Bar adopts, renews legislative positions

first_img Bar adopts, renews legislative positions Bar adopts, renews legislative positions The Florida Bar Board of Governors has renewed six legislative positions and adopted two new ones for the 2006-08 legislative term.Att its December 8 meeting, the board reenacted the six positions from the 2004-06 biennium, which range from maintaining Supreme Court oversight of the legal profession to allowing state government to pay Bar fees and CLE costs for its attorneys.The two new positions concern the treatment of children in juvenile court and helping government and legal aid attorneys with their student loans.Board member and Legislation Committee Chair Warren Lindsey noted that the Public Interest Law Section had already won board approval to oppose the routine shackling of children when they appear in juvenile court. He said that group, along with the Legal Needs of Children Committee, now wanted the Bar as a whole to endorse that position, which the Legislation Committee supported.On the student loan issue, Lindsey said that was brought to the board by the Young Lawyers Division. It calls for the legislature to help repay the student loans for state-employed and legal aid attorneys after they have been on the job for three years. State attorneys and public defenders have been seeking such a program in recent years to help stem the turnover problem caused by low salaries.YLD President John Stewart noted the division typically hasn’t advocated legislative positions, but said it’s a positive step for the group to become more involved in the Bar’s legislative efforts.“I think getting the young lawyers involved in the legislative process is going to be critical,” he said.The board approved all of the new and renewed positions by voice vote, finding first it was proper for the Bar to lobby on those issues and then approving the positions.Stewart also reported that the YLD will be holding its annual Legislative Symposium January 19 during the Bar’s Midyear Meeting in Miami. For those unable to attend, Stewart said the symposium will be simulcast on the YLD Web site at www.flayld.org.The symposium will look at lobbying and will be moderated by Department of Children and Families Secretary Bob Butterworth.Here are the legislative positions that were approved by the board: • Opposes amendments to the Florida Constitution that would alter the authority of the Supreme Court of Florida to regulate the admission of persons to the practice of law or the discipline of persons admitted.• Opposes amendment of Art. V, §2(a) of the Florida Constitution that would alter the Supreme Court’s authority to adopt rules for practice and procedure in all courts, or that would change the manner by which such rules may be repealed by the legislature.• Supports adequate funding of the state courts system, state attorneys’ offices, public defenders’ offices, and court-appointed counsel.• Supports adequate funding for civil legal assistance to indigent persons through the Florida Access to Civil Legal Assistance Act.• Supports legislation to permit the payment of government attorneys’ Florida Bar membership fees and continuing legal education costs from funds within budget entities.• Supports legislation to require that a child have a meaningful opportunity to consult with an attorney before waiving his/her right to counsel in a delinquency proceeding.• Supports legislation to create reasonable financial student loan assistance for all government lawyers and legal aid attorneys who have served in that capacity for more than three years.• Opposes the indiscriminate use of chains and shackles in juvenile court proceedings, and encourages the adoption of a ban on the indiscriminate use of chains and shackles in juvenile court proceedings through court rule, legislation, and executive branch policy.center_img January 15, 2007 Regular Newslast_img read more

Gold chain thief gets six months jail sentence

first_img Share LocalNews Gold chain thief gets six months jail sentence by: – March 18, 2014 Tweet Share (Caribarena Antigua photo)Erickson Prevost of Goodwill has been ordered to serve six months imprisonment by Chief Magistrate Candia Carette-George after he pleaded guilty to stealing jewellery from a Chinese owned store.Prevost stole three gold filled chains valued at EC $240.00 from Colour’s Store on Independence Street, Roseau on March 14, 2014.Police prosecutor inspector Valda Powel told the court that Prevost visited the store on Friday, March 14 at around 8AM and asked Suzanne Sung, owner of the store whether she was interested in purchasing fish. She said no and went to the back of the store. When she returned she noticed the jewellery missing from a showcase and proceeded to check the store cameras. She saw Prevost stealing the jewellery and called the police to make a report.Later that day, investigating officer Hypolite F met Prevost and cautioned him about the incident.“I don’t know about that,” Prevost replied and was informed that the police had acquired video footage of him on camera stealing the chains.Prevost then revealed to the police that he gave the chain to a lady in Pottersville. He also brought him to a bar in Pottersville and identified the lady. The bar owner presented to the police a white tissue paper from under the bar counter in which the three chains were contained.Prevost was arrested on the suspicion of theft and taken to the Police Headquarters.“I really made a mistake and I’m, sorry, she always buys fish from me. If she want me to pay her I will, but I am tired of doing them thing,” Prevost told Magistrate Carette-George.Prevost’s plea to pay a fine fell on death ears as the magistrate told “if you were tired of your crimes you would stop”.He was sentenced to six (6) months imprisonment.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Share 14 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Pre-Order Your Purple And Lime Shirt!

first_imgCity stars Aden Flint, Marlon Pack, Jamie Paterson, Josh Brownhill and Callum O’Dowda have been modelling the new kit at Ashton Gate this afternoon in an online exclusive.A special pre-order period is now open online, meaning fans can guarantee being the first to get their hands on the strip, ahead of an official launch on June 21st.Adult shirts are available in small to 5XL sizes, priced £45, with youth sizes from six years to 14 years for £30.Adult shorts (small to 2XL) cost £25, with youth shorts (six years to 14 years) priced £20. Adult socks are £10 and youth sizes just £8.Special mini kits can be purchased, from 0-3 months to five year sizes, priced £40. This encompasses shirt, shorts and socks.Season card and member discount is unavailable online. However, when the pre-ordered kits are dispatched, a Store voucher for the value of the appropriate discount will be included in each delivery.Pre-orders will only be available until May 31st and will be shipped around a week before June 21st.PRE-ORDER NOW – ONLINE STORElast_img read more

Media Watch – March 12th

first_imgLee Johnson explains his decision to withdraw Nathan Baker at half-time against Burton Albion with the Bristol Post.HITC claim Joe Bryan is a target for Aston Villa this summer – if they win promotion. BBC Sport preview an Inside Out show on screen tonight which focuses on former City chairman Harry Dolman.last_img

Rockets rally past Warriors in fourth to even series

first_img(REUTERS) – Eric Gordon’s first 3-pointer of the game gave Houston a late five-point lead, and the Rockets held on from there to defeat the Golden State Warriors 95-92 in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday night to even the Western Conference finals at two games apiece.James Harden scored 30 points and Chris Paul 27 for the Rockets, who regained home-court advantage in the best-of-seven series that returns to Houston for Game 5 tonight.Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said of his players, “They found a way. They’ve done it all year, and they’ll keep doing it.”Stephen Curry had 28 points and Kevin Durant 27 for the Warriors, who had their NBA-record, 16-game home playoff winning streak snapped.The victory was the Rockets’ first on the road against Golden State in the playoffs in franchise history.In a see-saw affair in which both teams led by double figures, the Rockets got the better of the finish after Curry converted a three-point play to get the Warriors within 91-89 with 3:18 to go.After Harden and Curry traded missed 3-point attempts, Gordon, who was 0-for-6 from beyond the arc to that point, buried a 27-footer for a five-point cushion with just 2:25 to play.The Warriors got back within 94-92 and had possession of the ball in the final seconds, but Klay Thompson misfired on a heavily pressured 16-footer.“I wanted the timeout,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of the decisive possession. “Draymond (Green) was trying to call one around four seconds, once he got trapped, and at that point the officials weren’t looking and they’re not going to look down at our bench. So I saw Draymond trying to call it, and I was hoping they’d give it to us, but we didn’t get it.”D’Antoni said of the Rockets’ defence on the play, “Just guys doing what they’ve been doing the whole quarter. They got into people. That’s where Trevor (Ariza) got on Klay (Thompson) really in the corner and locked him down. You know they have a lot of movement, and we switch it, and guys just read it and played as hard as they could. They knew that one stop, the game’s over more or less, and came up large.”Paul, fouled on the rebound, made one of two free throws with a half-second remaining to make it a three-point game, and the Rockets then sweated out a missed desperation 3-point try by Curry at the final horn.Harden credited the Rockets’ defensive intensity for changing the game in the fourth quarter.“Third quarter, Steph was getting too free, stepping out and making long threes,” Harden said on ESPN. “We put the pressure on him to make him drive a little bit. Great team win!”Harden hit 11 of his 26 shots and Paul 10 of his 20 for the Rockets, who have won four of six road games in the postseason.Gordon finished with 14 points while PJ Tucker contributed 16 rebounds and Clint Capela had 13 boards for Houston, who have rebounded from all four losses this postseason with a win.Durant hit just nine of his 24 shots and Curry 10 of his 26 for the Warriors, who had been 4-0 in Game 4s during the Kerr era when up 2-1 in a series.Green recorded an 11-point, 13-rebound double-double while Thompson chipped in with 10 points for the Warriors, who played without Andre Iguodala, sidelined due to a sore left knee.“Our normal sub pattern obviously was skewed with Andre’s absence,” Kerr said. “I felt like in the fourth quarter, we just ran out of gas, scored 12 points. Tried to buy a little bit of rest for our guys, but, yeah, they just outplayed us in the fourth and they earned it.”Both teams made big runs in the first half, with the Rockets’ lasting longer and producing a 53-46 halftime lead.With all five starters scoring, the Warriors put up the game’s first 12 points, holding the Rockets scoreless on 0-for-8 shooting for more than five minutes.However, the Rockets got much the better of the rest of the half, outscoring Golden State 53-34 to build the seven-point edge.Harden had 15 of his 30 points in the second quarter, during which the Rockets went up by as many as 10.“They’re a really good team, especially at home,” Harden said of the Warriors. “You knew it wasn’t going to be easy. They started out 12-0. We kept fighting, kept fighting. I kept telling the guys, ‘We can win this game.’ And now it’s a best-out-of-three.”last_img read more

Dracopoulos There is no greater thing than the love for ones country

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Not many people can say that they have received Greece’s highest civilian honour, but among those who can, president of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Andreas Dracopoulos is a worthy recipient.On Monday he was awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of Honor by Greece’s President Prokopis Pavlopoulos in a special ceremony held at the Presidential Mansion in Athens.The medal, according to Mr Pavlopoulos who spoke at the event, is an expression of Greece’s gratitude for the significant contribution made to the country by the SNF and Mr Dracopoulos.Just recently the Foundation made a multi-million euro donation to improve the country’s healthcare.“With this truly massive contribution, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, under your leadership, continues the tradition of national benefactors,” said Mr Pavlopoulos.“Not only is it continuing it, but because of the size of the donations it surpasses this tradition, opens new horizons and constitutes an example to follow for many others.”Mr Dracopoulos made a heartfelt speech in response to Mr Pavlopoulos’ address, expressing his own gratitude for the award, and dedicated it to all who go above and beyond to assist their fellow citizens and to inspire others.“The honour bestowed upon me today is a reward for all of us – Stavros Niarchos, all my colleagues at the Foundation and all the donees-associates of the Foundation, my family, my friends who have stood by me in my life, through good and bad. It is an honour that I carry in my soul and which I bequeath to my children as a real badge and a reminder that there is no greater thing than the love for one’s country, as each of us defines it,” he said.“Our country is our home, it is our homeland, our family and our friends, our country is any land that adopts us, encourages us to create, to offer, to return to it. Our country is our world.”last_img read more