More Maro Itoje brilliance on display as he blocks a kick with his foot

first_imgThursday Jan 5, 2017 More Maro Itoje brilliance on display as he blocks a kick with his foot Maro Itoje’s unique skill set has caught the eye again, this time after he blocked a kick with his extremely large boot. Why not? Referee JP Doyle needed to check the laws, but it turns out that the Saracens kingpin was well within his rights, and executed it perfectly.A few months back we saw him produce a piece of wizardry to steal the ball in a tackle, now this.We haven’t seen this type of ‘charge down’ happen too often, and there was no contact with the boot, which is perhaps why it was allowed.As mentioned in commentary though, in football (soccer), going in with studs up is clearly outlawed due to how dangerous it can be. Aside from the brilliance of the effort, are you of the opinion that it was dangerous play, or is that a bit of a stretch ?Either way, it’s incredible agility for a big guy. Oh, and apparently he can slam dunk rugby balls, too.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error See it to Believe it Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Experts explain what actually happens… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Leigh Halfpenny makes yet another… 26 WEEKS AGO Parisse alley-oop magic sets up brilliant… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingDoctors Stunned: She Removes Her Wrinkles With This Inexpensive TipSmart Life Reports30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

House in Los Angeles 1 Art Studio and Residential Compound / T…

first_img Photographs Architects: The LADG Year Completion year of this architecture project ArchDaily Projects House in Los Angeles 1 Art Studio and Residential Compound / The LADG CopyHouses•Los Angeles, United States Photographs:  Saam Gabay, Injinash UnshinProject Team:Claus Benjamin Freyinger, Andrew Holder, Trenman Yau, Anthony Chu, Kenji Hattori-Forth, Remi McClain, See Hong Quek, Jonathan Rieke, Morgan StarkeyCity:Los AngelesCountry:United StatesMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Saam GabayRecommended ProductsSystems / Prefabricated PanelsInvestwoodCement-Bonded Particle Board – Viroc NatureSystems / Prefabricated PanelsSwisspearlPerforated & Engraved PanelsMetallicsTECU®Copper Surface – Classic CoatedWindowspanoramah!®ah!38 – FlexibilityText description provided by the architects. House in Los Angeles 1 is a multifaceted art studio and residential compound for a pair of professional visual artists, a painter, and a photographer. The project comprises an addition to the clients’ existing mid-century home, a guest house that provides studio space for their work, and dedicated structures for exhibitions and events during which guests can move seamlessly between indoor and outdoor space. Situated in the middle of a deep residential block in Los Angeles’s Highland Park neighborhood, the compound’s four structures are joined to the street by a long drive and scatter fluidly across the expansive half-acre hilltop lot, redefining traditionally compact, front-facing suburban architecture across Los Angeles.Save this picture!© Injinash UnshinSave this picture!Extruded planSave this picture!© Injinash UnshinVisually, the various structures are connected by a collection of freestanding walls that were inspired by the site’s existing ranch house—particularly the way it evoked mid-century, post-war “dream homes” designed by Los Angeles architect Cliff May. “May’s residential designs are remarkable because of the way walls and interior elements appear to float free on the ground plane, without simply reiterating the boundary of the roof above,” says Andrew Holder, co-founder and co-principal of The LADG.Save this picture!© Saam GabayAcross the site, the assembly of walls take primacy in the design, while the interiors become almost by-products. The result is a matrix of covered structures and walls that extend well beyond them, delineating outdoor corridors and dynamic, versatile spaces for en-plein-air work and social interaction.Save this picture!© Saam GabayFor some walls, The LADG borrowed from the plan of May’s designs for his Long Beach tract home development, which emphasizes walls that serve varied functions. Within House in Los Angeles 1, they are arranged across the site to imply interiors, albeit interiors that can be interpreted as extending in all directions. Several walls stretch beyond the bounds of interior space and are packed with storage and utilities like a bathroom, an outdoor shower, large canvas storage, and equipment storage.Save this picture!© Saam GabayRoofs across House in Los Angeles heighten this sense of expansive interiority. They are placed loosely atop the arrangement of walls to shelter the guest house, studio, and a carport/event space, with the eaves also covering nooks and recesses at almost every edge. The arrangement reorganizes the property (inclusive of the original home) into nine bays, each of which is assigned a different activity: studio, courtyard, carport/event space, garden, guest house, courtyard, garden, porch, and main house.Save this picture!© Injinash UnshinSave this picture!Garage sectionSave this picture!© Injinash UnshinThe extreme looseness of the plan is the defining feature, turning the entire site into a series of rooms that stand-alone between a smattering of walls, unbound by rooves and disconnected as if standing in a field. As a result, reciprocal relationships emerge between spaces that may be out of view of one another, on opposite sides of a wall. The crenellation in a wall for the bathroom sink and vanity in the studio building, for instance, could be used as a shelf for garden tools when considered from the courtyard side. This reciprocity exists throughout, with little jogs in the compound’s surfaces serving a mundane, programmatic function on one side, and some kind of sculptural, more spontaneous role on another. This versatility responds to the specific desires of the clients as well as, more generally, to the casual indoor-outdoor lifestyle to which Angelenos aspire.Save this picture!© Saam GabaySave this picture!© Saam GabayThe architecture of House in Los Angeles 1 mirrors this casual approach with apparently loose construction techniques and unassuming materials. The lowest portions of the buildings are made of poured-in-place concrete, with a vertical wood grain patterning from the boards used in the construction process. Above this, the walls are white smooth troweled stucco, while roofs are erected with Last-Time metal.Save this picture!© Saam GabayInside, surfaces are equally unassuming and reveal the process of making, reflecting the compound’s function as a flexible space for making and showing art. Within the studio, a skin of drywall sits atop exposed studs, affording the client plenty of white wall surface for painting as well as exhibiting finished work for studio visits. “The finish of the studio tries to make surfaces available for the client to use and modify,” says Holder. The ceiling’s exposed beams can also be used to suspend a studio lighting grid, as well as support other features, like shelving, as needed. The darkroom is similarly clad in minimally finished plywood panels, which the client can use and modify flexibly.Save this picture!© Injinash UnshinSave this picture!© Injinash UnshinThis approach, which fuses adaptability and durability, extends to the landscape, where the clients will host art openings and events in the courtyard between the carport and studio, as well as accept and release deliveries of art. Native grasses will be planted in the rear-most yard behind the studio, and yard furniture will accumulate ad-hoc over time as the clients discover the places they enjoy spending parts of their daily routine.Save this picture!© Injinash UnshinProject gallerySee allShow lessRipple Installation / The Urban CongaSelected ProjectsGalicia House / LOI ArquitecturaSelected Projects Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard “COPY” 2020center_img House in Los Angeles 1 Art Studio and Residential Compound / The LADGSave this projectSaveHouse in Los Angeles 1 Art Studio and Residential Compound / The LADG Year:  Houses “COPY” United States ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Save this picture!© Saam Gabay+ 34Curated by Paula Pintos Share CopyAbout this officeThe LADGOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesLos AngelesIcebergOn InstagramOn FacebookConcrete HousesUnited StatesPublished on May 14, 2021Cite: “House in Los Angeles 1 Art Studio and Residential Compound / The LADG” 14 May 2021. 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This Week is Farm Bill Deadline

first_img Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News This Week is Farm Bill Deadline SHARE By Gary Truitt – Nov 19, 2013 SHARE This Week is Farm Bill Deadline Previous articleIndiana Farmers and FFA Support Trees for Troops EffortNext articleCommodity Classic San Antonio Registration Open Gary Truitt Frank LucasFrank Lucas – House Agriculture Committee Chairman and leader of the Farm Bill Conference Committee – says farm bill leaders need to have a draft of the farm bill by the end of this week if it’s to become law before the end of the year. Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow expressed hope the leaders could release a framework by the end of the week or shortly thereafter. These committee leaders aren’t alone in their desire to make a big push forward in the farm bill negotiations. Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns – former Secretary of Agriculture – sent a letter to the leaders of the farm bill conference committee Tuesday. He said as conferees aim to wrap up this week – it’s crucially important to be more honest about the risks in the direction some are trying to take. Johanns said it will distort the ag economy, raise trade concerns and skew the market for farmers and ranchers for years to come. He said producers need the certainty of long-term ag policy – but deserve a farm bill that helps them sell goods on the global market – not one that distorts it. Johanns even said an extension of the current farm bill – something he has opposed – would be better than an outdated farm policy. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley also focused on the idea of recoupling target prices to planted acres in a statement Tuesday. Grassley said he’s hearing Chairman Lucas and his staff are trying to convince people there is no reason to be troubled about concerns regarding planted acres. But he said enacting the House commodity title – where extremely high target prices for some crops are coupled with planted acres – would take us back to a time when farmers planted for the government instead of the market. On top of that – Grassley noted concerns of World Trade Organization challenges.Grassley also expressed surprise that negotiators are still talking about possible changes to actively engaged criteria and the use of planted acres or base acres in commodity programs. Grassley said the current actively engaged law isn’t working – but noted the Government Accountability Office recently said language in the Senate-passed farm bill would be an appropriate fix. Given the actively engaged provisions are the same in the House and Senate bills – Grassley said there’s no reason for these provisions to be part of the discussion. But according to Grassley – enacting the House commodity title would take us backwards to a time when farmers planted for the government instead of the market. Grassley said he wants to get a farm bill done – but wants to vote for a good bill that is defensible. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Horoscope: October 17, 2020

first_imgTamia Banks Horoscope: May 2, 2021 Facebook Tamia Banks Horoscope: May 2, 2021 Horoscope: April 29, 2021 + posts printA baby born today has a Sun in Libra and a Moon in Libra until 1:05 a.m., when the Moon enters Scorpio.HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020:Daring, resilient and drama-loving, you must maintain balance to have the successful life you deserve. This year, working with others is your path to success, and you’ll feel very proud of the end product. If single, you often gamble on love, and this year you take a chance and commit. If attached, you and your partner are both power players, often working together. Your bond is tight. CANCER stabilizes you.The Stars Show the Kind of Day You’ll Have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; 1-DifficultARIES (March 21-April 19)★★★★Today can bring an important new partnership. Keep perspective if love and emotional issues grow complex. There’s a sense of fate in the air. Adapt to circumstances. Valuable insights come from close associates. Tonight: Your creativity is enhanced and impels you.TAURUS (April 20-May 20)★★★★★Today brings a sensitive and sentimental mood to love. Show appreciation for the creations and accomplishments of a loved one. Make a special effort to communicate clearly and listen carefully. Tonight: A shift regarding loyalties and commitments to a family member.GEMINI (May 21-June 20)★★★Be alert to routine safety concerns. Create a comfortable environment. Some time and energy are dedicated to the health needs of a loved one. When this occurs, remember to take rest and regroup. Tonight: A quiet evening before an early bedtime, if possible.CANCER (June 21-July 22)★★★★Recreational activities that inspire thinking and learning will bring you happiness today. Perhaps you might join a book club to find a new friend. Encourage a potential love interest to talk. Listen. Tonight: Children will be a source of comfort and joy.LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)★★★★Today generates a feeling of freedom and well-being. Examine ways to make housing as comfy and hospitable as possible. Dreams and hunches about domestic matters should be heeded. Tonight: It’s a wonderful time for completing old business. You will feel relief.VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)★★★Keep a sense of humor as a neighbor is difficult or eccentric. Remember, the world would be dull if we were all the same. Transportation arrangements will have to be revamped. You will be on your way again soon. Tonight: Catch up with old friends.LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)★★★Check provisions and supplies. Restock shelves and larders. Use that bit of extra cash you’ve been hoarding to make a purchase that will give you pleasure. Offer thanks for all that you have. Tonight: Let the magic take hold.SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)★★★★To achieve happiness, Scorpios must first resolve extremes of emotion. Today brings a vision of your year to come, and a time of growth and opportunity commences. Select goals. Tonight: Commitments made will stick, so be cautious if considering a promise that could entangle.SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)★★★Suddenly, discretion is more important than usual. You’ll cherish your privacy. Quiet, good deeds generate positive karma. You’ll be aware of the secret needs and worries of others. There are opportunities now to be helpful. Tonight: You’ll feel like a guardian angel.CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)★★★People from the past call or visit. You’ll feel haunted by an old wish or goal that proved elusive. Be very realistic if you’re tempted to give it another try. Practical guidelines provide the best route to success just now. Tonight: Online networking.AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)★★★★You’ll be considered an authority and role model today. This is satisfying but also promises added responsibility. Your success will be affected by the amount of effort you expend. You will be honored and appreciated. Tonight: Give yourself a decent break.PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)★★★★Note current events. Gather books and other reference materials online. There is much to learn. Foreign language skills come easily today. Creative word usage will impart a special power to magical workings. You’ll be amazed. Tonight: Drifting away on a daydream.Born today: Playwright Arthur Miller (1915), actor Montgomery Clift (1920), cartoonist Mike Judge (1962) Tamia Banks Twitter Horoscope: April 30, 2021 ReddIt Linkedin Tamia Banks Previous articleChancellor talks enrollment increase, DEI initiatives and campus connectionsNext articleHoroscope: October 18, 2020 Tamia Banks RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Horoscope: April 28, 2021 Tamia Banks Linkedin Twitter Horoscope: April 29, 2021 Horoscope: May 1, 2021 Horoscope: May 1, 2021 Horoscope: April 30, 2021 ReddIt Facebooklast_img read more

County attorney seeks constructive role

first_img Ector County Attorney Dusty Gallivan in his courthouse office Monday, April 16, 2018. WhatsApp By admin – April 29, 2018 Twitter “You need a life outside the office. A young lawyer out of law school wants to work 90 hours a week, but you can only maintain that pace for so long.“As attorneys, we have to know what we’re doing is the right thing. We review over 6,000 cases a year and file 5,000. We move 60 percent within 30 to 45 days and 99 percent within 120 days. We only have a handful of trials, five or six so far this year.”Gallivan got his nickname on the day he was born six weeks prematurely at Newport News, Va., when his parents and Aunt Mel were headed to the hospital down a long, dusty road and his aunt quipped, “We ought to call him ‘Dusty.’”Dusty GallivanYou have to learn patience and how to maintain a poker face, acting like whatever happens is exactly what you expected while underneath you might be freaking out.”Most of his business is Class A and B misdemeanors, DWIs, the most numerous, and family violence, the most vexatious and dangerous. “One of a prosecutor’s biggest fears is that you will decide not to prosecute or give them a slap on the wrist and they go out and kill,” said Gallivan, 47.“We handle 700-800 DWIs a year and 300-400 family violence cases, but if we prosecute a DWI, it’s one where nobody got hurt. Ninety-five percent of family violence involves alcohol or some other drug. We have anger management classes, Project Adam and a batterers’ intervention program.“It’s hard to say, but we like to think they help. We have to do something. We can’t just say, ‘Don’t do it again.’ Part of it is letting the victims know they don’t have to stay in that cycle of violence and letting the perpetrators know they don’t have to hit somebody just because they say something they don’t like.”Asked why Ector County has so many such cases, Gallivan attributed it to an erosion of family values during the past half-century. “People behave in a way they feel is appropriate,” he said.“It’s a lack of family unity. There are a lot of one-parent homes where the child only sees one parent on the weekends and the custodial parent is afraid the child will want to go to the other parent.”A Class A misdemeanor carries penalties of up to a year in jail and a fine of as much as $4,000 while a Class B offense is punishable by as many as six months in jail and a $2,000 fine.Gallivan, Chief Assistant Greg Barber and the other prosecutors also see beaucoup thefts and marijuana possessions, and they took the protective orders from misdemeanor cases off District Attorney Bobby Bland’s hands last year to file them in Judge Sara Billingsley’s 446th District Court.Gallivan joined the Air Force after graduating from Odessa High School in 1988 and served in the secure communications department of the Strategic Air Command at Offutt AFB near Omaha, Neb., mustering out as a senior airman. He attended Odessa College, got a bachelor’s of business administration degree at UTPB and worked in the banking industry and as operations manager for Best Buy in Midland. He enrolled at age 26 at Baylor Law School in Waco, where he also took an MBA at Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business.Gallivan and his wife Monica, a probation officer, have three children. His father David, who also taught at OHS, lives here. His mom Beverly Jean died in 2014. He has a brother and two sisters. “I have a lot of respect for people in the military, but I wouldn’t go back because I don’t like other people telling me what to do,” he said.“It’s like any job. If personalities clash, you’re not going to like it. I wanted to be an attorney to make a difference, make some money and be my own boss. Nobody was hiring when I got out of law school in 1999, so I opened my own firm where Bell Realtors are now at 2512 N. Grandview, practicing what we call ‘door law.’“If it walked in the door, I did it — divorce, custody, child support and all kinds of criminal cases. Luckily I had gone to high school with (attorney) Sid Lyle, who showed me how to fill out the paperwork and get court appointments. Within three months, I was getting enough business to stay busy every day. I went all over the state. The bottom line is helping the people who come to you with problems and issues. They want you to fix it, not judge them.”Gallivan moved to 323 N. Grant Ave. in 2001 and in 2012 sold his practice to his nephew Jason Schoel, then joined Bland as an assistant DA. Commissioners named him county attorney in 2014 when Scott Layh became a county court-at-law judge, and he won a four-year term in 2016.Longtime friend Mickey Gaines said Gallivan “is hard-working and honest, a straight shooter.“Dusty may not always tell you what you want to hear, but he will tell you what you need to hear,” said Gaines, who owns an advertising agency. “On the personal side, he is a good family man who has been a role model for me. He married his high school sweetheart and raised his kids well. He’s wicked funny sometimes but in a subtle way.”Gaines said Gallivan “has a softer side.“He’s not stone-faced like a lot of attorneys,” he said. “We’ve gone with him and his wife on a couple of vacations, and he was the same there as he was here. He could make so much more money in private practice. His public service is almost better for us than it is for him.”Schoel’s experience of working for his uncle as a go-fer inspired him to go to Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston. “Dusty has always been a great mentor,” Schoel said.“Seeing him work day in and day out with clients is what turned me to the law. Even to this day, if I have questions I can go to him and get answers. Everything is thought out.”Schoel said Gallivan’s Air Force years helped shape his career. “Being in the military is a wonderful thing that leads to a life of giving service to others,” he said.Gallivan said the key to becoming a good trial lawyer “is learning how to act in front of a jury and make an argument one way or the other to achieve whatever it is you’re trying to achieve.“You have to learn patience and how to maintain a poker face, acting like whatever happens is exactly what you expected while underneath you might be freaking out,” he said. “When I get upset, my ears get red. If you’re sitting behind me, you might not see my face, but you can see my ears get red.”He sat second chair to the highly regarded late Odessa trial lawyer Tom Hirsch in the 2004 trial of Jamey Naylor, who was charged in the murder of his mother, and he represented 22-year-old Guerdwich Montimere when Montimere was accused of sexual assault of a child and tampering with government records while misrepresenting himself as a teenager and playing on the Permian High School basketball team. Naylor was committed to a state mental hospital, and Montimere was paroled after serving two years in prison.“Tom letme sit in, take a few witnesses and gain experience,” Gallivan said. “I once had a client who was accused of aggravated robbery and said he didn’t do it. I told him, ‘The complaining witness knows you and he’s going to say you’re the one who robbed him. You can go to prison.’ He got on the stand and I asked, ‘Why should this jury believe you didn’t do it?’ He said, ‘Because I was at a motel smoking crack with a hooker.’ And they acquitted him.”One of Gallivan’s chief pursuits is making his office run more smoothly, and he has that goal in his hobby of tinkering with computers, iPads and iPhones “to see how we can use them and become more efficient,” he said.He also plays with and trains his dogs, including the two Yorkshire terriers he started with and three he adopted from shelters.The Gallivans have traveled to the East and West coasts, major cities throughout the nation and Jamaica, Mexico, the Caribbean and the Cayman Islands on cruises. “I like to go see different things and see how different people live,” he said.“What we lack in scenery in Odessa, we make up for in people. Everybody is so friendly. We’re happy here. Where you live is what you make of it.”More Information Previous articleGUEST VIEW: We’re all in this togetherNext articleMore Hispanic Chamber questions arise admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp 1 of 4 Dwight Richard “Dusty” Gallivan grew up in a military family and came to Odessa at age 6 when his dad, an Army first sergeant, was assigned to teach ROTC at Ector High School.He learned to like the city and returned after graduating from law school, and now he enjoys playing a constructive role in its political and social fabric as Ector County attorney.And he might make a small but significant part of Texas history next year, working with staff members and State Rep. Brooks Landgraf to pass a law putting pregnant women in the protected class with police officers and other public servants and making it a felony to hit them.Gallivan is a reserved, quietly humorous man who is proud of his 19 staff members, including six attorneys, and encourages them to have outside interests. “I tell them it’s a job, it’s not where you live,” he said. Ector County Attorney Dusty Gallivan in his courthouse office Monday, April 16, 2018. Facebook Ector County Attorney Dusty Gallivan in his courthouse office Monday, April 16, 2018. Local NewsCrime County attorney seeks constructive role Dusty Gallivan Facebook page.  Police searching for man connected to hit and run Home Local News Crime County attorney seeks constructive role Facebook Ector County Attorney Dusty Gallivan in his courthouse office Monday, April 16, 2018. Ector County Attorney Dusty Gallivan in his courthouse office Monday, April 16, 2018. 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Forsa calls for “realistic offer” to resolve School Secretaries dispute

first_img Forsa calls for “realistic offer” to resolve School Secretaries dispute RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleCiara Grant back playing football with ShelbourneNext articleDelap signs on at Finn Park News Highland The trade union Forsa held a rally outside Education Minister Joe McHugh’s office this afternoon, urging him and his government colleagues to come up with a realistic offer to end their dispute.They want all secretaries to be treated as government employees, saying unjust that school secretaries who don’t have that status are paid considerably less than colleagues who do the same work.An offer made at the Workplace Relations Commission last year has been described as “derisory”.Outside Minister McHugh’s office this afternoon, Forsa’s Barry Cunningham told Greg Hughes that the ball is now in the government’s court………Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Google+ Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thcenter_img AudioHomepage BannerNews Harps come back to win in Waterford Twitter WhatsApp By News Highland – January 10, 2020 FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Twitter Google+ Pinterestlast_img read more

Florida inmate punches lawyer in the head during court hearing

first_imgBroward County(MIAMI) — A Florida defense attorney was taken to the hospital on Wednesday after an inmate punched her in the head during a bond hearing, knocking her to the courtroom floor.Assistant public defender Julie Chase was looking down at a piece of paper when 27-year-old William Green jumped out of his seat at the Broward County Courthouse and sucker punched her, courtroom video showed. The attack caught the crowd of defendants, and the judge, by surprise.“What happened?” Judge Jackie Powell asked as court bailiffs rushed to tackle Green.Chase was taken to Broward Health Medical Center for evaluation. She told reporters that she was doing better after the visit.The punch “was a bit of a shock,” she told Miami ABC affiliate WPLG-TV while leaving the hospital.“I didn’t expect it, but I’m doing OK,” she added.Green, who was accused of attacking a worker at a mental health facility, is now facing additional battery charges. Broward County public defender Howard Finkelstein said the suspect appeared to be suffering from a mental illness.“In 40 years this is the first time one of my attorneys has been attacked,” Finkelstein said in a statement. “This has a chilling effect on my team because we are committed to our work. This is not part of the job description.”The Broward County Sheriff’s Office said it would tighten inmate security during court hearings going forward.“BSO has received numerous requests from the public defender’s office asking for a more lax approach to our security procedures during magistrate hearings,” Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony said in a statement Wednesday. “Although I understand their concern that having deputies standing close to the inmates or having them wear handcuffs or shackles could imply guilt, they must in turn understand that their requests made it possible for this unusual situation to occur.”He said all inmates will be restrained during magistrate hearings from now on.“As the senior ranking law enforcement official for Broward County, I am obligated to ensure all policies related to the protection and safety of our court officials are enforced,” Tony said. “Effective immediately, all inmates will be handcuffed during these proceedings as to reduce the ability of an inmate to cause similar harm or greater.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Military families share Memorial Day with nation mourning coronavirus losses

first_imgCourtesy Vikki PierBy LAUREN LANTRY, ABC News(NEW YORK) — On this Memorial Day, despite the spread of the coronavirus across the country, much of the Pier family — sons, daughters and even a few grandkids — will gather in the front yard of Vikki and Mark Pier’s home in North Carolina.Each will take a red balloon, fill it with helium, and write a message on the outside with a marker. Some will say “we love you,” others “we miss you.”“But mainly, ‘I can’t wait to see you again,’” Vikki Pier said she’ll write on hers. Then, Noah Pier’s family will let the balloons go and watch them float away.Lance Cpl. Noah Pier was killed in action in Afghanistan on Feb. 16, 2010. It was the 25-year-old Marine’s second deployment. Monday marks the 10th Memorial Day that his parents, Vikki and Mark Pier, have celebrated and honored their eldest son, and grieved his loss.Some years, they make it to Arlington National Cemetery, to sit with their son, but this year they decided to stay home.“There’s no way we would not celebrate it — (that) we would not honor him — even with this COVID,” Vikki Pier told ABC News.While the whole family cannot gather as they have in previous years, they will all be taking time to remember.Noah, she said, was a tall, loud young man, known for drinking coffee and learning to cook so he could always eat well — pumpkin pie, cheese cake and lasagna were some of his favorites. He always rooted for the underdog, loved music and sang with all his heart.“You could never catch him without a smile on his face,” Mark Pier said. “He was a joy to raise.”He was, they said, a proud Marine.“He did believe in the fight for freedom,” Vikki Pier said of her son, who was awarded a posthumous Purple Heart. “And he believed that it was vital to keep those that would harm us off our soil. So even though he went to Afghanistan, he believed he was protecting us here at home.”For many, Memorial Day means a time for barbecues with family and friends, the end of a school year and the unofficial beginning of summer. According to some polls, only about half of Americans know the holiday’s true meaning. Many mistakenly believe it commemorates all veterans.But Memorial Day, of course, honors the men and women who sacrificed their lives.More than 645,000 Americans have been killed in conflicts since WWI — a sacrifice that “cost a lot of families everything,” as Vikki Pier put it.This year, amid the coronavirus pandemic, Memorial Day will be different.“While we may not be able to gather together in the manner in which we are accustomed, we will still ensure those who made the supreme sacrifice in the service of our country are appropriately honored and remembered on Memorial Day,” Jeff Reinbold, superintendent of National Mall and Memorial Parks, said in a statement.Parades across the nation have been canceled, wreath-laying ceremonies at the war memorials on the National Mall will be streamed virtually and the National Memorial Day Concert will be live-streamed.Arlington National Cemetery, where Vikki Pier says her “heart is,” will be closed to the public but remains open for families with passes.All 142 VA national cemeteries will be open for visitation throughout the weekend, but there will be no public events and no traditional placement and retrieval of gravesite flags.There will be no Poppy Wall of Honor installation on the Mall. The United Services Automobile Association, which serves millions of military families, has created a website in its place, offering a digital tribute.“What we find in this current environment is that Americans are heroic people,” USAA senior vice president and retired Navy Vice Adm. John Bird told ABC News, saying Americans have a tradition of heroism. “They are willing to sacrifice. They are willing to step in harm’s way. I am certainly inspired by the nurses, the doctors, the first responders. And I think the world of them. On the other hand, I know Memorial Day is dedicated to those who died in combat.”Krista Meinert was planning to visit Arlington National Cemetery on Monday to honor her son, Jacob, who also was killed in action in Afghanistan, on Jan. 10, 2010. For the last nine years, she has made the trip all the way from Wisconsin.But now, because of the coronavirus, she decided to stay home.“This year, being that it is his 10-year anniversary, I wanted it to be grand,” Meinert told ABC News.But the coronavirus dashed those hopes. Now, she’s at home — Jacob’s childhood home — along with all his belongings.“I think that I was most afraid of was being stuck in these four walls with my own thoughts by myself,” said Meinert. “And that was the scariest thing.”Because of the coronavirus, Meinert said she was finally forced to confront the boxes, bins and containers that came back from Afghanistan all those years ago, filled with his clothes and other personal items.“There’s no way I can put it into words — to open these boxes again and feel like you can still smell the smells,” she said.This is where she needed to be, she said, for that 10th anniversary of his death: at home, remembering who he was when he was alive.From a young age, she said Jacob knew he wanted to be in the military.In grade school he played with small, plastic soldiers and by high school he had collected World War II and Vietnam books. He had even studied the strategy behind chess. He defended kids who were bullied on the playground. She said he was the kid who could be friends with anyone. He had a Ricky Ricardo-type of laugh, his smile was crooked and he always had a glow in his eyes any time he told a story.“He had this vision for himself and he fulfilled it,” Meinert said. “He even told me, ‘Mom, I’m going to come home with a Purple Heart.’ And he did.”Lance Cpl. Jacob “Slim” Meiner, killed at just 20 years old, was awarded his Purple Heart, posthumously.He was the leader who brought his troops hot chocolate on cold nights in Afghanistan, she said, and the Marine whose grave is still visited 10 years later by those who served with him.This year the country grieves the nearly 100,000 people who have died from the coronavirus — President Donald Trump ordered flags to fly at half-staff to honor those victims through the holiday. The families of the military fallen know that feeling all too well.“I would ask each and every one of us Americans to be thankful that we’ve had other Americans who could do this,” Bird, the retired vice admiral, said. “Just take a moment, just a brief moment on Monday, Memorial Day, to remember those great Americans.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

HR strategy forum

first_imgAskour experts. Personnel Today would like readers to send in their strategic HRdilemma. All questions will remain anonymous and will be forwarded to ourstrategy forum members, two of whom will provide step-by-step advice in themagazine. Send your dilemmas to [email protected] dilemma Reviewing pay and reward I have been the head of HR for a PR agency for nearly a year. In this newrole I have concentrated on building a systematic and professional approach toHR. Improved recruitment, appraisal, training and grievance procedures have allbeen implemented for the 750 staff and I have defined an HR strategy thatsupports our strong employee-orientated culture. While initially treated with amusement, people are now beginning to acceptthat greater clarity is helpful in an organisation that has grown rapidly. Butthere is now growing discontent with our pay systems. Despite a culture of opendecision-making, and egalitarian benefits, such as the staff gym and privatemedical cover for all, pay levels were set on a personal and confidentialbasis. I have analysed the payroll and there appear to be anomalies between the payrates for similar roles. And although the annual increase was agreed with thestaff council in prior years, it is obvious some staff have been awarded more.Similar situations seem to exist with the annual profit-share scheme and theallocation of company shares. I raised the issue with the managing director, but to no avail. Now though,with the downturn meaning that the staff council’s pay expectations areunlikely to be met, I have got to tackle this issue. How should I proceed? Solution 1 By Dilys Winn, an HR Director for Gloucestershire County Council You are right to see the need to tackle the pay arrangements in your companyeven though, as all HR professionals know, this is an area with many pitfallsinto which the unwary can fall. Numerous staff surveys suggest that fair payand reward arrangements are of primary importance to staff and you have an HRstrategy which is employee-orientated. This suggests the need to bite thebullet. In your brief you do not describe how your HR strategy will support theagency’s business aims nor do you make reference to the employment market inwhich you are operating. However, the market driven nature of your business,the need to combine creativity with customer focus together with a tight marketfor the sort of talent you need to attract will influence the options availableto you. I would suggest that you consider taking the following five steps: Step 1 Build your business case for taking action, demonstrating howit contributes to the HR Strategy (and therefore business objectives) and setout the risk of not taking action. This must include the need to comply withequal pay legislation as well as demonstrating the negative impact that thecurrent situation will have on morale and, subsequently, retention rates. Step 2 Since you are likely to need to fall back onto a jobevaluation scheme, do your homework. Schemes vary and some are better thanothers at reflecting job flexibility. Step 3 Conduct a full review of your pay and non-pay rewards. Developa set of arrangements which once you have built a secure, equitable paystructure will allow you to promote the right business environment by providingopportunities to match market rates and pay for added value and performance.Avoid reaching for a traditional performance-related pay scheme until you haveexplored all the options. Finally, make sure that you are getting the most fromthe non-pay benefits you outline in your brief. Step 4 Make sure the work you have done so far, particularly onappraisal, supports your proposals. Step 5 Don’t overlook the process you use to undertake the review anddo introduce new arrangements. Make sure the process reflects the culture ofyour organisation, giving opportunities for managers and staff to be involvedin the early stages. Solution 2 By Duncan Brown is Assistant Director General for CIPD This company is at a crucial stage. It needs a more strategic, organisedmanagement and reward approach. Yet unthinkingly importing ‘big company’systems would damage the informal, engaged culture at the heart of itscompetitive success. Step 1 Convince the managing director and management team toundertake a low-key rewards review. Highlight the risks to the business – ofpay inequities, loss of key staff, absorption of management time – if theseissues are not ‘nipped-in-the-bud’. Step 2 Work with the members of the management team to define rewardgoals and priorities. What is the reward ‘deal’ they provide to staff? Where dothey want to sit in the external market? What emphasis do they want oncollective versus individual performance? Are shares available and what’s thebest means of using them? There are bound to be individual differences, butwork to develop a shared view of what’s best for the business. Step 3 Assess the extent to which these goals are being achieved.Review reward effectiveness from three perspectives. First, what is thebusiness impact – what are the risks and costs, say, of an equal value claim?Second, how do you compare with reward levels and practices in relevantorganisations externally? Third, what do the staff think? Run some focus groupsand discuss the current strengths and weaknesses with the staff council. Step 4 Consider alternatives and develop schemes to better meet thestrategic goals. Some form of simple job comparison, loose pay structuring anddefined bonus scheme may well now be required. Reinforce the strengths of thecurrent egalitarian approach to benefits. Discuss the pros and cons of changeswith the management team, and keep involving the staff council as you finalisethe reward strategy. Step 5 Allow plenty of time to detail, test, communicate andimplement the new arrangements. Ensure managers are trained to practice them asintended and give them the support they need. Put some form of review mechanismin place, so that you can assess success and ensure rewards continue to be flexiblein line with changes in the organisation. How the forum worksThe HR Strategy Forum, which issupported by some of the industry’s most experienced people (see below), isPersonnel Today’s major new initiative to help readers become more strategic intheir day-to-day operations. Over the coming months, Personnel Today will give a unique,developmental opportunity to hone your strategic skills using a wide range ofHR scenarios submitted by senior HR professionals. Each week, our panel ofexperienced practitioners and consultants will provide solutions to a typicalstrategic HR dilemma. You can get involved by sending in your own problems,marked ‘strategic dilemmas’, to [email protected] Brown, Assistant director general, CIPDPaul Kearns, Director, PWLJim Matthewma,n Worldwide partner,Mercer Human Resource ConsultingAndrew Mayo, Director,MLILouise Allen, Director, LAPartnersPenny Davis, Head of HR operations,T-MobileMarie Gill, Head of organisationaldevelopment, AsdaNeil Roden, HR director, Royal Bankof ScotlandRalph Tribe, Vice-president of HR,Getty ImagesDilys Winn, HR director,Gloucestershire County CouncilMargaret Savage, Head of HR strategy,BT Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article HR strategy forumOn 28 Oct 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more

Univ JCR votes against motion to limit ‘reckless’ spending

first_imgUniversity College JCR has come under fire from members after a motion that would have limited club or society leaders’ ability to spend their budget failed to pass.It followed a lengthy debate on the motion that was reportedly filled with “vitirol”, with members of the JCR executive having to quiet the room on several occasions. The failure to pass the motion follows bitter criticism on Oxfess, as a ‘meme war’ started between those for and against the spending checks.Cherwell understands that during a netball social, which took place in second week this term, the Univ netball captain spent £177 on cocktails in All Bar One – using the netball club’s budget. Though the expense did not exceed the club’s budget, some JCR members have used it as an example of how easily Univ’s “rare” system  – which allows each club leader to spend their budget without much oversight – can be abused.According to JCR meeting minutes obtained by Cherwell, the motion would have introduced several key amendments that would require the reimbursement of club expenditures more than £75 to be unanimously approved by the treasurer, secretary, and president of the JCR.The amendments further mandated that if the reimbursement wasn’t unanimously approved, it would be voted on as a motion at the next JCR meeting. Previously, the standing order included few limitations on club heads’ spending powers. The most significant was the treasurer’s ability to veto any reimbursement, even if it was agreed upon by the JCR.A member of the JCR executive explained: “The point [of the motion] is making people aware that they have responsibility when they get specific allocations from the JCR in order to spend that money in an appropriate way.“If people have a budget of £300 then you find that you don’t need £300, that doesn’t mean you are completely warranted to go and spend it the way you like it.”As to the practicality of the motion, a member of the JCR executive said: “About 70% of what [the treasurer] has reimbursed this term has been under £75 pounds, so we are actually talking about a very small number of requests.”However, after considerable dissent by members of the JCR and complaints of “parenting”, the motion was eventually amended to read: “The budget may be reviewed by the VP/treasurer in conjunction with committee members, sports captains, and societies in Hilary term to discuss which allocations need amending. Any proposed changes will be voted on by the JCR.”A non-binding vote was held on the original motion – which failed 17 votes for and 21 against. A recent case involving a University College netball team social soon came to represent “extreme” and “unnecessary” spending by club leaders. University JCR President Maninder Sachdev told Cherwell that the netball team’s night out was not the direct cause of the motion, rather the motion “arose from wider concerns regarding expenditure.”Sachdev continued: “The JCR executive committee do not have a problem with societies using their allocated budget on socials. The intention of the motion was to introduce a system which would ensure that the JCR money is not spent in an irresponsible way, and to start a discussion about transparency and accountability for JCR expenditure.”Nevertheless, the netball team’s spending became the focus of a wider critique of the issue. One of the many subsequent Oxfess comments read:  “That £175 could have gone to better use rather than down the throats of five posh rich girls. #justsaying.” Univ JCR IT Rep, Conrad Will, told Cherwell: “What’s happened today on Oxfess, though, is completely unacceptable on both sides and it brings the whole College into disrepute.”last_img read more

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