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  • September 1, 2004 Letters

    first_img Lawyer Advertising September 1, 2004 Regular News In an August 1 story you stated that the lawyers’ ad “1-800-PIT-BULL” is an example of what many see as ads that “provoke public hostility toward the profession and legal system.” This is like saying that displaying red lights in the prostitution district is destroying the reputation of the neighborhood.The problem with the legal profession is not a problem of public perception, but rather the deterioration of the profession’s own standards and the unwillingness of the Bar to govern itself in a manner that would instill public trust. Relaxation of rules on referral fees and excessive fee awards in contingent fee litigation are examples of the cause of the problem.We must ask ourselves whether we want to clean up our neighborhood or simply dim the red lights and hope for a better public perception.James D. Francis JacksonvilleGay Adoptions September 1, 2004 Letterscenter_img I am writing to point out a simple, though to some readers a significant, misstatement in the August 1 article “ABA Model Rules, gay adoptions on board’s agenda.” The article states that, under current Florida law, “gay couples can be foster parents but are prohibited by state law from adopting[.]” While the statement is technically true, F.S.. §63.042(3) prevents any homosexual ( i.e. individuals) from adopting as well. A simple oversight on the News’ part, I am certain, but one which unwittingly glosses over the situation of many Floridians.Matthew P. Tabakman OrlandoI read with disbelief that the Family Law Section voted to support homosexual adoptions. Why am I forced to support this action? If The Florida Bar cares to go into highly controversial social issues like the ABA, then I suggest membership should be like the ABA—elective, not mandatory.John P. Joseph St. Petersburg (Editor’s note: Bar sections use their voluntary annual dues to advocate legislative positions and no mandatory Bar fees would be expended if the section’s request for permission to lobby the issue is approved.) Treatment of Prisoners The American Bar Association stood up recently for our soldiers posted around the world now and in the future.We urged our government to treat our prisoners the way we want other governments to treat our people who fall captive to them, reminding our leaders that what we visit upon our prisoners can be visited upon us.Al Qaeda and other terrorists pose a real threat to the United States. That threat creates tension between our need to interrogate prisoners for potentially life-saving information, and our legal standards that ban torture and cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment.But we are a nation pledged to the law, because it is the law that shields us — from ourselves, from each other, from would-be tyrants, or from fiery mobs. We demand that other countries adhere to internationally accepted standards, expressed in the laws we have joined with them to adopt. And when they don’t, we cry foul and take them to task.Now Americans are faced with an unfolding drama of tragic dimension.Photographs, videotape, and witnesses lend credence to allegations of torture and cruel, inhumane, or degrading treatment of prisoners held in Abu Ghraib and elsewhere. Official documents appear to have fostered a climate in which pressure to obtain information overcame the restraint of the law.The ABA stood up for the law when it condemned those who committed abuses and government lawyers and officials who authorized torture. We urged prosecution of those responsible, compliance with our treaty obligations, refusal to turn prisoners we hold over to governments that torture, clarifying our law to assure that torture is not an interrogation tool. And we called for an independent, bipartisan investigation into exactly what happened and why, so that we can be assured that it will not happen again.These are not partisan issues. The sons and daughters of America now stationed around the world and all of us who pray for their safe return are both Republican and Democrat.And those who would defeat terror but who cherish our national heritage are all Americans.As parents, family, and friends of the men and women in uniform fighting to preserve our freedom, we owe it to them not to add to their risk by cheapening the world’s response to torture by failing to respond ourselves.Neal Sonnett Miami, chair, ABA Task Force On Treatment of Enemy Combatants (Editor’s note: The ABA has appointed Sonnett to be its observer in Guantanamo Bay for the hearings to be held before military tribunals for detainees held in the war on terrorism.)last_img read more

  • Mary Lane apartments in CBD likely to sell out before completion

    first_imgMary Lane mixed-use development is well underway with construction on track for completion late next year and 60 per cent already sold.A mixed-use development in the Brisbane CBD is likely to sell out before construction is completed late next year.Mary Lane at 111 Mary St in the heart of the CBD, is already 60 per cent sold with the 37 storey tower construction reaching level 18.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoWith construction achieving a floor per week structural cycle, and on track for completion by late next year, Colliers International is predicting a potential sell out before completion with only 68 residences left and steady sales. Colliers International associate director Lily O’Connell said local downsizers and owner-occupiers were attracted to the premium two and three-bedroom residences at Mary Lane.“No other project offers the privilege and quality lifestyle of residing above a 5-star-hotel. The residences range from 100 to 152sq m and are arguably the best value luxury apartments in the Brisbane CBD based on lifestyle, size, price and finish,” Ms O’Connell said. The $325 million mixed use development has 184 apartments above the 5-star Westin Brisbane – Queensland’s first Westin Hotel. The Hotel consists of 298 rooms and suites plus a range of dining and entertainment venues including bars, restaurant, resort pool, function room, gym and Heavenly Day Spa. “The added advantage of buying a residence at Mary Lane is that you can enjoy hotel services on offer by the Westin Brisbane,” Ms O’Connell said. “This enables residents an effortless connection to a variety of 5-star amenities, while enjoying the privacy of a separate lobby and secured lift access to their residence and exclusive roof top facilities including gym, infinity pool and private function pavilion. On a pay-per-service basis, the hotel can provide residents an on-site 24-hour concierge, in-room dining, maid service and hotel spa.” Two bedroom residences are priced from $910,000, with three bedrooms selling from $1.45 million.last_img read more

  • Bulldogs Grapplers Open Up Season With Cubs

    first_imgThe Batesville High School Wrestling Team opened their season Thursday night facing off against the Madison Cubs.The night started off in the 113 lb class with bulldog freshman Laiken Hanna winning by pin giving the bulldogs a 6-0 lead. Jackson Wooldridge entered the mat next falling short to his opponent by a score of 7-2 giving the Cubs 3 team points. Sophomore Michael Deal faced off against state ranked Chayce Young losing by pin in the second period. Nick Schneider received a forfeit earning the team 6 more points bringing the team score to 12-9. Freshman Drew McCleod wrestled in the 145 lb class losing by pin but came away with some great varsity experience. Sophomore Xavier King fell short after wrestling three hard periods by a score of 8-4. Senior Neal Nobbe helped the team even the score 18-18 by pinning his opponent in just 47 seconds starting off his senior on a positive note. The bulldogs were unable to fill the 170 lb class giving the Cubs 6 more team points. Senior Will Amberger wrestled well keeping his opponent scoreless in all three periods winning the match 6-0. Levi Nordmeyer, John Kurtz, and Allen Hudepohl all wrestled hard but fell by pins to their Madison opponents. The final match of the night ended in the 106 lb class with sophomore Hunter Fetters earning a solid pin in 1 minute and 29 seconds. The final score of the match was Batesville 27 and Madison 42.Batesville’s next match will be at home on Saturday for their annual Super 6-way.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Chris Deal with Wendy Deal.last_img read more

  • Syracuse overcomes usual deficiencies to cruise past Alcorn State 57-36

    first_imgThe cold streak began innocently enough. Syracuse was doubling Alcorn State’s score, 32-16. But the all too-familiar problems that have shown themselves in this young season dotted a painful stretch for fans and players.Free throws clanked. Passes went awry. Even Michael Carter-Williams, one of the nation’s top point guards, went cold enough to be pulled.“It was pretty frustrating,” senior guard Brandon Triche said. “… I think sometimes we want to get a quick shot, sometimes we rush a little bit. And then when we rush we still don’t get a good shot.”Still the Orange (11-1) pulled itself together to rebound from its first loss of the season and beat the Braves (2-13) 57-36 in front of 19,365 in the Carrier Dome.While the Orange largely outclassed its lowly opponent, the free-throw shooting struggles continued, SU was lukewarm at best on the perimeter, and the team is now just one game away from Big East play in hardly convincing form.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU went without a field goal for 8:34 to start the second half, and were it not for sharpshooting guard Trevor Cooney, it could’ve lasted longer. The period epitomized the current problems of this SU team.More than seven minutes into the cold spell, C.J. Fair stole the ball and passed the ball to Triche. The guard pushed it up the bench-side sideline to an open James Southerland on the break. SU’s leading scorer pulled up and his shot clanked out.The botched play eventually led to ASU pulling to within seven with 12:17 left in the game.Ultimately, strong SU defense, too many turnovers from Alcorn State and widespread foul trouble helped the Orange cruise to its eighth 20-plus point win of the season. Still, with an off shooting night the offense inspired little confidence, underscoring the Orange’s reliance on outside play.“Our perimeter guys have got to play well. That’s how we won against San Diego State, that’s how we won against Arkansas,” head coach Jim Boeheim said. “If we have our perimeter guys play well then everything can work off that. Our big guys aren’t yet ready offensively that are going to win games for us.”And in a game in which Triche and Carter-Williams collectively coughed up eight turnovers, SU destined itself for an uninspiring night. As one would expect against another all-around smaller team, the Orange worked the inside better than usual. Thirty-two of SU’s 57 points were scored in the paint, or 56 percent of all Orange scoring. From 3-point range, SU shot just 3-of-15.Yet the effort to pound the interior also reproduced the now-infectious free-throw struggles. The team was 12-of-28 from the line, but 14 of those shots were taken by DaJuan Coleman and Jerami Grant. The former went 2-of-7, the latter 3-of-7.The number of free throws taken was impressive, the conversion rate was not.“I don’t feel like it was on purpose,” Grant said when asked if ASU intentionally sent SU to the line. “Their defense was just that bad.”And in the most nerve-racking stretch of the game, SU was 4-of-8 from the line.“They’re the two probably biggest guys and they were getting the ball and were getting fouled so they were active anyway,” Boeheim said. “That’s a good thing, but you can’t continue to miss half your free throws or close to it. That’s something that is a concern.”If not for Cooney’s timely spark and some stifling defensive work, the Orange might’ve seen out an even less comfortable game.On the game-turning play, a C.J. Fair steal was the trigger. On Alcorn State’s next possession SU doubly assured the crowd that SU was back to suffocating possessions and making shots.After Cooney batted a pass away from ASU’s Anthony Evans, Baye Moussa Keita picked the ball up and gave it to Triche. The senior guard then dished to Cooney at the point, who then deferred back to the upperclassman on the left wing. Triche passed down to Southerland who whipped the ball from the baseline up to Fair midway up the left side of the paint. It was two-handed bunny dunk time. Fair knew it, and he made sure everyone else in the building did, too. The Orange led 41-29.SU iced away the rest of the game. Carter-Williams returned, Cooney gave SU the range and dribble penetration it lacked for much of the game and Alcorn State could do little but foul, watch and turnover.Still, flaws were exposed and re-exposed. And so the Orange’s second-to-last nonconference game of the year goes down ingloriously.Said Cooney: “It wasn’t the most fun game to play in.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 30, 2012 at 12:52 am Contact Jacob: [email protected] | @Jacob_Klinger_center_img Related Stories Gallery: Syracuse loses first game of season to Temple in Gotham ClassicTemple guard Wyatt paces offense with 33 points, hits all 15 free throws; Temple limits Carter-Williams, disrupts Syracuse offenseSyracuse looks to fix rebounding deficiencies, bounce back from 1st loss of season against Alcorn Statelast_img read more

  • Fundraiser at Ballyliffin Hotel next Friday for ‘star on the hill’

    first_imgA fundraiser will take place at the Ballyliffin Hotel on Friday the 11th of November between 12pm and 2:30pm to raise money for the Christmas ‘Star on the Hill’.One of the organisers, Caroline Grant says; “Last year Tidy Towns managed to relight the Star on the Hill facing the village, we were able to achieve this, because of the GREAT generosity and SUPPORT shown by our friends, neighbours and sponsors.”“This year we plan to light the Second Star on the Hill, the one facing Rashenny and the Isle of Doagh.” “As the Afternoon Tea was held in high regard as a social event so we are proposing to host another, to fund the repairs needed. The beacon of light from both stars will be seen in Malin, Culdaff, Urris and the Isle of Doagh.”“Please come along to meet some friends and neighbours over a cuppa, with a few treats.”Alternatively, you can donate baked goods or raffle prizes to any of the committee members on the day.Fundraiser at Ballyliffin Hotel next Friday for ‘star on the hill’ was last modified: November 5th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ballyliffin hotelCHristmascoffee morningfundraisingstar on the hilllast_img read more