Insurance to cover fees and costs?

first_img Insurance to cover fees and costs? Senior EditorIt is not an ethical violation for an attorney to buy an insurance policy that would cover his or her client from fees and costs imposed as a result of rejecting an offer under Florida’s unique offer of judgment statute, according to the Professional Ethics Committee.The committee was approached by Rick Kolodinsky who asked if it was ethical for him as an attorney to advance the cost of the premium on a policy that would indemnify the client if ordered to pay fees and costs under Florida’s offer of judgment law.The statute provides that if the plaintiff makes a settlement offer which is rejected and then fails to get 75 percent of that amount in a final award, then the plaintiff is liable for the defense attorneys’ fees and costs. Likewise if the award exceeds the offer by 25 percent, then the defendant is liable for the plaintiff’s attorneys’ fees and costs. The same principle applies if the defense makes a settlement offer.The law requires that the plaintiff or defendant — not their attorney — must pay those levies.Stephen Van Wert, an insurance broker who appeared at the meeting, said he sas in the initial stages of exploring whether it would be profitable to offer such insurance policies and wanted to make sure there were no ethical hitches before he went further.Kolodinsky and Van Wert noted that Florida’s offer-of-judgment law is unique in the nation, and any insurance policy would be offered only in Florida.“This product does not exist. This would be classified as an exotic insurance product, if the product is even viable,” Van Wert said. “If the attorney is not allowed to advance the [premium payment as a] litigation cost, pretty much the product is DOA. If it is allowed, then we have a product.”While policies would be offered to both plaintiffs and defendants, it would probably be used mostly by plaintiffs, since many defendants are insurance companies who can practically provide their own insurance, he added.Van Wert said the policy would be levied early in the case so “that the result is not predetermined.” He projected the policies would be offered for $10,000, $25,000, and $50,000 of coverage, with premiums running about 1 percent of the covered amount.Kolodinsky also argued that the policies would level the playing field, since poorer plaintiffs now are tempted to take a low settlement offer to avoid the prospect of being forced to pay the defense’s attorneys’ fees and costs.The proposal produced a lively debate among committee members.Committee member Pamela Seay said, “Looking at the statute, what it says is the imposition of costs, and attorneys’ fees are costs and sanctions. You cannot insure against a sanction. By allowing this to proceed and trying to allow this through an ethical rule, we are bypassing the purpose of the statute and we are creating a law of our own. I think we are wrong in doing that.”But committee Vice Chair Marti Chumbler disagreed.“The question of whether this is an allowable type of insurance is beyond the purview of this body. The only question is if there were this product, if this were an allowable product and the plaintiff elects to pursue it, can the attorney pay the premium. But for the litigation, you wouldn’t have that expense,” Chumbler said.Committee member Linda Brehmer-Lanosa saw a different problem.“I don’t think that which cannot be done directly should be allowed to be done indirectly,” she said. “The attorney can’t pay directly [the fees and costs] and this is indirectly paying them.”The committee voted 22-12 to modify a staff opinion, which said an attorney could not advance the cost of the premium on such an insurance policy. Instead the opinion will say the attorney can advance the cost of the premium and make the repayment of that cost contingent on the outcome of the matter, but that the Bar offers no opinion on whether the policies themselves are legal or comply with the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar. Insurance to cover fees and costs? October 1, 2009 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

New study provides evidence that art courses can improve mental wellbeing

first_imgResearchers at the University of Gloucestershire have recently evaluated data from nearly 1,300 primary care patients in South West England, finding a course of arts-on-prescription to provide a significant improvement in overall wellbeing, including in those with very complex care needs.The group’s findings have been published recently in European Journal of Public Health.“Social prescribing”, or the provision of non-medical interventions in primary care settings, has been on the rise in recent years. It is based on the knowledge that health is determined by a wide variety of factors, and these wider factors (social, emotional, and economic) cannot be remedied by medicine alone. They are a response to the biggest public health challenges we face today; mental health, loneliness, ageing, and long-term health conditions. Patients can be referred to participate in these schemes for very general reasons, like increasing overall wellbeing, self-esteem, or confidence; or for more specific reasons, like providing support during bereavement, or reducing anxiety or depression. Share on Twitter Unlike art therapy, arts-on-prescription schemes provide art courses where patients can choose to learn how to draw, paint, create mosaics, or playwright. The courses are led by local artists, and are community-based rather than being based on specific medical needs. The groups that are referred are usually quite small, with between three and ten individuals, and may be based in local surgeries or community facilities. Those who take part are then provided with materials, and a dedicated space to carry out their activities. What makes these interventions unique is that they provide the participants with anonymity from what has brought them there, eliminating a shared “elephant in the room” that is their diagnosis, or specific medical need.Well received by patients, health professionals, and arts providers alike, the benefits of art for health schemes have long been recognised as valuable. Despite this, they have still been struggling to gain traction in mainstream primary care, even with recognition from a recent inquiry report by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing. Until recently, the evidence base for these interventions has been from studies using small groups of patients, making it difficult to draw solid conclusions from something that will ultimately involve investment from the public purse.The researchers have evaluated evidence from patients referred for arts activities through Artlift, a charity based in South West England that provides courses with local artists across the region. Through using the largest database available of patients referred through such schemes they have found that patients experience quantifiable improvements in overall wellbeing from participating in these arts courses.Diane Crone, Professor in the School of Health and Social Care at the University, said: “We’ve worked with Artlift for a long time now, and have known through some previous research how the patients feel about it. One comment that’s really stuck with me from speaking with patients was that ‘Artlift lifts your heart’. For me, this captures the personal significance of it brilliantly”.“It’s great to be able to finally provide substantial, and significant evidence from data collected over 7 years for these interventions,” she added.Even in recent years, where tightening budgets, and challenges to health commissioning have been on the increase, the evidence supports the benefits of these interventions to those who need it the most. Since beginning to provide arts-on-prescription in the region, Artlift has had to change the services it has offered, from an initial 10-week course with the possibility of multiple re-referrals, to an eight-week course with only one additional re-referral available.Despite this, the evidence shows that the benefits in improved wellbeing experienced by the patients being referred are not only still significant, but they actually seem to be greater in these shorter courses.Paul Flynn, executive director of Artlift, comments: “Artlift has been providing arts for wellbeing benefits for nine years, so the results of this research are welcome, but not surprising. We are told almost on a daily basis that the interventions have significantly improved the lives of participants who have felt better able to cope with serious life issues. We hear of people developing friendships, returning to work and even being able to repair marriages and other relationships, such is the impact that Artlift can have.”The work carried out by Professor Diane Crone and her team at the University of Gloucestershire also shows that this intervention is effective in increasing wellbeing in what is perhaps the most complicated, but increasingly important group in primary care; those with multiple health conditions. The team have been able to identify just over 200 people within the dataset that have multiple medical conditions across different categories like cancers, diabetes, pain conditions, mental health problems, and cardiovascular diseases.Professor Crone says: “These complex multiple care needs are becoming more and more common in primary care in the UK, and beyond; so understanding how they can be supported will be vital in helping to navigate the key public health issues we see today.”Whilst these findings are important for primary care providers, the researchers note that the most important message here is for health commissioners.“These non-medical interventions can potentially offer solutions to some of the most challenging issues arising in public health. While wellbeing is often viewed as something intangible, it is a critical issue that is central to supporting physical health,” Professor Crone says.Artlift executive director Paul also confirms the importance of using this important evidence to support improvements in policy: “We welcome the findings of this report and thank the University of Gloucestershire for their rigorous efforts in its production. We hope it will convince those responsible for health budgets to seriously consider arts interventions to benefit their communities – there is enough evidence now that arts are not a ‘nice to have’ but a genuinely beneficial intervention – and cost effective for the NHS.”By providing community-based arts activities, like those supported by Artlift, patients are given the tools and space to express themselves, a new skill that can be sustained well beyond the scheme itself; and they are introduced to others in their community, increasing connectedness in a society where loneliness is becoming the norm. LinkedIn Emailcenter_img Share Share on Facebook Pinterestlast_img read more

Tipp to appeal Mark Kehoe’s red card

first_imgTipperary look set to appeal Mark Kehoe’s sending off in the All Ireland Under 21 semi final last night.The game, which the Premier won by 6 points, wasn’t without controversy as Galway saw red twice – once in each half.The first went to Brian Concannon for an off the ball incident, and the second to Cian Salmon for retaliation against a synical tackle. Photo © Tipp FM Tipperary’s Mark Kehoe also saw what looked to be a harsh red for a clash with the Tribesmens keeper – however, it resulted in his replacement.Manager Liam Cahill says he definitely sees grounds for appeal…last_img

After 12 days of wedded bliss, Pamela Anderson and Jon Peters call it quits

first_imgPeters and Anderson in 1989/ Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — In the time it takes for most people to ditch a diet, Pamela Anderson and producer Jon Peters have declared their marriage over, notes The Hollywood Reporter.The pair have known each other for decades and dated briefly around 1989, but the wedding — the fifth for both — took place January 20 in Malibu, California.The Hollywood Reporter confirmed the couple was kaput, noting that the pair hadn’t even obtained the required legal paperwork to get their marriage license. In a statement to the trade, the former Baywatch star said, “I have been moved by the warm reception to Jon and my union. We would be very grateful for your support as we take some time apart to re-evaluate what we want from life and from one another.”The actress, who reportedly flew back to her native Canada, added, “Life is a journey and love is a process. With that universal truth in mind, we have mutually decided to put off the formalization of our marriage certificate and put our faith in the process. Thank you for respecting our privacy.”Back in happier times, aka a little over two weeks ago, producer Peters, 74, noted to THR, “There are beautiful girls everywhere. I could have my pick, but — for 35 years — I’ve only wanted Pamela.”The pair first met when Anderson, now 52, was 19. “In 30 years, our age difference won’t mean so much,” Peters said he told her at the time.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Wise wins in the north

first_imgOutback Golf Bar Chiang Mai Road TripMonday, Oct. 15, Royal Chiang Mai – StablefordWe arrived in Chiang Mai a little later than scheduled at around 7.30pm after a couple of pit stops en route, including the hot springs nearby to the road. After checking in, many of the guys gathered at the Porn Ping bar or went off to the local off-licence to stock up on their favourite spirit to take advantage of the Porn Ping offer, to allow us to keep our own bottle behind their bar; a great gesture, readily received by many.  Whatever, the critics may say about this hotel, they sure do know how to look after us.  The breakfasts needed a bit of a shake up with the bacon situation, but once done, there was not a great deal wrong with them.  On Sunday afternoon, the Chiang Mai only part of the group arrived on various flights bringing the group up to well over 50 including non-players.Overall winner Rob Wise (left) with Suzi Lawton & Bill Hornick.So off to Royal Chiang Mai at 9am on Monday and we were all present and correct, except for Tony who had damaged his shoulder in a fall, leaving a perfect field of 11 groups (44 players).  The weather was once again excellent and upon arrival at the course everything looked set for a perfect day.They (RCM) had given us the benefit of a two-tee start at 10am, which went quite smoothly except we were a couple of carts short which did eventually get sorted out.  Regretfully, the course did not play as well as it appeared and although there was little wrong with the greens, the fairways and rough came under considerable criticism.  The grass on the fairways was thin leaving the ball frequently sitting down and uninviting to hit and the rough was rough – so thick and knotted it was easy to lose one’s ball when just off the fairway; let alone the added problem of trying to hit it!The General, who had taken over the organisation this week, thanked Capt’ Steve for looking after Chiang Rai and welcomed all to the 8th CM Challenge.  We still kept the Outbacker and Guest split but this time there were two divisions in each, although the Outbackers were seriously outnumbered by 26 to 18.Only three players played to handicap or better, no doubt a reflection of the condition and it was Bill Hornick who shot the best round of the day with 40pts to win Div A in the Outback group from Chris Davisson, who had an excellent back nine, on 37.  Div A of the Guests was won by the very steady Bob Wise also with 37pts from Tony Harrop on 35.Div B (Outback) went to Bruce Milner, still regarded as an Outbacker even though he lives in the Philippines, with 35pts from Tony Aslett on 34.  Whilst Kim Stokes took Div B (Guests) with 33 from Tony Pieroni on 31 in a relatively poor scoring division.Jack apologised for the condition of the course and when it was put to the vote, the majority favoured it (RCM) being dropped from the playing schedule.  Thoughts for its replacement included MaeJo or Alpine Resort.There was only one ‘2’ from Mark Rossiter.Outbackers Div A (0-15)1st William Hornick (12) 40pts2nd Chris Davisson (11) 37pts3rd James Brackett (5) 36pts4th Peter Stonebridge (14) 32ptsGuests Div A (0-14)1st Robert Wise (13) 37pts2nd Anthony Harrop (10) 35pts3rd Brendon Moylan (14) 32pts4th Bob Maloney (12) 32ptsOutbackers Div B (16+)1st Bruce Milner (16) 35pts2nd Tony Aslett (22) 34pts3rd Suzi Lawton (20) 32pts4th Donald Lehmer (20) 30ptsGuests Div B (15+)1st Kim Stokes (15) 33pts2nd Tony Pieroni (16) 31pts3rd Wayne Waywood (15) 31pts4th Paul Kelly (25) 29ptsTuesday, Oct. 16, Summit Green Valley – StablefordToday marked the return a course that we haven’t included in a Chiang Mai Challenge since our first Challenge back in October 2008, and that is Summit Green Valley.  To be honest, I cannot remember why we dropped it so quickly, whether it was because of its condition or because it’s such a difficult course.  Whichever the case, it was massively popular today and was beautifully presented and once again we had the benefit of a two tee start at the later time of 11am.All present and correct and just a short ride from the hotel, the late start gave us all chance of a bit of a lie in after perhaps a late night out but on the tee most players looked raring to go.Steve Mann continued his fine form at these Outback tour events with another handicap equalling 36pts to win Div A of the Outbackers from another man in form, Bill Hornick in second with 33; unbelievably Kev Waycott took third with just 26pts.(From left) Kim Stokes, Wayne Waywood, Tim Knight & Bruce McAdam at Summit Green Valley.Rob Wise shot his second consecutive 37pts to win Div A for the guests from Rod Crosswell (36) who at last is showing a bit of form, which we know he can do.  Div B (Outbackers) went to Donald Lehmer also with 37 and Div B guests was won by Wayne Waywood with 39; and for sure he will be hoping to do better than a couple of years back when being in the lead after two rounds and falling off the podium, managing only a modest 28pts in the final round.In the restaurant, stories were reaching our ears of one of our players falling into a lake, details are still sketchy as to exactly what happened but apparently the water was quite deep.  One of our new boys on tour was the unfortunate, Tony Harrop – but he did get a ‘2’ and there’s only three of them in total so far.There were two more ‘2’s today from Brendon Moylan and Tony Harrop.Outbackers Div A (0-14)1st Steve Mann (9) 36pts2nd William Hornick (12) 33pts3rd Kevin Waycott (8) 26pts4th Rosco Langoulant (11) 25ptsGuests Div A (0-14)1st Robert Wise (13) 37pts2nd Rod Crosswell (14) 36pts3rd Al Bryce (10) 34pts4th Ian Jones (14) 32ptsOutbackers Div B (15+)1st Donald Lehmer (20) 37pts2nd Suzi Lawton (20) 35pts3rd Bruce Milner (16) 34pts4th Tony Aslett (22) 33ptsGuests Div B (15+)1st Wayne Waywood (15) 39pts2nd Mike Quill (21) 34pts3rd Norm Cheetham (15) 33pts4th Anton Rowbottam (18) 33ptsThursday, Oct. 18, Chiang Mai Highlands – StablefordOn our last day of the 8th Chiang Mai Challenge, we were as usual back at Chiang Mai Highlands with a slightly earlier than usual tee time of 9.30am.  On the way to the course the weather looked a little suspect with low cloud enveloping the surrounding hills; however when we arrived to be met by a long single file line of caddies, the cloud had begun to lift to allow the sun to break through.With two non-starters, Tim Knight through injury and Jack, who was fined for leaving his clubs at the hotel, the field was reduced to 42 with the leaders after two days going out last.Rob Wise (74), Bill Hornick (73), Wayne Waywood (70) & Bruce Milner (69) were the leading group preceded by the next group of hopefuls; Steve Mann (68), Tony Aslett (67), Suzi Lawton (67) & Don Lehmer (67).  The ‘2’s pot, which is accumulated over all three days, had only three ‘2’s to its name; so the guys not in contention still had something to play for.Bill Hornick remained solid to win Div A Outback with 39pts from Steve Mann (37); likewise Rob Wise played very well for his 41pts to win Div A Guests from Ian Jones and Tony Harrop both on 36.  In the other two divisions, Outback B & Guests B, they were both won with fantastic scores of 42pts; Suzi taking the former and Ian Button beating Norm Cheetham on count back, to take the latter.The most surprising turnaround, after two rounds of golf with only three ‘2’s materializing, today had perhaps a record number of 16, thus dissipating the value considerably.  The following players scored ‘2’s today: Tony Harrop (2), Neil Herd, Mark Rossiter, Al Bryce, Ian Button, Rick Forrest, Brian King, Anton Rowbottam, Art O’ Connor, Scott Baumgarten, Kevin Waycott, Peter Stonebridge, Dennis Pelly (2) & Jim Brackett.  Added to these was the one on Mon from Mark Rossiter and the two on Tuesday from Brendon Moylan and Tony Harrop.Outback Div A (0-15)1st William Hornick (12) 39pts2nd Steve Mann (9) 37pts3rd Rosco Langoulant (11) 35pts4th Kevin Waycott (8) 33ptsGuests Div A (0-14)1st Robert Wise (13) 41pts2nd Ian Jones (14) 36pts3rd Anthony Harrop (10) 36pts4th Bob Maloney (12) 36ptsOutback Div B (15+)1st Suzi Lawton (20) 42pts2nd Greg Hill (17) 38pts3rd John Lawton (21) 37pts4th Bruce McAdam (27) 37ptsGuests Div B (15+)1st Ian Button (16) 42pts2nd Norm Cheetham (15) 42pts3rd Tony Pieroni (16) 37pts4th Wayne Waywood (15) 35ptsOverall 3-day scores1st Robert Wise (13) 115pts2nd William Hornick (12) 112pts3rd Suzi Lawton (20) 109pts4th Wayne Waywood (15) 105pts5th Bruce Milner (16) 105ptsAt presentation, General Jack commented on the immense success of the trip yet again, which had all gone very smoothly and the weather behaving itself as-well.  He spoke of the next scheduled main trip was to Hua Hin on 10th March 2013 for which the booking sheet is open and as it is the high season, deposits will be required earlier than usual by mid January.  Also, as Chiang Mai had been so popular, he will look into the logistics of bringing in an extra tour here at Songkhran next year, the provisional dates being Mon 15th – Sat 20th April 2013. Chiang Mai Highlands has already been booked for 7 groups for the final round on Friday 19th, the day to avoid in Pattaya.last_img read more

Big names key

first_imgBy Mark Gullick DEVON Meadows produced a strong four-quarter effort to overrun Keysborough by 44 points at Glover Reserve on…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Minor Hurlers Win Back To Back All-Ireland Titles – The Commentary

first_imgScorers for Galway: Donal O’Shea 0-10 (6f, 1 65, 1 pen), Dean Reilly 0-3, Diarmuid Kilcommons 0-2, Sean McDonagh 0-2, Oisin Flannery (Padraig Pearses 0-1), Oisin Flannery (St Thomas 0-1), Colm Cunningham 0-1, Evan Duggan 0-1.Scorers for Kilkenny: Conor Kelly 0-7 (7fs), Darragh Maher 0-2, Ciaran Brennan 0-2 (0-1 s/l), Cian Kenny 0-2, Jack Buggy 0-1 (1 sideline).GALWAY: Patrick Rabbitte; Michael Flynn, Shane Jennings, Oisin Salmon; Shane Quirke, Sean Neary, Evan Duggan; Jason O’Donoghue, Oisin Flannery; Diarmuid Kilcommins, Oisin Flannery, Adam Brett; Dean Reilly, Donal O’Shea, Niall Collins.Subs: Colm Cunningham for O’Donoghue, Connell Keane for Brett, Sean McDonagh for Flannery, Ian McGlynn for Flannery (45), Keelan Creaven for Collins (49).KILKENNY: Jason Brennan; Padraig Dempsey, Jamie Young, Dylan Crehan; Darragh Maher, Shane Staunton, Jamie Harkin; Conor Kelly, Cian Kenny; Ciaran Brennan, Jack Buggy, George Murphy; Cathal O’Leary, Jack Morrissey, Killian Hogan.Subs: Eoin Guilfoyle for O’Leary (41), Padraic Moylan for Buggy (43), Jack Doyle for Murphy (52), Killian Rudkins for Hogan (57), Dan Coogan for Morrissey (62).REFEREE: Johnny Murphy (Limerick).print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Audio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/ALL-IRELAND%20MINOR%20HURLING%20FINAL.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. After The game, Galway manager Jeffrey Lynskey spoke to media led by Niall CanavanAudio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/JEFFREY%20LYNSKEY%20POST%20MINOR%20FINAL.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Here is another chance to hear the Commentary of that outstanding performance with Niall Canavan, Liam Hodgins, Conor Hayes and Sean Walsh Galway’s Minor Hurlers are back to back All-Ireland Champions following their 0-21 to 0-14 win over Kilkenny in Croke Park yesterday.last_img read more

Through traffic on Grand Avenue to be detoured around sinkhole construction

first_imgA large sinkhole discovered under the westbound lanes of Grand Avenue earlier this week will force a full closure for all through traffic for an extended period starting on Monday.The sinkhole formed due to the failure of a drainage culvert on Grand Avenue near Crabby Joe’s Restaurant. The two westbound lanes were immediately closed upon its discovery. The sinkhole is currently filled with gravel until further construction begins.The failed drainage culvert provides an outlet to the Thames River for a large drain between the Ontario Court of Justice property and the Crabby Joe’s parking lot. Repairing the culvert requires a complicated project with a deep excavation and numerous utilities being re-routed, said Tim Dick, Chatham-Kent’s director of drainage, asset and waste management.Drainage under the road leading into the river will need to be sustained during the construction.The repair work will completely close down Grand Ave for through traffic only, but traffic will be able to access each side of the construction area. The hole is not directly in front of any buildings or driveways, so all businesses and the courthouse, the Chatham-Kent Children’s Treatment Centre and Chatham-Kent Health and Family Services will remain accessible.The detours will be placed at Lacroix Street and Keil Drive on Grand Avenue. The detours will take through traffic from both directions to Richmond Street.The municipality says crews will work to finish as quickly as possible due to Grand Avenue being a major east-west route though Chatham.last_img read more

South Africa’s tourism, food sectors grow

first_imgIt was good news for the tourism and food and beverages industries when Statistics South Africa released its latest figures on yesterday. They showed an increase in income year-on-year (y/y). However, there was a decrease in the volume of goods transported.Improvement in tourismStats SA said total income in nominal terms for the tourist accommodation industry rose by 7.2% in April 2015 compared with April 2014.“Income from accommodation increased by 8.4% y/y in April 2015, the result of a 0.5% decrease in the number of stay unit nights sold and a 9% increase in the average income per stay unit night sold,” the state statistics agency said.In April, the types of accommodation that recorded the highest y/y growth rates in income from accommodation were caravan parks and camping sites (44.6%) and hotels (8.9%).“The main contributors to the 8.4% y/y increase in income from accommodation in April 2015 were hotels (contributing 5.4 percentage points) and other accommodation (contributing 2.1 percentage points).”Eat, drink, and be merryTotal income in nominal terms generated by the food and beverages industry increased by 8.1% in April 2015 compared with April 2014, Stats SA said in a separate report.Positive annual growth rates were recorded for food sales (9.5%) and bar sales (0.2%).“In April 2015, the highest annual growth rate was recorded for takeaway and fast food outlets (13.3%).”Total income lifted 8.1% in the three months to the end of April 2015 compared with the three months to the end of April 2014. The main contributors to this increase were takeaway and fast food outlets (11%), and restaurants and coffee shops (6.1%).Drop in freight and passenger transportBad news from Stats SA was that the volume of goods transported decreased by 7% in April 2015 compared with April 2014. The corresponding income fell by 4.1% over the same period.“Income from freight transportation increased by 0.7% in the three months ended April 2015 compared with the three months ended April 2014,” said Stats SA. “The main contributor to this increase was primary mining and quarrying products (2.1%).”It also said the number of passenger journeys dropped by 2.9% in April 2015 compared with April 2014. The corresponding income increased by 3.9% over the same period.Source: News24Wirelast_img read more

All Businesses and Schools Need an Active Shooter Policy

first_imgAn active shooter is defined as “an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined or populated area.” In most cases, active shooters use firearm(s), and there is often no pattern or method to their selection of victims. All schools, churches, hospitals and businesses, big and small, should have an up-to-date active shooter policy and a reaction plan to go with it. Most don’t think of an active shooter as a form of workplace violence, but it is.In an earlier article, I speculated that active shooter incidents were becoming an epidemic. Recent occurrences would suggest they are. In June 2016, the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, FL, was the scene of the deadliest mass shooting in US history, with 50 dead and another 53 injured. Most people remember other recent incidents: Fort Hood, TX– 13 killed and 32 injured; Aurora, CO – 12 killed and 58 injured; San Bernardino, CA – 14 killed and 21 injured; Newtown, CT – 26 killed, including 20 children. Going back a bit further were mass shootings at McDonald’s in San Ysidro, CA, and Luby’s cafeteria in Killeen, TX. There are many more.[text_ad use_post=’125303′]- Sponsor – Many businesses and other public entities have had crisis management plans and policies in place for years. But, only in the past few years, has it become necessary to add an active shooter policy and reaction plans. The following are parts that every active shooter policy should contain:A statement of purposeWording on policy, outlining reaction and notification protocolsProceduresWhom to callWhat descriptions to give, and howEvacuation plansDirections for potential internal first responders – do’s and don’tsActions to be taken if actually confronted by a shooterInterface with law enforcementPersonal protection guidelinesPost incident procedures and protocolsWitness guidelinesLocation of “all clear” notificationsReturn-to-work processesAssistance to those affected (for example, provision of counseling services)Procedures for dealing with the pressDealing with the those injured or killed and their familiesReview of policy and procedures, post incident. What went well and what went poorly?For any major business or public entity, any active shooter policy and procedure should be shared with local law enforcement and fire officials. Tabletop exercises and actual active shooter drills should be conducted at least twice a year.Once few and far between, active shooter incidents have become one of the biggest concerns in crisis management planning:Between 2000 and 2013, the FBI identified 160 active shooter incidents.Already in 2017, the Gun Violence Archive lists 44 “mass shootings.” Fortunately, most were small, but people were killed nonetheless.Seventy percent of active shooter incidents occurred in a school or business, and 60 percent ended before police arrived.A new federal law now defines a mass killing as the death of 3 or more people.Sixty-nine percent of active shooter incidents ended in 5 minutes or fewer.Does your business have an active shooter policy? Are the specific actions and reactions clearly defined in procedures? Are you fully aware of your company’s policies and procedures? Do you personally know how to react if you are ever confronted with an active shooter situation? The answer to all of these should be a strong yes. If you don’t know, find out. In this Information Age, critical knowledge is just a few clicks away. Get going! Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more