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Letters to the Editor

first_img Barry University Today, I am saddened, not just for the 111 of us from Barry University who are now denied a chance to become Florida lawyers, but for the legal profession as a whole in this state.Florida lost many great lawyers on May 16 with the Supreme Court’s ruling, which denied the relief requested — namely, to become advocates and protectors of the citizens of Florida through the practice of law. I look to the Supreme Court as our “Court of Equity,” the people who are given the enormous power and responsibility to right a wrong, to correct what needs to be corrected in the interest of fairness. This decision simply reaffirms what every good lawyer already knows: Justice, that in its purest form is fairness, does not always prevail. The law cannot protect everyone all of the time. The law is not perfect and it never will be. We wanted the opportunity to make a positive difference in that regard. We still can. We just now need to figure out how. Rodd Michael Santomauro June 2000 Barry University School of Law Graduate Oviedo Public Perception The May 1 letter suggesting rules to improve the public’s perception of lawyers makes some very good points and should be considered by the Florida Supreme Court for rules changes. But, the public’s perception of lawyers is not based on good or bad rules, but on good or bad manners.I hear many complaints about rude lawyers. A thoughtless remark or a demeaning attitude by a lawyer can hurt not only one person’s perception of the legal profession, as a whole, but the perception of that person’s family and friends. When a prosecuting attorney, intent on building a record of cases resolved, threatens an accused with what a jury can do if the accused does not accept a plea bargain, not only that person, but the family and friends of that person feel as if a lawyer has robbed that person of his integrity and dignity. To avoid the possibility of very severe consequences, an innocent person dishonestly admits to having done an illegal act that he and his friends and family know he is not guilty of doing. If the lawyer had been willing to take the time to listen to the accused and to check out the circumstances, instead of offering a plea bargain, the lawyer should refuse to prosecute.I don’t know how the Bar can encourage lawyers to go to seminars on manners, but I believe such seminars would do more to improve lawyer behavior and hence public perception than great TV ads or other public relations gimmicks. David B. Higginbottom Frostproof Letters to the Editor June 15, 2002 Regular Newslast_img read more

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What can a CUSO Loan Origination Platform do for your members?

first_imgLending ChallengesAn exceptional member loan experience is the path towards membership growth. Who better to help with the member loan experience than a Loan Origination Platform built by a Credit Union Service Organization (CUSO) with a heightened focus on the member experience? The benefits of working with a CUSO partner that truly understands the Credit Union business model might start with an auto loan, but that great user interaction can grow your member base with word of mouth marketing, upselling of other services, increasing deposits and growing revenue.But a bad experience can ruin that opportunity. Why risk working with a cookie cutter, one size fits all LOS, that nickel and dimes you with fees, when you can partner with a CUSO, who is as committed to your user experience as you are to the member experience?  Sync1 Systems understands the challenges you face every day. The Sync1 Systems’ 1-Lending Loan Origination built by and for credit unions is the right tool to achieve an excellent member experience.It brings you an agile, highly configurable, cloud-based loan origination platform that allows you to focus on the member experience while providing the best rates as fast as possible, designed to promote growth on both lending and membership, using the latest cloud-based infrastructure to deliver an intuitive, scalable and secure suite of solutions, adaptable to every member’s specific needs, with key features such as: This post is currently collecting data… ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrcenter_img This is placeholder text continue reading »last_img read more

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Two huge Beirut explosions kill 73, injure thousands

first_imgBloodied and dazed wounded people stumbled among the debris, glass shards and burning buildings in central Beirut as the health ministry reported 73 dead and 3,700 injured across wide parts of the country’s biggest city. “What happened today will not pass without accountability,” said Diab. “Those responsible for this catastrophe will pay the price.”General Security chief Abbas Ibrahim earlier said the “highly explosive material” had been confiscated years earlier and stored in the warehouse, just minutes walk from Beirut’s shopping and nightlife districts.The blasts were so massive they shook the entire city and could be heard throughout the small country, and as far away as Nicosia on the eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus, 240 kilometers away.  Two enormous explosions devastated Beirut’s port on Tuesday, leaving at least 73 people dead and thousands injured, shaking distant buildings and spreading panic and chaos across the Lebanese capital.The second blast sent an enormous orange fireball into the sky, immediately followed by a tornado-like shockwave that flattened the port and swept the city, shattering windows kilometers away.Prime Minister Hassan Diab said that 2,750 tons of the agricultural fertilizer ammonium nitrate that had been stored for years in a portside warehouse had blown up, sparking “a disaster in every sense of the word”. A soldier at the port, where relatives of the missing scrambled for news of their loved ones, told AFP: “It’s a catastrophe inside. There are corpses on the ground. Ambulances are still lifting the dead.””It was like an atomic bomb,” said Makrouhie Yerganian, a retired schoolteacher in her mid-70s who has lived near the port for decades. “I’ve experienced everything, but nothing like this before,” even during the country’s 1975-1990 civil war, she said. “All the buildings around here have collapsed.”Her 91-year-old uncle, who lived in the same building, was wounded in the blast and later died.AFP correspondents across the city saw shop and apartment windows blown out and streets covered with broken glass. Photos posted online even showed damage to the inside of Beirut airport’s terminal, some nine kilometers from the explosion.Hospitals already struggling with the country’s coronavirus outbreak were overwhelmed by the influx of wounded people and the country’s Red Cross called for urgent blood donations.’We saw the mushroom’ As the national defense council declared Beirut a disaster zone, Diab appealed to Lebanon’s allies to “stand by” the country and “help us treat these deep wounds”.Condolences poured in from across the world with Gulf nations, the United States and even Lebanon’s arch foe Israel offering to send aid.AFP video footage showed areas of near-complete devastation, with cars flipped onto their roofs like children’s toys, warehouses flattened and survivors drenched from head to toe in their own blood. “We heard an explosion, then we saw the mushroom,” said a Beirut resident who witnessed the second deafening explosion from her balcony in the city’s Mansourieh district. “The force of the blast threw us backwards into the apartment.”An AFP correspondent at the scene minutes after said every shop in the Hamra commercial district had sustained damage, with entire storefronts destroyed and many cars wrecked.A huge blaze sent up black smoke from the port area, as helicopters dumped water on burning buildings.A ship moored off the port was on fire, and the blasts also damaged a vessel deployed with United Nations peacekeeping force UNIFIL and injured some of its personnel.center_img ‘Like an earthquake’ Hundreds immediately shared their shock and grief on social media.”Buildings are shaking,” tweeted one resident, while another wrote: “An enormous, deafening explosion just engulfed Beirut. Heard it from miles away.”Online footage from a Lebanese newspaper office showed blown out windows, scattered furniture and demolished interior paneling.The explosions hit a country already reeling from its worst economic crisis in decades which has left nearly half of the population in poverty, as well as from the coronavirus pandemic.Lebanon’s economy has collapsed in recent months, with the local currency plummeting, businesses closing en masse and poverty soaring at the same alarming rate as unemployment. Charity Save the Children said “the incident could not have occurred at a worse time”. The explosions came three days before a UN tribunal’s verdict on the murder of former Lebanese premier Rafic Hariri, who was killed in a huge 2005 truck bomb attack. Four alleged members of the Shiite Muslim movement Hezbollah are on trial in absentia at the court in the Netherlands over the huge Beirut bombing that killed Sunni billionaire Hariri and 21 other people. A woman in the city center Tuesday told AFP the blast “felt like an earthquake” and “bigger than the explosion in the assassination of Rafic Hariri in 2005”.Topics :last_img read more

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RBA Governor tells House Economics Committee he’s watching residential construction closely

first_imgMr Lowe said there was a large amount of residential construction work still in the pipeline. Picture: Glenn BarnesTHE Reserve Bank considers residential housing construction activity an economic saviour since the mining downturn, but it’s watching the sector closely now – especially investor lending.RBA Governor Philip Lowe rounded out a busy week in the public eye with an appearance in front of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics, where housing construction was front and centre for the domestic economy.Mr Lowe said RBA had expected the economy to grow by around 2.5 to 3 per cent last year, “but the outcome is likely to be lower, at around 2 per cent” because of a “surprisingly weak” September quarter.This year the early prediction was that the Australian economy would grow 3 per cent, something Mr Lowe still expected to happen.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours agoReserve Bank of Australia Governor Philip Lowe appearing before the House Economics Committee in Sydney. Picture: AAP Image/Joel Carrett“One area that we are watching closely is the cycle in residential construction activity, as the upswing has helped support the economy over recent years,” he said.“The rate of new building approvals has slowed, but there is a large amount of work still in the pipeline, particularly for apartments, so we still expect some further growth in this part of the economy this year. “There has, however, been some tightening in conditions for property developers in some markets.”Mr Lowe said in the broader housing market, the picture was “quite complicated”.“There is not a single story across the country. In parts of the country that have been adjusting to the downswing in mining investment or where there have been big increases in supply of apartments, housing prices have declined. “In other parts, where the economy has been stronger and the supply-side has had trouble keeping up with strong population growth, housing prices are still rising quickly. “In most areas, growth in rents is low. And recently we have seen a pick-up in growth in credit to investors, which needs to be watched carefully.”last_img read more

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Simple life within reach of the city

first_imgSpringbrook Estate is on former farmland and an easy commute to Brisbane.“Springbrook is located minutes away from shopping in Woodford, education facilities and major transport hubs, offering many benefits of the city in a more relaxed environment. “Swapping the rat race for a quieter country life has never been easier.” Mr Ride, who recently bought his own homesite at Springbrook, said the community has a “really great vibe”.“Our lot is positioned on the top of the hill. We have designed our six bedroom house to take full advantage of the eastern sun in the morning and to have a prime view for watching the sunset over the pool in the west. It’s going to look spectacular,” he said “Not to mention the stars in the sky at night time — it’s pretty phenomenal. “With easy access to the D’Aguilar Highway, it takes under an hour to get into Brisbane each day, not to mention the close access to recreational and sport clubs for the kids’ activities on the weekend.” Springbrook Estate at Daguilar.WHEN Paul Ride visited friends at Springbrook estate at the foot of Mount Mee, he said it was like stepping back to a simpler time.“All the kids were in the street kicking footies, chasing basketballs and playing on the climbing gym,” he said.“Everybody talks to each other and when you’re driving or walking down the street you will always receive a wave from people out and about.”Springbrook is being developed by QM Properties, and is 15 minutes from Caboolture.Homesites start from 3000sq m, and they are proving popular with buyers wanting some space to move and grow. QM Properties general sales manager Damien Ross said buyers were seeking a quieter, slower paced and better quality of life.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours ago“Our Springbrook estate, located on former farmland in the foothills of Mt Mee, is proving popular with families looking for value and open space, while still seeking an easy daily commute to Brisbane,” he said.last_img read more

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Would you sleep in a room at the top of a…

first_imgVisitors will need to climb to their pod suspended from the mountainside If you’ve ever dreamt of spending the night suspended 400 meters off the ground on the side of a cliff edge, then your dream might be about to come a reality and Peru’s Skylodge Adventure Suites should certainly feature on your bucket list.Located in the sacred Cuzco Valley, Skylodge offers guests the opportunity to sleep within a completely transparent, ultra luxurious pod-shaped bedroom, clinging to the side of a cliff with panoramic views of the valley below.You have to scale the 400m cliff face or take on a challenging hiking trail including a number of ziplines over sheer drops.Each of the pods is equipped with a cozy bed covered in cotton sheets, an en-suite bathroom and a separate dining areaVisitors will need to climb to their pod suspended from the mountainsidelast_img read more

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Somali president’s nephew killed in al-Shabab attack

first_imgSomali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud Somali President Hassan Sheikh MohamudSomali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud’s nephew has been shot dead in the capital, Mogadishu.Gunmen opened fire on Dr Liban Osman’s vehicle as it was travelling through the city’s Wadajir neighbourhood early on Wednesday.Both Dr Osman, who reportedly worked as a doctor at the presidential palace, and another man, thought to be a lawyer, died in the attack.Islamist militant group al-Shabab has said it was behind the killings.last_img read more

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Becoming a D1 Recruit

first_imgRecently Bob Heidlage asked me the question “Why don’t local schools get more D1 recruits?”  I thought about this question, and here are some of my thoughts on it.The first thing that D1 colleges look at is the size of your school.  If you don’t have at least 1,000+ students, they don’t think you play good enough football.  Secondly, colleges have a set of physical standards they think you must meet.  Right now, I doubt if there is a player at Batesville High School or other local schools their same size that meets these physical requirements–weight, height, and 40 meter speed.  I am not even sure that Mitch Orchell of Franklin County would meet any of these requirements other than speed.  A third priority is the notoriety that your school has attained in their programs.  Some of the recent Batesville athletes who had D1 scholarships were in minor sports such as track.  Finally, the ultimate factor is the priority of the student themselves and what they want in a college education.  A college may consider them for one of their sports, but the athlete may not be interested in what the college has to offer in academics.last_img read more

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ETC officials warn of email scam

first_imgBatesville, In. — Officials from ETC are investigating reports of an email-based scam from customers. The company released the following statement:It has come to our attention that a customer recently received a threatening email message. The scammer claimed to have the customer’s email and password, and was demanding $3,000 or the scammer would email to the customer’s contacts, video footage claiming it was of porn-related material.Please know this is an old scam that has resurfaced with a new twist. To view a scam very similar to what the customers experienced please click here.last_img read more

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Hogan nabs IMCA Modified checkers at Benton County Speedway

first_imgVINTON, Iowa (June 21) – Although the 21st annual Hogan Memorial isn’t scheduled until July 12, Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified driver Scott Hogan served up his own version of the event Sunday night at Benton County Speedway.While the July 12 event is held in honor of the memory of his parents, Hogan delivered his first win of the season on Father’s Day, which also would have been his mother’s 78th birthday.Mike Burbridge built a big early lead in the 20-lap feature while Jerry Dedrick pursued and Hogan raced from a fourth row start. Hogan settled into the top three in time for a pair of restarts on laps eight and nine, however Burbridge powered away from the field each time racing resumed.After action was slowed for caution a final time with three laps to go, Hogan went to work on the top groove and was able to pull even with the leader down the back stretch. He led the final two circuits to race to the memorable win ahead of Burbridge and Patrick Flannagan.Jon Passick topped the second stop this season of the IMCA Late Model Sunday Series.Passick led early until Paul Nagle swept into the lead on the eighth of 25 circuits. Nagle surged to a straightaway lead and appeared to have the race in-hand until engine problems sidelined him with two laps to go.Passick inherited the point when racing resumed and held off a hard-charging Charlie McKenna to score the win. Sean Johnson finished third.It was business as usual for drivers in three other weekly divisions.Tony Olson raced to his fourth straight local win and fifth of the season in Vinton in the IMCA Northern SportMod division. Olson took the lead midway through that 16-lapper to drive to victory. Joey Schaefer and Curt Hilmer completed the top three.After battling Shane Ebaugh and Scott Pippert, IMCA Sunoco Stock Car hot shoe Damon Murty pulled away to his fifth win of the season in that 18-lap event. Pippert made his way past Ebaugh for second.Also picking up his fifth win of the season was Nathan Ballard in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock 15-lapper. Ballard worked beneath leader Matt Brown in the final set of turns as the field came to the checkers to steal the victory.last_img read more

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