Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) LITTLE VALLEY – Two new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Cattaraugus County on Saturday.The Cattaraugus County Health Department says the 38th case involves a male resident who lives in the northwest part of the county.The man, officials say, first became ill on Monday after having travel history to Buffalo for his employment.“He was tested (on Thursday) after being symptomatic because he has two family members that are healthcare workers,” said officials. The 39th confirmed case is a woman living in the northeast part of the county who works at a nursing home in Buffalo. She was tested negative for COVID-19 on April 22.“(She was) asymptomatic for the most part except for a dry cough,” explained officials. “She was retested on April 30 since testing was offered for healthcare employees, and her test results on May 1 indicated that she was positive for COVID-19.”The department has now begun a contact tracing investigation in both cases.No new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Chautauqua County on Saturday.
February 1, 2006 Letters Letters Paralegal Regulation While I have been only a casual observer of the proposed bill to regulate paralegals, I found that there may already be an impact to the proposal that paralegals be certified and/or have mandatory qualifications.A paralegal, who was awaiting certification results, interviewed with our firm and sought a salary range which was $10,000 more than insurance defense firms might typically pay new(er) associates. The paralegal’s requested salary was also above the median state government attorney’s salary ($60,000) which was reported in the News ’ December 1, 2005, article, “Florida Lawyers Sound Off on State of the Profession.”During the interview, the discussion turned to her qualifications and the fact that she met the proposed standards, unlike the competition she predicted was out there, and that her certification warranted this significant salary. In all fairness, she did have a solid work history.I have seen noncertified paralegals with exceptional skills and certified paralegals with mediocre skills. I wonder (aloud) if market forces, high standards in the workplace, and attorney supervision might solve the “problem” of paralegal qualifications. Otherwise, this new regulation appears only to drive up the salaries of paralegals, which sooner or later will get passed to clients (who probably thought they were already getting quality, supervised work).While not exactly comparable, there is an overlap between the work of a good paralegal and a new lawyer. A key similarity is they both need supervision by an experienced lawyer, who in turn is controlled by market forces, client satisfaction, and the ethics rules. If the bill passes and paralegal salaries do go up, I don’t know if we can predict better paralegals, but we likely can predict more expensive ones. Given the choice, I suspect firms might choose to hire and develop (cheaper) new lawyers than bring on a costly paralegal. Christopher B. Hopkins West Palm Beach Metadata I did not know what metadata was. I saw the article in the January 1 News about lawyers extracting the underlying hidden data in electronically transmitted documents in order to see the way it was edited and what the drafters had to say privately about it.They can extract this data because every edit and comment is still on the document, though hidden, when it goes out. That way, they use the electronic transmission technology against the drafter, by knowing all the corrections and ideas that were made.As a lawyer, I am generally sick of lawyers anyway. I thought I was appalled that anyone would do this. Actually, I was hurt. Hurt that there actually has to be some kind of “rule” contemplated to control it. What kind of unethical slime would do that? What kind of unethical slime would need policing by rule to keep from doing it? If there is a banner of what is wrong with us, this is it. L. William Porter II Havana February 1, 2006 Letters
continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Fears of an Amazon “invasion” in financial services have reached a fever pitch. One Financial Brand article reported that banks and credit unions are “bracing for the Amazon doomsday.”Does Amazon–and other big tech companies, for that matter–really have that much of an advantage coming into the banking market? A new report, titled Big Tech in Finance: Opportunities and Risks, from the Bank for International Settlements, addresses that very question.Why Would Big Tech Get Into Banking?The report points out that the business model of “big techs” (i.e., Alibaba, Amazon, Facebook, Google and Tencent) rest on attracting a large number of providers and consumers and that:
DWAYNE Bravo took a wicket with the final delivery as West Indies clung on to claim a thrilling one-run victory over India in the opening Twenty20 international in Florida yesterday.Evin Lewis is congratulated after reaching his maiden T20 ton in Florida, yesterday.The contest marked the first full-member international game to be played in the United States since 2012, and the spectators in Lauderhill were treated to an engrossing spectacle, with the 489 runs scored, marking the highest aggregate of any T20.After going for a duck in his international debut back in March, Evin Lewis produced a magnificent 48-ball century in his second match at this level to power the Windies to 245-6.Despite setting an extremely imposing total, the Windies were left to endure a nervy finish courtesy of Lokesh Rahul’s (110 not out) maiden T20 century, only for Bravo to dismiss India captain MS Dhoni (43) with the last ball.Johnson Charles (79) and Lewis immediately set about punishing the India attack with a blistering 57-ball partnership of 126.Charles racked up seven maximums and six fours in his 33-ball blitz, but was outdone by Lewis, with five of his nine sixes conceded by Stuart Binny (0-32) in a devastating 11th over.Ravindra Jadeja (2-39) ended his wondrous innings but cameos from Kieron Pollard (22) and Carlos Brathwaite (14) pushed the Windies towards 250 and the target of 246 looked well out of reach when Ajinkya Rahane (7) and Virat Kohli (16) fell early.But Rohit Sharma (62) and Rahul staged a spectacular rebuilding job.Rohit needed only 22 balls to reach his 50 but saw his charge ended by Pollard (1-30). However, there was no stopping Rahul – who made sure the Windies paid the price for dropping him in the ninth over and brought up his 100 in the best possible fashion by carving a six over third man.India went into the final over needing just eight runs but were stymied by the brilliant Bravo, whose display of death bowling ensured they still required two off the last delivery.And Dhoni promptly sliced the final ball to short third man, sparking wild celebrations among a Windies team that now holds a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.(Omnisport)