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February 8, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgDETROIT (AP) — The Donors of Color, a philanthropic group dedicated to pushing for racial equity in funding environmental projects nationwide, has launched a pledge drive challenging the nation’s top climate funders to shift 30% of their donations toward environmental efforts led by Black, Indigenous, Hispanic and other people of color. While the fight against climate change and for environmental justice has benefited in recent years from a growing push by politicians and activists, research shows funding isn’t spread equitably to communities of color, which are often hit hardest. The pledge drive, announced Thursday, aims to direct funding to groups whose boards and senior staff are at least half people of color, and whose work is focused on the most environmentally impacted communities.last_img read more

December 30, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgHickory Nut Gorge State Park has released its master plan, a long-term vision for the state park that sits on the edge of Lake Lure, 30 minutes east of Asheville, N.C. The park is most famous for Chimney Rock, a distinctive rock outcropping and massive cliff band that was operated as a privately owned tourist attraction before being turned into a state park in 2005. Today, the 4,531-acre state park not only includes Chimney Rock, but the popular climbing destination of Rumbling Bald and thousands of acres of backcountry. The master plan includes the creation of new day access areas at Rumbling Bald along with new hiking trails around the cliffs and boulders, a brand new 15-mile backpacking trail that circumnavigates the park, and at least 10 miles of purpose-built singletrack for mountain bikers.Click here to read the executive summary of the master planlast_img read more

December 19, 2020 | |Post a Comment
first_img September 15, 2000 Gary Blankenship Regular News Both sides weigh in on ballot language challenge Both sides weigh in on ballot language challenge Senior Editor The merit selection and retention referendum ballot language approved by the legislature this year is fairer and more accurate than the wording it approved last year, and a challenge to that language — which goes to voters in November — should be dismissed, the state of Florida has argued to the Supreme Court. Solicitor General Tom Warner filed the state’s response August 28 in a case brought by a group of South Florida attorneys earlier in the month. The lawyers argued the ballot language adopted this year by lawmakers was misleading. (See story in the September 1 Bar News.) Five amicus briefs were also filed, including one by 20 former Florida Bar presidents. Led by 1995-96 President John A. DeVault III, that brief supported the challenge to the language. The four other amicus briefs, including one from the House of Representatives, backed the state’s position that the ballot language should not be changed. The court was scheduled to hold oral arguments in the case September 12, after this News went to press. Florida Bar President Herman Russomanno said the Bar is working very hard to educate voters about the merit process and how Florida’s trial judges should be selected. He added it is essentional that all citizens become well informed on the issue by the November 7 election. Although the Bar’s Board of Governors supports merit selection and retention for trial judges, the Bar’s Executive Committee recently reaffirmed the Bar’s earlier position during the legislative session not to become involved in the ballot language dispute. At issue is the wording approved by the legislature earlier this year — to replace language it originally adopted in 1999 — to appear on the November 7 general election ballot in a constitutionally mandated referendum. Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment in 1998 that required the 2000 referendum in each circuit and county. Residents can choose between switching to a pure merit selection and retention system for the trial judges or keeping the method used now where end of term vacancies are filled by election and mid-term vacancies by merit appointment, with all judges standing for election at the end of their terms. The 1999 language asked voters to vote “yes” or “no” on this question: “Shall circuit judges in the (insert circuit number) judicial circuit be selected through merit selection and retention?” The 2000 language reads: “Shall the method of selecting circuit court judges in the (insert circuit number) judicial circuit be changed from election by a vote of the people to selection by the judicial nominating commission and appointment by the Governor with subsequent terms determined by a retention vote of the people?” Similar questions would be asked in each county for county court judges. On August 15, a group of South Florida lawyers filed for a writ of mandamus contesting the newer language, saying the legislature adopted a misleading ballot summary in an attempt to defeat the referendum. They requested an expedited hearing, which was granted, so a decision could be made before general election ballots are printed after the October 3 runoff primary. The petitioners asked the court to return to the 1999 language or draft its own, fairer ballot language. Solicitor General Warner argued in the state’s responding brief the 2000 language is accurate and fair. The brief also maintained the court should not use a mandamus writ to declare a state law unconstitutional, and the only reason for an expedited hearing was the petitioners waited almost two months from the time the law was signed to file their case. Warner said the petitioners’ claim of unfairness boiled down to two points: that it was unfair to say that judicial nominating commissions “select” instead of “nominate” candidates and the 1999 statutory language was fairer than the 2000 version. He disputed both points. The uniform Rules of Procedure for Circuit Judicial Nominating Commissions used “select” instead “nominate,” and the new ballot language is clear that it is the Governor, not a JNC, that does the appointing, the brief said. Nor is the new language flawed because it fails to mention “merit selection and retention,” the brief argued, adding under that logic the 1999 ballot summary was flawed because it failed to mention that judges are currently elected. Those problems prevent the court from substituting the 1999 language for the 2000 language, and the court is powerless to draft its own alternate version, the brief said. Warner also contended that the 2000 language was more accurate and fairer than the 1999 proposal. “For example, the 2000 version of the ballot question informs the voters that the method for selecting judges is currently election; the 1999 version does not mention election,” he wrote. “The 2000 version asks whether the voters are in favor of changing that method to something else; the 1999 version does not mention a change in method. The 2000 version informs the voters that the alternative to election is appointment by the Governor; the 1999 version does not indicate the Governor’s involvement. The 2000 version informs the voters that the JNC will be involved in the selection of judges; the 1999 version does not indicate the JNC’s involvement.” The former Bar presidents disagreed. “Given the history of the Bar’s advocacy for merit selection [for trial judges] we thought that it’s important that the court know that the former leaders of the Bar support the petitioners’ position and think this issue should be presented to voters in a straightforward and objective manner rather than in the slanted manner the 2000 legislature seeks to put it,” DeVault said. “Our hope is if it’s presented in a straightforward and objective manner, with the help of the Bar, Florida’s newspapers, and the League of Women Voters, voters will support the merit selection and retention of trial judges.” The petition from the former presidents argues “the provision is in danger of being eviscerated by the ballot language passed by the legislature in the 2000 amendments to §101.161 because the amendments are neither accurate nor informative, and because they mislead the electorate. The amicus supports the position of the petitioners in this matter and urges the court to grant the relief sought in the petition for writ of mandamus, for the reason therein argued.” Other former presidents joining the brief are William F. Blews, Edward R. Blumberg, Howard C. Coker, Marshall Criser, Alan T. Dimond, Patrick G. Emmanuel, Robert M. Ervin, John W. Frost II, Leonard H. Gilbert, William O.E. Henry, Benjamin H. Hill III, Mark Hulsey, Rutledge R. Liles, Edith G. Osman, James C. Rinaman, Jr., L. David Shear, Chesterfield H. Smith, Wm. Reece Smith, Jr., and Burton Young. The original writ was filed by attorneys Bruce Rogow and Beverly Pohl, representing attorneys Dennis G. Kainen, Gerald F. Richman, John L. Hampton, Don L. Horn, Rebekah J. Poston and Norman Davis. Rogow said the 2000 language is misleading because it misrepresents the role of the judicial nominating commissions by saying they “select” instead of “nominate” candidates for each vacancy, with the Governor making the final appointment. He also said the language fails to mention “merit selection and retention,” or even the word “merit.” The brief from the House of Representatives, filed by Maggie Moody, director of the House Civil Justice Council, and General Counsel Thomas R. Tedcastle, adopted Warner’s arguments and added some additional ones. They said the petitioners wrongly argued there is a constitutional requirement that the language be clear and unambiguous. In reality, that requirement is statutory, in §101.161(1),(2). That statute was superseded by the law passed by the legislature establishing the ballot language, and consequently the “test is simply `that the ballot be fair and advise the voter sufficiently to enable him intelligently to cast his ballot (Askew v. Firestone, 421 So.2d 151 (Fla. 1982) and Hill v. Millander, 72 So.2d 796 (Fla. 1954)),’” Moody and Tedcastle contended, adding the language easily meets that standard. They also said the petitioners implicitly asked the court to draft the ballot language, and under separation of powers the court cannot do that, unless the legislature has refused to act and the amendment is self executing. Indeed, the legislature acted again in 2000 because it deemed that the 1999 language had been too hastily adopted and did not fully inform voters. “Should this court determine that the 2000 ballot question, like the 1999 ballot question, does not sufficiently inform the voters to permit them to intelligently cast their votes, the legislature is certainly prepared to further modify the question,” the House said. “This should be left to the legislature to do, however, and the court should decline the invitation of the petitioners that it enter the legislative sphere.” Miami attorney John K. Shubin filed a amicus brief on behalf of the Cuban American Bar Association, the Hispanic National Bar Association, the Black Lawyers Association, Inc., and the Miami-Dade County Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. Like other supporters of the 2000 language, Shubin argued it is more accurate than the 1999 version and that the petitioners failed to meet the strict standards under which the court could override the legislature. “[I]t is not this court’s task to weigh the competing amendments and choose its favorite,” Shubin wrote. “This court’s sole obligation is to recognize that the existing language provides Florida voters with fair notice of the proposed changes and, accordingly, deny the petition.” Miami attorney Victor Diaz filed an amicus brief on behalf of several lawyers and residents around Florida, urging the court to reject the mandamus petition. He noted that the Constitution Revision Commission, which drew up ballot language for the 1998 referendum on the merit selection and retention issue, decided to omit those words because members were concerned that voters didn’t understand what merit selection and retention was. Diaz also argued that the 1999 language sought by the petitioners is misleading because it doesn’t tell voters that by approving the merit plan they are giving up their right to directly elect judges. Another problem he cited is merit selection and retention does not translate well onto the Spanish language ballot. “In short, the ballot questions are neither ambiguous nor misleading,” Diaz argued. “As required, the ballot language gives voters fair notice that they are choosing between the right to elect local circuit and county court judges and giving up that right to judicial nominating commissions and the Governor. Accordingly, the court should deny the petition for writ of mandamus filed by the Kainen petitioners.” University of Florida law Professor Joseph Little, and attorneys Harvey Alper and Henry Trawick, argued in their amicus brief that the language was not misleading, and the petitioners were asking the court to overstep its bounds. “Petitioners cannot properly ask this court to question the motives of the legislature, and certainly cannot ascribe a motive to deceive,” they wrote. “Plainly the legislature did not believe its chosen ballot title was deceptive, and its choice must be accepted absent the most compelling showing that the ballot title is `clearly and conclusively’ deceitful and defective, which petitioners have not made.”last_img
December 17, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img 25SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: Details You’re probably wondering where the word “con” is. Well honestly, if you haven’t gone digital yet, I’m not sure what you’re waiting for. I can think of a few negatives for paperless billing, but frankly they’re a stretch. I could say that it’s possible that you lose a password, but it’s 2019. I don’t understand why that would be an issue for you. Or I could say that paper bills help you remember to pay your bills, but that’s pretty pathetic. Nope. I’m all pro on this one. Here are four reasons you should go paperless…You’ll save some trees: You don’t have to be a hippie to know that trees are awesome. They provide two of my favorite things: Oxygen and shade. Saving trees will also cut down on the gases used to get those bills to your house. Making paper produces greenhouse gases and delivering mail uses good ol’ 87 octane. Mother Earth will thank you for going paperless.You’ll be able to see your desk again: Even if you’re a rather tidy individual, occasionally you’ll see a stack of mail pile up somewhere. When that happens at my house, I usually have to psych myself up to sort through it. Cutting back on paper mail will keep you from wasting time sorting through it all.You’ll spend less time worrying about ID theft: Hopefully you’ll never have your identity stolen, but if you’ve already gone through that, you know it’s a pain in the you-know-what. You may think that digging in garbage for sensitive information is a crime method of the past, but it’s still a heck of a lot easier for criminals to get your info that way than it is for them to hack into your computer.You’ll have easy access to your billing info: If you’re trying to enjoy a vacation, the last thing you want to get is a phone call or email telling you that something has gone wrong with one of your accounts. It’s a lot easier to get those things straightened out when you can find all the info you need right on your smartphone.last_img read more

November 20, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img– Advertisement – SpaceX has signed contracts with Nasa valued in excess of $3bn to develop, test and fly an astronaut taxi service. As part of this relationship, the company ran a demonstration mission in May in which astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken were taken to the station and then returned safely to Earth. last_img

October 18, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgGary Neville accuses Arsenal players of ‘outing’ Mesut Ozil and questions his future at the club Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 21 Apr 2020 9:41 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link710Shares Ozil has been ‘outed’, Neville believes (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty)Gary Neville suggested Arsenal players had ‘outed’ Mesut Ozil over his refusal to take a wage cut and believes this could affect his future at the club. Ozil, the highest paid player at the club, reportedly refused to see his £350,000-a-week wages slashed for the next 12 months, while others in the squad had agreed a 12.5% cut. While Manchester United legend Neville believes it’s ‘indefensible’ to not stick together as a group – with Ozil one of three players not to agree to the cut, instead preferring a deferral – he didn’t agree with the news being leaked. And he thinks as well as being thrown ‘overboard’ Ozil could find himself ‘isolated’ and ‘alienated’ moving forwards at the club.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news live‘I think, to be fair, the principle of not being together as a group is indefensible,’ Neville told Sky Sports. ‘I think that’s the biggest problem when you’ve got a group of players who are adopting one position, you go with it. You’re a team on and off the pitch. ‘I wouldn’t like to be one of the three people who haven’t agreed with the rest of the group. I think it will isolate them and alienate them in everything moving forward. Sorry, this video isn’t available any more.‘They’re entitled to make their own decisions, you can’t rip up a player’s contract or force them to take a cut or a deferral but I think when a group of players are voting for something you go along with it and from my point of view I think it just demonstrates further the complexity of what’s happening at the moment within Premier League clubs.‘There is no doubt football is eating itself from the inside out. There is disagreements, not just from Premier League to clubs, from club to clubs, from clubs to players… there is nothing at this moment in time that is in agreement generally. More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘There may be the odd club or two that have got their club in order but I would say at this moment in time, most clubs, players, aren’t at war but they’re disagreeing with what’s happening. It’s a massive battle. ‘The clubs need some support, the players, to be fair, don’t trust the clubs and this is an example of it.’Asked how the news had got out, Neville quickly replied: ‘They’ve outed him. Arsenal statement on salary cuts We are pleased to announce that we have reached a voluntary agreement with our first-team players, head coach and core coaching staff to help support the club at this critical time.The move follows positive and constructive discussions. In these conversations there has been a clear appreciation of the gravity of the current situation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and a strong desire for players and staff to show their backing for the Arsenal family.Reductions of total annual earnings by 12.5 per cent will come into effect this month, with the contractual paperwork being completed in the coming days. If we meet specific targets in the seasons ahead, primarily linked to success on the pitch, the club will repay agreed amounts. We will be able to make those repayments as hitting these targets, which the players can directly influence, will mean our financial position will be stronger. The agreement is based on the assumption we will finish the season 2019/20 and receive the full broadcasting revenues. The resulting savings will help cover some of the financial risks we have this season in relation to our matchday and commercial income.We are proud and grateful to our players and staff for pulling together to support our club, our people and our community in these unprecedented times which are some of the most challenging we have faced in our history. center_img ‘The club or the players, they’ve outed him. It’s as simple as that.’He added: ‘This is a situation where you’ve got three players breaking from the group. It’s unpleasant and this is nothing to do with the Premier League and nothing to do with Arsenal Football Club per se, this is to do with a spirit in the dressing room whereby you all stick together. ‘You don’t throw each other overboard, you support each other through thick and thin. Three have decided to go their own way.’MORE: Arsenal star Mesut Ozil refuses to take pay cut on £350,000-a-week wagesMORE: Piers Morgan slams Mesut Ozil over wage cut refusalFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

September 28, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img127 Sunhaven Blvd, BurdellMore from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Mark Pritchard from Ray White Julie Mahoney sold the home and said the people who bought it only lived five houses down the road.“It was a local family and they loved the area and loved the fact it was a beautiful ex-Michael Case display home,” he said.“It really had that wow factor with the beautiful corner piece of glass that looks straight through to the pool. “The buyers have mature kids and it’s a great home if you need that family separation.”The immaculately presented house uses architectural features to provide plenty of natural light in the living areas. An in-ground swimming pool caps off the multiple outdoor entertaining areas. A HOUSE in Burdell has sold for $610,000 – the highest price recorded in the suburb in more than a year.127 Sunhaven Blvd was snapped up a by a family who were already living in the area with the sale settling last week.The four-bedroom, two-bathroom, two-car house is a former Michael Case display home and is located in the North Shore Estate. 127 Sunhaven Blvd, BurdellThe master bedroom has a luxurious ensuite and a walk-in wardrobe with custom cabinetry. There is also a media room that could be used as a children’s retreat near the three guest bedrooms.The spacious home has around 300sq m of under-roof space.last_img read more

September 26, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img “I don’t think he has actually done badly knowing that he is from Nigeria – where developmental football is not so strong– and going to Manchester City where he was able to hold his own among some of the biggest names in world football,” he continued. “At Leicester City, it took him almost a season to blend in because at Leicester, their style of football is much quicker than where he was coming from. “Those of us who know Iheanacho understand that he is not a fast player but a highly intelligent player, trust me, he will continue to improve and score goals if he gets regular playing opportunities.” He added: “Before English football was suspended due to Covid-19, he got some goals and you will agree with me that he has greatly improved – a far difference from the time he joined the club. “I can only hope that by next season, he gets his feet completely right and continues to deliver. “For those writing him off, it is so early because I can tell you for free that his future is extremely bright because he has not started yet.” read also:Coronavirus: Iwobi, Ndidi, Iheanacho face 20% pay cut So far this season, Iheanacho boasts eight goals across all competitions for Brendan Rodgers’ men, with three of them coming from the English top-flight. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Former Super Eagles star and Golden Eaglets Assistant coach, Nduka Ugbade, has revealed why Kelechi Iheanacho has not been playing to his full potential at the English Premier League. Kelechi Iheanacho  The Foxes were labelled to have pulled off quite a coup when winning the race for the Nigerian from Manchester City. However, the 23-year-old is yet to reach his potential at King Power Stadium. Nigerian football great, Ugbade – who worked with Iheanacho as assistant coach of the Nigeria U17 and U2 teams, believes the wrong approach is being taken with the star. “Iheanacho’s coaches must know how best to use him,” he told Goal. “He is not an outright striker but he can play behind the main striker to provide assists while scoring goals. “Myself and Manu [Garba] know him very well and we know what he is capable of doing. All he needs now is getting regular playing time to get himself back into the game.” For Ugbade, learning different roles could be demanding for any young player, nevertheless, he suggests the Super Eagle will bounce back if he gains regular playing time at East Midland. Loading… center_img Promoted ContentA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsUnusual And Unique Beauty Of Indian WomenWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?15 Celebs You Probably Didn’t Expect To Be CheerleadersThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?last_img read more

September 23, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgCongratulations to 3 members of the Batesville Bulldog basketball team who just completed their season!  Aaron Garrett was named as an assistant coach for the 2019 All-Star series with Kentucky.  He will be joining Bloomington South’s J.R. Holmes, another assistant coach, and head coach Criss Beyers from Warren Central.  These games will be played at Bellarmine University in Louisville on June 7 and again on June 8 at Bankers Life in Indianapolis.  This is quite an honor for Aaron Garrett!Also, congratulations go out to Robert Raver who was named to the first team academic all-state list and to Trey Heidlage who received honorable mentioned.  Batesville High School has always been a leader in the state of Indiana in getting athletes named for this prestigious honor.  Only a tiny percentage of Indiana athletes are so honored.last_img read more

September 23, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgCheck to see if the website is secure. There should be an “s” after “http” in the URL to indicate it’s a secure site. No “s” may mean it’s a phishing attempt to get your information or to install malware on your computer. Do a web search. Searching by the offer, business name and the word “scam” can often bring up information showing which offers are fake. Don’t share your personal information. Legitimate businesses do not ask for private information such as credit card numbers or bank accounts for coupons or giveaways. Any promotional offer that asks for personal information is almost always a scam. You see your friends sharing coupons daily on Facebook that say share and get $100 off your next purchase.  Sometimes coupons are just a way for a site to generate extra hits online, but their goal is usually more malicious. They are often trying to steal personal information. Among the most frequently distributed fake coupons recently are Lowes, Kroger, Bath & Body Works, Costco, Aldis, Starbucks, and Trader Joe’s. The coupons often times offer cards or coupons for $100+ free merchandise, especially if you share the link on social media. There is usually a random apostrophe in the text.  These coupons have been widely circulated on Facebook and many people clicked and reshared the posts. The coupon link often takes them to a third-party website that, in order to get the coupon or voucher, asks for the person’s information which results in downloading viruses or malware. The individual never receives the coupon/voucher and doesn’t know who received their information. BBB offers the following tips for identifying coupon scams: Be skeptical. The better the deal looks, the more likely it’s fake. It is easy for scammers to steal logos and images of established businesses to create counterfeit coupons. Check directly with the source. To verify the legitimacy of an offer, visit the company’s website to look for the coupon or directly contact the company. Look at the expiration date. Most coupons have one. The lack of one is an indication that the coupon may be phony. Remember, coupons for free items usually expire quicker than others. Verify the source. If a coupon comes to you in an email, hover your mouse over the link (without clicking) and the URL destination address should appear. If that address looks like a random assortment of numbers and letters, do not click on it. last_img read more