Bar sets events to help sections punch-up their CLE courses August 15, 2002 Regular News Bar and section members who plan CLE seminars will soon have new resources for improving their offerings to Florida’s lawyers.The Continuing Legal Education Committee will combine its late September meeting in Tallahassee with a workshop featuring top state officials and focusing on incorporating state officials and resources into CLE programs.The committee also will use its annual retreat in April for a second workshop for CLE program chairs on how to organize and improve the educational efforts.“My whole year [as chair of the CLE Committee] is ‘How can we make our programs better?’” said new committee Chair Gerald Damsky of Boca Raton.His inspiration, he added, is a series of workshops the committee held several years ago to assist those putting on CLE programs.“We had moderators for each workshop who were experienced. We had people in the audience who had never put on a workshop who could ask the questions they needed answered. And they could exchange ideas,” Damsky recalled. “I can tell you if you had done 100 programs, you would still walk away with a basketful of great ideas.”The Tallahassee meeting is intended to stimulate more great ideas around the theme of how to incorporate state agencies and officials into CLE programs. It is being organized by committee Vice Chair and Supreme Court Clerk Tom Hall.“He graciously set up our first function — a tour of the court with the clerk of the court,” Damsky said with a chuckle. That will include a meeting in the Supreme Court chambers with Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead on how and why to include professionalism in CLE programs.The group will next go to the House chambers in the Capitol for a session led by committee member and legislative staffer Patrick “Booter” Imhof. That segment will include other legislative officials and focus on how the legislature operates and how to keep up with legislative activities.That will be followed by a tour of the Capitol, including committee rooms, the Senate, galleries, libraries, and where to get copies of bills.After lunch, the group will meet in the governor’s Cabinet Room with Secretary of the Department of Management Services Cynthia Henderson (who is a former vice chair of the committee) and other Cabinet and executive office officials. The discussion will be on incorporating Cabinet and executive agencies into CLE programs.“That will be followed by a discussion tying all of this together in CLE programs,” Damsky said.The group will have dinner that night at Nicholson’s Farm House, in nearby Havana.The next day, committee members and section representatives will tour the Bar Headquarters and look at the nuts and bolts of seminar preparation, including visiting the Bar’s printing facilities and video duplication services. The regular committee meeting will include a discussion on improving CLE programs, marketing seminars, new ways to improve courses, and handling CLE publications from start to finish.The meeting is open to all committee members and section CLE officials, although noncommittee members must register ahead of time because of security and possible space considerations. See information below.The retreat, tentatively set for April 25-27 at the Casa Monica Hotel in St. Augustine, will continue looking at ways to improve educational courses.“The theme for the retreat is ‘A program chair’s workshop from start to finish: all the things you need to put on a program that is going to be an incredible success,’” Damsky said. “We’re going through selecting a topic, selecting speakers, getting your materials, printing, brochures, marketing your program, and where’s the best place to have your program.”That will include whether the program should be live or taped, or a combination, and using the Internet and other technology to present programs.For more information about the committee and its functions, and about the retreat or the Tallahassee meeting, contact Yvonne Sherron at The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300, or phone (850) 561-5620. Bar sets events to help sections punch-up their CLE courses
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Daniel Zhu | Daily TrojanUSC’s highly anticipated 2017 football season kicked off in a lackluster way on Saturday, as heavy underdog Western Michigan went blow-for-blow with the Trojans, who were unable to pull away until the fourth quarter. For a top-five team, the mere possibility of losing to a Mid-American Conference team in the opening weekend was disappointing.This week brings a much greater challenge; the 14th-ranked Stanford Cardinal come to the Coliseum for a rivalry game after pounding Rice 62-7 two weeks ago. Here are the key areas the Trojans will have to improve on to defeat Stanford for the first time since 2014.Stop The RunWestern Michigan ran for 263 yards on Saturday, on 5.5 yards per attempt. The Trojans were unable to get a push from their defensive line, and the result was consistent openings for Bronco running backs. USC’s lack of physicality was evidenced by the four tackles for loss and one sack during the afternoon match.The front line wasn’t the only issue. Trojan linebackers and defensive backs missed a lot of tackles in the secondary. USC struggled to track down and wrap up open-field runners.This type of play will be an issue against a Stanford team that bludgeoned Rice for 287 rushing yards on 8 yards per attempt. The Cardinal have four returning starters along the offensive line, and they looked dominant in Week 1. USC’s run defense must be tougher, not only this week, but also moving forward.Darnold needs to take the helmTo be clear, Darnold wasn’t bad on Saturday. He was 23-of-33 for 289 yards, ran for a touchdown and converted on six of his eight third down attempts. He made the plays the team needed, and did the best he could behind a slightly spotty pass-blocking offensive line.However, the type of performance that can down Western Michigan isn’t the same as the one that is necessary to defeat Stanford. Darnold’s two interceptions, while coming on tipped balls, were not placed in the right spot for receivers to make plays. He lacked chemistry with every receiver but junior Deontay Burnett, missing multiple throws downfield on miscommunications, and he didn’t throw a touchdown.Darnold was far from USC’s biggest problem Saturday. But Stanford’s defense will be much stouter than Western Michigan’s. They won’t let junior Ronald Jones II and freshman Stephen Carr run over, around and through them. The receivers likely won’t gain any more separation. For the Trojans to win, Darnold will need to make plays with his feet and complete tough throws. He needs to prove he is worth the hype.Cut Down On MistakesIssues of discipline plagued the team last season, especially during the 1-3 start, and it was the same story Saturday. The Broncos scored touchdowns on a double pass and a kick return, which were key in maintaining an early lead in the second half. Junio linebacker Porter Gustin was inches from intercepting the double pass and taking it to the house, but once quarterback Jon Wassink had the ball in his hands, he had a clear path to the end zone. The team committed two turnovers on Darnold’s interceptions, and it would have been three if the Broncos recovered an errant snap. The Trojans were penalized nine times, including four on the offensive line, for a total of 94 yards. The line’s communication struggles were apparent on a third down sack in which the pass rusher reached Darnold untouched. Receivers dropped no fewer than four Darnold passes, and sophomore cornerback Jack Jones set the Trojans back when he let his knee touch the ground while receiving a kick. These type of unforced errors will be deadly against an opponent of Stanford’s caliber, and the Trojans will be embarrassed at home if they don’t clean up their act.
TORONTO – Accused serial killer Bruce McArhur will be back in a Toronto court Wednesday via video link.The 66-year-old self-employed landscaper was arrested in January and has since been charged him with six counts of first-degree murder.Police say most of his alleged victims were men who had gone missing from Toronto’s gay village.Investigators have said they have found the dismembered remains of six individuals in large planters at a home in the city where McArthur did landscaping work and rented storage space.Police have identified three sets of remains so far — 49-year-old Arthur Kinsman, 50-year-old Soroush Mahmudi and 40-year-old Skandaraj Navaratnam.McArthur is charged with first-degree murder in their deaths, as well as the presumed deaths, of 44-year-old Esen, 58-year-old Majeed Kayhan and Dean Lisowick, who was either 43 or 44.—
PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. – Two First Nations in Saskatchewan have filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against an energy company responsible for an oil spill that fouled the drinking water supply of thousands of people two years ago.The James Smith Cree Nation and the Cumberland House Cree Nation are seeking reparations from Husky Energy for the spill in July 2016 that polluted the North Saskatchewan River.They cite damage caused by the spill and allege Husky hasn’t been willing to work with them to make things right.The James Smith Cree Nation alleges in a prepared statement of facts that Husky was advised to take remediation steps after about 40 per cent of roughly 250,000 litres of oil mixture leaked into the river.The statement obtained by Prince Albert radio station CKBI claims Husky “failed or refused to perform remediation steps to mitigate, limit or remove the adverse impact” of the spill.None of the allegations by either First Nation has been proven in court.The spill forced the cities of Prince Albert, North Battleford and Melfort to shut off their water intakes for almost two months. Wildlife was also harmed.James Smith’s statement of facts alleges Husky repeatedly failed to provide the community with updates regarding the cleanup, didn’t provide updated technical data such as studies or reports or any other information related to the oil spill.The statement of facts also alleges Calgary-based Husky failed to inform the community as to when the company would be on reserve land to obtain samples, perform remediation or undertake other activities related to the spill response.The band is asking for damages to make up for its members’ lost ability to hunt, fish, trap, gather and otherwise enjoy the river.It also seeks an order requiring Husky to cover the costs of remediating the water, riverbanks and vegetation.The band, based about 60 kilometres east of Prince Albert, wants out-of-pocket expenses accrued during the oil spill cleanup period covered as well.It is asking for punitive damages, legal costs and interest on any compensation.The Cumberland House Cree Nation, located about 300 kilometres east of Prince Albert, has also filed legal paperwork against Husky Energy.Many of the allegations in its statement of facts mirror those submitted by the James Smith band.The Cumberland House Cree are also seeking a judge’s order requiring Husky Energy to “immediately and fully, and at their own expense, remove or remediate oil in the water, soil, vegetation, and debris on the reserve lands.”Husky has said that more than 90 per cent of the oil was recovered.The company concluded that the spill which originated near Maidstone, Sask., was caused when ground underneath a submerged section of pipe shifted.(CKBI, The Canadian Press)(Companies in the story: TSX:HSE)
BERLIN – The killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi has prompted soul-searching in some European countries about their sale of arms to Saudi Arabia, long one of the biggest buyers of sophisticated Western weaponry.While the United States ranks first among Saudi’s arms suppliers, Europe, too, has been selling billions of dollars’ worth of weapons to the kingdom for decades.Appeals have mounted in recent days calling for such deals to be halted: On Sunday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that arms exports to Saudi Arabia “can’t take place in the situation we’re currently in,” citing Khashoggi’s death. But despite the outrage, no European country has yet taken concrete action to change how business is done.Spain’s prime minister said Wednesday his government would fulfil past arms sales contracts with Saudi Arabia despite his “dismay” over the “terrible murder” of Khashoggi earlier this month in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.Pedro Sanchez told lawmakers that protecting jobs in southern Spain was central to his decision last month to go ahead with a controversial bomb shipment to Saudi Arabia.In London, British Prime Minister Theresa May also rebuffed a call from opposition lawmakers to end weapons sales to the Arab kingdom, telling Parliament on Wednesday that “the procedures we follow are among the strictest in the world.”Spain, Germany, Italy and Switzerland each accounted for about two per cent of Saudi Arabia’s arms imports between 2013 and 2017, according to figures compiled by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, or SIPRI.France accounted for about 4 per cent, while Britain took a 23 per cent share of the business — behind the United States with 61 per cent.Merkel’s economy minister, Peter Altmaier, called Monday for a common European Union position on arms sales to Saudi Arabia, telling a public broadcaster that “only if all European countries agree would this make an impression on the government in Riyadh.”Even if Germany were to stop the exports, “it will have no positive consequences … if at the same time other countries fill this gap,” he said.Slovakia’s Foreign Ministry said Wednesday it was willing to discuss the German proposal. In neighbouring Czech Republic, Foreign Minister Tomas Petricek said he also supported a discussion as he summoned the Saudi ambassador to Prague to tell him “any attacks on journalists are unacceptable.”But Britain’s foreign secretary highlighted the difficulty in agreeing on a common EU stance on Saudi arms exports when he pointed out last month that “With countries like Saudi Arabia, countries like China, the way you make the most progress is by talking to them in private.”“If you talk about these things publicly you lose the access, they say ‘we don’t want to deal with you’ and you put yourself in a position where you have no influence over what’s happening,” Jeremy Hunt told Sky News.Should Western nations halt their sales, one country that might step in is Russia.Russian and Saudi officials discussed possible arms sales including S-400 air defence systems during a landmark visit by King Salman last October, but no contract was signed.Saudi Arabia also has expressed interest in setting up production of Russian Kornet-EM anti-tank missiles, TOS-1A rocket launchers and AGS-30 automatic grenade launchers and the latest version of the Kalashnikov assault rifle in their country. It is unclear if any of those deals are nearing implementation.Russia’s cautious stance on Khashoggi’s murder could be changing that, experts say.Kirill Semenyov, a Middle East expert on the Foreign Affairs Council which advises the Kremlin, said the Saudis would be looking for alternatives like Russia if one of their key partners were to pull out of the deals.“If the U.S. or Britain were to renege on the contracts to supply fighter jets or other weapons like tanks, it would be a serious blow, that would push Saudi Arabia to buy arms from Russia like T-90 tanks or Su-35 planes,” he said.A sizeable Russian business delegation on Tuesday descended on an investment conference in Riyadh to show that Moscow is unfazed by the accusations against the royal family.Kirill Dmitriev, chairman of the state-owned Russian Direct Investment Fund, told state-owned Rossiya 24 channel that “Saudi partners are appreciative of our balanced position.” ”We continue to co-operate with Saudi Arabia’s investment fund and other partners,” he added.Dmitriev likened the investigation into Khashoggi’s killing to recent accusations levelled against Russia over the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain and cyber-attacks around the world.“There’s a lot of speculation and unverified information around,” he said.French government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said Wednesday that Paris will agree to sanctions against Saudi Arabia only if it’s proven they are to blame in the journalist’s killing.“As long as these facts are not corroborated by our intelligence services, we will withhold our response,” Griveaux said. “But once the light is made, that these facts are corroborated by our services, and in the event that Saudi Arabia’s responsibility is proven, then we will draw the consequences and we will take sanctions. And I will tell you something, it would not be just about weapons.”Diederik Cops, a researcher at the Flemish Peace Institute in Belgium, suggested that the European focus on military goods would have been more appropriate years ago in reaction to the Yemen conflict, where Saudi relies heavily on foreign arms and equipment. It may have taken the Khashoggi killing to force a change, he said.“Most governments are threatening with arms and questioning arms exports because they know that is the most strong … political pressure instrument they can use at this moment toward the Saudis,” he said.But, he added, it’s hard to tell if a global initiative on prohibiting arms exports to Saudi Arabia will take hold because of geopolitical and economic factors.Rights groups have long called unethical the multibillion-dollar U.S. and European arms sales to Saudi Arabia, for decades one of the world’s largest buyers of weapons. They point to the growing number of civilian casualties in Yemen’s ongoing civil war, in which the Saudis lead a mostly Arab coalition against Iranian-supported Shiite rebels known as the Houthis.Calls for the deals to be suspended have often surfaced in the wake of airstrikes by the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led coalition fighting against the Iranian-supported Shiite rebels in Yemen. The airstrikes have killed hundreds of Yemeni civilians, including women and children, since the commencement of the war in 2015.After an August airstrike hit a bus carrying Yemeni children on their way to school in the country’s north, killing more than 40, Human Rights Watch said the incident highlighted the “callous indifference of the Western powers enthusiastically arming the Saudi-led coalition.”On Wednesday, Spanish activists protested outside Parliament holding bomb-shaped signs reading “Decisions that kill.”Haizam Amirah Fernandez, an expert at Madrid-based think-tank Elcano Royal Institute, said Saudi Arabia’s current leadership “is aware that it has taken bold steps in the past three plus years with an absolute impunity” because the White House is its biggest backer.“Everybody else, including the Europeans, look at Washington to see what signals come out of the White House regarding support to the Saudi monarchy. And the signal so far has been of an unshakable support with timid criticism toward Saudi Arabia,” said Amirah Fernandez.___Parra contributed from Madrid. Mark Carlson in Brussels, Samuel Petrequin, Jill Lawless in London, Colleen Barry in Milan, David Rising in Berlin, Karel Janicek in Prague and Nataliya Vasilyeva and Vladimir Isachenkov in Moscow, and Hamza Hendawi in Cairo contributed to this report.
DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – A ‘Meet and Greet’ Adoption Event and Fundraiser for In the Woods Animal Rescue will be taking place Saturday, April 6, 2019.The Adoption Event will be held at the old Aspol Motors Building on 102nd Ave in Dawson Creek between 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Rescue volunteers will be bringing 20 dogs and puppies as well as 8 cats that are all in need of a forever home. Pictures of the rescue animals attending the event can be seen on the rescue’s FB Page.There will be a silent auction available for bidding upon and the Rescue welcomes donations of dog/cat food and cat litter. Danika Rita Photography will also be on site taking pet portraits, you are welcome to bring along your own pet for a picture. Butcher Block hotdog cart will be serving hotdogs and other refreshments by donation.In the Woods is a non-profit volunteer rescue operated by Sheryl Woods located justoutside of Nampa (Marie Reine) AB. In the Woods has been in operation for six years and during that time, 3500 dogs and over 500 cats have been rehomed.The rescue’s existence depends on volunteer hours and private donations. The rescue is typically filled to capacity with 80+ dogs/puppies and 100+ cats/kittens. The rescue always appreciates any and all help they receive.A link to the meet and greet FB Group; CLICK HEREA link to the In the Woods Animal Rescue; CLICK HERE
3. Coach Bo Ryan leads No. 4-seeded Wisconsin (23-8) into the NCAA Tournament for the 10th consecutive year. The Badgers will play the Atlantic Sun Conference champion, No. 13-seeded Belmont Bruins (30-4), in the first round. 3. After being in contention for a No. 1 seed for most of the season, No. 4 seed Texas fell after losing three of four games to unranked teams late in February. The Longhorns will take on No. 13 seed Oakland, who some have pegged to be a Cinderella team after winning the Summit League Championship. 5. Kemba Walker took No. 3 seed Connecticut to a five-games-in-five-days championship run to the Big East Tournament — a conference that sent 11 teams to the NCAA Tournament. The 6-foot-1 guard averaged 26 points per game in the conference tournament. UConn takes on No. 14 Bucknell, which won the Patriot League title. Southwest Region 1. No. 1 seed Kansas is the deepest team in the nation, but at times loses focus defensively. Nevertheless, the Jayhawks are a legitimate title contender and are the overwhelming favorite to win the region. East Region 1. Ohio State, the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament, is the favorite, not only to win its region, but to be the last team standing come April 4. The Buckeyes should cruise until a potential matchup with No. 4 seed Kentucky in the Sweet 16. 2. No. 6 seed Xavier’s Tu Holloway is the best player you’ve never heard of. The Atlantic-10 Player of the Year was second in the A-10 in points, assists, steals and free-throw percentage. Holloway also has recorded two triple-doubles on the season, and scored 26 points in last season’s Elite 8 loss against Kansas State. 3. The best first-round tilt will take place between No. 8 seed George Mason and No. 9 seed Villanova. George Mason comes in winner of 16 of its last 17 games, while Villanova has lost five in a row and seven of its last nine. This game will feature two teams that look to push the tempo, evidenced by both squads’ 73-points-a-game averages. 4. No. 2 seed North Carolina is the only team in the region with enough size potentially to get OSU’s big men in foul trouble, and the talent to go shot for shot with the Buckeyes. However, the Tar Heels’ tournament inexperience is a major concern. 5. That said, OSU will win the East Region. The Buckeyes boast an impeccable combination of youth and experience, as well as perimeter shooting and inside play. That should be enough for them to reach their second Final Four in four years. West Region 1. No. 1 seed Duke likely needed its championship run in the ACC Tournament to secure a No. 1 seed after beating North Carolina, 75-58, in the conference title game. The Blue Devils benefited from Notre Dame falling to Louisville in the semifinals of the Big East Tournament. There’s speculation about whether star freshman guard Kyrie Irving’s toe injury will allow him to participate in the tournament. 4. No. 2 seed San Diego State was the second-to-last team in the country to remain undefeated, behind OSU. The Aztecs suffered their only two losses to BYU, but beat BYU, 72-54, in the Mountain West championship game Saturday. They take on No. 15 seed Northern Colorado, led by guard Devon Beitzel’s 21.4 points per game. 2. Purdue gets a favorable draw as a No. 3 seed. Look for its veteran leadership and scoring to carry it on a deep tournament run. 3. No. 10 seed Florida State has star player Chris Singleton returning from injury and the Seminoles’ defensive mindset allows them to match up with anyone. Notre Dame will have its hands full in round two. 4. Few expected Louisville to be a No. 4 seed come March. Don’t be surprised if Rick Pitino’s squad continues to exceed expectations. 4. Michigan State was named the Southeast region’s No. 10 seed after posting a 19-14 record and advancing the Big Ten Tournament’s semifinal round. The Spartans will play No. 7-seeded UCLA (22-10) in the first round. This is the Spartans’ 14th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. 2. No. 8 seed Michigan will take on the team that took out OSU last year in the Sweet 16, No. 9 seed Tennessee, in the first round. The Wolverines ranked 249th in the country in scoring and will face the Volunteers, led by 6-foot-7 Scotty Hopson’s 17.4 points per game. 2. 2010 NCAA Tournament runner-up Butler (23-9) is the No. 8 seed in the Southeast Region. The Bulldogs will play No. 9-seeded Old Dominion (27-6) in the first round. 5. Upsets in matches between 12th- and fifth-seeded teams are always trendy, but Atlantic 10 Tournament champion Richmond poses a legitimate threat to the region. Remember the name Justin Harper. The 6-foot-10 forward with 3-point range could make a name for himself. Southeast Region 1. UNC-Asheville will take on Arkansas-Little Rock on Tuesday in the Southeast Region’s play-in game. The winner will assume the region’s No. 16 seed and play No. 1-seeded Pittsburgh (27-5) in its next game. 5. The Florida Gators (26-7) were named the Southeast Region’s No. 2 seed. On Nov. 16, Ohio State defeated the Gators, 93-75, in Gainesville, Fla.
Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor has taken his last snap in Scarlet and Gray. Many Buckeye fans were done with Pryor. They wanted him out, wanted to turn a new page. But in a much harsher reality, problems are far from resolved for the Ohio State football program. Interim head coach Luke Fickell, athletic director Gene Smith and President E. Gordon Gee have until July 5 to provide responses to 42 inquiries from the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations addressed to Gee April 21. University representatives – including former head coach Jim Tressel and Fickell – are scheduled to meet with the Committee on Infractions on Aug. 12. The problems not only apply to off-the-field problems, but there is now a touchdown-producing hole in the defending Big Ten champions’ offense. In the 2010 season, Pryor accounted for 2,272 passing yards, 754 rushing yards and 31 total touchdowns. In addition to Pryor missing the entire season, five other players are already suspended for a portion of the season. The NCAA suspended Pryor, running back Dan Herron, receiver DeVier Posey, offensive lineman Mike Adams and defensive end Solomon Thomas for the first five games of the upcoming season for selling memorabilia and receiving improper benefits from Eddie Rife, owner of Fine Line Ink tattoo parlor. Linebacker Jordan Whiting earned a one-game suspension. Former OSU linebacker Brian Rolle tweeted from his account Tuesday, @rolly_polly36, that the constant turmoil Buckeyes everywhere are experiencing is frustrating. “You’ve got to be kidding me TP,” Rolle said on Twitter. “Heartbreak after heartbreak… feels like an abusive relationship.” Where does this leave the remaining Buckeyes? The 2011 OSU squad will begin looking at the four quarterback options for the season. OSU tight end Jake Stoneburner summarized it on his twitter account, @STONEYeleven. “KG, BM, JB, TG… Time to step up fellas. This just got real,” Stoneburner tweeted Tuesday. Stoneburner was referring to Kenny Guiton (KG), Braxton Miller (BM), Joe Bauserman (JB) and Taylor Graham (TG). During the 2011 Spring Game, all four quarterbacks saw playing time and all four put up about comparable numbers. Pryor’s lawyer, Larry James, released a statement on Pryor’s behalf. “In the best interest of my teammates, I’ve decided to forego my senior season at Ohio State,” Pryor said in the statement. A friend of Pryor’s and a star of near-equal stature on campus, Jared Sullinger, tweeted to Pryor from his account, @Jared_Sully0. “We gonna miss you @TPeezy2,” Sullinger tweeted. “Had a great career hopefully that continues at the next level bro.”