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Lecture explores international development

first_imgNotre Dame’s Kellog Institute for International Studies hosted Dr. Sara Sievers, a principal thought leader in international development from the Earth Institute at Columbia University.Her lecture, titled “Making a Difference in the World: Connecting the Personal and Professional in International Development,” highlighted key strategies and requirements needed to implement effective changes in developing countries.During her lecture, Sievers highlighted how personal values and basic principles of international development frequently conflict when working within the developing country’s political context. Sievers said the main question at the core of the discussion is how good ideas and good intentions are sometimes sidelined when applied to a realistic scale.“This is where the personal and the professional become important,” Sievers said. “We can sit around and talk about all these glorious principles of millennium development goals, but if we violate that in the compounds that we live in, what does that say about who we are and what we really believe?”According to Sievers, Nigeria stands as a prime example of case studies in international development, due to its ecological complexity, relatively high economic disparity and maternal and infant mortality.“[Nigeria is] a large country with a very complex federal system,” Sievers said. “There are relatively few places in the developing world that are more complex than Nigeria.”Sievers said one of the greatest difficulties she faced during her work in Nigeria was living and working in a high-income household while witnessing the economic hardships faced by a local underprivileged family. Sievers was unable to help the lower-income family due to bureaucratic restrictions.Sievers said the experience of not being able to take immediate action helping is one of the most painful dilemmas that workers in developing countries must face.“Basically I was living in a violation of the things that I hold most profound,” Sievers said. “At some point you have to be able to take care of the people you can touch, the people that are closest to you. Don’t treat them like a statistic.”While universities remain important developers in aid strategies for developing countries, their theoretical approaches have difficulty translating because of the intricacy of political and economic structures, she said.“One of the things that happens a lot with universities is people come up with a lot of ideas that should happen, but they don’t take into account whether the country actually has the resources to make it happen,” Seivers said.Sievers said different strategies for implementing programs in international development include trying to understand the country’s political scope. By understanding the politics, developers can learn when to make concessions and when to compromise goals in the face of corrupt governments. Sievers said compromising constituted the hardest challenge for the majority of people in international development.“That [compromise] can be an especially frustrating step, because it feels like you’re compromising your principles and it can be a very unsatisfying stage,” she said. “If you’re able to make those compromises, then you have a chance at being able to achieve the real world results that are motivating you to be here.”Tags: International Development, Kellogg Institutelast_img read more

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Proposed malpractice fee rule

first_img August 1, 2005 Regular News Proposed malpractice fee rule Proposed malpractice fee rulecenter_img Pursuant to Rule Regulating The Florida Bar 1-12.1(f), 50 members of The Florida Bar have filed a petition with the Florida Supreme Court asking the court to amend Rule 4-1.5(f)(4)(B) of the Rules of Professional Conduct in response to the recent creation of article 1, section 26 (“Claimant’s right to fair compensation”) of the Florida Constitution. The court invites all interested persons to comment on the proposed amendment, which is reproduced in full below, as well as online at www.floridasupremecourt.org/decisions/proposed.shtml. An original and nine paper copies of all comments must be filed with the court on or before September 30, with a certificate of service verifying that a copy has been served on the Executive Director of The Florida Bar, John F. Harkness, Jr., 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300, and Stephen H. Grimes, Post Office Drawer 810, Tallahassee 32302, as well as a separate request for oral argument if the person filing the comment wishes to participate in oral argument scheduled for November 30. The court will determine who will be granted oral argument prior to that date. Electronic copies of all comments also must be filed in accordance with the Court’s Administrative Order In Re: Mandatory Submission of Electronic Copies of Documents, Fla. Admin. Order No. AOSC04-84 (Sept. 13, 2004). IN THE SUPREME COURT OF FLORIDA IN RE: AMENDMENT TO THE RULES REGULATING THE FLORIDA BAR – RULE 4-1.5(f)(4)(B) OF THE RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT, CASE NO. SC05-1150 Rule 4-1.5. Fees and Costs for Legal Services (a) – (e) No Change (f) Contingent Fees. (1) – (3) No Change (4) A lawyer who enters into an arrangement for, charges, or collects any fee in an action or claim for personal injury or for property damages or for death or loss of services resulting from personal injuries based upon tortious conduct of another, including products liability claims, whereby the compensation is to be dependent or contingent in whole or in part upon the successful prosecution or settlement thereof shall do so only under the following requirements: (A) No Change (B) The contract for representation of a client in a matter set forth in subdivision (f)(4) may provide for a contingent fee arrangement as agreed upon by the client and the lawyer, except as limited by the following provisions: (i) –(ii) No Change (iii) Notwithstanding the preceding provisions of subdivision (B), in medical liability cases, attorney fees shall not exceed the following percentages of all damages received by the claimant, exclusive of reasonable and customary costs, whether received by judgment, settlement, or otherwise, and regardless of the number of defendants: a. Thirty percent (30%) of the first $250,000.00. b. Ten percent (10%) of all damages in excess of $250,000.00. (C) – (D) No Change (5) – (6) No Change (g) – (h) No Changelast_img read more

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RocketsWarriors Previewing The Western Conference Finals

RocketsWarriors Previewing The Western Conference Finals

first_img 00:00 /07:33 Ben Margot/APHouston Rockets’ star James Harden drives the ball against the Golden State Warriors on Oct. 17, 2017. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: The Rockets begin their epic showdown tonight with the defending champion Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals at the Toyota Center.Meanwhile, the Astros are in Anaheim facing the Angels after taking two out of three games from the Rangers this weekend. And the Dynamo played to a 2-2 draw against Vancouver on Friday.We discuss those and other developments in Houston sports with Jeff Balke, who writes for Houston Press and Houstonia Magazine.center_img Listen X Sharelast_img

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