first_imgVermont’s congressional delegation ‘ Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and Representative Peter Welch ‘ and Governor Peter Shumlin today announced that over $200,000 in Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) funds will go to support two economic development projects in Lyndon and Brighton. Lyndon State College and the Northeastern Vermont Development Association will receive $128,500 to boost manufacturing in the area. The funds will help develop professional resources, create collaboration among Northeast Kingdom manufacturing employers, expand training programs and further collaborative programs between area high schools, career and technical centers and Lyndon State College. The town of Brighton will receive $78,190 to construct a new 2,100 foot walking path along a section of Island Pond Lake, connecting it to the downtown area. This project resulted from a year-long study aimed at enhancing tourism and recreation in the community. ‘These grants will provide a vital boost to parts of our state that need it most,’ Vermont’s congressional delegation said in a statement. ‘We created the commission as a means of responding in practical ways to the common economic challenges throughout the border regions of the Northeast. These grants will help further that goal.’ ‘This is good news for creating jobs and strengthening communities in northeastern Vermont, and I thank our congressional delegation for working hard to secure these funds for Lyndon and Brighton,’ said Gov. Shumlin. Vermont’s congressional delegation was influential in creating NBRC, which directly invests federal resources for economic development and job creation in economically distressed regions of northern Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York. In Vermont, eligible counties include Essex, Franklin, Lamoille, Orleans, Caledonia and Grand Isle. Source: WASHINGTON, October 5 ‘ Vermont’s congressional delegationlast_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_imgThe Federal Reserve Monday announced changes to its Main Street Lending Program – a collection of facilities established as part of the Fed’s effort to support the economy and businesses amid the coronavirus pandemic – to allow more small and mid-sized businesses access to funds.The Fed announced in April that it would provide up to $2.3 trillion in loans to businesses, households, and state and local governments through new and expanded programs and facilities. The Fed, in Monday’s announcement, indicated it is also working to establish a program for nonprofit organizations.The changes to the Main Street Lending Program include:lowering the minimum loan size for certain loans from $500,000 to $250,000;increasing the maximum loan size for all facilities; ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgBizovačka ravnica, as Bizovačke toplice is called from miles away, from today (June 7) turn into the largest Slavonian beach with the largest wave pool in Croatia. Although various projections of the refurbishment of the Termia hotel have been made for the past two years, but since practically nothing has been invested in the hotel for 30 years, Bluesun decided to demolish the hotel and build a new and larger one on new foundations. “In these past 5 years, with the wise and thoughtful investments of Bizovačke toplice, we have literally lifted from the ashes, rebranded and not only regained its old glory, but they have become synonymous and an example of good business, top health and tourism services, not only in Slavonia ” Medak concludes. Thus, the story of Bizovačke toplice, after years of glory, and a period of decline and bankruptcy, experienced a new life cycle, which is certainly a great wind behind the development of tourism in Slavonia. Number of visitors to Slavonian Sea from season to season it grows, last 2018 was excellent in all numbers, for example, the most visited weekend last summer was the one from 10 to 12 August when the beach was visited as many as 8.515 guests. This is also the best result in the last five years. Renovation of the Hotel Termia as the last phase of the renovation of Bizovac Spa “We expect an increase in revenue from arrivals and catering services by some 15 percent, I think we have a record season ahead of us, given last year’s results, that is, that we could exceed the number of 150 thousand tickets sold.” says Medak Part of Bizovac Aquapolis, opened on May 01, and in its fifth season on the waves visitors along 11 pools (recreational, children’s, non-swimmers, semi-Olympic, 3 massage, 2 thermal, outdoor family and wave pool), sauna, 5 restaurants, multipurpose playground, free parking and wi fi welcomes a new investment in “Slavonian beach”. After many years of decay and stagnation, Bizovačke toplice slowly, but certainly today, took over again in 2014 by taking over the company Sunčane toplice doo, owned by the well-known entrepreneur Jake Andabaka (op.a. the company Sunčane toplice doo) is not part of the joint stock company Sunce koncern dd its well-deserved place as one of the trademarks of Slavonia. “We have expanded. As of this year, the sun deck is 800 m2 bigger, now we have as many as 1600 deck chairs, 500 more than last year – so we can truly say that we have the most tidy, most beautiful and largest beach in Slavonia. In addition to the increased area of ​​the sun deck, visitors can expect new changing cabins, and we have also increased the number of seats in catering facilities, and thus the quality of service.”Points out Marcel Medak, director of the company Bizovačke toplice.  “The last and most demanding investment phase in Bizovačke toplice is the demolition of the old Hotel Termia and the construction of a new one. By the way, the projects for the renovation and refurbishment of the old hotel were done twice, but the most cost-effective solution was to demolish the existing, old hotel and build a new one. The preliminary design for the new hotel is finished, and we will start demolishing the old and building a new hotel when the financial construction is completely closed. ” Medak points out. The new four-star Hotel Termia, instead of the previous 120, will have 160 superbly equipped rooms, a wellness center that will use the benefits of the unique Bizovac thermal water, and at the same time with its construction it is planned to build additional water attractions and a camp. will be between 16 and 17 million euros. Since the entire complex has been renovated, from the spa and bathing area, the last phase of the renovation of the entire complex – the Hotel Termia – has begun. Bizovačke toplice was bought from the company Sunčane toplice doo, owned by the well-known entrepreneur Jake Andabaka, in 2014 after the seventh auction, for 14 million kuna after they were completely devastated and in bankruptcy. The total investment in Bizovačke toplice will amount to around HRK 160 million.  Also, it was a record August with 51.225 visitors, which is as much as 30% more than in the same month in 2017. And as records are about to be broken, new records are expected this year. last_img read more

first_imgThere has been a lot of contention over global warming recently, whether it is scientifically based or not and whether it might be a result of human energy consumption. I’m not about to get into that argument.However, if global warming is real and if humans have been even partially responsible for it, then every time we look at our idle snow blowers in mid-December and at our roads devoid of snow, ice, sand and salt, we can just smile and say “right on.”Jim MoorheadScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

first_imgSaudi Arabia will begin easing restrictions on movement and travel this week, more than two months after stringent measures were introduced to help curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.Restrictions will be lifted in three phases, culminating in the curfew completely ending – with the exception of the holy city of Mecca — from June 21, the state news agency reported in a statement early on Tuesday.The Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages — which attract millions of travelers from around the world — will remain suspended until further notice. The kingdom has so far recorded 74,795 cases of COVID-19 with 399 deaths. More than 2,000 cases are still being reported daily.The first phase, starting on Thursday, will see the 24-hour curfew reduced to between 3 p.m.-6 a.m. countrywide.Free movement between regions and some retail and wholesale activities, including malls, will be allowed to resume.Saudi Arabia had imposed 24-hour curfews on most towns and cities but eased them for the start of the fasting month of Ramadan. The 24-hour curfew was reimposed during the five-day Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday, which began on Sunday. Topics :center_img From Sunday May 30, free movement will be allowed between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m., Saudi Press Agency reported. Domestic flights will be allowed to resume, but a ban on international flights will stay.Mosques can hold prayers once again, subject to social distancing and hygiene measures, except for in Mecca where restrictions on attendance will stay in place.Public and private sector employees will be allowed to return to their offices.Social gatherings of more than 50 people will still be banned, including weddings and funerals.Citizens will still be urged to wear masks in public and continue hygiene and social distancing measures after June 21.Mecca will stay one phase behind the rest of the country, with curfew times adjusted to 3 p.m-6 a.m until June 20, revised up to 8 p.m. thereafter. Prayers will only be allowed to resume in mosques from June 21.last_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisBill Morford of Friends Together joined news anchor, Star Connor in the studio to talk about the ‘Five 4 Friends’ upcoming event gearing to help men take action when it comes to their health. The health program will feature local  healthcare providers, along with other informational activities.The Alcona Masonic Lodge in Lincoln is where ‘Hops & Health’ will be located on May 4th at 6 pm. For more information please call 989-356-3231.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Five 4 Friends, Hops and Health Program, Men’s HealthContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena Marched For Science on Earth DayNext Jail Responsible For Inmate’s Surgerylast_img read more

first_imgTwo minutes and eight seconds.That’s how much time the much-awaited State of the Nation address on Thursday dedicated to sport. It was delivered by President Mahama at the Parliament House.Sport was not high on the agenda.1. Scholarship for the golden girlThe President announced that Martha Bissah will receive a scholarship from government to develop her talent in the United States of America. “In athletics, consistent planning and the personal development of our (the nation’s) athletes, earned Ghana our first Gold medal at any level. “The 17-year old Martha Bissah from Kumasi who won Gold at the Youth Olympics for special mention,” Mahama said in Parliament on Thursday. He went on: “Martha will be afforded the opportunity to join other young athletes on scholarship in US Colleges where she can develop her talent.” Bissah ran a lifetime best to win Ghana’s first gold medal at the Youth Olympics in China last year. 2. Respect for the local football leaguesThe Ghana Football Association got a subtle dig to double-up their efforts in improving the local league. Despite their consistently vehement claims to the contrary, the nation’s football governing body have always been criticized for focusing just on developing the Black Stars brand.Analysts watching the State of the Nation address found it significant that the President echoed the prevailing notion.  “The seeming total neglect of our local football league is a matter of concern to football loving fans,” Mahama lamented, going on to say to “urge the Football Association to turn its attention to improving the quality of our local league and work towards making it more attractive, exciting and worth following.”He also asked for some more attention to be given other junior national teams.”Let me urge the Ghana Football Association to put a lot more focus on the other national teams just like it does for the senior national team in order to adequately prepare them for their international competitions as well.”3. Thumbs up, Black Stars!But the President would not finish without praising the efforts of the senior national football team in the recently-ended Africa Cup of Nations.”I wish to once again congratulate the senior national team, the Black Stars, for their performance at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations tournament.” “Many Ghanaians had lost hope in the Black Stars at the beginning of the tournament in Equatorial Guinea. They gathered themselves together, rose from the ashes of Brazil 2014 and prove themselves.”Team Ghana finished runners-up, having lost on penalties to neighbouring Ivory Coast on penalties, and the head of state reminded his subjects about the importance of putting the performance in context.”It is not the first silver medal for the Black Stars but the developments from Brazil is what has changed the dynamics here.” 4. InfrastructureIn one sentence, the President touched on the only real project that’s being worked on in the country in terms of sport facilities.”On the development of sporting infrastructure, work is progressing speedily on the Cape Coast Stadium and is expected to be completed this year.” And that was that.–last_img read more

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PHOENIX >> Not that the Dodgers were too worried about Joc Pederson one week into his rookie season, but a young kid with big expectations getting off to a dreadful start is always a dicey situation.So just in case, a couple of observant eyes have been focused on the young center fielder this weekend considering the .176 batting average he carried into Sunday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.They came in the form of manager Don Mattingly.“Yeah, a little bit,” Mattingly answered when asked if he was keeping an eye on the 22-year-old outfielder, for whom much is expected after the Dodgers traded away fan favorite Matt Kemp to make room for him in the outfield. “Pay attention to him, make sure he’s keeping everything in the most simplest form, quality at bats and making sure, as much as anything, he’s just staying who he is and what he does.“I have a good feeling with Joc. We know the talent is there, of course you always worry with guys because he’s competitive and he takes things hard, so you worry about him (over this) period.”That concern lessened considerably after Pederson produced three hits Sunday, including his first major league home run on a blast to center field, to go along with a double, single and two runs scored.Coupled with the Dodgers’ Cuban connection getting rolling, not to mention a tidy outing by Zack Greinke, a big enough cushion was built to sustain a shaky ninth inning bullpen performance and hold on for a 7-4 win to salvage the final game of a three-game series in the Valley of the Sun.Pederson got it all started with a double to lead off the third, ultimately scoring on Jimmy Rollins’ sacrifice fly to center field to make it 1-0.center_img After beating out a slow roller to third base in the fourth inning for his second hit, Pederson went the more conventional route in the sixth when he crushed a fastball from A.J. Schugel for his first career home run to make it 4-0.By the time he came to bat in the top of the seventh with runners at second and third, the Diamondbacks waved the white flag an intentionally walked him.“It was a relief,” Pederson said of his first home run. “I worked so hard for a long time to get to where I’m at. I’m going to continue to grow. But it was nice.”As far as his slow start, Pederson said it’s all a matter of perspective.“There’s such little at bats at the beginning of the year, I think people just look more into it then it needs to be, you know?” Pederson said. “Over the long haul of the season, the cream will rise. You just have to grind it out and put together quality at-bats to help your team win.“It’s baseball, you can go from 10 to 10 to 0 for 10 just like that. So you just try to avoid the roller coaster ride and keep grinding.Meanwhile, the Dodgers’ Cuban influence was in full affect.The Dodgers have dipped extensively into the Cuban baseball market recently, signing young stars like Yasiel Puig and Alex Guerrero and most recently Erisbel Arruebarrena.On Sunday the beautiful island 90 miles off the southern tip of Key West flashed its distinctive flair.Guerrero, pressed into starting duty after injuries to Juan Uribe and Justin Turner, collected his first major league home run and his first four career RBIs, adding a double and a single to his three-hit day.“It felt great,” Guerrero said of his first home run.Yasmani Grandal, who was born in Havana and grew up in Miami, had two hits, two runs scored and gunned down Jake Lamb to finish off the Diamondbacks mini threat in the fourth inning.But it was Puig, the most important Cuban of them all for the Dodgers and someone they’ll lean heavily on this year, who finally got going when he muscled a line-drive home run over the left-field wall to give the Dodgers a 3-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning.It was Puig’s first home run of the year, and came one day after he was given the day off to collect himself after Mattingly sensed some frustration setting in after Puig stumbled a bit out of the gate to start the year. In all, the Dodgers collected a season-high 16 hits, including seven for extra bases.Greinke, in command throughout, cruised over seven innings while allowing just five hits and striking out seven against no walks.The Dodgers took a 7-0 lead to the ninth, then held on as Paco Rodriguez and Chris Hatcher combined to give up four runs. Joel Peralta came on with two outs and a runner at second to get Ender Inciarte to fly out to center field to end the game.last_img read more

first_imgYarmolenko added the second when outpaced the Portuguese defence to finish a swift counter attack with a low, crisp first-time shot.Portugal dominated the second half and finally achieved a breakthrough when Stepanenko blocked a shot with his arm, receiving his marching orders before Ronaldo blasted home the penalty to make it 700 goals for club and country.The goal was his 95th for Portugal. The 34-year-old is now just 14 goals behind the all-time international record of 109 held by former Iran striker Ali Daei.While the exact number of goals scored by some of the game’s legends is the subject of debate, Ronaldo is agreed to be the sixth player to reach 700 after Austrian Josef Bican, Brazilians Romario and Pele, Hungarian Ferenc Puskas and German Gerd Muller.Share on: WhatsApp RonaldoKiev, Ukraine | AFP | Ukraine beat Portugal 2-1 on Monday to clinch a place at Euro 2020 despite Cristiano Ronaldo scoring his 700th career goal.Roman Yaremchuk and Andriy Yarmolenko put Ukraine two goals up after 27 minutes.Although Ronaldo scored his landmark goal from the penalty spot in the 72nd minute and Taras Stepanenko was sent off, Ukraine held on to secure first place in Group B.Ukraine join already qualified Poland, Russia, Italy and Belgium at next summer’s finals, while second-placed Portugal, who are eight points behind Ukraine, have Serbia just a point behind them with two matches remaning after they beat Lithuania 2-1.“There are days like these, when the ball just doesn’t want to go in,” said Portuguese midfielder Danilo. “No need to do the maths now: we just need to win the next two games to reach Euro 2020.”Yaremchuk pounced from close range in the sixth minute. The centre forward reacted fastest after Rui Patricio dived to parry Serhiy Kryvtsov’s header from a corner, and poke the ball across the line.last_img read more