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Long odds for Trump plan to save U.S. coal

first_imgLong odds for Trump plan to save U.S. coal FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Wall Street Journal ($):The Trump administration is escalating an effort to revive the flagging U.S. coal industry with a planned move next week to replace restrictive Obama-era climate policies with new rules designed to help coal-burning plants run harder and stay open longer.The proposed new rules, which the Environmental Protection Agency plans is expected to release within days, would be the latest in a series of reversals of policies the Obama administration adopted to slow climate change. It would replace the agency’s so-called Clean Power Plan for the electricity business with regulations that cede power to states, and could ultimately lead to more heat-trapping gases going into the atmosphere even as it sets parameters to boost efficiency at coal-fired power plants.President Trump has repeatedly promised to support coal, an industry beset by a shrinking customer base, competition, falling prices and bankruptcies; the plan may be his administration’s most ambitious effort yet to kill regulations on coal’s behalf.And yet plummeting costs of cleaner fuels including natural gas, wind and solar in recent years have driven consumers and power companies away from coal so dramatically, they may blunt the proposal’s ultimate effect.  The Trump administration proposal would have to be submitted for a public rule-making process before taking effect. It would apply to the power industry at large, but is firmly targeted at coal.The anticipated legal tussles mean the proposal this week is just one step in a process that may still take years to complete. The proposal will next go for public comment and then likely take months of review to complete.Some observers say the legal wrangling could leave the issue unresolved well into the next presidential administration.More ($): EPA Is Set to Roll Back Restrictions on Coal-Burning Power Plantslast_img read more

African Development Bank will not fund proposed Kenya coal plant

first_imgAfrican Development Bank will not fund proposed Kenya coal plant FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters: The African Development Bank (AfDB) will not fund a coal-fired power plant project in Kenya and has no plans to finance new coal plants in future, senior AfDB officials told Reuters.The Abidjan-based lender published an environmental and social impact assessment in May for the Lamu project, which was planned near a UNESCO World Heritage Site but which was halted by a local environmental tribunal.The project to build a 1,050 megawatt plant in eastern Kenya was backed by Kenyan and Chinese investors. Construction was originally planned to start in 2015.Dozens of top banks, insurers and development finance institutions are restricting coal investments, as climate activists and investors voice growing concerns about the impact of burning fossil fuels, particularly coal.AfDB President Akinwumi Adesina told Reuters at a conference in South Africa the bank took environmental concerns seriously and was focusing on renewable energy, adding that coal projects risked becoming “stranded assets” on the AfDB’s balance sheet. The AfDB president had told U.N. climate talks in September that the bank was “getting out of coal,” but he did not give a timeframe or specify whether the Lamu project would be affected.The AfDB’s retreat from coal will make it harder for the Lamu project to progress.More: African Development Bank decides not to fund Kenya coal projectlast_img read more

Finding Flow Premiere

first_imgLocally Produced Mountain Bike FilmAre you a mountain biker with no plans this Thursday evening?You need to come and check out the Asheville premiere for the recently released, locally produced bike movie, Finding Flow!  I’ve been excited to finally see this video for a number of reasons, the first of which being that my brother is a featured rider in there.  Nick has his own section in which he explores some of the best trails in the region on his long-travel downhill whip.  He’s a super smooth and stylish rider, and I always enjoy watching him shred.Aside from Nick’s involvement, this is sure to be an incredible film because it represents a holistic showcasing of the sport of mountain biking, featuring various different genres of the sport, and set in some of the most beautiful settings of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  It was created on a shoestring budget by a couple of college kids with unlimited passion, and that is sure to come through in the video.If you’ve never heard of Sam Anderson, Chris Annesi, Nick Gragtmans, and the other characters that are behind this project, check out this web piece that they created of Sam’s backyard trails.  It is a beautiful edit and was part of what motivated them to tackle the full-length film:Manderson’s Playground from Chris Annesi on Vimeo.These trails were hand built by Sam, and represent thousands of hours of work.  Having ridden them, I can honestly say that they are some of the best on the East Coast!  This commitment and honest love of the sport is an awesome thing to see, and there’s no doubt in my mind that these guys will continue to progress their videography and riding skills to a level that will generate attention from the entire biking industry.As far as the newest project, Finding Flow goes, here is the official trailer (25,000+ views!)Finding Flow Trailer from Chris Annesi on Vimeo.So have I sold you?  Everything is kicking off at the Brew and View at 9:30 on Thursday evening.  Ninja Porters will be flowing, and the women will flock like the salmon of Capistrano!last_img read more

BRO Ultimate 100: Adventure #55

first_imgPaddling in the wintertime isn’t for everyone, but if you’re looking for a good excuse to suck it up and hit the water, Andy Grizzell’s Iceman Race is a must-do. Adventure #55 on our BRO Ultimate 100 list, this annual event takes place on the Saluda River in Columbia, South Carolina, every January. From slalom to downriver inner tubing and the best damn BBQ in the South, Grizzell and the Columbia paddling crew know how to have a good time. Put it on your list for next year!Thanks to Joey Hall with Hocus Pocus Creative for providing additional video!BRO Ultimate 100: Adventure #55 from Blue Ridge Outdoors on Vimeo.last_img read more

Come Get Funky For Clean Water

first_imgOn Friday, May 11, come get funky with George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic in Asheville, North Carolina. The concert will be held at Salvage Station from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. This is a charity event and proceeds from the show will fund drinking water wells in rural West Africa. Learn more and get tickets here.Now, I don’t have to tell you who George Clinton is, do I? The man is a living legend. He and the Parliament Funkadelic were inducted BY PRINCE into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall Of Fame in 1997.Photo Courtesy Waterkeeper.orgGetting Funky For Clean WaterMountainTrue’s French Broad Riverkeeper works with the Yoto River Waterkeeper to help construct drinking water wells in rural Togo, along the Yoto River in West Africa. Most residents in Togo lack access to clean drinking water, so access to additional water sources is desperately needed. Together, both groups have already established three wells that provide clean drinking water to hundreds of Togolese natives. Proceeds from the event are helping make this happen.None of this would be possible without the collaboration between the two waterkeeper groups. Hartwell Carson of Asheville and Kossi Koudanenou of Togo met almost three years ago at the Waterkeeper Conference in Boulder, Colorado. Since then, they have worked together to improve the lives of those who live in the region. Learn more about how they met here (p. 16).Salvage Station in Asheville, NCAbout The VenueThe Salvage Station is the perfect venue for an event of this caliber. Located right on the French Broad River, there will be plenty of room to dance and drink for a good cause!VIP Tickets include a pre-party at the Salvage Station from 5-7pm with an appearance by George Clinton, full catered meal, drinks, and roped off viewing area with private bar. Leeda Lyric Jones will be playing the VIP Party.Get your tickets here.We’re a proud sponsor of the event along with the Waggoner Team with Movement Mortgage, Matt and Molly team of Keller Williams, and 98.1 The River.last_img read more

Meet The 360 Adventure Collective

first_imgWith over 675 members, 12 annual tradeshows, and 2,900 retailers, the association is working to connect more outdoor brands with more outdoor enthusiasts across the region.A non-profit association, 360 Adventure Collective was born earlier this year from the merger of the Eastern Outdoor Reps Association and the New England Sports Reps. For almost 40 years, both Organizations are focused on supporting both independent and non-independent sales representatives in the outdoor industry. From outdoor apparel and footwear to accessories and gear, they cover it all. They made the merger earlier this year to combine their efforts and expand their portfolio in an ever-changing retail environment.Helping Grow The Outdoor IndustryRun by reps, for reps, 360 Adventure Collective is comprised of the leading sales representatives in the outdoor industry. They provide a support system for their members by connecting them with the industry’s best retailers and vendors. The association accomplishes this by hosting multiple events across New England, the Mid-Atlantic, and the Southeast.A Local, Personalized Approach360 Adventure Collective hosts a dozen different trade shows along the East Coast each year. This offers a less costly, localized, and more personal approach for both reps and retailers to connect.  From Vermont to Alabama, they cover New England, the Mid-Atlantic, and the Southeast. Each show has a detailed list of exhibitors, product lines, floorplans, and programs. They also host different seminars at each event where reps can learn about what’s trending, marketing tactics, and more.Upcoming EventsJune 19-21: New England Summer ExpoJune 19-21: Mid-Atlantic Summer ExpoJune 19-21: Southeast Summer ExpoJune 26-27: Alabama Summer ExpoUpcoming MarketsJuly 11-12: Mid-Atlantic Summer MarketJuly 30-Aug 1: New England Summer MarketAugust 6-8: Southeast Summer Market“Our shows are smaller and typically more convenient, which not only streamlines my business in writing orders, but it allows my customers the opportunity to experience more of each line more intimately,” says 360 Adventure Collective rep, Samantha Flamand, “without the need for costly travel or loss in work time for all involved.”Visit their website to join and learn more about the association.Justin Forrest is an outdoor writer, fly fishing addict, and co-founder of Narrative North—based in Asheville, N.C. He posts pictures of cats and fishing on Instagram sometimes.last_img read more

Bike Shop Gives Back

first_imgRoanoke, VA bike shop gives away bikes to people in needDownshift Handcrafted Bikes and Brews in Roanoke, VA is trying to make it easier for those in need of transportation to get to work. Through a program called Community Upshift, the shop collects donations of used bikes and then uses their own time and parts to fix the bikes up. So far, the program has gifted 12 bikes. Recipients must take part in an interview process before being considered for a free bike. “My goal is to have everybody ride a bike, and to have bikes replace vehicles and have bikes be the primary mode of transportation,” Downshift’s owner Stephen Ambruzs told WSLS news. “So if I can help in any way possible, especially people that are in need, it’s just a two-for-one for me, and it’s really, really important.” To donate a bike or learn more about applying for a bike, contact Downshift for more information.Visit there facebook page: read more

Go Outside and Play: Martinsville-Henry County, Virginia

first_imgAFTERNOON Pick up a meal to take with you for lunch from Hamlet Kitchen, a locally owned and operated wine bar and gourmet-to-go shop. Spend the afternoon on the water, exploring hidden waterfalls and rock outcrops as you paddle Philpott Lake. Anglers will enjoy fishing for walleye, bass, and catfish. Then make your way to the Smith River. With eleven public canoe ramps, you can customize your river trip with ease.  A DAYTRIP TO… Explore and relax among the rolling foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge when you visit Martinsville-Henry County. From state parks and waterways to local eateries and an artisan trail, there’s something for everyone. Let your imagination run wild with theatrical performances, museums, and live music. Go for a scavenger hunt to find the public art murals throughout the community.  Did You Know? Camp on Deer Island, a remote island on Philpott Lake that is only accessible by boat!  Feature Image: Let the good times flow. Photo courtesy of Martinsville-Henry County, Virginia. MORNING Slow down in the evening, exploring the shops, art galleries, and restaurants in the Historic District of Uptown Martinsville. Or check out the farm-to-table brewery or award-winning winery in the area for a refreshing drink with unbelievable views. Cozy up for a night at The Simmons House Bed & Breakfast for easy access to Uptown and the Silverbell Trail.  center_img Get your day started with a walk, run, or bike ride on the Dick and Willie Passage Rail Trail. Read about the history of the Danville and Western Railroad along the way. Mountain bikers of all abilities can enjoy ten miles of looping singletrack at the Mountain Laurel Trails. Earn your Dirty Dozen patch when you hike, bike, and/or paddle 12 miles of trail in the area. Photo courtesy of Martinsville-Henry County, Virginia. EVENING Martinsville-Henry County, Virginia Facebook & Instagram: VISITMARTINSVILLEVISITMARTINSVILLE.COM last_img read more

Skiing in a Pandemic

first_imgIn other parts of the East Coast, where skiing is a major economic driver, like Vermont, which is home to more than 25 ski resorts—Virginia has four; North Carolina, six—such discussions are well underway.   Uncertainty loomed over full-time employees too. Mandatory stay-at-home orders were issued to last through early June on March 24. Was there going to be a mountain biking season? Would the waterpark, pool, and lake be able to open? “Everything was so up in the air,” says Hess. Trying to plan ahead felt futile.  “They won’t survive the pandemic unless we give them some resources to do things differently,” Brady told the Vermont House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development. For instance, establishing heated winter tents for restaurants and day-lodge operations, as well as adapting new ticketing platforms and socially distanced line systems.  “Most locals and day-trippers buy passes for half-days or night skiing,” says Kimberley Jochl, vice president of Sugar Mountain Resort in North Carolina. Season passholders typically visit for a few hours at a time. Dividing the day into sections could provide a much-needed boost in sales. “Suddenly I’m going around telling people they don’t have jobs,” says Hess. Some were counting on extra paychecks to pay bills. Others had to grapple with travel bans and restrictions.  These are the types of issues that Isaac, the National Ski Areas Association spokesperson, is trying to solve. To do it, she’s working to connect resort managers to one another as well as state officials. “We do not want to be caught off guard, or find ourselves needing to make reactive changes,” Katz said. “Consistency and predictability for guests will be extremely important.” Kenny Hess sat in a conference room at Massanutten Resort surrounded by top-level staffers watching a television showing Virginia governor Ralph Northam’s live March 13 press conference. The mood went from grim to alarmed as schools and nonessential businesses were ordered to shut down for at least two weeks.   “Ski season is going to be very different this year,” says National Ski Areas Association spokesperson Adrienne Isaac. Her organization works with 470 U.S. ski areas across 37 states. She’s been helping them share ideas, pandemic-related best practices, and safety plans.  To survive the COVID-19 downturn, “we must have detailed new safety precautions that can be in effect throughout the entire winter,” said Rob Katz, CEO of Vail Resorts, in a September statement. The company manages 34 ski areas in North America and has lost more $200 million in revenue since the pandemic began.  Cover Photo: New safety measures will be in place for skiers and snowboarders at Virginia’s Massanutten Resort (pictured above). Photo courtesy of Massanutten Just how different is the 2020-2021 ski season going to look? One of them is pivoting to online-only ticket sales and eliminating walkup and open-date lift ticket purchases. The move will help resorts keep better track of visitors, maintain social distancing, and comply with capacity limits. “Some resorts may require season passholders to check in as well,” says Isaac. While Snowshoe Resort in West Virginia has no such plans, tighter rules in neighboring Virginia may force Massanutten to do so.  “Getting there required a ton of patience and constant adaptation,” says Hess. Ensuring visitor safety and complying with state regulations posed significant challenges. A lack of specificity in state guidelines meant constant communication with public health officials, other resorts, and industry trade associations. And finding workers was tough.  “It’s hard to tell,” says Isaac. That’s because, with no unified federal pandemic strategy, states have responded individually. Compliance and safety measures can vary significantly from place to place. For instance, New York currently imposes a 14-day quarantine for out-of-state visitors. Most Southeastern states, including Virginia and North Carolina, have lifted travel restrictions. Other states, including Maryland and Pennsylvania, urge travelers to observe a period of isolation. “Usually, passholders can walk up and hit the slopes right away,” says Hess. Depending on restrictions, “we might ask them to make advance reservations online, or through a new app. Alternatively, it could just be having someone scan passes at entry points.” “Is that per day, at any given moment, or what?” says Hess. How that question gets answered has major economic ramifications. Like most Southeast resorts, Massanutten’s success depends on busy weekends. A good Saturday features about 5,000 people on the slopes at any given moment. Cutting attendance by 80 percent would be hard to stomach, especially when you consider the operational realities of ski areas. center_img Luckily, Hess says the effort brought a silver lining. It was a trial run for what will invariably be the oddest ski season in modern history. Facing concerns about a winter resurgence of COVID-19, having some experience is a plus.  “This ski season is going to be unlike any we’ve ever experienced, and we’re asking visitors for their understanding and patience,” says Kimberley Jochl, the Sugar Mountain Resort vice president. “In return, you can count on us to do everything in our power to help keep you safe and make skiing and snowboarding a reality throughout the winter.”  COVID-19 blindsided regional snowsports resorts last spring. Here’s how they’re preparing for winter.  Additional safety measures will likely include cashless transactions, expanded takeout and delivery options at restaurants, scheduled temperature checks for employees, sanitation regimens, and more. In 2018, the industry was the state’s second largest economic driver, generating more than $1 billion in wages and $391 million in tax revenue. According to Vermont deputy commerce director Ted Brady, the state has prioritized the creation of specific guidelines for social distancing and capacity restrictions, allowing ski areas to prepare for the upcoming season. Next comes a funding package to help smaller resorts adapt. More certainties are masks and hand sanitizing. The former will be mandatory indoors, as well as in high-traffic areas like outdoor dining spaces and lift lines (luckily, a balaclava or raised neck-scarf will work for the latter). Sanitizing stations will be situated at entrances and exits to lodges, hotels, eateries, shops, bathrooms, and lifts. Most resorts will allocate additional sites for rentals and use computerized technology for contactless fittings. Lift lines will feature spacing markers and added attendants to ensure skiers and snowboarders maintain proper social distance while waiting. Lift rides pairing strangers won’t be optional.  Looking ahead, that worries resort managers like Hess. What if a state experiences an uptick in COVID-19 cases and reimposes travel constraints? “Keeping track of who’s coming from where and how we’re supposed to treat them would be very complicated,” he says.  Yes, pivoting to online-only systems for lift ticket purchases brings the ability to filter sales by geographic area. But should resorts ban homeowners from affected states too? Meanwhile, ambiguity in regulatory mandates adds further complication. The biggest of these gray areas is capacity limits for slopes. “It was so unprecedented,” says Hess, Massanutten’s director of sports and business operations, who has worked at the Harrisonburg-area resort since the early 1980s. Dealing with finicky weather and warm spells was par for the course. But this was different: The closure’s abruptness was blindsiding. In Virginia, attendance for outdoor entertainment venues has been capped at 1,000 people. But how should that number be interpreted when it comes to skiing? Trying to swiftly shutter operations proved a logistical and emotional nightmare. Though the end of the season was near, a run of cold weather had inspired plans to keep slopes open into early April. The resort relies on seasonal employees to clean lodges, operate lifts, and staff restaurants, gift shops, and rental facilities. Located in a college town, most were locals. But around 20 percent were workers from foreign countries using temporary H-2B visas.   But time went on and the picture got clearer. State officials released safety guidelines for sporting facilities, restaurants, hotels, and retailers. Phased re-openings began in mid-May. Massanutten’s mountain bike park opened a month later.  State governments in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic have yet to offer specific guidance for ski resorts, says Isaac. Interpreting blanket regulations leaves too much margin for error. “Which is why we’re working closely with public health officials to target gray areas and try to eliminate as much uncertainty as possible.”    “There’s definitely going to be a degree of inconvenience,” says Isaac. But if resorts implement proper practices, she’s confident they can keep slopes open through the winter and ensure the safety of skiers and snowboarders. Despite the ambiguities, some changes are certain.   last_img read more

Ecuadorean Navy Receives Speedboats for Maritime Vigilance

first_imgBy Dialogo January 11, 2012 Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa chaired a ceremony to mark the delivery of four speedboats, two tug boats, and an oceanographic research vessel to the Navy to reinforce maritime vigilance activities. Built by the Ecuadorean Naval Shipyard – ASTINAVE, the new speedboats are part of the project to reinforce the monitoring capabilities of the National Directorate of Aquatic Spaces to combat illicit activities along Ecuador’s coasts. During the delivery ceremony, President Correa stated, “I hope that it will be understood that we’re not only delivering speedboats and ships, but rather that we’re delivering knowledge, national added value, science, technology, and a culture of excellence; that ASTINAVE is delivering us development,” Correa declared. The new vessels will be destined to the provinces of Esmeraldas, Manabí, and Santa Elena and will be under the control of the Coast Guard Command. At the same time, the Ecuadorean Petroleum Fleet received two tug boats, and one vessel was turned over to the Navy’s Oceanographic Institute.last_img read more

UN Human Rights Chief Cites Continued Abuses in Venezuela

first_imgBy VOA September 23, 2019 The United Nations’ chief human rights official said September 9 that millions of Venezuelans continue to suffer rights violations, including dozens of possible extrajudicial killings carried out by a special police force.Nongovernmental organizations report that the Special Action police force carried out 57 suspected extrajudicial killings in July alone within Caracas, Michelle Bachelet said in an oral presentation on Venezuela to the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva.Bachelet’s presentation followed a scathing written report issued in early July that found a “pattern of torture” under the regime of Nicolás Maduro and cited violations like arbitrary detention, extrajudicial killings, sexual violence, and enforced disappearances.Bachelet’s latest presentation noted some areas of progress, while pointing to more cases of human rights violations and declining conditions, as more than 4 million Venezuelans have fled a country beset by hyperinflation that leaves monthly minimum wages equal to $2.While Bachelet said she had called for officials to dismantle the feared Special Action police force, the unit, she added, has actually received ongoing support from the highest levels of the government.Bachelet raised concern that groups that collaborated with her in the earlier report have since come under criticism and threats by senior officials.“Reprisals for having cooperated with the United Nations are unacceptable,” she said. “I urge the authorities to take preventative measures.”Bachelet said she worried about a proposed law criminalizing the activities of human rights organizations that receive money from abroad, which could further erode democracy in Venezuela.Highlighting advances, Bachelet said a member of her team recently was allowed to visit the Ramo Verde Military Center — a prison commonly used to hold what opposition leaders consider political prisoners — with an agreement for visits to come. The government also has released 83 people whose arrests human rights observers considered arbitrary, she said, adding that officials have agreed to consider another 27 cases, expecting action soon.last_img read more

Ecuadorean Security Forces Seize Almost 6.5 Tons of Drugs

first_imgBy Guillermo Saavedra/Diálogo November 02, 2020 Nearly 6.5 tons of drugs, including cocaine and marijuana, were seized in less than a week in Ecuador, in 11 operations carried out between September 5-9 the National Police reported in a statement.On September 9, the National Police seized 3.8 tons of marijuana hidden in a truck that was attempting to enter from Colombia through a border crossing in northern Ecuador, with Peru as its final destination, the institution reported. The marijuana found was distributed in more than 3,000 packages, hidden in false -bottoms found all over the vehicle.In one of the most important blows, during an operation coordinated by the Ecuadorean and Colombian navies, service members seized 1.3 tons of cocaine in a vessel that was sailing near the coastal city of Santa Elena on September 8, the Ecuadorean Navy said in a press release. The vessel “was attempting to transport the drug to Central America,” Ecuadorean Interior Minister María Paula Romo said on her Twitter account.During the operation, units of the Ecuadorean Navy had to destroy the boat’s false-bottom to remove the cocaine hidden among food supplies and bottled water, the Ecuadorean newspaper El Universo reported. The captain of Salinas Port, Magno Bermeo, told the newspaper that the crew was going to jettison the cocaine in the ocean for it to be collected by another vessel.In another seizure on September 5, the Special Mobile Anti-Narcotics Group and the National Police Canine Unit carried out a joint operation in Imbabura province, where they captured a narcotrafficker who was transporting 298 kilograms of cocaine in a truck that was carrying bags of legumes.During these operations, authorities detained 12 citizens of different nationalities, the National Police reported.According to InSight Crime, an organization that focuses on security threats in Latin America, more than a third of the cocaine produced in Colombia reaches Ecuador. “The drug leaves the country’s ports, coasts, and airports, and from there is sent worldwide, to the United States, Europe, and even Asia and Oceania,” the organization said.Ecuador’s geographic location and other characteristics “provide incentives for transnational organized crime, which takes advantage of the country as a drug transshipment point, a safe haven for logistics, for narcotraffickers to rest and reorganize,” InSight Crime added.last_img read more

In Memoriam

first_img In Memoriam Leonard Frank Binder, Miami Admitted 1985; Died March 1, 2004 Jack R. Bissell, Sarasota Admitted 1951; Died August 17, 2003 Richard John Brodeur, Sanibel Admitted 1968; Died February 8, 2004 John Steven Burnett, St. Petersburg Admitted 1982; Died March 3, 2004 Bryant S. Carroll, Jr., Jacksonville Admitted 1965; Died August 30, 2003 Alberto Adrian De Alejo, Tampa Admitted 1975; Died February 26, 2004 Colonel Norman A. Faulkner, Tucson, AZ Admitted 1948; Died March 4, 2004 Karen Finkle, West Palm Beach Admitted 2000; Died December 13, 2003 Edward Dean Foreman, St. Petersburg Admitted 1972; Died March 17, 2004 Lester L. Goldstein, Miami Admitted 1978; Died March 16, 2004 Thomas Hayden Greiwe, Tampa Admitted 1989; Died April 12, 2004 Albert H. Grinsted, Shalimar Admitted 1973; Died February 14, 2004 Lane Mack Hauge, Havre, MT Admitted 1983; Died August 16, 2003 Bobby Lex Kirby, Lake Butler Admitted 1976; Died February 27, 2004 Charles Beckham Kniskern, Jr., Winter Springs Admitted 1943; Died April 9, 2004 Hylan H. Kout, Plantation Admitted 1939; Died May 21, 2003 William Lipsitz, Ft. Lauderdale Admitted 1934; Died February 7, 2004 Edgar W. McCurry, Jr., Jacksonville Admitted 1958; Died March 18, 2004 Norman Meltzer, Pompano Beach Admitted 1987; Died November 24, 2003 Antonio R. Menendez, Miami Admitted 1980; Died April 11, 2004 Julius Frederick Parker, Jr., Tallahassee Admitted 1963; Died March 8, 2004 Stanley M. Pred, North Miami Beach Admitted 1952; Died March 31, 2004 John Steven Reynolds, West Palm Beach Admitted 1982; Died March 13, 2004 Mary Onie Riggs, Metairie, LA Admitted 1981; Died February 10, 2001 Douglas Dedrick Rozelle, Jr., West Palm Beach Admitted 1976; Died March 19, 2004 R. Stephen Shibla, Tampa Admitted 2002; Died April 9, 2004 Robert James Simms, Tampa Admitted 1975; Died April 9, 2004 Louis Franklin Sisson III, Ft. Myers Admitted 1978; Died August 15, 2003 Arthur Irving Snyder, Hollywood Admitted 1953; Died April 8, 2004 Martin Starr, Miami Admitted 1954; Died January 13, 2004 David U. Tumin, Jacksonville Admitted 1955; Died December 19, 2000 Thomas Everett White Admitted 1994; Died March 9, 2004 May 15, 2004 In Memoriam In Memoriamlast_img read more

Stetson builds barrier-free courtroom

first_img Stetson builds barrier-free courtroom Stetson University College of Law is completing construction on a barrier-free, high-tech courtroom at its Gulfport campus.The courtroom — set to be dedicated September 16 — is designed as a national model to increase courtroom access to the elderly and disabled. It uses cutting-edge technology including flat-panel monitors to display evidence, hearing amplification devices to make speech more audible, and a multi-lingual software speech synthesizer that will read aloud words displayed on a computer screen, translate them into multiple languages, and even output words to refreshable Braille displays if needed.“This courtroom combines the technology of the 21st century with the recognition that it is still people who make our system function.” said Roberta Flowers, director of the Center for Excellence in Advocacy.“With some thought and a few modifications, access can be provided to everyone,” said Rebecca Morgan, director of the Center for Excellence in Elder Law. August 15, 2005 Regular News Stetson builds barrier-free courtroomlast_img read more

Lindenhurst Dentist was Drunk During Procedure, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Robert Garelick was allegedly under the influence of alcohol when he performed dentistry on a patient Monday.And you were afraid of dentists before this story.Suffolk County police Monday arrested a Lindenhurst dentist for allegedly conducting a dental procedure while he was under the influence of alcohol.The dentist, 57-year-old Robert Garelick, was arrested around 4:30 p.m. Monday after police received a complaint that he was allegedly drunk on the job. When First Precinct officers arrived they determined that Garelick was under the influence of alcohol while performing dental work on a patient, police said in a news release.Police didn’t say what prompted the call but noted that there was concern about the dentist’s physical condition.Investigators declined to elaborate on specifics regarding the case.Garelick, a Melville resident who is licensed to practice dentistry by New York State, was charged with reckless endangerment. He is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on Tuesday.last_img read more

Hempstead Man Shot by Cops Charged With Woman’s Murder

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Hempstead man has been accused of killing a woman after he was wounded in a shootout with police officers on Thursday afternoon.Hempstead village police officers responded to a call of a domestic disturbance at a Roosevelt Street home when Leonard Reed started shooting at the officers at 1:33 p.m., police said.The officers returned fire, shot the 45-year-old alleged gunman and took him to Nassau University Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening gunshots wounds, police said.The officers were not injured, but they found a 42-year-old woman with multiple gunshot and stab wounds dead on the kitchen floor and a 26-year-old woman suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest, police said.The surviving woman was also hospitalized for treatment of a non-life threatening injuries. Police did not release the victims’ names.Homicide Squad detectives charged Reed with second-degree murder. He will be arraigned at the hospital.last_img read more