No alcohol will be served at junior lawyer events this month in support of ‘dry January’, the Law Society’s Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) has announced.In healthy drinking guidance published today, the JLD says lawyers and firms have a ‘collective responsibility’ to change drinking habits. ‘As part of dry January and to celebrate the launch of this guidance, the JLD will not be offering alcohol at any of its events during January 2020.’The guidance adds that junior lawyers and those at recruitment events often ‘feel pressure to consume alcohol to show that they can fit in with the team’ and ‘any pressure from a more senior figure could be construed as workplace bullying’.In a series of recommendations, the JLD says that firms should re-label work social events to divert the initial perception away from alcohol. It suggests that events currently called ‘drinks’, ‘champagne receptions’ or ‘wine and nibbles’ should instead be called ‘socialising’, ‘networking’, ‘refreshments’ or ‘gatherings’.It also suggests that firms try activities that do not centre around alcohol, such as ping-pong, quizzes, mixed netball, cake decorating, activity days, tea ceremonies and hat-making.Alcohol training is also advisable, the JLD states. ‘Training for everyone on the issues associated with alcohol is a great way to communicate the organisation’s message. In a world where we are familiar with books full of policies, a brief handout on the firm’s approach to alcohol, which includes the above strategies, is a great start.’
RUSSIA: Trials are underway with a three-section 3ES5K Yermak 25 kV 50 Hz locomotive rated at 9·2 MW which has been modified by TMH’s Novocherkassk Electric Locomotive Works. The locomotive has been fitted with VIP4000D traction converters developed by Elektrovypryamitel and Irkutsk State University of Communications, controlled by software supplied by LES. The aim is to lower the cost of a new locomotive, and to reduce energy consumption.
Justas Furmanavicus committed to Ole Miss during an official visit on SaturdayThe Ole Miss Spirit is reporting that Three Rivers (Mo.) forward Justas Furmanavicus committed to the Rebels during his official visit to Oxford on Saturday.Furmanavicius is one of two JUCO prospects on campus this weekend. Maciej Bender, a 6-foot-10 forward from Mountain Mission (Va.) is also on an official visit.The 6-foot-6, 210 pound stretch four chose the Rebels over offers from Arkansas State, Memphis, Missouri and others. Furmanavicius averaged 11 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game last season while shooting over 52 percent from the field.The Lithuanian-born forward is the second commitment and second JUCO pledge for Ole Miss in 2016. He joins Cape Fear Academy (N.C.) center Tyrek Coger, who committed in June.