Today's Reading: Governator Terminates Mediation

Governator Terminates Mediation
Catchy title? May my next job will be writing headlines for the NY Post... or maybe not.

Anyways, the California Governor had this to say in regards to bringing in a mediator to get the budget negotiations moving, "I don't think we need a professional mediator. I think maybe the Screen Actors Guild needs one more than we do," he said.
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Row over 'Ni**er' Brown Stand ordered to mediation
*note, strong racial language used in this story*
A QUEENSLAND court has ordered an anti-racism campaigner and a sports ground operator into mediation over a claim for hurt and humiliation.Toowoomba academic Stephen Hagan has campaigned for a decade to have the E.S. "Nigger" Brown stand at the Toowoomba Sports Ground renamed.

Former Kangaroo and local councillor Edward Stanley Brown was of Anglo-Saxon descent, and it is said he was nicknamed "Nigger" because of his fair complexion or after a brand of shoe polish...The Anti-Discrimination Tribunal in Brisbane on Wednesday ordered the trust and Mr Hagan take part in mediation on February 17 over Mr Hagan's claim of hurt and humiliation.

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Mediator aims to restore harmony at troubled conservatorium
THE St James Ethics Centre will act as a mediator to revitalise the strife-torn Sydney Conservatorium of Music following a review initiated by the University of Sydney.
The university senate has approved the appointment of the Ethics Centre after two inquiries into the conservatorium, riven by complaints over management style and claims of plagiarism.

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Momentum Gains for Mbeki to Step Down as Mediator
Strong comments from President Jimmy Carter, "Thabo Mbeki has been useless as a political mediator in the long and violent political crisis in Zimbabwe and should step down so someone else can tell dictator Robert Mugabe to give up his rule, former President Jimmy Carter said Monday."

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Good Job Folks!
Wandle Housing Association has teamed up with Wandsworth Mediation Service to train eight residents from Wandsworth, Croydon, Southwark and Merton as community mediators.
The innovative scheme is part of an ongoing programme totackle antisocial behaviour (ASB) in the eleven London Boroughs it works in.
The residents, who all volunteered for the scheme, have completed a training course that aims to help them resolve their own disputes and act as community leaders to support other residents.
Wandle hopes that the ground-breaking initiative will inspire other social landlords to work with residents to improve the communities they live in.

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More on Foreclosures and Mediation
COLUMBUS (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court says a foreclosure mediation program it launched less than a year ago is now available in all 88 counties.

The high court provides step-by-step instructions to common pleas courts around the state to try to reach solutions in foreclosure cases. The local courts gather information from homeowners and lenders to reach a mutual agreement.

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