Our article on the top 50 firms and their patchy use of the online resource Wikipedia was huge fun to research, and a little disturbing too. I’m not going to defend Wikipedia; that’s not my job. But I use it – I don’t use it and nothing else, don’t worry – and I think it’s great. I also think that a lot of people do rely, or even over rely, on it and those people are likely to be younger – in other words, your future trainees and clients. If they rely on it, it behoves us to make sure it’s as right as it can be, if any of us are allowed to change it, which is the case. So why so many law firms either have poor or non-existent entries baffled me. However, before I started chucking stones I of course made sure I wasn’t standing in a house made from glass – so I did the Gazette a whole new Wikipedia entry, too. This took a little longer than I expected, and I reckon the process I went through would be useful to you if you’re making your own firm’s entry, which I of course think you should. First, tell people you’re doing it. Let them know and find out if there is an entry already, who might have written it, and why it is how it is, then say why you’re improving it. You will need to set up a Wikipedia account. Second, look at the page of a law firm with a good page – that’s why I did the article, really. Log in, go to a page you like, and then click ‘edit’ – and look at how to make a databox and the like. Read Wikipedia’s very straightforward ‘how to’ pieces on making pages. Get someone else to check it. Third, get several people to contribute to the entry, and make sure they or another person goes through your page and makes it as impersonal and factual and ‘straight’ as possible. Wikipedia loves ‘straight’ talk, and so do its readers. They both hate marketing-speak. Fourth, check up on it on a monthly basis. Don’t forget. You will probably never need to do anything to it, unless you want to improve or change it for good reason. But if someone abuses it, or Wikipedia flags it, you should deal with that, quickly. Simple, isn’t it? It’s free, it’s (reasonably) easy, and it reaches millions of people. So why aren’t you using it?
Tweet Share Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews Dominica places emphasis on blindness by: – May 13, 2013 18 Views no discussions Share Acting health minister Dr Colin McIntyre has called on blind or visually impaired citizens to take advantage of opportunities to help them lead fulfilling lives. This month is being observed as Blind Awareness Month by the Dominica Association of Persons with Disabilities (DAPD). According to statistics from the Ministry of Health, there are 700 blind people and 2100 others who are visually impaired. Globally however, there are 285 million blind and visually impaired people.“Being blind does not mean one is helpless, cannot learn, can’t work, can’t love and can’t have children, does not have talent or potential,” Dr McIntyre said in his address to commemorate Blind Awareness Month on Monday 13th May.“ I urge persons who are blind or visually impaired to make use of the opportunities to rehabilitate themselves to continue living fulfilling lives at home, at school, at work or socially,” Dr McIntyre stated. Blindness is recognized as a growing public health issue with socio economic implications for the infected persons, family, community, nation and the world. To this end, Dr McIntyre also called on the relatives of visually impaired and blind people to learn how to assist them to become independent.“Being aware of how to assist blind or visually impaired persons will empower them to become dependent therefore the general public especially the corporate community, service providers, schools, social groups, care givers and family members of the blind should support and participate in the activities organized for blind awareness month”.The Minister noted that persons who are blind or visually impaired are entitled to basic services and opportunities wherever they live and that there is a great need to increase understanding of the needs of the blind and visually impaired person.He noted that the month also brings to focus the need for government to rehabilitate roads and sidewalks to improve accessibility for the blind and other types of disabilities. It also brings to focus the need to develop and implement policies to make services disability inclusive to ensure that people with all types of disabilities can equally access or benefit from those services. 82% of blind and 65% of visually impaired persons are over the age of 50 and 90% of them live in developing countries and are associated with poverty and social marginalization. However, about 80% of the blindness is preventable.Dominica Vibes News
Sharing is caring! Commonwealth Secretary-General, Baroness Patricia Scotland(Guyana Chronicle) Support will be offered to Commonwealth Caribbean countries by the 53-member Commonwealth of Nations to assist in the process of accessing United Nations’ (UN) available funds to counter climate change.This was articulated by Commonwealth Secretary-General Baroness Patricia Scotland during an interview with the Guyana Chronicle.An England resident, Scotland was nominated by the Caribbean to serve as Commonwealth SG, given that it was the Caribbean’s turn to nominate a candidate for that position, based on the principle of rotation.As the Baroness explained, Climate Change remains an important issue for the Commonwealth because it does not discriminate based on geographic space, and it poses an “existential threat” to our region. Efforts are being made at the level of the Commonwealth to create a climate change financial hub, where expertise that the region needs and those that the Commonwealth has will be in a common place.“Our “spoke” here in the Caribbean will be in Belize, at the Belize Climate Change Centre which was created by CARICOM. So the Commonwealth is going to put a specialist advisor in that hub to try and help those Commonwealth countries in the Caribbean,” the Baroness committed.She noted that if countries so desire, the Commonwealth would provide a financial climate change adviser to assist individual countries to feed into the “spoke”, to coordinate and help the region better articulate its needs, and to get access to the climate funds made available by the UN.GREEN CLIMATE FUNDThe UN has set aside US$900M to support adaptation and mitigation practices to counter climate change through the Green Climate Fund (GCF).The GCF is a fund within the framework of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), founded as a mechanism to assist developing countries in adaptation and mitigation practices to counter climate change.The SG described the system used to access the funds as “complex and difficult”; it has prevented countries in the Caribbean from drawing down any of that money.Faced with this situation, she again committed to providing support for the region to access these funds to help with climate change.“What we are trying to do in the Commonwealth is to create a mechanism to help and support our region technically, to get their hands on some of that money to help and adapt and change.”She also expounded on the huge challenges that the region faces in the area of natural disasters, given that it is one of the most heavily indebted regions in the world. And most of that debt, she added, was incurred because of the climatic shocks from which the region has suffered for a number of years.“There has been a cycle of the Caribbean restoring the damage cause by climate change; just about getting things back in order and then another issue happens,” she said, referring to Tropical Storm Erika which devastated Dominica last year.DOING WELLThe SG related that, just prior to the storm, Dominica was doing well by any one standard, having an increase of 4.1 per cent in its Gross Domestic Product (GDP). But when Erika hit, it almost wiped out Dominica’s GDP, as 90 per cent vanished.“In a nano-second,” she said, “Dominica’s development was put back 20 years. All of the debts taken on to improve roads and other forms of infrastructure (were) washed away with it…. And still, having to recover; that is a challenge that our region has seen happen in many countries.”With this being a reccurring feature in the region, the Baroness said, she has been talking to various Caribbean leaders, over the last 22 months, to understand what the Caribbean needs are for herself, so as to guard against this phenomenon.And perhaps the most important questions at this time are: “How can the region manage its debt better?” and “Does the possibility of ‘debt swaps’ exist?” Debt swaps, she explained, is a term referring to the swapping of debts that the region has for climate change mitigation and adaptation practices.With no one solution to solve these issues, she reaffirmed her commitment to providing support to the region via the Commonwealth in areas which include and expand beyond climate change. Share 38 Views no discussions Share InternationalNewsPrintRegional Commonwealth to help Caribbean access Climate Change funds by: Guyana Chronicle – August 3, 2016 Tweet Share
In addition to keeping a lid on milk production growth, many dairy analysts believe exports will be key to reversing slumping U.S. milk prices. December 2017 exports helped lay the groundwork for 2018, according to Alan Levitt, U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) vice president of communications and market analysis. U.S. dairy exporters finished the year strong in December, moving 185,205 tons of milk powder, cheese, butterfat, whey and lactose during the month, the most in more than a year and up 14 percent from December 2016. U.S. exports were valued at $469 million, up 3 percent.advertisementadvertisementMonthly exports of nonfat dry milk/skim milk powder (NDM/SMP) topped 60,000 tons for just the fifth time, with sales to Mexico, Southeast Asia and China all higher, and suppliers finding new customers in Peru, Pakistan and the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region.Total whey exports were record-high in December, with strong sales to China and Japan. Exports of butterfat were up 18 percent compared to year-ago levels.The only sign of a slowdown was in cheese, with December exports down 4 percent from a year ago – and dropping below year-ago levels for the first time in 15 months. Sales to Mexico, South Korea and Japan were weaker, while sales increased to Australia, China and the MENA region. Australia is now the third-leading market for U.S. cheese, surpassing Japan.On a total milk solids basis, U.S. exports were equivalent to 16.4 percent of U.S. milk production in December, the highest percentage of the year. It raised 2017 total exports to 14.7 percent of U.S. milk production (Table 1).advertisementBuilding dairy export markets in ChinaWith Chinese demand for imported milk and other dairy products increasing, the potential for U.S. exports is at an all-time high. China grew to become the third-leading market for U.S. dairy products in 2016, and 2017 volumes were up 50 percent through November. The USDEC hit the ground running in 2018 with a mid-January trip to Beijing, and president and CEO Tom Vilsack shared highlights in a recent U.S. Exporter Blog. Read: USDEC Goes to China to Expand Dairy Trade.Dairy replacement exports finish strongNot only are more U.S. dairy products entering the global market, but more U.S. dairy heifers are too. Exports of dairy replacement heifers totaled 4,749 head in December, the highest total since January and the second-highest monthly total since March 2014. Turkey (2,327 head) and Russia (1,102 head) helped provide a strong finish to the year, with additional sales to Canada (758 head), Mexico (278 head) and Qatar (276 head).With December’s shipments, 2017 dairy heifer exports reached 31,478 head, the highest total in three years and just under 2014’s total of 33,062 head.Tony Clayton, Clayton Agri-Marketing Inc., Jefferson City, Missouri, said weakness in the U.S. dollar relative to other currencies, combined with slumping U.S. dairy cattle prices, should continue to fuel dairy replacement exports. His company loaded 1,800 Holsteins on a ship headed for the Sudan on Feb. 6, and Pakistan has become more active in the market. Shipments to Mexico are off to a strong start in 2018.Gerardo Quaassdorff, T.K. Exports Inc., Boston, Virginia, said the U.S. dollar exchange rate gradually improved in 2017 and, after a challenging start, is now more favorable. There’s an abundant supply of heifers, mainly Holsteins, as U.S. dairy farmers seek to shed surplus animals. Headwinds to growth include constantly changing health protocols and higher genetic specifications required by some importing countries.December export sales of dairy embryos totaled 1,154, the highest monthly total of the year. However, 2017 embryo exports, at 7,842, were down about 1,720 from a year earlier. China (2,357) and Japan (1,815) were the leading markets for the year.advertisementAlfalfa exports set recordAlfalfa hay exports also finished the year strong. December shipments of 218,160 metric tons (MT) were the highest monthly volume since June, pushing 2017 total alfalfa hay export sales to a record high of 2.66 million MT.China was the main driver of alfalfa hay exports in 2017, taking 44 percent of the year’s total.Sales of other hay totaled 117,703 MT in December, the lowest total since May. Weaker sales to the two leading markets, Japan and South Korea, accounted for most of the shrinkage. Nonetheless, 2017 total other hay exports topped 1.534 million MT, the highest total in three years.2017 U.S. ag trade surplus shrinks a littleThe December 2017 U.S. ag trade surplus was $2.6 billion, with exports of $12.7 billion topping imports valued at $10.1 billion. That brought calendar year 2017 exports to $138.4 billion, up about $3.7 billion from 2016. However, calendar year imports, at $121 billion, were up $6.5 billion from 2016. As a result, the 2017 ag trade surplus totaled $17.4 billion, down from $20.2 billion in 2016.Beyond NAFTA: Opportunities, challenges exploredWhile most of the trade attention in U.S. agriculture has focused on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), there are several other opportunities available to simultaneously improve U.S. agricultural trade and boost farm income. John Newton, director of Market Intelligence for the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), said improving a U.S.-South Korea free trade agreement, negotiating a bilateral trade agreement with Japan and renewed interest in trade with countries that comprise the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (formerly known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership) create both opportunities and challenges. Read: Make Agricultural Trade Great Again – Reviewing Opportunities and Challenges in Key U.S. Agricultural Export Markets.Dairy industry urges swift confirmation of ag trade negotiator The USDEC and National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) urged the U.S. Senate to swiftly approve Gregg Doud as chief agricultural negotiator in the office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) lifted a hold on the nomination, and USDEC’s Vilsack and NMPF president and CEO Jim Mulhern asked the Senate to move quickly on confirmation.“America’s dairy farmers depend on carefully calibrated trade agreements, such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the U.S.-Korea free trade agreement (KORUS),” Mulhern said. “We need a strong advocate for agriculture in the USTR during this crucial period.” Dave NatzkeEditorProgressive DairymanEmail Dave Natzkedave@progressivepublish.com
Help sustain the city’s natural resources at Rouge Rescue 2018, held on Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Heritage Park, 24915 Farmington Rd. in Farmington Hills.This year’s volunteers will clean debris in and around the river, remove buckthorn and other invasive species near the waterway, and also help with native wildflower plantings in Heritage Park.The entrance to Heritage Park is on the west side of Farmington Road. Once inside the park, turn left at the stop sign. Park in the paved parking lot and check in at the tent next to the Heritage Park Visitor Center (Spicer House).The first 50 participants to arrive and sign in outside the Nature Center will receive a free Rouge Rescue t-shirt, and all participants will enjoy a free picnic lunch.Volunteers are encouraged to wear long pants and long sleeves, as well as sturdy work boots. All ages are welcome and equipment is provided. Volunteers who wish to work in the river removing debris should also bring waders. A limited number of waders will be available to borrow.For more information or to pre-register, call the Division of Public Works at 248-8712850 or e-mail Tara Pieron at firstname.lastname@example.org. For a listing of other Rouge Rescue sites, call the Friends of the Rouge at 313-792- 9900 or visit www.therouge.org.–Press release Reported by Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)
The shoulder was wrapped in ice when he walked off the court at the end of the game. Irving thought it was his AC joint and said he would be OK.“I think he got hit,” Stevens said. “He didn’t seem too concerned about it, but he’s going to get looked over, as usual.”Al Horford had 19 points and 12 rebounds for Boston, and Jaylen Brown returned after missing three games with a bruised lower back and scored a season-high 21 points. Jayson Tatum added 17 for the Celtics, who won their fourth straight game.Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 22 for New York, which has lost four of its last five games. Enes Kanter had 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Noah Vonleh had 12 and 10.“Not going to win in this league giving up 30 points per quarter,” Hardaway said. “Need to do a better job as a team and individually, including myself.”NOT EVEN CLOSEThe Celtics scored the first three baskets of the game and never trailed. They led by eight after one, by 11 after two and by 15 points after scoring 8 straight to make it 97-82 near the end of the third quarter.New York was within 12 with five minutes remaining before Boston scored the next 11 points on baskets from five different players.“Terrible defense tonight. We just didn’t have it,” Knicks coach David Fizdale said. “Thought we were right there slugging away with them, but in the fourth we couldn’t keep up.”LAST TIMEThe Celtics, who went to the Eastern Conference finals last year, were expected to be one of the league’s top teams after getting Irving and Gordon Hayward back from injuries. But New York won 117-109 in Boston on Nov. 21 loss and sent the Celtics to their third loss in a row.Stevens wondered aloud after that one whether his team was “that good.”“Maybe it’s not a wake-up call if you keep getting beat,” he said.But Boston is 5-1 since then.“Disappointing loss against them recently here,” Horford said on Thursday. “We just wanted to come out and set the tone from the beginning and I felt like we were able to do that. … We played much better, and I felt better tonight.” (AP) Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) is defended by New York Knicks forward Noah Vonleh (32) during their game Thursday, Dec. 6 in Boston. AP BOSTON – Kyrie Irving heard all of the doubts when the Celtics, who were among the favorites to win the Eastern Conference, still had a .500 record through Thanksgiving.The low point may have been a home loss to the Knicks that snapped New York’s six-game losing streak.“I was thinking about it since we lost to them,” the Celtics point guard said after scoring 22 points to coast past the Knicks 128-100 on Thursday night and exact a measure of revenge for the embarrassing earlier loss. “I remember players from other teams asking about what’s going on when we were 10-10.”Irving also had eight assists before leaving the game with about four minutes left, rubbing his right shoulder and swinging it around in pain. He raised his hand for coach Brad Stevens to take him out of the game but couldn’t get his attention and instead walked to the bench at the next whistle.
VALDOSTA, Ga. – Valdosta State forward Tyrone Curnell scored 32 points to lead the Blazers, and West Florida fell 88-61 in Gulf South Conference men’s basketball action on Wednesday night. Three Argonauts fouled out in the loss, and the Blazers ran away with the game by shooting 67.7 percent and outscoring UWF 57-37 in the second half. No. 11 Valdosta improved to 15-2 overall and 2-0 in GSC play with the win, while the Argonauts fell to 7-8, 1-2 with the loss.Senior Maurice Thomas (Milton, Fla./Pensacola JC) led UWF with 20 points, highlighted by a 10-11 performance at the free throw line. Freshman guard Jose Davila (Oviedo, Fla./Oviedo HS) added a career high 15 points.Curnell scored his 32 points on 11-18 shooting from the field and a 10-14 mark from the free throw line. He also added 10 rebounds for the double-double. Ricardo Lewis contributed 18 points on 6-11 shooting, and Mike Holloway shot a perfect 5-5 off the bench and scored 11 points.UWF held the GSC-leading Valdosta State offense to 31 first half points, but VSU exploded in the second half for 57 points, including 18 points on 6-6 shooting from the field and a 6-7 mark from the free throw line by Curnell.Despite the loss, UWF held a 39-37 rebound advantage, led by junior forward Ken Mitchell (Mobile, Ala./Alabama Southern CC) with seven.UWF will look to get back on the winning track in another tough road contest as they travel to face West Georgia on Saturday, January 13. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET, and fans can follow all of the action online at www.GoArgos.com. Print Friendly Version Share Curnell Leads No. 11 Valdosta State Past West Florida Photo by Ron Besser
The Cleveland Browns welcome in the Cincinnati Bengals to FirstEnergy Stadium in a battle of teams searching for their first win. They’re both coming in with good things to build on but also have some things to work on, as is the case with most winless teams.After their loss to the Colts last week, the Browns had to re-evaluate the way they go at their defensive attack. Jabrill Peppers was very vocal on how he couldn’t sleep for a couple days after having a rough day in the secondary. The team allowed 31 points to an Indianapolis team that sent out the original third-string Jacoby Brissett.Offensively, DeShone Kizer showed good signs but also continued with errant passes and rookie mistakes. With three touchdowns and two interceptions, there are things to improve upon and getting that first win under his belt will surely help.If the Browns want to win today, they will have to be able to shut down the running back committee of Joe Mixon, Jeremy Hill and Giovanni Bernard. All three have a different dynamic and can throw defenses for a loop. When they get going, it brings more guys in the box which then opens up wideouts such as A.J. Green and Brandon LaFell. Though it hasn’t performed well yet this year, the Bengals have a tough team with an explosive offense. Luckily for the Browns, they won’t have to worry about tight end Tyler Eifert. Eifert is out today with a back injury.It’ll be a tough test for the young Cleveland team. We’ll see how they come out in this one. Eli Mooneyham Related Topics Elijah Mooneyham has been a dedicated sports fan his whole life. Born and raised in Cleveland, he has his best days when his hometown teams are winning. Elijah is currently on-air talent/producer on two shows, The Main Event and The Moon Hour, where you can find on AllSportsCleveland.com. He also has an insane passion for professional wrestling, so catch his opinions on the world of professional wrestling.
IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan finished eighth in the 2015 standings. (Jerome Miron, USA TODAY Sports)It’s that time of year again. No, not the holiday shopping season. The surgery season for drivers.Tony Kanaan is the latest to have a procedure – he and wife Lauren used Instagram to document it Monday.A spokesperson for Chip Ganassi Racing confirmed to USA TODAY Sports that the 2004 IndyCar champion underwent a hernia repair in Miami. Kanaan, who won the 2013 Indianapolis 500, is an avid biker and recently completed the Ironman 70.3 triathlon – also in Miami – with teammate and reigning IndyCar champion Scott Dixon.Kanaan is not expected to miss any time in the car. He was a member of Ganassi’s Rolex 24 winning team this season and is expected to be in the mix to compete again at the event in January.Kanaan joins Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin – who had his right ACL repaired Monday – as drivers to use the short offseason to mend.
England’s Daniel Sturridge gestures during the Group D soccer match against Italy at the Amazonia arena in Manaus. (Siphiwe Sibeko, Reuters)MANAUS, Brazil — Don’t start packing England’s bags just yet.While a draw with Italy on Saturday night definitely would have left England in better position in Group D, its 2-1 loss isn’t as bad as it could have been. And thanks to Costa Rica’s upset of group favorite Uruguay, it certainly isn’t the nightmare it would have been seen as when the day began.“At least our fate is in our hands,” England manager Roy Hodgson said. “It’s up to us to produce the right performance and get the victories.”Losing the first World Cup game is usually a death knell for a team. Since 1998, when the tournament expanded to 32 countries with the top two in each group advancing, just 9% of teams that lost their first game made it out of the group stage.Yes, Spain lost its first game four years ago and still won the World Cup title. But Spain is unique. And England isn’t Spain.But if England was to lose a game, this was the time to do it.The expectation before the tournament was that Uruguay, a 2010 semifinalist, would have three points after Costa Rica. That meant England would have to salvage a draw against Italy to have any hope of advancing. And even then it would need a win against the Ticos, as well as some help from either Italy or Uruguay.But the breathing room Uruguay was supposed to have is now a gasp of desperation, especially with doubts swirling about when — or if — Luis Suarez will be healthy.Suarez has resumed training after his knee surgery last month, but it was telling that coach Oscar Tabarez left him on the bench when Uruguay desperately needed a goal. Suarez wasn’t quite ready, Tabarez said — and he didn’t sound overly optimistic that would change by Thursday, when Uruguay plays England.“If we see that his condition has improved, that he is fit, then there is a possibility he might play,” Tabarez said.All of which means England still has life. Get by Uruguay, and it can advance with a victory against Costa Rica. Maybe even a tie.“When you lose the first game, you’ve got to win next two. No way you can drift to a qualification here,” Hodgson said. “Italy here got off to the very, very best start. We and Uruguay are on the back foot. But now we play Uruguay, and now we play Costa Rica.”And despite the score line, there were plenty of encouraging signs for England in Saturday night’s loss. Yes, Wayne Rooney is still oh-for-the-World Cup. But he was still masterful against Italy, setting up England’s goal with a textbook-perfect cross to Daniel Sturridge in the 37th minute.Charging hard up the left side, Rooney’s cross was just out of reach of the Italian defenders but right at the toes of Sturridge. All Sturridge had to do was poke the ball into the net.Rooney also had one of England’s best chances in the second half. But his shot sailed wide left, prompting Hodgson to bury his face in his hands.“I thought he did well,” Hodgson said.And he had even higher praise for his youngsters: Sturridge, Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson and Danny Welbeck. Showing no sign of first-game jitters, they went after Salvatore Sirigu, in goal for Italy because of Gianluigi Buffon’s sprained ankle, from the opening whistle.“I thought all of the young players did well,” Hodgson said. “None of those players let me down today. Or let their country down today. All did what we were hoping they would do – except, of course, score that equalizing goal.”But don’t fret yet, England. And don’t pack your bags.