Mediation in Today's News

January 2013
NZ: Mediator makes recommendations on port dispute

A mediator in talks between the Ports of Auckland and the Maritime Union over a protracted industrial dispute has given the parties his recommendations.

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Irish Times: Tackling the wider effects of bullying

My column on the subject of workplace bullying (January 15th) struck a chord with many readers including one who asked me to consider the impact of bullying on the family and friends of the targeted person; and another who took me to task for apparently dismissing the role of mediators in helping to deal with this distressing behaviour.

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Netherlands offer Baku mediation in hosting European Olympics

Companies from Netherlands offer the Azerbaijani side its services in hosting the first European Olympics in Baku in 2015.

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Pier Lawsuit Mediation Ends in Impasse

No agreement on ballot language was reached. It will now be up to the judge to decide if a vote on the future of the St. Petersburg Pier happens.

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New Dehli Mediation Center Opens - Mediation Gains Popularity in India (video)

This excellent video news report from India shows the new Delhi Mediation Center. Unfortunately perhaps, it seems that the sign above the door inadvertently says "Meditation Room." Oops. 

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Nortel mediation talks about $9B in assets fail; retirees angry

Creditors of Nortel Networks, the defunct telecommunications company, failed to agree on how to divide about $9 billion in cash, the Canadian judge overseeing the mediation said Thursday. The news angered retirees in Canada.

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Croydon antisocial behaviour mediator abused lesbian couple in school playground

An antisocial behaviour mediator abused a lesbian couple and stuck her finger up one of their friends' noses during a heated row in a school playground.

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Yemen Mediators in New Effort to Release Abducted Europeans

Tribal elders in Yemen’s Baidha province launched on Thursday a new effort to mediate the release of three Westerners who were kidnapped in the capital Sanaa in late December and were said to have been sold to Al-Qaeda, sources told Yemen Post.

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Still Keeping the Peace, Vineyard Mediation Looks to Next Stage

Martha’s Vineyard Mediation Program was all but broke last year. Read about its comeback.

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Mediation and the role of mediators in Florida association disputes

A successful mediation minimizes the expense and emotional toll of litigation. Even if the parties reach an “impasse”, mediation can help the parties learn more about their own case and their opponent’s position.

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AU: Some sex offences are best dealt with out of the courts

Less serious cases of sexual offending could be better dealt with in a mediated, restorative justice setting.

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The Cost of Divorce

So what is the cost of a divorce? Well, that's a bit like asking how long is a piece of string. Everyone's circumstances are different and there are as many types of divorce as there are marriages. We look at some of the costs involved in obtaining a divorce and what, if anything, can be done to limit them.

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How can we ensure that children's voices are heard in mediation?

Over 20 years ago the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child assured children and young people that they would have opportunities to be heard in judicial and administrative proceedings affecting their lives, yet hearing children's voices is still a controversial issue. Author Janet Walker is pictured.

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Ireland: Embittered sides in cinema dispute agree to mediation

A dispute affecting the operator of the capital's Savoy and Screen cinemas, the Dublin Cinema Group (DCG), is to go to mediation. The dispute allegedly arises out of a bid by one of the owners of DCG to get involved in opening a multiplex in the St Stephen's Green Centre which it is claimed could damage business at the Savoy and Screen.

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Mediation extended in fight over $9 billion in Nortel assets

A mediator overseeing creditor negotiations in Nortel Networks' bankruptcy said on Tuesday he is extending talks over how to distribute about $9 billion in cash at the fallen telecom.  Ontario Chief Justice Warren Winkler said in a statement the mediation, scheduled to end at noon on Tuesday, had been extended, but did not say for how long.

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Chinese Government To Open Mediation Center For Online Piracy Disputes

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) plans to establish a center that will deal with disputes over intellectual property and online copyright issues.

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Northrup Schlueter Law Firm Now Offering Mediation Services

Northrup Schlueter APLC, a law firm based in Westlake Village and Santa Barbara, announced that it is offering mediation services. Partner David Schlueter, who has represented businesses and individuals in commercial and construction matters for nearly 30 years, will handle mediation services for the five-member firm.

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Township orders mediation for rowing clubs

Members of The Woodlands Township Board of Directors agreed to give members of two local rowing clubs 30 days to reach an agreement before the township pursues legal action on a current land lease at the head of the dispute.

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San Bernardino police, fire unions enter mediation

The unions representing San Bernardino's police and firefighters have agreed to nonbinding mediation with the city as part of its bankruptcy process, after months of stalled contract negotiations.

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Switzerland continues to support mediation in Mali

Switzerland continues to support mediation between the Mali government and rebel Tuareg groups despite an escalation of the conflict following the French military intervention.  State Secretary Yves Rossier defends France's intervention in Mali.

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Pier Mediation Continued

A daylong mediation Friday between the City of St. Petersburg and local attorney Kathleen Ford did not provide a conclusion to the lawsuit regarding the VoteOnThePier petition.

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Support mediation group to combat social violence

The tragedy in Newtown, Conn., left us heartbroken and looking for answers. No doubt the shooting was a result of many underlying issues, but as a mediation and family services center, we are asking ourselves: Might the lack of opportunity to resolve conflicts be one contributing factor?

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Deception in computer-facilitated negotiation and dispute resolution

How can we assess with any accuracy whether someone is lying to us through online communication media? And - what can we do to prevent it? This article spotlights an issue that anybody practicing ODR needs to consider.

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Peacenik Russel Simmons wants unarmed mediators in schools

Hip hop mogul Russell Simmons called for funding for unarmed peacekeepers in schools during a press conference on City Hall's steps today saying, "when underserved communities are at risk, you're all at risk."

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Evergreen Park High School Turns Out Teen Mediators

Evergreen Park Community High School is pleased to announce the new graduates of the Mustang Mediators Peer Mediation Program.

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FSA Resumes Mediation on Kidnapped Pilgrims

The rebel Free Syrian Army announced on Wednesday that it has resumed its mediation concerning the Lebanese abductees in Syria's Aazaz at the request of ex-Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

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Blackfeet tribal council seeks mediation

A member of the Blackfeet Tribal Business Council says the council will seek assistance from the Bureau of Indian Affairs to mediate a dispute that has split the nine-member council and led to 10 tribal members claiming seats.

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Mediation Center of the Pacific names virtual mediation room for Honolulu attorney

The Mediation Center of the Pacific is offering a room dedicated for virtual mediation at its Honolulu facility to help keep up with an increasing number of cases involving clients off-island.

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FINRA launches small claims telephonic mediation pilot

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (Finra) announced today the launch of a pilot program offering parties in simplified cases pro bono or reduced-fee telephone mediation.

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Sides cite progress in Savannah dredging talks

The sides in a federal lawsuit challenging the $650 million deepening of the Savannah River shipping channel say progress is being made toward reaching a settlement.

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Omani activists seek Grand Mufti's mediation

Omani Netizens have sought Grand Mufti Shaikh Ahmad Bin Hamad Al Khalili’s mediation ahead of judgment day for nine of them in the case of insulting the Sultan.

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Common Errors Can Affect the Cost Of Your Divorce

Divorce is a process, requiring the completion of certain steps to achieve the final goal. Those steps are accomplished with the help of many of the industry's professionals, and an understanding of the actual process is critical to minimizing necessary costs.

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Ag Week: Settling a dispute

North Dakota man will use mediation service for deer depredation disagreement.

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Nortel Creditors Start Mediation on Splitting $9 Billion

Creditors of Nortel Networks Corp. (NRTLQ), the telecommunications company being liquidated in bankruptcy, gathered in Toronto to try for the third time to agree on how to split $9 billion in cash.

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Both sides report progress in Savannah harbor deepening mediation

After two multi-day mediation sessions, both sides involved in the Savannah River dredging conflict have broken their silence to report “progress has been made and settlement discussions are ongoing.”

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Nortel trustees and PPF in Canada for international mediation

Representatives from the Nortel Networks UK Pension Plan and the Pension Protection Fund have travelled to Canada in a bid to secure more than $2bn (£1.2bn) from an international mediation.

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OIC offers Iraq mediation to overcome tension

Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) SG Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu has offered mediation in Iraq in order to overcome political conflict.

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Mediation will address US speedskaters' grievance

When U.S. Speedskating released the final report Friday night examining the issues surrounding a divisive scandal that fractured the sport at the highest level, all the explosive issues were explored – the tampering of a competitor's skate, as well as the allegations of physical and emotional abuse by the former head coach of the U.S. short track team.

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Ducks fan pays tribute to mediator

“I was so impressed with the tireless work put in by mediator Scot Beckenbaugh to end the NHL lockout that I decided to pay tribute to him." Ducks fan William Simpson shows off his newest Ducks jersey.

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Union Street students solve student problems as peer mediators

“We are not judges. We are not here to punish you or tell you what to do. We are here to help you resolve your conflict,” Kirker said in a skit performed with peer mediators.

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Mediation Ordinance in Hong Kong

The Mediation Ordinance (“the MO”), which was officially enacted on 22 June 2012, has come into effect on 1 January 2013. Yet, it applies retroactively to pre-existing agreements to mediate and past mediations.

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Russia, United States to meet Syria envoy Lakhdar Brahimi

Russian and United States diplomats plan to hold a meeting with the international mediator for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, on Friday in Geneva.

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Lawsuit over death of county jail inmate headed for mediation

A federal lawsuit pending for nearly five years against Sangamon County Jail officials over the death of Paul Carlock, an accused pedophile who performed as “Klutzo” the clown, is headed for mediation.

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Mediation Tips For Trial Lawyers & Their Clients

Mediation has grown in popularity because it operates in an informal, confidential atmosphere that leaves decision making in the hands of the parties.

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Mediation offered in Chinese paper censorship row

The Communist Party chief of Guangdong province has reportedly stepped in to mediate a standoff over censorship at a Chinese newspaper, in a potentially encouraging sign for press freedoms in China.

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Bashir seeks Mugabe's mediation in peace process

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has dispatched a top-level envoy to Harare in a bid to persuade his Zimbabwe counterpart Robert Mugabe to mediate in peace talks with South Sudan.

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What Can The NHL Lockout Teach Us About Mediating Non-Compete And Trade Secret Disputes?

What does all of this have to do with mediating non-compete disputes? Probably not much. But as a hockey fan and non-compete mediator, let me attempt to draw a correlation.

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Negotiating with a Song - "Chip Don't Go"

With Chip Kelly rumored to have been seriously considering coaching jobs with the Browns, Eagles and Bills, many fans got creative in trying to persuade him to stay in Eugene. The most famous attempt was a song released on YouTube by singer-songwriter Mat Kearney, who wrote “Chip Don’t Go” the night of the Fiesta Bowl.

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Myanmar mediators urge Suu Kyi help in Kachin war

Mediators trying to broker a peace deal between the military and ethnic minority rebels in northern Myanmar on Saturday appealed to Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to help end the bloody conflict.

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Clarity sought on Lens' future in St. Pete

The public can be forgiven for lingering confusion about the fate of the iconic Pier and the plans for replacing it with a modern architectural showpiece. After all, for years it has been debated, discussed, voted on — and now, litigated. Later this month, a mediation session might bring some clarity to the long-running dispute.

Meet the American mediator who stick-handled the two sides to a deal

The man credited with helping the National Hockey League and its players union salvage the remainder of the 2012-13 season is a soft-spoken public servant with roots in the American Midwest.

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