Google gives all its staff a 10pc pay rise

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Forget Cash ISAs and Premium Bonds: I’d buy cheap FTSE 100 stocks in this market crash

first_imgForget Cash ISAs and Premium Bonds: I’d buy cheap FTSE 100 stocks in this market crash I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Image source: Getty Images. Enter Your Email Address Peter Stephens | Friday, 1st May, 2020 | More on: ^FTSE Peter Stephens has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. 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So now could be the right time to buy a diverse range of large-cap shares for the long term.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Cash ISA risks vs the FTSE 100Holding your capital in a Cash ISA will not lead to you losing money – provided you have less than £85,000 invested at a specific banking group. Your savings are protected by the government up to that level. This means the uncertainty surrounding coronavirus and the challenging outlook for the world economy will not cause you to experience a financial loss.Likewise, Premium Bonds are backed by the government. As such, although you may not win any prizes, your capital is safe.By contrast, the FTSE 100’s price level could easily revert to the downward trend displayed in March. Investors seem to be pricing-in a quick recovery for the world economy that may or may not materialise. Consumers could adopt a cautious stance on returning to their previous spending levels. Or lockdowns may be in place over an extended time period. So the prices of a wide range of companies could decline due to difficult operating conditions.Potential rewardsHowever, over the long run, the low valuations across the FTSE 100 could make it a far more rewarding investment than Cash ISAs and Premium Bonds. The track record of the index shows that it has experienced downturns and bear markets throughout its history. Yet it has always gone on to not only recover from them, but to post new record highs. These have enabled investors in FTSE 100 stocks to enjoy high returns.In the coming years, the returns available on Cash ISAs and Premium Bonds could prove to be disappointing. Low interest rates look set to remain in place for some time. The Bank of England will support the economy’s recovery from what looks set to be a very likely recession so higher rates are unlikely. This may mean that the returns on Cash ISAs and Premium Bonds fail to match inflation. And that could lead to a loss of spending power over the long run.TakeawayTherefore, investors who have a long-term time horizon may be better off buying a selection of FTSE 100 shares today instead of holding Premium Bonds or a Cash ISA. Yes, the index may experience a challenging short-term period. But its returns may prove to be substantially higher than Cash ISAs and Premium Bonds over the long run.center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” See all posts by Peter Stephens Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. 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Chalet Inside an Existing Awarded Cell / Kokosalaki|Architecture

first_imgArchDaily Projects Manufacturers: Patiris, Roussetos, Kypriotis, Panos Chatzis, ROOM, placed, ΙSARHOLZText description provided by the architects. In this case of redesigning the interior of a chalet, we were asked to intervene in an existing awarded building and revisit the idea of mountainside design, in order to counterbalance the dynamic design of the existing exterior with a new adequate interior that combines modern materials within a more rustic context.Save this picture!© Dimitris KleanthisRecommended ProductsDoorspanoramah!®ah! PivotDoorsSky-FrameInsulated Sliding Doors – Sky-Frame ArcWoodLunawoodThermo Timber and Industrial ThermowoodDoorsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Sliding Door – Rabel 62 Slim Super ThermalGreece, as a summer destination, is more closely connected to the island landscape. In the Greek islands there is some exciting architecture, a mix of contemporary design and local practices and elements. The challenging aspect of this project was to think in the same way for winter dwells. We were asked to renew the way we experience in Greece mountainous design, avoiding the traditional chalet clichés.Save this picture!© Dimitris KleanthisThe dwell – 140 sqm. – is situated on the borders of a forest area with an unlimited view of the valley. The construction is stretched to three levels and is covered by a mono-pitched roof. On the lower level are the bedrooms, bath and sauna. On the ground level, where the main entrance is, living area and kitchen are situated but also a second more private sitting area that is organized around the fireplace. On top of the ground level stands an open-plan mezzanine, used as an extra bedroom or a study room.Save this picture!Floor plansOur design vision was a contemporary yet warm space that will respect the existing cell and integrate well with the extraordinary surroundings. The concept was to elaborately combine natural materials – like rustic woodwork- with finishes and textures typically used for more industrial design. We wanted to mix the typology of an urban loft with the traditional chalet. Mixing the openness and versatility of an urban space filled with natural daylight with the warmth and traditional look a hub in the mountain aspires.Save this picture!© Dimitris Kleanthis Perforated corten steel, laser cut metal work , wood grid and 3d mosaic tiling were some of the main features in the house. A minimal kitchen featuring floor-to-ceiling cupboards, eroded re-used metal sheets, black lacquered finishes combined with rustic pine wood.  A thin metal stairway leads from the living room to the loft. The perforated corten-steel sheets are a lightweight divider between the two levels, while allowing the light to pass through the uneven circular cross-section holes. At night, when the mezzanine space is lit, it diffuses soft light through the perforation to the entire space like a giant lighting fixture. The bathrooms were also designed with a minimal touch, combining cement style tiles, 3d mosaic tiling with super modern fittings, always with a constant presence of wood.  All furniture and lighting were also part of the interior proposal.Save this picture!© Dimitris KleanthisProject gallerySee allShow lessMiami’s Brickell Flatiron Building Now Halfway CompletedArchitecture News‘Redondo’ Building / Branco-DelRio ArquitectosSelected Projects Share Year:  “COPY” Photographs:  Dimitris Kleanthis Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Save this picture!© Dimitris Kleanthis+ 16Curated by María Francisca González Share CopyAbout this officeKokosalaki|ArchitectureOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesPhthiotisGreecePublished on April 25, 2018Cite: “Chalet Inside an Existing Awarded Cell / Kokosalaki|Architecture” 25 Apr 2018. ArchDaily. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Houses Area:  140 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project center_img Chalet Inside an Existing Awarded Cell / Kokosalaki|Architecture Greece 2017 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Chalet Inside an Existing Awarded Cell / Kokosalaki|ArchitectureSave this projectSaveChalet Inside an Existing Awarded Cell / Kokosalaki|Architecture Photographs CopyHouses•Phthiotis, Greece Architects: Kokosalaki|Architecture Area Area of this architecture project “COPY”last_img read more

Running a Charity

first_img Tagged with: Law / policy Management About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 19 November 2008 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img Running a Charity  18 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Oxfam’s mobile phone app combines shop products and storytelling

first_imgOxfam’s mobile phone app combines shop products and storytelling About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 6 March 2012 | News Oxfam has developed a mobile phone app to link objects for sale in its charity shops with their history and the human stories behind them. The Oxfam Shelflife app uses QR codes to help the public discover the stories behind Oxfam’s donated, ethical and Unwrapped products, and even share their own stories for the items they donate.The free app, available for iPhone, is currently being trialled in 10 Oxfam shops in Manchester. The scheme allows donors to ‘tag’ a QR code to their donated object, using the free Oxfam Shelflife app on their iPhone and share the story behind the item for the next owner to discover.It is both an educational and marketing initiative: Oxfam is aware that the stories behind vintage and second-hand items can be part of their desirability. It is also designed to promote sustainability. Oxfam’s Emma Joy told BBC News: “We hope the pilot will prove that items with stories are more valuable and establish the monetary value of a story”.Oxfam’s Sarah Farquhar, Head of Retail Brand, said: “Every item has a story to tell and Oxfam Shelflife enables people to share these stories. We’ve found that items with an interesting story behind them are instantly more appealing to our customers so we hope Oxfam Shelflife will encourage people to love items for longer. This commitment to sustainability is an important part of what Oxfam shops bring to the high street.”Oxfam Shelflife is based on an original idea developed by the Tales of Things initiative (TOTeM: Tales of Things and Electronic Memory), a collaboration between five British universities.Dr Chris Speed from the Edinburgh College of Art and part of the TOTeM team said: “Oxfam Shelflife has the potential to transform shops from places of consumption into places of stories and reflection. Shopping is no longer about buying things from unknown people in unknown places, instead the Oxfam Shelflife app will allow people to ‘write’ their stories on to products and help prevent them heading for the landfill.” Tagged with: app mobile Oxfam AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1  47 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1last_img read more

UL students on pathways to progress

first_imgLinkedin Twitter Decision on FIBA European Championships in Limerick to be made in May NewsEducationUL students on pathways to progressBy Editor – September 7, 2018 2008 Advertisement University of Limerick research identifies secrets of Fantasy Premier League success University of Limerick ceases funding for off-campus Garda COVID-patrols after sanctioning students following massive street party Ann & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 44 | Immersive Software Engineering Previous articleO’Donnell putting team before personal ambitionsNext articleThe Process of Doubt at Sailor’s House Editor Printcenter_img Gardai make arrests following chaotic student party near University of Limerick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Facebook TAGSeducationLimerick City and CountyNewsUniversity of Limerick UNIVERSITY of Limerick students joined forces with international non-profit organisation Enactus Ireland to launch the Citi ‘Pathways to Progress’ partnership.The initiative supports programmes that help young people build an entrepreneurial mindset, acquire leadership, financial and workplace skills, through mentorship and funding.Enactus UL were the overall winners of last year’s Pathways to Progress programme and received €4,500 in seed funding along with mentorship from Citi Bank for their project SparkED.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up This involved UL students partnering with local primary and secondary schools to equip young people with interpersonal and leadership skills through a series of workshops and presentations, and train volunteers for Limerick’s Gateway to Education.Catherine Hallinan, project leader of SparkEd said It was amazing to see the progress of projects that thrived under the mentorship of CITI mentors.“We were over the moon to win on the day. It will allow SparkEd to spark the light for a brighter future” she said.Enactus UL public relations officer Maria Bennett said it equipped them with the tools and insight to develop the programme in the Limerick area.“With help from Citi Bank, mentors and frequent Citi events we gained the knowledge to help our project reach its full potential, helping youth gain the skills they needed for a successful future.”Outside of SparkEd, Enactus UL students are working with various organisations on projects such as Restart, helping integrate asylum seekers and refugees into the Irish community and the Planter, enabling communities in Malawi to plant crops in a more efficient and user-friendly way.To learn more about Enactus UL or get involved with their projects you can email [email protected] are invited to submit their ideas for ‘Pathways to Progress’, which they will then pitch in Dublin later in September where the successful ten teams will be chosen.Application is now open and more information can be found at Email Limerick nurse helping the fight against COVID-19, calls for round the clock garda patrols near University of Limerick following “out of control” student parties last_img read more

3 overdue hikers found dead after Alaska avalanche

first_imgANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The bodies of three overdue hikers have been found in the debris of an avalanche slide near Alaska’s largest city. Alaska State Troopers say the bodies of Thomas Devine of Chugiak, Matthew Nyman of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Edward Watson of Miami were recovered near Bear Mountain. It’s about 25 miles north of downtown Anchorage. The three had gone for a hike on Tuesday. When they didn’t return, they were reported overdue. Troopers and the Alaska Mountain Rescue Group began a ground search Wednesday. They ran across what appeared to be a recent avalanche. The bodies of the three men were found in the slide area.last_img read more

Lessons of the Week! Jennifer Hudson, Amy Schumer & More

first_imgAaron Tveit & Gavin Creel Are Our PookiesJust when you thought we’ve run out of descriptive words for Aaron Tveit, he gives us one more: Honey Bear. At MCC’s annual Miscast gala, our Broadway boyfriend channeled his inner Maureen and belted “Take Me Or Leave Me” with Gavin Creel. We’ve never seen so much gyrating. Guess we’re leaving (we’re GONE), because nothing’s going to top this. Unless Idina dons a leather jacket and does this. Winnie Foster Is Angelica, Eliza and PeggyForget Betsy Ross. (Don’t actually.) Newcomer Sarah Charles Lewis wants in on Hamilton. The Tuck Everlasting star revealed she can’t get enough of the blockbuster’s cast recording and sings all three parts in “The Schuyler Sisters.” We’ve heard Lin-Manuel Miranda wants women to play all the roles in Hamilton, but what about one woman playing all of them? Hey, if Cher can do it… Jennifer Hudson Benanti & Levi Are Not OKThere are two great ways to express your love: sing about it while Jane Krakowski does the splits…and get matching tattoos. According to She Loves Me star Laura Benanti, if her character and Zachary Levi’s get inked, they’d opt for crying treble and bass clefs. This sounds like what you’d get after listening to too much My Chemical Romance. Dear friend: There’s no reason to be so emo when you can eat ice cream. View Comments Stars Hollow Deserves a Regional TonyWe love watching Sutton Foster sell her panties and promoting Bing on Younger, but we’re still waiting for Liza Miller to sing. Fortunately, she’ll get to show off her vocal chops on the small screen once the Gilmore Girls revival hits Netflix. In one episode, Foster, Christian Borle and Kerry Butler will all star in Stars Hollow: The Musical, written by Jeanine Tesori. Where they belt, we will follow. And binge-watch. Lin-Manuel Miranda Star Files Even Megan Hilty’s Shoes Are Pop-u-larCarrie St. Louis now rocks some first-class footwear in Wicked on Broadway, but when she was first on the road, she had some Galindafied hand-me-downs. Until her custom shoes came in, St. Louis borrowed Hilty’s old pair. As it turns out, St. Louis saw Hilty—and those shoes, presumably—the first time she ever saw Wicked. Looks like that bubble went full circle!center_img Edward Hibbert Was a Brilliant QueenEdward Hibbert’s serving laughs (and eggs) in Something Rotten!, but we wish could have caught this Shakespearean turn. The Broadway favorite revealed that when he was in grade school, he received “brilliant raves” when he took on the iconic role of Lady Macbeth, swapping his codpiece for a kirtle and petticoat. Move over, Judi Dench. This queen’s got a damned spot to remove. Simard Gave Her One Cent on BernadetteIs there anything more disastrous than Bernadette Peters scrambling for change in front of you in line at CVS? It’s a specific situation, but thankfully, Disaster!’s own Jennifer Simard captures it uncannily. We hoped Simard would do a Bernadette Peters impression for her vlog, and in the final episode, she didn’t let us down. Now, what could Bernadette possible want with all that change…? Faith Prince Will Set You Straight, KidsAfter years of gracing the Broadway stage, it’s not the bright lights, awards or adoring fans that bring Faith Prince the most joy. It’s scaring the crap out of children. While revisiting past and present performances during Role Call, the theater legend confessed she gets a thrill out of terrifying kids. Alas, there are no major scares in Disaster!, unless you count tidal waves, piranhas, sinking ships or Bernadette Peters screaming about change. (Photos by Matthew Murphy, Caitlin McNaney, Mike Windle/Getty Images, Bruce Glikas & Jeremy Daniel) It’s Friday, and you know what that means: time to put on your Bernadette Peters wig and sing “There’s No Business Like Show Business” catch up with the Lessons of the Week! Plenty went down on the Great White Way over the past seven days, so here’s your chance to get up to speed. From some Tony-winning new Gilmore Girls guest stars to a Glindahood of the traveling heels, take it all in below. Amy Schumer’s Not Sewing Away Her ShotWhat’s the one thing missing from Hamilton? (Well, aside from Angelica, Eliza and Peggy doing this.) That’s right: Betsy Ross. Fortunately, big spender Amy Schumer felt inspired after her visit to the show and has created a hip-hop musical of her own. There’s a million things she hasn’t sewn, but just you wait, just you wait (because it’ll be just as hard to get tickets). J. Hud Has a Spiritual Interior DesignerWhen you have dozens of awards, you have to figure out where to put them. It’s a good problem to have; ask Audra. For The Color Purple’s Jennifer Hudson, the answer’s simple: a secret wall that Jesus told her to build. Imagine visiting J. Hud’s home, and she pushes a button that causes the wall to turn and reveal every major accolade. It’s like the fiercest and most fabulous episode of Scooby Doo.last_img read more

Lawyers serving in the legislature

first_img December 15, 2005 Regular News It’s Geller’s role in the Senate Jan Pudlow Senior Editor When Steven Geller was a boy in the seventh grade, his teacher assigned a paper on what he envisioned himself doing in 30 years.In his futuristic autobiography, Geller wrote that he wanted to graduate from Florida State University with a law degree, become an attorney, and go into politics, with the ultimate goal of becoming a U.S. Senator.Today, 47-year-old Geller is all of the above, except the U.S. Senator part—to which he now says: not interested.“I like being a state senator,” says Sen. Geller, D-Hallandale Beach. “But for term limits, I would stay there as long as thevoters would have me. You have to understand, as an AV-rated lawyer, as someone who has practiced law for 24 years, I earn a good living—but not a great living. What I mean about that, I haven’t salted away the millions yet. Accordingly, I can’t afford to take any job that would require me to give up my law practice.”At Geller, Geller and Garfinkel in Hollywood, Geller practices zoning and land use law, and his brother, Joe, is his law partner.Because he can still practice law, Steve Geller, married to Laurel Leffler of West Palm Beach, and father of two sons, says, “Being a senator is the best job in the state.. . . I deeply regret that voters wanted term limits. Would you like to have your neurosurgery done by someone with eight-year term limits? Would you like the guy flying the big jumbo jet to have to resign eight years after getting his pilot license? Insurance, criminal justice, growth management: I can speak authoritatively on all of those issues. I am not smarter. I am more experienced.”Since the ninth grade when Geller was a Young Democrat, continuing to college where he was president of the FSU Young Democrats, he has been steeped in party politics. Now he is putting a decade of legislative experience as a state representative (1988-98) in the House and another eight years in the Senate to further the cause of the Democratic Party by striking a moderate balance.Four years ago, Geller was the founder of Florida Mainstream Democrats, now chaired by Sen. Dave Aronberg, D-Greenacres. The Web site — — describes it as an “organization comprised of centrist elected officials throughout the state to reach out to disenchanted Democratic voters who cross over to vote Republican.”Geller launches into what he calls his friend Sen. Rod Smith’s story that he tells better:“A North Florida voter leaves the house at 5 a.m., drives two and a half hours to drop the kids off at his parents, because it’s the only daycare he can afford. Then he drives another 45 minutes to drop his wife off to do a double shift at the convenience store, before driving to his job at the Department of Corrections. The back bumper on his 25-year-old pickup truck has a Bush sticker. This guy is really a Democrat, but he doesn’t know it. He thinks the damn liberal Democrats want to take away his guns. He wants to make sure his kids aren’t prevented from learning about their own religion. He thinks we all wear pink underwear and want to turn the country over to the commies, the gays, and whoever else. In his own economic self-interest, he’s a Democrat. We are trying to let people like that know that they are Democrats,” says Geller, who adds: “I happen to regard myself as religious. I am on the board of my temple and my children go to religious school two days a week.”He notes that Democrats have not had a net gain in the Senate since 1982.“I believe that will change next time,” Geller said. “I am feeling very hopeful. I am looking at a couple of seats. My general consultant is Craig Smith, who was the political director for the Clinton White House, just as Karl Rove is now for the Bush White House. People ask, ‘How did you get a guy like him managing your caucus race?’ If you are a Democrat, there are really two states that matter right now: Ohio and Florida, the two big swing states. Ohio is shrinking, and we’re growing. I showed him my plan and he liked it.”Encouraged by polls reflecting the public’s current loss of faith in the Republicans, if the sentiment holds until next November, Geller predicts more Democrats elected to office.Meanwhile, back at the Florida Senate, Geller says, “Don’t make any mistake: Republicans are in charge and they set the agenda and get taken care of. There is no attempt to punish Democrats because they are Democrats, as it happens frequently in the House. In the Senate, we make sure we treat our members with courtesy and respect. If we can’t reach an agreement, we will do what the Republicans in charge want. But I can’t say Democrats haven’t been given input.”Because there are only 40 senators, Geller said, “It’s hard to vilify any of them. We spend so much time together, and it’s a very collegial group. I wear a ring that says ‘Senate of the State of Florida.’ It’s a very exclusive club. Regardless of party affiliation, I have been respectful of the way I would want to be treated.”As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Geller said he spends “a tremendous amount of time and effort trying to promote the separation of church and state, trying to make sure we have an independent judiciary. I can tell you, a lot of legislators clearly don’t get it. Mostly, they say, ‘The voters elected us so the courts should rule the way we tell them to.’ You try to tell them, ‘That’s one of the reasons we have a court, so you can’t do whatever you think sounds good in a given week.’”Geller braces for another attempt in the Senate Judiciary Committee to rewrite the Florida Constitution.“It is the first time I aware of, in my 18 years in the legislature, that a nonlawyer is the chair of Judiciary. Sen. (Dan) Webster, (R-Winter Garden), has assured me they only want to operate by consensus and not eliminate controversial issues, and streamline. If that is accurate, that is a tremendous amount of work for not much gain. I believe Sen. Webster to be an honorable man. I hope it does not get hi-jacked. I trust the Senate more than the House. I do not trust the Florida Legislature. And you can quote me.”Geller points warily to past attempts to strike the constitutional right to privacy, when Gov. Bob Martinez called a special session on abortion. He mentions Gov. Jeb Bush has never liked the class size amendment.“With much of the current Republican leadership, if they don’t like a constitutional amendment, they will ignore it,” Geller said. “I didn’t like the bullet train, but my bosses told me to raise my right hand and uphold the constitution. Some colleagues seem to forget and ignore it.”Another issue to watch out for once again is tort reform, said Geller, vice chair of the Banking and Insurance Committee.“All it continues to be is protecting mostly out-of-state manufacturers and shifting responsibility to consumers,” Geller said. “I did a white paper that showed the cause of the crisis is to a large degree a manufactured crisis. The insurance industry gets to manipulate the rates.. . . As far as I can tell, they instigated the whole crisis. They couldn’t get what they wanted by themselves, because they are seen as the black hats. So they duped doctors in aligning with them.. . . One of my major regrets in Tallahassee is that lawyers and doctors are both learned professions, and we should be allies.”One of the bills Geller has filed this year would create a stem cell research program, using existing stem cell line embryos originally created for fertility treatments, and he’s asking for $10 million to launch it.Does he expect a big emotional fight?“If it gets heard, I expect it will be,” Geller said. “Just like Terri Schiavo. And that’s a perfect example of why we need more lawyers in the legislature.. . . I can tell you I read every appellate court ruling before I began to discuss it. But lack of information did not prevent people from discussing it, despite no actual knowledge.. . . There have been many frustrating episodes. But I think that will change.” Lawyers serving in the legislaturecenter_img Lawyers serving in the legislature Editor’s Note: In Florida’s Republican-dominated legislature, two Democratic lawyer-legislators from Southeast Florida with similar last names rise to the challenge to make their voices heard at the Capitol.Sen. Steven A. Geller, D-Hallandale Beach, is vice chair of Banking and Insurance, and also serves as a member of Community Affairs, Government Efficiency Appropriations, Judiciary, Regulated Industries, and Rules and Calendar committees.Rep. Dan Gelber, D-Miami Beach, is vice chair of the Domestic Security Committee, as well as serving as a member of the Choice & Innovation, Judiciary, and Justice Appropriations committees. Gelber is House minority leader designate.The News caught up with both Geller and Gelber to discuss their careers, goals, and issues that lawyers should watch for during the upcoming 2006 legislative session. Look for more conversations with Florida’s lawyer-legislators in upcoming issues of the News. Gelber rallies House Democrats Jan Pudlow Senior Editor When Dan Gelber needs an unvarnished opinion of himself, he listens to his 86-year-old dad, Seymour Gelber, one of the oldest sitting senior judges in Miami, a former chief juvenile judge, and former mayor of Miami Beach.“I probably talk to my dad at least once a day,” says 45-year-old Gelber. “He was the best man at my wedding and is still my best friend. He is my advisor and enforcer. It’s nice to have someone call you up and tell you how stupid you sound.”When Rep. Gelber, D-Miami Beach, speaks, a lot of Floridians are listening.He writes frequent op-ed pieces like a lawyer writes briefs, tersely and passionately framing his position on everything from protecting the Sunshine Law to keeping citizens in the initiative process to Medicaid. During legislative committee meetings or in front of the cameras, Gelber is not afraid to speak his mind even though he’s in the minority party.When the Florida House Judiciary Committee chair Rep. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, announced his intention to complete a streamlining review of the constitution, Gelber was quick to call such an exercise “the epitome of arrogance.”“It’s rank overreaching. I don’t think they understand what they are getting into,” Gelber said. “Whatever they are trying to filter out of the constitution, they were significant ideas to the people who wanted them. Whether it’s class size, universal pre-K, in a perfect world they may not be in the constitution; but the reason citizens wanted it in the constitution is because they couldn’t get a hearing. Each one has pretty serious support and a documented history of being ignored by the legislature.”Gelber says he loves the exercise of sitting on the House Judiciary Committee, likening the debates to oral arguments as a lawyer.Sometimes, during those committee meetings, it’s as though he is trying a case with co-counsel Rep. Jack Seiler, D-Pompano Beach.“Some people say we share the same brain,” Gelber says with a laugh.Gelber—a lawyer at Zuckerman Spaeder in Miami doing corporate integrity work and general litigation and married to federal prosecutor Joan Silverstein—has plenty of experience practicing law.After graduating from Tufts University magna cum laude and the University of Florida College of Law where he was Truman Scholar, Gelber was only 24 when he became one of the youngest federal prosecutors in the country. During those early years prosecuting public corruption and civil rights cases, Gelber said he would wake up thinking: “How great somebody is paying me to do this!”Then U.S. Sen. San Nunn appointed Gelber chief counsel and staff director of the U.S. Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, where he directed investigations into global terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, well before America’s shattering wake-up call of 9/11.“My first job was to find out how the Japanese had obtained serin gas,” Gelber said, of the release of the deadly nerve agent in a Tokyo subway in 1995 that killed a dozen people and injured more than 5,500 and was attributed to Japan’s Aum Doomsday Cult.“I went around the world twice interviewing and investigating what it was, how they had obtained such sophisticated weaponry under the noses of the international community. I looked at real world W.M.D.s.”Because of that background in terrorism, his Republican colleagues at the Florida Legislature have made him vice chair of the Domestic Security Committee.“There’s a different chair every year, and I’m always vice chair,” Gelber said. “I can’t argue that I haven’t had a forum. They have given me not only a forum, they have listened to me.”How does a Democrat find an audience in a Republican-controlled legislature?“There’s no question the House is much more partisan than the Senate,” Gelber said. “On the other hand, I think in this process, if you are thoughtful and do your homework and you are not a jerk, you have currency. Even people I disagree with, I try to treat with respect. My style is not unlike what I learned as a prosecutor. The court expects more from you as a prosecutor. I try to conduct myself that way: firmly and try to be fair. If you do that, people hear what you have to say.”It’s tougher in the House, Gelber concludes.“The Senate tends to be very bipartisan.. . Senates are considered ‘the pause that refreshes.’ Houses tend to be more of the show and burlesque. In a sense, it’s up to the right-thinking House members to reveal the burlesque for what it is. If an idea really out of the mainstream is treated as a serious piece of policy, sometimes we do seem exercised. I think we are trying to telegraph that this is really not a mainstream idea and shouldn’t be treated as such. We want the media to know it. We want the Senate and the governor to know it.”What Gelber wants Florida’s lawyers to know is it’s wise to remain vigilant when it comes to attacks on the judiciary, because “the judiciary cannot stand up on its own.”“Even if it looks like a great year, don’t let your guard down,” Gelber warns. “I’ve seen some pretty far out stuff become the law.” Like what?“First of all, the JNCs,” Gelber was quick to answer, referring to the change in the judicial nominating committee process that gives the governor much more power in choosing who sits on the screening panels, and the ability to reject the Bar’s nominees as many times as he wishes.“I don’t like that at all,” Gelber said. “The governor should want a greater variety of choices, not the same choices. As soon as lawyers think the JNC process is an unappetizing process, then you don’t get the selection you hope for. If lawyers don’t want to suffer the nominating process, then the whole judiciary is harmed. I worry that is happening. and large, I give the governor high marks in his selections. But I wish people didn’t have the perception: ‘Don’t bother; don’t apply.’”While every major assault on the judiciary has come from the right wing, Gelber points out, the defense of the judiciary has been bipartisan.“Clearly there is a group of Republicans who seem to have contempt for an independent judiciary and the Bar. The defense of that comes from other Republicans and Democrats. It’s important not to be a screaming partisan and try to have thoughtful debate,” Gelber said.“There have been some really harsh ideas that have made it surprisingly far, if not into law. As I tell my colleagues, every legislator has lawyers of both parties in their districts.. . . They have to make judicial independence their No. 1 issue to their legislators. Let them know this is what we care about. If the judiciary has to worry about being independent, strange things can happen.”Pointing out he comes from a family devoted to public service, it was a natural move for Gelber to run for the open House seat he won in 2000, and was reelected to in 2002 and 2004. His jobs as a prosecutor and in the U.S. Senate showed him how government policy can improve the lives of people.“If you want to be a good guy and improve your community, you need some place to do that,” Gelber said of his desire to run for public office. But he admits this father of three has learned much more about being a good guy from his volunteer work as co-founder and head counselor at Camp Fiesta Summer Oncology Camp, since 1985.Gelber has bunked with kids in his cabin who have lost their eyesight or their legs to cancer, and just wanted to be treated like anyone else. A dozen years later, his own nephew contracted cancer and died as a young boy, and Gelber said he was well-practiced in helping his sister and nephew deal with the harsh reality of a terminal illness head-on.“You think you do important stuff. You think you have big issues and big problems. Then you learn there are things way more important and way more vexing,” Gelber said. “It’s totally humbling to be with an 8-year-old confronting cancer. In a lot of ways, it adjusts your life perspective. It gives it a little realism and gives you a sense of priorities. Nothing I have done has been as significant as what these kids go through.”last_img read more

Suffolk Cops Release New Pics of Belt in Giglo Beach Probe

first_imgSign up for Long Island Press’ email newsletters here. Sign up for home delivery of Long Island Press here. Sign up for discounts by becoming a Long Island Press community partner here.,Sign up for Long Island Press’ email newsletters here. Sign up for home delivery of Long Island Press here. Sign up for discounts by becoming a Long Island Press community partner here.,Sign up for Long Island Press’ email newsletters here. Sign up for home delivery of Long Island Press here. Sign up for discounts by becoming a Long Island Press community partner here. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police released Monday two new images of a belt recovered 10 years ago this month in the Gilgo Beach serial murder investigation.The photos were posted on, the website the department launched in January as a platform for background information and updates on the case, show both sides of the tip of the belt.“We are hopeful this photo will bring someone forward with information about its origin,” Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart has said of the first photo of the belt released earlier this year.Police previously disclosed the evidence — the first new investigatory detail the department shared since the remains were found along Ocean Parkway in 2010 an ’11 — in January on the same day that Netflix released a trailer for Lost Girls, a movie about the case.The black leather belt embossed with the half-inch initials “HM” or “WH” was found at an unspecified victim’s dump site, police said. Investigators believe the belt was handled by the killer and didn’t belong to any of the victims, but they declined to release the belt size.Police were searching for Shannan Gilbert, a New Jersey woman reported missing in May 2010 from Oak Beach, when they discovered 10 sets of human remains—half of whom were also identified as escorts — along Ocean Parkway between December 2010 and April 2011. Gilbert was later found dead, but police and medical examiners have suggested she may have drowned in a marsh — although her family insists she was murdered.Dec. 11 is the 10th anniversary of police finding victim Melissa Barthelemy, one of four young women found nearby one another in Gilgo Beach — a discovery that marked the first time Suffolk police confirmed they are looking for a serial killer since dubbed the Long Island Serial Killer.Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart holds up a photo of initials on a belt found at a Gilgo Beach crime scene. (Long Island Press photo)Related Story: Did Police Name A Suspect in The Long Island Serial Killer Case?Related Story: Who is The Girl With The Peach Tattoo?Related Story: Questions Remain in Long Island Serial Killer CaseRelated Story: Red Herrings Among Tips in Long Island Serial Killer CaseFor more Long Island Serial Killer coverage visit read more