Lawyer-mom creates a new networking group

first_img November 1, 2006 Regular News Lawyer-mom creates a new networking group St. Petersburg attorney Becky Hamilton recently learned firsthand how isolating an experience becoming a mother in her professional world could be. Her priorities shifted with the birth of her son, and she wanted to continue working, but she wasn’t happy leaving her baby with someone else.Searching for options, Hamilton said she found only frustration.“Having a support system in place would have been great,” said Hamilton, who has since decided to form an alliance of mothers who can reach out to one another“Just as watching other lawyers helps us strategize our own cases, knowing how other lawyers have maneuvered motherhood while working can be powerful a tool for those of us raising children,” she said.Unfortunately, no leather-bound archives detailing the intricacies of working while raising a child line the shelves of the conference room. As a consequence, lawyer-moms need to rely on one another for both insight and support, Hamilton said.Hamilton stresses that mothers at all stages of life will enhance the alliance.“All mothers, whether they work full-time or choose not to work at all would be an integral part of the network,” she said. “And mothers who have full-grown children are very important. Seeing what other lawyer moms are doing can really open doors and benefit families.“I want to see a network of lawyer-moms who mentor and support one another. If referrals result, even better”For more information about networking lawyer-moms (NLM) contact Hamilton by e-mail at [email protected] or by telephone at 727-420-8630.center_img Lawyer-mom creates a new networking grouplast_img read more

After win over Lakers, LeBron talks Lonzo, LA rumors, and his triple-double milestone

first_imgCLEVELAND– Every time the Cavaliers play the Lakers, it seems to ramp up the intensity of speculation that LeBron James is heading for L.A. in free agency.Thursday night, after the Cavaliers topped the Lakers 121-112, there was an additional layer to those speculative questions. The occasion was also marked by the fact that it was the first time James faced off against high-profile rookie Lonzo Ball.It’s well-documented that Ball is a James fan. He had James jerseys growing up, has said that James was his favorite player, and has tweeted about wanting James to come to L.A.James in return, has wished the rookie a happy birthday, sat courtside at a Lakers Summer League game in Las Vegas, and congratulated Ball for passing him as the youngest player to get a triple-double last month.Post-game, it wasn’t really unexpected then that the conversation turned to the eldest Ball brother. James said that his praise of Ball is no indication of his plans beyond the 2017-18 season, or to get a rise out of fans. Instead, it is simply him reciprocating Ball’s respect.“I don’t do it to get a reaction,” James said. “I do it because he’s said over and over since he was growing up and who he modeled his game after. Who was his favorite player? It was me, and I was humbled by that. So me wishing him a happy birthday was kind of the salute back to him.” Ashley Bastock James also said that “of course” he can relate to the intense scrutiny the Ball is under in his rookie season. He also said as a player he admires the fact that “it’s always team” with Ball and that he looks to pass first, an observation that Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue also made.But James was not the only one dishing out compliments on Tuesday night.“I’d say he’s the best player in the world right now,” Ball said when asked about playing against James. Ball finished with 13 points, 11 assists and eight boards.But with the compliments will no doubt come another turn of the rumor mill concerning James’ impending free agent status.The reality of the situation remains that James is arguably the most high-profile athlete in the world. When he was a free agent in both 2010 and 2014, the rest of the league effectively froze until James made a decision. Even though James said at media day that his plans to retire in Cleveland haven’t changed, and that he would not give a thought to his next move until after the season, with each compliment to Ball, or with each new home bought, the rumors simply strengthen.“I see all the stupid noise that happens,” James said. “You know I can’t buy a place in L.A., I can’t live in L.A. It’s funny noise. But I don’t get involved in it, because when I post things I don’t look at comments, because I’m so far removed from the white noise and the noise doesn’t matter to me.”So for now, we can’t read anything into James complimenting Ball beyond a mutual respect. Fans watching likely saw the two huddle together after the final buzzer at midcourt, with James covering his mouth with his jersey as the two appeared to talk. The rumor mill will have to do its work with that one as well.“That’s none of y’all business,” said James when asked about their conversation.As always, the ball remains firmly in James’ court.ALSO NOTABLE:With the Ball family in attendance, James put on a show. He recorded his 59th career triple-double in a 25 point, 12 rebound, 12 assist effort. The guy who is “a walking triple-double” as Lue put it, is now tied with Larry Bird for sixth all-time on the career triple-double list.“One of the greatest players to ever play this game,” James said when asked about his thoughts on Bird. “A kid from French Lick. Boston, one of the few guys to ever be in the 3-point contest and shoot with a warmup shirt on. He played until he couldn’t play anymore, obviously. We know that. He played until he literally couldn’t play anymore. He gave everything he had. … I’ve always been a big fan of Larry Bird. If I’m linked with any of the greats, especially like him, that’s pretty cool.” Related TopicsCavsClevelandCleveland CavaliersL.A. LakersLebron JamesLonzo BallNBA Ashley is a former basketball player who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and high school sports for NEO Sports Insiders. She also covers the Cavs for SB Nation’s Fear The Sword. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of John Carroll University and previously worked in political journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @AshleyBastock42last_img read more

Trump admin. began accepting permits to import lion trophies last month

first_img Related MaggyMeyer/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — U.S. wildlife officials began issuing permits for lion trophies hunted in Zambia and Zimbabwe about a month ago, ABC News confirmed Thursday.U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials said the decision was made after concluding that regulated hunting would help the survival of the endangered species in the wild.The African lion population has decreased 42 percent in the past 20 years, according to the African Wildlife Foundation. The officials did not provide any additional details about what new information led to the decision to issue permits to import lion trophies from those countries. The Fish and Wildfire Service said it takes at least 45 days to get a permit approved so it’s unclear if any have been granted since they began accepting applications.In 2016, the Fish and Wildlife Service placed African lions on the endangered species list for the first time due to the “dramatic decline of lion populations in the wild.” The designation says that imports of African lions will “generally be prohibited” but still allows the government to issue permits to import the species “such as when it can be found that the import will enhance the survival of the species.” There are an estimated 17,000 – 19,000 African lions remaining in the wild.In addition to Zambia and Zimbabwe, the government allows permits for wild lions and lions from managed areas in South Africa and is reviewing policies about importing lion trophies from Mozambique, Namibia, and Tanzania.A U.S. Fish and Wildlife spokesperson said they found that “legal, well-regulated sport hunting” can benefit conservation by providing incentives to local communities and generating revenue that can be directed to conservation programs, saying that the programs in Zambia and Zimbabwe will enhance the survival of the species in the wild. They began issuing permits to import lion trophies on Oct. 20.The administration also announced this week that it would allow permits to import trophies from elephants killed in Zimbabwe and Zambia.Conservation and animal advocates dispute that the money brought in by hunting tourists and fees really helps conservation, saying that more money is brought in by people who want to see animals alive in the wild.“African elephants and African lions drive billions of dollars of economic activity in Africa. But they drive that activity only when they are alive,” Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States wrote in a blog post tonight. “Killing them deducts from their populations, diminishes wildlife-watching experiences for others, and robs the countries of Africa of its greatest resources.”In addition to Zambia and Zimbabwe the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service allows permits to import trophies from hunted wild lions and lions from managed areas in South Africa and is reviewing policies about importing lion trophies from Mozambique, Namibia, and Tanzania.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more