By Arya JhaFriday, November 9th and Saturday November 10th, 2012 mark the return of Tea Leaf Green to the Brooklyn Bowl. They last played a two night set in Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Bowl, in February 2011, selling out pre-sale tickets to the venue both times. The same month, Tea Leaf Green additionally sold out a show at the Highline Ballroom and the Bowery Ballroom in Manhattan. The five-piece jam band has been touring steadily since 1998, and they are sure to impress. Radio Tragedy, their seventh studio album, was released this past June, sparking a Fall tour throughout the Northeast and Southwest. They are touring with the up and coming Brooklyn Bowl regulars, Moon Taxi, an indie band from Nashville.This upcoming 2012 Fall TLG Tour marks the first tour having Cochrane McMillan as the official drummer of Tea Leaf Green. He first began playing with Tea Leaf Green in Winter 2011, as a replacement of their original drummer, Scott Rager. The band provides a homegrown crowd, full of long time fans as well as recent discoverers of the long standing psychedelic rock sounds which Tea Leaf Green provides. You can find all of their Fall 2012 Tour Dates on the Tea Leaf Green Website, and you can purchase tickets to their two night set at the Brooklyn Bowl here.
For those moving to a new location, it’s important to know what educational options are available. This chapter outlines the public schools systems in Hinesville and Savannah, along with information about local libraries and higher education. There are private schools, charter schools and home schooling available to children in both cities as well.To be enrolled in a Georgia school, a child must be at least 5 years old by Sept. 1 of the school year. Those wishing to register their child in school should bring the following to the school office: a birth certificate or other proof of the child’s age, the child’s previous school records and immunizations records. Check with the school for additional requirements. Required immunizations for a child enrolling in kindergarten are as follows: four doses of diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis; three doses of polio; two doses of measles, mumps and rubella; three doses of hepatitis B; and two doses of varicella. For more details on Georgia’s minimum vaccine requirements for students in grades K-12, visit the Georgia Department of Education’s website at www.gadoe.org.In 2010, Georgia, along with 42 other states, the District of Columbia, Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Department of Defense Education Activity, adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. At present, national Common Core State Standards exist only for English language arts and mathematics, with science and social studies in development for the 2017-18 school year, though Georgia has state standards across the full curriculum. For more information, visit www.corestandards.org.Choosing a SchoolChoosing the right school is very important, so be sure to research each one before deciding. Contact the school by phone or by visiting its website, which is a valuable source to learn about a school district’s statistics and curriculum. Talk to people in the area, especially friends and colleagues who already live there.If the school shows promise, schedule a visit and bring a list of written questions about student-teacher ratios, computer availability, extracurricular activities, sports programs, music programs, gifted programs and grading standards.Discuss the potential school with your child: what they liked and what they didn’t like. Your family’s ability to readily adapt to a move and to find happiness in your new home may depend, in part, on how happy your children are in their new school.CHARTER SCHOOLSCharter schools are public schools of choice that are tuition-free, serve all students and have open enrollment. For more information or a listing of charter schools in Georgia, visit the Georgia Department of Education’s website at www.gadoe.org/External-Affairs-and-Policy/Charter-Schools.HOME SCHOOLINGFor an introduction to home schooling in Georgia, visit the Georgia Department of Education’s website at www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/Pages/Home-Schools.aspx. Here you will find information on home-school rules and regulations, testing information, home-school curriculum providers and more.Coastal Homeschool Athletic Associationwww.coastalhomeschoolathletics.orgThe Coastal Homeschool Athletic Association was formed in August 2010 to promote sporting activities for teenage home-schooled athletes in the coastal Georgia and Lowcountry South Carolina regions. The association currently offers football, basketball, baseball and soccer.Southern Mamaswww.southernmamas.comSouthern Mamas serves as a network for home-schooled families, connecting them with after-school activities, kid-friendly local events, music and art lessons, sports, and a variety of child-rearing topics.PRIVATE SCHOOLSTo search for local private schools in Georgia, visit the National Center for Education Statistics website and use the private school search tool at www.nces.ed.gov/surveys/pss/privateschoolsearch. Users may search by location, religious affiliation, school type and more.PUBLIC SCHOOLSBryan County Schools8810 Highway 280Black Creek, GA 31308 912-851-4000www.bryan.k12.ga.usBryan County Schools have an enrollment of approximately 5,600 students. The district has four elementary schools, two primary schools, two middle schools and two high schools and serves the communities of Belfast, Black Creek, Blitchton, Ellabell, Fort Stewart, Keller, Pembroke and Richmond Hill.Liberty County School System200 Bradwell St.Hinesville, GA 31313………………912-876-2161www.liberty.k12.ga.usThe Liberty County School System has seven elementary schools, three middle schools and two high schools. There is also an alternative education learning center for grades six through 12, a pre-K center and a vocational school. The district has an enrollment of approximately 11,300.Savannah-Chatham CountyPublic School System208 Bull St.Savannah, GA 31401 912-395-5600http://internet.savannah.chatham.k12.ga.usThe Savannah-Chatham County Public School System is composed of 26 elementary schools, nine combined elementary and middle schools, nine middle schools, 11 high schools and numerous education centers. The district has an enrollment of approximately 35,000.
August 1, 2011 Regular News FRP Committee supports PEC recommendations The Bar’s Florida Registered Paralegal Committee has endorsed several recommendations made by the Board of Governors’ Program Evaluation Committee and approved by the board in May.The paralegal panel, which met during the Bar’s recent Annual Convention, liked the PECs recommendations, which would improve services for paralegals and raise their profile within the Bar.“I think the committee definitely was very happy to see the Board of Governors has recommended them,” said FRP Committee Chair Carin Gordon. “A lot of these are things the committee has been discussing and promoting for a while.”The PEC presented 11 recommendations to the governors at their May meeting, and the board approved all of them.Here are the board-approved PEC proposals that were reviewed by the committee:• The Bar’s online Career Center should be used as a resource for paralegals about job opportunities. The paralegal committee agreed and requested that a link to the Career Center should be included under the paralegal/legal assistant heading on the Bar’s homepage.• The Bar’s Annual Convention should be used as a way for paralegals to get low-cost CLE credits and as a venue for a paralegal reception. The paralegal committee endorsed the idea of having low-rate courses for paralegals and also suggested a discount registration cost should be considered. It also said that information about free courses on the Bar’s website and the availability of CLE DVDs should be added to paralegal FAQs on the website. As for a reception, the committee said paralegal organizations might sponsor such an event.• Links to various paralegal organizations, such as NALA and NFPA, should be included in the FRP home on the Bar’s website. The committee endorsed that idea, with members noting they had made that proposal before.The PEC also recommended that the FRP Committee review the CLE requirement for registered paralegals, which at 30 credits every three years is the same as for attorneys. The committee felt no change should be made in that standard.“I think their thought process was that we should reduce it [the CLE requirement], that it was too difficult for some people,” said committee member Karen McLead.“We were not in favor of that at all.”Gordon said the committee plans to review the recommendations again at its September meeting, adding, “We want to keep these as a focus of the committee and assist the Bar in moving these recommendations forward.”Other PEC suggestions approved by the board include making it easier to search for specific paralegals on the Bar’s website (similar to the Find-a-Lawyer function), improving knowledge about the FRP program for both lawyers and paralegals, and letting paralegals know about the benefits they qualify for under the Bar’s Members Benefits program.McLead said many of the recommendations from the PEC had been discussed by the FRP Committee earlier, but the panel had trouble getting them enacted.“Most of these we had made. As a whole, we were very in favor of it,” she said.Gordon said the board action will help the committee in its goal of “promoting the program and its benefits to paralegals and lawyers.” FRP Committee supports PEC recommendations
There is another big and complex problem that needs to be dealt with as the legal services market continues to change. Simply put, most clients, the general public and and small- and medium-sized enterprises, don’t know the difference between solicitors, lawyers, barristers and other qualified or non-qualified providers of legal services.The recent Ministry of Justice research Baseline survey to assess the impact of legal services reform provides strong evidence of this lack of understanding in the buyers of legal services. This confusion will hand a significant competitive advantage to any organisation that is willing to take advantage of it. The relaxation of barristers’ regulations can only complicate things further as legally qualified people of various types vie for the attention of clients by promoting their own type of legal solution. It appears to me as if the legal services industry is reorganising the deckchairs on its own Titanic. No one knows clearly where the ship is going and haven’t seen or can’t see the iceberg, faster ships and jet planes. OMG. ‘We are all going to drown!’ To cut through this lack of comprehension of the demand side of the market, we need to consider where is the benefit to the client of having a choice of lawyer types. That’s a benefit you can convey simply, as opposed to explaining the structure of the legal services industry. Benefits fall into a mixture of two types. Does the benefit save the client time/money/effort? Does it make them feel more secure, protected, happy – or even smug. It helps to split the benefits into three levels – why see a solicitor, why use your firm and why buy a particular service or solution. The conclusion from this analysis in your firm has then to be regularly and imaginatively presented to the clients you want in the future, through whatever medium suits your clients best. The research, and Marketlaw’s experience, show that if you tell your clients the value to them of what you can do, they won’t feel the need to understand if any other type of lawyer can help them.
The largest exhibit from Faymonville will be the 2+6 CombiMAX combination. With a payload of up to 120 tonnes, it can be equipped with the low PA-X pendle axle.The manufacturer will also showcase a three-axle MegaMAX lowbed semi-trailer, which, due to a removable gooseneck, enables loading from its front end.The three-axle MultiMAX Plus low loader with lifting platform will be on show, too. The semi-trailer has been designed with the transport of lifting vehicles in mind and includes numerous lashing points to secure loads.Featuring a low loading height of 1.1 m, the three-axle TeleMAX plateau semi-trailer with double extension will be on display, demonstrating the semi-trailer’s ability to transport loads with a large volume.The Faymonville Group will also be exhibiting its range of self-propelled vehicles from Cometto. The electronically controlled modules offer load capacities of 60 tonnes or 70 tonnes per axle line.Faymonville’s MAX Trailer brand, meanwhile, has its own booth to showcase the MAX200 mega-trailer and MAX510 lowbed semi-trailer.www.faymonville.comwww.cometto.comwww.maxtrailer.eu
The Premier League’s all-time leading goalscorer Alan Shearer fears he may be at risk of suffering from dementia due to heading footballs during his playing days, calling for more research on the issue.The 47-year-old former England captain, who bagged 260 Premier League goals during an 18-year career, has revealed his fears over his long-term health.“For every goal I scored with a header during a game, I must have practised it 1,000 times in training,” the former Blackburn and Newcastle player told Britain’s Daily Mirror newspaper. “That must put me at risk if there is a link.”Shearer, who also netted 30 goals in 63 appearances for England, had tests to examine how heading the ball has affected his brain.“The tests were pretty nerve-wracking,” he said. “I have got a terrible memory. I don’t know if that is because I don’t listen, but I have got a poor memory.“When you play football as a professional you expect in later life you are going to have problems with your knees, your ankles, or you back, like I have.“But never did I think playing football could be linked to having a brain disease. That is why the research has to be done.”The TV pundit believes more research needs to be carried out and greater support for ex-players with dementia should be on offer.“Nowhere near enough research has been done,” said Shearer. “The authorities have been very reluctant to find out any answers. They have swept it under the carpet, which is not good enough.“Football must look after old players with dementia and put an end to this sense that once you are done playing, you can be put on the scrapheap.“It’s a tough game, it’s a brilliant game, but we have to make sure it’s not a killer game.”