first_imgThis video by Dean S. Potter caused a lot of buzz — and ensuing controversy — when it was released onto the Internets this week.When Dogs Fly: World’s First Wingsuit BASE Jumping Dog from Dean S. Potter on Vimeo.On a lighter note, here’s a short clip on Washington’s boutique Dry Fly Distillery…And, a rare beaching of dozens of dolphins in Brazil and beachgoers come to their rescue:last_img

first_img May 15, 2002 Jennifer Krell Davis Regular News Meet the Court: Justice Fred Lewis Meet the Court: Justice Fred Lewis[Editor’s Note: This is the sixth installment in a series of brief profiles on the justices of the Florida Supreme Court as produced by the Bar’s Public Information and Bar Services Department. These profiles serve to let Bar members and others get to know each justice as an individual.] Bar Public Information Coordinator In his application to the Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission in 1998, Fred Lewis wrote about why he wanted to be a justice: “I offer eyes and ears that can not only see and listen, but also understand and hear human difficulties. My lessons of life came from being born into generations of coal miners in the mountains of West Virginia and the sense of community and human interaction necessary for survival at that time.” It is that sense of community and the need to work for a better tomorrow that has led Justice Lewis to become heavily involved in children’s issues, a passion he says he can trace back to his first “real job” as a youth director at his local YMCA in West Virginia. “The summer before coming to college in Florida, I was able to do the things I loved with the kids,” said Lewis, who attended Florida Southern College in Lakeland on a basketball scholarship and then earned his J.D. from the University of Miami. “I thought, ‘It doesn’t get any better than this.’” His interest in children’s issues also grew as his own family did. Lewis and his wife, Judith, have two children. The oldest daughter, Elle, was always heavily involved in sports, and the family often traveled around the country for her tennis competitions. But it was his youngest daughter Lindsay — who battles a metabolic disorder — who taught Lewis first-hand about children who struggle just to survive. “With Lindsay’s problem, then I saw sick kids,” Lewis said. “Before, the worst problems the kids had was whether they were going to the movies or getting pizza, and with the sick kids [it was] if they were going to live the next day.” It is through the illness of his youngest daughter that Lewis learned “there are a lot of things that need attention.” Lewis has served as a member of the board of directors of Miami Children’s Hospital and many of its committees and panels. While in private practice, he was heavily involved in providing counseling to families with impaired children, and he provided pro bono legal services and counseling for cancer patients seeking proper treatment for multiple conditions. Lewis also coached youth baseball teams in Miami. “My wife would tease me because the neighborhood kids would come by to see if I would come out and play.” He now volunteers with the Florida Law Related Education Association and travels around the state visiting classrooms, putting a human face on the Supreme Court, while making the law relevant to students of all ages. Growing up poor in the mountains, Lewis said just going to college seemed an improbability, let alone someday becoming a Supreme Court justice. “Where I grew up, if you had a problem, you went to a lawyer,” Lewis said. “So, once I realized I was going to be able to go to college, I thought that would be a good thing to be. I never even had a thought that I would be able to go to college. So it kind of developed, and after becoming a lawyer, I really loved being a lawyer.” Becoming a justice was not an easy process for Lewis, who was once turned down for a seat on the Third District Court of Appeal. “Before that, I had never really known [now retired] Judge [Thomas] Barkdull, but he explained it in terms of by just being involved you make the process better, because you elevated the group from which a judge was to be selected. So, by not being selected, you still served a positive function,” Lewis said. “And that meant an awful lot, because when you go through it and you have that possibility and you feel rejected, it is not a good feeling.” Lewis said he never sought to become a judge because he tired of being a lawyer, but “because there’s a job that needs to be done.” Justice Lewis said he saw the opportunity to serve on the Florida Supreme Court as a great chance to help people, especially children. “It is real special to be able to be in the schools and to share,” said Justice Lewis, while choking back tears. “Some of these kids will never have these experiences if we don’t go to them. When you have the opportunity to be in this institution, it’s more than just a job. That’s why I get so emotional. It’s something that becomes part of your soul, a calling.” Lewis said he went onto the court with an appreciation of enormity of the responsibility before him, but becoming a justice was nothing like he expected. “When I came across from the Capitol that morning, I had no idea what to expect, but it was just like I was a member of the family,” he said. “That is the tenor of this group. You can accomplish a lot of good when you are in that kind of atmosphere.” Lewis said Florida’s Supreme Court is “a remarkable institution from the basement on up.” “I thought I had the best law firm ever, until I got up here,” Lewis said. “The quality of the people and the dedication in what they are doing, it was beyond my expectations.”last_img read more

first_img April 15, 2004 Senior Editor Regular News House moves attorney advertising bill Gary Blankenship Senior Editor A bill outlawing attorney advertising that urges people to file lawsuits has cleared the Florida House, although a First Amendment expert said it’s unlikely to pass constitutional muster.But nonetheless, the Bar Board of Governors has been told a companion bill is likely to be introduced in the Senate and is expected to pass there.A second bill on medical malpractice is also advancing in the House, and it contains a provision banning lawyers from seeking medical malpractice clients through advertising.The House passed HB 1357, which bans ads that urge people to file lawsuits, on March 25 by a 104-8 margin and sent it to the Senate.President-elect designate Alan Bookman, chair of the Bar’s Legislation Committee, reported to the board that Sen. Skip Campbell, D-Tamarac, has expressed an interest in the matter.The Legislation Committee, however, has reservations about the legality of the measure. “Obviously there are some constitutional issues, but the House has decided there is a compelling state interest and has decided to go forward,” Bookman said.The board passed a Bar legislative position saying the Bar supports the strongest legislation on lawyer advertising that is consistent with the constitution.Pending on the House floor, as this News went to press, was HB 1821 on medical negligence. The last section of that bill would amend F.S. §877.025 to ban direct or indirect solicitation of clients to file a medical malpractice claim, using third parties to find such cli-ents, or to “advertise, using any form of electronic or other media, in a manner that solicits legal business for a profit by urging a person to consider bringing legal action relating to medical malpractice.”Rep. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, sponsor of HB 1357, told the House during the bill’s second reading, that the legislation strikes a balance and addresses “the overriding interest of our state in providing that the judicial system is properly administered.”When the bill came up for final passage, he added, “It goes a long way toward helping with the fundamental problem we have in our legal system today. Please support it.”Rep. John Quinones, R-Kissimmee, said the bill “is way overdue. We were able to determine there is a compelling state interest based on the fact that we had a medical malpractice crisis last year. This shows we are proactive. We need to weed out frivolous lawsuits and that’s what this does.”He added the bill will help attorneys who care about clients “and not just about making money.”The bill was also praised by Rep. Kevin Ambler, R-Tampa, who had criticized the original draft of the legislation when it was before the House Judiciary Committee. He said the final version will give The Florida Bar and the attorney general the ability to go after bad legal advertising and it promotes good advertising. He blamed problem advertising on a few “bad apples,” adding, “I think what Rep. Simmons has done with this bill has made a serious attempt to show the legal profession is serious about policing itself.”The bill makes a finding in which the legislature has determined that advertising urging a person to file a suit “destroys personal responsibility of individuals, fosters frivolous litigation, and demeans the judiciary and the practice of law.”It goes on to say this practice has created a crisis in the judicial system and created a compelling state interest in limiting advertising.The measure provides: “It shall be unlawful to advertise, using any form of electronic or other media, in a manner that solicits legal business for a profit by urging a person to consider bringing legal action against another.” The bill does create an exception for public service ads, for matters expressly allowed in Florida Bar Rule 4-7.2(c)(11), or for ads that give only the name of the advertising lawyer or law firm, the area that firm or lawyer practices, and informs injured or aggrieved persons of their right to seek redress. Public service ads must not “entreat, request, or urge another to use the services of an attorney or law firm for the purpose of bringing legal action against another.”HB 1821 contains similar findings and provisions, except it is limited to medical malpractice cases.Both bills impose a civil fine of $1,000 for the first offense and $10,000 for each subsequent offense. (Under the bills, one ad broadcast multiple times counts as only one offense.) They also empower the Bar and the Florida attorney general to enforce the law, and provide for collection of costs and attorneys’ fees from offending attorneys in successful cases. The bills also allow the Bar and attorney general to seek injunctions.The original version of HB 1357 permitted any Florida resident to sue over an offending ad, acting as a “private attorney general.” That was amended out of the bill, and the Bar and attorney general were authorized as the enforcement entities.During hearings of HB 1357 in the Judiciary Committee, Simmons said the bill was drawn up to comply with U.S. Supreme Court rulings on lawyer advertising, particularly in Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp v. Public Service Commission of New York, 447 U.S. 557 (1980).But Ft. Lauderdale attorney Bruce Rogow, an expert on First Amendment issues including attorney advertising, said in an interview he doubts either HB 1357 or HB 1821 will survive if they are passed by the legislature and signed by the governor.He noted that the provisions on HB 1821 apply only to medical malpractice advertising, so, “It’s not even content neutral, and that’s one of the principles of First Amendment law. That doesn’t pass constitutional muster on the simplest grounds.”As for Simmons’ HB 1357, Rogow said, “It is not narrowly tailored. You start out under the Central Hudson test: Is the ad truthful and not misleading? And if it is truthful and not misleading, then it is protected commercial speech. The state can only limit it if it can show a substantial government interest and the rule addresses it in a narrowly tailored way.”While both bills have similar language stating why the legislature sees the need to restrict lawyer advertising, Rogow said that doesn’t mean it meets the burden of proof to restrict free speech.“This kind of ex cathedra statements of government interest unsupported by any record is not going to be sufficient,” he said.Passing a law to restrict lawyer advertising is not easy, Rogow said. The U.S. Supreme Court has only upheld two restrictions, one that prohibits in-person solicitation and the second which upholds The Florida Bar rule requiring a 30-day waiting period before sending direct mail solicitations to potential personal injury clients. Rogow argued the losing side of that 5-4 decision.He noted that the court’s rationale in upholding that rule rested in protecting the privacy of injured persons, as well as Bar studies showing that such solicitations damage the public perception of the legal system. House moves attorney advertising billlast_img read more

first_imgYou have just won the lottery for a trillion dollars, tax-free! (Just go with it; face reality later.) That’s a 1 with twelve zeroes: $1,000,000,000,000. What will you do with your newfound gains?First, let’s put a trillion dollars in perspective. A stack of a trillion one-dollar bills would go almost one quarter of the way to the moon and weigh approximately ten tons. Assuming you live fifty more years (and cannot purchase immortality for a trillion dollars and/or your soul), you could spend over $54 million every day of your life and still leave a few grand in the bank for the kids.So how are you going to spend all that money? You are certainly welcome to share it with us, but here are some other ideas.Buy All the Sports Leagues – Every billionaire seems to desire a sports team. However, as a trillionaire, you can buy them all.The average NFL franchise is worth $1.4 billion, thus the entire roster of teams is valued at nearly $45 billion. That is pocket change to you. Buy the whole league. Make them play wherever and whenever you want. Have twelve Super Bowls a year and appoint yourself the halftime entertainment. continue reading » 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 53-year-old Setauket man was killed when his SUV crashed into another in West Babylon on Wednesday evening.Suffolk County police said Alfred Bayard was driving a Jeep Wrangler eastbound on Sunrise Highway when his vehicle collided with a Dodge Ram at the Hubbards Path overpass at 6:30 p.m.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The other driver was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, where she was treated for minor injuries.First Squad detectives impounded the trucks safety checks, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information regarding this crash is asked to call them at 631-854-8152.last_img read more

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first_imgA member of Indonesian Young Scientists Forum (IYSF) has lauded President Joko “Jokowi” Wibowo for imposing a social distancing policy to stem the spread of COVID-19, but has urged the government to take a stricter stance by canceling mudik (exodus) this year.Mudik is the annual exodus that occurs during the Ramadan-Idul Fitri holiday season, when people head to their hometowns across the country to celebrate Idul Fitri with their families. At least 1.2 million cars left Jakarta for mudik 2019, headed primarily to provinces on Java and Sumatra.IYSF member Berry Juliandi from IPB University said that the social distancing policy showed the government’s openness to suggestions from scientists. The policy implements distance learning for all schools and universities, restricts public gatherings and advises everyone to stay at home and avoid all but urgent travel as the government increased its prevention measures against the outbreak in Indonesia, which is home to about 270 million people. .One thing left off the discussion table, however, was whether or not to scrap mudik, Berry noted.”We are talking about halting the tradition of mudik this year,” he told The Jakarta Post on Monday.Berry, said that mudik would increase the risk of a nationwide outbreak, considering that homebound travelers could potentially carry the virus across provincial borders and the country’s many islands.According to the Indonesian Embassy in Washington, D.C., the country has 17,508 islands “of which about 6,000 are inhabited”.As regards congregational prayers during Ramadan and Idul Fitri, Berry said that the IYSF recommended the government to take up the matter with Islamic leaders.”Even if there are no lockdowns in the near future, we are calling for a halt to the mudik tradition this year,” he stressed.People will find it difficult to minimize direct contact during the mass seasonal travel, while mudik will pose an unprecedented challenge for the government to keep track of the mobility of its 270 million citizens, never mind detecting COVID-19 cases or tracing their transmission routes. (trn)Topics :last_img read more

first_imgThe crowded daily commute in London has long been a source of misery for millions. But getting to work will be even more of a challenge following Britain’s coronavirus lockdown.Capacity on the transport network in one of the world’s biggest financial hubs has been reduced by 85% to comply with social-distancing rules, protecting commuters by preventing them cramming into trains, the London Underground and buses.Everyone using public transport must also now wear a face covering. Topics : As the lockdown restrictions are gradually eased, many now face the quandary of how to reach the City of London, Canary Wharf and other business areas both quickly and safely.”The COVID crisis is making us have to radically rethink the way we move around our city, how transport operates,” said Will Norman, the London mayor’s commissioner for walking and cycling.It’s a crucial issue. Even before the coronavirus outbreak, London faced increased competition for the title of Europe’s most important financial center from cities such as Paris and Frankfurt because it has quit the European Union. “Forty years of public policy about transport has gone into reverse,” said Tony Travers of London School of Economics. “This is a big existential issue for cities.”Even a small increase in the number of car journeys would lead to gridlock, Norman warned.center_img Before the pandemic, up to 5 million people a day packed onto the London Underground and 1 million arrived by train.After working successfully from home during the lockdown, some may continue doing so after all restrictions are lifted. Others will be considering alternative ways to get to work.Bikes, by foot or boat?London authorities are adding new routes for cyclists and pedestrians, bicycle sales are soaring and boat operators are considering increasing their services on the River Thames which runs through the city.Bike sales tripled in March and April compared to last year, said Terry Green of the Brixton Cycle co-operative in south London.”Every time we order bikes, they just go straight out,” he said.But Greater London is much larger than financial centers such as Hong Kong and New York, and is widely seen as less cycle-friendly than many other cities.The number of cycle journeys has risen by 160% since 2000, following the introduction of cycle “superhighway” dedicated paths, but still accounted for only 2.5% of journeys in London before the pandemic, according to Transport for London, which is responsible for the transport system in Greater London.”Even if cycling quintupled, which is very unlikely, or if it doubled or tripled, you’re talking about making a tiny inroad in the amount of travel by railway,” Travers said.Distance is a problem for many — 2015 data from the Greater London Authority put the average daily commute of people working in London at 18 km.Simon Munk, a campaigner for the charity London Cycling Campaign, called for a huge network of cycle roads reaching into outer London “so that people feel comfortable riding from their home to work.”Tim Schwanen, Professor of Transport Studies and Geography at the University of Oxford, said the high cost of living in central London meant many workers with lower-paid jobs, who are less likely to cycle, live further out.”Good infrastructure alone is not enough to get many people to change their behavior,” he said.Commuters already have the option of taking a passenger boat on the Thames, emulating King Henry VIII, whose preferred route between palaces in the 16th century was along the river.Each year, more than 4 million people use Thames Clippers passenger boats, about 40% of them to commute.Sean Collins, chief executive of Thames Clippers, said the company was considering putting partitions between seats to raise capacity while adhering to social distancing. He also expects to add services to fit newly staggered working patterns.”It would make sense for us to provide additional services into the day parts where we would normally have ceased operating,” Collins told Reuters. last_img read more

first_imgThe home at 45 Hickory St, Marsden sold under the hammer.THE auction of a deceased estate in Marsden had interstate investors pricking up their ears interest.The three-bedroom brick home at 45 Hickory St sold under the hammer for $295,000 last Saturday.RE/MAX Executives marketing agent Emma De Marco said there were six bidders on the day, all from interstate. “We had five bidders on the phone and one gentleman flew up from the Hunter Valley,” she said. “I did have two local buyers who were interested but they were caught up in the floods. Both said they just had too much going on to think about buying a property.” More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020Ms De Marco said bidding started at $150,000, jumped to $230,000 and was steady through to $295,000. “The successful bidder was a Sydney investor who plans to make minor improvements to the property and rent it out,” she said. According to CoreLogic, the median house price in Marsden is $359,500, up 4.2 per cent in the past year, and the gross rental yield is 5.4 per cent. Ms De Marco said investor interest in the area was thanks to the value for money on offer in the suburb, coupled with the rental returns.“One of the gentlemen bidding at the Hickory St auction has several investment properties in the area and he is keen to buy another,” she said. “He sees Marsden as an emerging up-and-coming suburb and I have to agree.“It’s a good time to buy – there is a lot of interest in the area and it’s a good, solid market.”last_img read more

first_imgNZ Herald 16 April 2013Government officials have backed off plans to delete the terms “bride” and “bridegroom” from marriage certificates if Parliament votes tomorrow to legalise gay marriage. Internal Affairs spokesman Michael Mead said the department had reconsidered an early draft which would have used only the gender-neutral heading “Particulars of parties to marriage” on the marriage certificate, and now intended to provide several options.Labour MP Ruth Dyson, who chaired the select committee on the gay marriage bill, has also written to Internal Affairs Minister Chris Tremain, after the Weekend Herald reported that the words “bride” and “bridegroom” might disappear from the forms, to say the committee wanted terms such as bride, groom, wife and husband to be “maintained wherever possible and appropriate”.The potential deletion of the terms was signalled in a departmental briefing to Ms Dyson’s committee which asked for a delayed implementation date in the bill to allow for amending marriage forms and certificates. “This includes, for example, changing the headings on the notice of intended marriage form to allow for parties of the same-sex (i.e., removing headings of bride and bridegroom),” the department said. A draft of the actual marriage certificate, also provided to the committee, simply deleted the headings “Bride” and “Bridegroom” which appear under the main heading of “Particulars of parties to marriage”.But Mr Mead said the department’s plans had changed. “The department has since relooked at the removal of the terms ‘bride’ and ‘bridegroom’ from marriage forms,” he said. “Our emphasis is on identifying suitable options to expand people’s choices, not replacing ‘bride’ and ‘groom’.” He said the additional options would have to be implemented through a new regulation signed by the Cabinet and published in the Gazette 28 days before the bill became law.If the bill passes tomorrow and is signed by the Governor-General in the next few days, it will become law in August. Mr Tremain said he also intended that the terms bride and bridegroom “will remain as an option”.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10877768last_img read more