisions of the rules do not always fit together seamlessly.”Jones said at least two members of the forms committee reviewed each form and made such changes as were deemed appropriate or necessary to correct errors, to conform the forms to statutory, rule, and case law changes, and to improve language and format.“As with any other forms, you, the practitioner, must make the final decision as to whether a particular form fits your purpose and complies with the laws and the rules,” said Jones, adding -there are four new probate forms, one new guardianship form, and that 28 of the probate and 36 of the guardianship forms have changes that were not considered “sufficiently material” to list them as revised.Jones said FLSSI also in now offering Professor Powell’s EPTC PLUS+ 2003 software.“You can subscribe for $200 or, if you are already a subscriber, you can get the current update for $100,” Jones said. “It includes the new probate code and rules — not FLSSI’s probate forms — with complete coverage of ECTRRA and users guide.”Jones also said the section’s licensees — Advanced Logic, (800) 454-7703; Automated Legal Systems (ProDoc), (800) 759-5418; Collyer’s Legal Software, (407) 699-1409; Display Soft, (863) 763-5555; Mathew Bender/Lexis-Nexis, (404) 215-5261; Techsoft Solutions, (888) 483-6195; West Group, (800) 328-4880, and P&G forms on the Internet, (800) 293-2771 — have integrated the changes into their systems and thus the up-to-date forms are available on computer as well as in hard copy.Copies of the new order blanks for probate and guardianship forms can be requested by visiting FLSSI’s Web site at www.flssi.org, or writing to FLSSI at P.O. Box 5647, Tallahassee 32314, phone (850) 656-7590 or (800) 404-9278.Entertainment law symposium set The prohibition is limited to those circumstances where the lawyer is “representing a client.” Therefore, the ban on contact does not extend to a lawyer who is approached by a represented person who merely wants a second opinion, or who may be interested in hiring the lawyer in the matter, because the lawyer does not represent anyone in the matter other than the person seeking the second opinion.Other states analyzing this issue have reached the same conclusion. Kentucky Ethics Opinion E-325 (lawyer may give second opinion to person represented by counsel, but should not interfere with the existing attorney-client relationship or solicit the represented person during the consultation); Michigan Ethics Opinion CI-883 (lawyer may give second opinion to represented person, is not required to determine the identity of the person’s current counsel except to discover if a conflict exists, and should not disclose the consultation with the current counsel unless the represented person consents); Oregon Formal Ethics Opinion 1991-81 (lawyer can give second opinion to represented person at the person’s request, and may not disclose to the person’s current counsel that the request was made without the person’s consent); Philadelphia Ethics Opinion 91-32 (lawyer does not violate any rule by consulting with prospective client who is already represented by counsel); South Carolina Ethics Opinion 97-07 (lawyer may discuss a case with a person represented by counsel, but should advise the person whether the attorney will be able to give a competent second opinion without discussing the matter with the person’s current counsel); Utah Ethics Opinion 110 (lawyer may give a second opinion to a person represented by counsel, but should not interfere in the existing attorney-client relationship and should not solicit the represented person).Some states that have examined this issue have concluded that clients should be able to consult with as many attorneys as they wish, and to choose which attorney they would like to represent them on a given matter. Philadelphia Bar Ethics Opinion 91-32; Michigan Ethics Opinion CI-883. A client’s ability to choose a new lawyer would be impaired if lawyers were prohibited from discussing, at the prospective client’s request, aspects of the case, including what services the consulted lawyer could provide.The committee therefore concludes that a lawyer may provide a second opinion to a person who is represented by counsel at the person’s request. In providing the second opinion, the lawyer must give competent advice, and in doing so should carefully consider any limitations with which the lawyer is faced. Rule 4-1.1, Rules Regulating The Florida Bar. The lawyer should scrupulously avoid improperly soliciting the person. The lawyer may discuss what services the lawyer would be able to provide if the represented person requests not merely a second opinion, but also information about the lawyer’s availability and qualifications. Whether or not particular communications between the lawyer and the represented person might be considered tortious interference with an existing lawyer-client relationship is a legal question, outside the scope of an ethics opinion. PROPOSED ADVISORY OPINION 02-6The Florida Bar Board of Governors has requested that the Professional Ethics Committee issue an advisory opinion regarding the ethical propriety of an attorney requiring a client who is the seller of real property to sign an indemnity agreement before releasing funds held by the attorney as a deposit on the purchase of the real property when the buyer is in default. The request is based on an inquiry reviewed by the board.The attorney is representing a seller in a real estate transaction. The buyer failed to close by the date set in the purchase agreement. The attorney has inquired as to what to do with the deposit monies when the buyer is in default. The client/seller has requested that the attorney release the deposit held by the attorney under the agreement. The attorney would like to give the client three options: 1) the attorney would hold the funds for a period of time to see whether the buyer makes a claim on the monies; 2) the attorney would file an interpleader and deposit the funds into the registry of the court; or 3) the attorney would release the funds to the seller after the seller/client signs an indemnification agreement thereby shifting the risk of a buyer lawsuit against the attorney for wrongful release of the deposit to the seller.As an ethical matter, Rule 5-1.1 (formerly Rule 4-1.15), Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, states in pertinent part: (e) Notice of Receipt of Trust Funds; Delivery; Accounting. Upon receiving funds or other property in which a client or third person has an interest, a lawyer shall promptly notify the client or third person. Except as stated in this rule or otherwise permitted by law or by agreement with the client, a lawyer shall promptly deliver to the client or third person any funds or other property that the client or third person is entitled to receive and, upon request by the client or third person, shall promptly render a full accounting regarding such property. [Emphasis added.] Please review this letter carefully to be certain that it accurately sets forth our agreement. In the event that you do not understand one or more of the terms and conditions outlined in this letter, we recommend that you consult an independent attorney. The General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section is now accepting nominations for its Tradition of Excellence Award, which honors a lawyer for “exceptional contributions to, or an exemplary career in, general, solo and/or small firm practice.”The award will be presented by section at a special reception and award ceremony held in conjunction with the Bar’s Annual Meeting June 27 in Orlando. The honoree receives an expense paid trip to the reception and a memento of the achievement.For additional information e-mail Carol Kirkland, section administrator at [email protected] flabar.org or fax (850) 561-5825. The deadline for receipt of nominations is May 2.Barclay nominated for Health Law Section post The committee is of the opinion that an agreement for mandatory binding arbitration to resolve all disputes between an attorney and a client is ethically permissible under specific circumstances.The majority of bar ethics committees that have analyzed this issue have concluded that a lawyer’s retainer agreement may include a clause for mandatory binding arbitration to resolve future fee and malpractice disputes. ABA Formal Ethics Opinion 02-425 (attorney may include provision for mandatory binding arbitration for malpractice claims in retainer agreement if attorney discloses benefits and detriments of arbitration and gives informed consent); Arizona Ethics Opinion 94-05 (attorney may agree with client to mandatory binding arbitration to resolve all disputes if the attorney follows the rule on business transactions with clients); California Formal Ethics Opinion 1989-116 (attorney and client may agree to binding mandatory arbitration for potential malpractice claims; if there is an existing attorney-client relationship, the attorney must fully disclose the terms and consequences and obtain client’s knowing consent); Connecticut Informal Ethics Opinion 99-20 (attorney may include a mandatory arbitration clause in retainer agreement to resolve fee and malpractice claims, but must fully disclose to client the benefits and detriments of arbitration); New York County Ethics Opinion 723 (attorney may include clause in retainer agreement for binding arbitration to resolve malpractice and contract disputes, but only if the arbitrator can award punitive damages, the attorney fully discloses the difference between jury trial and arbitration, and the attorney gives the client the opportunity to seek separate counsel); Oklahoma Ethics Opinion 312 (attorney may include clause in retainer agreement for binding arbitration to resolve all disputes if the attorney follows the rule on business transactions with a client and with full disclosure of the differences between arbitration and jury trial to the client; the attorney need not require the client to obtain other counsel); Philadelphia Ethics Opinion 88-2 (mandatory binding arbitration clause in retainer agreement to resolve malpractice claims is permissible if the attorney complies with the rule on business transactions with clients, including full disclosure that the client is waiving the right to jury trial, the client has the opportunity to seek independent counsel, and the client consents in writing); Virginia Ethics Opinion 638 (attorney may include provision in retainer agreement for binding arbitration of malpractice claims after full disclosure of the meaning of the provision and recommending that the client seek the advice of separate counsel). Those opinions finding the conduct permissible generally have concluded that the lawyer must follow the rule governing business transactions with clients and must fully disclose to clients the consequences of the arbitration clause, including that the client’s right to a jury trial is waived by the clause. Id. But see, California Ethics Opinion 1989-116 (attorney may include a provision for mandatory binding arbitration of prospective malpractice claims and, unless an existing attorney-client relationship exists, no special disclosures or other precautions must be made).An issue that is frequently raised is whether a mandatory arbitration clause violates Rule 4-1.8(h), prohibiting agreements that prospectively limit malpractice unless the client is independently represented. Most authorities take the position that a mandatory arbitration clause in a retainer agreement does not limit malpractice in and of itself; such a clause merely dictates the forum in which the dispute will be heard. ABA Formal Ethics Opinion 02-425; Arizona Ethics Opinion 94-05; California Formal Ethics Opinion 1989-116; Oklahoma Ethics Opinion 312; However, several states take the position that inclusion of such a provision in the retainer agreement, because it necessarily involves future malpractice, implicates this rule. D.C. Ethics Opinion 211 (attorney may not require that the client agree to mandatory binding arbitration of fee and malpractice disputes unless the client is represented by separate counsel in making the agreement); Maryland Ethics Opinion 90-12 (mandatory binding arbitration clause to resolve future malpractice claims permissible only if the client is represented by independent counsel); Michigan Ethics Opinion RI-257 (Mandatory arbitration clause in retainer agreement permissible only if the client is represented by separate counsel in making the agreement). At least one state specifically concludes that the rule prospectively limiting malpractice is implicated only if applicable law does not allow the arbitrator to award punitive damages, whether by agreement by the parties or by law, while the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility concludes that the rule is not implicated unless the arbitration process actually limits liability that a lawyer would otherwise have by statute or common law. New York County Ethics Opinion 723; ABA Formal Ethics Opinion 02-425.Some states that find such agreements permissible caution that the agreements could be read to require arbitration of bar grievances. Connecticut Informal Ethics Opinion 99-20; Michigan Ethics Opinion RI-257; Oklahoma Ethics Opinion 312. These states caution against an attorney making any agreement that purports to require arbitration of grievances.At least one state has concluded that a mandatory arbitration clause is impermissible. Ohio Ethics Opinion 96-9. The Ohio Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline concluded that the lawyer would act against the client’s best interest by using such a clause, because the client is not in a position to decide for or against arbitration until the particular dispute arises. Id. The Supreme Court of Florida in 1994 adopted an amendment to Rule 4-1.5 in the Statement of Client’s Rights regarding the use of arbitration to resolve fee disputes. The Florida Bar Re Amendments to Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, 644 So.2d 282 (Fla. 1994). The amendment provides that a client may request that a clause for arbitration of fee disputes be included in the retainer agreement with the lawyer. Id. In view of the supreme court’s decision, it is clearly ethically permissible for an arbitration clause to be included in the retainer agreement as to fee disputes.Regarding the broader issue of arbitration clauses including malpractice disputes, the committee agrees with the approach taken by the majority of authorities that have analyzed this issue. Arbitration clauses choose the forum in which a malpractice action may take place, but do not necessarily limit liability. A mandatory arbitration clause to resolve fee and malpractice disputes does not prospectively limit liability for malpractice, unless the clause or the arbitration process limits actual liability, damages, or a form of recovery available to the client through statutory or common law. Therefore, a lawyer may include a mandatory arbitration clause in the lawyer’s retainer agreement even if the client is not represented by independent counsel in making the agreement. Rule 4-1.8(h).The committee also agrees with and adopts the rationale of states that require a lawyer to follow the rule on business transactions with clients. Because of the nature of the agreement and the relationship that is formed between the lawyer and client, the arbitration clause must be fair and reasonable, the clause must be disclosed to the client, the client must be given the opportunity to consult with another lawyer, and the client must consent in writing. Rule 4-1.8(a). In order to fully disclose the terms of the arbitration agreement to the client, the lawyer must disclose that the client is waiving the right to a jury trial and discuss the benefits and the detriments of arbitration. The committee is of the opinion that the proposed clause is permissible, except to the extent that it can be read to require disciplinary matters to be submitted to arbitration.GEBA scholarship banquet set for April 28center_img The new rule attempts to clarify the applicability of the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar whenever nonlegal services are being provided by a member of the Florida Bar. The Comment to Rule 4-5.7 is instructive in clarifying that many of the Rules will apply regardless of how the nonlegal services are provided. The Comment, in pertinent part, states: Even before this rule was adopted, a lawyer involved in the provision of nonlegal services was subject to those Rules Regulating The Florida Bar that apply generally. For example, another provision of the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar makes a lawyer responsible for fraud committed with respect to the provision of nonlegal services. Such a lawyer must also comply with the rule regulating business transactions with a client. Nothing in this rule (Responsibilities Regarding Nonlegal Services) is intended to suspend the effect of any otherwise applicable Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, such as the rules on personal conflicts of interest, on business transactions with clients, and engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation. As indicated, nothing in the new rule would limit an attorneys duty to deal fairly with a client and to ensure that a personal conflict of interest does not affect his or her independent judgment.In conclusion, the present inquiry hints, but is not clear, that in the proposed referral arrangement the clients will have initially sought out the attorney for legal advice related to investments before being referred. Therefore, the particular suggested referral fee appears to create a personal conflict of interest and should be avoided. PROPOSED ADVISORY OPINION 02-9A member of The Florida Bar has inquired about the ethical propriety of including a clause in a retainer letter requiring mandatory binding arbitration to resolve all disputes between the lawyer and client. The proposed clause is as follows: You agree that any controversy, dispute, or claim between us, whether based on this agreement, on a claim of inadequate representation, or on any other grounds, shall be resolved exclusively through binding arbitration before __________________. The Appellate Practice Section is now accepting nominations for its James C. Adkins Award, which is presented to a member of the Bar who has made significant contributions to the field of appellate practice in Florida.Among the factors the section will shall consider in evaluating nominations are the extent and nature of experience in the field of appellate practice, either as a practitioner, a member of the judiciary, or both; service to the Appellate Practice Section; other service to the Bar in matters relating to appellate practice; other professional activities relating to the field of appellate practice; publications relating to the field of appellate practice; any other factors that the section deems appropriate.Nominations should be sent to Austin Newberry, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300, telephone (850) 561-5624, fax (850) 561-5825. Nominations are due by May 16.Support specialists set meeting The Supreme Court of Florida is now accepting applications for visual arts exhibitions as part of its Arts in the Court program.Arts in the Courts is designed to showcase Florida artists and arts organizations, according to the program’s Sandy Shaughnessy.An Arts in the Courts committee was created in 1996, to help carry out the court’s policy “that courts should be a place where communities come together to appreciate the artistic achievements of Florida’s residents, including both musical and the visual arts.”Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead is eager to continue this program,” Shaughnessy said. “Priority is given to work representing Florida and/or legal themes, lawyers who are artists, artists who are lawyers, and courtroom sketch artists.”Exhibitions are scheduled up to two years in advance and are selected based on quality, diversity of medium, and regional representation.“While the court provides fine arts insurance and installation for artwork, participating artists must provide shipping and transportation.”Exhibits are changed every two to three months and exhibition spaces include the Second Floor Rotunda and the Judicial Meeting Room.Those interested may call Joan Cannon at (850) 922-5520 for an application and policies and procedures.Reading seminar set for April 12 Middle District bankruptcy judge needed You understand that by agreeing to arbitration as a mechanism to resolve all potential controversies, disputes, or claims between us, you are waiving certain rights, including the right to bring an action in court, the right to a jury trial, the right to broad discovery, and the right to an appeal. You understand that in the context of arbitration, a case is decided by an arbitrator, not by a judge or a jury. You agree that, in the event of such controversy, dispute, or claim between us, the prevailing party will be entitled to recovery from the losing party all costs and expenses it incurs in bringing and prosecuting or defending the arbitration, including reasonable attorney’s fees and costs. Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10(b), James Edmund Baker of Orlando has petitioned the Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement.Baker was suspended for 91 days by a Supreme Court order dated January 31 for violation of Rule 4-8.4(a) (a lawyer shall not violate or attempt to violate the Rules of Professional Conduct, knowingly assist or induce another to do so; or do so through the acts of another; Rule 4-8.4 (b) (a lawyer shall not commit a criminal act that reflects adversely on the lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a lawyer in other respects; and Rule 4-8.4(c) (a lawyer shall not engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation).Anyone wishing to comment on Baker’s petition may contact Stephen C. Whalen, Assistant Staff Counsel, The Florida Bar, 5521 W. Spruce Street, Suite C-49, Tampa 33607-5958, telephone (800) 940-4759.Jacksonville workers’ comp judge needed Third parties, such as a client’s creditors, may have just claims against funds or other property in a lawyer’s custody. A lawyer may have a duty under applicable law to protect such third party claims against wrongful interference by the client and, accordingly, may refuse to surrender the property to the client. However, a lawyer should not unilaterally assume to arbitrate a dispute between the client and the third party and where appropriate the lawyer should consider the possibility of depositing the property or funds in dispute into the registry of the applicable court so that the matter may be adjudicated.The obligations of a lawyer under this rule are independent of those arising from activity other than rendering legal services. For example, a lawyer who serves as an escrow agent is governed by the applicable law relating to fiduciaries even though the lawyer does not render legal services in the transaction. As the Comment suggests, an attorney’s ethical obligation to act will be based upon his or her legal obligations to the parties, including any potential legal obligations as an escrow agent. See, The Florida Bar v. Golden, 566 So.2d 1286, (Fla. 1990) and The Florida Bar v. Joy, 679 So.2d 1165, (Fla. 1996).Under the rules regulating trust accounts, the attorney must determine whether the attorney has a legal duty to the purchaser, such as under the escrow agreement. If the attorney does have a legal duty to the purchaser, the attorney may not release the funds to the client. An indemnification agreement signed by the client does not abrogate the attorney’s responsibilities to third parties under the Rules of Professional Conduct. Rather, the attorney should hold the funds in trust until the dispute can be resolved. If the dispute cannot be resolved, the attorney could file an interpleader or declaratory judgment action in a court of competent jurisdiction and deposit the disputed funds in the registry of the court. Rule 5-1.1(f) and Florida Opinion 67-36. Whether a third party has a valid legal claim against the trust funds is a legal question that cannot be answered in an ethics opinion. Rule 2, Florida Bar Procedures for Ruling on Questions of Ethics. See generally, United American Bank of Central Florida, Inc. v. Seligman, 599 So.2d 1014 (Fla. 5th DCA 1992); SMP, Ltd. v. Syrett, Meshad, Resnick & Lieb, P.A., 584 So.2d 1051 (Fla. 2d DCA 1991); Craddock v. Cooper, 123 So.2d 256 (Fla. 2d DCA 1960) and Gautreaux v. Greenman, 719 So.2d 1261 (Fla. 3d DCA 1998).On the other hand, if the attorney does not have a legal duty to the third party, or if the attorney’s legal duty under the escrow agreement is to release the funds to the client, then the funds must be returned to the client/seller as soon as possible pursuant to Rule 5-1.1.The third option, that of requiring the seller/client to sign the indemnification agreement, thereby shifting the risk of a buyer lawsuit against the attorney for wrongful release of the deposit to the seller, is ethically impermissible. If there is a question under the escrow agreement as to whether the funds should be released, then the attorney must continue to hold the money in trust until either the dispute is resolved by the parties or a court has made a determination pursuant to an interpleader or declaratory action. If the escrow agreement is clear as to whom the money should be disbursed, then the attorney, as escrow agent, must disburse the funds accordingly. See, Connecticut Bar Opinion 00-15 (2000), Connecticut Bar Opinion 01-02 (2001), New York Opinion 710 (1998) and Philadelphia Opinion 89-4 (1989). To require that the seller/client sign an indemnification agreement before the attorney will disburse the funds is putting the attorney’s own interests ahead of his or her duties to the client and third party as an attorney and escrow agent. Rule 4-1.7(b) is the governing ethical standard. This rule provides in pertinent part: (b) Duty to Avoid Limitation on Independent Professional Judgment. A lawyer shall not represent a client if the lawyer’s exercise of independent professional judgment in the representation of that client may be materially limited by the lawyer’s responsibilities to another client or to a third person or by the lawyer’s own interest, unless: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit is now accepting applications for a 14-year appointment as a United States bankruptcy judge for the Middle District of Florida at Tampa.The basic jurisdiction of a bankruptcy judge is specified in Title 28, United States Code and explained in Title 11, United States Code, as well as in 98 Stat. 344, Pub. L. 98-353, Title I, §120.Applicants must:• Be a member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of at least one state, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and a member in good standing of every other bar of which the applicant is a member.• Possess, and have a reputation for, integrity and good character; possess, and have demonstrated, a commitment to equal justice under the law; possess, and have demonstrated, outstanding legal ability and competence; indicate by demeanor, character, and personality that the applicant would exhibit judicial temperament if appointed; and be of sound physical and mental health sufficient to perform the essential duties of the office.• Not be related by blood or marriage to a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit; a member of the Judicial Council of the 11th Circuit; or a judge of the district court to be served, within the degrees specified in section 458 of title 28, United States Code, at the time of the initial appointment.• Have been engaged in the active practice of law for a period of at least five years. The judicial council may consider other suitable legal experience as a substitute for the active practice of law. The selection process will be confidential and competitive.The current annual salary is $142,324. Persons shall be considered without regard to race, color, age (over 40), gender, religion, national origin, or disability.If you are interested in applying, notify Norman E. Zoller, circuit executive, 56 Forsyth Street, Atlanta, GA 30303, telephone (404) 335-6535, and an application form will be forwarded to you. Applications are also available on the court’s Web site at www.ca11.uscourts.gov/humanresources and from any federal clerk of court in the states of Alabama, Florida, and Georgia. Applications must be submitted personally by potential nominees and must be received by April 15.Bar examiners openings available Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10, Alejandro Jose Vazquez III has petitioned the Florida Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement.Vazquez was the subject of two disciplinary suspensions. The first suspension was a felony suspension for his conviction for bribery. The suspension was effective on May 14, 2000. The second suspension was a three-year suspension for violation of Rules 3-4.3, 3-4.4, 4-8.4(b), 4-8.4(c), 4-8.4 (d) and 4-8.4(e), concerning Vazquez’ failure to promptly provide an adequate and accurate explanation of the circumstances surrounding an overdraft in his trust account, as well as the felony conduct which was the subject of the felony suspension. The suspension was effective on March 31, 2000.Any persons having knowledge bearing upon Vazquez’ fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact Randi Klayman Lazarus, Bar Counsel, The Florida Bar, Suite M-100, 444 Brickell Avenue, Miami 33131, telephone (305) 377-4445.James Baker seeks Bar reinstatement “Why Can’t My Student Learn? How Children Learn to Read, Why They Don’t, and What to Do About It” is the title of the first part of the April 12 reading seminar, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., on April 12 in Jacksonville. Originally intended for teachers, it is open to parents and other interested individuals.“Parent Night,” the second part of the seminar, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., will give parents and others an opportunity to ask questions of national and local experts about children’s reading problems, and effective interventions.The seminar takes place at The Schultz Center for Teaching Leadership, Inc., 4019 Boulevard Center Drive, Jacksonville, and is free of charge. For more information, call 904-630-7154 or e-mail Judge Karen Cole at [email protected] at the seminar include:• Trial lawyer David Boies, lead counsel for Vice President Al Gore in the contested presidential election, will discuss his triumph over dyslexia, and is the parent of two successful adult dyslexic children who are also attorneys.• Gordon Sherman, a neuroscientist who formerly taught at Harvard Medical School and is a principal researcher for the National Institutes of Health on the subject of dyslexia, will discuss the neurologic basis for dyslexia and the current research which may someday make it possible to identify at-risk children and intervene before they fail in school. • Dr. Sylvia Richardson, a pediatrician and speech pathologist who is past president of both the American Speech-Hearing Association and the International Dyslexia Association, will discuss the often-gifted dyslexic child.• Joseph Torgesen, a psychology professor at Florida State University and a principal researcher for the National Institutes of Health, will discuss the various forms of learning disabilities which may affect the acquisition of reading skills, and he will outline research-based methods of remediation.• George Farkas, a sociology professor at Penn State University, is the recipient of numerous foundation grants to study reading readiness in lower socio-economic groups.• Michael Sisbarro, a Jacksonville school psychologist and member of the board of the Florida chapter of the International Dyslexia Association, will discuss the best practices in the educational assessment of children.• Deborah Gianoulis, an award-winning broadcast journalist for Channel 4, WJXT, in Jacksonville, who has hosted documentaries on reading and teaching, will discuss reading resources available to parents and teachers.• Lynne Raiser, an education professor at the University of North Florida, takes her education major students each week into an inner-city school to work one-on-one with at-risk children who have experienced reading failure. She will discuss practical classroom methods of implementing the latest research-based methods of instruction.Proposed ethics advisory opinions The Professional Ethics Committee has issued the proposed advisory opinions reprinted below. Pursuant to Rule 4(c) and (d) of The Florida Bar Procedures for Ruling on Questions of Ethics, comments from Florida Bar members are solicited on the proposed opinion. Comments must contain the proposed advisory opinion number and clearly state the issues for the committee to consider. A written argument may be included explaining why the Florida Bar member believes the committee’s opinion is either correct or incorrect and may contain citations to relevant authorities. Comments should be submitted to Elizabeth Clark Tarbert, Ethics Counsel, The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300, and must be postmarked no later than 30 days from the date of this publication. PROPOSED ADVISORY OPINION 02-5The Professional Ethics Committee is aware that there have been many inquiries on the Ethics Hotline regarding a lawyer’s obligations when a person who is represented by counsel in a matter asks for a “second opinion” on their case. Clients sometimes would like another lawyer’s opinion on how the lawyer currently representing them is handling the case or on a particular point of law. Clients may also be interested in obtaining a different lawyer in their matter and would like to discuss the case and what services the other lawyer can provide without terminating their current representation first.Lawyers are concerned that such communications may violate Rule 4-4.2, addressing communications with persons represented by counsel, or may otherwise violate the Rules of Professional Conduct. Rule 4-4.2, Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, provides as follows: The Statewide Nominating Commission for Judges of Compensation Claims is now accepting applications for a judge of compensation claims in District C (Jacksonville), created by the resignation of Judge Wilbur W. Anderson.Qualified applicants must submit the original completed application, one copy to the chair, and one additional copy to each commission member by 5 p.m., April 15.Applications and the list of commission members may be obtained from G. Bart Billbrough, commission chair, 2600 Douglas Road, Suite 902, Coral Gables 33134, telephone (305) 442-2701, fax (305) 442-2801.Consideration of Annual Meeting resolutions The Health Law Section’s Nominating Committee has nominated James M. “Chet” Barclay of Tallahassee for the position of chair-elect for 2003-2004.The committee also nominated Allen R. Grossman of Tallahassee for treasurer and Laurie Levin of Orlando for secretary for the 2003-2004 term.With regard to the four executive council seats — with terms expiring June 30, 2006 — the committee nominated Jodi Laurence, Aventura; Jeannie Helton, Jacksonville; Troy Kishbaugh, Orlando; and Cynthia Mikos, Brandon.The Health Law Section will meet to elect its 2003-2004 officers and executive council members on June 26 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. during The Florida Bar’s Annual Meeting at the Orlando World Center Marriott. All members of the Health Law Section are encouraged to attend this meeting.The Health Law Section’s bylaws allow for other nominations to be made by petition of at least 15 voting members of the section. The petition must be filed with the chair not later than 30 days prior to the date of the annual meeting.James Adkins Award nominations sought Pursuant to Standing Board Policy 11.21, any member of The Florida Bar may offer for possible consideration at the Annual Meeting any resolution to the Executive Committee of The Florida Bar, acting as the Resolutions Committee. A meeting of that committee has been set for 5 p.m., Thursday, May 29 at the Key West Hilton & Marina in Key West.According to the policy, resolutions must be submitted to the executive director at Bar headquarters in Tallahassee by Thursday, May 1, 2003. The Executive (Resolutions) Committee will then approve, disapprove or make no recommendation with respect to any proposed resolution and shall state the specific reason(s) for its action. The proposer will then be advised of the action and may present any disapproved resolution to the General Assembly at the Annual Meeting of The Florida Bar (June 27 at the Orlando World Center Marriott) if the member requests publication of the general nature of the resolution in the next issue of The Florida Bar News following notice from the committee.No resolution may be proposed at the Annual Meeting unless this procedure is followed, unless it concerns a matter arising or developing subsequent to the meeting of the Resolutions Committee, and the request is approved by the Board of Governors or the Executive Committee.Probate and guardianship forms available The Florida Association of Legal Support Specialists, Inc. will hold its Fifth Annual Meeting and Educational Conference, hosted by the Sarasota-Manatee Association of Legal Support Specialists, at the Holiday Inn Lakewood Ranch in Sarasota May 2-4.A Board Certification Examination Preparation Seminar will be presented by the FALSS Certifying Board and Civil Trial Law Specialty Committee on May 2, from 8 a.m. to noon.A Professional Development Seminar featuring Margaret Strupp Martin, a performance enhancement specialist, will be held that afternoon from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Martin’s topic is “Create the Life You Really Want.”On May 3, a board certification workshop will be held from 8-9 a.m. Two legal education seminars will follow – one on notary law, to be given by Denise McCabe, a member of the National Speakers Association who trains notaries public for the state, and the other on alternative dispute resolutions, to be presented by Karen M. Morinelli.The newly elected FALSS officers will be installed Saturady evening. The incoming membership meeting will be held May 4, from 10 a.m. to noon.For more information contact Paula J. Hausman, registration chair, at (941) 366-6660, ext. 2317.last_img read more

What’s your contextual word?

first_imgOne word. What is one word to describe your 2016?Mine is attention. What’s yours?A contextual word allows you to focus your time, attention and energy into the people and projects that matter most to you. Could you and your team create a contextual word this year?New Year’s resolutions don’t’ last. Contextual word focus does.This year my contextual word is attention (it is also the name of my new book and the keynote I share as the opening keynote speaker at their events). My desire is to pay more attention at home, work, in my community. Wouldn’t it be neat if we all paid more attention to each other!Here are a few ideas to help you and the team create a contextual word for this year:Choose Big: Think of this word as a new decision filtering system for how you will invest your time and resources this year. We all know Credit Unions are about people helping people. What if your word was Delight? How could you delight every member who came into your branch? What if your word was Connect? How could you connect with younger members to bring them into your CU network and engage them in our community? What if your word was Produce? How could your team be more productive this year? Once you and the team decide on a word, determine how you will use it.Choose ‘No’ – choosing to focus on your word might seem selfish to others (it’s not!) and it means you might have to say no to things more often. You might need to say no to people who want time that drains your energy, projects that sound fun but aren’t profitable, initialtives that won’t help you achieve your Credit Union’s goals. Remember, ‘No’ is a complete sentence! Choose now – make a decision. Determine your focus. Write it down. Share it with your members and your team. Share it with other branches to accelerate accountability. Now go and implement it.You don’t have time to everything, only time to do what matters.Today choose people, projects and passions that are going to help you stay focused on your team’s contextual word and share with your word, we’d love to hear it. Let’s do this together. 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Neen James Think force of nature. Boundless energy. Timely topics. Laugh out loud fun. Eye opening ideas. Take-aways that ACTUALLY create positive change.  Sound like what YOU’RE looking for? Then Motivational … Web: www.neenjames.com Detailslast_img read more

Bear business: Three essentials for growing a community

first_imgMake no mistake about it, O Bee Credit Union placed larger-than-life (2-3 times larger) images of The Berenstain Bears in the windows of their Yelm branch to capture the attention of thousands of motorists traversing nearby highways. The Olympia-based financial institution did this to build trust, offer value, and drive business—three essentials for growth.Build Trustworthy RelationshipsRelationships are to trusted relationships what Facebook friends are to actual friends. Trusted relationships have solid foundations resulting from demonstrated integrity. They are built over time and stand the tests of time.As the adage goes, “The way you do anything is the way you do everything.” Trustworthy organizations make good first impressions and prove to be reliable. This is accomplished when a product or service is tied to positive emotion. A fact not lost on O Bee Credit Union, and one of the reasons they partnered with The Berenstain Bears.Having been around for more than five decades, The Berenstain Bears provide more than an opportunity for O Bee to advance financial literacy and promote credit union membership, they produce an emotional connection because the loveable characters are highly recognizable and trusted.Offer ValueWhat an organization offers is not nearly as important as why, by whom, and for whom it exists. There is measurable value in offering solid products and services, but when goodwill is incorporated into the purpose of an organization’s “what,” an irrefutable stickiness is created. The latter is difficult to quantify but the community—customers or members in the case of credit unions—is more inclined to appreciate, respect, utilize, and endorse organizations that practice goodwill.This is the major benefit of credit unions championing financial literacy. More than any other financial institution, credit unions engage in practices that educate their members, which satisfies their community outreach mission while inadvertently promoting their products and services. It’s a win-win model.O Bee Credit Union used their affiliation with The Berenstain Bears to take the model a step further. Since offering the branded financial literacy program to members, they’ve forged relationships with business partners to offer added value to their young members through incentives like free ice cream and pizza with savings account deposits. That’s a win-win-win model.Drive BusinessBuild trusted relationships and offer value, and the business will drive itself. It really can be that easy, provided discipline and wherewithal are in place to continually analyze the approach. In other words, perform frequent gut checks. Evaluate resolve, commitment, and priorities to be sure the organization remains focused on fortifying the community.O Bee Credit Union launched The Berenstain Bears Financial Literacy Program in November 2015. Between December 1, 2015 and April 1, 2016, the credit union added 225 new youth accounts, known as Cub Accounts, for children under ten. This amounted to virtually 100% growth over the same period in the previous year for that age group, which had been flat or declining in numbers.Prior to adopting The Berenstain Bears, O Bee engaged youth through sponsorship of community events. Although the goodwill effort was appreciated, the stickiness factor had the effect of a Post-It Note. It was good, but not the Gorilla Glue O Bee was looking for. The Berenstain Bears were.Like other credit unions that have incorporated The Berenstain Bears brand of financial literacy and youth outreach, O Bee is also leveraging the program to introduce droves of adults to the credit union concept. As a result, the average member age at O Bee and other credit unions focused on youth membership is significantly lower than the national average. Commitment to youth education and outreach breathes new life into the credit union movement, as many young adults and their young children are introduced to the credit union concept for the first time. O Bee and other credit unions aligning their brand with The Berenstain Bears give the term bear business an entirely new meaning. 46SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lorraine Ranalli Lorraine Ranalli is Chief Storyteller & Communications Director, as well as published author. Her most recent work, Impact: Deliver Effective, Meaningful, and Memorable Presentations, is a pocket book of public … Web: LorraineRanalli.com Detailslast_img read more

Long Island Craft Beer Guide

first_imgSo, with our pint glasses raised extra-high in the Press newsroom, here’s your Long Island craft beer and brewery guide. Cheers, LI! Long Ireland Beer Co.817 Pulaski St., Riverhead. 631-403-4303. longirelandbrewing.com  Long Ireland Beer Co., located in an East End neighborhood known as Polish Town, sounds like an international brewing operation, but the owners are as fiercely local as can be.Greg Martin, who founded the craft brewery and tasting room with his business partner, Ed Burke, in 2011, once saw his salesman kicked out of a bar for asking the bar owner to not have Long Ireland replace a tap occupied by a Blue Point Brewery beer.“He had said, ‘Well, is there maybe a different beer you’d consider taking off? We know those guys, they’re local guys, we’re friends,’” Martin previously told the Press. He recalled that the owner yelled back: “If you’re not willing to take Blue Point’s lines and be competitive, then you’re not gonna make it in this business!”Long Ireland, a New York State-certified farm brewery, later recovered the sale when the bar’s patrons kept asking for it. And years later, they’re not only making it in the beer biz, their distribution reach is growing, all the time.They’re frequently asked, ‘What’s up with that name?’ It came to Martin in the shower while nursing a bad hangover the day after St. Patrick’s Day. True story.Flagship Beer: Celtic AleRocky Point Artisan Brewersrockypointartisanbeer.comThis nanobrewery may operate out of a garage since it was licensed in 2012, but the trio running Rocky Point Artisan Brewers has big ideas about the future of LI’s beer scene.Donavan Hall, a physicist who co-founded RPAB with his friend, Mike Voigt, and their “mad scientist,” Yuri Janssen, another physicist, envisions a brewery in every LI town, like in parts of Europe. They aim to become a Community Supported Brewery—like Community Supported Agriculture, in which people pre-purchase the harvest of small local farmers.“We would like to turn Long Island into a very diverse beer culture,” Donavan Hall previously told the Press. “We want people to have a beer in Rocky Point that they’re really not going to get anywhere else.”They’re too small to have a tasting room, but RPAB’s beers can be found at about two dozen bars, restaurants and beer distributors across LI and New York City.Their vision of a European-style brewtopia on LI isn’t just the beer talking. The trio helped found the Long Island Beer & Malt Enthusiasts, billed as the largest local homebrew club that is like LI’s craft brewery farm team.Since they’re all about the small batches, they don’t have a flagship beer, but their most popular year-round offerings include Red Saison, Pilsner and Hefe.Shelter Island Craft Brewery55 North Ferry Rd., Shelter Island. 631-749-5977. home.shelterislandcraftbrewery.comEven the smallest town on Long Island was not immune from the local microbrew boom, with Shelter Island Craft Brewery serving especially flavorful brews in its namesake downtown as of 2015.Among the local ingredients this New York State-certified farm brewery reportedly uses are honey, apples, beach plums and scallops from Shelter Island, plus spices grown in the brewmaster’s garden. The founder, Jim Hull, a former jeweler, derives his recipes from time spent in the kitchen.“I just like to cook, it’s my passion,” Hull told Long Island Wine Press. “It is like being a chef, but harder.”Founded in an old insurance office, visitors to the brewery can soak up the aromas inside, or take their beers outside to sit at one of the picnic tables under umbrellas.Flagship Beer: 114 IPABlind Bat BrewerySmithtown. blindbatbrewery.comBlind Bat may still be on the hunt for a home to nest in, but that hasn’t stopped the prolific beer producers from giving Long Islanders what they want. It’s a go-to on locals’ quality-beer radar, that’s for sure.Whether it’s at a local farmers’ market, beer distributor, or craft beer bar, Blind Bat fans go to great lengths to get their hands on the brewery’s latest concoction. So far, Blind Bat, which incorporates farm-fresh ingredients into some of its creations, has brewed 30 different beers.Since its founder Paul Dlugokencky is brewing out of a detached garage outside his Centerport home, all of their creations are not available at once, but fans will be sure to find something delightful no matter what they’re craving. Not only can he brew, but the Blind Bat himself is proficient at coming up with wildly imaginative names for his hand-crafted refreshments.Our favorite is “Four Eyes Quadruple Ale”—inspired, no doubt, by founder Paul Dlugokencky’s poor vision. As Dlugokencky has proved, you don’t need 20/20 eyesight to have the vision to turn a hobby and passion into an independent business you can be proud of.Flagship Beer: Hellsmoke PorterSouthampton Publick House62 Jobs Lane, Southampton. 631-283-2800. www.publick.comLong Island’s oldest brew-making establishment is more than just a brewery. Southampton Publick House is also home to a restaurant, where patrons can wash down pub food with its award-winning beers, and a hoppening taproom replete with seasonal beers and year-round offerings.Southampton Publick House is unique in that it’s the only brewpub on Long Island that distributes its delicious creations to stores in the region. Its artisan adult beverages can also be found in beer distributors located throughout the eastern seaboard, plus Puerto Rico.Publick House is no stranger to accolades. Beer Advocate Magazine named it Brew Pub of the Year in 2003, and its beers have gone on to win several awards throughout the years.On a typical visit, beer lovers can knock back the popular Burton India Pale Ale, styled after brews made famous in the English town of Burton-on-Trent, the Southampton Double White, similar to ubiquitous Belgian witbiers, and Keller Pils, an old-fashioned lager.Long Island Craft Beer Bars:Tap & Barrel558 Smithtown Bypass, Smithtown.tapandbarrelny.comSapsuckers287 Main St., Huntington.sapsuckersli.comThe Good Life1039 Park Blvd., Massapequa Park.thegoodlifeny.comT.J. Finley’s42 E. Main St., Bay Shore.www.tjfinleys.comCroxley’s Public House & GardenMultiple locations.www.croxley.comL.I. Pour House Bar & Grill BBQ Restaurant650 NY-112, Port Jefferson Station.www.lipourhouse.comThe Tap RoomMultiple locations.patchoguetaproom.comtaproommp.comThe Cortland27 W. Main St., Bay Shore.www.thecortland.comHoptron Brewtique22 W. Main St., Patchogue.hoptronbrewtique.comThe Mill Roadhouse142 Mill Rd., Westhampton Beach.themillroadhouse.comCoach Grill & Tavern22 Pine Hollow Rd., Oyster Bay.www.coachgrillandtavern.comMorrison’s430 Woodbury Rd., Plainview.www.morrisonsny.comCanterbury’s Oyster Bar & Grill46 Audrey Ave., Oyster Bay.www.canterburyalesrestaurant.comHemingway’s American Bar & Grill1885 Wantagh Ave., Wantagh.www.hemingwaysgrill.comThe Republic Pub217 Main St., Farmingdale.www.therepublicpub.comThe Black Sheep Ale House78 2nd St., Mineola.www.blacksheepalehouse.comRC Dugan’s2314 Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow.www.rcdugans.comCorry’s Ale House3274 Railroad Ave., Wantagh.corrysalehouse.netDark Horse Tavern273 Main St., Farmingdale.www.darkhorsefdale.comLeft Coast Kitchen & Cocktails1810 Merrick Rd., Merrick.lckny.comWaterzooi850 Franklin Ave., Garden City.www.waterzooi.comThe Lark Pub & Grub93 Larkfield Rd., East Northport.thelarkpubandgrub.comC’Est Cheese216B Main St., Port Jefferson.cestcheesepj.comThe Beach HouseMultiple locations.www.thebeachhouselbny.comRookie’s Sports Club70 Gerard St., Huntington.www.rookiesny.comBobbique70 W. Main St., Patchogue.www.bobbique.comMurph’s Restaurant935 Hempstead Tpke., Franklin Square.www.murphsrestaurant.comParlay Gastropub210 Merrick Rd., Rockville Centre.parlayrvc.comBBD’s49 Route 25A, Rocky Point.eatbbds.comHorace & Sylvia100 Deer Park Ave., Babylon.horaceandsylvia.comLong Island Brewery Tours Oyster Bay Brewing Co.36 Audrey Ave., Oyster Bay. 516-802-5546. oysterbaybrewing.com Oyster Bay Brewing Co. has turned what was once a sleepy downtown into a hoppin’ North Shore destination, with beer connoisseurs visiting the downtown simply to get their hands on local brew.The brewery first opened in 2012 in a tiny storefront not far from the more traditional Oyster Bay landmark: Sagamore Hill. But a lot has changed since then. In February, the brewery moved to another location five times the size of their original locale, and is now in the business of canning select beers.The brewery presently has 6,000-square feet to work with, and it has dedicated much of the square footage to an impressive bar that runs 30 feet in length. Not bad for its two owners, both of whom have day jobs at a local car dealership.“People would come in for a tasting and maybe a couple of pints and then leave,” Katie Mattner, the tasting room manager and events planner, recently told the Press. [RELATED STORY: Oyster Bay Brewery Brings New Nightlife To A Sleepy Downtown] “Nobody would stay more than an hour or so. But now people are here all night!”Despite the move, Oyster Bay Brewing Co. is still producing such favorites as Honey Ale and Barn Rocker, the latter of which is dedicated to our beloved Islanders’ former home, Nassau Coliseum, aka “The Old Barn.” The brewmasters also pay homage to their Gold Coast clientele with beers like Muttontown Brown Ale, Sagamore Dark Lager and to local hero Theodore Roosevelt himself, with Rough Rye-Der Rye IPA. Oyster Bay Brewing Co. is a New York State-certified farm brewery.Flagship Beer: Barn RockerSUFFOLKWoodside Orchards Hard Cider has variations, such as sweet, apple lemon and cinnamon apple—they’ve also had apple ginger, apple raspberry and apple pumpkin in the past. (Credit: Woodside Orchards Hard Cider/Facebook)Woodside Hard CiderWoodside Orchards, Route 25, Aquebogue. 631-722-5770. woodsideorchards.comYes, this is a cidery, not a brewery, but until enough Long Island apple orchards start making so much hard cider that they need a separate guide, Woodside must be listed alongside beer brewers.The North Fork Hard Cidery doesn’t just serve regular hard apple cider, although that is available, too. They also have variations, such as sweet, apple lemon and cinnamon apple—they’ve also had apple ginger, apple raspberry and apple pumpkin in the past. All that’s in addition to apple wine, apple pie and other apple goods they sell.“The reception has exceeded our expectations,” Bob Gammon, who co-owns Woodside Orchards with his brother, Scott, told The New York Times. “All our ciders are based on the English-style ciders, so they are less sweet.”Several local wineries have dabbled with cider, although thus far those productions appear to be one-offs. other apple orchards on LI sell non-alcoholic sweet cider, but so far this is the only one that regularly ferments hard cider and offers it at a tasting room.Flagship Cider: TraditionalThe Brewers Collective1460 N. Clinton Ave., Unit C, Bay Shore. thebrewerscollective.comHere comes the revolution within the revolution. Operated by six owners who all have an equal share in the business, The Brewers Collective grew out of a home brewers club that came together in 2007. By 2013, however, the club decided it was time let the rest of Long Island in on their little secret, and thus The Brewers Collective was born.They got their start at the microbrewery incubator in Farmingdale known as A Taste of Long Island, but left for their own space in Bay Shore, which is currently under construction and expected to have its grand opening, tasting room and all, in the fall.The Collective is a certified New York State farm brewery, using hops grown on the East End and upstate, and they’re in the process of capturing wild yeast in Bay Shore. The Collective is also big on Gruit Ale, which one of its founder, Sarah Dougherty, calls “very ancient.” While rare now, Gruit Ale, which is a mix of different herbs, was once wildly popular.The Collective had been distributing to about a half-dozen restaurants in Suffolk County when it was operating in Farmingdale. Once it reopens, it plans to brew up to five of its beers year-round and a rotation of seasonal brews. Among its unique beers is a Gruit made with sage, lemon balm and hibiscus.Flagship Beer: Useful Idiot IPAGreat South Bay Brewery’s Blonde Ambition Summer Ale. (Credit: Great South Bay/Facebook)Great South Bay Brewery25 Drexel Dr., Bay Shore. 631-392-8472. Greatsouthbaybrewery.comFans of Long Island craft beer can’t get enough of Great South Bay Brewery.With popular brews like Blood Orange and Snaggletooth, a glorious stout, this South Shore brewery has been making waves for some time. Its brewery, located in an industrial area in Bay Shore, attracts droves of beer enthusiasts on weekends. Pay a visit, and you’re likely to find patrons sipping beers amid games of corn hole and foosball.But mostly people come out for the beer.The brewery typically has about a dozen beers on tap on any given day, and boasts a wide range of styles: from cream ales and pale ales to stouts and seasonal delights. And with beer names like Sleigh Rye Winter Ale, Candleabrum, Hopsy Dazy and Devil’s Deed, you have to admire their imagination. Great South Bay Brewery is a New York State-certified farm brewery.Flagship Beer: Blood Orange Pale AleDestination Unknown Beer Co.1 South Chicago Ave., Bay Shore. 631-485-2232. destinationunknownbeercompany.comDestination Unknown Beer Co., or DubCo for short, may not know where they’re going, but the sky’s the limit for this up-and-coming microbrewery that opened during Long Island Craft Beer Week 2015.The duo behind this two-man operation is Brad Finn, a high school teacher, and his lifelong friend and co-founder, Chris Candiano, a contractor. They haven’t quit their day jobs, but this certified farm brewery still manages to turn out a new brew once weekly. Their beer can be found on tap at local bars and restaurants, as well as in their tasting room.“We’re small enough that we can still experiment and take chances,” Candiano told News12 Long Island.Their brews include Barrel Aged Sonar, Beach Chair Blonde, For Shore Hefeweizen, Mellow Mood IPA, and Sore Thumb IPA.Flagship Beer: Dominick White IPATwin Fork Beer Co.Calverton. 631-209-4233. twinforkbeer.comAs anyone familiar with Long Island may have realized after reading the name of this microbrewery, Twin Fork Beer Co. is located on the East End, near the North and South forks.But their name references more than just their location. It’s also a wink to the owners, Dan and Peter Chekijian, identical twins who founded the brewery in 2014. Their tap handles, found at restaurants across LI and NYC, is a musical tuning fork—a tip of the hat to their father, a classical pianist.“Music was always a large presence in the family, instilling not only a love of music but also discipline and good work ethic,” the brewers said on their website.It also clearly provided them with the creativity required to go into the microbrewery business. Although they self-distribute their beer, Twin Forks Beer Co. is still in the process of establishing their tasting room. Check their website for updates on its status.Flagship Beer: Chromatic AleBarrage Brewing Company’s take on the popular “Black and Tan” beer, featuring YadaYadaYada and The Clancy. (Barrage Brewing Co./Facebook)Barrage Brewing Company32 Allen Blvd., East Farmingdale. 516-986-8066. barragebrewing.com Founded by a former Long Island Rail Road employee who transformed his garage into a bar—thus the name, “Barrage”—this craft brewery offers nearly two dozen brews with eclectic names like “Famous Last Words,” “One Ryed Monkey” and “Yada Yada Yada.”The brewery itself is about two years old, but prior to turning his love affair with beer into a full-fledged operation, founder Steve Pominski had been homebrewing for more than 20 years—well before the Long Island craft beer revolution took hold.Pominski attended the Siebel Institute of Technology and World Brewing Academy in Chicago so he could master his craft, and now he’s taking what he learned at home and from the pros to serve up a wide variety of IPAs, ales, stouts, porters, and more to Long Island’s burgeoning craft beer fan base.Initially only open to the public for growler fills, Barrage now boasts a tasting room so thirsty artisan beer drinkers can sample beers while taking in the ambiance.Flagship Beer: Yada Yada YadaTweaking Frog Brewing Company boasts such brews as Ribbit Red Ale, their take on an American Red Ale, Raging Pollywog IPA and Twerking Blond Ale. (Credit: Tweaking Frog Brewing Co./Facebook)Tweaking Frog Brewing Co.211-A Main St., Farmingdale. 631-897-5509. tweakingfrogbrewing.comThis funky upstart New York State-certified farm brewery got its start at a craft beer incubator known as “A Taste of Long Island,” which was later sold to Lithology Brewing Co.Lithology, which was also born out of ATOLI, made the space their headquarters and tasting room, but let Tweaking Frog share it, although other brewers that started there have since moved on. In that shared, magical, craft-beer cradle, Tweaking Frog launched its operation and tasting room in 2016.“I have been an avid home brewer for the better part of eight years, with dreams of starting up a microbrewery of my own,” owner Joseph Curley said in a GoFundMe request for donations to help launch Tweaking Frog. “After a year of focused planning, research, and a lot of luck, I was able to secure a location.”Tweaking Frog brews, which have started to appear on taps at restaurants on Long Island, include Ribbit Red Ale, their take on an American Red Ale, Raging Pollywog IPA, and (the Miley Cyrus-inspired?) Twerking Blond Ale.Flagship Beer: Ribbit Red AleFire Island Beer Co.Fire Island. 631-482-3118. fireislandbeer.comThis microbrewery’s beers stimulate the senses, just like the barrier island where it was conceived and for which it was named, but fans shouldn’t expect to find a brewery on Fire Island.The trio behind these beers was looking for a brick-and-mortar location to set up shop since they founded the company in 2009, but that hasn’t stopped them from brewing up new concoctions while farming the operation out to other brewers. Former investment banker Simon Leonard became a majority owner of the company in 2014, with the founders remaining on as minority owners. While a permanent home has been uncertain, one thing is clear—the beer they brew is a hit.“The original founders will still have a stake in the company and will be instrumental in helping move [it] forward,” the company said on its blog. “This will include a physical location in Long Island and potentially a sister site in Connecticut.”Bert Fernandez co-founded the company with his brother, Tom, and cousin, Jeff Glassman, after they devised their first beer at their family’s home in Atlantique, a small, secluded residential community on FI next to a park of the same name, with just one restaurant, The Session Stand, which was the first bar to serve their beer. [RELATED STORY: A Beginner’s Guide To Summer On Fire Island]Flaghip Beer: Lighthouse AleGreenport Harbor Brewing Company’s two owners became buddies in college and bonded over less-than-stellar beer. (Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)Greenport Harbor Brewing Co.234 Carpenter St., Greenport. 631-477-1100. greenportharborbrewing.comThis dynamic brewery on the eastern tip of Long Island has risen to such heights that its beer is already being featured in bottles and on tap in New York City, upstate New York, and across the Long Island Sound in Connecticut.It’s been quite a run for its two founders, whom became buddies in college and bonded over less-than-stellar beer. Now they play host to daycationers and locals alike who visit Greenport for its waterfront access, history, and incomparable seafood spots. But the brewery itself—located in a converted firehouse—has become an attraction of its own. Make no mistake, however, it’s the beer that makes people coming back for more.The brewery has been such a success that the duo steering the ship have opened a second location in Peconic—which features a tasting room just like its hometown brewery, as well as bottling equipment.Greenport specializes in a variety of ales, seasonal favorites—fall is not complete without Leaf Pile, FYI—along with porters and Indian pale ales. Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. is a New York State-certified farm brewery.Flagship Beer: Harbor Ale1940’s Brewing Co.1337 Lincoln Ave., #1, Holbrook. 1940sbrewingcompany.comBeer is in Charlie Becker’s blood. The third-generation brewer decided to go pro and is now walking the same path his grandfather and father followed years ago.With both family patriarchs in the beer business, it seems Becker found the perfect fit. The only question may be: What took so darn long?1940’s Brewing Co., founded in 2014, is currently producing about a half-dozen year-round beers, including staples such as Golden Riveter IPA, and I Slip U Fall (double IPA). But there’s more to 1940’s Brewing than IPAs. It also produces a seasonal saison, a German rye, an oatmeal stout, and a German wheat beer. For soccer fans, 1940’s is also known for a English IPA named after the beloved Premier League club Arsenal.The brewery decided to pay homage to Becker’s family’s beer past by naming the company after the year in which his father graduated from the U.S. Brewer’s Academy. Its tasting room officially opened in August.Saint James Brewery929 Lincoln Ave., Holbrook. saintjamesbrewery.comDon’t let the name confuse you. This Belgian-inspired local craft brewery is in Holbrook, not Saint James. The moniker is a nod to their European-style brews, not the address of the brewery.Saint James Brewery’s dedication to traditional techniques is matched only by this certified farm brewery’s commitment to only using the freshest local ingredients. That includes hops from Wading River, honey from Mattituck, apples from Northport, their own special strain of yeast, filtered local water and barley grown upstate.“We believe in the farm-to-pint, the farm-to-table mentality,” Jamie Adams, who co-founded the brewery with his wife, Rachel, in 2012, told Beer Sessions Radio. “We shop at farmers markets ourselves…it was a natural progression for us.”They even compost their spent barley and hops, then use that compost in their garden, where they grow some of their ingredients.Since setting up shop, Saint James’ brews can be found on taps at dozens of bars and restaurants across Long Island and New York City. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York As the Long Island craft beer boom continues, with more and more small-scale breweries popping up across the region, casual drinkers and beer snobs alike have more choices of local brewskies than ever before.Long Island craft beer has become such a staple that local restaurants increasingly have beer on tap from a local brewery. And summertime weekend revelers often choose to spend their afternoons at homegrown microbrewery tasting rooms instead of traditional bars.The craft beer industry here on Long Island has grown exponentially in the last four years alone: from nine breweries sprinkled across Nassau and Suffolk counties in the summer of 2012 to more than 30 presently. That’s not counting at least a dozen of other up-and-coming nanobreweries. The majority of breweries on this list have physical locations where people can enjoy a tasting or fill a growler.Similarly, new trends have grown out of this hoppin’ industry, such as the emergence of several hop farms on the East End and about a dozen breweries utilizing a percentage of either New York State or Long Island-grown ingredients, earning them the designation of a certified farm brewery. (The breweries in this list with a farm brewery license will have a “New York State-Certified Farm Brewery” designation.)Unlike the vast network of East End vineyards supported by fertile farmland, craft breweries do not discriminate by geography. That’s why beer drinkers can find a brewery within reasonable distance wherever they live on Long Island.Perhaps the most well-known of Long Island’s craft beer industry is Blue Point Brewing Co., which was sold to InBev, the world’s largest brewer, in 2014, for a reported $24 million. But that’s not to say other breweries aren’t making waves. Indeed, Southampton Publick House, a brew pub, distributes its beers as far south as Puerto Rico, and Greenport Brewing Co., despite being on the northeastern edge of the Island, has beers flowing in bars and restaurants across New York City and upstate New York.Luckily for us, we don’t have to travel far to enjoy the fruits of their collective labor. Brewery Tours of Long Island714 Main St., Greenport. 631-723-0505, 631-594-1161. northforkwinetours.com/brewerytoursBrew Crew Cycles285 Pulaski St., Riverhead. 631-722-1516. brewcrewcycles.comLI Brew Bus631-664-2058 librewbus.com.LI Beer BusPO Box 1597, Ronkonkoma. 631-913-3817. libeerbus.comLong Island Brewery Tours718-BEER-TOURS, 516-LIMO-SERVICE. longislandbrewerytours.comTapped Enterprises631-913-3817. tappedenterprises.comEditor’s note: This is an evolving list. If you have information about microbreweries that will open for business in the near future, please email Long Island Press editors at [email protected] Spider Bite Beer Co.920 Lincoln Ave., Unit 5, Holbrook. 631-942-3255. spiderbitebeer.comThese brewers share their careers’ inspiration with Spiderman, but instead of a spider bite giving them the power to climb walls, sling webs and fight crime, their superpower is brewing terrific beer.Founded in 2008, Spider Bite was among the first to set up shop amid the current LI craft beer boom. It was established by Larry Goldstein, a chiropractor, and his mortician neighbor, Anthony LiCausi. They won Best Craft Brewery in New York State in 2012.“We can’t even keep up with demand,” Goldstein previously told the Press. [RELATED STORY: Long Island’s Craft Beer Explosion] “We’re always playing catch-up.”Many of their beers have arachnid-themed names, such as Eye Be Use Imperial IPA, Eight Legged RyPA, White Bite Wheat Ale and Boris the Spider Russian Imperial Stout, their winter release (lil nod there to The Who song?; this one goes up to Entwistle).Flagship Beer: First Bite Pale AleSquarehead Brewing Co. 405 High St., Holbrook. 631-921-3060. squareheadbrewing.comSquarehead Brewing Co. takes farm-to-pint so seriously that they grow their own hops in the field next to their Holbrook craft brewery and tasting room, scheduled to open in 2016.Dave and Brad Jordan, a father-and-son team of homebrewers-turned-microbrewers, gave a nod to their ancestors when naming their certified farm brewery. A squarehead is defined as a person of German, Dutch, Scandinavian or Swedish origin.“The elderberry clone was one of the first beers,” Dave told Drunk and Unemployed. “We saw the public response, that was like, yup, all in.”Although they’re just getting underway, since they prefer small batches, they already list about 30 ales, porters, stouts, IPAs and other brews on their website. They include Hippies on The Yip, a Belgian blossom saison; 3 Dollar Bill, a pistachio pale ale; Suite Solitude, a strawberries-and-cream ale; as well as winter ales, an Oktoberfest brew and three different coffee imperial stouts.Montauk Brewing Co.62 S. Erie Ave., Montauk. 631-668-8471. montaukbrewingco.comThe do-it-yourself attitude that the easternmost community on Long Island is known for flows from the owners of the Montauk Brewing Co. like brew from the taps in their rustic tasting room.Vaughan Cutillo and two of his fellow ex-lifeguard buddies, Joseph Sullivan and Eric Moss, founded the brewery and “gallery tap room”—adorned with Hamptons artists’ abstract paintings and scenic photos—in an old wood-working company showroom in 2012. Their logo adorns a trailer-hitched beach cruiser bicycle, which the trio uses to tow 170-lb. beer kegs to local pubs.“It’s our Clydesdales,” jokes Cutillo, referring to the team of horses Budweiser uses in their promotions. While pouring 4-oz. samples of his hometown’s namesake beer, he added: “We got pretty lucky to be able to do this here.”Located just outside of the traffic circle in downtown Montauk, these entrepreneurs arguably run one of the most scenic local craft breweries on LI, with an outdoor seating area that offers views of Fort Pond.Flagship Brew: Driftwood AleBellport Brewing CompanyMoriches. bellportbrewing.comFounded in 2013, Bellport Brewing Co. prides itself on a true “farm-to-pint” experience. The certified farm brewery sits atop a 13-acre hop farm, and uses 20-percent New York-sourced ingredients in its brews with a goal of 90 percent by 2024.Its head brewer and founder, Brian Baker, got his start as a homebrewer, and developed his skills over time. It also helped that he mingled with craft beer fanatics who make up the Long Island Malt and Beer Enthusiasts group. The home brewing experience, combined with the knowledge of other beer aficionados, helped guide Baker and his two partners to where they are now.Since the brewery is conveniently located on a farm where hops are grown, it comes as no surprise that the bulk of its beers are Indian Pale Ales. Out of the four beers it currently produces, three are IPAs: South Country IPA, Bitter Thaw, and Very Bitter Thaw. Bellport pays homage to the South Shore village it’s named after by dubbing its only non-IPA brew “Captain Tom’s Porter”—in reference to one of the village’s two founders.The brewery’s tasting room is tentatively scheduled to open in September.Flagship Beer: South Country IPASand City Brewing Company was founded in 2015. Less than a year later it’s beer was flowing in local restaurants. (Credit: Sand City Brewing Co./FacebookSand City Brewing Co.60 Main St., Northport. sandcitybeer.comFrom the tasting room bar built from reclaimed barn wood to their name, which is a throwback to when Northport village was a sand mining town, this brewery is steeped in history.Established in a former vintage clothing shop in one of Long Island’s quintessential waterfront downtowns two blocks from Northport Harbor, Sand City Brewing Co. has a lot more going for it than just a great location—they also make delicious beer.“I’ve always been a hop head,” Kevin Sihler, Sand City’s head brewer, told The Happy Hour Guys, who dubbed him the “hops whisperer.” Sihler explained their mentality like this: “Let’s brew what we like to brew. People will either drink it or they won’t, and hopefully we can educate those people to try new things.”Sandy City was founded in 2015 by Sihler, Bill Kiernan, and Frank McNally. Less than a year after opening, they were already on taps at restaurants across Long Island.Although they don’t serve food themselves, a waiter from Tim’s Shipwreck Diner next door comes in to take orders and serve food to patrons at Sand City. Former Northport hellraiser (and King of the Beats) Jack Kerouac would surely have split his time between Sandy City and his infamous haunt Gunther’s, had the brewery been around back in the day. [RELATED STORY: Jack Kerouac” The Long Island Years]Flagship Beer(s): Oops I Hopped My Pants, Day DrifterBlue Point Brewing Co.161 River Ave., Patchogue. 844-272-2739. bluepointbrewing.comThe largest and one of the oldest craft breweries on Long Island is increasingly found on taps nationwide since InBev, the world’s largest brewing company, bought Blue Point Brewing Co. in 2014.Despite that reported $24 million sale, the brewery’s original partners continue to run the show—the deal really just helped their liquidity and allowed them to tap larger markets. They’re expanding their Patchogue River-front brewery and tasting room, but they still have the same attitude that’s as bold and refreshing as their brews.“One of the things we say about brewing is it’s 99-percent asshole-free, and I don’t wanna be that one percent,” Mark Burford, who co-founded Blue Point in 1997, previously told the Press.Of course, Blue Point’s success flows not just from being nice, but also from consistently brewing up great new beers.The brewery, named for the hamlet just south of Patchogue village where they’re headquartered, wisely co-opted the moniker of another nationally successful LI export, Blue Point Oysters, which go great with a pint.Flagship Beer: Toasted LagerBrickhouse Brewery & Restaurant67 W. Main St., Patchogue. 631-447-2337. brickhousebrewery.comBrickhouse Brewery has become a staple for Long Island beer drinkers. For more than 20 years, Brickhouse has been serving up pub favorites alongside beers brewed in-house.The brewery itself is located in Patchogue’s oldest commercial building, which the brew pub estimates was built around 1850. The beer industry has changed quite a bit since Brickhouse purchased the building in 1995. There wasn’t the glut of small breweries there are now, but Brickhouse still finds a way to stand out.It’s taproom flows with everything from IPAs and cream ales (one of which is soaked in whiskey!) to saisons, and more. The brewery has its own brewmaster, assistant brewer, and employs a craft beer consultant.And while it’s always producing different varieties, the brew pub does have about four that it considers flagship beers: Street Light, Beowulf IPA, Brickhouse Red and Nitro Boom Stout.The nautical-themed brewery is a must-see spot on any beer tour. (Port Jefferson Brewing Co./Facebook)Port Jefferson Brewing Co.22 Mill Creek Rd., Port Jefferson. 1-877-475-2739. portjeffbrewing.comAs is this case with so many craft brewing operations, Port Jefferson Brewing began with a home-brewing kit. Sadly, the first beer owner Mike Philbrick produced from the kit was less than stellar. Good thing for us he’s a quick learner.The former home-improvement company salesman is now churning out some of the best brews on the Island, and his artisan delights can be found at restaurants and bars across Nassau and Suffolk counties. The nautical-themed brewery, home to a cozy tasting room that fills up with people enjoying Port Jeff’s lively downtown, is a must-see spot on any beer tour. Thirsty visitors can stop in for a pint, tasting or growler fill.Port Jeff mainstays include Schooner Ale, Port Jeff Porter and the H3. Anyone planning to make a trip to the waterfront village should pop in for a pint or two.Flagship Beer: Schooner AleMoustache Brewing Co.400 Hallett Ave., Riverhead. 631-591-3250. moustachebrewing.comLauri and her moustached husband, Matthew, had been homebrewing for years—sound familiar?—before they decided to pursue their dream job. For Lauri, it took a life coach to inquire about what her dream job would be for her to realize she wanted to brew beer for a living. [RELATED STORY: ‘Hop-Crazy’ & Growing: Long Island Craft Beer Boom Pours On]Now here they are, brewing a variety of hand-crafted drinks in Riverhead, the undisputed capital of Long Island’s ever-growing beer industry. Beer lovers had been salivating over Moustache’s product even before the brewery opened in 2014. Moustache would sell their brews at the local farmers’ market as they continued to perfect their recipe. It wouldn’t take long for kegs to run dry.Their trademark beer, Everyman’s Porter, is a remarkably light-bodied porter with hints of roasted coffee. Moustache also produces a delicious Milk + Honey Brown Ale, several other core beers, and seasonal beers, including a double IPA—the first in their “atomic” series. Moustache Brewing Co. is a New York State-certified farm brewery.Flagship Beer: Everyman’s PorterCrooked Ladder Brewing Co.70 W. Main St., Riverhead. 631-591-3565. crookedladderbrewing.comIf any town on Long Island should be considered the undisputed capital of craft beer, it’s Riverhead.Tucked in the center of Riverhead’s idyllic Main Street, Crooked Ladder has established itself as not only a craft brewery, but a destination for anyone looking to put back a few cold ones with friends and family while enjoying a night out on the town.Crooked Ladder has developed more than three-dozen beers since it opened in 2013. Its tasting room typically has eight beers on tap, with the list of offerings varying, depending on the season. For instance, anyone walking into the brewery in the summer may come upon “Summeritis,” a gold-colored summer ale.If there’s a style of beer that appeals to you the most, it’s a good bet that Crooked Ladder’s brewmasters have put their talents to the test. Its full list of microbrews includes everything from ubiquitous IPAs and ales (red and brown) to saisons, strong ales, stouts, pilsners, and porters. And if you’re looking for a more robust get-together with friends, the brewery also rents out the space for events.Bottoms up, indeed.Flagship Beer: Gypsy Red NASSAULithology Brewing Company has finally opened the doors to its long-awaited tasting room. (Credit: Lithology Brewing Co./Facebook)Lithology Brewing Co.211 A Main St., Farmingdale. lithologybrewing.comTo the founders of Lithology Brewing Co., there’s more to beer than just beer. They consider microbrewing a science—and they believe the key ingredient to all magical things from New York is good ol’ H2O.Lithology relies on the best ingredients they can get their hands on to produce the perfect batch of beer, and if they’re unhappy with the final product, then it’s back to the drawing board.It looks like their methodical approach to beer-making has paid off: Lithology’s Brown Ale was the silver medal winner at the 2016 New York International Craft Beer Competition. Aside from its standout brew, Lithology also produces a savory vanilla porter, a Belgian witbier, a dry-hopped pale ale, a flaked wheat summer ale, and so much more.The brewery features a tasting room that is having its grand opening this week. Lithology Brewing Co. is a New York State-certified farm brewery.Flagship Beer: Legal American Pale AleFlying Belgian BreweryFarmingdale. 818-457-7548. flyingbelgianbrewery.comAs its name suggests, Flying Belgian Brewery produces only Belgian-style beers out of its small facility in Farmingdale. And for its co-owners, Mike Scimeca and Kevin Connelly, that’s quite enough.Scimeca, who handles business end of the operation, says the nanobrewery focuses on how beer could best be paired with food. As such, Flying Belgian already distributes to a half-dozen restaurants on the Island.Although the beers are mostly fashioned after Belgian brews, Flying Belgian puts their own twist on their concoctions. When Connelly, the head brewer, is brewing up a new batch, he often considers how the beer would compliment a meal, whether it’s steak or pasta.Flying Belgian consistently has at least two beers in its rotation: Illegally Blonde, a classic Blonde Belgian beer with a darker hue, and Salvation a la Mode, described as a “smooth” honey ale.You won’t find any IPAs here, however. Scimeca recalled a conversation he had with a restaurant owner who lamented that taps were being overrun with IPAs, and wanted instead to offer a broad spectrum of beers. And that’s where Flying Belgian comes in.The brewery also delivers its brews to about 10 beer distributors in the area, predominantly in Nassau County. They have plans to expand into Suffolk and Queens. The brewery has been in operation since last November, but it’s already made strides getting its Belgian joys out to Long Island’s craft beer-loving public.Flagship Beer: Illegally BlondeBlack Forest Brew Haus2015 New Highway, Farmingdale. 631-391-9500. blackforestbrewhaus.comYou may have heard about Black Forest Brew Haus’ stuffed dumplings, hot Bavarian pretzels, or its loaded potato pancakes, but it’s the in-house beer that’s making noise around the Long Island craft beer scene.The German-style brewery, which opened in 1999, offers a full menu, appetizers, entrees, German flare and more, as well as a steady selection of beers brewed on its premises. And as you can imagine, its beer list includes a pilsner infused with German and Czech hops, a traditional German Marzen and the always-popular Hefeweizen.The hybrid restaurant/brewery, or brew pub, also produces two India Pale Ales: one called the Cannonball IPA, and another dubbed Belligerent Hipster IPA. Not sure if new-age Brooklynites or their brethren appreciate the name, but when it comes to the beer itself, there’s not much to complain about.The brew haus hosts happy hour Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and serves brunch every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It also features live music. Prost!Garvies Point Brewery1 Garvies Point Rd., Glen Cove. 516-815-1999. garviespointbrewing.comBrewing small-batch, hand-crafted brews for the hop-heads in all of us, Garvies Point Craft Brewery takes great care in perfecting their blends before distributing it to the masses.The brewery, which currently does not have a taproom (refer to their website for updates), produces about 1,000 gallons of beer per month. It’s a small-scale operation, but fans rave about their beers. Although they’re only producing a handful of brews, Garvies Point is taking on complicated concoctions: IPAs, double IPAs, Belgian witbier and a delectable porter boasting chocolate and coffee notes (yep, they went there).Thankfully for all of us it doesn’t end there. Garvies just released its Wunderkind IPA—a “tropical IPA” that we can’t wait to get our hands on.As of now, Garvies Point is only serving up its beers in draft and keg form.Barrier Brewing was the first microbrewery to set up shop in Nassau County. (Credit: Barrier Brewing/Facebook)Barrier Brewing Co.3001 New St., Unit A2, Oceanside. barrierbrewing.comWhile some craft brewers dream big of rivaling the likes of Samuel Adams, the boys at Barrier Brewing Co. in Oceanside put the micro in microbrewery, by specializing in self-distributed small batches.That winning formula allows brewmasters and business partners Evan Klein and Craig Frymark to offer dozens of selections, bringing long lines of loyal fans coming back again and again to their tasting room to try Barrier’s latest creations.“Brewing for quality not quantity,” is the proud motto of this New York State-certified farm brewery.Founded in 2007, Barrier was the first brewery to set up shop in Nassau County amid the current craft beer boom. But they had a setback when Superstorm Sandy flooded their operation in 2012, forcing them to close for several months to rebuild. They’ve since bounced back, pouring 50 different beers annually.Since they’re all about these small batches, however, it’s impossible to pin them down on what could be termed their “flagship brew.” Among their most popular, flavorful, rhyming and alliterative labels have been Lights Out Stout, Beech St. Wheat, Bulkhead Red, Dubbel Down, Barnacle Brown, and Dunegrass DIPA.last_img read more

Indonesia not ready to impose lockdown, says Sri Mulyani

first_imgRead also: Economics of partial lockdown to contain spread of coronavirusOn Monday, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo asserted that imposing a lockdown would be difficult to implement in Indonesia, which consists of 34 provinces, despite calls from experts and scientists to do so.The President said the important thing for the public was to implement “social distancing” in order to curb the spread of COVID-19, such as staying at least 2 meters from other people and avoiding crowds to minimize the chances of catching COVID-19.Calls are mounting for President Jokowi to take extreme measures to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, including implementing a localized quarantine or partial lockdown, despite concerns over executing such a measure. Indonesia is not ready to impose a lockdown to limit the spread of the deadly coronavirus as the measure will disrupt the distribution of basic commodities to rural and densely populated areas, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani has said.The COVID-19 rapid-response team’s primary concern about a potential lockdown is the availability of human resources to deliver logistics into isolation zones, such as in rural and densely populated areas, the minister said.“The problem lays in the availability of the human resources to deliver basic commodities, not financial resources. How do we deliver the basic commodities to ensure the quarantined population can have access to their basic needs? That’s the primary concern,” She said during an online press conference on Wednesday. Read also: House joins experts to push for lockdown against COVID-19House of Representatives Speaker Puan Maharani, as well as both government and opposition lawmakers, have demanded the Jokowi administration enforce stricter measures by implementing a localized quarantine as stipulated in the 2018 Health Quarantine Law, saying that many people were ignoring the President’s call to practice social distancing.The finance minister said there would be sufficient financial resources to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, as the government would reallocate Rp 27 trillion (US$1.8 billion) from the state budget to fund the healthcare system.The government will reallocate up to Rp 10 trillion from the portion of the state budget that was set for ministries and institutions, as well as Rp 17.2 trillion in funds earmarked for regional administrations, Sri Mulyani said.“I am working together with the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), the health minister and other ministries to figure out the scenarios for the fight against COVID-19,” she said.Indonesia has 309 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 25 deaths. Globally, the pneumonia-like illness has infected over 200,000 people and claimed at least 8,000 lives. (mpr)center_img Topics :last_img read more

As protesters decry US coronavirus lockdown, officials urge caution

first_imgThe economic damage has led to increasing agitation for relaxing social-distancing restrictions, especially as the rate of coronavirus hospitalizations and other indicators of the outbreak’s severity have begun to level off in recent days.In Pennsylvania, where Democratic Governor Tom Wolf has pledged to veto a bill in the Republican-led General Assembly that would force him to reopen some businesses, several hundred demonstrators, some in cars with horns blaring, rallied in the state capital, Harrisburg.Cynicism vs. fear Many protesters were skeptical about the actual scale of the pandemic, accusing political leaders of over-reaching.”All the projections were wrong, but we are still telling people to stay home and businesses to close. This is not quarantine, this is tyranny,” said Mark Cooper, a 61-year-old retired truck driver.Others portrayed the stay-at-home measures as essential to save lives. Yetta Timothy, who was part of a counter-protest in Harrisburg, said the nursing home where she worked had lost an untold number of patients.”They are dying everyday,” said the 43-year-old nurse, crying and holding a sign that read: “My life is on the line.””I just can’t believe all of this is happening, that they want to go back to work,” she said.Protests demanding an end to stay-at-home restrictions also were held in Pittsburgh and in the Connecticut state capital, Hartford.Monday’s demonstrations, like those in the capitals of several other states in recent days, including Michigan, Minnesota, Virginia, Maryland, Washington state and Colorado, drew large contingents of self-identified supporters of President Donald Trump.Expressing sympathy for the protesters, Trump lashed out on Twitter last week at Democratic governors in three electoral swing states, saying their stay-at-home orders had gone too far.One governor Trump targeted, Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, said she appealed to Vice President Mike Pence during a gubernatorial conference call on Monday for federal officials to speak out in support of social-distancing restrictions imposed by state leaders.Whitmer told reporters after the call that Pence, who is leading the Trump administration’s pandemic response, vowed on the call to do as she requested.Warnings of resurgence Medical professionals on the front lines of the battle to curb the pandemic, which erupted in China late last year, have said the United States could face a second and even deadlier wave of infections if the lockdowns end prematurely.The United States has by far the world’s largest number of confirmed cases of COVID-19, the highly contagious lung disease caused by the coronavirus, with more than 778,000 known infections and over 42,300 deaths, nearly half of them in the state of New York, according to a Reuters tally.Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told ABC News there would be no real economic recovery until authorities got the virus under control and jumping the gun could lead to a big spike in cases.”It’s going to backfire, that’s the problem,” he said.New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said testing has to get up to scale before reopening, adding that he was aware some people were unhappy they had to wear masks or engage in social distancing. “It’s not a question of happy – it’s a question of life and death.” .Researchers on Monday began conducting antibody blood tests on New York state residents to obtain a baseline of how many may have actually been exposed to the novel coronavirus. Cuomo said specimens would be collected from a random sample of 2,000 people a day in what he called the most aggressive such project to date in the United States. At least three more governors, nevertheless, moved to loosen restrictions on commerce in their states.South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, a Republican, signed an order allowing retail shops and department stores to resume business on Tuesday, with limits on how many customers are allowed in. Colorado Governor Jared Polis, a Democrat, said he would permit reopening of hair salons, child care centers and real estate offices, also subject to social-distancing measures, starting next week.And Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, a Republican whose state reported over 1,200 new infections and a spike in deaths on Monday, announced that gyms, hair salons, bowling alleys, tattoo parlors and massage parlors could reopen on Friday, followed on Monday by movie theaters and restaurants.Stay-at-home orders and widespread business closures imposed in most states to slow the spread of the virus have stifled the US economy and thrown at least 22 million people out of work, a level of unemployment not seen since the Great Depression of the 1930s. The US debate over restrictions for fighting the coronavirus intensified on Monday, as protesters labeled mandatory lockdowns as “tyranny,” while medical workers and health experts cautioned that lifting them too soon risked unleashing a greater disaster.With health authorities and many governors warning that far more testing is needed before the US economy can be safely reopened, New York state launched the nation’s most ambitious effort yet to screen the general population for exposure to the virus.At the same time, researchers began an effort to test residents of an entire town near San Francisco for antibodies, while a broader sampling in Los Angeles County suggested 40 times as many people were infected there as the number of cases previously documented.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Recipe: how to make a cake out of food waste

first_imgOnce the sugar has dissolved take the bowl off the heat and pour into the mixer. Whisk this mixture until the sides of the bowl feel cool. Separate out the egg whites. Gradually add the eggs, one by one, with the mixer still going and spoon in the flour and until combined. Add the rest of the room temperature butter bit by bit. Sign our petition Once the sponge is cool, spread buttercream on top, stack them and cover with a thick, even layer of buttercream. Put 200g sugar in a pot on the hob on a medium heat. Stir frequently, making sure it doesn’t burn. Once the sugar has caramelised completely you can turn heat down a bit. Then add 90g butter and using a whisk mix together until fully combined. Pour in the double cream and mix again until fully combined. Then let the caramel sauce simmer for a minute or so. Split the mixture equally between 3 bowls and add the white chocolate to one, the cocoa to another, and the zest of three oranges to the last. Heat egg whites and 200g sugar in a bowl over a pot of water – the water should not touch the bowl. Continually whisk making sure the egg whites don’t cook. Check to see if the sugar has dissolved by rubbing the mixture together between your fingers. If you can feel the grains it needs longer! Swiss meringue buttercream: We want food to be eaten – not end up in the bin. Join our campaign and help us lobby government to take action on food waste:center_img We want you to get #SeriousAboutSurplus. To celebrate the launch of our petition, which will ask the government to help businesses redistribute surplus food to hungry people, baker Mimi Phillips kindly cooked up a cake made out of ingredients that would have otherwise gone to waste. Tuck in!,IngredientsShockingly, the ingredients used in this cake were saved from landfill by FareShare and City Harvest. To get more edible surplus food to people who need it, get #SeriousAboutSurplus and please sign our petition .This pictures are from the recipe for our golden #WasteNotWantNot bin which served 30+ people. The recipe and ingredients below will make the same cake for 10 people and can be baked in a a 8”- 9” cake tin. You’ll need: Sponge450g butter or stork450g caster sugar4 eggs3 tsp vanilla extract450g self-raising flour50g grated white chocolate50g cocoa/grated dark chocolate3 oranges zestedSalted caramel swiss meringue buttercream400g caster sugar (200g for the caramel sauce and 200g for the buttercream)360g unsalted room temperature butter (90g for the caramel sauce and 270g for the buttercream)120ml double cream1 pinch good quality sea salt3 egg whitesMarbled white chocolate, dark chocolate and orange sponge: Decorate with coloured buttercream. Once combined add the cooked salted caramel. Caramel sauce: Pour the three batters into the tin and, using a knife or skewer, swirl the batters together for a marble effect then bake for 40 mins at 160 degrees. Cream together the butter and sugar on high speed until light and fluffy. Prepare a space for decorating with newspaper.  Cover the cake with edible gold spray.  Pledge your support here Remove from the heat and stir through sea salt. Leave to cool. Decoratelast_img read more