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Court seeks volunteers to serve as tour guides

first_img Court seeks volunteers to serve as tour guides The Florida Supreme Court is seeking volunteers to serve as tour guides at the court.“Tour volunteers fill the important role of educating our many visitors, mostly students, about the judicial branch of government and its critical role of ensuring our freedoms as Americans,” said Chief Justice Barbara Pariente. “Our volunteers accomplish this through a variety of educational materials and activities including building tours, oral histories, and/or mock oral arguments.”Since the inception of the court’s tour program, volunteers have been the keystone of the program’s success, providing judicial education to over 8,000 visitors each year, according to the Supreme Court Historical Society.The court will hold a “kick-off” reception for the 2006 Supreme Court Tour Program November 8, from 9-10 a.m., in the Supreme Court library.“This will include a brief introduction to the program, as well as an opportunity to meet the tour coordinators and other volunteers,” Pariente said, adding those who attend the kick-off won’t have to make any immediate commitment. “I hope you will be inspired to join in this worthwhile endeavor and attend the training session which will take place in February.”For more information about serving as a tour volunteer contact Tricia Knox in the Supreme Court Library at (850) 921-9446 or knoxt@flcourts.org. Court seeks volunteers to serve as tour guidescenter_img November 1, 2005 Regular Newslast_img read more

Staff Picks – October 2013

first_imgCHRIS’ PICKBOB DYLAN: ANOTHER SELF PORTRAIT (1969-1971) THE BOOTLEG SERIES VOL. 10 (COLUMBIA/LEGACY RECORDINGS)Released just in time to coincide with the changing of leaves from green to bright red and orange and rustic brown hues before winter winds whisk them from their branches and litter the ground, so too will this latest edition of Dylan’s acclaimed Bootleg Series brush emotional, intimate watercolor splashes and bursts across the secret canvas of your mind before vanishing like whispers, residual swirls of phantom loves and gypsies and heartache and triumph hanging around long after the songs have been sung. These 35 rarities, demos, alternate takes and previously unreleased recordings—available in both as a two-disc set or four-disc deluxe box set (which includes the complete Dylan and The Band’s 1969 Isle of Wight gig, a newly remastered version of 1970’s Self Portrait and two hardcover books of liner notes)—reveal different shades of the man who created such colorful magic, too.#TOMOTHY’S PICKMCCALL WINES’ 2010 CORCHAUG ESTATE PINOT NOIRSince this seriously sultry red wine’s reserve won the New York Wine and Food Classic prize in August, helping this Cutchogue winery earn the title of best in the state, bottles have been playing hard-to-get. The surest way to taste this plumby, world-class vintage barrel aged in French oak is to make the trip to the heart of the North Fork wine trail, where McCall’s tasting room lies in a converted horse barn on their Peconic Bay farm. The dark cherry balanced with nuanced aromas of strawberry and spice sets up a structured, elegant finish that wine lovers say pairs perfectly with another LI delicacy:Pekin duck.RASHED’S PICKI SHALL NOT HATE: A GAZA DOCTOR’S JOURNEY ON THE ROAD TO PEACE AND HUMAN DIGNITY BY DR. IZZELDIN ABUELAISHMore than 100,000 people have been killed in the ongoing Syrian civil war, thousands of whom are women and children, terror attacks are commonplace across the globe, and violent confrontations between Palestinians and Israelis shatter hope of a peaceful resolution between the two sides. Despite all this, a ray of sunlight cuts through the despair. Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, a Palestinian physician whose three daughters were killed by Israeli soldiers in 2009, is using his anguish as a force for good instead of revenge by imploring people of different religions, ethnicities and beliefs to choose words over guns and bombs. His hope, as he writes in his book, is that other children—Palestinian and Israeli—don’t fall victim to further clashes. Get ready to be inspired.  SPENCER’S PICKNIKOLA TESLA—“THE BLUE PORTRAIT”Everybody got a postcard-sized print of the visionary inventor at a special event in Shoreham hosted by the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe last month. To spark the occasion the Republic of Serbia presented a monument where their native son had once erected a tower almost 200 feet high that he hoped would provide wireless power to the world for free. With luck and more funding, Wardenclyffe will someday soon be open to the public. Tesla dubbed this 1916 painting the “Blue Portrait” because he had the studio bathed in blue light as he posed in Manhattan for his friend, Princess Vilma Lwoff-Parlaghy, an aristocratic Hungarian artist. On Tesla’s 75th birthday in 1931, Time magazine ran a cropped version on the cover. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more

Current CFPB structure is unconstitutional, commission needed

first_imgThe creation of a multi-member leadership commission at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) would remedy the constitutional defect currently present at the agency, CUNA argued in a brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court Monday. CUNA filed the brief in Seila Law v. CFPB, a case questioning the constitutionality of having a single director removable only by cause leading the CFPB.CUNA’s brief agrees with Seila Law and the CFPB that the single-director structure violates the separation of powers. The brief notes that the CFPB has the “broadest regulatory reach of any financial regulator,” and while the need for consumer protection in the U.S. remains,“CUNA agrees with Petitioner and the CFPB that Congress’s chosen design cannot withstand constitutional scrutiny because the statutory restriction on the President’s ability to remove the Bureau’s Director violates the separation of powers,” the brief reads. “To preserve the consumer-protection benefits that the CFPB provides, while remedying the unconstitutional power vested in3 the agency’s Director, CUNA advocates that the Court vacate the lower court’s decision and shift the responsibility for fixing the Bureau’s structure to the political branches.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

China congress targets HK unrest, premier warns of economic peril

first_imgTopics : Economic uncertainty Although numbers have dwindled, China is still recovering from the COVID-19 outbreak that first appeared in central China late last year and spread globally — sparking accusations Beijing had mishandled its initial response, leading to nearly 330,000 deaths and economic carnage worldwide.The pandemic has also sent US-China tensions spiraling to new heights, with Trump this week saying Beijing was responsible for “mass worldwide killing”.China’s economic growth shrank 6.8 percent in the first quarter because of the virus, its first contraction in decades.Li had originally been expected to announce a 2020 growth target of around six percent — but the pandemic has scrambled expectations, leaving millions of Chinese jobless and imperiling countless businesses.In a statement published after the speech finished, the government announced it would increase its military budget by 6.6 percent in the year.The budget will be set at 1.268 trillion yuan ($178 billion) for the year — the second biggest in the world after the US but continuing a trend of slowing increases.China’s rapidly growing and modernizing armed forces are a source of concern in the United States and neighboring Asian countries nervous about Beijing’s rise.The NPC’s highly choreographed annual meetings are conducted amid great pomp aimed at underlining Communist Party control, but this the session was delayed more than two months as China struggled with the coronavirus outbreak, and reduced to only a week.The session began with a minute’s silence for the country’s coronavirus victims. China moved to impose a controversial security law on Hong Kong at the opening of its annual parliamentary session on Friday, with Premier Li Keqiang also warning of the “immense” economic challenges caused by the coronavirus.Li’s opening speech to the 3,000-member National People’s Congress (NPC) is China’s version of the US president’s “state of the union” address, and he went straight into the threat posed by the pandemic that emerged on Chinese soil.”At present, the epidemic has not yet come to an end, while the tasks we face in promoting development are immense,” Li told mask-wearing delegates in Beijing’s cavernous Great Hall of the People, while also touting China’s success in suppressing the contagion. The draft proposal, to be debated by Beijing’s top leaders, will “guard against, stop and punish any separatism, subversion of the national regime, terrorist group activities and such behaviors that seriously harm national security”.It would authorize Chinese lawmakers to directly enact long-delayed Hong Kong security legislation itself at a future date, rather than leaving it up to the territory’s administration.China has made clear it wants legislation passed after Hong Kong was rocked by seven months of massive and sometimes violent pro-democracy protests last year.Wang Chen, deputy chairman of the NPC Standing Committee, told delegates Beijing must “take powerful measures to lawfully prevent, stop and punish” anti-China forces in Hong Kong.A bid to enact such legislation in 2003 was shelved after half a million people took to the streets in protest. But the controversial initiative has been put back on the table in recent years as the pro-democracy movement has gained pace.”This is the end of Hong Kong, this is the end of ‘One Country, Two Systems’, make no mistake about it,” Civic Party lawmaker Dennis Kwok told reporters, referring to China’s description of the territory’s status.”One Country, Two Systems” gives Beijing ultimate political sway over Hong Kong but allows the former British colony to retain liberties unseen elsewhere in China.”Xi Jinping is burning Hong Kong,” said Lee Cheuk-yan, Hong Kong’s Labor Party leader, referring to the Chinese president.Stocks tumbled in the city Friday on news of the security law move.US President Donald Trump promised to respond “very strongly” once details emerge, and US senators introduced legislation to impose sanctions on any entity involved in curbing Hong Kong’s autonomy.Targets could include police who crack down on demonstrators, Chinese officials involving in Hong Kong policy, and banks that conduct transactions with anyone who infringes on its freedoms.center_img Hong Kong under siegeThe most controversial move at this year’s NPC is a measure that would impose security legislation in Hong Kong — immediately denounced by the US and pro-democracy figures in the financial hub who called it a death sentence for the territory’s unique freedoms. Citing “great uncertainty” ahead, Li took the rare move of refraining from announcing a 2020 growth target for China’s coronavirus-battered economy, offering only a vague promise to address mounting joblessness and improve living standards.last_img read more

Riverside apartment wows with immaculate presentation

first_img13N/39 Castlebar St, Kangaroo Point.Agent Sherrie Storer said the apartment offered an exemplary lifestyle sanctuary.“With a palatial layout, northeast facing entertaining terrace, gourmet kitchen, extravagant bathrooms and opulent bedrooms, including a lavish master suite, this luxury residence offers prestigious riverside living,” Ms Storer said. HM 13N/39 Castlebar St, Kangaroo Point.Other features of the apartment include ducted airconditioning and a double garage with storage space, while residents’ amenities include pools, a theatre, private boardroom serviced by a full-size kitchen, and marina mooring.Entrance to Castlebar Cove is through a hotel-inspired foyer featuring a grand piano and dance floor with full-panel glass walls opening to established gardens with water features.The building contains two apartments per floor and is within easy reach of ferry terminals, cafes and parks. 13N/39 Castlebar St, Kangaroo Point.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours agoNear the dining space, frosted sliding doors open to a family room, also floored with timber and opening to a smaller covered balcony.Towards the rear of the apartment at 13N/39 Castlebar St, Kangaroo Point, are three carpeted bedrooms, a laundry, bathroom and powder room. Two of the bedrooms have built-in wardrobes and open to a shared balcony with leafy views and a storage cupboard.The main bedroom has a private balcony, along with a large walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite with a separate shower and bath, built-in shelving, twin vanities finished in marble, timber cabinetry and a large mirror. Completing this end of the residence is a custom study with a built-in timber desk and shelving.center_img 13N/39 Castlebar St, Kangaroo Point.THIS luxury riverside apartment on level seven of Castlebar Cove’s north tower is immaculately presented and enjoys wide-reaching water views.There is a focus on outdoor dining with a northeast facing terrace featuring a built-in barbecue and ceiling fan, while inside boasts an open-plan lounge and dining space in a neutral colour scheme.Rich timber floors, a gas fireplace, bespoke joinery and ambient lighting decorate the interior, with the nearby kitchen complete with quality appliances and sleek cabinetry.last_img read more

OceanGate CEO Takes ‘Titan’ on 4,000-Meter Dive

first_imgOceanGate CEO, Stockton Rush, has successfully piloted the world’s only privately-owned deep diving 5-person submersible, Titan, on a solo 4,000 meter dive. Rush joins James Cameron as only the second person in history to complete a solo dive to this depth.“This deep dive is a major milestone for OceanGate. Not only does it mean that Titan is prepared for our upcoming 2019 Titanic Survey Expedition,” commented Rush, “but it also validates our innovative engineering and the repeated use of our carbon fiber and titanium hull. Titan can provide access to half of the worlds ocean depths for up to five people at a time.”The 4,000-meter dive is the culmination of a testing program that began in 2016 with four pressure tests of a scale model, followed by construction and launch of the largest known submersible carbon fiber and titanium pressure vessel.Testing of Titan began in Puget Sound with 20 shallow manned dives, followed by a series of unmanned dives in The Bahamas to proof test the pressure hull to 4,000 meters in June of 2018. Initial testing was postponed due to lightning damage to the submersible’s electronics that caused a delay of the 2018 Titanic Survey Expedition to 2019.Manned dive operations were conducted in The Bahamas from July to December and followed a methodical approach to validate the sub at specific depths.The 4,000 meter validation dive took place on Monday, December 10, 2018 approximately 12 miles east of Little Harbour on Great Abaco Island. It took Rush seven hours to complete the dive which included multiple pauses during the descent to assess the integrity of the hull on OceanGate’s patent-pending Acoustic Real Time Monitoring system (RTM).The RTM system is used to assess the health of the hull throughout every dive. The system uses acoustic sensors to detect sounds emitted by the carbon fiber material as it responds to the external pressure and also employs strain gauges to measure the physical deflection. The revolutionary system makes it possible for Rush, and all Titan pilots, to predict a potential failure, stop the descent and safely return to the surface.“Titan is the first and only manned submersible to employ this type of Acoustic Real-Time Monitoring system. We believe RTM is critical for safety and should be integrated as standard equipment on all manned submersibles,” said Stockton Rush.This final step in depth validation means Titan is ready for its first major expedition – the 2019 Titanic Survey Expedition. Scheduled to begin in June 2019, it will be the first manned survey of the site since 2005. Throughout the six-week expedition, scientists, content experts and citizen explorers, known as mission specialists, will join the expedition crew to digitally document and preserve the historic wreck and debris field. Laser scan data and images captured throughout the 2019 and later expeditions will be used to accurately assess the rate of decay and produce a 3D virtual model for research and media purposes.last_img read more

Asthma link to premature births

first_img Sharing is caring! HealthLifestyle Asthma link to premature births by: – July 13, 2011 Share Tweet Sharecenter_img By Helen BriggsHealth editor, BBC News websitePregnant women with asthma need regular monitoringWomen with poorly-managed asthma have a higher chance of giving birth early or having a small baby, a review of evidence suggests.Experts in Australia and the US also found a link with other complications, including pre-eclampsia.They say women with asthma should be monitored at least monthly during their pregnancy.An asthma charity said mums-to-be should also eat a balanced diet and not smoke.The researchers looked at asthma studies involving more than a million pregnant women published between 1975 and 2009.They found women with asthma gave birth to babies weighing on average 93g (0.2lb) less than the babies of mothers without asthma.Having asthma increased a mother’s risk of pre-eclampsia by at least 50%, while risks of pre-term birth were increased by about 25%.Peter Gibson, of the Centre for Asthma and Respiratory Diseases at the University of Newcastle and Hunter Medical Research Institute in Newcastle, Australia, is a co-researcher on the study.He said: “Some of the reported complications may be minimised by effective asthma management strategies and it is important that this group of women and her developing baby are monitored regularly.”Asthma medications themselves do not seem to have direct effects on the mother or baby during pregnancy, experts said in the study, published in the journal BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.The journal’s editor-in-chief Professor Philip Steer said the main message to pregnant women with asthma was to make sure their symptoms were managed properly.He said: “It’s important to optimise your treatment to lower your risk of a preterm birth or a small baby.”Support and adviceLeanne Metcalf, Assistant Director of Research at Asthma UK, said the research would help make healthcare professionals more aware of the importance of effective asthma management during pregnancy.“We encourage pregnant women who have asthma to be monitored regularly throughout their pregnancy and it is crucial that medical professionals are sympathetic to their concerns and provide the support and advice they need.“It is also important that all mums-to-be eat a healthy balanced diet and not smoke during pregnancy to give their baby the best possible chance of a healthy childhood.” 20 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

Dating someone with HIV: Could you do it?.

first_img Sharing is caring! 36 Views   no discussions Share Share Tweetcenter_img Image via mikebaird/FlickrPicture it, my fellow singleistas: you’re at an event for your sorority when a handsome stranger with a megawatt smile catches your eye. Your glances tangle, then you look away in a ploy to appear shy and demure. (You? Yeah right.) You suck in your tummy, push up your boobs, and poke out your booty, feeling totally uncomfortable but looking irresistibly hot, and he comes — slowly, methodically, instinctively — closer to where you’re standing.He cracks a joke that makes you break out in peals of genuine laughter. The chemistry is instantaneous. You exchange numbers, and the first date is the antithesis of every stereotype about going out with a new guy. He’s thoughtful, funny, and most importantly, he still looks good the second time you see him. You breathe a sigh of relief, but suck it right back in when he says he has something he needs to tell you.He really likes you, but you need to know up front: he’s HIV positive. Your first reaction is to throw up your hands and holler, “I knew it!” He seemed too good to be true and, as it turns out, he is. Your body is still in your seat but your mind is already hoofing it at mach 10 pace back to your car. You try to think of a polite way to get out from under his gaze without seeming like a completely ridiculous jerk. He senses your apprehension and tells you the story of how he discovered he had the virus.You’ve got to respect his honesty. You two end up talking the rest of the night into the early morning. Now you’re really at an impasse. Do you see this fabulous fella again, who you know has all of the qualities you want in a man but is restricted by the constraints of his disease, or do you delete his number and strike out in search of another guy who doesn’t make you feel nearly as magical, but has a clean bill of health?I don’t know anyone who’s ever dated a person with HIV. Wait, let me say this — I don’t know anyone who’s ever knowingly dated a person with HIV. I live in D.C., a city I love with an infection rate that’s terrifying, so chances are that I’ve come across plenty of folks who are carrying the virus and just don’t know it yet. It’s an ongoing epidemic here in the lovely Nation’s Capital. But I also don’t know if I know anyone with a heart free enough and a mind broad enough to date someone with HIV.Women tend to be a lot more willing to overlook shortcomings, flaws, and disabilities than a man is. I know a guy who has full-out vitiligo, face and body covered in spotty patches that vary in shade between someone like Angelina Jolie and others that are as dark as maybe an India Arie. The contrast is extreme. But you think that man is ever hurting for a date? Not so much. His dance card is full, but if he were a woman, that would be a whole other story. Men aren’t usually that generous with their oversights.But HIV isn’t anything close to vitiligo. And it’s mortifying to both genders. This is one example where I can see members of both sexes being scared to carry on any kind of amorous relationship with someone who’s a carrier.Even as I’m writing this, I’m contemplating the question for myself. I’ve already concluded that I could be with someone who had a physical handicap. When I was younger, I probably wouldn’t have been that free-thinking to even consider a dude in a wheelchair or an amputee or even a blind or deaf guy. It wasn’t that I was superficial. As much baggage and as many flaws as I have myself, I can’t even part my lips to be snarky to somebody else. But like most people (emphasis on most), I’ve matured over time.With meds and a healthy lifestyle, folks with HIV can lead normal lives. I’m not sure what the sex component is like — and that’s a serious component indeed, let’s not tell lies — but if a couple is committed to each other and committed to making it work, they can find a way to get it in without compromising the uninfected individual’s health, I would think. Could I give up having that blissful, head over heels kind of love because the man giving it had HIV? I don’t think so. I think I could date this hypothetical him.  So, could you date someone with HIV?by The_Stir LifestyleRelationships Dating someone with HIV: Could you do it?. by: – July 22, 2011 Sharelast_img read more

Diaspora group partners with Roseau City Council Scholarship Programme

first_img Share 114 Views   one comment Sharing is caring! His Worship Cecil Joseph receiving cheque from Franklyn Georges.The Dominica/Antigua and Barbuda, Walton Forest Twinning Association is the newest organization to contribute to the Roseau City Council’s Scholarship Programme.Franklyn Georges, a returning Dominican who has lived in England for 46 years and former mayor of the Walton Forest Twinning Association and his wife have pledged $840.00 yearly to the Council for the next 5 years.At a press conference held on Wednesday, Georges explained that his wife is Antiguan; they lived in Walton where he was also involved in politics, hence the name of the organization, and that the group decided to assist a student or two with their educational development and selected the Council’s programme.Georges also announced that he is a member of two other organizations; the Dominica National Overseas Association has donated 4 boxes of books to the Dominica Library and 6 boxes of books and clothing to CHANCES; the home of safety for children in Jimmit, as well as the Dominica United Kingdom Overseas Association who will soon present $1500.00 to a student in Grand Bay towards his/her education. Franklyn Georges.His Worship Cecil Joseph in thanking Georges and his organization noted that “this kind gesture from the Walton Forest Association in the UK will go a very long way and says a lot for the Roseau City Council”. Mr. Joseph explained that it was his idea to forge relationships with cities around the world with strong focus on education.“Becoming the Mayor of Roseau I saw the importance in twining the cities and twinning does not just mean economics; but twinning meaning through tourism, education, health, and sports. In this twinning arrangement that we have with Walton Forest one of the major areas that I remember speaking to Mr. Georges and his organization way back in 2004, it was about education and how best they could assist us through education. The reason why I thought about education at the time is because there were many parents at the time who were not privileged enough to really assist their children in furthering their education, and a number of parents would come to me to see how they could get some assistance. So I took education as a mission for the council.”Mr. Joseph also outlined the other donors who contribute to the Council’s Scholarship Programme; $2000.00 yearly from the People’s Republic of China, $2000.00 yearly from the Venezuelan Government and $600.00 yearly from Jim Joseph in the United States. According to Mr. Joseph, these funds go towards the holistic development of the students as they not only provide text books but school bags, shoes, tie, shirts and pants.His Worship Cecil Joseph. With these funds the Council is able to assist over ten students; 1 female who is on full scholarship at the University of Monroe in St. Lucia, 4 others on partial scholarship at the University of Monroe in St. Lucia with assistance from the Government of Dominica, 1 student at the Dominica State College and between 5-7 students at secondary schools in Dominica.Mr. Joseph also outlined the other donors who contribute to the Council’s Scholarship Programme; $2000.00 yearly from the People’s Republic of China, $2000.00 yearly from the Venezuelan Government and $600.00 yearly from Jim Joseph in the United States. According to Mr. Joseph, these funds go towards the holistic development of the students as they not only provide text books but school bags, shoes, tie, shirts and pants.The conditions for receiving a scholarship from the Roseau City Council as explained by the Mayor is that the student is involved in some form of social program for example the Cadet Corps, Steel Pan Orchestra, Rotaract Club, and 4-H Clubs whether in their school or community in an effort to ensure that the students gives back to society. The student has to provide the Council with his/her results so that an evaluation can be conducted. If there is need for counseling or admonishing based on the student’s results, the Council also plays that role. Mr. Joseph also appealed to other organizations and individuals to partner with the Council to ensure that many other students within the City of Roseau can receive an education.Domincia Vibes News Tweetcenter_img LocalNews Diaspora group partners with Roseau City Council Scholarship Programme by: – January 18, 2012 Share Sharelast_img read more

Chinese bizman jailed for domestic violence

first_imgLim was detained in the custodialfacility of the municipal police station and set to be transferred to thepolice station in Southern Leyte. Armed with an arrest warrant, officersof the Tigbauan police station caught the suspect around 11:20 a.m. on Oct. 9. ILOILO City – Charged with domesticviolence, a Chinese businessman was arrested while hiding in Barangay 9,Tigbauan, Iloilo. He was identified as 33-year-old YaozongLim of Barangay Bontoc, Southern Leyte, a police report showed.  The court recommended a P24,000 bailbond for his temporary liberty./PNlast_img