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Pasadena Law Firm Supports Power of Public Speaking Among Local Youth

first_imgEVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Subscribe In a techno-age when most people let their fingers do the talking, the role of speech is debatable – but its importance isn’t. The power of public speaking, that power that convinces people your conviction is the truth, is as essential today as ever.Who hasn’t seen that brilliant made-for-television closing argument save the innocent defendant from certain conviction?The power of public speaking to influence the courts, the media – the world at large – is obvious, even if it seems a lost art most people overlook.But not Pasadena attorney Don Schweitzer, the Pasadena Bar Association’s Family Law Section chair, former PBA president, and the founder and managing partner of the Law Offices of Donald P. Schweitzer.When Schweitzer and attorney Steven Yee were challenged five years ago by the Pasadena Bar Association to come up with an exciting theme for the organization’s annual Law Day, the pair pitched a public speaking competition.The goal of the Pasadena Bar Association’s Speech competition is to give local students a platform to showcase their speech and debate qualities in front of some of the top lawyers and dignitaries from our community. The idea of the Speech Scholarship has always been to motivate excelling students to keep pushing forward with their education and career goals. Each year the candidates are more polished and poised and really display a higher level of confidence in delivering their argument for or against some very controversial topics, such as immigration.The Speech Scholarship Competition event has since evolved into a significant scholarship opportunity sought after by many talented San Gabriel Valley high school students competing for the first-place prize of a $5,000 scholarship. The second place winner will receive a $2,000 scholarship. The top 30 finalists will also have the opportunity to interview with local participating law firms for internships.At this year’s 5th annual preliminary rounds held on May 9th at La Salle High School, Don Schweitzer and his firm partner Casey Marticorena and associate Nitasha Khanna volunteered along with 40 other PBA members and event volunteers to judge approximately 80 high school students.“This is an amazing event coordinated by the Pasadena Bar Association and I think it’s important for the local bar and community to continue participating,” said Marticorena. “Every year the students improve more and more making for an exhilarating competition!”In fact, returning champion Kelsea Jeon, a junior from Arcadia High School has secured her spot as one of the two finalists, along with newcomer Alex Ye, a senior at Gabrielino High School. The two will compete head-to-head before a crowd of 150 lawyers and dignitaries, including honorary guest Congressman Adam Schiff at the final competition during the PBA’s Law Day Luncheon on May 28, 2015 in the Pasadena Civic Auditorium’s Gold Room. Jeon and Yee will be given seven minutes each to present their speeches for the chance to win the $5,000 scholarship.“Kelsea is a returning champion from the 2014 Speech Scholarship contest, so it’s no surprise that she landed in the final two,” said Schweitzer. “Kelsea’s speech was flawless as she tackled the topic of immigration in America. And just as polished and impressive was Alex Ye’s speech on the use of drones, in which he demonstrated mastery of the subject. The level of competition increases with each year’s competition, and I congratulate all who participated and made it to the finals.”While it’s true that we will find of most of today’s youth texting on their phones and communicating through 30-second visual videos and their own version of shorthand writing, Schweitzer is committed to making sure the much needed skill of public speaking does not become obsolete. “These kids are our future leaders and most people will agree that the number one characteristic that makes a great leader is communication—the ability to deliver a clear, powerful, convincing or charismatic speech,” said Schweitzer. “It doesn’t matter if the speech is delivered to 1 or 1,000 people, the take away here is these kids need to exercise the ability to speak to people with confidence and conviction, and each year I’m proud local youth participate in PBA Speech Scholarship willingly and with enthusiasm.”Law Offices of Donald P. Schweitzer, 201 S. Lake Ave., #800, Pasadena, (888) 408-3277 or visit www.pasadenalawoffice.com. 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Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Photo Gallery Pasadena Law Firm Supports Power of Public Speaking Among Local Youth STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 | 11:20 am Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *last_img read more

EdX expands xConsortium to Asia and doubles in size

first_imgEdX, the not-for-profit online learning initiative composed of the leading global institutions of the xConsortium, today announced another doubling of its university membership with the addition of its first Asian institutions and further expansion in the Ivy League.The xConsortium is gaining 15 prestigious higher education institutions, bringing its total to 27, including Tsinghua University and Peking University in China, The University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong University of Science & Technology in Hong Kong, Kyoto University in Japan, and Seoul National University in South Korea, and Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.The expansion reflects edX’s rapidly growing global student body and supports its vision of transforming education by bringing the power of learning to all regardless of location or social status.EdX also welcomes nine universities from North America, Europe and Australia. In the United States, in addition to Cornell, the consortium has added Cornell University, Berklee College of Music, Boston University, Davidson College, and University of Washington.From Europe, edX welcomes Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet, Belgium’s Université catholique de Louvain, and Germany’s Technical University of Munich. The University of Queensland in Australia becomes the second Australian university to join the xConsortium. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Leadership vs. Management

first_img 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Leaders and managers – both essential to an organization’s success yet carry out vastly different roles. Or at least they should.The Harvard Business Review describes the differences in the two roles: “Management consists of controlling a group or a set of entities to accomplish a goal. Leadership refers to an individual’s ability to influence, motivate, and enable others to contribute toward organizational success. Influence and inspiration separate leaders from managers, not power and control.”Said a different way: “Leadership begins where management ends and smart organizations value both and great organizations work hard to make each a part of their team,” writes Lolly Daskal. She goes on to explain some of the differences, including: continue reading »last_img read more

Pandemic vaccine proposal favors health workers, children

first_imgOct 24, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – A federal interagency working group yesterday released a draft report detailing how the government would allocate limited vaccine supplies if a severe influenza pandemic grips the United States, offering a tiered approach that flags key health and public safety personnel and children as top priorities.The group presented the report to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) National Vaccine Advisory Committee and posted it on the agency’s pandemic influenza Web site yesterday, along with a feedback tool for public comments. Today the group presented the report to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.”Once a pandemic starts, vaccine will come rolling off the line in lots, so there has to be a priority scheme on who would receive it first,” said William Raub, science advisor to HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt, as quoted in in an Oct 22 USA Today report.The report says the vaccine allocation plan is designed not only to save lives, but also to reduce the medical, social, and economic impacts of a pandemic. Vaccinations will be administered in tiers, which include four target groups: healthcare and community support services, critical infrastructure, homeland and national security, and the general population. For some of the target groups, the priority tier level would change depending on pandemic severity.Prioritizations were based on the most recent scientific research on pandemics and vaccines and on meetings with the public and stakeholders. The working group also sought the input of ethicists, including from the National Institutes of Health and a group from the Minnesota Center for Healthcare Ethics (MCHCE), which published its own vaccine allocation recommendations in October 2006.The highest-priority groups include deployed military and other critical national security personnel; emergency medical services, public safety workers, and key government officials; medical providers and public health workers; and pregnant women, infants, and toddlers.”Children are not only highly susceptible to influenza, children are also very good at spreading it. Protecting them also protects those in the population,” Raub said in an Oct 22 Associated Press report.In adjusting priorities for different levels of pandemic severity, the rationing plan marks a shift from the federal pandemic plan released 2 years ago, which assumed a moderate pandemic.Compared with the older plan, the new proposal changes the priorities for a number of groups. For example, the proposal puts elderly people and other high-risk adults in the fourth tier, whereas high-risk adults ranked second, right after medical and public health workers, in the older plan. Also, essential utility and communications workers are in the second tier 2 under the new plan, but ranked near the end of the line under the old one.Dorothy Vawter, associate director of MCHCE, told CIDRAP News that the working group’s recommendations represent a big step forward in pandemic planning. “They were willing to take on some tough issues, such as the age-based recommendations,” she said.”This is a great start to a communitywide conversation,” Vawter said. She expects that some disagreements with the prioritizations will arise out of the public comments and will probably prompt the group to fine-tune the report.Some people may be surprised to see the report’s focus on social roles and responsibilities, and questions may be raised about the status of students and people who are unemployed, she said.Vawter said one prioritization issue in the report that surprised her was a category in a lower tier that lumps young adults with health problems comorbidities in a group with people as old as 105. “There’s no distinction in that tier, and it seems like too big of a bucket,” she said, adding that it’s likely the group will make some adjustments in that category.Jeffrey Levi, director of Trust for America’s Health, a healthcare advocacy group based in Washinton, DC, called the report “logical” but said more refinements are needed on vaccine distribution and use in different populations, according to the USA Today report.The group said it will take public comments for 2 months and then revise the document, which will be considered a final interim report.See also:Draft Guidance on Allocating and Targeting Pandemic Influenza Vaccinehttp://www.flu.gov/individualfamily/vaccination/allocationguidance.pdfOct 31, 2006, CIDRAP News story “Pandemic vaccine rationing proposal favors the young”Nov 3, 2005, CIDRAP News story “Medical workers would get first pandemic flu shots”HHS Pandemic Influenza Planhttp://www.hhs.gov/pandemicflu/plan/last_img read more

UI program works to bring in more students from underrepresented groups

first_imgIOWA CITY — The University of Iowa is wrapping up its summertime project aimed at recruiting more Native Americans and other students from underrepresented populations.Carlos Nelson helps oversee the effort, called the Iowa First Nations Summer Program, which is meant to give high schoolers a view into what a college education is all about.Nelson says, “Many of them will be first generation students, so to give them that ability to choose a major, something that they will be passionate about or would like to go in to, we set up time with different instructors on campus to take them through what it would be like.”Studies show indigenous students can be locked out of higher education due to financial need, negative stereotypes and a lack of cultural support. Nelson says the program can bridge gaps for students who may not have any other way to access college prep.“By putting those majors in front of them, again to just circle back, it just introduces them to things they wouldn’t otherwise have,” he says.Less than one-half of one-percent of students at the UI identify as Native and their graduation rates can slip far below those of whites. Of indigenous undergrads who enrolled in 2012, just 11-percent graduated within six years.last_img read more

LVR’s May, Simpson of Prince Charles capture titles at Kootenay Cross Country Championships

first_imgHowever, Simpson’s lead was too large as the Comet runner held on to win the title.Murphy finished in a time of 25:19.Taylor Wilson of J.V. Humphries in Kaslo finished third with Michaela McLean of Rossland fourth and Lucy Carver-Brennan of Cranbrook’s Mount Baker Wild fifth.In the junior division races, Aaron Finke of Rossland edged out Owen Box of Trafalgar to capture the boy’s race.Remi Drolet of Rossland was third followed by Jesse Thurston and Aiden Mushamanski, both of Trafalgar.Isabella Kroker Kimber of Trafalgar won the junior girl’s race over teammate Ruby Nixon-Bilski.Kolibri Drobish of New Denver’s Lucerne was third with Mia Wingender of Trafalgar fourth and Rosie V. of Mount Sentinel fifth.The top 20 runners, and the top three teams, in the senior divisions qualify for the B.C. High School Cross Country Championships November 3 in Prince George.For complete results listing go to:http://de.scribd.com/doc/111509991/Ew-Koots-2012-Lvr Bomber Senior Micah May and Prince Charles rookie Emily Simpson topped the field at the Kootenay High School Cross Country Championships held recently at L.V. Rogers in Nelson.May edged out Nick Mottl of Creston’s Prince Charles by a narrow 10-second marging to capture the senior boys title.May’s time was 28 minutes, 40 seconds.Walker Dempster, Trace Cooke and Levi Smith, all from the host school, rounded out the top five in the senior boys division.Earlier in the day, Simpson jumped out to a huge lead only to be reeled in by Maddy Murphy of LVR to win the senior girl’s title by 20 seconds.The Grade nine runner from Creston, finishing in a time of 24:59, sprinted ahead of the pack as the runners lapped the LVR field before heading off into the bushes on the cross country course that took competitors above Fairview and onto Mountain Station.Simpson took a 20 second lead on the rest of the field less than a kilometer into the race before Murphy used some home course advantage to close the gap on the East Kootenay runner.last_img read more

Nelson joins the Minor Hockey Week celebrations

first_imgThe idea, believe it or not, to celebrate Minor Hockey with a weeklong string of events got its start in Trail during the late 1950s.Trail Director Charlie Maclean organized Canada’s first Minor Hockey Week at Cominco Arena in Trail, promoting it with the slogan: “Don’t SEND your boy to play hockey – TAKE him!”In 1958, Canadian Amateur Hockey Association thought so much of the Minor Hockey Week idea that it adopted the idea to celebrate the sport across Canada.last_img read more

Steve Kerr says Warriors vs. Thunder didn’t last long enough to be a real rivalry

first_imgOKLAHOMA CITY — It’s strange, Warriors coach Steve Kerr says, walking into Chesapeake Energy Arena to play the Oklahoma City Thunder, given how much has changed.“Things move fast in the NBA,” Kerr said Saturday. “It’s crazy.”Kevin Durant’s league-altering decision to leave the Thunder for the Warriors in 2016 added a confrontational layer to an established rivalry. Then, when he left the Warriors this past summer for the Brooklyn Nets, he took the rivalry with him, as did his former teammate …last_img read more

Cambrian Explosion Still Troubling to Evolutionists

first_imgDespite Darwinian efforts to muffle it or spread it into a diffuse rumble, the Cambrian explosion (the near-sudden emergence of most animal body plans in the fossil record) was loud and snappy.  A new phylogenetic study by Antonis Rokas (MIT), Dirk Krüger, and Sean B. Carroll (U of Wisconsin), published in Science this week,1 could not rid the models of rapid evolution across diverse clades, what they call “radiations compressed in time.”  Their new broad study of gene sequences reached the same verdict as the fossil record.  Their technical terms, translated into plain English, mean that the Cambrian explosion was real:The phylogenetic relationships among most metazoan phyla remain uncertain.  We obtained large numbers of gene sequences from metazoans, including key understudied taxa.  Despite the amount of data and breadth of taxa analyzed, relationships among most metazoan phyla remained unresolved.  In contrast, the same genes robustly resolved phylogenetic relationships within a major clade of Fungi of approximately the same age as the Metazoa.  The differences in resolution within the two kingdoms suggest that the early history of metazoans was a radiation compressed in time, a finding that is in agreement with paleontological inferences.  Furthermore, simulation analyses as well as studies of other radiations in deep time indicate that, given adequate sequence data, the lack of resolution in phylogenetic trees is a signature of closely spaced series of cladogenetic events. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Three other scientists commenting on the story in the same issue of Science2 tried to find ways around the study but were not too successful.  “Is the big bang in animal evolution real?” they asked.  Maybe it can be circumvented with more data, or with different analytical methods.  “In light of these concerns, are the conclusions of Rokas et al. justified? Should we ignore their study?  Most certainly not, because they have produced a wealth of data and have shown that it might just be possible that the fossil record can be reconciled with molecular data.”  The resolution, however, was left in future tense (with emphasis on tense).    Rokas et al. did not seem so optimistic.  A press release from University of Wisconsin underscored Carroll’s conclusion that the animal family “tree” is looking “bushy” in places.  There were “frenetic bursts of evolution” he said.  Despite their efforts to resolve the record, “instead of a tree, we got a bush where many branches sprout close together.”  He said it was hard to distinguish evolutionary events, even with “boatloads of data.”  Rokas found a way to put a positive spin on it.  “The difficulty we are facing in telling animal relationships apart is evolution’s signature that some very interesting evolutionary stuff happened here,” he chuckled.1Antonis Rokas, Dirk Krüger, Sean B. Carroll, “Animal Evolution and the Molecular Signature of Radiations Compressed in Time,” Science, 23 December 2005: Vol. 310. no. 5756, pp. 1933 – 1938, DOI: 10.1126/science.1116759.2Lars S. Jermiin, Leon Poladian, Michael A. Charleston, “Evolution: Is the ‘Big Bang’ in Animal Evolution Real?”, Science, 23 December 2005: Vol. 310. no. 5756, pp. 1910 – 1911, DOI: 10.1126/science.1122440.Very interesting evolutionary stuff, indeed (but only to a demolition expert).  The Darwin Party knows that critics hammer the point that the Cambrian explosion falsifies evolutionary theory.  Oh, how the Darwinists would love to get around it!  These two papers and the news article show that they cannot.  Look at the bars on their timeline, representing the data: they stack nearly on top of one another.  To the left are fictional, imaginary dashed lines connecting them into a phylogenetic tree, with absolutely no data, fossil or genetic, to support the inference.  Should they be depriving students of these embarrassing findings?  Most textbooks glibly state that evolution is a fact, and the fossil record proves it.  This is a snow job if there ever was one.  Demand accountability. (Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Cartoon: Apple Tablet: Now With Barometer and Bird Call Generator

first_img12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App I’m just aching to know if the new Apple tablet (insert caveats, weasel words and qualifiers here) is a potential Cintiq competitor. I don’t think it will be, but you never know. It may also have a built in barometer and bird call generator.I’m never sure if Apple does themselves more good than harm with the secrecy and anticipation that surrounds the run-up to these announcements. Unless there’s something truly jaw-dropping about whatever device rises from the stage when Steve Jobs reaches that particular slide in Keynote, the reaction may be muted disappointment: “Oh.” “Huh.” “Wait a minute… my life is still the same miasma of thwarted potential and spiritual anomie that it was half an hour ago!”That said, what are you expecting on Jan. 27? Related Posts Tags:#Cartoons#web rob cottingham 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout More Noise to Signal. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…last_img read more