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Pretty Lights Two-Night New Years in SF w. Glitch Mob, Flying Lotus, Beats Antique, Lettuce

first_imgPretty Lights has announced a two-night New Years run in San Francisco’s famous Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. The event is dubbed “Sea of Dreams,” and will include performances from The Glitch Mob, Flying Lotus, Beats Antique, Lettuce, Break Science, Bit Funk, Pumpkin, and Motion Potion.Pretty Lights will headline both nights, December 30th and 31st, with a full band. A Pretty Lights FanClub pre-sale will launch tomorrow, October 1st, at 10 AM PT, and can be accessed here. The regular on-sale begins on Friday, October 3rd at 10 AM PT, through the official Sea of Dreams NYE website.This is the 15th annual “Sea of Dreams” NYE concert, and this year’s event has a theme of “Frequen-Sea.” The page’s description mentions cosmic frequencies and particle physics string theory, asserting that connections between individuals is the result of strings bound together. “If this is true then we are indeed connected by frequency, and bound by sound.”The artists performing at this two-day event are some of the best in the business, including L4LM favorites Lettuce. Check out this article to learn more about Lettuce and their upcoming fall tour. More artists will be added to Sea of Dreams in the coming days, so be sure to check back to L4LM for updates!last_img read more

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‘To instruct and delight’

first_imgHyacinth M. Young, a Jamaica native with a flair for cool sunglasses and flashy blouses, teaches high school English in California. She’s at Harvard for three weeks (July 2-21) to study poetry in a summer seminar sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Joining her are 14 other teachers from around the country.The surprise so far, she said, is that her peers — wearing jeans to class and lugging backpacks — seem so much like the teenagers they teach. Some don’t do their homework, and there are even class clowns.But every one of them loves poetry, said Young, who teaches at the Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences in Santa Monica.And they get to study what they love in the best of company, she said. The daily three-hour seminars on the second floor of Barker Hall are directed by celebrated poetry scholar Helen Vendler, Harvard’s A. Kingsley Porter University Professor. “We’re sitting,” said Young, “at the feet of the goddess.”Vendler, the author of almost 30 books and the first woman to be named a University Professor at Harvard, waved away the praise — then threw it back. “They’re giving up their vacations,” she said of the visiting teachers.Still, the NEH program came with perks: a $2,400 stipend and class literary trips to Concord and Amherst, Mass., the Longfellow House, and Houghton Library.Vendler was a chemistry major in college whose first postgraduate fellowship was in mathematics. But she grew up reading and memorizing poetry — spurred on by her father, who taught Romance languages in high school, and by her mother as well.After getting her doctorate in English and American literature at Harvard, Vendler embarked on book-length forays into the poetry of Shakespeare, Keats, Yeats, Stevens, and many others. From the beginning she has shared her expertise. Her first seminar for high school teachers, sponsored by the National Defense Education Act, was in 1966.Vendler learned then what she said is still true today: Most English teachers are forced to teach from inadequate textbooks. “I was shocked at the paucity of first-rate poems [in many textbooks],” she said, “and the proliferation of third-rate poems.”Vendler has also learned that elementary and high schools need “a more coherent curriculum in poetry.” Studying poetry should include memorizing, reciting, and even singing, she has said — a constellation of language arts around the ideals of mastery, imagination, and pleasure.In her Barker Hall office after one of the NEH seminars, Vendler averred that even English majors in college don’t get much formal study of poetry.So her seminars for teachers include a grounding phase. In the first two weeks there’s required reading — up to four poems a day — along with lessons in poetic criticism, including lyric genres, meter, space, time, identity, and ways to describe art. “You can take pleasure out of the poems,” said Vendler, “by finding different ways into them.”During the third week, her students focus on a single poet — this year Walt Whitman. The idea is that earlier lessons on how poems work will be sharpened by concentrating on one writer.Vendler will do the poetry seminar again next year, and has already applied to the NEH. The number of applicants to the 2007 Harvard program, 121, was the highest among the NEH’s 11 seminars for high school teachers nationwide.The experience “is intensely heady,” said seminar observer Daniel Conti, Ed.M. ’01, who teaches English at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School. “Having an opportunity to sit with Professor Vendler is immensely enlightening. It gives you a toolbox with which to read a poem.”He opened to a page in Vendler’s 1996 anthology, “Poems, Poets, Poetry.” On it was a list of “speech acts” — the points of rhetoric (apology, boast, command, plea) that help determine the emotional structure of a poem.“We’re getting incredibly soaked in ideas and perspectives,” said Ryan R. Asmussen, who teaches AP English and the humanities in Elk Grove Village, Ill. “After the first week or so, we were all a little dazed by it — pleasantly so.”Before college, poetry is given even shorter shrift than it is in literature programs. “Poetry is the stepchild of American culture,” said Vendler. Along with other arts, she said, it’s greeted skeptically in a practical, Puritan America.That’s reflected in high school, where students think of poetry as “a secret language,” said Catherine M. “Kate” Stearns, who teaches English at Belmont Hill School near Boston. “And they don’t have a key to unlock it.”Conti, who helped administer the NEH program, said poetry can be as intimidating to teachers as it is to students — but that the energizing time at Harvard will dispel that. “I’m going to do more, and do more diverse poetry,” he said of his plans for the fall. “I feel empowered. I have more in the toolbox.”Young will take back to her California classroom “At the Fishhouses,” an Elizabeth Bishop poem she somehow missed all of these years. She will also take back the courage to teach Milton for the first time.In the July 11 seminar, Vendler helped her students parse “L’Allegro,” the 17th century poet’s lengthy and (to the modern ear) dense riff on the necessity of mirth. As always, she prompted discussion by asking questions. Her first was, simply, “Structure?”Vendler quickly uncovered the narrative within Milton’s poem. (To reach young students, she said, “Tell them a story” — reveal the whole of a poem before addressing its parts.) She called the old verse “a slide show” of sounds and pictures.Conti, who in March helped select the seminar finalists, said Vendler works with the NEH students just as she would her doctoral scholars.Classroom ease and collegiality were evident during friendly discussions of the Bishop poem and Seamus Heaney’s “Bogland” — both bell-clear and modern.But during the hour devoted to Milton, open revolt erupted. One teacher was bored by the poem’s purportedly singsong meter. Another was frustrated. “I just thought he could have wrapped it up,” said East Boston teacher Christopher P. Leone, comparing Milton to the boring uncle at a family party. “You want the slide show to end.”John Chaya, a teacher from East Brunswick, N.J., stared at the page with his face cupped in one hand. Of Milton, he said, obliquely, “My mom said if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.”Vendler never surrendered, comparing the Milton poem to music, and turning over the soil of its narrative for evidence of playful mythology, intriguing characters, and even rustic allusions to sex and drinking. “Why do I think it’s so beautiful,” she said, “when no one else does?”In the end, Vendler admitted, “It’s a problem, reading poems out of your own century.”But whatever form it takes, poetry has a job to do: “To instruct and delight,” she said. “To instruct you about the vicissitudes of the nonfactual universe. It’s a vocation to strike inwards and downwards.”last_img read more

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Hamlin, Keselowski clash at Daytona’s opening weekend

first_img</p> BUY TICKETS: See the Daytona 500 live!MORE: Hamlin wears special pair of Jordans for ‘The Clash’ DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Brad Keselowski checked over the damage to his No. 2 Ford’s right-front fender, the result of a last-lap crunch in a tense contest for the lead with Denny Hamlin‘s No. 11 Toyota in the Advance Auto Parts Clash. The contact cost Keselowski a victory in a season-opening exhibition that — despite his superspeedway acumen — he’s now 0-for-5 in. But after conferring with crew chief Paul Wolfe and expressing his dismay, he had no regrets in choosing to keep his foot on the gas — and serving notice that in similar circumstances, he’d do it again. “It’s unfortunate. I had to make the move,” Keselowski said after Sunday’s matinee at Daytona International Speedway. “I know all the other drivers are back watching and they know not to make that block on me again.” The final-lap collision that scuttled the chances of two of the best restrictor-plate racers in the sport allowed Keselowski’s Team Penske stablemate Joey Logano to scoot to a victory in a race delayed a day by persistent Saturday night rain. Neither Keselowski nor Hamlin seemed especially peeved by their own (lower-case) clash, the last of four incidents in the unofficial opener to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. Both drivers started on the front row by virtue of a Friday draw. By the time the white flag flew, they were 1-2 again after combining to lead all but nine of the 75 laps. But Keselowski had an extra level of headway in the form of Logano, who finally linked up with his teammate in the waning laps to give both drivers an aerodynamic assist. The fast-closing Keselowski dipped to the low side of the track through the first and second turns, forcing Hamlin to chop-block into his path. The two cars wedged together, with Hamlin swerving into a lazy spin off course and Keselowski limping to the checkers to finish a distant sixth. “I was in a bad spot there,” said Hamlin, who took 13th place in the 17-car invitational field. “He was just coming so much faster than what I was. There’s not much that I could have done to defend.” If nothing else, the non-points exhibition helped take a stick to the offseason cobwebs ahead of next Sunday’s Daytona 500 (Feb. 26, 2 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The revival of “The Clash” name brought back at least a nominal nod to history. The racing brought another reminder of the mercurial nature of the high-speed dance at the 2.5-mile track. “Yeah, you’re definitely pulling all the strings, but that’s the game,” Keselowski said. “That’s part of what the fun is. You have to be two moves ahead, like a chess game.” last_img read more

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BASEBALL: Stranded runners cost Lamar at NSU

first_img Northwestern State responded in the bottom of the third with one run of its own. The Demons led off with a single that expired on a fielder’s choice, but a 1-3 putout put the next runner on second. A wild pitch advanced the runner to third before a single through the left side scored the Demon. A 2-4 caught stealing limited the damage and the game was tied, 1-1, through three.A lead-off single from Anthony Quirion reached second on a sac bunt from Avery George and a single from Cole Girouard put Quirion on third. JC Correa earned his 12th RBI of the year on a single through the left side to put LU up 2-1, and a walk of Robin Adames loaded the bases. A fielder’s choice stranded three, which would eventually cost the Cards. Blanchard got his fourth and fifth strikeout of the day to keep LU out front 2-1 through five innings.Northwestern State took its first lead of the series in the bottom of the sixth inning. Consecutive one-out walks advanced to second and third on a single through the right side, and a fielder’s choice in the next at-bat scored one Demon to tie the game at 2-2. A single up the middle put NSU out front 3-2 before a popup to first ended the inning with NSU leading 3-2.A lead-off single in the bottom of the seventh and a one-out sac bunt put a runner in scoring position with two outs for NSU. An intentional walk proved costly for LU with a two-out double to left center, scoring both Demons on base. A strikeout from Dallas ended the inning but not before Northwestern State led 5-2. Lamar sports informationNATCHITOCHES, La. — Leading 2-1 through five innings, Lamar (9-13, 2-6 Southland) couldn’t quite hold on at Northwestern State (11-9, 4-4 Southland) on Saturday, ultimately falling 5-2 to the Demons. The Cards matched NSU in hits but stranded seven on base.Jason Blanchard went 6 1/3 innings with seven hits, four earned runs, three walks, and seven strikeouts. The senior from Kingwood faced the minimum in the second, fourth, and fifth innings. Jack Dallas relieved Blanchard through the final 1 2/3 innings and allowed one hit, one earned run, and one walk while striking out two.Lamar imitated its offensive start on Friday with another solo homer in the top of the second inning, this time coming from Logan Berlof. The junior transfer from Panola College worked a 3-1 count before finding the pitch he wanted and driving it about 5 feet over the left center wall, right above the “365 feet” marking. Two strikeouts from Blanchard in the bottom of the inning kept the score in LU’s favor, 1-0, through two innings. Cole Girouard singled through the right side with one out in the top of the seventh but was thrown out while trying to steal second. That and a two-out single from Quirion in the bottom of the ninth were Lamar’s best chances to get back a run. Northwestern State held on for a 5-2 over Lamar to even the series at 1-1.Douglas Palmer takes on Nathan Jones in the series finale. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.George came within inches of carrying over his hitting and on-base streaks, narrowly being beat to first by throws from short in the third and seventh innings. The sophomore from Humble put the team first in the fifth inning with a sac bunt that he still almost legged out to first, but he was tagged by the first basemen while running down the right field line. A liner to first in George’s final at-bat in the ninth ended his hitting streak at 20 games and his reached-base streak at 31 games. The 20-game hit streak puts George in sole possession of fifth place and his 31-game on-base streak is second all-time, one game behind Stijn van der Meer’s 32-game streak in 2016.last_img read more

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Barbara Ann Pecorino

first_img Interment will follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park in Port Neches. A gathering of family and friends will be held at Melancon’s Funeral Home in Nederland on Saturday, February 29, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. with a funeral service to follow at 11:00 a.m. with Rev.Michael Tillotson officiant. Those left to cherish Barbara’s memory are her children, Linda Tillotson and her husband, Michael of Port Neches, Larry Pecorino and his wife, Mayette of San Diego, CA; Ronnie Pecorino of Nederland, andDarren Pecorino and his wife, Theresa of Groves; her grandchildren, Jennifer Womack, James Sparrow, Christopher Galloway, Dustin Pecorino, and Nicole Pecorino; her great-grandchildren, Connor, Jack, Hudson, Brynlynn, Brody, and Caspian; her brothers, Russell Stout and wife, Nancy of Austin and David Stout of El Campo; and her sister, Joyce Ferrell and her husband, Curtis of El Campo.She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 62 years Joseph Lee Pecorino; and her brother Arthur Stout.center_img Barbara Ann Pecorino, 80, of Nederland, Texas passed away February 25, 2020.She was born in Port Arthur, Texas on September 12, 1939 to the late Maurice A. Stout and Bessie J. Deslatte Stout.last_img read more

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Sound of Music Live! Poll Top Three: Fans Adored Audra McDonald’s Emotional ‘Climb Ev’ry Mountain’

first_img Laura Benanti 2. “How Can Love Survive” – 7% Nary a care in the world have we when Laura Benanti is around. She has just the voice, the acting chops and the snark to play Baroness Elsa—and she joined the Sound of Music live Tweet-fest seconds after her final exit (“Elsa OUT!”). Add in the always hilarious Christian Borle as Max and Stephen Moyer as the surprisingly excellent Captain, and you’ve got a hit. And is that Mary Poppins pouring a spot of tea? 1. “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” – 48% After getting a sneak preview of Audra’s performance at the Rockefeller Center tree lighting on December 4, we knew her “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” was going to be something special. The five-time Tony winner has some pretty high standards to live up to, and McDonald completely owned this showstopper. Even Carrie Underwood was reduced to tears! Audra McDonald Christian Borle The Sound of Music Live!center_img View Comments The Sound of Music Live! was the highlight of our week (can we do it again next Thursday?!), featuring American Idol winner Carrie Underwood, True Blood fave Stephen Moyer and the Tony-winning trifecta of Audra McDonald, Laura Benanti and Christian Borle. It was a wonderful evening of musical theater for all—and no one even fell over! After the flurry of Sound of Music Tweets subsided last night, we asked you to pick your favorite song from the NBC live event. The results were close…Oh, who are we kidding, they weren’t at all. Audra won, like she always does. Read below to revisit the top three musical numbers of the night! 3. “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” – 6% The third-place trophy goes to a sweet rendition of “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” by two stellar newcomers, Ariane Rinehart and Michael Campayno. In the live telecast we witnessed the exact moment the careers of these two budding stars shot into the stratosphere. Rinehart, currently a student at Barnard College and Campayno, a senior at Carnegie Mellon, just got 18.5 million new fans. Can’t wait to see you both on Broadway! Star Fileslast_img read more

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OGIO bags new Endurance Collection

first_imgOGIO, the designer of sports performance bags for endurance athletes and fitness enthusiasts, continues to expand its Endurance Collection. The newest line-up for 2014 has been created to accommodate every type of athlete. All of these items were unveiled for the first time at Interbike 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada, last week.Endurance 9.0Engineered to cater to any serious athlete’s needs, the Endurance 9.0 delivers all storage must-haves. It is crafted with lightweight high-tensile strength fabric for durability while also boasting a lockable crunch resistant moulded ‘EVA tech vault’ to house eyewear and electronic gear.The 9.0 features a water resistant wet/dry clothes storage compartment with 360° air flow ventilation. Answering consumer demands, the 9.0 has additional built-in storage areas including a nutrition organizational panel, multiple zippered compartments, external helmet storage, separate shoe compartments and a staging area hanger. The Endurance 9.0 can be worn in pack mode utilizing the shoulder straps or carried like a duffle bag.X-TrainAvailable for the athlete constantly on-the-go, the X-Train Pack is built for comfort and durability. It’s ergonomically designed with padded and fully adjustable ‘athlete specific’ shoulder straps, an adjustable sternum strap and a breathable back panel with airflow technology.QuickdrawWith the minimalist close in mind, the Quickdraw is a light-weight solution, which boasts easy accessibility features. The main compartment is the ideal size for running shoes and a change of clothes. There are also additional pockets for water bottles, nutrition and keys/valuables. The Quickdraw has been crafted with high tensile strength/lightweight endurance fabrics, a durable abrasion resistant tarpaulin base and discretely located ventilated mesh.Commuter PackThe Commuter Pack is billed as a supreme mechanism for toting belongings during your everyday needs. It boasts a large main storage compartment with interior and exterior dedicated pockets. A weather resistant sleeve secures a laptop, up to 15” via its roll top flap, and the suspension system protects the.Smartphones, such as an iPhone 5 and Galaxy S4 can be housed in the front of the bag, with additional designated pockets for iPad and iPad Mini. All personal belongings ‘can be transported without fear of weather conditions given the durable, weather resistant and abrasion-resistant base.’All Elements BagDelivering ‘the ultimate in waterproof bags’, the All Elements bag sports a completely waterproof roll top construction. The 2-way adjustable sternum strap and airflow back panel keeps the rider cool. It also has a strap containment system to ensure all straps maintain secure during high speeds.The 360° reflective screen print also provides a high level of visibility. Users can now comfortably stash their laptops, tablets, and other necessities with ease and full protection from rain.OGIO International was born 25 years ago with the invention of the Locker Bag, the innovative ‘fit to gym locker bag’ designed to keep fitness enthusiasts on the go and organized. That heritage evolved over the years as OGIO continued to design uniquely styled sports performance bags.OGIO’s current Endurance collection was specifically designed for triathletes, runners, cyclist and fitness enthusiasts and combines the ultimate in light weight yet durable materials with intelligent designs that offer a combination of protection, comfort and organization. OGIO is the official bag of choice for professional cycling teams Argos Shimano and Jamis Hagens Bermen US.www.ogio.com Relatedlast_img read more

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Shawnee Mission East routs SM West in shutout

first_imgBy Sean Kosednar, PrepsKC staff writerThe Shawnee Mission West Vikings hosted the Shawnee Mission East Lancers on senior night in a high anticipated match up Friday October 21. The Lancers got off to a hot start scoring on their first play from scrimmage and never looked back. The final score was 54-0.Contributed by Sean Kosednar/PrepsKCSenior running back Nigil Houston took the pitch on the first snap of the game around the right side before cutting back up the middle. Houston out ran the defense 68 yards for a touchdown.“It’s always good to score on the first play of the game,” Shawnee Mission East head coach Dustin Delaney said. “Then the defense comes out and gets a stop.”It looked like the game was going to live up to its billing when the Vikings marched down the field. However, the Lancer defense stood strong and held on fourth down at their own 21.“They are a good team,” Shawnee Mission West head coach Tim Callaghan said. “When you can’t slow a team like that down and you can’t get yourself on track. I don’t think it was a total melt down on anybody’s part. They are good players too and they played better than we did tonight.”For the rest of the story click here to go to PrepsKClast_img read more

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Rules now require written trust account plans

first_imgRules now require written trust account plans By Kathy J. BibleBar Counsel Bar rules now require all lawyers with more than one attorney in the firm to have a written trust account plan in place for each of the firm’s trust accounts.The amendment to Rule 5-1.2(c), regarding required trust account records for law firms, was part of a package of amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar adopted by the Florida Supreme Court in a March 27 order. Bar members were first notified of the proposed changes when the rules petition was filed in fall 2012.Now that the amended rule has been approved by the court, lawyers need to be ready to comply when the newly amended rules become effective June 1. The major change is the amendment to Rule 5-1.2(c), which now requires a written trust account plan for each of a firm’s trust accounts. This plan also must be disseminated to each lawyer in the firm.According to the amended rule, the written plan must include the names of all lawyers who sign trust account checks for the law firm and review all trust account checks, the names of the lawyers who are responsible for oversight of reconciliation of the law firm’s trust account or accounts, both monthly and annually, and the names of the lawyers who are responsible for answering any questions that lawyers in the firm may have about the firm’s trust account or accounts. In a small law firm, there may be one lawyer who is responsible for all these functions. In a larger firm, these functions may initially be handled by a law firm manager or CPA, but their work must always be overseen by an attorney. For example, a law firm manager may be authorized to sign trust account checks up to a certain amount, but that person’s actions are always to be reviewed by a lawyer responsible for the trust accounts.In such circumstances, the law firm manager or CPA’s title or position would be written in the plan along with the name of the partner or partners who are responsible for overseeing and reviewing the nonlawyers’ work. Examples of plans for both a small firm and a large firm are provided on the Bar’s website and on page 5. According to the revised rule, this written firm trust account plan must be updated and re-issued to each lawyer in the firm whenever there are material changes to the plan, such as a change in the lawyer or lawyers signing or reviewing all trust account checks and responsible for overseeing the reconciliation of the firm’s trust account or accounts.Why Was the Rule Changed?The reason behind this new requirement is to make each lawyer in a law firm responsible for that lawyer’s own actions regarding trust account funds.This means that any lawyer (including a lawyer who never signs a trust account check) who has actual knowledge that the firm’s trust accounts or trust accounting procedures are not in compliance with Chapter 5 may report the noncompliance to the managing partner or managing shareholder of the firm.If, for example, a trust account check to cover expert witness fees is returned for insufficient funds, the expert witness will be calling, wanting to be paid.The witness is likely to call the associate who gave the expert the check, believing it to be valid. Following the amended rule, the associate should notify the firm’s managing partner or shareholder of this event.The rule says “may notify” the managing partner or shareholder to cover the possibility that an attorney may learn that the managing partner or another lawyer responsible for the firm’s trust accounts is stealing from the law firm. It would do no good to report the theft to the thief.However, if the lawyer with personal knowledge of the facts set forth above learns that the noncompliance has not been corrected within a reasonable time , e.g. , the expert has not been paid or the expert received a second rubber check, the lawyer must report the trust account noncompliance to staff counsel for the Bar if required by Rule 4-8.3 to report it.Rule 4-8.3(a) requires lawyers to report misconduct which “raises a substantial question as to that lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a lawyer in other respects.. . . ”Instructions for Preparing PlansA law firm’s trust account plan, required by Rule 5-1.2, Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, should specifically name the lawyer or lawyers who are ultimately responsible for the firm’s plan or any part of it. These lawyers must be shareholders, partners, or owners of the firm. If a nonlawyer staff member is responsible for filling out a check or is authorized by the supervising partner to sign it before a lawyer reviews it, or if a CPA or office manager prepares the initial reconciliation of the trust account(s), that person’s title should be included in the plan along with the name of the lawyer who reviews that staff member or accountant’s actions and approves them. Staff members change, but the position of the person handling a particular duty is less likely to change.A new plan must be issued when there has been a material change to the plan. Multi-national and multi-state law firms with offices in Florida should publish the plan that describes the trust accounting supervision in their particular branch office of the firm. If that branch office’s trust accounts are reviewed by a central office and a firm-wide group of lawyers, those individuals should be named in the plan as well.Draft trust account plans for a Florida law firm are set forth below. The forms may be changed as needed as long as all the information required is in the written plan.Trust Account Plan A is for two-person firms or other smaller firms with only one office location. The blanks should be filled in with the positions of the nonlawyers responsible for the functions described and the names of the lawyers responsible. This is an example only; each firm’s circumstances may differ.LAW FIRM TRUST ACCOUNT PLAN FOR CALENDAR/FISCAL YEAR 20____ In compliance with Rule 5-1.2, Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, the _____________ law firm presents its trust account plan setting forth those persons responsible for maintaining and monitoring the firm’s trust account(s).Checks: Prepared by (partner A’s assistant or office manager) and signed by _______ partner B for checks up to $10,000. As a firm policy, checks over $10,000 must be signed by both_______________ partners A and B.Deposit Slips : Prepared by (partner A’s assistant) and reviewed by __________ partner A or B. (The name of the individual partner(s) or owner(s) responsible for the various functions must be filled in the blanks).Electronic transfers : Prepared by (partner A’s assistant and office manager) and authorized by __________ partner A or B for electronic transfers up to $10,000. As a firm policy, electronic transfers over $10,000 must be authorized by ______________ Partners A and B.Monthly reconciliations : Completed by (partner A’s assistant/office manager/CPA) and reviewed and approved ________partner A, majority shareholder.Annual reconciliations : Completed by ­(partner A’s assistant, bookkeeper, office manager) and reviewed by independent CPA firm ________, which audits the firm’s trust account annually. The annual reconciliation is reviewed and approved by both _____________ partners A and B.Monthly client ledger card reconciliations : Completed by(partner A or partner A’s assistant, bookkeeper, office manager) and reviewed and approved by ________________ partner A, majority shareholder.Annual client ledger card reconciliations : Completed by (office manager, bookkeeper, partner A’s assistant) and reviewed by independent CPA firm ____________, which audits the firm’s trust account annually. The annual reconciliation is reviewed and approved by both _____________ partners A and B.Questions relating to trust accounts : Questions regarding the firm trust account should be addressed to ____________partner A, majority shareholder. If _____________ partner A cannot answer the question(s), such question(s) will be answered by both ________________ partners A and B.Trust Account Plan B for multi-office firms with branch offices in Florida or for large firms with single offices. LAW FIRM TRUST ACCOUNT PLAN FOR CALENDAR/FISCAL YEAR 20____ In compliance with Rule 5-1.2, Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, the _____________ law firm presents its trust account plan setting forth those lawyers responsible for maintaining and monitoring the firm’s trust account(s) in the ________(city)_________, Florida branch office of the firm. The firm is set up so that each office is responsible for its own trust accounting review and responsibility.Checks : Prepared by (office manager, CPA, or business manager), signed by __________ partner Y, managing partner, for checks up to $10,000. Pursuant to firm policy, checks over $10,000 must be signed by_______ partners Y and Z, of the firm’s board of directors. (The name of the individual partner(s) or owner(s) responsible for the various functions must be filled in the blanks).Deposit Slips : Prepared by (office manager, CPA, or business manager) and reviewed by____________partner Y, managing partner.Electronic transfers : Prepared by (office manager, CPA, business manager. Y’s transfers up to $10,000. Pursuant to firm policy, electronic transfers over $10,000 must be authorized by _____________partners Y and Z, of the firm’s board of directors.Monthly reconciliations : Completed by (office manager, CPA, or business manager) and reviewed and approved by ______________partner Y, managing partner.Annual reconciliations : Prepared by (office manager, CPA, business manager) and reviewed by independent CPA firm A, which audits the trust account annually. The reconciliation is then reviewed and approved by the firm’s board of directors, composed of _____________________partners Y, Z and P.Monthly client ledger card reconciliations : Prepared by (office manager, CPA, or business manager) and reviewed and approved __________ partner Y, managing partner.Annual client ledger card reconciliations : Prepared by (office manager, CPA, or business manager) and reviewed by independent CPA firm ____(name)________, which audits the trust account client ledger cards annually. The reconciliation is reviewed and approved by the firm’s board of directors, composed of _____________________ partners Y, Z and P.Questions relating to trust accounts : Questions regarding the firm’s trust account(s) should be addressed to ____________partner Y, managing partner. If partner Y cannot answer the question(s), such question(s) will be addressed to and answered by the firm’s board of directors, composed of __________________ partners Y, Z and P.These forms are guides and may be adapted to suit the style of each firm but the trust account plan must contain the information called for in these forms. If you have specific questions regarding this new rule requirement, call the Ethics Hotline at 800-235-8619 or 850-561-5780. May 01, 2014 Regular Newslast_img read more

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Anger in popular song lyrics is linked to national unemployment rate, study finds

first_imgShare on Twitter Email LinkedIn Pinterest Researchers used a text analysis software program called the Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count (LIWC) to analyze the lyrics of the top 10 most popular songs in the US and Germany between 1980 and 2017. After eliminating instrumental songs without lyrics, researchers were left with a US sample of 370 song lyrics and 149,660 words, and a German sample of 366 lyrics and 120,076 words.Using the LIWC software, researchers measured the frequency of emotion words that fell into one of the three categories of anger, sadness, or anxiety. Researchers then analyzed how these word frequencies coincided with changes in the unemployment rate in each country. To control for the effects of other socioeconomic factors, they also considered GDP per capita, housing prices, inflation, and population density.Results from the American sample showed that the unemployment rate did not predict the magnitude of sadness, anxiety, or anger in song lyrics. However, after controlling for the other socioeconomic factors of inflation, GDP per capita, housing prices, and population density, unemployment rate emerged as a significant predictor of anger in lyrics.In the German sample, the unemployment rate similarly did not predict sadness or anxiety in song lyrics. However, in the full model, and also after controlling for other socioeconomic indicators, the unemployment rate did predict anger in lyrics.The researchers offer two possible explanations for why popular song lyrics might reflect unemployment. The first theory attributes the effect to consumer behavior. Socioeconomic conditions (e.g. high unemployment) may influence the mood of consumers. Consumers then favor songs that correspond to these feelings, driving this music to the top of the charts. Alternatively, socioeconomic conditions might impact the mood of music composers, who then carry these feelings in their musical expression, producing songs that reflect this environment.The authors underline the finding that anger was the only emotion that predicted the unemployment rate, and not sadness nor anxiety. This appears to indicate that the public’s primary response to unemployment is anger. “This is consistent with preliminary research illustrating that unemployment can lead to various affective responses, but the central emotional response is anger when the adversity is attributed to external causes,” the authors reflect.Among limitations, the study exclusively analyzed the lyrical content of songs and did not account for other musical features. The authors suggest that future research should “control for melodic attributes … to tease out the unique effects of lyrics.”The study, “Unemployment Rate Predicts Anger in Popular Music Lyrics: Evidence From Top 10 Songs in the United States and Germany From 1980 to 2017”, was authored by Lin Qiu, Sarah Hian May Chan, Kenichi Ito, and Joyce Yan Ting Sam.(Image by scartmyart from Pixabay)center_img Share on Facebook New research published in Psychology of Popular Media suggests that popular song lyrics can provide insight into a country’s socioeconomic state. An analysis of popular song lyrics in the US and Germany found that national unemployment rate predicted anger in music lyrics in both countries.Psychology research has shown that people prefer to listen to song lyrics that match their current mood and preoccupations. It is within reason, then, that popular songs might reflect the overall feelings and attitudes of a country. A recent study by Lin Qiu and associates considers how music lyrics might reflect the socioeconomic climate — and more specifically, the unemployment rate.“This study aimed to examine how sentiments in top songs coincide with changes in national unemployment rate. In particular, we focused on three common negative emotions (i.e., anxiety, sadness, and anger) expressed in lyrics,” the researchers say. Sharelast_img read more

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