December 15, 2005 News and Notes

first_img News and Notes Joseph P. Milton of Milton, Leach, Whitman, D’Andrea, Charek & Milton in Jacksonville has been elected 2006-07 president of the Foundation of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Milton has served as treasurer of the organization for the the last two years and is a longtime senior life fellow and trustee. Robert N. Solomon of New York has been appointed to the board of directors of Books for a Better Life, a charity supported by the publishing industry which raises funds for the MS Society through the recognition of books that have helped in various fields of personal growth. John Dingfelder of the Scaritt Law Group participated in a panel discussion of the Kelo v. City of New London case, regarding eminent domain, at the Stetson College of Law, Gulfport campus. Randee J. Golder of Boynton Beach presented “Too Many Documents, Too Little Time: How to Handle the Massive Document Case” at the Advanced Criminal Law Seminar held by the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in Philadelphia, PA. Thomas Karr of Berger Singerman in Miami spoke at Gibraltar Bank’s Probate Luncheon Series. His presentation covered a case law update. Thomas A. Dye of Carlton Fields in West Palm Beach spoke at the Broadband Tax Conference in Sarasota on “Cable and Telecommunications Tax Appeal Strategies and Audit Issues.” Christopher B. Hopkins of Cole, Scott & Kissane was a guest lecturer at the Palm Beach Governor’s Club on the topic of “Assassination of JFK: Origin of the Conspiracy Theories.” Mark S. Bentley of GrayRobinson in Tampa spoke at the Second Annual Litigating Land Use Disputes Conference in Tampa. Bentley discussed the topic of litigating the nuisance violation case: statutory nuisance and common law nuisance. Barry Nelson of Nelson & Levine was reappointed as an adjunct professor at the University of Miami Law School Graduate Program in Taxation. Additionally, Nelson presented “Asset Protection Under the 2005 Bankruptcy Act, Update on Estate Tax Repeal and Family Limited Partnerships” at the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Judge David M. Gooding of Jacksonville has received the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Adoption Excellence Award in recognition of contributions in providing permanent homes through adoption for children in foster care. In 2004-05 Judge Gooding finalized 258 adoptions. Patricia E. McQueeney of Brinkley, McNerney, Morgan, Solomon, and Tatum was named vice chair of the Industrial Designs Committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. Sidney A. Stubbs of Jones, Foster, Johnson & Stubbs was appointed Florida state chair for the American College of Trial Lawyers. John F. Lowndes of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed has been inducted into the Mid-Florida Business Hall of Fame. Dr. Amy Ronner of St. Thomas University School of Law was installed as president of the Federal Bar Association, South Florida Chapter. Tabas, Freedman, Soloff & Miller in Miami was accepted into the International Society of Primerus Law Firms. Benjamin R. Gross of Charming Shoppes was elected to a four-year term on the Lansdale Borough Council in Lansdale, PA. Richard F. Woodford, Jr., of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of Inspector General, presented “Prohibited Personnel Practices: Do’s and Don’ts for Federal Managers” at the 14th Annual Office of Government Ethics Conference in New York City. John F. Romano of Romano, Eriksen and Cronin , received the Al J. Cone Lifetime Achievement Award by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers. David Pratt of Proskauer Rose spoke at the University of Texas School of Law 53rd Annual Taxation Conference. His topic was the “Anatomy of the Federal Gift Tax Return (Form 709), Including a Review of the GST Automatic Allocation Rules and Gift Splitting Provisions.” Additionally, Pratt spoke at a meeting of the Naples Estate Planning Council; his topic was the “Anatomy of the Federal Gift Tax Return.” Lincoln Connolly of Rossman, Baumberger, Reboso & Spier in Miami was awarded the 2005 S. Victor Tipton Award by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers. Janet Reno and Robert C. Josefsberg were honored by the Anti-Defamation League as this year’s recipients of the 2005 Jurisprudence Award. Jason C. Halliburton of Dean, Mead, Minton & Zwemer was elected to the board of directors of the Florida 4-H Foundation. Lundy Langston, Barbara Bernier, and Patricia Broussard of Florida A&M University had essays published by Writ, the legal commentary section of FindLaw on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the legacy of Rosa Parks, and author Terry McMillan’s divorce. Benjamin J. LeFrancois and Maureen A. Vitucci of GrayRobinson spoke to the Association for Accounting Administration, Florida Chapter in Orlando. LeFrancois spoke on the subject of judgments and collection, while Vitucci discussed bankruptcy law issues. Brad Gould of Dean, Mead, Minton & Zwemer was appointed to the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Lucie County. Mark Eiglarsh presented “What Everyone Should Know About Criminal Law: Part II” to the South Florida Paralegals Association. Louis Martin of James Moore & Co. in Tallahassee has successfully completed the certification process with the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts to earn the designation of certified valuation analyst. Robert G. Reigel, Jr., of Coffman, Coleman, Andrews & Grogan was a recipient of the Jacksonville Urban League’s Equal Opportunity Award. James W. McIlrath of GrayRobinson was selected chair of the Legislative Issues and Advocacy Committee for the Orange County School Board Foundation. Lawrence H. Kolin of Alvarez, Sambol, Winthrop & Madson in Orlando was sworn in as incoming board member of the Holocaust Memorial Resources and Education Center of Florida at their annual meeting. Robert M. Stoler of Williams, Schifino, Mangione & Steady spoke on the topic of “The Defense of Premises Liability Claims” at a seminar sponsored by the Hillsborough County Bar Association. Joshua Whitman of Jacksonville was appointed to the national board of directors of the American Board of Trial Advocates and was elected treasurer of the Florida Chapters of ABOTA. David E. Cardwell of The Cardwell Law Firm, Orlando, was a participant in the Edwin L. Crawford Lecture on Municipal Law: Eminent Domain in the Aftermath of Kelo, at the Albany Law School in Albany, NY, on November 1. Neisen Kasdin of Gunster Yoakley spoke at the annual Association of Home Construction of Puerto Rico Conference in Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico. Kasdin outlined the revitalization model that helped save Miami Beach from deterioration. Elizabeth Hernandez was recipient of the Florida’s Best Attorney of the Year Award by the Florida League of Cities. Cynthia Crofoot Rignanese was re-elected president of the Winter Haven Women’s Bar Association. William P. Cox of Abel Band in Sarasota was admitted to the Colorado Bar. Frank M. Petosa of Petosa & Associates in Boca Raton was a featured speaker at a seminar sponsored by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers in Orlando. Valerie Shea of Gordon, Hargrove was named Southeast regional director of DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar, in Chicago. Christy L. Hertz of Merlin & Hertz in Coral Gables was the featured speaker at a Cherish Adoptive Families of Miami monthly meeting. She addressed the topic of “Guardianship and Family Law.” Robert J. Sniffen of Sniffen Law Firm presented “The Public Records Law and the Employment Relationship” at the “Primer on Open Records Law in Florida” seminar in Tallahassee. Hector Ralph Rivera of Fowler White Burnett in Miami has been elected president of the Puerto Rican Bar Association of Florida. Leslie Reicin Stein of Special Data Processing in Clearwater was a speaker at the Association of Corporate Counsel annual meeting in Washington. Her topic was “Hot Topics in HIPAA Privacy.” Gary Resnick of Weiss Serota Helfman participated on a panel at the Florida League of Cities Legislative Conference in Orlando addressing proposed federal and state communications and cable legislation. Martin Levin of the Levin, Papantonio, Thomas, Mitchell, Echsner & Proctor Law Firm was appointed to the board of advisors for Harvard University Divinity School. Ron Littlepage of Hugh Cotney, P.A., in Jacksonville was presented the 2006 Carol and Bob Grimes Environmental Award by The Civic Roundtable. 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Medan man faces four years in prison for allegedly desecrating Quran

first_img“I am very sorry, your honor. I will never do it again. Please give me as light a punishment as possible,” he told the judge as quoted by is scheduled for next week.Read also: Indonesians remain sensitive to perceived blasphemy: YLBHIAccording to the prosecutors, the incident took place at Al-Mashum Mosque in Medan Kota district in the afternoon of Feb. 13. A 44-year-old man in Medan, North Sumatra, faces four years in prison for having allegedly desecrated the Quran at a local mosque earlier this year.Prosecutors at the Medan District Court charged the defendant, Doni Irawan Malay, for blasphemy under Article 156 of the Criminal Code and demanded a four-year prison term for him during a hearing on Tuesday.Doni was accused of committing a blasphemous act by purportedly tearing out pages from the Quran. He pleaded for a lighter sentence, conveying his guilt to the court. “The defendant entered the mosque and took a Quran from a shelf without permission from the management,” a prosecutor told the court, adding that the defendant then took the Quran into the male ablution room.“The defendant removed the cover from the Quran, threw it into a garbage bin inside the ablution room and then proceeded to tear out pages from the Quran with both of his hands.”They said Doni then exited the mosque later that afternoon and threw the ripped Quran pages onto the streets before running away.Doni was later caught by locals and reported to the Medan Kota Police. (rfa)Topics :last_img read more

Record Entries for GCU Relays 2019

first_imgA record number of entries have been recorded for this years edition of the Government College Ughelli (GCU) Relays 2019.At the last count a total number of 55 schools have confirmed their participation for the event scheduled for November 16th at the GCU modern Tartan Tracks.New participants include St. Gregory’s College Lagos, Government College Sagbama and Yewa College Ilaro amongst others. Indeed, the GCU Relays Digital page on Facebook has witnessed increased activities in recent days with the total reach now at over 7,000 followers given the awareness potentials for the games. Also, about 1,371 persons are actively interacting/chatting on the page daily.The GCU relays is an initiative of the GCUOBA Worldwide led by its President Arc. Ovo Charles Majoroh, and one of the cardinal objectives of the GCU relays is the revival and enhancement of healthy sports rivalry among secondary schools in Nigeria.Also, to progressively build and cement healthy interaction between secondary schools and students from different states of the federation, for the unity and progress of Nigeria.Last year’s edition received about six schools from outside Delta state, including Igbobi College, Lagos, Edo college, Benin, Government Secondary School, Afikpoamongst others.Tartan Tracks builders and donors, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SDPC) have kept faith with the maintenance of the facility on an annualbasis.Notable track and Field greats who are Ex-Olympians, such as Brown Ebewele and Henry Amike have confirmed their presence and endorsement of the GCU relays, on November 16th 2019.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Dodgers force Game 5 with clutch eighth-inning effort

first_img“I’m pitching Thursday,” Hill said in the post-game locker room. “It’s a cliché but it’s true – this is what you play for.”The Dodgers have not officially named their starter for Game 5. But at least they have a five-hour cross-country flight to talk about it.“If anyone gives up on this team, they haven’t seen us play a whole lot this year,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said in the afterglow of Tuesday’s comeback.If anyone did give up on the Dodgers, they probably saw them play in the past three postseasons. The same familiar demons came out in the seventh inning Tuesday.Pitching on short rest for the fourth consecutive postseason (the third time in an elimination game) Kershaw didn’t dominate the Nationals’ lineup – only half of it. The top four hitters – Trea Turner, Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth and (cue ominous music) Daniel Murphy – went 6 for 11 against Kershaw. From Anthony Rendon on down, the Nats were 1 for 15 with seven strikeouts against Kershaw. The top of the order put a run on the board in the first inning as Turner singled, moved to second when Kershaw walked Harper and scored on an RBI single by October nemesis Murphy.It took 27 pitches for Kershaw to get through that first inning – hard labor that was reminiscent of his 101-pitch, five-inning grind in Game 1.But Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the first to give the Dodgers the lead and Kershaw pitched like a relieved man. He surrendered another run to the top of the Nats’ order in the third inning (Murphy driving it in with a sacrifice fly) but scored as many himself after leading off the third inning with a double.So he entered the dark alley of a seventh inning in October – where Kershaw’s legacy has been mugged before – with a 5-2 lead.Danny Espinosa – with eight strikeouts in the series including each of his first two at-bats against Kershaw Tuesday – led off with a single. Kershaw retired the next two batters but Turner hit a slow grounder to shortstop Corey Seager whose throw to second base for the force was late.Roberts came out to talk to Kershaw before leaving him in to face Harper, obviously telling Kershaw to empty the tank against his fellow former MVP because he would be his last batter.“You look at who we have and I think that Clayton is our best option,” Roberts said.With shadows creeping out near the pitcher’s mound, the matchup went eight pitches with Harper laying off a full-count fastball (Kershaw’s 110th and final pitch of the game) to draw a walk and load the bases.“Man, that’s what baseball is all about right there – a matter of will,” Nationals manager Dusty Baker said. “Kershaw was on empty. We knew it. They knew it.Man, that’s what baseball is all about right there: a matter of will,” Baker said. “Kershaw was on empty. We knew it. They knew it. Everybody knew it.”Kershaw barely had time to get a drink of water before all three runs had scored. Roberts’ attempt to play the matchups with his relievers worked no better than Don Mattingly’s attempts in postseasons before him. Pedro Baez hit a batter with his one and only pitch. Murphy – of course, Murphy – stroked Luis Avilan’s second pitch into left-center field for a two-run single and that quickly the game was tied.“After all the stuff we’ve been through this season – all the injuries, Kersh going down – we just stayed focused,” Kenley Jansen said of watching the lead disappear. “You could see it in guys’ eyes. When stuff like that happens to the best pitcher in baseball, you just want to stay focused. Just keep that game tied and give our offense a chance.”Joe Blanton made restitution, stranding the go-ahead run on third base and retiring the side in the top of the eighth.Still, the winning rally sprang from infertile ground. With two outs in the eighth, Andrew Toles was hit by a pitch. Pinch-hitter Andre Ethier singled to left field and brought up Utley who was 2 for his first 12 in the series – and looked every bit of it.“As bad as his at-bats might have been earlier in the game, you know what, he just doesn’t scare off and he keeps competing,” Roberts said. “So I’ll take my chance with Chase any time.”The Nationals had loaded their postseason roster with three left-handed relievers for moments like this. But Baker had used two of them and the third, Sammy Solis, was warming up more as a decoy. He had been used in each of the previous two games including 1 2/3 innings in Game 3.“When you look at it, maybe it’s just their day,” Baker said. “We had Solis warming up but we really didn’t want to use Solis unless it was an emergency.”Utley didn’t pose enough of a threat to register as an emergency but he stroked a ground single through the right side of the infield to drive in the winning run – and the sixth Dodgers run to score after there were two outs in an inning.“That’s him. That’s something in his DNA,” Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner said. “When the stage gets bigger, when the moment gets bigger, he becomes a better player.” LOS ANGELES >> The bullpen the Dodgers had convinced themselves was now a strength let them down in October again. The resiliency forged during a difficult season did not.A three-run lead left behind by Clayton Kershaw disappeared in three pitches after he left the game. But Chase Utley’s two-out, RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning brought them a 6-5 lead that did hold up for a series-extending win in Game 4 Tuesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium.The best-of-five series will conclude Thursday at Nationals Park. The Dodgers and Nationals will play at 2 p.m. PT if the Cubs-Giants series requires a fifth game. If the Cubs-Giants series ends in four, the Dodgers and Nats will play at 5 p.m.Whether the Dodgers spent their last bullet to get there remains to be seen. Their starting pitcher options for Game 5 consist of Rich Hill and his dangerous blisters or 20-year-old rookie Julio Urias matched up against National League Cy Young Award favorite Max Scherzer.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more