Canadian Paramedics Rescue Five People Trapped Inside Apartment Fire

first_imgPRINCE ALBERT, Saskatchewan (CBC) – Two paramedics rushed into a smoke-filled apartment building in Prince Albert Tuesday morning to rescue three children and two teenagers who were trapped inside. Everyone got out and, although they needed treatment for minor smoke inhalation, all were safe.last_img

Court asked to stop Family Law Section’s gay adoption amicus

first_imgBar says allowing a section to file an amicus does not constitute a formal endorsement of the position Senior EditorSaying it must defend lawyers’ First Amendment rights, Liberty Counsel has filed a petition with the Florida Supreme Court to stop The Florida Bar’s Family Law Section from filing an amicus brief in support of a trial judge’s ruling declaring Florida’s gay adoption ban unconstitutional.“The First Amendment demands that The Florida Bar remain neutral on matters that do not relate to the regulation of attorneys. The Bar cannot force attorneys and judges to pay mandatory dues and then position itself as an adversary against them on controversial ideological issues. Florida attorneys want peace, not war, but The Florida Bar has given us no choice, and we will vigorously defend our liberty under the First Amendment,” Mathew Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel and dean of Liberty University School of Law in Lynchburg, Virginia, said in a prepared statement.Liberty Counsel describes itself as a nonprofit public interest law firm with a mission of “restoring the culture one case at a time by advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of human life, and the traditional family.”The Petition for Injunctive Relief Pendente Lite, Prospective Injunctive Relief and/or other Extraordinary Relief in Case No. 09-363, was filed February 27 against The Florida Bar Board of Governors, Bar President Jay White, and Bar Executive Director John F. Harkness, Jr.Barry Richard, outside counsel for The Florida Bar, said the primary issue is that membership in the Family Law Section is entirely voluntary and no one has to join and pay its $55 annual dues.“The Florida Supreme Court has recognized in the past that sections can engage in political ideology that the Bar cannot,” Richard said.The Board of Governors, Richard said, did not endorse and took no action on behalf of the entire Florida Bar, when it voted not to stand in the way of the Family Law Section filing an amicus brief in the case that will be written by a volunteer, Cynthia Greene, a former Family Law Section chair.On January 30, the Board of Governors voted unanimously (with one recusal) to allow the Family Law Section to file an amicus brief supporting 11th Circuit Judge Cindy Lederman’s November 25, 2008, decision to declare F.S. §63.042(3) unconstitutional and to allow homosexual foster parents to adopt two brothers they had nurtured for four years.“The Board of Governors has woven a web that has entangled itself, the 86,000-plus members of The Florida Bar, and even the judiciary in a controversy that only five years ago the board agreed was too divisive to warrant legislative action,” Staver and Mary McAlister argue in the petition.In the discussion before voting, the Board of Governors made a clear distinction between allowing the amicus brief to go forward in this specific case involving the constitutional rights of two foster children to have a permanent family — versus what the Family Law Section unsuccessfully asked for in December 2004 and April 2005.In the earlier attempts, the Family Law Section wanted to lobby to repeal the anti-gay adoption law that sets Florida apart in the country, and, secondly, narrowing its request to lobby that some homosexual foster parents should be allowed to adopt.Both times in the past, the Board of Governors voted against the section’s lobbying requests because it would cause deep philosophical and emotional divisions among a significant portion of the Bar’s membership.When voting on the current amicus brief issue, Richard said, the Board of Governors took the “default position” on a section’s decision to write an amicus brief that does not require its approval and does not constitute a formal endorsement of the section’s position.“[The plaintiffs] are looking at what the board did backwards. The board just followed procedures and did nothing to stop them,” Richard said.“If the Bar were to take action, then it would be involving itself in an ideological issue.”The first procedure, he said, was to determine whether the subject area fell within the Family Law Section’s jurisdiction and area of expertise.Then, the Board of Governors determined either that the subject is outside of its permitted area of participation by the Supreme Court or if it’s an area that does not conflict with the Board of Governors.The Family Law Section used voluntary section dues money, not mandatory annual dues collected from Florida Bar members, to debate the issue at its meetings, Richard said.But the petition argues that Florida Bar resources — collected from all Florida lawyers — were used.“Most tellingly, the Bar uses mandatory dues to produce The Florida Bar News, ” the petition argues, detailing excerpts from the February 15 story about the Board of Governors’ January 30 discussion and vote.Richard responded: “The Bar News reports on a lot of stuff. That doesn’t mean the Bar has sanctioned it.”But Liberty Counsel calls the Bar’s stance “a distinction without a constitutional difference.”“The general public will not discern the difference between the Family Law Section sponsoring a brief with the state bar’s blessing and the state bar sponsoring a brief. Instead, they will understand that The Florida Bar, of which all of us are members, is supporting invalidation of a law that has wide public support,” Staver, McAlister, Anita Staver, David Corry, Rena Lindevaldsen, and Horatio Mihet wrote in a February 9 letter to Harkness and White.“This action by The Florida Bar is completely out of step with the member attorneys it represents and with the vast majority of Floridians,” they wrote, noting that on November 4, 2008, voters passed the Florida Marriage Protection Amendment (Amendment 2) with 62.5 percent of the vote.“Implicit in the passage of this amendment is the affirmation of the traditional family unit comprised of a mother and a father. This same core value is encompassed in the Florida law that prohibits adoption by those actively engaged in homosexual activity.”Plaintiffs argue the Board of Governors’ “January 30, 2009, action does not fall within the parameters set by Keller, Schwarz, and Frankel and must be enjoined as violative of petitoners’ free speech rights.”In Keller, they point out, “The United States Supreme Court has established that integrated bars, such as The Florida Bar, cannot use dues received from its members to fund ideological and political activities that are not germane to the goals of regulating the legal profession and improving the quality of legal services.”In Schwarz, the Florida Supreme Court established standards for spending Bar resources on legislative activity to “avoid, to the extent possible, those issues which carry the potential of deep philosophical or emotional division among the membership of the Bar.”And in Frankel,the Florida Supreme Court noted the Bar carries the burden of proof in establishing the propriety of its lobbying activities.“Your concerns are appreciated, but I assure you that The Florida Bar Board of Governors was sensitive to the First Amendment implications of its actions,” Bar President Jay White wrote in a February 19 response to Liberty Counsel’s Mathew Staver.“Florida Bar policies relating to political and ideological advocacy by its various sections — when clearly distinguishing themselves from this unified bar and if separately supported by voluntary funds in such activities — are considered consistent with the dictates of Keller v. State Bar of California and Florida Supreme Court guidance.“The Florida Bar’s amicus activities stem from this organization’s authority to provide information and advice to the courts and other branches of government on legal matters.. . . “I understand your sentiments regarding past actions of prior governing boards concerning the advocacy of homosexual adoption. However, last month’s vote was the product of a different board, on a new day, and beyond matters of influencing public policy in the legislative arena. The Board of Governors gave particular deference to the fact that this is now a legal question, in a court of law, where substantive commentary by lawyers should be registered by those who are among the most authoritative on this issue,” White wrote.The Bar, White wrote, “has no intentions of rescinding its January 30 vote regarding this amicus brief.”Liberty Counsel noted it, too, will file a brief in the Third District Court of Appeal: in support of the 1977 law banning homosexual adoption. March 15, 2009 Jan Pudlow Senior Editor Regular News Court asked to stop Family Law Section’s gay adoption amicuscenter_img Court asked to stop Family Law Section’s gay adoption amicuslast_img read more

Carlson chases after goal of a professional running career

first_imgCarlson said he’s spending the summer traveling across the United States to run road races in places such as Iowa and Tennessee. He said he’s not getting paid to run yet, but race directors pay his traveling expenses to come and race.It’s a way of making the event more attractive to the average runner, who pays an entry fee to compete.“If they get an elite field, the idea is that more people will race,” Carlson said. “If a million people only come to watch, they don’t get anything for that.”Carlson said he’s focusing all his energy on racing until 2008, with the possibility of a run at the Olympics in the back of his mind.But before he gets ahead of himself thinking about Europe and the Olympics, Gophers men’s cross country coach Steve Plasencia said Carlson still needs to prove himself as one of the best in the United States.“World-class is kind of a vague term, but I take it seriously,” Plasencia said. “The first thing is for him to become national-class and then he can go for world-class. But he’s got a great opportunity with the group out in California, and he’ll be able to focus on training more than when he was a student.”Carlson starts training for Big Sur in August. While doing that, he will be living in Monterrey, Calif. All his equipment, travel and living expenses will be paid for by Big Sur and Reebok.He will need to get a job, however, in order to eat.“That’s basically everything in life for someone that’s 23,” Carlson said. “I’ll probably be one of those guys at the rec center picking up towels 15 hours a week just to put food on the table.” Carlson chases after goal of a professional running careerAndrew Carlson and Melissa Steele ran in the U.S. Track and Field Championships. David McCoyJune 29, 2005Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintFormer Minnesota track and field athletes Andrew Carlson and Melissa Steele competed in the USA Track & Field Championships in Carson, Calif., during the weekend, Carlson in the 5,000 meters and Steele in the 400 hurdles.But while Steele is calling that race her last, Carlson said he is hoping it was the beginning of a professional career.Carlson recently signed with the Big Sur Distance Project in Marina, Calif., to run professionally next year. He said his goal is to get good enough to be able to make a career out of racing in Europe.“European track and field is like football here,” Carlson said. “It’s, like, the big thing. I wasn’t able to run well enough this year, but hopefully next year.”In his first race as a professional, Carlson took 15th in the 5,000 in Marina with a time of 13:54.03.He was an All-American for the Gophers and owns the school record in the 5,000. He said the atmosphere at the race was completely different from that of a college setting.“It’s more cutthroat, more intense,” Carlson said. “They’re under a lot more pressure to run well because that’s their sole purpose, that’s their life.”Carlson said he was disappointed in how he finished, as was Steele. She finished 16th with a time of 58.86 seconds. The next year of her life is going to be very different than Carlson’s.“I still have a year of school left,” said Steele, who finished her eligibility last semester. “So I am going to come back and work with the team as a student coach.”last_img read more

Worst fall in output on record

first_imgTo continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe now for unlimited access Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our communitylast_img read more

NHSLA ‘saves £6m’ by fighting ATE premiums

first_imgThe NHS Litigation Authority has saved more than £6m by challenging ‘unreasonable’ after-the-event insurance premiums over the past year, it has asserted.The authority said it believed district judges were becoming more willing to slash ‘excessive’ ATE premiums, citing two recent cases in which premiums had been reduced.In Mewis v Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in Worthing County Court last month, a circuit judge upheld the earlier decision of District Judge Ellis to disallow a ‘block-rated’ – rather than staged – premium of £1,802.DJ Ellis had ruled that the premium was not reasonably and proportionately incurred, noting that no medical evidence relating to breach of duty or causation had been produced, and the hospital trust had apologised in full.The circuit judge also awarded the NHSLA its costs of £4,763.In a second case, Martin v Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Judge Belcher in Leeds County Court upheld a district judge’s decision to reduce an insurer’s block-rated premium from £3,843 to £2,500 after applying the new proportionality test.The claimant was awarded £7,000 after treatment was delayed because the NHS trust had lost a biopsy sample. A medical report had been obtained for the claimant at a cost of £3,591, which was reduced to £2,400 on assessment.Judge Belcher said: ‘The real issue between the parties is whether the question of proportionality applies to the costs figure for the case as a whole as opposed to individual cost items, specifically in this case the ATE insurance premium.’Belcher said he accepted the submission of Roger Mallalieu, counsel for the hospital trust, that ‘the district judge was plainly considering the issues of proportionality and exercising his judgement that the cost of the ATE premium was not proportionate’.He added: ‘The district judge has found, in effect, that it was open to this claimant to bring the claim using a cheaper insurance product. That decision was made in the context of proportionality, not in the context of whether the premium charged was a reasonable amount for a block-rated policy.‘The latter would have required either expert evidence or evidence of premiums in other block-rated policies, before the district judge could have made further enquiry into that issue. However, I do not consider the same is true when the district judge was exercising his discretion in relation to proportionality.‘In my judgement the district judge was entitled to exercise his discretion in the way he did, and was well within the ambit of his reasonable discretion in doing so. It would not be open to me on appeal to interfere with that exercise of his discretion even if I thought it was appropriate to do so.’Judge Belcher added: ‘It is open to a claimant to choose a block-rated policy, in the same way as it is open to a claimant to instruct leading counsel even if the case could perfectly well be done by a junior.‘The claimant has those choices, but that does not mean the costs associated with them are necessarily proportionate. That is the test the court has to apply.’A spokesman for the NHSLA said district judges are ‘increasingly willing to disallow or reduce excessive ATE premiums’.He added that during 2015/16, the authority had faced ATE premium costs amounting to £38.3m, in 2,849 cases. It challenged the premium costs in 1,437 of these, and achieved costs reductions in 846 cases. This amounted to savings of more than £6m, the spokesman said.last_img read more

Bogus immigration lawyers charged thousands for useless advice

first_imgA fake immigration adviser from Birmingham who conned people out of thousands of pounds – then had his victims intimidated – has been jailed for 27 months. Safhir Majid, from the Cradley Heath area of the city, co-founded Empire Legal Solutions Ltd in Walsall and posed as a solicitor. Along with his co-founder, Shahid Ahmed Bhatti, he took monies for legal advice on immigration from members of the Pakistani community. In one case they charged a client £4,500. But neither Majid nor Bhatti was qualified to provide immigration advice and the poor nature of their work has left at least one client facing deportation. Sitting in Birmingham Crown Court, His Honour Judge Mayo said: ‘You bungled one application and as a result of your incompetence she faces removal from the UK. You threatened her husband and this is despicable behaviour. ‘Offences of this type prey on vulnerable people. Immigration relies on people being properly represented, you were incompetent and greedy. You have made a good deal of money from these frauds.’ Majid, 38, pleaded guilty to five counts of providing unqualified immigration advice and services and one count of fraud by false representation. Bhatti, 39, pleaded guilty to one count of providing unqualified immigration advice and one count of fraud by false representation. He was given a 16 month sentence suspended for 24 months plus a victim surcharge. Speaking after the case, Dr Ian Leigh, deputy immigration services commissioner, said the pair created a criminal enterprise and were not competent in providing immigration advice. ‘The degree of culpability is high, as is the harm they have caused,’ he added. ‘They owe a considerable amount of money to individuals, may have caused harm to unknown others and have undermined the immigration system.’last_img read more

Compact tacho

first_imgBombardier is using a new design of hand-held tachometer to measure diesel engine components during maintenance work at Crewe. The Compact CT6 Tachometer has a magnetic probe to measure cooler group fan speeds without the need to remove safety covers. A piezo-electric quartz crystal pressure sensor strapped to a fuel injector pipe allows diesel engine speeds to be recorded. To take readings, staff plug the hand-held tachometer into a terminal in a safe area.Compact Instruments Ltd, Great BritainReader Enquiry Number 142last_img

CASA tryouts begin next week for U-20

first_imgCASA tryouts begin next weekCASA tryouts for Under 20 teams will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays over the next two weeks at the Lauderhill Sports Park located at 7500 Oakland Park Blvd in Lauderhill. High school students and under 20 players are invited to participate.The soccer teams confirmed for the Annual Youth Classic that will take place from Wednesday December 13 to Sunday December 17, 2017 at the Lauderhill Sports Park in Lauderhill are:JamaicaTrinidadChivas USACASA Under 20Spartan of West Palm*waiting to be confirmed is Peru Under 20The CASA 2018 Super and Master League football competition begins in January and will also take place at the Lauderhill Sports Park in Lauderhill.CASA is a non- profit organization based in Lauderhill, Florida, and its primary mission is to link South Florida’s soccer to the rest of the world by developing all aspects of the sport, including children’s talent, and exposing the community to the highest level of the game.CASA launched its soccer and scouting program as an outreach to youths, coaches/scouts and families with a view of teaching children life-long values of sportsmanship, provide exciting competition, and at the same time exposing and affording boys the ability to showcase their skills and talents. Once the event concludes, the youths are given a chance to participate in a rich cultural exchange.For results of the CASA Super and Masters Leagues click the link: Blazers FC, Old Tymers triumph in CASA Super and Masters Leagueslast_img read more

Boxing great Manny Pacquiao close to Philippine Senate win

first_img Share 54 Views   no discussions Share InternationalNewsPoliticsPrintSports Boxing great Manny Pacquiao close to Philippine Senate win by: The Belfast Telegraph – May 10, 2016 Tweetcenter_img Share Boxing great Manny Pacquiao appears to have won a seat in the Philippine Senate, according to unofficial results(The Belfast Telegraph) Boxing great Manny Pacquiao appears to have won a seat in the Philippine Senate, according to unofficial results.Mr Pacquiao has garnered more than 15 million votes, with about 93% of precincts reporting.That places him eighth among candidates for 12 Senate seats, and nearly 3 million votes ahead of the candidate in 13th place. Official results are days away.He cast his vote on Monday in his home area of southern Sarangani province. He had bounced back in polls after losing support in February over remarks he made about same-sex marriage.Mr Pacquiao had said people in same-sex relations are “worse than animals”.He apologised to people hurt by his comments, but made clear he opposed gay marriage. Sharing is caring!last_img read more

MediaTek Using Skyworks’ Front End Chipsets in their 5G Reference Designs

first_imgGlobal fabless semiconductor company, MediaTek, will now be using the Sky5 suite from Skyworks for their new 5G reference platforms. Specifically, Skyworks’ complete 5G front-end architecture is being combined with MediaTek’s 5G baseband chipset to deliver highly integrated solutions targeting open market mobile products. The comprehensive sub-6 GHz system enables high-speed network experiences with optimized efficiency and near zero latency, empowering revolutionary emerging applications.According to TL Lee, the General Manager of MediaTek’s wireless communications business unit, given Skyworks’ RF expertise and proven performance over successive wireless standards, they are a perfect complement to MediaTek for bringing breakthrough solutions to the market. Their strategic relationship has spanned from 2G to 4G/LTE Advanced and now 5G where they will create a solid foundation to address the complexities of 5G and deliver a powerful ecosystem.According to Joel King, the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Mobile Solutions at Skyworks, the company, with its Sky5 suite, is enhancing performance in a fully integrated system, facilitating seamless implementations and faster end-user equipment rollouts as demand for greater speeds and efficiency surges.Sky5 is a unifying platform that is empowering revolutionary 5G applications. The unprecedented suite of highly flexible and customizable system solutions provide breakthrough performance, footprint and power efficiency transforming the way of living, working, playing and learning. The Sky5 suite includes highly integrated, high performance transmit/receive front-end solutions as well as diversity receive (DRx) modules. Specifically designed for new spectrum in the sub-6 GHz range, these products offer a MIPI interface, are baseband agnostic and comply with 3GPP standards.last_img read more