Good Stewards

first_imgWhen Chuck Leavell says you rock, it means something. Leavell, a Georgia tree farmer, renowned environmentalist and keyboard player for the likes of the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and Montgomery Gentry, told a packed house at the Georgia Freight Depot in downtown Atlanta that: “Georgia agriculture rocks!” The roar from the crowd of more than 1,000 agriculture supporters, legislators and educators signaled agreement. Leavell was on hand March 16 for the 7th annual Georgia Agriculture Day, the traditional kick-off of Georgia Agriculture Awareness Week which runs March 15-19. During the event, Leavell and Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue recognized the regional winners of the Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award given annually to farmers who do an exceptional job protecting their land and promoting environmental practices in agriculture. This year’s state winner was Gully Branch Tree Farm in Bleckley County operated by Earl and Wanda Barrs. Family traditionEarl Barrs’ family first settled the land that became Gully Branch Farm in the 1870s, share-cropping and raising their family there. “In the ‘30s, the family had the chance to buy the land for nine bales of cotton. Unfortunately, they didn’t have the cotton to buy it,” said Ken Morrow, a member of the Governor’s Agriculture Advisory Committee. “The land remained in crop production until it was bought in the ‘50s by a timber company and managed exclusively for timber.”In the mid-80s, Barrs and his wife, Wanda, bought back 400-plus acres of the land. Now 1,500 acres, the farm is managed for trees, wildlife, education and recreation. Barrs, his wife, his parents and children plowed, planted, cleared food plots, sprayed, burned and harvested the land’s bounty, transforming it into the American Forest Foundation’s 2009 National Tree Farm of the Year.“Conservation is of extreme importance at Gully Branch,” Morrow said. “The timber is managed with selective harvesting, paying special attention to soil and water conservation and wildlife habitats. Streamside management zones are left along streams and dedicated wetlands.” Roads, logging trails and firebreaks are designed to follow the land’s contours to prevent soil erosion. Strict adherence to best management practices is the norm.“Gully Branch is a nationally-recognized outdoor education center, too, not just a timber farm,” he said. “More than 7,000 students and adults have been guests on the farm, learning about Georgia’s environment and conservation and sustainable farming practices, something Earl says he wants to build upon and grow.”Regional winnersIn his comments to the crowd, Leavell, who has written several books on the environment, said, “The most important thing we can do is be good stewards of the land and pass that practice forward to our children and grandchildren.”Other regional winners included Clayton McKinnon, Coffee County; Jamie Jordan, Riverbend Farms in Floyd County; Keith Nichols, Oak Valley Farm in Stephens County; and Stanley Corbett, Echols County. Flavor winnersTelevision celebrity chefs Jamie and Bobby Deen presented awards to the winners of the 2010 Flavor of Georgia Contest. The annual program of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences helps local entrepreneurs get food products made from Georgia commodities to market. Savannah Bee Company won top honors this year for their Grill Honey, designed specifically to use on grilled foods. Agriculture Awareness Week shines a spotlight on the state’s largest industry, which provides jobs for one in six Georgians and boasts annual sales of more than $92 billion. “This week we celebrate agriculture and our farmers,” Gov. Perdue said. “Not only are they outstanding farmers, but outstanding stewards and protectors of our land.”last_img read more

Throwback Thursday: Worth Dying For

first_imgThe recent death of champion freestyle skier Sarah Burke was nothing short of a tragedy. The world lost a young athlete with limitless potential. Sarah was as comfortable in the X-Games superpipe as she was on the red carpet, and she recently succeeded in getting the sport of free skiing into the Olympics. She was an icon, and her family, her sport, and her nation are still mourning her. That accident brings something to the forefront that we as athletes sometimes try to push out of our consciousness… the sports that we love can sometimes take our lives.The most disturbing part of Burke’s death is the circumstances. She was performing a routine trick in a non-competition setting, and was wearing proper safety equipment. She died as a result of a severed neck artery that led to cardiac arrest, and doctors said that better protective gear would not have changed the outcome. When events like this occur, they force us to explore the relationship with risk in our own lives, and ask the question: Is it worth dying for?This is a never-ending consideration that adventure sports athletes have grappled with. Climbers want to climb larger mountains, skiers want to ski more difficult lines, and kayakers want to push the envelope of runnable whitewater. These adventurous desires exist inside all of us, and those who possess a larger than normal helping are the ones who are out there pushing their sports to new levels. Climbing Everest, surfing the most massive waves that the planet can produce, or flying a wingsuit is inspiring to the rest of the world, and lifts the hearts of the entire human race to imagine the possibilities.But where do you draw the line? The inevitable reality of this flirt with the limits is that a few of us may actually find them. Passing away as a result of chasing what you love is something that is embroiled in controversy. You will probably hear as many opinions on this subject as the number of people you ask about it. But fatalities in the outdoors occur for a number of reasons, and are not always the result of negligence or bad decisions.Sometimes, things just go wrong. One saddening example of this was when professional kayaker Pat Keller lost his best friend on a remote river in British Columbia, Canada. The two were paddling together, and a freak surge sent the young man back upstream into a dangerous rapid after the two had walked around it.  Pat was helpless to assist, eventually falling into the river himself from his rescue efforts. He did everything that he could, and then made the walk out of that river all alone to find help.Nearly ten years later, Pat describes his bittersweet relationship with paddling:“As I get older, I have to constantly balance those risks with the consequences that I know are there. And oftentimes these days I find myself being more conservative.”This was an example of a misfortune that could not necessarily have been avoided. The other side of the coin is that the youth seem to have different proclivities with regards to risk today than in the past. Don’t get me wrong: every generation seems to have those opinions about the previous generation, but there are major societal forces at work today that influence the judgment and aspirations of the impressionable youth. Massive corporations are shifting their marketing budgets to enable willing athletes to push their sports to new heights through death-defying stunts. Extreme sports are edging their way into the mainstream via reality TV shows such as Nitro Circus, and people are now turning their attention from other traditional New Year’s Eve pastimes to watching hugely publicized motorcycle, snowmobile, and car stunts. It definitely seems as though “invincible” public figures are glorified, and although these stunts are extensively planned by professionals, the average teenager watching TV may not understand this. It would certainly be difficult to turn down: fame and riches in exchange for pushing your sport to its limits.Growing up as a whitewater kayaker, things weren’t always like that. As a kid, I was taught a solemn respect for nature and to never push it too far or too fast. Through the course of my life, I have definitely been told that what I do is foolish. I usually let that kind of thing slide, but it cuts a bit deeper when I hear it from family. I do not consider myself to have a death wish at all, and I look forward to a full life in which my contributions to the sport of kayaking are only the beginning of what I have to offer the world.I do not resent those who say these things to me, because I know that their feelings ultimately stem from fear. It seems as though Americans today fear a great number of things, but the recurring theme is the unfamiliar. Whether it is disease, terrorism or heights, we fear that which we do not understand, and subsequently judge those who don’t fear the same things. That is a dangerous state of mind, and flies in the face of the adventurous spirit that founded our country in the first place. What ever happened to the “go out and skin your knee” mentality that used to exist? Is it possible to have those same experiences via the Internet or video games? One interesting paradox lies in the fact that automobile accidents are a huge cause of death in the U.S., and most of us aren’t filled with dread when we put the key in the ignition every day.I will admit that I’ve had a few brushes with death during my 15 years of paddling whitewater. One instance in particular could easily have gone the other way. I was paddling the Chattooga River one Christmas Eve, and I managed to pin myself in a slot on one of the rapids of the dangerous Five Falls section of the river. My boat sank deeper and deeper as the force of the current wedged it into an underwater crack, and to my surprise I realized that I could not get out of the boat. The current was pinning me down, and my legs were trapped.The situation went from a fun, carefree day with friends to a struggle for my life in a matter of seconds, and as I flailed underneath the infinitely powerful waters of the river, I suddenly felt very guilty. How could I put my family through this on Christmas Eve? After my own death became a dire possibility and that thought flashed through my brain, I fought like I’ve never fought before. I very easily came to the realization that I wanted oxygen badly enough that nothing else mattered, and I somehow kicked off my shoes inside the boat, and made every effort to bend my legs sideways to slide out of the boat. In my mind, breaking my legs at the kneecaps was completely acceptable. They bent in a way that they never had before, and I tumbled out of my boat after over a minute of struggling. I couldn’t walk for a week, but I survived.That experience was a reminder of something that I already knew: the decisions that we make out there can have very real consequences. It also reinforced my determination not to die on the river. I have lived my life in a somewhat non-traditional way… doing my last year of high school by correspondence to travel, taking a year off between high school and university, and making the outdoors and discovery of nature a high priority in my life. If I were to pass away doing what I love, the people who criticized me in the past would say, “it was only a matter of time,” and would take my death as a validation of their own ignorant assumptions. I’ve always wanted to prove that the rat race is not for everyone, and that I can live my life the way that I love without compromise. That may take different forms as I grow older, but I hope that I can feel as though I’m doing that forever.So how do we reconcile ourselves with this (sometimes unavoidable) risk that comes with our sports? The first step in my opinion is to acknowledge that it is present, and to think very seriously about how much risk we are comfortable with accepting in our lives. This will help to guide every decision in the future, and will be different for every person.Once this is done, it’s important to become as educated as possible on the many ways to minimize that risk. No matter what your sport, it is important to carry with you the appropriate safety gear and know how to use it. Think avalanche beacons, pin kits, and medical provisions. The aim should always be to turn yourself into the biggest possible asset to your group, and as I write this I can think of a few ways that I will improve my own portfolio of skills this year.It’s also important to learn any lessons possible from past accidents or tragedies in your field. It is never productive to point fingers after an event like this, but knowledge can often be drawn from these events, and carried with us for use in case of a future crisis.Finally, when it comes down to the moment, we should affirm that the decision to go is for the right reasons. Taking a calculated risk should not be for the cameras, to impress anyone, uphold a reputation, or because it will create a legacy. Do it because it feels right, and because you are 100% sure that you can follow through successfully. Make decisions for yourself, and follow your gut.This dialogue brings up a final and pivotal question that seems to be at the heart of this fine balance: On a subconscious level, is this risk and the stark reality of our own mortality part of what draws us to these sports?Perhaps making life and death decisions and proceeding with confidence is in fact an infinitely purifying and rewarding process. Believing in your own abilities with the ultimate price on the line is something that few people have actually experienced, and that self-confidence can transfer to and carry value in any aspect of life, from business to relationships. There is a part of us that still needs to live the primal life. It is our way of facing the tiger and reacting swiftly and confidently.Our sports can be dangerous at times, but with humility and a safety-minded approach, they can provide a lifetime of joy.“The sensations one feels in these activities is comparable to falling in love,” says Keller. “You never know when your heart may break, but until that point, it’s all love.”For some amazing music from the likes of Great American Taxi and Paul Thorn check out this month’s Trail Mix!last_img read more

November 1, 2005 News and Notes

first_imgNovember 1, 2005 News and Notes News and Notes John Newton of the Attorney General’s Office has been accepted as a master lawyer in the William H. Stafford American Inn of Court. John M. Howe of Lavalle, Brown, Ronan & Soff in Boca Raton was elected president of the Palm Beach Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Howe will also serve another term on the board of directors of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Jason M. Murray of Carlton Fields in Miami presented “The Enforcement of Covenants Against Competition” at the American Bar Association’s 28th Annual Forum on Franchising. Additionally, Murray was appointed to serve a three-year term as associate editor of the newsletter for the ABA forum on franchising, The Franchise Lawyer. Christopher L. Griffin of Foley & Lardner in Tampa was elected to serve a five-year term as a member of the board of directors of the American Bar Endowment. David R. Punzak of Carlton Fields in St. Petersburg was elected to the board of the Community Foundation of Greater St. Petersburg, a division of the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, Inc. Dinah Stein of Hicks & Kneale in Miami spoke at the First Professional Insurance Company 2005 Defense Council Conference in Orlando. Her topic was “Preserving the Trial Record for Appeal and Filing Proposals for Settlement.” Additionally, Stein spoke at the MAG Mutual Florida Defense Attorney Seminar. Stein addressed how trial counsel can properly preserve potential appellate issues for appeal. Thomas M. Ramsberger of the Ramsberger Law Group was elected to the St. Petersburg Bar Association Executive Committee and is chair of the St. Petersburg Bar Association Real Property Section. Morgan Lewis in Miami received a Platinum 2005 “Careers and Lifelong Learning Partner” award from the Miami-Dade County Public Schools. R. Mason Blake of Dean Mead was recently elected chair-elect of the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast beginning in October. Michael A. Haggard of Haggard, Parks, Haggard & Lewis in Coral Gables was reelected to serve on the board of directors of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers. Additionally, Haggard served as a guest speaker at the Al J. Cone Trial Advocacy Institute Seminar hosted by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers. Thomas P. Scarritt, Jr., was elected chair of the Florida Commission on Ethics. Bruce Terry Brown of Ft. Lauderdale was elected to a third term as president of the National Black Prosecutors Association at its annual convention in Philadelphia. William K. Crispin of the Florida Keys presented at the annual meeting of the American Agricultural Law Association in Kansas City. Crispin’s presentation was titled “Federal Crop Insurance – Handling a Client’s Denied Claim.” David Pratt of Pratt & Bucher spoke at the 31st Annual Notre Dame Tax and Estate Planning Institute. Pratt also spoke on “Circular 230” at the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County Roundtable. Michael Cohen of Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc., was the keynote speaker at the Virginia Lawyers Helping Lawyers 20th Annual Dinner in Richmond. His topic was “How Lawyers Helping Lawyers Save Lives, Families, and Careers.” Gerald Davis of Holland & Knight in St. Petersburg received the Guardian ad Litem Community Advocate of the Year Award for the Sixth Judicial Circuit, Pinellas and Pasco counties. J. Jerome Miller of Miller & Ansley in Destin was honored with the “Paul S. Buchman Award — Municipal Attorney of the Year” presented by the Florida Municipal Attorneys Association. Duane D. Draper of Bryant, Miller & Olive in Tampa was elected to participate in Leadership Florida in 2005-2006. Nathaniel L. Doliner of Carlton Fields in Tampa was elected to the board of trustees of The Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg. Robert J. Merlin of Merlin & Hertz was elected for a second term as chair of Jewish Community Services of South Florida. Robert S. Turk of Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson was a guest speaker at the Risk Management and Regulatory Compliance Conference in Naples. Turk offered solutions for complex human resources scenarios during the annual meeting of the Financial Institutions Risk Management Association. Raymond Dix of St. Petersburg announces the publication of his novel Death Row Defender by Hard Shell Word Factory. Gary Resnick of Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske presented “Utilities and the Municipalities” to the Florida Municipal Attorney’s Association 24th Annual Seminar. Additionally, Resnick spoke at the Florida League of Cities’ Annual Conference. His presentation was titled “Communications Legislation Update.” William Simontisch of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham in Miami was appointed by Miami-Dade County Commissioner Dorrin B. Rolle to serve on the Miami-Dade County Asian-American Advisory Board. Mark Dern of Dern Capital Management Corporation in Boca Raton was appointed to the board of advisors and the finance committee for the Pine Crest School. Winifred L. Acosta NeSmith of Tallahassee was elected vice president of long-term planning for the National Black Prosecutors Association. John T. “Tim” Leadbeater of Ausley & McMullen in Tallahassee was appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush to the Statewide Nominating Commission. Richard F. Woodford, Jr., of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of Inspector General, presented “Prohibited Personnel Practices, Do’s and Don’ts for Federal Managers” at the 14th annual Office of Government Ethics Conference in New York City. Enola Brown of Tampa was awarded the Stephens/Register Memorial Award by the Environmental and Land Use Section of The Florida Bar. Brett Alan Panter of Panter, Panter & Sampedro was a speaker at a seminar sponsored by the National Business Institute in Miami. Panter lectured on the issue of “Winning Your First Trial in Florida, What They Didn’t Teach You in Law School.” Brad E. Coren was appointed sergeant at arms for the Rotary Club of Weston. Thomas G. Pelham of Fowler White Boggs Banker in Tallahassee was elected to the executive council of the State and Local Government Law Section of the ABA. Andrew C. Greenberg of Carlton Fields in Tampa was a guest speaker at a program hosted by Inside Digital Media, Inc. Greenberg spoke on matters of the “Zen” patent and its meaning to MP3 player manufacturers, including iPod related technologies. Harold Bennett of Bartow and Edtrik Baker of Miami were appointed representatives for the state of Florida to the National Black Prosecutors Association. Nancy L. Bennett of State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. was elected to the board of directors of the Broward County Bar Association. Chief Judge James E.C. Perry of the 18th Judicial Circuit was as the guest speaker at Issues Forum 2005 hosted by Florida Coastal School of Law’s Center for Law and Public Policy. His topic was “Ethics in Action – Practical Advice for Lawyers Living in a Cynical World.” Kenneth A. Cutler of Goldman, Daszkal, Cutler, Bolton & Kirby in Deerfield Beach was inducted to the 2005 National Youth Court Center’s Hall of Honor by the Broward County Teen Court Program. Michael A. Lampert of West Palm Beach was presented with the Thelma Starks Distinguished Service Award by the Greater Palm Beaches Chapter of the American Red Cross. Christene Ertl of Snell Legal in Ormond Beach was elected the board of directors for Work Oriented Rehabilitation Center/United Cerebral Palsy of East Central Florida. Bernard Perlmutter of the University of Miami, School of Law was selected as the recipient of the “Champion for Children” award presented by The Children’s Trust. Jennifer Anzalone of Fowler White Burnett was installed as president of the Broward County Women Lawyers’ Association. Michael J. Faehner of Abel Band in Sarasota was named to the board of directors of The Florida Bar Foundation for a one-year term. Leonard Strickman, founding dean of Florida International University law school, was honored by Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart in Miami. Judge Bradford L. Thomas of the First District Court of Appeal attended the Logic and Opinion Writing Conference, sponsored by the National Judicial College. William W. Corry of Tallahassee served as moderator at the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyer’s “2005 Legislative and Case Law Update Seminar” in Orlando. John W. Salmon and Robert A. Dulberg of Salmon & Dulberg Mediation Services in Miami presented a seminar on “Managing Impasse: Before, During, and After Mediation” at the 14th Annual Conference for Mediators and Arbitrators in Orlando. Nicole C. Kibert of Carlton Fields was awarded the Judy Florence Memorial Outstanding Service Award for her efforts with the Access to Justice Committee related to environmental justice. Eugene G. Beckham of Miami was reappointed chair of the ABA Section Officers Conference Membership Committee and will also serve as an SOC liaison to the ABA Standing Committee Membership. Additionally, Beckham was appointed as a member of the ABA Board of Governors Finance Committee’s Dues Pricing Advisory Team. Samuel P. King of Dellecker, Wilson, King, McKenna & Ruffier was elected to membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates. Bruce Udolf of Ruden McClosky in Ft. Lauderdale was elected president of the Broward County Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. Jon Agee of Ft. Lauderdale has published his second novel, The Doorstep of Depravity, under the pen name Noah Bond. Gary A. Costales of Miami spoke to lawyers and human resource professionals about the Fair Labor Standards Act at a seminar titled “Employment Related Records in Florida” in Miami. Patricia Thomas Bittel was elected as a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Anthony A. Garganese of Brown, Garganese, Weiss & D’Agresta in Orlando was a guest speaker at the annual Florida Municipal Attorneys Association conference at Amelia Island and at the annual Florida League of Cities conference in Orlando. He spoke regarding the impact county charters have on municipal annexations, comprehensive planning, and land development. Christopher L. Griffin of Foley & Lardner in Tampa was elected to a five-year term as a member of the board of directors of the American Bar Endowment. Mark Terry of Terry & Company in Miami Beach spoke at the 2005 Florida International Medical Expo about protecting medical devices using patents. Roy E. Dean of Judd, Shea, Ulrich, Oravec, Wood & Dean in Sarasota received the 2005 Professionalism Award from the Judge John M. Scheb American Inn of Court. Joe Englander of Christopher & Weisberg was a guest lecturer on trademark, copyright, and patent law at the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale. G. Mark Shalloway of Shalloway & Shalloway has been appointed vice president of the board of directors of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. John H. Friedhoff of Fowler White Burnett in Miami was elected as a director of the Central American U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Michael S. Pasano of Zuckerman Spaeder in Miami was installed as chair of the ABA’s Criminal Justice Section. Joseph G. Jarret presented “Mediating with Governmental Entities” on behalf of the Supreme Court, Dispute Resolution Center; “Managing Litigation” on behalf of the International Municipal Attorneys Association;” and recently had published “Land Use and Planning Risks” in Public Risk Journal. Joseph S. Karp of The Karp Law Firm has been awarded the accredited investment fiduciary designation from the Center for Fiduciary Studies. Matthew A. Slater of Slater Legal has published “Trumpeting Justice: The Implications of U.S. Law and Policy for the International Rendition of Terrorists from Failed or Uncooperative States” in the University of Miami’s International and Comparative Law Review. David H. Peirez of Reisman, Peirez & Reisman in Garden City was honored as “Executive of the Year” by the Mental Health Association of Nassau. Peter A. Quinter of Becker & Poliakoff was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to the Florida District Export Council. Joseph Barry Schimmel is serving as vice-chair of the Low Income Taxpayers Committee, ABA Section of Taxation. Brian P. Trauman of Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw in New York, NY, is serving as co-chair of the ABA Tax Section’s Hurricane Katrina Task Force. Bruce Charles King of Carlton Fields in Miami spoke at a seminar for the National Business Institute, “Getting Paid: Successful Strategies for Resolving Construction Lien Claims in Florida” in Miami. Mark Eiglarsh was recently re-elected to the board of directors of Big Brothers, Big Sisters Miami. Lincoln Connolly of Rossman, Baumberger, Reboso & Spier in Miami was elected as a director to the Young Lawyers’ Section of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers. Gordon “Stumpy” Harris of Harris, Harris, Bauerle & Sharma was named chair of the University of Florida’s Athletic Association and Gator Booster Capital Campaign Committee. Hala A. Sandridge of Fowler White Boggs Banker in Tampa was selected to participate in the 2006 class of Leadership Tampa. Steven Klitzner of North Miami Beach was named “Top Practitioner” by the American Society of Tax Problem Solvers. Jason M. Wandner of Miami was installed as a board member of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation Young Leadership Division. John Cardillo of Naples was presented the Jefferson Award for Public Service from the American Institute for Public Service. Tenesia Connelly Hall of the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association, Inc., spoke at the National Bar Association 80th Annual Convention about the local guardian ad litem program. She was a panelist for “Court Appointed Special Advocates: Finding Safe and Permanent Homes for our Children.” Judge Ralph Artigliere received the Willson American Inn of Court Professionalism Award for 2005 for his work to advance professionalism for all Florida lawyers through The Florida Bar’s Board Certification Program. Michael S. Lamont of Fowler White Boggs Banker in Tampa was elected to the board of directors of the Epilepsy Services Foundation. November 1, 2005 News & Noteslast_img read more

Long Island Blizzard: Updated Forecast Calls for 18 Inches of Snow

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Just as Gov. Andrew Cuomo was updating residents on the state’s plan to battle the first winter storm of the season, forecasters upgraded their projected snowfall total for parts of Long Island to up to 18 inches.That update comes after meteorologists at the National Weather Service’s Upton office for the last day have predicted up to a foot of snow for the region. However, the agency throughout the week has warned that the storm’s track was uncertain meaning forecasts could change, either for the better or worse. Officials have said that their major concern with this Nor’easter is the potential for flooding in coastal areas. Parts of the Island are also under a coastal flooding warning.“Flooding can do tremendous tremendous damage, as we’ve learned the hard way,” Cuomo said.Also causing angst among officials is near-zero visibility on roadways due to expected blowing snow and whipping winds.The duel effect of potentially serious flooding in low-lying areas and heavy snow throughout means municipalities will have to deploy resources to battle the storm on many fronts.Cuomo’s message to residents was to stay at home because stalled or abandoned vehicles put first responders in harm’s way.The massive Nor’easter is threatening much of the mid-Atlantic with upwards of two feet of snow. More than 4,500 flights have been cancelled due to inclement weather. Area airports have also begun cancelling flights, including LaGuardia Airport (700) and John F. Kennedy International Airport (350). Pat Foye, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, said he expects all airlines to waive rebooking fees.All flights out of Long Island MacArthur Airport will be cancelled by 7:35 p.m. Friday and will resume again Sunday afternoon, but departure times vary depending on airline. While officials are warning residents about traveling by car, the Long Island Rail Road has not made plans to halt operations but could modify or suspend service depending on snow accumulation and if sustained winds become greater than 39 mph.Cuomo said agencies have beefed up their ranks as they brace for the storm, including PSEG Long Island, which has nearly 1,000 personnel on standby.Hundreds of pieces of snow-fighting equipment is headed down to help battle the storm, including more than 1,000 operators and supervisors, dozens of plows, and a half-dozen vacuum trucks outfitted with sewer jets destined for LI to help relieve flooding.“You hope for the best and prepare for the worst,” Cuomo said. “But we are preparing for a significant occurrence.”Officials in Nassau County echoed Cuomo’s plea to heed warnings.“We are asking our motorists, should the storm stay on track, please do not take to the roads.”Mangano urged residents to use its non-emergency hotline in non-life-threatening circumstances. The number is 1-800-315-5153. The hotline will be activated 8 p.m. Friday.Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone encouraged residents to shelter in place, saying “this is a real storm that does pose risks.” Despite the bleak outlook he chose to look on the bright side.“It is fortunate that this storm is hitting at this time, on a weekend” when people will be at home and not traveling to work, Bellone said. Suffolk’s non-emergency hotline is 631-852-4900. SICK OF ALL THE COLD WEATHER? #BLIZZARD2016 GOT YOU DOWN? MAKE SOME EXTRA MONEY WHILE BOOKING TRAVEL PLANS FOR YOU, YOUR FRIENDS & FAMILY TO WARM, EXOTIC DESTINATIONS ALL AROUND THE WORLD!Download the “Questions Answered” Agent eBook:last_img read more

Belgium eases mask rules, cuts quarantine despite rising cases

first_img“Wearing a mask is very important in the management of the epidemic. However there is no point in imposing it everywhere all the time,” Wilmes told reporters in Brussels.The country of 11 million people recorded on average 1,374 new infections per day over the past week. In early July, there were about 80 a day. That equates to 136 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over the last 14 days.”The epidemiological situation is not evolving favorably,” Wilmes said.However, there was no clear tightening of measures, unlike other countries such as Britain, which announced curbs likely to last six months on Tuesday.Public events can still be attended by 200 people indoors and 400 outside. Belgians will still able to see up to five people without social distancing, although that could be cut to one depending on the health situation.Belgium, where the European Union and NATO have their headquarters, imposed a lockdown on March 18 due to COVID-19, which has claimed 9,955 lives in the country, one of the world’s highest fatality figures per capita.  Topics : Belgium is ending a requirement to wear masks outdoors and reducing the time people have to self-isolate, in a slight easing of coronavirus restrictions announced on Wednesday despite sharply rising numbers of COVID-19 infections.Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes told a news conference that, from Oct. 1, people who have had contact with an infected person would only have to quarantine for seven days. Masks would no longer be mandatory everywhere outside, as currently the case in the capital Brussels and some other cities, she said.Masks will still have to worn in shops, cinemas, on public transport and in crowded streets.last_img read more

5 persons jailed for ‘illegal cockfighting’

first_imgILOILO City – Five persons were arrestedfor illegal cockfighting in Barangay Guzman-Jesena, Mandurriao district. Police identified them as AgustinDuting, 26; Jaypee Tamonan, 36; Francis Academia,31; Renato Cabolnero, 26; andRonilo Alovera, 37. Police confiscated from them were two gamefowls and P2,100 bet money around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, a police reportshowed.  center_img Detainedin the lockup cell of the Mandurriao district, the suspects face charges for violation of Presidential Decree1602, which prescribes stiffer penalties on illegal gambling./PNlast_img read more

Ellsworth baseball stays hot with win over Belfast

first_img Latest Posts Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com.center_img Bio ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth baseball team came into 2018 with high expectations. So far this season, the Eagles have done well to meet them.The team’s streak of five straight shutout wins is over, but as Ellsworth has shown lately, this is a squad capable of winning in more ways than one. In their latest encounter, consistency at the plate guided the Eagles to another victory.Ellsworth extended its winning streak to seven games Friday with a 14-4 home victory over Belfast. The six-inning win sent the Eagles to third place in Class B North as the final stretch of the regular season approaches.Ellsworth’s Conner Wagstaff pitches during the fifth inning of a high school baseball game against Belfast on May 11 in Ellsworth. Wagstaff struck out 10 batters to move to 4-0 on the season. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLConner Wagstaff got the start for Ellsworth in search of his third straight shutout, and the junior staff ace looked good for the Eagles early. Wagstaff didn’t allow a hit over the first two innings, and Sam Horne drove in four RBIs on two hits as the home team took a 5-0 lead.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“It was a good day for me,” Horne said. “My teammates got on base and put me in a good spot to succeed. If that doesn’t happen, I can’t knock in any runs.”Wagstaff, though, ran into a bit of trouble in the third and fourth innings. Belfast smacked three straight hits in the third to cut Ellsworth’s lead to 5-2 and forced Wagstaff to get out of a difficult spot in the fourth when it put runners on second and third with only one out.Yet Wagstaff would get out of the jam with two strikeouts to end the top of the inning, and Ellsworth took advantage in a big way in the bottom half. Doubles by Horne and Matt Burnett highlighted a five-run fourth for Ellsworth, which batted around to take a 10-2 lead.“I didn’t have my best stuff today compared to some of my other games, but the team got some nice hits all game long to give me some run support,” Wagstaff said. “It’s easier for you out there when you have breathing room and can relax and settle in.”Wagstaff would give up two more runs in the top of the fifth, but that was all the Lions would get. Ellsworth made the score 11-4 when Jack Lee’s infield single scored Jackson Curtis in the bottom of the inning, and the Eagles walked it off with three runs in the sixth to put the 10-run mercy rule into effect.Horne led the way for the Eagles at the plate on the day with three hits, five RBIs and two runs scored. Burnett had two doubles, four RBIs and a run for Ellsworth (9-1), and Jared Hamilton added two hits, an RBI, four runs scored and a stolen base.Ellsworth’s Austin Baron bats during the fifth inning of a high school baseball game against Belfast on May 11 in Ellsworth. The Eagles had 13 hits in the win. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLWagstaff struck out 10 batters in 4 2/3 innings of work for Ellsworth to improve his record to 4-0 on the season. Senior Brad Smith pitched the final 1 2/3 innings to secure the win over the Lions (5-5).With the win, the Eagles have now outscored their opponents 67-5 since a 5-4 loss to Mount Desert Island on April 24 in Bar Harbor. That heartbreaking loss in extra innings has served to motivate the Eagles, who have been relentless in all facets of the game in the weeks since the defeat.“We didn’t play poorly [against MDI], but we didn’t play as well as we felt we should have,” Ellsworth head coach Dan Curtis said. “The pitchers really responded with those five straight shutouts and the solid game at John Bapst, and then we went out today and did something we really needed to do, which was to erupt offensively.”Ellsworth’s next game will be against two-time defending Class B North champion Old Town (6-3) on the road at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 15. The Eagles will continue a tough week of games when they face first-place Brewer on the road at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17, before concluding it with a home rematch against Old Town at noon Saturday, May 19.“It’s not going to get any easier from here on out for us,” Curtis said. “It’s going to take more great pitching, timely hitting and error-free baseball. That’s a lot to ask in high school, but I think we’re capable of doing it.” MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more

UMBC, Vermont put streaks on line

first_img February 21, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMaryland-Baltimore County (13-14, 6-6) vs. Vermont (22-6, 12-1)Roy L Patrick Gymnasium, Burlington, Vermont; Saturday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Vermont looks for its 13th straight conference win against Maryland-Baltimore County. Maryland-Baltimore County’s last America East loss came against the Stony Brook Seawolves 74-63 on Feb. 1. Vermont is coming off a 63-54 win over Stony Brook in its most recent game. Associated Press UMBC, Vermont put streaks on linecenter_img ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com SAVVY SENIORS: Vermont’s Anthony Lamb, Stef Smith and Everett Duncan have collectively accounted for 54 percent of the team’s scoring this season, including 48 percent of all Catamounts points over the last five games.CREATING OFFENSE: K.J. Jackson has either made or assisted on 49 percent of all Maryland-Baltimore County field goals over the last three games. Jackson has 23 field goals and 13 assists in those games.STREAK SCORING: Vermont has won its last five home games, scoring an average of 78.6 points while giving up 53.8.ASSIST-TO-FG RATIO: The Catamounts have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Retrievers. Vermont has 47 assists on 81 field goals (58 percent) over its previous three contests while Maryland-Baltimore County has assists on 30 of 73 field goals (41.1 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: The Vermont defense has allowed only 58.4 points per game to opponents this season, ranking the Catamounts fifth among Division I teams. The Maryland-Baltimore County offense has averaged 68.3 points through 27 games (ranked 239th, nationally).last_img read more

Perkins scores twice to power Bombers past Rockers in West Kootenay Fieldhockey

first_img“We had great defence by Lauren Walgren and Emma Gregorich and the mid field is amazing with Hailee Gerun, and captains Naomi Perkins and Allie Zondervan,” said coach Val Gibson.The Bombers return to the pitch Tuesday in to play J. Lloyd Crowe of Trail, Wednesday Stanley Humphries before competing in the Kootenay Tournament Friday and Saturday at Pass Creek.On Tuesday, October 21the semi final playoff game is being played between the second and third-place finishers in the West Kootenay League.The Final is set for Thursday, October 23.There is a wild card game in Kelowna on Tuesday, October 28th for the runner up of the West Kootenay League. The L.V. Rogers Bombers head into a hectic week on the schedule after edging Stanley Humphries Rockers 3-2 Thursday in West Kootenay Girl’s Fieldhockey action at Pass Creek Park in Castlegar.Naomi Perkins led the Bombers with a pair of goals whbile Nao Butterfield added a single.Jenna Wheeldon was in goal to register the win for LVR. It was the first time guarding the cage for Wheeldon.last_img read more

14 HANDS WINERY JUVENILE FILLIES – POST-RACE INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT – SATURDAY, NOV. 5, 2016

first_imgBreeders’ Cup World ChampionshipsSaturday, November 5, 2016Joe CiagliaMario GutierrezPeter EurtonPress ConferenceTHE MODERATOR: Ladies and gentlemen, we’re going to get started. The winner of the 14 Hands Winery Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies was Champagne Room, and we’re very fortunate now to be joined by the winning connections on the right, Mario Gutierrez; in the center, the managing partner of a very large partnership, we’ll learn more about them, is Joe Ciaglia; and on the left, trainer, Peter Eurton. Congratulations, gentlemen, and thank you for joining us here. Peter, let’s hear from you first, if we could get your impressions of how the race was run today.PETER EURTON: Well, I mean, our whole thought today was just not get in her way, meaning don’t choke her down. She’s still a very aggressive by nature, and I think she’s going to grow up out of that and maybe be a little more relaxed early on, so we just wanted to let her run out of there and think about where we are after that. Mario did an excellent job on getting her into good position.THE MODERATOR: Mario, can you tell us about that trip as well as instructions that you might have gotten from Peter beforehand and how it played out.MARIO GUTIERREZ: Everything played out good, right? We got the win. We got the win. Just like how he said, you know, the main thing was like not to get in trouble with her. He helped a lot that she breaks really fast out of the gate, so that was a plus for us. She broke on top, and from that point on, the position really helped her as well. Then she was a little bit strong, but I was able to relax a bit in the backstretch and follow the buffer horse. From that point on, she was waiting until I said in the end, when I asked her, she was all game, she was all heart, and she demonstrated that all the way to the wire.THE MODERATOR: Joe, congratulations to you. I heard in your interview with Jay Privman, you’re a local. Tell us about the experience of winning a Breeders’ Cup Race here at your home track.JOE CIAGLIA: Well, we started out really kind of claiming horses, Pete and I, and Mr. Alesia, and another man named Mike Mellon. We were just happy winning. Slowly we started buying horses and learning from that, and Larry Zap, our Bloodstock agent, and we started spending a little bit more and a little bit more. We were fortunate five years ago to run the same race at Churchill, and we ran third, and that was our first graded winner that we ran with, it was a great experience.As we continue to progress, we have some new good friends and good partners. We have Ryan Exline, Justin Border, Dan Legan, Robin Christensen over here. Am I missing anybody else? Phil, Phil. So it’s nice when you have a great group of people. And we go to the sales with Larry Zap and Peter Eurton, we give them the opportunity to buy what they think is right. And they only buy horses that they love, and they love this one.So it’s great to have a group of people that can support us and buy in together. It’s a lot of fun winning as a group. This little guy, Mario, next to me, I would not want to win with anybody else. He’s got the greatest personality and greatest attitude. He’s shorter than me, which I love, and we’re good friends.THE MODERATOR: Well, we want to learn more about Champagne Room. But I’m going to open it up for the media if they have any questions. If not, I’ll keep going. Peter, if you can just take us through the last race where she had a little bit of trouble, which I’m sure is why she was overlooked by the betters today, but what happened last time out?PETER EURTON: Well, she broke well, and the whole theory was just to sit behind the speed. So she broke a little slow. Mike just kind of sat on her for a couple of strides and she grabbed the bridle. She was stuck inside for, I would say, probably a good 5/8th a mile, literally running off. But that was her first time going two turns, and I think that had a lot to do with it. And that’s why we didn’t want to get in her way today. Just let her run her race, and it turned out pretty good.Q. Coming up to this race today, on paper you’re an outsider, but how were you feeling? Obviously if you want to stay out of trouble, you felt like you had a live horse.PETER EURTON: The beginning, the best part was we got the outside this time. We drew the six hole. It gave us an opportunity in case we were outrun to just stay outside of the speed. And, I mean, going into her races, her last work, she happened to break in with Hoppertunity, and that didn’t work out too well. But it still probably made her the fittest horse in the race.Q. This is sort of the obligatory question after this race every year, but now you can’t help but think about next spring and the trail to the Oaks. So just talk about what your thoughts are on her future potential, and what will be her schedule the next few months?PETER EURTON: Well, I haven’t spoken to the owners at all, but I think they’re going to want to go to the Oaks. We’ll just have to sit down and enjoy this one first and then chart out a plan for next year.THE MODERATOR: Joe, do you have anything to add to that?JOE CIAGLIA: I thought Brandy Eurton said she wanted to go to the Derby.Q. Watching this race from up above, what do you think Uncle Frank would be saying to you right now?PETER EURTON: I think he’d be pretty proud of everybody. And Sharon, he’s just loving her. And we all miss Frank. I don’t know what he would be saying, but he was very, very happy for us all. And go Cubs, I think, was the big thing with Uncle Frank. To Uncle Frank.FastScripts Transcript by ASAP Sportslast_img read more