Online petition solicits library funding support

first_img Online petition solicits library funding support Uncertainty about restoring funding for courthouse law libraries has inspired Bob Riger, executive director of the Miami-Dade County Law Library, to launch an online petition on its Web site to gather signatures of people who care about saving county law libraries.Go to www.mdc11.org and click on the link for the petition (or read it at www.petition online.com/vbnm).Riger created the petition through his affiliation with Florida State Court Law Libraries, Inc. The purpose it to urge legislators to restore civil filing fees that historically funded county law libraries. Funding for law libraries became uncertain because Revision 7 to Article V legislation passed last year does away with the mechanism of how most law libraries at county courthouses are financed through civil filing fees.The issue was reported in a story in the February 1 Florida Bar News. (Available on the Bar’s Web site at www.flabar.org). Several lawmakers said they want to fund law libraries, but there were unsure about how to accomplish that and what the quality and quantity of those law libraries would be while wrangling with many details of court funding legislation.“When we have collected ‘enough’ signatures, we will forward the results to the appropriate lawmakers throughout the state,” said Riger.“The purpose of the online petition is two-fold: to generate more signatures statewide in a briefer time period, before our funding runs out, and to set up a central repository for all petitions collected statewide.” March 1, 2004 Regular Newscenter_img Online petition solicits library funding supportlast_img read more

COVID-19: Indonesian mission in Pyongyang to remain operational: Envoy

first_imgThe envoy’s statement comes following the closure of several embassies in the North Korean capital on Monday after the government ordered hundreds of foreigners including diplomats to go into virtual lockdown in their own premises, AFP reports.These restrictions were finally eased last week after more than a month, and more than 200 foreigners were allowed to leave their compounds.Monday’s evacuation efforts also came after reports that special flights were being arranged to fly diplomats and other foreigners out of Pyongyang to the Russian city of Vladivostok.”Sad to say farewell this morning to colleagues from German Embassy and French Office #NorthKorea which are closing temporarily,” tweeted Colin Crooks, the British ambassador to North Korea, who added that the United Kingdom embassy would remain open.North Korea has not confirmed a single case of infection from the coronavirus but has imposed strict measures, including closing off its borders and putting thousands of its own people in isolation.North Korean leader Kim Jong-un warned last month of “serious consequences” if the virus reached his country, which has also banned tourists from entering and suspended international train travel and flights.The North Korean regime, which is subject to multiple international sanctions over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, has weak medical infrastructure and analysts say that prevention is its only option.Topics : The Indonesian mission to North Korea in Pyongyang will remain operational despite the closures of other foreign embassies and the evacuation of diplomats from the city, following weeks of tight quarantine restrictions imposed in response to the continued global spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.“Based on our own assessment of the conditions on the ground until present, we will remain open,” Indonesian Ambassador Berlian Napitupulu told The Jakarta Post on Monday.As many as 20 Indonesian nationals currently live in North Korea, almost all of whom are embassy staffers.last_img read more

Eden Hazard salutes Chelsea fans in what could be his last Premier League game for the club

first_imgAdvertisement Has Eden Hazard played his final Premier League game? (Picture: AMA/Getty Images)Eden Hazard took time to salute the travelling Chelsea fans at Leicester on Sunday afternoon, in what could be his final Premier League match for the club.The Belgian started on the bench on the final day of the Premier League season, but replaced Willian in the 69th minute as the sides played out a drab goalless draw at the King Power.After the final whistle, the number 10 offered the fans the thumbs up and blew kisses to them.The 28-year-old has long been linked with a move to Real Madrid and the Spanish side are expected to make a big money move for him this summer.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHazard has tried to play down the likelihood of a switch to the Bernabeu, but is thought to be interested in making the move to the Spanish capital. Advertisement Comment Hazard has long been linked with a move to Real Madrid (Picture: AMA/Getty Images)The play-maker still has one more game to play for Chelsea this season as the Blues take on Arsenal in the Europa League final in Baku on Wednesday 29 May.Hazard was asked if that would be his final game for the club, and told BT Sport: ‘I don’t think that. I’m only thinking to win something for this club, for this squad. Eden Hazard has had another fine season with Chelsea (Picture: Getty Images)‘If it’s my last game I will try to do everything. If it’s not, we’ll see you know. In my mind I don’t know yet so I’m just thinking to win games.’ He then shot a mischievous wink toward the interviewer.Chelsea fans did their best to convince Hazard to stay at the club by unfurling a giant banner reading: ‘Eden Hazard bleeds blue, Chelsea is your home.’center_img Maurizio Sarri on Leicester drawTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 4:23FullscreenMaurizio Sarri on Leicester drawhttps://metro.co.uk/video/maurizio-sarri-leicester-draw-1923898/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.MORE: Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea suffers worst season ever in goalMORE: Chelsea fans produce banner begging Eden Hazard to stay during Leicester match Chelsea fans produced a banner for Eden Hazard at the King Power StadiumThe crowd also sang, ‘Eden Hazard, we want you to stay’ throughout the contest in Leicester.Whether they have convinced him to hand around or not is yet to be seen.Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri said of Hazard’s situation: ‘I don’t know. If Hazard is thinking the history here is finished then in his mind it is finished.‘I can try to speak to him but it’s not easy because of course I want Hazard, but I want Hazard with a very high level of motivation.‘You have to ask the club because I am not in control of the market and I am not in charge of the renewal of the contract so I am not able to answer.’ Phil HaighSunday 12 May 2019 5:48 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link82Shares Eden Hazard salutes Chelsea fans in what could be his last Premier League game for the clublast_img read more

90 people killed in a fire at a petrol station in…

first_imgMore then 90 people have died in a fire at a petrol station in Ghana’s capital, Accra.Media sources in Ghana say the National Fire Service has confirmed that officially 90  people are dead and there are fears that the number could rise as the rescue operation continues.There are reports that those involved in the rescue operation say they have seen more than 90 bodies.The fire broke out a the Goil Filling Station at the Nkrumah Circle in Accra during heavy rains on Wednesday.Sources say most of those who were ought up in the fire were sheltering at the petrol station from the heavy down pour in Accra.It is not clear what caused the fire which followed heavy downpour in Accra that led to power outages in several homes.Hundreds of workers in the capital have were left stranded at their work places as the heavy downpour submerged the city.last_img read more

World number three aims for a championship hat trick

first_img7 Jul 2016 World number three aims for a championship hat trick World number three Bronte Law will aim to complete a hat trick of consecutive wins at next week’s English women’s amateur championship at the West Lancashire Golf Club. If she wins, the 21-year-old from Bramhall in Cheshire will become the first player to complete three victories in a row. Her previous wins were at St Enodoc in Cornwall, and Hunstanton in Norfolk where she was 13 shots clear of the field. Law (Image © Leaderboard Photography) is clearly on excellent form. She was in the winning Curtis Cup team at last month’s match when she became the first GB&I player to win all five of her games. In addition, she has just won the Annika Award as the top female US collegiate golfer, having already been named as the PING Player of the Year by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association. Law is a student at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her defence begins on Tuesday, July 12, when the 72-hole stroke play championship gets underway on the West Lancashire’s excellent links course. Women’s golf is in sharp focus at West Lancashire, which was founded in 1873. This year it is celebrating the 125th anniversary of the founding in 1891 of the West Lancashire Ladies’ Club, which occupied some of the same stretch of the dunes. The two clubs amalgamated in 1947 and West Lancashire is proud that women have played golf almost continuously on this site for 125 years. The club, which previously hosted this championship in 2006, is providing three of the competitors: the internationals Eloise Healey and Hollie Muse and their fellow member Grace Cannon. Another seven Lancashire players are in the field, including the internationals Louisa Brunt (Royal Birkdale) and Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe). They are joined by Jae Bowers (Prestbury), Brogan Calvert (Lancaster), Georgia Coughlin (St Annes Old Links), Megan Cullen (Heysham) and Nicola George (Royal Birkdale). Competitors from further afield include two more Curtis Cup players, Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted) and Rochelle Morris (Woodsome Hall). Among the up and coming young players are 14-year-old Lily May Humphreys, from Channels in Essex, who is the English U14 girls’ champion and the winners of the Fairhaven Trophies. Another girl international is Norfolk’s Amelia Williamson, 15, (Royal Cromer) who has recently retained her English schools’ title. The championship will be played from Tuesday to Thursday, July 12-14. All competitors will play 18 holes on each of the first two days. The field is then cut to the leading 40 players and ties who play 36 holes on the final day. Spectators are welcome. Visit www.englandgolf.org/womensamateur for news, images, tee times and live scores.last_img read more

England teams march ahead in European championships

first_imgTeamsMen, captained by Roy Smethurst (Crewe, Cheshire):Ian Attoe (Worplesdon, Surrey)Stephen East (Wyke Ridge, Yorkshire)Trevor Foster (Accriungton & District, Lancashire)Rupert Kellock (Sunningdale, Berkshire)Richard Latham (Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire)Richard Partridge (Wildernesse, Kent) 5 Sep 2018 England teams march ahead in European championships Women, captained by Debbie Richards (Burhill, Surrey).Aileen Greenfield (Pyecombe, Sussex)Sue Spencer (Whittington Heath, Straffordshire)Jackie Foster (Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire)Julie Brown (Trentham, Staffordshire)Cath Rawthore (Sale, Cheshire)Helen Lowe (Scraptoft, Leicestershire) England marched into the match play stages of the European senior team championships, with the men going through as top seeds and the women in fourth place.The men, playing at the Diamond Club in Austria, had only one round to make an impact in qualifying after yesterday’s play was washed out.They made no mistakes today and won the qualifying round by four shots. Their team total, with their best five scores from six counting, was three-over par.British Senior Champion Trevor Foster (pictured) led the way for the team with a score of one-under 71, one behind the individual winners. Ian Attoe, Rupert Kellock and Richard Latham added par scores and Stephen East contributed four-over 76.The top eight teams qualified for the championship knock-out stage and tomorrow England will play Sweden in the quarter finals.The women, competing in Mont du Golf Garni in Belgium, played steadily over their two days of qualifying. Top scorer was Cath Rawthore, who shared third place in the individual table on two-over par.They will also play Sweden in their quarter-final tomorrow. Tags: European, Senior Team Championshiplast_img read more

Locke kids burning up cross country trails

first_imgThe happy Locke family would not be complete if sister Robyn didn’t participate too.The younger sibling has not disappointed the rest of the family at most of the same events Peter and Julien competed at — except for Junior Nationals.“Last year my biggest race was going to Terrace for B.C. Winter Games,” said 14-year-old Robyn Locke. “I finished eighth and 12th in my category (midget girls). These were probably of my two best races of the year.”Some results for Robyn Locke has the Nelsonite 18th and 16th at Canmore to start the season, and 12th and 15th at a B.C. Cup race in Prince George.Robyn Locke plans on joining older brothers at the Westerns and [email protected] By Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsLong time ago in a far away place, humans realized by attaching two shaped pieces of wood to their feet they could travel faster when hunting in snow-covered fields and woods. You won’t see Peter or Julien Locke breezing through the forests around the Heritage City with rifle strapped on back looking for dinner.They shop at the Co-op.However, it wouldn’t be uncommon to see the two Nelsonites leading the pack during a provincial or national cross-country race.The two Nelson skiers have quietly turned more than a few heads at the elite level and are looking for more success in the coming months.“The season is going very well,” Peter Locke told The Nelson Daily on the eve of the Western Canadians this weekend in Kelowna. “I’ve had some very good results this year, however, they were as good as I hoped for at (junior) nationals.”“My sprinting this year has been very good,” added Julien Locke. “One of my best races was the Thunder Bay sprint (January 6-9).”Not that long ago the two Locke boys, twins you know, were being towed around the Nelson Nordic Ski Trails in a sled by their parents.It wasn’t that long before the two were up on skis, competing in the Jackrabbit program, passing up on the traditional team sports like soccer and hockey.“It’s not like don’t like team sports, I just prefer individual sports like cross-country,” Peter Locke said.“Nothing against team sports at all . . . I used to swim when I was younger,” added Julien Locke. “I just never did any.”After a few years in the Nelson Nordic Ski Club system, the two decided to join the more competitive Blackjack club in Rossland.“There wasn’t much happing in Nelson and Rossland ran a higher caliber team so we thought there was more opportunity for us,” Julien Locke explained.The Blackjack coach is none other than Dave Wood, formerly of the Canadian national team for the past 16 years. Wood wrapped up his career in 2010 helping Canadian athletes at the Vancouver/Whistler Olympics.
 The Locke boys, who home school but find time to put in 500 hours per year or eight to 24 per week of training, have already logged more miles than Greyhound this season competing on the cross country circuit.There were races in Canmore, the Alberta Cup; at Vernon’s Silver Star Resort for the Haywood NorAm; and at the home Blackjack Club for the Haywood NorAm Senior World Championship trials. The two then traveled to Thunder Bay, Ont., for the World Junior Trails.Peter Locke, at 6’3”, 175 pounds, finished 26th in the 20-kilometer continuous pursuit, 31st in the 1600m classic sprint and 19th in 15km skate.Julien Locke, at 6’1”, 180-pounds, finished 34th, eighth and 25th.“I was hoping to land one of the spots for Canada at World Juniors but I came up just a little short,” said Julien Locke.“I had a fast heat, with the eventual first, second and fourth-place guys in it and unfortunately I wasn’t able to stay with them up the hill. I did everything I could but they were all a year or two older than me and with the long course, they had the advantage.”“My best race was the Thunder Bay . . . the 15 km,” Peter Locke admitted. “So far this year we have mostly raced up in Junior Men’s category, which has been quite a change from last year as the distances have increased from 10 km to 20km. I really like the longer races and have been having a really good season so far.”The two 17-year-old skiers, Julien is part of the B.C. Team and Peter the B.C. Development squad, have been racing most of this season in Junior Men’s category against many older skiers.This weekend another major test comes in Kelowna at Westerns.The Westerns is going to be a “tour” race.  The first stage is a skate sprint. The next day is a prologue race, which will be one of the first times this type of race being been held in Canada. It’s a 3.5 km classic individual start. The race is so short, competitor need to ski at a sprint pace for the duration. The final day is the 15 km pursuit. For this race skiers are seeded according to times and bonus seconds from the first two days of racing. The start is staggered accordingly. The first person to the finish wins the overall three 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.The field won’t be as strong as World Junior Trials, a field that included many of the top skiers in Canada, but most of the top skiers from the west will be competing.“Last year we did not attend Westerns but at Nationals I won the skate sprint and got fourth in the aggregate, just a few points out of third,” said Julien Locke, whose goal is to ski for Canada on the World Cup circuit. “So I expect westerns should be good again.”Next month in Canmore, March 12-19 promises to be the ultimate test for the two Locke boys.“I am looking forward to all of the races but I’m especially exited for the sprint,” said Julien Locke. “The classic (my favourite), the course is perfect and I am going into it as last years winner. It’s not going to be easy to hang on to the title but I am looking forward to the challenge.”Then again, if it doesn’t work out on the cross-country circuit for the two Blackjack skiers, there’s always the chance of putting those skills on boards to good use trying to find dinner.Sister Robyn keeps up with older brotherslast_img read more