Alabama Department of Public Health201 Monroe St.Montgomery, AL 36104 334-206-5300www.alabamapublichealth.govThe Alabama Department of Public Health is the primary health agency for Alabama. ADPH works to provide caring, high-quality and professional services for the improvement and protection of the public’s health through disease prevention and the assurance of public services regardless of social circumstances or the ability to pay. To that goal, the agency offers more than 100 services statewide by public health professionals to assure that water is safe, children have their immunizations, restaurants are safe and birth certificates are correct — to name just a few.The department’s main office is in Montgomery. The state is divided into 11 public health areas responsible for developing public health services and programs specific to the needs of each area. County health departments offer a variety of services, including communicable disease investigation and intervention, family planning, immunizations, STD counseling and testing, WIC and nutrition services, women’s health services and more. Services vary by location. For a full list of county health departments, hours and services, visit www.alabamapublichealth.gov/about/health-departments.html. These are the health departments in Madison and Morgan counties:Madison County Health Department301 Max Luther Drive NWHuntsville, AL 35811 256-539-3711Morgan County Health Department510 Cherry St. NEDecatur, AL 35601 256-353-7021
From POC: (Stockholm, Sweden – January 10) – POC, and Team Garmin-Sharp today announced a three-year partnership.Beginning in January 2014, Swedish company POC is the official helmet and eyewear supplier of Team Garmin-Sharp, the American professional cycling team dedicated to ethical sporting and developing the next generation of cycling champions.“We pride ourselves in working with best-in-class partners to develop equipment that helps our riders perform at their best. POC is another great example of a superior partnership and we are thrilled to add them to the Slipstream family”, says Jonathan Vaughters, CEO, Slipstream Sports and Team Garmin-Sharp.Commenting on the partnership, Stefan Ytterborn, POC CEO and founder says:“We are now entering the road bike scene and we need to go all in and support our mission of doing everything we can to possibly save lives and reduce the consequences of accidents, and at the same time assist with performance through advances in technology. With Team Garmin-Sharp’s spirit, values and attitude, we have found a perfect partner. Together we will come up with even better, safer and faster products for the team and in their quest to win, but also benefit road cyclists around the world who will be able to use the same products and innovations for training and racing.”POC, a leading manufacturer of skiing and mountain biking helmets, body armor and accessories, will provide the team with helmets and eyewear. Riders for Team Garmin-Sharp will be using the award-winning and storied Octal helmet, the Octal Aero and the Tempor TT helmet. When it comes to the eyewear, the team will choose from a number of different frames, ranging from the striking DID’s to the soon-to-be-released DO Blades. DO Blade has been developed in collaboration with 2012 Giro D’Italia champion, Garmin-Sharp’s Ryder Hesjedal, and Olympic TT Silver medalist Gustav Larsson – both POC team athletes.POC will also produce additional products with specifically engineered properties to serve specific needs, depending on discipline and circumstances.“I really believe the POC range of helmets is revolutionary in bringing new levels of comfort, aerodynamics and cooling to the market,” says Dan Martin, Team Garmin-Sharp. “I am blown away by POC’s advanced design and we are very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with them this season,” adds Martin.POC is just about to release AVIP, it’s first road bike specific range including helmets, apparel, eyewear and accessories. AVIP stands for Attention, Visibility, Interaction and Protection and is POC’s most ambitious initiative to date, promoting safety for road cyclists.The blue color of the Octal and the Do Blade is called “Garminum Blue,” and is a salute to the team and will be used for competition. Since visibility is a key factor to road bike safety and to support the idea behind AVIP, the highly visible orange version of the Octal helmet will be the first choice for team Garmin-Sharp when training.Starting with Australian National Championships in January, team Garmin-Sharp will be wearing POC helmets and eyewear around the world, from the Tour Down Under to The Tour de France to Liege-Baston-Liege.About Slipstream SportsOwned and managed by Slipstream Sports, Team Garmin-Sharp is dedicated to promoting ethical sporting and developing the next generation of cycling champions. Team Garmin-Sharp competes in a full schedule of professional cycling races in the U.S. and Europe. Additional information is available at www.slipstreamsports.com. About POCPOC is a Swedish company built on a strong mission to do the best we can to possibly save lives and to reduce the consequences of accidents for gravity sport athletes and cyclists. More information at www.pocsports.com If you read between the lines with POC’s “garminum” blue colorway from our coverage of the POC AVIP launch you probably saw this coming. If not, it’s now official – POC is the new helmet and glasses sponsor for Team Garmin-Sharp starting now, and continuing for the next three years. POC is making big strides in the road cycling world, first with the launch of the safety oriented AVIP line, the recent announcement of a partnership with Volvo Car Group to focus on bike-car safety, and now the announcement of the Team Garmin-Sharp sponsorship that will lead to the development of additional road products in the future based on the input of the team.In addition to the Octal, Octal Aero, and Tempor TT helmet, the Garmin-Sharp team will be using POC’s eyewear like the new Do Blade – which was developed in collaboration with Garmin-Sharp’s Ryder Hesjedal, and Olympic TT Silver medalist Gustav Larsson.More after the break.
Spherion,Spherion Staffing Services, a local recruiting, staffing and workforce solutions provider backed by the resources of a $2 billion global workforce leader, announced today that Ken Ballard, franchise owner of the South Burlington office, is celebrating a major milestone – 25 years of exceptional service to local employees and clients. A temporary employee himself, Ballard quickly ascended to a variety of recruiting and managerial positions including recruiter, client services manager, and branch manager, and eventually took over the South Burlington Spherion office in 1997. At that time, he was running his business with just three employees and a handful of clients. Today, he employs eight full-time workers, matches hundreds of workers per year with local jobs and serves as the go-to staffing resource for companies in a variety of industries.“I am thankful for the growth opportunities my office has experienced thanks to local businesses and community members,” said Ballard. “There is no doubt that our success over the past 25 years is directly attributed to our expert recruiters and service team, whose commitment to economic growth and compassion for their neighbors drives their work each day.”Having employed multiple generations of Vermont families, Ballard enjoys seeing the positive impact his business is having on the community. One of his greatest passions is finding local citizens meaningful jobs and contributing to the growth of the economy through his work.“Ken’s strong commitment to the prosperity of Vermonters has been steadfast for the past 25 years,” said Sandy Mazur, division president of Spherion. “I am confident he will continue to grow his business and cultivate opportunities that benefit the Burlington community and his employees, clients and partners.”Ballard’s office primarily focuses on staffing in the clerical, manufacturing and professional services industries. He predicts continued growth in these sectors, along with an increase in healthcare and IT support services, food manufacturing, and finance and accounting.Ballard is actively involved with several community organizations including the Burlington Boys & Girls Club, the Associated Industries of Vermont and the Vermont Association of Staffing Services. As a champion of equal employment and workers’ rights, he has been appointed by two different governors to serve on the Governor’s Committee for the Employment of People with Disabilities. His team also contributes to career readiness forums at local high school and colleges, and are involved in causes such as the Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Salvation Army.About SpherionSpherion Staffing Services is a leading recruiting and staffing provider that specializes in placing administrative, clerical, customer service and light industrial candidates in temporary and full-time opportunities. As an industry pioneer for more than 68 years, Spherion has sourced, screened and placed millions of individuals in virtually every industry through a network of offices across the United States. Spherion offers companies a unique combination of personalized customer service backed by the resources, knowledge and geographic breadth of a $2 billion dollar workforce leader. Last year we helped more than 3,000 clients find the right talent to meet their workforce goals. Each local office is individually owned and operated by a team of staffing specialists who are known throughout the community, well-acquainted with your business and supported by a strong network of talent. As one of the fastest growing industries, Spherion is actively expanding into new territories, with more than 75 franchise markets available. To inquire, visit www.spherion.com/franchise(link is external).Source: SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vermont – Spherion Staffing Services www.spherion.com(link is external).
University of Vermont,Vermont Business Magazine The Princeton Review has once again ranked the University of Vermont among the nation’s top colleges. The education services company profiles and recommends UVM in the 2021 edition of its annual guide, The Best 386 Colleges(link is external).Only about 14% of America’s 2,800 four-year colleges are profiled in the book. The company chooses colleges based on data it annually collects from administrators at hundreds of colleges about academic offerings.The Princeton Review also considers data gathered from its surveys of college students, who rate and report on various aspects of their campus and community experiences for this project.Based on student feedback, UVM ranks as #18 for College City Gets High Marks, #18 for Best Health Services, and #20 for Their Students Love These Colleges. The university is also listed as #4 for Top 50 Green Colleges, among other rankings.In survey responses, UVM students describe the school as “academically rigorous” and their peers as “friendly, passionate, and involved.” Of their learning experience, one student said, “Professors have opened my eyes to new interests, new ways of thinking, new skills, and new innovations.”Source: UVM 8.20.2020
Amendments to the Florida Small Claims Rules The Small Claims Rules Committee invites comment on the proposed three-year-cycle amendments to the Florida Small Claims Rules. The full text of the proposals can be found at the Bar’s web site atwww.floridabar.org. The proposed amendments will be filed with the court by February 1, 2010. Interested persons have until August 15, 2009, to submit comments electronically to Judge Robert W Lee, Chair, Small Claims Rules Committee, firstname.lastname@example.org. 7.090(a)–(b): 10-0 (f) and Court Commentary: 18-0(a)–(b): to add uniformity to pretrial conference procedure statewide by clarifying the judiciary’s role in the small claims process and to bring the rule into alignment with form 7.322. (f) and Court Commentary: to correct style and grammar errors in the adoption of changes in In re: Amendments to Florida Small Claims Rule 1.090, 985 So.2d 1083 (Fla. June 19, 2008). Amendments to the Small Claims Rules 7.34222-0The word “information” is inserted between “fact sheet” in two places, to clarify for the pro se litigant what sheet the pro se litigant must complete. 7.050(a)11-5A sentence is added to subdivision (a)(1) to ensure that the courts have access to all documents served with initial process. July 15, 2009 Notices 7.33520-0The word “/pawnbroker” is added after “defendant” in the first line of the statement of claim, to be consistent with the caption and the intent of the initial adoption of this form. Also, a punctuation error in the caption is corrected. 7.34321-0Instruction to mail or deliver the form to the clerk is deleted because the optional enforcement paragraph in form 7.340, which refers to form 7.343, instructs the defendant to return the sheet to the plaintiff’s attorney (or plaintiff if unrepresented), not the court clerk. The notary block in (b) is not the proper one for a business entity. The proposed change follows the statute (F.S. 117.05(13)(c)). A few other changes are made to conform form (a) and (b) to each other. RULECOMMITTEE VOTEREASONS FOR CHANGE
Pinterest Share on Facebook Share Share on Twitter In a study published in PLOS One the team have proposed an entirely new approach to risk assessment for future violence. Previous approaches have relied on looking at risk factors that happen to be linked to, but may not cause, violence, for example, being young, male, of lower social class, with previous violent convictions.The new approach is instead based on identifying risk factors that have a clear causal link to violence, and include symptoms of major mental disorder, the patient’s living condition, and whether they are taking medication.Over 300 risk assessment instruments are currently used by psychiatrists, psychologists, and probation officers to assess the risks of violence and sexual offending among psychiatric patients, prisoners, and the general population. The authors say that producing risk assessment instruments has become an ‘industry’ and new ones are being produced annually. LinkedIn QMUL researchers found that none of these instruments have any advantage over those produced before and that their best predictions for future violence are incorrect 30 per cent of the time.First author Professor Jeremy Coid from QMUL’s Wolfson Institute of Preventative Medicine said: “Researchers have become too obsessed with predicting whether a patient will be violent in the future, rather than looking for the causes of why they become violent. While it is helpful to know that a patient has a high or low risk of being violent if you release them from hospital, this is not going to tell you what you should do to stop them being violent.”“It is more important to know which factors are causally related because these are the factors that must be the targets for future treatments and management interventions if the aim is to prevent violence happening in the future.”In the study, 409 male and female patients who were discharged from medium secure services in England and Wales were followed up after release into the community. They received assessments with two ‘state-of-the-art’ assessment instruments prior to release into the community, then after six and 12 months following discharge. Information on violence was gathered via individual case notes and a search of the police national computer.The team’s analysis suggests that the standard risk factors were poor in identifying who would be violent and who would not.When the researchers used a causal approach to confirm which risk and protective factors resulted in violence, the findings were very different. Symptoms of major mental disorder, the patients’ living condition, and whether they were taking medication, were highly important factors. The effects of violent thoughts, being in an unstable life situation, being under stress and unable to cope were also three to four times stronger using the causal model than using the traditional predictive approach.Professor Jeremy Coid added: “The future direction should be to identify risk factors that have causal relationships with violent behaviour and not those which predict violent behaviour. Risk factors, such as being young, male, of lower social class, with many previous violent convictions, may be good predictors, however, none of these factors are truly causal.” Email
Dutch shipbuilder Ferus Smit is preparing to launch the third vessel in a series of six to be delivered to Dutch shipping company Symphony Shipping BV.The vessel, to bear the name Nordana Sea, will be launched on Friday, December 11, 2015, in Leer, Germany. As her name already reveals, the ship will be chartered out to the Danish company Nordana, and sail in her fleet after delivery.Nordana Sea is a 10,500 DWT vessel of Ecobox design. It is characterized by its flexibility of loading combined with very economical and ecological performance, large loading floor area for project cargoes, including complete movable tweendeck, two 85 ton cargo cranes and a deckhouse placed on foreship for better protection of deck cargo and enabling to load oversized items over the stern.Additional features are open top notation; sailing in all weather conditions without maindeck hatches to transport large project cargoes without height restrictions, as well as the Ferus Smit ECO bulbless Canoe type bow, designed to reduce fuel costs and better sustained speed.Image: Ferus
Saipem has been awarded two new E&C contracts for onshore and offshore work in Indonesia on the Tangguh LNG expansion project. The contracts were awarded by BP Berau Ltd., as operator of the Tangguh LNG project.The first award is for the engineering, procurement, construction and installation of offshore facilities, consisting of two unmanned platforms and subsea pipelines.The second contract for the construction of an onshore LNG process train with a liquefaction capacity of 3.8 million tons per annum, utilities, offsites, an LNG jetty and associated infrastructure, has been awarded to CSTS, a joint operation led by Indonesian EPC Contractor Tripatra with Chiyoda, Saipem and Suluh Ardhi Engineering.Completion of the projects is expected in 2020, the company said.
Join our LinkedIn Legal Aid sub-group You don’t expect good news to come out of the scandal of elderly people suffering abuse at the hands of their carers. Where’s the good news in the indignity of an elderly woman left stuck on the toilet because everyone was too busy to assist her? And how can good news ever be associated with a carer telling a patient to shut up because he was reading the newspaper? These are just some examples of the theft, neglect, rudeness and physical abuse uncovered by the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s (EHRC) review of home care, published earlier this week. EHRC commissioner Baroness Sally Greengross said that one way to address the problem was to ensure that ‘any care that is commissioned by a local authority or another public body should come under the Human Rights Act (HRA) so people are protected from abuse’. And that’s the good news because suddenly human rights are something that protects your granny or the old guy who lives next door. Human rights have come home. They are no longer the exclusive preserve of ‘bogus asylum seekers’ or sex offenders who demand pornography while in prison. They are not even the sole preserve of immigrant cat owners, as home secretary Theresa May in her ignorance told the Tory party conference. But before we get too excited: this is not the dawning of a new age for how human rights are reported in the right-wing press. The Telegraph lost no time in rubbishing Greengross’s words. We need basic human decency, Ed West wrote in a blog, not ‘new human rights being created and more lawyers enriched’. Human rights and ‘basic human decency’ are one and the same thing – the right to life, dignity, freedom from inhumane treatment and the rest of all that good stuff. And who’s suggesting ‘new human rights’? We can make do very nicely with our current crop, thank you, and won’t be paying any lawyers to pen fresh ones. The British Institute of Human Rights has long argued that human rights play an unrecognised role in protecting our basic freedoms and that more noise should be made about the positive things they achieve on our behalf. Its website gives numerous case histories, from the ‘learning disabled couple’ who had to resort to the HRA to have CCTV removed from their bedroom (you couldn’t make it up!) to the elderly couple who used it to stop their local council from separating them from one another. Unhappily, you don’t read these stories in the popular press. The two words ‘human rights’ are always said with a sneer, as some sort of alien, European encroachment on our hard-won British liberties. We should be reminding people that respect for human rights, as embodied first in the European Convention on Human Rights and then in our own HRA, has not only fostered peace between European nations since the second world war. It is also doing a good job of protecting granny and granddad, and you and me.
The City of London Law Society has issued a useful Guide to assist practitioners in providing English law opinion letters in financial transactions. The aim of the Guide (available at the website) is to save time and costs spent in discussing which law firm should provide an opinion letter, what it should cover and who may rely on it. The Guide suggests 12 questions which a law firm practising English law should consider addressing when seeking or providing an opinion letter. It explains the key considerations, including the professional conduct rules which must be observed. It does not lay down rules or a code of conduct. Each firm is free to decide on its own policy for providing opinion letters. The Guide focuses on opinion letters delivered by a law firm (typically at completion of a transaction) to its client or, at a client’s request, to a third party, where the opinion is to be relied upon by the client or the third party, or reference is to be made to the opinion in a public document or to obtain a debt rating. Written advice to a client for its sole use on points of law or on its legal position falls outside the scope of the Guide. It is appropriate to consider, before requesting another law firm to provide an opinion letter, whether, if the roles were reversed, the requesting law firm would itself be willing (and permitted by professional conduct rules) to give the opinion requested. This approach – sometimes called the ‘golden rule’ – can avoid many of the difficulties which may otherwise arise. The normal practice is that an English opinion letter in a financial transaction is given by the lender’s own legal advisers. Exceptions may occur where it is convenient and saves costs, or where market practice has adopted a different approach and, in each case, where giving the opinion is consistent with professional conduct rules. There are differing views about the extent of the exceptions. One exception recognised by some (but not all) law firms is that, if one party requires an opinion letter only on the capacity and authority of the other party to enter into the transaction documents, it may in certain cases be most cost-efficient for the law firm acting for that other party (or its in-house lawyer) to provide the opinion letter. There is a significant difference between practice in the US and practice in England and Wales. The US approach is to expect more from the borrower’s legal advisers. A lender in a US financial transaction will often require the borrower to provide an opinion letter for the lender’s benefit from the borrower’s legal advisers on the enforceability of the documentation. The golden rule may appear difficult to apply in cross-border transactions because of this difference in approach. In practice, a common answer (consistent with professional conduct rules) is that the opinion letter should be given by reference to the practice generally applicable in the jurisdiction whose law is the subject of the opinion. So an opinion letter on English law would take into account the normal approach that applies in England and Wales, and an opinion letter on New York law would take into account the normal approach which applies in New York. The Guide examines several factors relevant to opinions for third parties. In particular, applicable professional conduct rules must be observed where, for example, a request for a third-party opinion may give rise to a possible conflict between the law firm’s duty to its own client and the responsibilities assumed by it to the recipient of the opinion. Additionally, the giving of the requested opinion letter may have the effect that responsibility for advising the addressee on certain features of the transaction is transferred inappropriately from the addressee’s legal advisers to the opinion provider. The Guide explains the purpose of an opinion letter and the proper role of the opinion provider. The purpose is to state conclusions of law as to the ability of a party to enter into and perform its obligations under an agreement and/or the legal effect of the agreement. Most opinion letters are subject to at least some qualifications. An opinion letter often states conclusions of law without a detailed legal analysis. Closing opinions do not normally address the legal consequences if, for example, the contracting party were to enter into insolvency proceedings. This possibility would involve complex legal issues. The time and expense involved in the analysis of these issues may be disproportionate in the context of the transaction. So, the opinion letter will normally include a qualification that any opinion is subject to all provisions of insolvency law and other laws affecting creditors’ rights generally, unless a reasoned opinion is necessary to satisfy the requirements of rating agencies or regulators. It is often regarded as inappropriate for a law firm to give an opinion as to the effect of security, unless it has been or is responsible for preparing and registering the security documents. Even if a law firm has prepared the security documents, it may be unwilling to opine on priority, unless the legal position is capable of being established conclusively by priority searches at the relevant registry (for example, in the case of a mortgage of land). The views contained in an opinion letter are expressions of professional judgement on the legal issues addressed and not guarantees that a court will necessarily reach a particular decision. The provider of an opinion letter may be liable to the addressee if the opinion is negligently given, but is not necessarily negligent merely because an opinion proves to be at variance with a decision ultimately reached by a court at a later date. The provider of an opinion letter is not an insurer against risks which may affect the parties. The Guide highlights the importance of the distinction between fact and law. An opinion letter will generally be given only on specific questions of law. The provider of an opinion letter is not a warrantor of factual matters. An opinion letter is invariably expressed to be based on relevant factual assumptions, which may in turn be covered by warranties in the transaction documents. Where an opinion letter is given to a client, it is often helpful not only to the recipient but to the law firm providing it, since it defines the scope (and, at least in a reasoned opinion, records the substance) of the opinion given. Geoffrey Yeowart is a partner at Hogan Lovells