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first_imgFederal Court Denies State’s Request For Stay In Exodus CaseIL Staff for www.theindianalawyer.comA federal judge has denied the state’s motion for a stay on a preliminary injunction granted last month in a lawsuit challenging Gov. Mike Pence’s suspension of funds to groups that resettle Syrian refugees in Indiana.Pence’s directive came last year following the terrorist attacks in Paris in November. The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana sued on behalf of Exodus Refugee Immigration Inc., seeking a preliminary injunction to temporarily suspend Pence’s move. Judge Tanya Walton Pratt granted the motion Feb. 29.The state is appealing to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and asked Pratt on March 8 to temporarily stay the injunction while the appeal is pending.“The Court held in the Preliminary Injunction Order that the irreparable harm, balance of harms, and public interest factors all favor granting Exodus a preliminary injunction. The State has not convinced the Court that these factors weigh differently for the purposes of the instant motion, and thus these factors also favor denying the State’s request for a stay pending appeal,” Pratt wrote in Tuesday’s order.The state maintains it has legitimate public safety concerns in seeking a temporary and partial suspension of grant payments to Exodus. It also says the federal government has not provided Indiana with sufficient information about the vetting process used to screen war refugees from Syria before Exodus relocated them to Indiana.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

first_imgThe conservation efforts by Guatemala’s Pacific Naval Command are supported by its Marine Turtle Rescue Center and by turtle sanctuaries that the Armed Forces have established at various military installations. The Rescue Center is dedicated to collecting the eggs the turtles lay annually between July and November. “These centers have a 98 percent effectiveness rate because of how well they handle the nesting and hatching process – from the moment the egg is laid until the newborn turtles are released,” he added. Guatemala’s Pacific Naval Command rescues and buries all the eggs it finds along 1,400 meters of internal beach that it owns between Barra de Sanjón Chilate in Puerto San José and the seawall owned by Portuaria Quetzal. In addition to promoting the hatching of eggs, the Armed Forces also check motor vehicles and fishing boats to look for turtle eggs that could be trafficked. When born, the baby turtles, who take between 45 and 50 days to hatch depending on ground temperature, are taken to the beach and released by Military members, children, and adults who are part of the Armed Forces’ educational initiative. Researchers at the Marine Turtle Rescue Center have released scientific studies revealing that turtles return to nest in the same places where they are released as babies, which has allowed service members to increase the number of Parlama eggs harvested in recent years. In 2015, for example, service members rescued 15,042 eggs – almost all of which hatched – compared to rescuing several hundred eggs annually in the initiative’s early years. A female turtle lays 100 to 125 eggs in her lifetime. The Armed Forces’ conservation efforts have helped maintain the abundance of Parlama turtles in Guatemala since 1990, according to Airam López, chief of the National Council of Protected Areas’ (Conap) Hydrobiological Resources Section. “This data clearly shows the positive effects that the Marine Turtle Rescue Center is having, since, according to scientific studies, turtles return to nest in the same place where they were released,” Brig. Gen. Rodríguez Cifuentes said. center_img As part of the Military’s efforts to conserve the country’s ecological treasures, the Guatemalan Armed Forces are harvesting, protecting, and conserving Lora and Parlama turtle eggs, which are considered delicacies by marine predators and humans. Once service members collect the eggs, they are taken to a turtle sanctuary at a Naval installation where they are buried in a manner similar to how female turtles lay their eggs. Burying the eggs hides them from predators, such as birds, fish, and raccoons, and keeps them safe from those who traffic turtle eggs. Scientific studies support conservation efforts By Dialogo December 16, 2015 “The Pacific Naval Command’s beach is the only protected area in the country where the marine turtle can freely lay its eggs without the danger of human interference,” Brig. Gen. Rodríguez Cifuentes said. “All eggs found are subsequently buried, while we constantly monitor the area for threats posed by people and animals.”last_img read more

first_img More members using Fastcase, the Bar’s free research provider More members using Fastcase, the Bar’s free research provider January 15, 2006 Regular Newscenter_img After six months of operation, the Bar’s free legal research provider, Fastcase, is being used as the primary research tool by almost 10 percent of the Bar members. And those members are expressing satisfaction with the service.“I’m pleased to announced on behalf of the Member Benefits Committee that in our opinion it has been a tremendous benefit,” Frank Walker, chair of the committee, reported to the Bar Board of Governors last month.“It appears that 6,200 of our members have been availing themselves of Fastcase,” he added. “As time goes on and more people become familiar with it, we believe more people will use it.”Under its contract with the Bar, Fastcase makes Florida Statutes, state Supreme Court decisions, state appellate court rulings, U.S. Supreme Court opinions, Fifth and 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decisions, and Florida administrative law available for free to Bar members. For an additional $195 (an $800 discount from its normal price), Bar members can get Fastcase’s complete national database.“Fastcase advised us the most typical comment is members just can’t believe it’s free,” Walker said. “When it’s explained that the Bar had entered into a five-year commitment with Fastcase, they are very, very happy.”He also said that Bar members are satisfied with the support provided by Fastcase — a concern of the committee when the service was started. Members also report satisfaction with the service’s browser and with the printable format of Fastcase’s information.Walker said the Member Benefits Committee hopes usage of Fastcase doubles in the next six months as more Bar members become familiar with the service.Fastcase can be accessed with a link on the Bar’s homepage at floridabar.org.last_img read more

first_imgNestled around a bookshelf behind Ian McIntyre’s desk, there’s a ball from each postseason game he has coached at Syracuse. They’re signed by every SU player who was on the team for the game.Then there’s the ACC championship trophy sitting right by the door. Just six years ago, none of those trophies or balls were within McIntyre’s periphery. Now they’re in his rear view.Since he was hired at SU in 2010, McIntyre has turned around what was once a struggling program that had failed to reach an NCAA tournament game since 1984. In just six years, the program flipped from a 2-10-5 team floundering in the Big East to reaching a College Cup, college soccer’s final four.The transformation happened quicker than McIntyre and assistant coach Jukka Masalin would have thought.“The first year, we won two games,” McIntyre said before SU played Clemson last December. “If you had a conversation with me at the end of that season and said, ‘Yeah, five year’s time, we’re going to be ready to board a plane to go to the College Cup,’ I’d have hugged you … Or I’d have slapped you.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMcIntyre took over a program that had a 141-171-33 record in the 19 years prior to his arrival. Dean Foti had guided SU in each of those seasons, failing to reach the NCAA tournament in every one of them. In Foti’s final season, Syracuse posted a 3-15 record.Foti was a homegrown guy, playing for the Orange from 1979-82. He started for SU every year, was a two-time captain and helped the Orange win the inaugural Big East championship.But he had overstayed his welcome. Some of Foti’s players wrote a letter before his last season, intended for athletic director Daryl Gross. It called for Foti to be fired, and as a result, factions formed within the team in the head coach’s last year.Enter McIntyre, who had compiled a 71-36-25 record at Hartwick, where he played (he even faced SU in the Carrier Dome) as a collegiate soccer player. Now, in the last five seasons at SU including this one, McIntyre has put together a 60-22-7 record, rebounding from two tumultuous seasons in which SU finished a combined 5-22-6. In 2010, 5,873 people attended SU home games. That number has already been surpassed in four games this season. The changes McIntyre made have resonated for years, no matter how small.“It was brutal,” Masalin, who came to Syracuse with McIntyre, said of the early portion of his time at SU. “… It took a while to change that culture. A couple years we needed to dig pretty deep.”Sam Ogozalek | Contributing PhotographerThe first indication of how McIntyre’s first season would go came early on, when, per Masalin, several of SU’s players went abroad during the spring semester. There were players the coaches didn’t see until training for the new staff’s first season was about to start in the fall.One of McIntyre’s first moves was to recruit goalie Jeremy Vuolo and midfielder Nick Roydhouse from Hartwick to transfer. While Foti’s tenure was unsuccessful, he still had players who supported him when McIntyre took over.Vuolo and Roydhouse, “generals” as Masalin called them, had already bought into what McIntyre and Masalin had been preaching at Hartwick.In addition to selling Vuolo and Roydhouse on his vision for the program, McIntyre was able to draw them away from Hartwick with the SU brand. They visited SU when the Orange men’s basketball team played Villanova in the Carrier Dome on Feb. 27, 2010 and set an on-campus attendance record, just more than a month after McIntyre had been hired. The Orange’s brand had to be a selling point for recruits early on when SU had a combined five wins in two years.“You need to get your own guys in here who believe in what you do,” Masalin said.Immediately, McIntyre molded the fitness level of the team and its competitiveness. They started testing SU players’ fitness five to six times per year with a mix of running, muscular and body fat tests. During breaks, players received specific fitness plans. If they didn’t follow them or came up short in tests, McIntyre and Masalin would drill specific areas to get players where they expected them to be.Practice was no longer just a place to practice. McIntyre and Masalin made it more of a competition, tracking goals. The former said it wasn’t quite the “old-fashioned” way of pushing them mentally and physically, but it was intense.Some players hardly bought in during McIntyre’s first season. Some older players would consistently pull out of training with injuries.Former SU players Nick Perea, Jordan Murrell and Skylar Thomas came in as part of the 2011 recruiting class and got immediate playing time. At the time, bringing in their own players fractured the team, but SU had to go through a process of flushing out the “old” mentality.McIntyre wanted to transition his team from a mindset of survival — playing in games just to be in them — to a winning one. That season, Perea, Murrell and Thomas each started more than 85 percent of Syracuse’s games as freshmen.“They were thrown in the deep end,” McIntyre said of the players he recruited early on. “… The groundwork was laid by the guys that came in on the ground level and really had to fight and scrap to move forward.”Daily Orange File PhotoCurrent assistant coach Andrew Coughlin started to see change early before the 2012 season when he played goalie for SU. The coaching staff brought in players who wanted to continue their soccer careers beyond college, he said, which made them more receptive to intense training.Although Coughlin couldn’t point to a specific moment where the program started changing, he remembered when Murrell yelled at him in training because Coughlin gave up a goal both knew he shouldn’t give up. That was symbolic of a shift from survival to believing the team could be better. Players started holding each other accountable. 2012 proved to be the year McIntyre turned the program around. SU went 14-6-1.“It was kind of a ‘You have nothing to lose attitude’ because we only had three wins the year before,” Coughlin said.By 2013, SU posted a record of 10-7-1. In 2014, the Orange earned the first No. 1 ranking in program history. And last year, Syracuse won its first conference championship since 1985 before advancing to college soccer’s version of the Final Four.McIntyre, sitting behind his desk, picked up a ball turned it in his hands. He cherishes each because he’s seen the depths the program had to sink just to rise as far as it has.But while he cherishes them, he also understands the flip side: The soccer balls and their significance are behind him for a reason. It’s the ones ahead that count.“A great year has no impact on us moving forward,” McIntyre said.He put the ball back in place then swiveled forward in his chair. Everything behind him left his view.“I hope we’ll get a chance at some stage to add to those soccer balls.” Comments Related Stories Chris Nanco improves finishing ability in senior seasonMiles Robinson sets up Syracuse to win, 3-2, in overtime against St. John’sSyracuse men’s soccer takes down St. John’s, 3-2, on Jonathan Hagman’s overtime goal Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on September 8, 2016 at 12:40 am Contact Chris: [email protected] | @ChrisLibonatilast_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“All I want us to do,” Johnson said, “is have a good season where free agents look and say, ‘Oh man, I can see myself in that lineup and with that team.’ And we can step up to another level.”LeBron James will be watching. Paul George, too. Walton needs to sell his system not only to the current Lakers, but future ones as well.Walton believes the Lakers’ top free agent targets will be judging the Lakers on the same things he does every day, the same things he stressed through a preseason in which they finished 2-4.“A lot of ball movement, a fast game. What else do free agents want?” Walton said. “They want to see if a team can compete, which is what I want to see, too.”Other than that, the coach isn’t sure what else he can do to help lure free agents. Starting with Thursday’s season opener against the Clippers, the Lakers will try to play the way Walton wants them to play. Johnson must trust that when next summer comes, that was enough. To hear the second-year Lakers coach tell it, 2017-18 represents one more step on the incremental march of progress. But those little things also correspond directly with the ambitions Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka set into motion early in their tenure, one that could have the Lakers back in contention as early as next year. Lonzo Ball says he will play in Lakers’ opener, ‘probably’ in Big Baller Brand Lakers 2017-18 roster breakdown Lakers 2017-18 regular-season schedule Luke Walton patiently ticked through the list of things he wants his team to accomplish over the 82 games to come.Establish an identity. Bring it defensively every night. Get out and run.“Obviously we want to win,” Walton said. “Everybody wants to win. But to me, when you focus on the little things like that and creating who you are, the winning will take care of itself when it’s time for that to happen.”Related Articles Walton won’t change the system to mimic what works for George in Oklahoma City, or put in an elbow set to appeal to James.He will focus on getting Brandon Ingram to play defense and everyone else to play at Lonzo Ball’s pace; on finding the most unique ways to use Brook Lopez and sorting out the logjam at power forward.In fact, Walton doesn’t view his job any differently than if the Lakers were without cap space. As it is, they will likely be able to clear the room to target two max-contract free agents.“We have a chance to go into July 1, 2018, and see who’s in the market and build our team with those two max slots that we have,” Pelinka said.Unlike past summers, when Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss routinely struck out, there is a confidence around the league and within the Lakers’ El Segundo headquarters that this time the Lakers will be able to close the deal.That increases the stakes significantly for a team that otherwise could be content to let a young core of Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma develop over a matter of years, but now will be expected to demonstrate that they are ready to take a massive leap alongside established superstars in another year.“We’re in this incredible position that is pretty rare in the NBA right now where we have a really, really, really good young core of players and then we have extremely healthy cap flexibility,” Pelinka said. “To accomplish both of those things at the same time is sometimes pretty difficult, but that was Magic’s vision: Let’s get a great core and let’s have cap flexibility.”The Lakers would love to flash that flexibility at James and invite him to bring along the player of his choice. They’ve already committed half a  million dollars to the pursuit of George, after a league tampering investigation determined that Pelinka discussed the Lakers’ interest in George with his agent, Aaron Mintz.If George, who will have the option to remain in Oklahoma City with Russell Westbrook, decides to come home to his native Southern California, that will be $500,000 well spent.Asked about the tampering fine earlier in the preseason, Pelinka said, “The NBA sent a clear message. We heard what it is. It’ll never happen here again because we’ve learned.”While the Lakers are handcuffed, the NBA has tacitly approved players recruiting players. The Lakers’ signing of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope in July was viewed as a signal to James, whose Klutch Sports Group represents the Lakers’ new starting shooting guard.“I don’t know anything about that,” Caldwell-Pope said last month, chuckling through his answer. “Me and my agent talk strictly about basketball and what I need to do for this season.”Taking covert phone calls and surreptitious emails out of the equation means there is one last form of communication the Lakers have to reach free agents: basketball itself.On a recent shootaround morning, Walton shared the recipe that will make the Lakers the team he wants them to be this season and will help them become a different, better team in future seasons.“It’s no secret,” he said. “There’s no magic behind it. It’s putting in the work, it’s buying in, fighting through fatigue, it’s failing and then learning from those failures and so far they’ve done a great job of starting that process.”He is curious to see what’s next. So are a lot of people. Some of them play in Cleveland and Oklahoma City. Lakers still getting comfortable with versatile Brook Lopez Key Lakers games to watch in 2017-18 Heisler: Hope returns for Lakers, however briefly Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

first_imgBy John BurtonRUMSON – Changes at the Oceanic Bridge not only include its refurbishment but also who operates the drawbridge.Oceanic Bridge control room.As county and local officials convened Friday, May 18, to celebrate the opening of the county bridge connecting Rumson to the Locust section of Middletown, Monmouth County Freeholder Director John P. Curley talked about the switch to a private company for the Oceanic Bridge and three other county spans.“The county took a hard look at the operation of our four county drawbridges,” he said. It was determined it would be more cost effective to contract the operation to a private company, as opposed to continue using county, unionized employees.Beginning on Jan. 1, the county contracted with Draw­bridge Services, Inc., Pom­pano Beach, Fla., to operate the Oceanic, Rumson-Sea Bright, Shark River inlet and Glimmer Glass bridges.The county had 23 employees – 19 operators and four chief operators – working on those bridges, Curley said this week. With the signing of the agreement to privatize the operation, “right off the bat we saved $576,000,” in salary, benefits and pension costs.New Jersey, according to Curley, is the last state on the eastern seaboard to use government workers to man the bridges.“What this does is it keeps the county at an arm’s length, away from liability,” the freeholder said, meaning the private company would be the first recourse against any possible litigation. “Plus,” Curley said, “we don’t have to deal with employee conflicts,” as would be the case with union members.The county employees are members of Communication Workers of America Local 1032. Phone and email messages to the local’s Ewing office this week to speak to the president, Patrick Kavanagh, were not returned by press time.Drawbridge Services operates 50 bridges, mostly in Florida, but also in Washington, D.C. In addition to the four in Monmouth County, the company operates one in the Atlantic City area, the company’s president, Daniel Porter, said.Drawbridge Services has 37 workers employed in Monmouth County to man the four bridges; they all live in the areas where they work, Porter said.Among those employees are “a handful” of former county bridge tenders, he said. All of his employees go through company training, including classroom instruction and on-site lessons, he said. Instruction is based on U.S. Coast Guard regulations and state and federal transportation regulations.“It’s going very good,” since taking over, Porter said this week. “The customer [Monmouth County] is satisfied.” Curley said the bulk of county bridge workers were incorporated into other departments, with special attention given to longer serving employees who were approaching retirement.The county’s move, Curley said, “shrinks the size of government,” and has no downside, that he has detected.The Oceanic Bridge work was completed and opened last Friday after seven months and $3.5 million worth of repairs. The project was completed a week ahead of schedule and on budget, but its closure since last October forced drivers to take lengthy detours, and had local businesses worrying about downturns in their sales as inconvenienced customers sought out other locations.last_img read more

first_imgRUMSON – The annual Albert E. Martin Jr. Hoops For Horizons Basketball Tournament concluded another successful event Saturday at Rumson Country Day School.The tournament’s purpose is to raise money for the Horizons Student Enrichment Program at RCDS, which supports educational opportunities for local children living in lower income circumstances.“We wanted it for kids from kindergarten to eighth grade and put them in a six-week summer program,” said Hilary DiPiero. a member of the Board of Advisors. “The children also learn to swim so we are partnered with the Red Bank YMCA. We have children from all over the county.”The tournament, a 3-on-3 affair, named in memory of Albert Martin, Jr, a Red Bank Regional basketball player who died during a scrimmage two years ago.— By Jim Hintelmannlast_img read more

first_imgBy John Burton |RED BANK – Borough Councilman Michael Whelan sees a way to offer modest relief from traffic congestion and offer visitors a ride around the downtown.He wants the Scooter Dudes to handle it.Whelan said he’s been in talks with the operators of the newly formed company, Scooter Dudes, to allow them to operate in the borough’s downtown area for a proposed 90-day trial period.The company would use its small, jitney- style vehicle (think a larger version of a golf cart), that can hold up to six passengers, to transport people around to various stops in the commercial and arts district.“It’s kind of a modern, cool idea,” Whelan said.The thought is people could use some of the available valet parking in the district or other remote parking locations and then take this cart to be chauffeured from a restaurant to, say, the Two River Theater or the Count Basie Theatre to catch a performance. Or the reverse, allowing people to travel from the theaters or other entertainment venues for a nightcap or dessert, without worrying about having to again jump into the car to try to get a highly sought-after parking space closer to the destination.“It’s a fun way to experience the downtown,” Whelan said.Marc Feaster, a Shrewsbury resident, is co- owner of Scooter Dudes, which has taken ownership of two vehicles in the last couple of weeks. This spring, Feaster and his family traveled to Oxford, Mississippi, for his daughter’s college graduation. “And we happened to jump into one.” The cart played music while it took the family around “and we thought it was really cool,” Feaster said.He and a business partner saw an opportunity and “we thought it would be kind of a fun thing.”“They’re cute and fun little vehicles and I think it’ll really help,” the downtown, said James Scavone, executive director of Red Bank RiverCenter, the management and advocacy organization for the commercial Special Improvement District.Whelan will be offering a resolution at the next Borough Council meeting on Sept. 13 seeking support to allow for a trial period for the service. This can be done at no cost to the borough. “He’s buying them, insuring them, he’s providing all the workers,” Whelan said of Feaster’s efforts. “We’re not doing anything other than allowing him to operate.”Scooter Dudes would operate initially during peak hours, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons.During the trial period, Feaster doesn’t plan on charging riders; he hopes to underwrite the operation through advertising by local businesses on the LED board on the vehicles and inside on customized digital tablets.If the program continues, “At some point the patrons will have to pay something,” Feaster said. And while the price hasn’t been determined, “It’ll be less expensive than an Uber,” he added.Scavone, Whelan and other borough officials are currently working on establishing a proposed route for the vehicles and “working out the kinks,” Whelan said. And should it be approved by the governing body, Feaster hopes to have it up and running by late September.last_img read more

first_imgThe Thunder meet TSS Academy U18 and Vancouver Island Wave Saturday before concluding the weekend Sunday against TSS Academy U17.The team just returned late last month from the Whitecaps Showcase Tournament in Surrey.Some of the players from the Surrey tourney were injured, reducing the numbers the Thunder has to draw from this weekend.Staff at Mallard’s Source for Sports would like to boast the girl’s confiedence with Team of the Week honours.The club that played in Surrey includes, back row, L-R, Soccer Quest coach Dave Spendlove, Erica Augsten, Tasha Haegedorn, Olivia Alexis, Hailey McLean, Laurel Sheriff, Taylor Stewart, Kelsey, Sarah Fuhr, Maddy Kamloops and Soccer Quest coach Jamie Spendlove.Front, Brynn Forsey, Brittany Wheeler, Andrea Stinson, Paige Mansveld, Ellie Haegedorn, Morag Paterson and Courtney Daley. The Soccer Quest Kootenay Thunder is at it again, heading to Burnaby to play in another Showcase Girl’s Tournament.The squad of players from throughout the West Kootenay region opens the tournament Friday at 11:30 a.m. against Mountain HPL at the Burnaby Lakes Soccer Complex.last_img read more

first_imgBomber starter Nick Wethal was unable to make the trip to the zone finals.Nigel Ziegler scored twice for LVR while Ryan Lewis added the other marker on a penalty kick.LVR advanced to the final by hammering J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks 8-0.Lewis and Spencer Atkins each scored three times while Andrew Tranfo and Jake Anderson added singles.David Thompson now reprensents the Kootenay Zone at the BC High School AA Boy’s Championships November 17-19 in Burnaby.LVR, the two-time defending champion, finished 12th in the 16-team tournament in 2013. There’s no joy in Bomberville after the defending champs were upset in the final of the Kootenay High School AA Boy’s Soccer Championships Saturday in Creston.David Thompson Lakers of Invereme scored three times in the opening half to post a 5-3 victory over L.V. Rogers in the final at Prince Charles Secondary pitch.The Lakers, which took advantage of the suspect defence, held a 3-1 lead at half against a Bomber team that was missing its starting center back.last_img read more

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