PAF sets annual seminar for June

first_img PAF sets annual seminar for June The Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc., will hold its 30th Annual Seminar and Membership Meeting at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club in Indian Harbor Beach June 16-17. The theme is “Litigation, Probate, and Estate Planning on the Space Coast.”The seminars are held as general and double-track sessions. The general session seminars include “Motivational/Leadership,” presented by Randy Alonso; “Jury System,” presented by Judge A.B. Majeed; “First Amendment Issues,” presented by Michael Kahn and Gary Edinger; and a presentation on “Estate Planning: Alternative Investments.” The litigation track includes “Litigation,” presented by Charles Schillinger; “Evidence,” presented by Louis Jiannine; and “Arbitration Rules,” presented by Ed Kinberg. The probate and estate planning track includes “Elder Care,” presented by Laura Anderson; “Probate and Trust Litigation,” presented by Scott Krasny; and “Homestead,” presented by Steve Heuston.All association members are invited to attend PAF’s 30th Annual Membership Meeting June 17 at 1:30 p.m., followed by a membership forum at 3:30 p.m., during which issues concerning the association and the paralegal profession in Florida will be discussed. May 15, 2006 Regular News PAF sets annual seminar for Junelast_img read more

Messi caps Barcelona win over Mallorca on La Liga return

first_imgLionel Messi set another LaLiga record on Saturday as Barcelona made a winning return in LaLiga.Madrid, Spain | AFP |  Lionel Messi returned without a beard and with a goal and two assists as Barcelona resumed their La Liga title challenge on Saturday with a thumping 4-0 victory over Real Mallorca.After three months away because of the coronavirus pandemic, Barca exploded into the lead with just 64 seconds played when Arturo Vidal headed in and Martin Braithwaite struck a second from a Messi headed assist.Jordi Alba latched onto a Messi pass to add a third but not before play was briefly stopped by a pitch invader, who was able to run on, despite the match being closed to fans.Messi then scored a fourth in injury time for his 25th goal of the season.“I’m happy because starting like this is an enormous boost for what’s to come,” said Barcelona coach Quique Setien.Victory extends Barca’s advantage at the top of La Liga to five points over Real Madrid, who can reduce the gap back to two when they restart at home to Eibar on Sunday.La Liga’s first match back came on Thursday between Sevilla and Real Betis, with teams scheduled to each play their remaining 11 matches of the season in less than six weeks.Messi will be crucial to Barcelona’s hopes of holding off Madrid but their captain, who turns 33 this month, may have to pace himself, especially after an injury-interrupted season.Clean shaven, and without any sign of the thigh problem that prevented him from training earlier this month, Messi played 90 minutes and looked like he had never been away.– Suarez back –His goal was set up by Luis Suarez and the sight of the Uruguayan coming off the bench would have been welcome for coach Setien too.Suarez has not played since undergoing knee surgery in January and was able to recover during the suspension. He could play an important part in the run-in.Asked what pleased him most, Setien said: “The satisfaction of seeing Luis again on the field. You have to admire the performance he gave in those 35 minutes that he played. Starting like this is very important for him and for the team as well.” Mallorca, who sit 18th in La Liga, were never going to offer the sternest of tests but this was a useful outing for both Barcelona’s fitness and morale.Before matches were suspended in Spain because of coronavirus on March 12, Barca had regained top spot but only after being convincingly beaten by Madrid the week before.This performance suggests time away might have done them good and it remains to be seen now how Madrid respond. Madrid’s next four matches all come after their title rivals have played first.Barcelona were in front after just over a minute as Frenkie de Jong did well to recover the ball from a loose touch before Alba sent a deep cross to the arriving Vidal, who headed in.Mallorca were under relentless pressure as Braithwaite and Messi both went close to adding a second. Mallorca’s Takefusa Kubo, on loan from Real Madrid, forced a good save out of Marc-Andre ter Stegen on the break.But Barca scored a second before half-time as an Alba cross span up and both De Jong and then Messi feathered headers across for Braithwaite to bang in on the half-volley, his first goal for the club.Both teams eased off in the second period and there were smiles on the Barcelona players’ faces when a pitch invader ran on in the 52nd minute wearing an Argentina shirt. He posed for a picture with Alba before being escorted away.Alba added a third after finishing off Messi’s clipped ball over the top and then Messi grabbed a goal himself. Suarez fooled his marker by letting the ball run across his body and Messi weaved inside where he could unleash with his right foot.Mallorca’s defeat, combined with losses for Leganes and Celta Vigo, made it the perfect day for Espanyol, who made up ground on their relegation rivals by beating Alaves.Chinese striker Wu Lei, who tested positive for coronavirus in March, scored on his first game back to seal a 2-0 victory and put Espanyol within three points of safety.They are now level on points with Leganes, who lost 2-1 at home to Real Valladolid, and three behind Celta, who conceded in the 91st minute for a 1-0 defeat by Villarreal. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Titleholders BB&O surge ahead in foursomes

first_img Defending champions BB&O surged ahead in their second day match against Worcestershire at the English Senior Men’s County Finals when they won all three morning foursomes.Team captain Ashley Brewer and Adrian Donkersley completed the clean sweep when they won the 18th with a birdie four.The BB&O pair had trailed for two-thirds of the match before getting ahead on the 16th, only to be pulled straight back to all square after 17.On the 18th Brewer, playing from the middle of the fairway, fired a superb eight-iron shot at the pin, finishing 3ft away. It was duly holed by Donkersley after Worcestershire had two-putted for par from the front of the green.Earlier, BB&O’s senior international David Niven and former England player Andrew Stracey won another tight game 2/1, while David Cromie and George Best Wilson claimed their point by 3/2.In the other match, the games were all decided by comfortable margins and Lancashire go in to the singles with a 2-1 advantage over Devon.Gary Byrne teed off the matches for the second day and with international partner, Ian Crowther, birdied the first as they set off towards their 5/3 win. Tony Holt and Trevor Foster secured Lancashire’s second point when they won 4/3.But Devon’s Mark Haskell and Rick Pillow kept their team in touch with their 5/4 winning margin. They made a rapid start to the game and were four up after six holes.Click here for full scoresCaption: Adrian Donkersley of BB&O (image © Leaderboard Photography). 5 Oct 2016 Titleholders BB&O surge ahead in foursomes last_img read more

Dyke confident of Edwin Allen hat-trick at Penns

first_imgSEVERAL of the country’s top senior and junior athletes will be busy competing at the 122nd staging of the Penn Relays in Franklin Field, Philadelphia, from Thursday to Saturday. Most of these athletes from top high schools and colleges will depart the island today.Top college team, the University of Technology, will be leaving the island this morning through the Norman Manley Airport, while top high school female team Edwin Allen High will depart from the Donald Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay this evening for New York, before driving over to Philadelphia.Several schools, including Kingston College, Holmwood Technical, and Vere Technical, will also be leaving from Montego Bay this afternoon and will head straight to Philadelphia.After winning two titles last year among the girls, head coach of Edwin Allen Michael Dyke is very optimistic.”We are very strong in the 4×100 and 4×800 metres, and despite not running consistently well in the 4×400 metres so far this season, I am confident that the girls can pull it off,” said Dyke.St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), Holmwood, and Hydel have posted fast times in the event so far.”Edwin Allen is yet to run at full strength all season, but come this weekend, we will be at full strength as we have three members from last year’s winning team, and a member of the team who was injured for the majority of the season is now fully fit,” Dyke advised.Despite his top half-miler Cemore Donald, not competing at Penns this season, Dyke is confident that they will pull it off in the 4×800 metres.”Donald (Cemore) is just in Class Three and we are not taking her this year as we risk not having her in the final year of competition as an athlete can only compete at this meet for four years,” said Dyke.Several years ago, Dyke saw one of his teams being disqualified after one of his athletes was deemed to have competed for more than four years.Meanwhile, George Forbes, competition’s officer of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA), is warning schools to ensure that all their athletes are ‘legitimate’ to compete at Penns as he does not want any embarrassment. Forbes recently sent letters to the various principals of the schools attending the meet, reminding them of Penn Relays’ eligibility rules.In the letter, he stated two things:1. No athlete can participate at the Penn Relays for more than four years.2. Eligibility is recorded when the athlete first competes. Example: If the student first attended in 2014, misses 2015 and 2016, then this student’s final eligibility is 2017, even if there is a change of school.In closing, Forbes is asking everyone to do their diligence in order not to cause embarrassment to schools or athletes.last_img read more

Shaheed Girls Orphanage reopens after devastating fire

first_imgThe Shaheed Girls Orphanage, which was completely destroyed by a fire in late October 2018, was officially reopened on Sunday with a ceremony held at its Oleander Gardens location.The new building houses eighteen girls ranging from ages 4 to 16 years old. In attendance were Social Protection Minister Amna Ally, Mayor of Georgetown Ubraj Narine and former Attorney General Anil Nandlall.Chief Executive Officer of the Shaheed Girls and Boys Orphanage, Raheema Rahaman speaking with Guyana Times on Sunday said that the reconstruction of the home is a huge success story after lots of obstacles and negativity.“The building was burnt flat to the ground. Everything was lost. All that was left were the clothing the children were wearing at the time,” she said.Rahaman said the experience of the fire was a traumatic and emotional one for her and the children as they lost everything.She added that with limited resources and a small budget, she faced major difficulty in making any progress with obtaining materials to begin the reconstruction of the home and it was at this time that she reached out to former Attorney General Anil Nandlall, who she said was always readily available to assist in any way possible.As a result of his “determination and heart of gold,” she was able to receive every piece of material she needed for the reconstruction of the home to commence.She expressed gratitude to Nandlall and others who helped to rebuild the facility which is a safe place for vulnerable girls.She added that more work is still needed in getting the home back to where it was in terms of facilities for the girls. “We still need ACs, fans, TVs and computers and so on and Mr Nandlall said he will continue to work on getting assistance for us in this regard. He said he is working to ensure that every child gets a computer,” Rahaman said.She also expressed gratitude to all the neighbours and others who played a part in getting the orphanage back on its feet.The girls that were temporarily being housed at the Shaheed Boys’ Orphanage returned to the newly-constructed building last week and are settling in well.Meanwhile, in an invited comment on Sunday, former Attorney General Anil Nandlall said that he is privileged to have been afforded the opportunity to assist in the rebuilding of the orphanage which has been around for several years.That home, he said, has produced a number of wholesome citizens that have returned to society and have made significant contributions. Some of which were in attendance at Sunday’s ceremony.“One of them is a member of the Guyana Police Force and his sister is married and has assisted in the rebuilding effort,” Nandlall said.He is hopeful that the publicising of the event by the press will bring further awareness of not only the existence of the orphanage but its functions because it survives based on contributions from members of the public who have generously donated over the years. “It is hoped that those contributions continue,” he added.He noted that he is currently working with the orphanage to supply computer systems to them. “At least a personal computer to each child, both the boys and the girls and I look forward to the public’s support in this regard,” he said.Nandlall pointed out that computers and access to computers will be a sure way in educating the children and education has been tested and proven to be one of the surest ways to extricate one from poverty.“The education of these children is vital. Just imagine if you didn’t have institutions like these that take our children off the streets, imagine the destitution, the prostitution, the crime and everything else that they would have been embroiled in,” he added.These institutions, Nandlall said, play a vital role and the Government and civil society must partner in ensuring that these institutions continue to function.He expressed thanks to dozens of persons who have responded to his calls for contributions and donations. “That building is an amalgamation and a result of the efforts of so many kind, giving and hardworking Guyanese and I want to thank them and recognise them for that,” he added.Nandlall also received a certificate from the institution recognising the integral role he played in the rebuilding process.“I am humbled by the gesture by Shaheed Boys and Girls Orphanage for recognising my simple contribution and it’s a stepping stone for a lot more that has to be done and I will continue to make whatever simple contribution I can towards the upliftment in the lives of those unfortunate children,” he said.The Shaheed Girls Orphanage is a Muslim orphanage which was established in the 1930s. The institution provides care, home and other services for orphans, vulnerable and destitute children.last_img read more

Egyptians light up stadium in tribute to fallen fans

first_img0Shares0000Egyptian fans used their phones during the match against South Africa to pay tribute to victims of the 2012 and 2015 football tragedies © AFP/File / OZAN KOSECAIRO, Egypt, Jul 7 – Even as Egypt struggled against South Africa in the last 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations on Saturday, the home fans took time to honour a recent tradition.In the 20th and 72nd minutes of a match that the Egyptians were to lose 1-0, hundreds of supporters switched on their mobile phone flashlights — a simple tribute to victims killed in deadly stadium clashes after the 2011 revolution. “This is our tradition that we pull out our mobiles,” said 19-year-old Mostafa Atef.“The blood of martyrs has nothing to do whether we support (rival clubs) Al Ahly or Zamalek.”The timing of the flashlight tributes reflect the numbers of fans killed in two separate incidents.There is still uncertainty at the number of fans who died in February 2012 when security forces stormed the field at the Port Said stadium of Al Masry during a match with Cairo-based Al Ahly.Some reports claim 74 fans died that day, others say 72. Whichever, it was one of the world’s deadliest football clashes.Three years later, almost to the day in 2015, 20 Zamalek fans — some reports say 22 — died after a mass stampede at the gates of the Cairo stadium’s gates prompted by police use of teargas and live bullets.That led to the reinstatement of a total ban on attending domestic games which is still in effect.For sales representative Islam Abdel Sadek, 30, the tragedies are a reminder that security in football stadiums will still be necessary after the tournament.“Egypt is strong and safe now,” said Sadek. “But it’s a poignant memory and we are praying for the martyrs. So of course we will always turn our lights on”.– Troubling times –Egyptian fans were left bitterly disappointed by the 1-0 defeat by South Africa on Saturday © AFP/File / OZAN KOSEIn a tournament designed to promote the country’s international image, Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi told the national squad that preparations for international audiences were more important than their results on the pitch.Under Sisi, who led the army’s overthrow of president Mohamed Morsi in 2013, a focus on political stability and crushing dissent has meant that even football has been heavily scrutinised by the security forces.The Cup of Nations has been a testing ground for fan attendance when the domestic league resumes.“Fans going back to the stadiums has been a great thing for Egyptian football”, said Ahmad Yousef, editor of website KingFut.Authorities, though, have been selective in their choice of who attends matches with a new online system requiring a background check using an Egyptian national ID.“When the league does restart after the tournament and whether Ultras fans will make their way back to the stadiums, that’s when trouble could start again,” he added.In recent years, devoted fan groups known as the ‘Ultras’ have been politically active in mobilising young, mostly male football enthusiasts.The Ultras Red Devils of Al Ahly and White Knights of Zamalek have been caught up, though, in a government crackdown.Many online users, bitterly disappointed by the Pharoahs’ defeat by South Africa, pointed to the dozens of Ultras in jail as a sign of Egypt’s fear of football fans.Less then 24-hours after the South Africa defeat, the whole of Egyptian football appears to be in disarray with federation president Hani Abou Rida sacking coach Javier Aguirre and then announcing his own resignation, paving the way for a vast shake-up within the organisation.Whether that will change the fans’ relationship with the security forces remains to be seen.In the meantime, supporters like Atef will continue to flash their lights.“We are honouring these martyrs so their memory lives on,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

It’s better to feed more hay than graze too soon!

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Nobody is short of moisture. I look forward to just having firm footing again. When you can’t walk across the yard without splashing water up on you, it’s wet.The livestock are also getting tired of the wet conditions and continuous showers. I’ve had several calls from people looking for hay. This is a really bad time to be running out. The latest call was someone who had just fed their last bales and did not want to turn out on pasture yet until they had enough forage growth. That is exactly what I like to hear. If you turn out too early, the grass never gets much of a chance to get good leaf cover. Grazing too early in the spring does nothing but remove that solar panel the plants need to start building sugar and growing new roots. The forages really need to be able to canopy and get a good start before animals begin removing the top growth otherwise production will be reduced.It is still better to find and feed poor hay and supplement it to meet nutritional needs than to start grazing too early, especially when it is wet. Soybean hulls or corn gluten can make good supplemental feed. Neither seems to drop the pH of the rumen as much as starchy grain. This is important, because if you are going to be relying on forages and rumen pH is too low, it kills off enzyme-producing flora needed to break down the cellulose in forages.Back to the wetness factor — fields that were grazed down tight last fall or over winter as stockpiled forage will not have adequate standing dry matter or fiber available and are not the best fields to start grazing early anyway. If there is little or no above-ground plant growth or residual, then there is not going to be a lot of root mass below the surface, especially if those forages were kept short for long periods of time. This scenario, combined with extremely wet conditions, is a quick way to totally pug up and severely damage a field, making it look like it has been plowed with hooves. Grazing too early and under wet conditions reduces desirable plant populations, creates compaction, and opens up the soil for erosion by reducing soil cover, which provides opportunities for numerous weeds and warmer, less productive soils. It is just better to wait for good grazing conditions.Those fields grazed short last fall will also lack sufficient fiber to go with all the washy high-water, high-protein forage that will come on with first growth. All ruminant livestock need to balance the carbon-nitrogen ratio in their rumen to maintain that mat. If they don’t, then they will not perform the way you want them to and have less gain and less milk production. The plants just go through their system faster than they can effectively utilize it. You know what means–don’t stand too close behind those cows! You’ve heard me say that several times before. If you don’t believe me, well, I’ll let you test that.If you would look at the manure consistency during that time period, it could be very thin, almost watery, not that pudding consistency that is ideal for the rumen.Fields that do not have adequate dry matter to go along with lush new growth will need to be supplemented to keep the animals in balance. This is a good time to put out some low quality hay, baled corn stalks or even straw because if they need it, they will eat it.I hope you have been able to keep at least one or two fields with some stockpiled forage for early spring use. Stockpiled forages left from the previous season mixed with that new growth grass makes for a nicely balanced sward for grazing in the spring and a really nice place to calve. There is little to no mud, and good quality, balanced forage to eat. If you have never tried it, you will wonder why you haven’t been doing it.These rains will eventually provide some really nice pasture. Just remember, don’t get in too big of a hurry to start grazing. I know, it takes about all the patience you can muster up. Ideally, forages should be at least 6 to 10 inches tall before grazing begins. You will not want to remove too much and leave at least 4 to 5 inches to keep that solar panel active and the plant growing, especially for most cool-season grasses, such as orchardgrass and tall fescue. That stop-grazing height is the shortest forage in the field, not the tallest left behind. This is the time of year when you just need to keep moving forward once you start grazing. Generally, the faster the grass is growing, the faster the cows should be moving forward. This helps to keep the forages under control. As the forage growth starts slowing down, then the rotation should also slow down which will allow for longer rest periods before being grazed again.It will soon seem like you have more forage than you can use at the moment, but resist the urge to cut too much for hay. Long wet springs often are followed by hot, dry summers. The more forage residual left behind, the more drought resistant the pasture will be. I know it sounds a bit crazy talking about droughts when you’re standing in water, but it has happened, and very well could again and it’s best to be prepared. Besides, do you need all the hay that you produce? Pasture yields, when managed well, can actually out-yield hay fields with the same fertility. Why? Because you are leaving adequate live plant residual (green leaf) behind to grow back quicker and induce some more tillering. Haying also promotes less diversity and increased diversity usually means increased yield and over a greater period of time.I recommend stopping to think about how many days you are relying on hay in your operation. I’ve heard Jim Gerrish say numerous times; paraphrasing him, “Winter feed costs are the main expense for most cow-calf producers…period.” “We feed hay to the extent that we make hay.” “Cow producers in Michigan, Missouri and Mississippi all feed hay for about 130 days a year.” It would pay us all to seriously think about how much we feed. Do the higher livestock numbers pay for all of the extra inputs required to keep them? Could you make more with less; that is something to pencil out on one of these rainy days. I would encourage you to shoot for 60 days and no more than 90. It is possible, with some planning, to accomplish it with less also.last_img read more

6 killed 18 injured in wall collapse amid IDay celebrations in northern

first_imgPeshawar: At least six people died and 18 others injured on Wednesday after a wall collapsed amid Independence Day celebrations in northern Pakistan, officials said. The incident occurred at an helipad in Gilgit-Baltistan where an event under the supervision of the Pakistan Army was underway to mark the country’s 73rd Independence Day, they said. At least six people were killed and 18 others injured after a wall of the helipad compound suddenly collapsed, the officials said, adding that the injured have been shifted to combined military hospital in Gilgit.last_img

Grace Paulino The Story Behind Grace Talent Management

first_imgAdvertisement In a man’s world, it’s not easy to start your own business when you are a woman. But Grace Paulino has proven that if you work hard, you can achieve anything you want.On Career and GTM:It was LG Fashion Week in 2008, when one of my friends invited me to come to the fashion week to watch some shows. When we came there, many agencies started offering me their business cards for the opportunity to become a model with them. I was unsure, so I turned most to them down. Next season, we went back to fashion week, and more agents asked to represent me! Finally, I said yes, and that was when I became a model. In 2013, I joined an acting agency while I was attending Business School. There I learnt a great deal about the film and TV industry, worked on such TV shows like Suits and movies like Pixels, Rocky Blue and 12 Monkeys. At that time, I built some great contacts in the industry.When I graduated from Canadian Business School I knew that I was going to start an agency, because now I was more interested in helping people to achieve their dreams in the talent industry rather than my own. I love connecting people with opportunity, and that’s when Grace Talent Management (GTM) began operation in 2015. I ran the agency from home until January of 2017. We leased our office studio space at 1178 Bloor Street West, an 800 square foot studio office where I work with a team of creative individuals including 1 booking agent, 2 photographers, and a makeup artist/hairstylist to support our models and talent to build their career and portfolio. We have about 25 models and 20 actors/actresses. Login/Register With: Facebook We’ve partnered with Toronto Film School so we can hire graduates right away. I feel we can support our models and talent 110% whether it’s self-taping, voice over recordings, headshots, readings, career advice and more. I love seeing the excitement stage talent and models get when they are booked for a quality job that pays well. It’s a very difficult business to get into and the main platform that agencies and management have access to is only available through casting directors’ referral letters, and the business has to be in service for 3 years before it can qualify for certification.READ MORE Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

MikmaqBasque conference joins two communities from opposite sides of the Atlantic

first_imgAngel MooreAPTN NewsTwo Indigenous communities on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean have more in common than you might think.Cape Breton University hosted a Basque-Mi’kmaq cultural exchange conference.More than 40 researchers and scientists visited Eskasoni First Nation to learn about the connections between the Mi’kmaq and Basque[email protected]@angelharksenlast_img