Day 6 at WCh 2013 – Fight for TOP 16!

first_imgRussia and Argentina get victories in Moscow Related Items:rutenka ShareTweetShareShareEmail 1 Comment ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsDay 6 at the World Championship 2013 in Spain will give us an answer, who are the first teams at knockout stage. Matches will be played in all four groups from Granollers to Sevilla.(15:45) South Korea – Belarus (Zaragoza – Group C)(15:45) Qatar – Russia (Sevilla – Group B)(16:00) Tunis – Montenegro (Granolers – Group)(16:45) Algeria – Egypt (Madrid – Group D)(18:00), Macedonia – Iceland (Sevilla – Group B)(18:00) Serbian – Saudi Arabia (Zaragoza – Group C)(18:15) Germany – Argentina (Granolers – Group)(19:00) Spain – Australia (Madrid – Group D)(20:15) Denmark – Chile (Sevilla – Group B)(20:15) Slovenia – Poland (Zaragoza Group C)(20:45) France – Brazil (Granolers – Group)(21:15) Croatia – Hungary (Madrid – Group D) Recommended for you POL 15. January 2013. at 15:34 center_img Copa del Rey: Catalonian derby in the final! EHF EURO 2014 TOPSCORERS: Lazarov to defend the title? Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. South Korea – Belarus 25-30Qatar – Russia 19-36Tunisia – Montenegro 26-27Algeria – Egypt 28-30Macedonia – Iceland 24-29Serbian – Saudi Arabia 35-18Germany – Argentina 34-31Spain – Australia 45-16Denmark – Chile 33-22Slovenia – Poland 27-27France – Brazil 31-24Croatia – Hungary 29-26 1 Comment last_img read more

Norway beat Angola, but still three teams can win Zrenjanin!

first_imgShareTweetShareShareEmail PARAGUAY400440140-1000 NORWAY440011972478 STANDINGSGWDLGFGAGDPOINTS ShareTweetShareShare EmailCommentsIn the derby of Round 4 at Group C in Zrenjanin, Norway beat Angola 26:21 (12:8). Hergeirsson’s girls played controlled match except first few minutes when Angola had only advantage – 2:0. Loke, Nostvold and Edin Hammerseng scored 5 goals each, while Kiala was top scorer with 6 goals for his team.Poland beat Argentina 31:17, while we already wrote about historical match between Spain and Paraguay 29:9 (14:0)! ANGOLA420211493214 POLAND430112372516 ARGENTINA400477126-490 Argentina stuns Russia on home soilcenter_img Related Items:Angola handball, handball angola, handball zrenjanin, norway angola, Poland, serbia 013, serbia 2013, zrenjanin Recommended for you Qatar and Croatia secure Main Round tickets Russia put Poland 11 goals behind Click to comment SPAIN430110070306 Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

The Bald and The Beautiful raises money and awareness for cancer research

first_imgHair can often be a means of self-expression. However, sometimes no hairstyle at all can say more than even the most elaborate updo. The Bald and The Beautiful, one of the largest student-run philanthropy events on campus, gives students the opportunity to either shave their heads, donate eight inches of hair or buy hair extensions to raise funds and awareness for cancer research.“It’s cool when you shave your head and you’re walking around campus and you see somebody else that you didn’t know was shaving their head or a girl who got her hair cut super short, it’s just like a cool little bond you share,” Bart Bramanti, a junior and co-chair for the event, said.This year, The Bald and the Beautiful will be held on April 3 and 4 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and April 5 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Duncan Student Center on the Hagerty Family Cafe Stage. Participants can either donate eight inches of their hair for free, shave their head for $15 or purchase colored hair extensions, each color representing a different type of cancer, for $10.Organizer and senior Rachel Belans said she hopes the central location will help make the fundraiser more successful this year.“We switched the location this year,” Belans said. “It used to be in [LaFortune Student Center] so we’re hoping that the new location will be really exciting and maybe help us get more participation this year.”Last year, the event raised around $10,000 and the organizers are hoping to either match that amount or reach $15,000 this year. Since its inception, the event has raised more than $300,000 for pediatric cancer research.The money raised is split between Memorial Hospital in South Bend and St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a nonprofit organization that focuses on childhood cancer research. However, the efforts of The Bald and The Beautiful go beyond just raising money. The event has also sponsored a playroom called “The Bald and The Beautiful Room” in Memorial Hospital and the group also organizes visits to Memorial Hospital a few times a month. On Wednesday, children from the hospital will be coming to the fundraiser for arts and crafts.“We wanted to support the children’s hospital here because those were the kids we could interact with and it’s in South Bend,” Bramanti said. “And the St. Baldrick’s Foundation was the research-related side of it. … We want to donate to a fewer number of places and make more substantial contributions.”The Bald and The Beautiful began in 2009 when some members of the Freshmen Class Council began planning a service event in honor of one of their classmates, Sam Marx, who had been in a battle with cancer during his time on campus. The goal of the event was to keep Sam’s vibrant presence alive on campus after he left for further treatment and to raise awareness for cancer research. At the first The Bald and The Beautiful, 126 students came out to shave their heads.Last year, 258 people preregistered for the event and this year they have 100 individuals registered for donations — including 15 girls who are planning on shaving their heads. Around 500 people ended up participating last year, as people can also walk up the day of and participate.“I have not participated in The Bald and the Beautiful before,” Elisabeth Lasecki, a sophomore who will be donating eight inches of her hair, said in an email. “I decided to participate because I was already planning to chop my hair, so I might as well do it for such an incredible cause.”Bramanti has shaved his head the last two years.“It’s funky. You feel like you have Velcro all over your head,” he said.While shaving your head my not be for everyone, Belans said it lends one a strong emotional connection to those going through cancer.“It [shaving your head] requires a lot of bravery and is a huge emotional challenge for people to go through and do that big empathic thing to stand in solidarity with people with cancer,” she said.Belans has donated her hair three times to The Bald and The Beautiful.“There’s all kinds of things we take for granted and one of the easiest ones is a full head of hair,” Bramanti said. “But on a shaving-your-head basis, you’re stepping into someone else’s shoes and seeing what it’s like. It’s an interesting experience. When you shave your head and you’re off campus where people don’t know you, you can get looked at kind of funny, like ‘why does this kid have a shaved head’ and maybe that’s something that people who are going through chemo have to deal with as their hair is growing back. It’s just trying to understand and get a little appreciation for how blessed we are to live the kind of lives we do and do what we can to help those who have to deal with the things we don’t.”Lasecki is still apprehensive about the approaching date for her big haircut, but it excited to do her part for those battling cancer.“I’ve wanted to cut my hair for a while now, but I’m definitely still a bit nervous,” Lasecki said. “I haven’t had short hair since I was pretty young. Nevertheless, I’m just grateful I can do my small part in the ongoing fight against cancer.”Bramanti said if shaving your head has even crossed your mind before, it’s definitely a risk worth taking.“I think everyone will get a little nervous when they think about shaving their head,” Bramanti said. “But, I never looked back. I’m very happy I did it the two times I did. If you haven’t done it and it’s something you’re thinking about, take a little leap of faith. You always have a conversation starter.”Tags: cancer, haircut, philanthropy, the bald and the beautifullast_img read more

E.C. “Chuck” Anselmo Jr.

first_img In 1977, he moved his business to Lafayette and became a United Van Lines agent, which transitioned to Mayflower Transit.During those years he donated his trucks for various causes, some of which were Thanksgiving Dinner on the Mayflower, where a radio station would serve a lucky winner their Thanksgiving dinner inside the trailer which was decorated with new furniture donated to the winner.He was also a big supporter for the Food for Families Drive where his trucks were used to transfer the donated food to the food bank for storage.He sold his business after 38 years in the moving company industry. He is the husband of Cynthia Comeaux Anselmo, and son of the late Earnest Charles Anselmo, Sr. and his wife Mable, and the late Violet Young Anselmo Parks and her husband Perry.Chuck served in the United States Army before moving to Opelousas in 1967 where he became an agent at the Bekins Moving Company.This was the beginning of his long successful entrepreneurship. Private funeral services and Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, April 16, 2020 for E.C. “Chuck” Anselmo, Jr., 79, who passed away peacefully on April 13, 2020 at St. Joseph Hospice of Acadiana.Interment will be at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens in Lafayette, LA.Mr. Anselmo was born September 18, 1940, in Port Arthur, Texas.center_img In 1979, he started All States Portable Buildings, eventually selling it to his son, Chuck, in 2002.In 1998, he started A & A Record Storage and Data Management, later selling it in 2008.In 2010, he became co-owner of the Louisiana Icegators with his son, Chuck.He held numerous officer positions and won many awards in his younger years, but his most impressive accomplishments were with the American-Italian Federation of the Southeast.He was instrumental in organizing this club which consists of several southeastern states.He served as president numerous times and till his death served as Chairman of the Board.He was active in helping establish the Italian American Renaissance Foundation which maintains a museum and Sports Hall of Fame in New Orleans dedicated to the accomplishments of Italians.In addition to acquiring and remodeling the museum itself, the foundation is also responsible in developing the Plaza d’Italia outside the museum.This Plaza has a large fountain with a model of Italy superimposed in the middle.It was later donated to the City of New Orleans.He served as an Opelousas Jaycee, where he held several positions and won a number of awards, such as: Spark Plug, Spoke, and Outstanding Man of the Year.The State of Louisiana honored him as being named Honorary Ambassador of the Italian Community.The Republic of Italy honored him in 1978 with the rank Cavalier dell’Ordine Della Stella Della solidarities Italiana.Another top honor received was the Antonio R. Rizzuto award from the Unico National, and this one says it all to describe Chuck.Their motto is “SERVICE ABOVE SELF” Survivors include his wife Cynthia Comeaux Anselmo of Carencro; three children, E. C. “Chuck” Anselmo, III, and wife Katherine of Lafayette; Angelique Eason and husband Clayton of Kilgore, Texas; and Alberto Anselmo and wife Shanna of Beaumont, Texas; one sister Cheryl Mulder and husband Avith from Wyoming, Michigan; seven grandchildren, Krystle Simmons, Anthony Simmons, Nicholas Anselmo, Ashlin Anselmo, Estelle Anselmo, Cecile Anselmo and Luke Anselmo; and fourgreat-grandchildren, Kolby Sellers, Jayke Young, Trulie Eason, and Honestie Eason.He was preceded in death by his mother, Violet Young Anselmo Parks and her husband Perry; his father, Earnest Charles Anselmo, Sr. and his wife Mable; and his first wife and mother of his three children, Betty Joan Mallet Anselmo.Pallbearers will be E.C. “Chuck” Anselmo III, Alberto Anselmo, Nicholas Anselmo, and Clayton Eason.In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to American-Italian Federation of the Southeast (P.O. Box 83332, Baton Rouge, LA, 70884-3332).View the obituary and sign the guestbook online at Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.last_img read more

Canyon bicycles coming to America, direct to consumer

first_imgWe’ve heard rumors floating around for a long time now, but Canyon has finally made it official. From next spring 2017, they will bring their direct sales model to consumers in the United States. Cyclists in the states have been eyeing Canyon’s premier road and trail offerings for several years, with promises of competitive pricing. Now with a flurry of other big brands bringing consumer-direct sales options to American bike buyers, it seems that now is the time…all photos courtesy of CanyonIt hasn’t been an easy step for Canyon, as moving into the huge US market means going head-to-head with a lot of big companies. With Trek and Giant having recently announced Direct to Consumer web sales, the online bike marketplace is blowing up to join Bulls Bikes, Canfield Brothers, YT Industries, Mongoose, and many more. Getting into the US market also means needing to be prepared to ramp up production to meet the expected demand, and dealing with a whole other legal and liability framework. Canyon seems to have even had a few hiccups when they expanded Down Under before they had their expanded production up and running, but says that they’ve learned a lot from moving out of Europe, and this knowledge has built a foundation for their expansion to the States.To make the move work Canyon has teamed up with TSG Consumer Partners, a big US private equity firm, that will bring with them the funding to deal with the growth. As a part of the deal TSG is said to become a minority owner in Canyon. That added capital is what allowed Canyon to more than quadruple their production last fall.Canyon has laid out  a rough timeline to have a USA-targeted website up and running at the start of 2017, and is working now to set up a dedicated customer support and tech service center in the US. Bikes destined for the American market will still be built-up in their recently updated Koblenz, Germany headquarter from Taiwanese frames, and then delivered to the US. Just back in October 2015 Canyon opened up the new modernized production facility in Koblenz, with ample reserve capacity, and has seen record outputs ever since.Buyers in the US will be able to expect delivery in 2-6 weeks from online order, with some bikes being shipped from US warehousing and some direct from Germany. Like all of their bikes now, US-delivered Canyons will come almost fully assembled (usually just requiring the stem and handlebar to be rotated and torqued into place), with final assembly easy to do by any home mechanic.Canyon.comlast_img read more

Vermont has largest home sales increase in New England

first_imgAccording to the’ RE/MAX of New England 2014 Housing Forecast, single-family home transactions increased’ 14.6 percent in’ Vermont,’ the largest jump in sales in New England in 2013, while the median price increased 3.7 percent. Condominium transactions rose 15.2 percent with the average median price rising 2.6 percent. Multi-family home transactions were down -3.3 percent while pricing on these units climbed 19.2 percent to $207,768.Vermont’s housing market demonstrated continued signs of recovery during 2013. Single-family homes and condominiums experienced encouraging year-over-year growth in the total number of units sold when compared to 2012. Average median price also showed stabilization, posting important year-over-year increases over 2012 figures.According to NNEREN data, the total number of single-family transactions increased 14.6% year-over-year, the largest increase in this category in New England. Average median price increased 3.7% to $211,262.Condominium transactions increased 15.2% year-over-year and the average median price also rose 2.6% to $182,718. Multi-family homes experienced a slight decline of -3.3% in total transactions year-over-year. The average median price of $207,768 represents a 19.2% increase over 2012. This is the largest multi-family category increase in New England.Limited inventory in Vermont paved the way for price increases in the state with even higher inventory shortages anticipated for 2014.‘Vermont is driven by an anti-development mentality,’ said Chad Jacobson, Sales Associate at RE/MAX North Professionals in Colchester. ‘We have limited housing availability particularly in Chittenden County which represents about 25% of the state’s population. It makes it challenging to keep up with demands on housing.’Chittenden County, which borders Lake Champlain, posted single-family home transactions up 17% and 11% in condominium sales year-over-year. According to Jacobson, ‘The best news is that while we are seeing double-digit increases, the average and median prices are up in the low single digits. This is a critical statistic as it’s a signal to buyers that they can and should buy again.’With the lowest unemployment rate in New England at 4.5% according to U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics, Vermont’s economy is anchored by jobs in both higher education and healthcare.Jacobson says strong consumer confidence coupled with low interest rates allowed entry-level buyers to come into the market in 2013. However, he notes that the government shutdown in October did stall Vermont’s fall business. ‘We literally came to a standstill in the fall because the number of funding mechanisms literally shut down with the government. It wasn’t until the end of 2013 that we experienced a surge of activity as buyer confidence returned.’Jacobson says there are several trends to watch in Vermont during 2014. Low interest rates will continue to entice buyers into the market as long as the trend of low increases in value continue. ‘My biggest concern is the interest rate risk. After a number of years of artificially low interest rates, those who make money lending money will want to make money again.’Move-up buyers also continue to be largely absent from the market again in 2013 and the supply in higher price points is more significant than in other segments. ‘I’m hoping for a continued neutral, balanced market. We have low foreclosures in Vermont as we are more conservative than the rest of the nation.’Concluded Jacobson, ‘People need to buy homes. We have had three good years of economic recovery and housing is, and will continue to be, the best investment anyone can make. I can guarantee that if you buy a home in 2014, your payment will never go up. However, I cannot guarantee that if you rent in 2014, that your landlord won’t raise the rent.’Meanwhile, New England will continue to experience a significant shortage of inventory and consumers should expect to see higher interest rates as we head into the second half of the year.’ New England will continue to experience a significant shortage of inventory and consumers should expect to see higher interest rates as we head into the second half of the year.’ RE/MAX of New England cites low interest rates and rising consumer confidence in propelling the New England housing market into solid recovery throughout 2013. An ebbing supply of inventory coupled with low interest rates and pent-up demand fueled the market and drove-up pricing throughout the region.According to the report, single-family, condominium and multi-family home transactions were strong throughout New England in2013. With the exception of Vermont, which experienced a -3.3% decline in multi-family home sales, each state experienced growth in all three categories of transactions. This is reflective of a larger trend throughout the northeast and nation, where single-family home sales in the region are up 9.9% on average according to MLS data.In Connecticut, where the average median price of a single-family home was $216,105, sales increased 10.1% year-over-year. Condominium sales rose 15.1%, and multi-family homes rose 5.3% according to CTMLS data. In Fairfield County, the news was even more positive. Single-family home sales increased 18.4%; condominium sales rose 30.2% and multi-family homes were up 5.4% over 2012 numbers. The average median price of a single-family home in Fairfield County was $390,955 in 2013.The average median sales price of a single-family home in Massachusetts increased 8.8% from $287,841 to $313,109 in 2013. Home transactions in all three categories all surged ahead. Single-family home sales increased 8.8% and condominium transactions increased 11.9% year-over-year, while multi-family home sales grew 4.2%.At $215,655, the average median sales price of a single-family home in New Hampshire was up 6.9% over 2012 figures. Single-family home transactions increased 10.9% year-over-year, while condominium transactions grew 17.8%. Multi-family home transactions were up 2.9%.Rhode Island experienced significant growth in 2013. Single-family home sales posted solid gains in 2013, up 10.7% year-over-year. Condominium sales increased 32.5%, and multi-family home sales grew 2.1%. Average median price for single-family homes increased 7.4% compared to 2012, reaching $206,870.Single-family home transactions increased 14.6% in Vermont, the largest jump in sales in New England in 2013, while the median price increased 3.7%. Condominium transactions rose 15.2% with the average median price rising 2.6%. Multi-family home transactions were down -3.3% while pricing on these units climbed 19.2% to $207,768.‘The significant improvement in median price we saw in most market segments across the region is the result of reduced inventory,’ said Dan Breault, Executive Vice President and Regional Director of RE/MAX of New England. ‘While interest rates did rise upwards of one point over the summer of 2013, it did not dissuade buyers from moving forward. In fact, it appeared to have the opposite effect of creating competition and driving prices up in key markets.’Strong home sales during 2013, especially in the second half of the year, bode well for the 2014 housing market. ‘The traditionally slower fall and winter months showed very strong activity in key markets across the region,’ continued Dan Breault. ‘This is an excellent bellwether of how we can expect the first quarter of 2014 to shape up.’To read the entire RE/MAX of New England 2014 Housing Forecast, visit’ is external).last_img read more

State rules against anti-nuke group in Vermont Yankee case

first_imgNorthstar Vermont Yankee,by Mike Faher/The Commons(link is external) State regulators have rejected an anti-nuclear group’s last-minute objections to spent fuel plans at Vermont Yankee. The Vermont Public Service Board still is considering Entergy’s plans to build a new storage facility for radioactive spent fuel at the Vernon plant. But in an order issued June 1, the board declined to admit new evidence offered by New England Coalition in the case. The Brattleboro-based coalition had asked the Public Service Board to consider information about the proposed fuel facility’s visibility and its potential to be built underground. The board, however, ruled that the coalition’s motions were too little, too late.Dry casks already constructed at Vermont Yankee. VBM file photo.New England Coalition “appears to be seeking an additional post-hearing opportunity to litigate matters that could and should have been explored through discovery and cross-examination much earlier in this case,” board members wrote.Though Vermont Yankee is no longer producing power, its spent fuel remains on site due to the lack of a federal repository for such material. Some of that fuel is stored in 13 sealed dry casks on a concrete pad, but the majority of that material remains in a cooling pool inside the plant’s reactor building.Entergy has pledged to move all of Vermont Yankee’s spent fuel into dry casks by the end of 2020; eventually, the site will host a total of 58 casks. So the company is seeking Public Service Board permission to construct a second spent fuel pad adjacent to the first.There has been extensive debate about Entergy’s plans to build the 93-by-76-foot pad, given that the structure will hold radioactive material on the banks of the Connecticut River for decades to come.The Public Service Board held an evidentiary hearing in the case on Feb. 23. New England Coalition participated in that hearing, but in the months that followed the activist group also asked the state to consider several new arguments.The coalition argued that underground storage might be safer than the above-ground casks favored by Entergy. The organization also disputed Entergy’s testimony regarding the limited visibility of the planned fuel-storage facility.Those requests were made after the state’s evidentiary hearing, so the coalition was asking the Public Service Board to reopen the record in the fuel pad case to admit more evidence. The board on June 1 said it wouldn’t do so.The board ruled that “all of the evidence that NEC now seeks to present was available to it prior to hearings.” That includes information regarding the visibility of the fuel pad from various vantage points, as well as information about the design of underground fuel-storage casks.The coalition could have used this information in cross-examining witnesses at the Public Service Board’s hearing, or it could have asked for a delay during the hearing to allow more time to prepare its arguments.“NEC elected not to pursue any of these avenues and has not shown any good cause for the board to now allow it to change its tactical decisions,” the Public Service Board wrote. “Moreover, admitting the evidence now would place other parties at a disadvantage because they would not be able to offer further rebuttal or explanation of the material.”The board also declined to consider pictures presented by the coalition, ruling that “it is not clear exactly what the photographs demonstrate.”The New England Coalition additionally had argued that the testimony of two Entergy witnesses was “misleading, inaccurate and less than the whole truth.” But the Public Service Board said the coalition hasn’t shown that Entergy’s testimony “raises sufficient questions as to warrant further investigation.”Originally published in The Commons issue #360 (Wednesday, June 8, 2016). is external)last_img read more

PAI: To boost the state’s economy, flip our thinking

first_imgPublic Assets Institute(link is external) Even before Congressional Republicans passed the tax overhaul this month that promises to widen the worst income gap between rich and poor since before the Great Depression, there was ample evidence that the economy was leaving too many Vermonters behind. Now, as the president prepares to sign the bill, the task for Vermont’s leaders and policymakers grows urgently clear: They must focus on raising the incomes of low- and moderate-income Vermonters, challenging the message from Washington that wages will rise and prosperity will spread as soon as the economy improves.State of Working Vermont 2017, a report released December 27, 2017, by Public Assets Institute in Montpelier, documents the reality confronting average Vermonters: While the economy grows, their paychecks do not.“To get the trend lines moving in the right direction, we need to flip our thinking,” said Paul Cillo, president of Public Assets and one of the report’s authors. “We need to start with the premise that addressing the needs of workers and families is the way to a stronger economy, not than the other way around.”Among the report’s findings:Wages and incomes are growing fastest for those who already are doing well.After accounting for inflation, for most of the last decade the median Vermont household has lived on less than it did in 2006.Poverty is increasing, and it is highest among Vermonters of color.While nearly all Vermonters have health insurance, housing has grown less affordable and child care less accessible.“Income inequality dampens economic growth, reduces upward mobility, and increases poverty,” says Cillo. “But it’s not inevitable. Vermont does not have to follow Washington’s example. We can increase affordable child care, ensure a higher minimum wage, and reduce barriers to education and employment. Addressing the problems documented in this report will improve life for all Vermonters.”Public Assets produces the State of Working Vermont each year in conjunction with the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. This report highlights how working Vermonters and their families were faring economically at the end of 2016—the latest year for which most data are available—and how conditions have changed, for better or worse, in recent years. It is based on data released by the U.S. Census, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and other state and federal agencies in 2017.State of Working Vermont 2017 is published in readable chart book format with brief explanatory text. The report can be viewed or downloaded at is external).Public Assets Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization in Montpelier that promotes sound state budget and tax policies that benefit all Vermonters. More information at is external)last_img read more

Miami-Dade Courthouse Library faces funding crisis

first_imgJan Pudlow Senior Editor “What kind of courthouse doesn’t have a law library?”That’s what 11th Circuit Judge Gill Freeman asks in the wake of bad news that the Miami-Dade County Courthouse Law Library is on the budget chopping block because of cutbacks due to new property tax legislation.As chair of the library’s board of trustees, Freeman is helping get out the word: “This library really does need to be saved.”In the works are fundraising efforts in the legal community, asking for grants and possible federal money if they did some education, appealing to county commissioners, and exploring why the Miami-Dade clerk only collects about 25 percent of fines, half of neighboring Broward County, Freeman said.“We need to alert the legal community about this crisis. I don’t think the legal community has any idea the law library will be forced to close its doors,” said Miami lawyer Lyle Shapiro, who is heading up short-term fundraising efforts and setting up an account.Why is a law library in a courthouse so important?“Notwithstanding the fact that there have been unbelievable advances in technology, when you are a trial lawyer and in court and running around all over the place, you need that resource. You need to be able to run up the stairs to pull the case you may not have thought about pulling. Trials can take twists and turns, and a lot you can’t predict,” Shapiro said.“Further, the law library staff is very resourceful. At a moment’s notice, they can pull cases, look to see what type of treatises or other types of horn books may answer a question you have.”And that’s just from an attorney’s perspective. The law library also serves the public and pro se litigants that numbered about 700 a month in 2005, the last time those numbers were tracked, Freeman said.Johanna Porpiglia, director of the law library, said the news is a devastating déjà vu. It’s like here we go again — only worse.Three years ago, because of the Revision 7, Article V court funding shift from the counties to the state, Porpiglia lost half her staff from 14 to seven, when funding was cut by 75 percent.“We were left with a minimal staff and a minimal collection,” Porpiglia said. “We have managed to stay open with remaining staff. Luckily our staff members have more than 25 years experience and have taken on additional responsibilities. They work very hard and are very dedicated. To dedicate ourselves to the law library and have this happen at this late date is really devastating.”Last year, the county came through with $330,000 to help subsidize the law library for the fiscal year that ends September 30.“That is a third of our funding. With that money, we were really just managing to keep our heads above water,” Porpiglia said.“Under the proposed budget, they are going to pull county funding from us. I don’t know if we would even be able to keep our doors open.”Located on the third floor of the Dade County Courthouse on Flagler Street, the law library served 27,344 people from October 1 through June 30, Porpiglia said.Shapiro noted there used to be a law library in the criminal court building across I-95 — until the Article V, Revision 7 shift wiped out its funding. When he’s asked attorneys who practice criminal law what happened, they’ve told him they had no idea. They walked into the courthouse one day and it was gone.“We don’t want that to happen to this law library,” Shapiro said. “Not on our watch.” For more information on how to help, call Lyle Shapiro at 305-373-4030. Miami-Dade Courthouse Library faces funding crisis August 1, 2007 Regular Newscenter_img Miami-Dade Courthouse Library faces funding crisislast_img read more

Obituary: Kenneth Ian Thom Nov. 19, 1936 – July 27, 2019

first_imgAfter retiring from Los Alamos National Laboratory he hung up his brushes and moved back to Albuquerque to enjoy retirement. Always passionate about his flowers and gardening, Ken had a great eye for design and spent most of his time in his garden during the growing season. He graduated from Albuquerque High School in 1955, and attended the University of New Mexico for several years. Ken served his country in the NM Air National Guard from 1959-1965, and worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1969 until 1994. Ken was an almost lifelong resident of New Mexico, moving here as a young child with his family. Ken is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Anne Thom, his beloved daughter Holly, husband Aaron Laing and granddaughters Taylor and Morgan Laing, from Grand Junction, Colorado, stepsons Paul Aragon of Rio Rancho, Mark Aragon of Fort Worth, TX, Sister-in-Law Joyce Thom, Sister Jane and many nieces and nephews. Ken Thom passed away peacefully at home Saturday, July 27, 2019 after suffering a fall. The family will be hosting a Celebration of Life ceremony at the family residence at 11 a.m., Friday, August 9. For more information on the ceremony, please email [email protected] The family asks that in lieu of flowers please send donations in Ken’s name to the Albuquerque Rose Society. Ken was a well-known water color artist while living in Santa Fe in the 1980’s and 90’s. He served as President of the Santa Fe Society of Artists from 1986-87, and could often be found at small outdoor art shows around SF selling his meticulously styled southwestern watercolors. KENNETH IAN THOM Nov. 19, 1936 – July 27, 2019 He was preceded in death by his brother Robert in 2017.last_img read more