Lauren Barwick Awarded the Inaugural Equine Canada’s President’s award

first_imgOttawa, ON – Equine Canada has named Lauren Barwick of Aldergrove, BC, as the inaugural recipient of the Equine Canada President’s award.As an individual gold and individual silver medalist at the 2008 Paralympic Games, Barwick is not only Canada’s most successful para-equestrian athlete in history, but is also a powerful ambassador for equestrian sport.A two-time Paralympian, Barwick was named as the 2004 Equine Canada Equestrian of the Year based on her outstanding accomplishments at the 2004 Paralympic Games and was appointed Equine Canada’s official Spokesperson for Horse Week 2009. In recognition of Barwick’s recent international accomplishments, she was also selected as a Canadian torchbearer for the 2010 Olympic Games.In addition to her competitive success, Barwick has been a leader and a role model within the equestrian community—assisting younger athletes with their competitive pursuits, sharing her experiences, and offering a unique athlete perspective.Barwick is the pinnacle of a team player, who has consistently helped fellow Canadian competitors achieve their own excellence, and has even offered the use of her horses to fellow Canadian team members for the benefit of our country.An extraordinary horsewomen, Barwick is known internationally for her training partnerships and her skill in riding horses of all levels to their highest abilities. Lauren has also been a key volunteer spokesperson for Equine Canada/Para-Equestrian Canada, graciously representing the organization at various functions, sponsor events, clinics, and workshops as a competitor, trainer or mentor. She has contributed greatly to the early organization of Para-Equestrian Canada and was a member of the interim Board that brought Para-Equestrian into Equine Canada as a recognized discipline.As a world leader who has reached the highest pinnacle of success in her sport, Equine Canada awarded Barwick with the 2009 Equine Canada President’s Award at the Equine Canada Annual Awards Gala on Saturday, February 6, in Ottawa, ON. Horse Sport Enews More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. SIGN UP Email*last_img read more

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1 caught, more suspects wanted for fatal shooting of 7-year old Jaslyn Adams in McDonald’s drive-thru

first_imgWLS-TV(CHICAGO) — An 18-year-old man is expected to appear in court on Sunday to face murder charges in the fatal shooting of 7-year-old Jaslyn Adams, who died in a hail of bullets fired into her family car while waiting in a McDonald’s drive-thru in Chicago, police said.The killing of the young girl, whose father was wounded in the barrage of gunfire, rocked the city of Chicago prompting an angry Mayor Lori Lightfoot to condemned the “unthinkable act of violence” and saying the city’s “epidemic of gun violence cutting our children’s lives short cannot go on.”The suspect, Marion Lewis, who was under surveillance by police in a western suburb of Chicago, was arrested on Thursday after he was allegedly involved in a car chase that ended with a crash on a freeway and a shootout with police that left him wounded, according to Chicago Police Department Superintendent David Brown.Lewis, who was later announced as a suspect in the McDonald’s shooting, is just one of several suspects in the killing of Jaslyn, who was shot in broad daylight a week ago today on Chicago’s West Side, Brown said.“You can run but you can’t hide,” Brown said at a news conference Saturday of the other suspects wanted in the killing of the little girl. “We are going to bring you to justice for this crime. The Adams family deserves nothing less.”Brown declined to say how many other suspects are wanted in the murder.“We are limited in what we can say because we have other offenders to bring in on this horrific crime,” Brown said.He applauded the work of Chicago police detectives and suburban police departments who helped apprehend Lewis.Brown said police had Lewis under surveillance and tried to pull him over when he allegedly tried to ditch officers following him on the Eisenhower Expressway in Chicago and a chase ensued. He said that Lewis crashed the stolen car he was driving on the shoulder of the freeway, then allegedly tried to carjack a family stalled in traffic.Lewis allegedly shot at police before officers returned fire, hitting him in the arm, according to the Illinois State Police, which will lead the investigation of the freeway incident.In addition to first-degree murder and attempted murder for the killing of Jaslyn and wounding her father, Lewis is also facing a slew of other charges including aggravated assault on a police officer, robbery, aggravated vehicular hijacking, multiple counts of aggravated discharge of a gun, unlawful restraint and possession of a stolen vehicle.Lewis is expected to appear in court on Sunday for a bond hearing.Lawanda McMullen had a message for the other suspects wanted in her granddaughter’s death.“Just turn yourself in,” McMullen said of the suspects, in an interview with ABC station WLS-TV in Chicago. “You know a 7-year-old girl she had nothing to do with that at all. You know if you have any heart, you know if you have a child — just think about your family.”The first grader was shot six times as she and her 29-year-old father, Jontae Adams, were in the drive-thru of a McDonald’s in he Homan Square neighborhood of Chicago just after 4 p.m. on April 19, police said.A McDonald’s employee told police that two armed men jumped out of another car and fired repeatedly into their car containing the father and daughter. Police said more than 50 shots were fired in the apparent ambush.Jontae Adams suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the shooting, was treated at a hospital and has since been released, Brown said.The Chicago Police Department said two guns were recovered from Lewis following his arrests, including an AK-47 rifle, matched shell casings found at the scene of the McDonald’s shooting.“Both those weapons that were on his person that were recovered, they did test positive to the murder weapons used at the scene to kill Jaslyn,” CPD Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan said at Saturday’s press conference.Asked if Jontae Adams was the target of the shooting, Brown would only say, “Let’s get to the point of bringing all of the offenders to justice then we’ll tell the full story of what happened here.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Suburban home inventory is depleted, but demand rages

first_img Full Name* The pandemic has been a savior for home sales in parts of the region that have lagged the market in recent years. Initially, renters rushed to escape the city. Some became buyers, accelerating their plans to move out of the city or deciding to add a residence, at times in unusual places.“People in New York who bought secondary homes in the tri-state area, some of them quite substantial, are using them as a hybrid,” said Richard Grossman, Brown Harris Stevens New York regional president. “They want to spend more time out there, but they still are going to be working and coming into New York regularly.”Agents have been faced with an impossible task: fulfilling exuberant demand with little to no supply.In Westchester County, listing inventory has fallen 9.2 percent year-over-year. In Greenwich, supply diminished 32 percent, according to Douglas Elliman’s market report.In Long Island, supply plummeted 65 percent.The lack of inventory has resulted in bidding wars and caused prices to skyrocket. Average home costs jumped 18 percent in Westchester, 31 percent in Greenwich and 32 percent on Long Island.“I do have a couple of customers that said, ‘The market’s too hard, we’re gonna wait.’ And I’m like, ‘What are you going to wait for?’” said Yorgos Tsibiridis, a Hamptons broker with Elliman. “It’s driven by supply and demand. And I think the demand is still there.”But with vaccines arriving and a return to normalcy coming into view, will the market simmer down? With mortgage rates hovering near historic lows, agents are hesitant to say yes.“Life is cyclical, and things tend to eventually plateau,” said Deirdre O’Connell, CEO of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty. “Is it going to turn back overnight? I don’t think so.”In the Hamptons, the pandemic has created a new year-round community. Though that may change if commuting returns, Tyler Whitman, founding agent of Triplemint Hamptons, expects interest to only increase when summer comes.“There’s going to be a whole new audience out there that’s never really gotten to experience it or enjoy it before,” he said. “That’s going to lead to a lot more people wanting places out there.”Others believe an end to the pandemic won’t reverse all the changes.“This has forced people to rethink how they live, and what their relationship is with metropolitan areas,” offered Graham Klemm, president of Klemm Real Estate.“When will it stop? It will stop when interest rates go up.”Contact Sasha Jones This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now The lack of inventory has caused prices to skyrocket. (Getty) For Jim McCarten, January is typically the slowest month — a chance to take a breath before diving into the year ahead.Not this year.“Nonexistent,” McCarten, a New Jersey agent with Triplemint, said of the usual downtime.A year into the pandemic, New Yorkers are continuing to flood into the tri-state area, looking to move into larger residences or scoop up second homes, as remote work continues indefinitely.Read moreLong Island home sales spike in Q4In Hamptons and elsewhere, season no longer ends on Labor DayTriplemint moves into Westchester with Elliman teamcenter_img Email Address* Message*last_img read more

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Sports briefs

first_imgWomen top Northeastern, 3-1, in Beanpot semifinalsIn women????s Beanpot action, junior Jenny Brine tallied a pair of goals to pace the No. 1 Crimson to a 3-1 victory over the Huskies on Tuesday night (Feb. 5) at BU’s Walter Brown Arena. Down 1-0 just 42 seconds into the contest, Harvard (20-1-0) battled back with consecutive goals in the first and second periods, courtesy of Brine. Harvard’s Sarah Vaillancourt ’09 added an insurance tally late in the final stanza to pick up her team-leading 13th goal.The Crimson will look to capture its 12th Beanpot championship against host BU on Feb. 12 at 8 p.m.Icers break 10-year drought, set to compete for ’PotPaul Dufault ’08, Mike Taylor ’08, and Doug Rogers ’10 each tallied a goal in the opening seven minutes of play to lift the Harvard men’s hockey team past No. 14 Northeastern, 3-1, in the opening round of the 56th annual Beanpot this past Monday (Feb. 4) at TD Banknorth Garden. With the win, Harvard (8-10-3 overall) advances to the championship game (set for Feb. 11 at the Garden) against No. 9 Boston College. The Crimson program last competed for the title in 1998.Skiers capture ninth at UV carnival in Stowe, Vt.The Harvard men’s and women’s alpine and Nordic ski teams placed ninth out of 11 schools at the University of Vermont Winter Carnival in Stowe, Vt., this past Feb. 1-2. Battling snow showers and icy conditions, the women’s Nordic team posted the program’s strongest finish of the weekend with a seventh-place effort in the freestyle.last_img read more

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Show Some Skin’ opens auditions for 2014 show

first_img“Show Some Skin”, a show comprised of monologue performances that discuss issues such as race, gender and sexuality, will begin auditions today for the Feb. 2014 performances, show director Clarissa Schwab, said. The audition process is simple, and everyone is invited to participate, Schwab said. “All we look for in actors is open-mindedness,” she said. “If you are closed-minded at all especially with these kinds of stories, it’s just not going to work out. You have to be open-minded to accept their story, let that reflect, and let that simmer and marinate then present it for everyone to see.” Show Some Skin, now in its third year, was founded in Spring 2012 by Edith Cho, JeeSeun Choi and Hien Luu to spark a conversation about race relations at Notre Dame, according to the show’s website, ndshowsomeskin.com. Schwab said this year’s show will be “the biggest yet.” In previous years, the performances were held in the Carey Auditorium, but this year the show will be held on the main state of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, she said. “The show started out pretty small, then it got a little bigger,” Schwab said. “Now we just want to really have a presence on this campus. To be on the main stage, it takes the show to a new level.” While the show is still more than two months away, Schwab said the “Show Some Skin” team started gearing up for the show this summer. “We have been working hard since the summer,” Schwab said. “We have all the stories we want to say. If there are no actors to say them, there is not going to be a show.” Schwab said the 2014 show is subtitled “Be Bold,” and said the name derives from the 2013 performance. “In last year’s show, there was a monologue presented by a girl who invited the audience to share their story and be bold,” Schwab said. “She shared all these things about herself and said ‘Now it’s your turn, so you go ahead, you share what you want the world to know or what you’re afraid to say.’” According to Schwab, the performance by actors is based on anonymous stories submitted by students, faculty and even South Bend residents. “Although we want people to be bold and stand up, a lot of times it’s hard for people to actually tell their story,” she said. “We didn’t want anyone to back out from having to tell the story just because they have to give a name.” Schwab said what makes Show Some Skin exciting is the wide range of topics on which it sheds light. “It’s a roller coaster. Everything you can expect, it’s there,” she said. “‘Show Some Skin’ has it all.” According to the Facebook page, the show’s acting auditions will be held on Friday and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and on Sunday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Carey Auditorium in Hesburgh Library. Contact Paul Kim at [email protected]last_img read more

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Student senate discusses academic honor code

first_imgIn this week’s session of the Notre Dame student senate, Hugh Page, dean of the First Year of Studies and vice president and associate provost for undergraduate affairs, took the floor with student members of the University Code of Honor Committee to discuss the ongoing review of the Academic Code of Honor.“One of our goals is to try and do a fairly thorough rewriting of the Honor Code but before we do that we figured that it was really important for us to solicit feedback from as wide a cross section of students as we can, and also to solicit feedback from faculty,” Page said.Page spoke of the student survey that was distributed this past fall as well as a faculty survey, the results of both indicating the need for further conversation among the entire academic community, which the committee plans to facilitate through a series of focus groups. The members of the senate broke into smaller committees to discuss what kinds of questions would be most relevant in the discussions of the upcoming focus groups.Committee member Nate McKeon, a senior, led discussion about the clarity of the Code of Honor.“How clear is [the Code] in defining actual academic dishonesty, like, you know, if you’re going into an assignment or an exam, do you have a good grasp on what academic dishonesty is?” McKeon asked.Students shared a common concern in deciphering the grey areas of academic dishonesty. All agreed that while copying the answers of another student on a final exam is an obvious violation of the Honor Code, there is more ethical ambiguity in collaborating on homework assignments, projects and small quizzes.Sophomore Dillon Hall senator Tim O’Connell said further obscurity arises when considering the distinct styles of learning and teaching in different fields of study and said a large part of the responsibility falls on the professors to clearly delineate their expectations.“We as a group thought it was more of the professor’s job to kind of outline,” O’Connell said. “[In engineering] we think there’s a lot of not so much of a grey area on the homework because professors are usually, ‘Hey, work on the homework together just turn in your own,’ and then for tests it’s pretty obvious, just do your own. … We had some kids in Arts and Letters and Mendoza who thought it was kind of more of a grey area ’cause they have a lot more, kind of multiple choice, Sakai quizzes.”In fact, whether the professors should claim responsibility in clarifying their interpretations of the Code or the students should be expected to apply the code in a “one size fits all” mentality was a popular point of discussion. McGlinn senator, sophomore Maria Palazzolo, said her group was surprised to learn the professors did not share their own opinions on the code. “We said we think it’s more of the professor’s job to say for the specific class, because it’s different for each class what they would want or how it works,” Palazzolo said. “ … But Natasha, who facilitated the discussion, said that the professors think it’s the student’s job. So it’s a miscommunication that needs to be fixed.”Additionally, the ease of obtaining increasingly common online resources further complicates the issue of cheating, as sophomore and Cavanaugh Hall senator Brittany Benninger said.“We talked about online resources, if you will, so like those sites where you can buy tests … how does that play into the new Honor Code?” Benninger said.Tags: academic honor code, academics, cheating, Senatelast_img read more

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Texas passed bills to combat patient confusion and price gouging in ERs

first_imgSee also: Key bills passed in Texas Legislature “We sometimes get caught into that battle because the public just sees the word, ‘freestanding ER’ and assumes it’s us,” Sandel said. “And so we made it very clear this legislative session. Every bill that was out there, if you were going to legislate the independent freestanding ER, then you must legislate the hospital-based freestanding ER.”Critics of the bill were also concerned that the disclosure could lead to patients not going through with life-saving treatments because of the potential cost. Sandel said it’s still a concern, but disclosures can be given after the procedure and there’s no penalty if patients choose not to sign it.Mark Hollis, a spokesperson for AARP Texas said the organization has been concerned about the effect of surprise medical bills – many of which come from freestanding emergency rooms. He said the bills that passed through the Legislature will protect Texans from “unexpected and exuberant charges” and make it clearer to consumers if a freestanding emergency room is in network.“As we’ve done research into surprise medical bills, we came to understand that many people were being impacted with surprise medical bills from having visited a freestanding emergency room,” Hollis said.In a 2018 survey of freestanding emergency rooms across the state, AARP Texas reported 77% of freestanding emergency rooms said they “take” or “accept” insurance on their website but were out-of-network for all major health plans. The bill strictly addresses this issue, prohibiting any sort of misleading advertising in the facility and online.Oliverson’s bill also adds freestanding emergency rooms to a list of state healthcare facilities that have to report data to the Texas Department of State Health Services such as how much patients are charged and how many patients are insured. The reporting is dependent on funding from the Legislature, which set aside over $800,000 for data collection in its next two-year budget.Lawmakers also took up the alleged issue of “price gouging” at freestanding emergency rooms. House Bill 1941 by state Rep. Dade Phelan, R-Beaumont, will allow the Texas attorney general to take action against freestanding emergency rooms that charge “unconscionable” rates, which the bill defines as prices that are 200% more than the average hospital charge for a similar treatment.Phelan said the bill would go after the “bad actors” in the freestanding emergency room field that take advantage of Texans in dire situations.“As the number of freestanding ERs have increased in Texas, the complaints from constituents about charges have also increased,” Phelan said at a hearing of the House Business and Industry Committee in April. “Many consumers face large bills from freestanding emergency rooms and certain facilities must be held accountable.”The bill initially received pushback by some who argued the 200% threshold wasn’t restrictive enough. Phelan said he had to set the bar somewhere. It passed through the House unanimously and the Senate in a 30-1 vote. State Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown was the only senator to vote against it.Both bills are now awaiting action by the governor, who can sign them, veto them or let them become law without his signature. If neither bill is vetoed, they will take effect September 1.However, not all bills regulating freestanding emergency rooms made it across the finish line. House Bill 1832 by state Rep. Julie Johnson D-Carrollton, sailed out of the House but died in the Senate. It would have prevented insurance companies from retroactively determining an emergency procedure does not qualify as an emergency and could result in surprise medical bills.Sandel, board president of TAFEC, said the bill would have created “much-needed patient protections.”“There is more work ahead to ensure patient access to ER care without health plan interference,” Sandel said. “We remain committed to that work.”But the insurance industry, which opposed the bill, viewed it as making it easier for freestanding emergency rooms to overcharge for simple services.Jamie Dudensing, head of the Texas Association of Health Plans, said the bills passed this session will allow consumers to make better decisions for themselves.“These facilities have demonstrated a clear pattern of withholding important information or lying to patients regarding their network status, then price-gouging them for astronomical amounts after providing care,” Dudensing said in a statement. “We applaud the Texas Legislature for holding freestanding ERs accountable and equipping consumers with the information they need to make better decisions for themselves and their families.”Disclosure: The Texas Association of Freestanding Emergency Centers, the Texas Association of Health Plans and AARP Texas have been financial supporters of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. The Texas Tribune is a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them – about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Freestanding emergency rooms are already required to display the health plans they accept on signs around the facility, per state legislation passed in 2017. However, some say the signs can be confusing and include logos of health plans that the facility doesn’t accept. When state Rep. Tom Oliverson R-Cypress, laid out his bill in the House Public Health committee, he said he had trouble on a recent visit to a freestanding emergency room, where the staff initially told him they took his insurance. A few minutes later, they let him know the facility was out-of-network with his health plan and his visit wouldn’t be covered.“In an emergency situation, patients should not be expected to have previously researched and figured out if a facility is in-network,” Oliverson said. “We think that this information should be provided upfront in an unambiguous format.”Oliverson said his bill, House Bill 2041, requires a freestanding emergency rooms to give patients a printed-out disclosure in English and Spanish that lists the in-network health plans and the average price a patient may be charged for a procedure, including facility fees. Patients can choose whether to sign it. Under the bill, freestanding emergency rooms will also be barred from advertising that it “takes” or “accepts” certain insurers or health plans if the facility is not an in-network provider.The disclosures will be required for both independent and hospital-affiliated freestanding emergency rooms. The Texas Association of Freestanding Emergency Centers, a trade organization for independent emergency rooms, was originally against the bill. Rhonda Sandel, board president of TAFEC, said the organization changed its position after learning hospital-affiliated freestanding emergency rooms would also have to comply. She said that was important because independent facilities can sometimes get a bad reputation for actions by hospital-based facilities. Ten years ago, Texas became the first state to allow licenses for independent freestanding emergency rooms. Since then, just over 200 have opened their doors around Texas, according to state data. The facilities go by names like First Choice Emergency Room and Legacy Emergency Room. They resemble urgent care clinics but some regularly charge hospital emergency room prices.State lawmakers considered several bills this session aimed at addressing complaints that some freestanding emergency rooms overcharge patients and are not clear with consumers regarding pricing or insurance coverage.One bill awaiting action by the governor will require freestanding emergency rooms to clearly disclose the in-network health plans they accept and the fees patients may be charged. By Elizabeth ByrneThe Texas Tribunetexastribune.orglast_img read more

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Odds & Ends: Judith Light, Cherry Jones Among Stars Set for Homebound Project & More

first_img Here’s a quick roundup of stories you might have missed recently.Judith Light Among Participants in the Homebound ProjectThe Homebound Project, an independent theater initiative benefiting hungry children affected by the coronavirus crisis, will return from July 15 through July 19. To date, the online project has raised over $88,000 for No Kid Hungry. The playwrights in the fourth edition of the Homebound Project have been given the prompt of “promise.” Judith Light is set to appear in a work by Jon Robin Baitz, directed by Leigh Silverman. Cherry Jones will appear in a piece by Erin Courtney that will be directed by Jenna Worsham. Other participants include Santino Fontana in a work by Emily Zemba; Amber Tamblyn in a work by Halley Feiffer; Sue Jean Kim in a work by Leslye Headland, directed by Annie Tippe; Tommy Dorfman in a work by Diana Oh, directed by Lena Dunham; and more. View-at-home tickets are on sale here and begin at a donation level of $10. Complimentary viewings for first responders and essential workers have been made possible by an anonymous donor.David Hyde Pierce & More Set for Guthrie Theater Virtual BenefitOn August 1 at 7PM CDT (8PM ET), the Guthrie Theater will host a virtual benefit event. There will be appearances from Broadway luminaries, including Tony winners David Hyde Pierce, Mark Rylance and Santino Fontana. Those who support this event will ensure that the Guthrie is able to reopen in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. To lend a hand and register for the online event, head here.50th Annual Godspell Concert to Raise Money for CharitiesWest End stars will unite for a 50th anniversary concert celebration of Godspell. Ruthie Henshall and Darren Day will reprise their roles from the 1993 cast recording. The company will also include Sam Tutty, Ria Jones, Jenna Russell, Jodie Steele, Danyl Johnson, Jenny Fitzpatrick, Natalie Green, John Barr, Sally Ann Triplett, Gerard McCarthy, Alison Jiear, Shekinah McFarlane and Lucy Williamson. The concert, which will benefit the charities Hope Mill Theatre, Acting For Others and National AIDS Trust, will be available to view on August 27, 28 and 29. For details regarding tickets, head here.John Mulaney to Create Two New Sack Lunch Bunch SpecialsEmmy winner and Broadway alum John Mulaney will team up with Comedy Central to produce two brand new Sack Lunch Bunch specials. The first installment of the musical comedy series aired on Netflix in December of 2019. In addition to its talented kid cast, which featured Mrs. Doubtfire’s Jake Ryan Flynn, John Mulaney & the Sack Lunch Bunch also included appearances from Annaleigh Ashford, André De Shields, Jake Gyllenhaal, Richard Kind and Shereen Pimentel.  Judith Light(Photo: Emilio Madrid) View Comments Star Files Judith Lightlast_img read more

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QMotion Now Has Giant-Sized Roller Shades

first_imgTo accommodate the larger windows of today’s open-concept designs, Legrand introduces its new QMotion Wider Qadvanced Shades. Showing for the first time at CEDIA Expo 2019 in Booth 905, QMotion says that its Wider Qadvanced Shades are the only motorized shades on the market, hard-wired or battery-operated, available in sizes as large as 13 feet wide by 15 feet tall in select fabric options.The growing preference for open-concept home designs featuring larger windows that grant greater access to natural daylight is in turn increasing the demand for automated shading systems to help control that natural light indoors. However, many homeowners are struggling to find motorized shading systems on the market that fit their ultra-large windows. In response, QMotion has expanded its Qadvanced Roller Shade offering in larger sizes.Available in a wide range of colors, Wider Qadvanced Shades feature virtually soundless operation in hard-wired or battery-operated versions and a patented design that utilizes torsion springs to reduce energy consumption. Simple to install, the hard-wired models use standard Cat5e/Cat6 cables for both power and communication and feature a Zigbee HA 1.2 radio inside the motor, eliminating the need for extra shade motor bridge devices. The battery-operated family of solutions uses only internal batteries, eliminating the problem ofhiding external battery packs or wires. Like all the models found in QMotion’s automated roller shade lineup, Wider Qadvanced Shades can be controlled via remote, mobile device, or the company’s exclusive manual override feature that prevents stripping the motor during adjustments.Legrand’s QMotion Wider Qadvanced Shades are shipping and are here.last_img read more

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JAEC offers ’employment application’ for candidates running for judgeships

first_imgJAEC offers ’employment application’ for candidates running for judgeships JAEC offers ‘employment application’ for candidates running for judgeships Senior EditorAn “employment application” for trial court judge candidates, intended to help educate voters, has been approved by the Bar’s Judicial Administration and Evaluation Committee.Committee members heralded the questionnaire — which, if approved by the Bar Board of Governors,could be distributed to judicial candidates up for election this fall — as a major accomplishment but also said they want to find more ways to educate the public about judicial candidates and the judicial system.“We’re in the information age; we can’t deny it,” said committee member and 10th Circuit Judge John Stargel. “There’s a vacuum [of information about judicial candidates] and somebody is going to fill it. It’s up to us to provide information that is credible.“If there is not a platform for that to occur, someone will provide a platform,” he added, noting interest groups and those with an ax to grind may inject their own predisposed viewpoints. “When it comes to the public’s perception of who’s a good judge, there will be information provided and if we don’t provide information, someone else will.”The committee met January 17 during the Bar’s Midyear Meeting in Miami to put the finishing touches on what it calls the Judicial Candidate Voluntary Self-Disclosure Statement.Most were technical changes; however, much of the discussion focused on an essay-type question to be asked of judges and candidates and how the question should be phrased. Some preliminary drafts of the query asked candidates to explain their judicial philosophies. Original drafts of the questionnaire concentrated on collecting factual information, but the Bar’s Citizens Forum said the questionnaire should allow candidates and judges to say something about themselves.Committee members said they were concerned a question regarding candidates’ judicial philosophy could encourage candidates to pander to specific interest groups or even lead them to make statements which violate the judicial canons, resulting in a Judicial Qualifications Commission investigationIf asked about judicial philosophy, “All they’re going to say is, ‘I’m going to follow the law,’” said committee member Michael Feiler. “The better question is, ‘Why do you think you would be a good judge for the state of Florida?’”Bar Board of Governors member Jennifer Coberly, who is liaison to the committee and sits on the Citizens Forum, said most forum members were not wedded to specifically seeking judicial philosophy, but rather wanted to elicit information about why candidates wanted to be on the bench.The committee voted for the last question on the form to read, “In 100 words or less, without discussing any particular issue which may come before you if you become a judge, explain why you believe you would be a good judge.”Other questions ask candidates about their trial, mediation, and arbitration experience in some detail; their bench experience if an incumbent judge; public service work including pro bono and military service; disciplinary history including Bar sanctions, military courts martial and discharge status, and JQC investigations; education history; employment history; honors; practice areas; and other details.Committee members agreed the Bar should not vet the information for accuracy, saying the media and any electoral opponents will do that. They also said any material misrepresentation could open up a successful candidate for a JQC investigation.The method of distribution to voters was not determined. Committee members suggested that compilations of the questionnaires could be put in pamphlets and distributed to voters, and copies of the completed forms could be distributed to local media.Aside from the form, the committee also approved a five-paragraph statement explaining the purpose of the Judicial Candidate Voluntary Self-Disclosure Statement. In past meetings, committee members have likened the form to an employment application submitted to voters in which candidates explain their qualifications and abilities.The overview statement, in part, expands the application by saying, “The self-disclosure statement was developed to provide a means by which the public could gather information about their judicial candidates. It came to the attention of the Bar that voters felt they did not have sufficient information to make educated decisions on judicial candidates.”The form and statement now go to the Bar Board of Governors for review.After approving those documents, committee members launched into a discussion of what else could be done, saying that while the form is a good step, the public will want more information. Some members noted recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions allowing judicial candidates to make wide-ranging statements and even to inject overtly partisan politics into judicial races.Committee member Tom Warner noted the U.S. Supreme Court recently overturned a lower court ruling and approved the New York state method of nominating its trial court judges at statewide partisan conventions.The group said it is important for the Bar to recognize that legal challenges could be coming to the judicial canons’ restrictions on what judicial candidates can say, including the prohibition about commenting on issues likely to come before them on the bench. Special interest groups, they also said, will try to use judicial elections either to push candidates reflecting their views or to get candidates to commit themselves on some issues.“We have an ability. . . to disseminate information and make sure the public understands and, therefore, is able to make an informed decision,” Feiler said. “If you don’t get out and define the issues, your enemies will go out and do it for you, and then you start out two touchdowns down.”Committee members reached no conclusions about additional steps, but agreed to continue the discussion at future meetings. February 15, 2008 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

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