February 15, 2012 Letters

first_img February 15, 2012 Regular News Declining Jury TrialsI read the article in the January 15 News in relation to the declining number of jury trials undermining public confidence.Less than 15 years ago, people were complaining about the number of lawsuits. With the advent of mediation and the loser’s pay rule, the number of civil trials has diminished by design.I find it ironic that we are now complaining of a lack of jury trials.Terence A. Gross Pensacola__________________________________If anyone is seriously wondering why civil jury trials are declining, you don’t need to look further than offers of judgment.  What rule or legislation has done more to emasculate the trial system than this deliberate step to curb trials, and make sure that wrongs, no matter how unjustified or grievous, are simply a mathematical quest for the right dollar amount, with the defendant never having to admit fault?    How can anyone justify a system where a plaintiff  who actually goes to trial, can win their case — and still wind up having to pay more than their judgment by being required to reimburse the defendant their fees and costs? It’s insane and insulting. It gives the corporate and government defendant, especially in smaller cases, a totally  unfair advantage.  If the issue involves “principles” — a plaintiff must often forego the most important part of the suit — the part to “right a wrong,” and prevent its reoccurrence to others.If you want to restore civil jury trials and make it fair,then eliminate the absurdity of an award to a losing party. Only if a defendant wins should fees and costs be awardable. Likewise, the same playing field should apply to plaintiffs. Until that happens,  plaintiffs in this state will have no real  “justice.” Jon H. Gutmacher Orlando Haiti RevisitedTwo years ago, I boarded a small plane from Ft. Pierce airport, along with about 30 others — doctors and nurses mostly — to try to help the people of Haiti after the earthquake destroyed so much of the country and so many lives.After watching the news in horror for a few days, a number of Haitian and Haitian- American pastors, former clients, and business leaders came to my office to see what we could do. We could only text or send so much money, and we knew more needed to be done. So, we organized this group of doctors and nurses, mostly local, but a few doctors and orthopedic surgeons from as far as Arizona.The airport in Ft Pierce was full of huge boxes of donations: food, water, clothing, and medical supplies. It was amazing. This Christian missionary group was flying planes in and out of Haiti 24 hours a day. I’ll never forget the older couple who was there, volunteering their time and arguing amongst each other about taking a flight to Haiti the next day — and whether the older gentleman’s own health could tolerate such a trip.The spirit of volunteering, giving, sacrifice for community, and humanity was everywhere. It was beautiful. Before departing, we said a prayer for the people of Haiti — and for ourselves and our families, not knowing what to expect. We stopped for fuel on an island packed with U.S. military aircraft, perhaps the U.S. Virgin Islands, and continued on our way.We landed in Port au Prince and saw the remains of the airport. There was no security. I took a BB gun and machete with me, not knowing what to expect. The first group of volunteers I encountered at the airport were from Hungary, and being Hungarian-American, we spoke about what they had seen. They said the situation was horrific, and I would have to see it to believe it and understand. They were right.I will never forget what I saw. Entire communities destroyed. Tent cities already up and running. The smell was a mix between carnage and rotting fruits and vegetables, as people tried to return to their lives — those who could — selling what they had on the streets.Has it really been two years? Feels like two months.For the most part, we were too late. Those killed were gone; we could not rescue or save anyone. But I saw the amazing and heroic work of so many doctors and nurses from Leogane to Carrefoure to Port au Prince. We brought patients and worked with Doctors without Borders and the International Red Cross. I will never forget their hard work. I will never forget the boy who had already lost a leg — screaming and struggling to trust as one of our doctors tried to save the other.I will never forget the work of all the University of Miami doctors and nurses at their field hospital just outside the airport. They didn’t turn me down when I brought an elderly woman who could hardly breathe or walk, malnourished and homeless. They did not discriminate. God bless each and every one of them. I met one young doctor who had just flown in from Miami and was already working on many patients, in tents set up on top of grass, patients everywhere.And, of course, I will never forget the baby brought to our temporary clinic, set up in the rubble of a church, well outside the capital and overlooking the beautiful beach. His parents knew something was wrong, because at six months old he could not hold his head up, as he must have before. Found in the rubble three days after the quake, I felt the dent on his head — and they diagnosed the skeletal fracture later at the UM field hospital. We drove two hours in a truck, holding this baby, trying to get him the help he desperately needed. It took the assistance of Sean Penn to get him flown to Philadelphia for surgery, and I found out six months later he did make it, only to later die upon his return to Haiti. Yet another victim. Sorry for him and for so many people in Haiti who suffered such a horrific tragedy.A year later, I finally received some good news. A client I had represented in an asylum case and then later, as well, to try to get a humanitarian parole for his 12-year-old son — a son living in a tent who lost his mother and all his aunts and uncles — was finally getting out of Haiti. They were reunited. Finally, a bit of good news.The U.S. military and private organizations were everywhere in Haiti, and we should be very proud of our military and those who volunteered. I thank Immigration for uniting Stanley Thermo with his father, Jean.This truly is the greatest country on Earth. It’s funny, our DHS and ICE agents, along with military, secured the airport in Haiti. A year later, I bumped into an ICE agent I saw over there. He asked me what the hell I was thinking going over there — and now I know.Richard A. Hujber Boynton Beach Representing the RichRich people, too, have rights.The thought occurred to me when I tried to get a job in a firm that helps rich people. The thought occurred to me again, given the words of Jesus: “Whatever I do to the most of His brothers, that I do to Him.”We do well, we lawyers, we few, when we help rich people get what they want, and when we prevent others from taking what they have.Alan Jude Murley Tampa February 15, 2012 Letterslast_img read more

Red Marine Delivers Subsea Clamps for UK OWF

first_imgRed Marine has reported that it delivered a new series of subsea clamps for installation at an offshore wind farm in the UK last month.The project required the turnkey development of a bespoke clamp unit, from initial concept development, through to prototype testing and manufacturing of 4 x production units, Red Marine said, adding that prototype testing at its test facility enabled the engineering team to review, develop and de-risk the proposed installation methodology with the client team.The clamps, which have a lifespan of 25 years, will be installed this spring.Offshore WIND contacted Red Marine to find out which wind farm was in question, however, the company decided to leave the project and its client unnamed. In its press release, Red Marine said the client was a leading energy company and the project was one of the largest offshore wind farms in the UK.last_img read more

Hair free, care free

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Wire to wire win at Western Canadians for Julien Locke — brother Peter fifth

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsJulien Locke led from wire to wire to claim the top prize at the Western Canadian Championships Sunday at the Nordic Ski Trails near Kelowna.The 17-year-old Nelsonite, a member of Rossland’s Black Jack Ski club, finished first overall following the three-stage race.“I had a good race,” said Locke, competing against twin brother Peter.“I started with the lead and was able to put more time on the others, posting the fastest individual time by 10 seconds,” Locke added. “Colin Ferrie from Kimberley (who started and finished second) and I were practically even the entire way — the closest he ever got was 35 seconds behind. “I came into the stadium with a 50 second lead over second.”The Western competition was a “tour” race. The first stage Friday was a skate sprint. Saturday was prologue race, a 3.5-kilometer classic individual start where the skier sprints for the duration of the race.Sunday was a 15-kilometer pursuit where racers are seeded according to times and bonus seconds from the first two days of racing. The whole idea of tour races has been around for a long time in other sports but it’s quite new to cross country skiing.Locke won the Friday sprint skate qualifier by two seconds and the heat final by a wide margin.Brother Peter struggled in the qualifier placing 24th and 15th in the heat and did not advance.“Peter had bad seeding because of his poor qualifier and got stuck in a tough quarter final where he finished third in his heat and did not move on,” Julien explained.Julien Locke increased his lead after the 3.5km Classic Prologue by overcoming tricky slippery and icy conditions.Julien started 15 seconds behind Peter but managed to catch up after one kilometer.The pair skied together until the finish, catching the leader with all three entering the stadium together.Julien cruised to the title with a 15 second margin over Peter Locke, who finished second, and a 25 second margin over the third place skier.Sunday, Julien kept up his dominance on the field to capture the overall title. Brother Peter was able to climb the leader board to finish fifth.Younger sister Robyn Locke, battling the flu all weekend, did not have a good race, as fatigue was too much to overcome.The skiers head back to the training trails in preparation for the Canadian Nordic Ski Championships March 12-19 in Canmore, [email protected]last_img read more

Kootenay shines in Seattle rain, impresses college scouts

first_imgThe Kootenay Thunder earned respect from more than a few colleges and university coached during the Starfire Fieldturf Showcase Soccer Tournament this past weekend in Seattle.The Thunder finished the tourney with a 1-1-2 record.“The Thunder team impressed many coaches and teams with one U.S. College coach stating he would take the whole squad if he had the budget,” said Kootenay head coach Dave Spendlove, who runs the regional squad out of the Soccer Quest Indoor facility in Nelson.The team, consisting of players from throughout the Kootenay region along with a handful of imports from Kamloops and playing in the top division, opened the tournament by playing to a scoreless draw against Seattle Legacy.According to Spendlove, “Kootenay outplayed their American opponents in all departments but could not get the ball in the net.”Kootenay kept its goal-scoring drought alive in a 0-0 tie against Semiahmoo Scorpions of White Rock.Saturday afternoon the Thunder, playing its best half in two years, edged the Sun City Strikers 2-1.Kelsey Martin of Kamloops gave Kootenay a 1-0 lead. Martin converted a rebound off a Kootenay corner kick, depositing the ball quickly into the net after Sun City failed to clear the zone.Sun City tied the game ten minutes into the second half.However, Nelson’s Andrea Stinson, a thorn in the side of most teams during the tournament, was hauled down inside the penalty area.Stinson calmly collected herself before converting the penalty kick.The only blemish on the weekend came Sunday during the rain when Kootenay lost 1-0 to MRFC of Portland, Ore.The only goal came when the game referee incorrectly gave an indirect free kick inside the Kootenay penalty area for a pass back to the keeper.MRFC quickly took the kick and beat Kootenay keeper Kat Garbula of Nelson.“The Referee apologized to the Thunder coaching staff at half time saying he did not really see what happened on the pass back incident but made a quick decision which later his line assistant told him was wrong,” Spendlove explained. “The incident cost the Thunder their only loss of the weekend but the Thunder should still have won the game again not taking their chances in front of goal.”The tournament attracted more than 40 scouts from various U.S. colleges.This is the second time Soccer Quest has taken a team to Seattle.Next tournament for Kootenay is the Vancouver Whitecaps Showcase event March 2012 in [email protected]last_img read more

L.V. Rogers Bombers Life of the Party

first_img“We played well and there were a lot of great individual performances, but what was most impressive from the girls was how they played a strong team game,” said LVR Coach Jennifer Kidd.The Bombers beat Grand Forks Secondary (25-8,25-23), host JL Crowe (25-11,25-11) and Boundary Secondary (25-10, 25-7) in the Friday round-robin portion of the tournament. On Saturday morning, LVR ran their record to a perfect 4-0 with a victory over Kaslo’s J.V. Humprhies (25-12,25-10) without losing a single game in all their matches.The round-robin record earned Nelson a buy into the semi-final where they beat Castlegar’s Stanley Humphries (25-8, 25-12) to book a spot in the tournament final against the Grand Forks Secondary Wolves.Dominant serving and a synchronized effort by the Bombers helped the girls clinch the title over the Wolves (25-8, 25-16).“It was terrific to see the girls play the game with confidence and trust in each other, that’s when their game flows and is taken to a higher level,” said Kidd. “If they play this way for the rest of the season, we should continue with good results.”Next up for the Bombers is a trip to Salmon Arm on the November 3-4 followed by best-of-five playdown against JL Crowe to see which school will represent the West Kootenay at the BC High School AAA Provincials in early-December. The LV Rogers Bombers senior girls volleyball team came home with the hardware from the annual JL Crowe Block Party tournament after a dominating weekend in Trail.The Bombers didn’t lose a single game over the two-day tournament that featured teams from across the West Kootenay and Boundary. It was the second year in a row that the Nelson team captured top spot.last_img read more

All Ireland Cross Country Bronze for Broderick and GCH Ladies

first_imgDay two of the All Ireland Cross Country events was held Sunday last on a muddy and testing course in St Augustine’s College, Dungarvan , Co. Waterford. The Juvenile Uneven Ages races from U11 to U17, and the Novice races over 4km for Ladies and 6k for men saw large numbers of Galway athletes travel despite the stormy conditions, and bronze medals for Jason Broderick and Galway City Harriers ladies squads were the highlights of a great days cross country.Jason Broderick was tipped in advance for a top placing in the hugely competitive Novice Men’s 6km event, and the Craughwell AC man duly delivered a superb performance, in undoubtedly his best ever performance at this level, pushing on strongly on the last lap to finish third and take a richly deserved National bronze medal, in what was probably the finest individual cross country result in Craughwell AC’s history.Next home for the Galway squad- who eventually placed ninth county team- was John Greaney of GCH with a storming 16th place run, followed by a good run by John Moroney of GCH in 62nd, with John Cronin, Ciaran Diviney , Brian Bruton and Seamus Leddy also team scorers.The GCH ladies team also took a well earned bronze team medal, placing third behind surprise packet Youghal AC and DSD AC from Dublin. The team were led by a tremendous run from Barbara Dunne in 9th place , with Niamh Hennelly next in 14th in probably her best run ever in the GCH colours. Caoimhe Daniels and Siobhan Egan completed the four GCH scorers, with Maeve Brassil in 51st and Marie Boyle in 72nd also running well. Galway ladies county team were fourth and just missed a medal.In the U17 race the Galway boys’ squad also competed well with GCH athletes Eanna Folan 47th and Ronan Dirrane 77th, with Jack Maher of Connemara AC 61st and Brian Burke Ballinasloe in 71stIn the Juvenile programme, nearly all Galway clubs were well represented. GCH U13 girls won bronze medals as members of the successful Connacht team. Eimear Rowe had her best performance of her year to finish in a creditable 18th position, followed in 19th by Emma Moore, Shauna Brennan finished 36th with all three making the podium for Connacht. In addition Ciara Dunne 80th, Sinead Duggan 138th and Joanna Healy 144th made up the GCH team that narrowly missed the bronze club team medal.GCH U11s performed well in their first National event with Eva Brennan 44th, Isabella Burke 54th and Leana McDonagh 83rd. Sean Duggan placed 156th at U11 BoysAt U15 Boys level, Aaron Brennan had a great run and was the top GCH performer of the day finishing in 15th place in a highly competitive field. Oisin Rowe placed 118th. In the Girls U17 race Aoife King placed 46th and Aoife Sheehy 75th.Ballinasloe and District AC had a full squad out at U13 Girls level, with Ava McKeon best in 34th, Aoibheann Fitzpatrick next in 51st and Clodagh Killeen, Mya Kelly , Kayla McKeon and Aiveen Curley also competing well.Craughwell juvenile athletes performed very well on the day , with Sean Cotter taking a fantastic 11th place in the U13 boys, Aoibhe Carr 19th and Jade Moorhead 27th in the U11 girls, among many fine performances . Craughwell’s U13 boys and U11 girls took 7th place and 11th place respectively in the team events.Athenry Juvenile athletes also travelled in numbers to this hugely competitive National event, with Kayla Madden finished 41st and Leonora Church 52nd in the U11 Girls. In the U13 girls Kaci Moran placed 98th and Aileen Evans 103rd. In the U15 girls Sarah Gilhooley was 38th and Katie Brogan 81st, while in the U17 girls Shannon Lee top scored in 47th followed by Aisling Kenny 67th Aine O’Farrell 72nd and Aisling Keane in 80thCarnmore Turkey Trot 5km resultsThe annual Carnmore GAA fundraising 5km Turkey Trot was held Sunday 6th December last around a fast course , with turkeys the prizes on offer! . Matt Bidwell of GCH took yet another road race victory on the Galway circuit running a good time of 15.38 for victory, ahead of Craughwell’s Damien Larkin second in 17.06 and veteran Ruaidhri Geraghty of GCH third in 17.14.Sinead Brody of GCH won the ladies section in 20.36, with Bernie Kelly and Catherine Keane Murphy making a one two three for the city club.Fallon runs for IrelandBest wishes to Keith Fallon of GCH who runs on the Irish Under 23 Cross Country team this Sunday, at the European Cross Country Championships in Hyeres in the south of France. Fallon will be competing along with the continents best athletes, with fellow squad members Thomas Moran, Brandon Hargreaves, Sean Tobin, Hugh Armstrong and Aaron Hanlon.Kiltullagh FixtureThe Kiltullagh National School Christmas Run will be held on Sunday, December 13, 2015. There is a 10 km Run at 1.00pm, a 5 km Walk also at 1.00pm, and a Junior 1km Fun Run at 12 noon. The event is AAI measured, Permit approved and a timed event. Entry Fee: 10KM is €15 , and you can register online via runireland.com, or on the day 10.00 – 12.30pm.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

World of Color Delayed Until Next Year

first_imgShare This!It’s been officially announced as being pushed back. According to the OC Register, World of Color will not be returning to Disney California Adventure this year. Instead, it will now reopen sometime in 2019, but it doesn’t look like the show will be returning any time soon, as Disney says it may still be months before it’s back again.The nighttime spectacular has been closed since April due to unexplained circumstances that occurred during routine maintenance. No one is saying what happened, but the problem was large enough to shut the show down unexpectedly. Rumors indicate that during the regularly scheduled maintenance that occurred in April, components that run the show that were supposed to be submerged in the lagoon were damaged, therefore requiring extensive repairs.The World of Color show, which has been popular since it debuted in 2010, features a beautiful water show, including fountains, light, and music.last_img read more

Photo library: Countryside 8

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Countryside contact sheet (1.6MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Western Cape province: Vineyards and mountains in the heart of the Cape winelands, near Franschhoek. Photo: Mary Alexander, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Western Cape province: The Berg River dam near Franschhoek.Photo: Franschhoek Wine Route » Download high-res image Western Cape province: Boschendal Wine Estate near Franschhoek.Photo: Franschhoek Wine Route » Download high-res image Western Cape province: A vineyard near Franschhoek.Photo: Franschhoek Wine Route » Download high-res image Western Cape province: A vineyard near Franschhoek.Photo: Franschhoek Wine Route » Download high-res image Western Cape province: A wine estate near Franschhoek.Photo: Franschhoek Wine Route » Download high-res image Western Cape province:The vineyards of New Beginnings Wine Farm near Paarl, which is owned by a collective of farm labourers. The workers were given a portion, and bought another portion, of Nelson’s Creek farm on which they worked.Photo: Rodger Bosch,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Paarl, Western Cape province: Vats of wine at a Paarl winery.Photo: Paarl Vintners » Download high-res image Paarl, Western Cape province: Vats of wine at a Paarl winery.Photo: Paarl Vintners » Download high-res image COUNTRYSIDE 8: {loadposition cs}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected]last_img read more

Diners Club buys Platter’s Guide

first_imgAlmost 1.4-million copies of Platter’s Guide have been sold since the first issue came out in 1980.(Image: Platter’s Guide)John Platter and his wife Erica left their day jobs to run their small wine farm in Franschhoek.(Image: Cape Wine, Hong Kong)MEDIA CONTACTS • Philip van ZylEditor, Platter’s Guide+27 82 490 1820 or +27 28 316 3210 Janine ErasmusInternational credit card company Diners Club has snapped up the Platter’s Guide, South Africa’s oldest and best-selling wine guide. The guide will complement Diners Club’s other wine-related offerings in South Africa.Both parties have been actively involved in the local wine industry for years. Diners Club holds an annual wine list competition, which encourages establishments to refine and improve their wine offerings to their patrons and to consistently match global standards.For the past 31 years the company has run a winemaker of the year competition and since 2001, a young winemaker of the year competition with the aim of encouraging talent in the industry. It also sponsors the Diners Club Bartho Eksteen Wine Academy.“We are committed to enhancing this great relationship, in making South Africa’s most iconic wine companion an even more invaluable tool for wine lovers everywhere,” said Diners Club South Africa’s MD Ebrahim Matthews, in a statement.The company said it would continue with the guide’s current format for the time being, but would investigate broadening its digital reach.In-depth information about the local wine sceneThe Platter’s Guide is now in its 33rd edition. It was started back in 1978 by John and Erica Platter, journalists, wine lovers and novice vineyard owners, after they saw British wine expert Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book, which first came out in 1977 and is also still going strong today.The couple were confident that they could produce a “modest” version of Johnson’s publication for the local industry, and their first edition came out in 1980. Since then it’s become the first choice for locals and international visitors wanting to know more about South Africa’s world-renowned wine industry.The latest edition of the guide – and it’s a guide, not a competition or a set-in-stone publication, asserts editor Philip van Zyl – includes more than 7 300 wines from 800 producers. Wine estates submit their products for inclusion, and these are subjected to a tasting process by a group of experts, who will then assign a rating of up to five stars.The Platters have blogged that today they’re amazed at their presumption in daring to intrude upon the mysterious and hallowed Cape wine scene, which had hundreds of years of tradition behind it and was dominated at the time by men. They further state that “We had no idea what we were letting ourselves in for”.The project was seemingly doomed before a single book was produced – even the printer described the first edition as “boring”. But the couple persisted, with John personally tasting every wine until the arrival in 1987 of Angela Lloyd, the first member of the tasting team. She’s still with them and is a respected wine writer in her own right.Since the early days around 1.4-million print copies – in a different colour for each year – have been sold. It’s available in hardback and for Apple devices, with other platforms reportedly in development.The annual print run is almost 40 000 and the current hardcover price is around R170 (US$19) while the app costs R89 ($9.99) in the iTunes store.The guide won the Le Prix du Champagne Lanson for best wine guide worldwide in 2001, as well as the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers ‘Domaines Ott’ award for best annual wine guide in 2007.Besides the rating, the guide includes maps of wine-growing regions, a glossary of wine terms, GPS co-ordinates for all estates featured, a guide to wine farms that cater for visitors with special needs, information about wine varieties, and restaurant recommendationsRewarding talent and dedicationThe Diners Club Winemaker of the Year for 2012 is Razvan Macici of Nederburg. He’s Romanian by birth but he fell in love with South Africa after visiting the country in 1994 and his wine-making talent has found its perfect spot in the Western Cape.The young winemaker for 2012 is Anri Truter of Beyerskloof, who, like Macici, inherited his love of the grape from his father.The winemaker of the year for 2011 was Johan Jordaan of Spier, and the young winemaker was Matthew van Heerden of Uva Mira Vineyards, near Somerset West in the Western Cape.Other past winemakers of the year include Coenie Snyman of Rust en Vrede (2009), Peter Ferreira of Graham Beck (2004), Nicky Krone of Twee Jonge Gezellen (1995), and Günter Brözel of Nederburg (1985 and 1983).last_img read more