The Women in Agriculture Conference March 23-24 is geared to particular needs, problems and successes of women on the farm.The program will be at Callaway Gardens at Pine Mountain, Ga. Speakers will address everything from legislative and water issues, to coping with change and public relations.An $89 fee covers the classes, dinner Friday night, breakfast and Lunch Saturday and two breaks. To learn more, call the Georgia Healthy Farmers Program at 1-800-367-9083 or (770) 538-2747.
DPC seeks comments on petition to limit medical malpractice fees The Bar’s Disciplinary Procedure Committee is seeking comments concerning the petition of 50 members to amend Rule 4-1.5(f)(4)(B) to conform the Rules of Professional Conduct to the provisions set forth in Amendment 3, which limits contingency fees in medical malpractice cases to 30 percent of the first $250,000 awarded, not including costs, and to 10 percent above that.The DPC will consider any comments when it discusses the petition by conference call on May 26 in order to formulate a recommendation for the Board of Governors, which may take up the issue at its June 3 meeting in Palm Beach.Tallahassee attorney Stephen Grimes initiated the action using a Bar rule that allow any 50 members in good standing to petition the Supreme Court for rules amendments, provided the amendments proposed are filed with the Bar at least 90 days before the petition is filed with the court and are published in the News at least 30 days before the petition in filed. Grimes plans to file an amendment petition with the Supreme Court on June 29. (See story on page 1 of the April 30 News. )Those interested in filing comments with the DPC may do so in care of Tony Boggs, The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson St., Tallahassee 32399-2300. Comments also may be faxed to Boggs at (850) 561-5665 or sent via e-mail to email@example.com. Comments must be received by the end of business May 19. May 15, 2005 Regular News DPC seeks comments on petition to limit medical malpractice fees
This home at 49 Armytage St, Lota is for sale now with formal offers to purchase due by 4pm on May 17.MICHAEL Suto and his partner used to walk their puppy along the Esplanade and look up at the lights from 49 Armytage St, Lota with keen interest.The house was two years old at the time and Mr Suto was already living in the area.“I had a house and I put my house on the market and sort of put a contract on this house subject to selling my house,” Mr Suto said.“I took a steal on my house to move into this one.” COMPARE THIS PROPERTY TO OTHERS IN LOTA Brisbane is Australia’s new luxury market growth capital MORE REAL ESTATE STORIES That was 10 years ago and the property had three bedrooms and two bathrooms.“We put in a split level,” Mr Suto said of the renovations he and his brother finished three years ago.“We’ve added a kitchen and two bedrooms and an office and media room.” The infinity pool with views across Moreton Bay. Picture: supplied.This split level also includes two bedrooms to the rear of the house.Upstairs leads to a master bedroom with private balcony above the pool, a study area and large ensuite. Mum puts home, land, cash, business up for $55 raffle The master bedroom and private balcony. Picture: supplied.Separate stairs lead to a self-contained arrangement with two bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchenette and living area all with external access. “We’ve also redone all the timber and floors and revamped the whole house,” he said.Mr Suto is a stonemason by trade but also a property developer and now has his sights set on a small boutique hotel in Laguna Beach, California.“I’ve got a Green Card to live in the US now, and I’m going to miss the village and the house but we’ve got to do it.“If you look at what we spent on it, we haven’t made money on it.”Ray White Brisbane CBD agent Julian Gardner said 15 groups had inspected the property during the four week campaign.He said high end properties on the bayside sometimes take over 100 days to sell and if an acceptable offer was not received, the owner would continue with a private treaty sale. The main kitchen at 49 Armytage St, Lota. Picture: supplied.The extra space has been handy for hosting family and friends from overseas.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoThe main living area and courtyard. Picture: supplied.An infinity pool overlooking Moreton Bay competes with the open-plan living area for attention on first entering the house. >>>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<<<
Share Tweet Weather Outlook for Dominica and the Lesser Antilles, Issued: 12:00 PM on Wednesday, September 7, 2011The approach of a tropical wave presently located just east of the Lesser Antilles is forecasted to bring an increase in cloudiness with showers and possible isolated thunderstorms across the area today into Thursday. However, most of the showers are expected to concentrate over the northern half of the chain. Upper level winds are not favorable for significant development and there is a low chance (10%) of this system becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours. A new tropical storm has formed in the far Eastern Atlantic. Tropical depression fourteen has intensified and is now Tropical Storm Maria, the 13th named storm of the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season. At 11am, the center of Tropical Storm Maria was located near latitude 13.0 north..longitude 40.0 west or about 1305 miles east of the Lesser Antilles. Maria is moving toward the west near 23 mph and this general motion is expected to continue during the next two days. On this track. forecast models are indicating that the center of Tropical Storm Maria is expected to pass just north of the island chain by late Friday into Saturday. Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph with higher gusts. Some slight strengthening is possible during the next 48 hours. Forecast for This afternoon and Tonight: Partly cloudy to cloudy with some showers and possible isolated thunderstorms.We will continue to monitor the progress of this system and keep you updated.Dominica Meterological Service Sharing is caring! Share Share 8 Views no discussions LocalNews Weather advisory: A tropical wave is affecting the area by: – September 7, 2011
St. Leon, IN—The East Central FFA Chapter had 23 members that competed in the Indiana 4-H/FFA State Horticulture Career Development Event on Saturday, September 21st at Purdue University. There were a total of 52 teams that participated in the event.Teams had to use their knowledge to identify ornamentals, indoor plants, fruits, and vegetables. They also had to complete a general knowledge exam and a plant grading exercise. East Central’s top team placed 3rd. The team consisted of Heath Doll, Maria Hartman, Amelia Hartman, and Travis Foote.East Central’s second team placed 7th this team consisted of Rachel Kraus, Adrien King, Alex Newport, and Madison McAdams. Other members who participated in the senior division included Julia Bulach, Lydia Kidd, Bradley Kolb, Justin Harper, Emma Reatherford, Evan Kuhn, Lewis Darringer, Daphne Burns, Nick Steele, and Andrew Rennekamp.Our top individual in the senior division was Heath Doll, placing 4th out of 140 contestants.We also had 1 middle school team placing 7th, consisting of Isaac Hartman, Lloyd Darringer, Lucas Smith, and Gavin Klingman. Autumn Martin also competed as an individual in the junior division. Congratulations to all the members that competed!
The Florida Department of Health has confirmed a case of meningitis at Palm Beach State College’s Lake Worth Beach campus.The Florida DOH sent a letter to Palm Beach State College students and staff about a confirmed case of bacterial meningitis.Officials say the public is not in danger of contracting this highly contagious infection, but warn that Meningitis can be a serious and sometimes fatal.Meningitis is defined as an inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord, and may present with symptoms such as headache, fever, mental confusion and can lead to serious complications.The Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County said they worked with Palm Beach State College officials and identified all close contacts of the infected person, and antibiotics were provided as a preventative measure.The college first informed students and staff of the case on Tuesday and “restricted access to all known areas of the campus which the individual may have been in contact.”“There is no recommendation at this time for any student, staff or faculty member to be provided antibiotics as a post exposure protective measure since there were no contacts identified as at risk from this confirmed case,” the Department of Health said in a written statement.
Students and faculty on both USC campuses will practice their “drop, cover and hold on” techniques Thursday during the third annual Great California ShakeOut.The ShakeOut is a statewide earthquake drill intended to inform the public about what to do and how to prepare in the event of an earthquake.USC is one of 157 colleges and universities currently registered to participate in the event, which will take place at 10:21 a.m. Thursday.Steve Goldfarb, a fire safety and emergency planning specialist, said it is extremely important for USC to take part in this drill.“If people know what to do and how to react in the event of an earthquake, it will prevent injuries,” Goldfarb said.USC has participated in this event for the last two years, and it has been very successful, he said.This year, for the first time, USC has recruited more than 200 people to facilitate the drill on campus. Called ShakeOut drill ambassadors, these faculty members have been given the training and instructions to lead the drill in their particular areas of campus.In addition to the drop-and-cover drill, training exercises will be held by various emergency response teams on campus. These teams will review emergency plans that are already in place and practice setting up Department Operations Centers and command posts. They will also test the communication abilities between the University Park Campus and Health Sciences Campus.The Department of Public Safety, USC Facilities Management Services, USC Auxiliary Services and others will come together to help with the event.Statewide, more than 7 million people have signed up for the ShakeOut, which is sponsored by the Earthquake Country Alliance.Last year, 6.9 million Californians participated, Goldfarb said. With the catastrophic earthquakes in both Haiti and Chile this year, interest has peaked even further.Goldfarb said he believes recent research indicating that an earthquake along the San Andreas Fault will occur sooner and be larger than previously thought is also increasing public interest.This report, released in August by researchers at UC Irvine and Arizona State, has had many people talking about the possibility of the “big one.”In addition, a 2008 study cited by ShakeOut organizers indicates that there is a 99.7 percent chance of a large earthquake occuring in California within the next 30 years.Though the drill is not mandatory, Goldfarb said he strongly encourages just a few minutes of participation from students and staff in classes, offices and residence halls across campus.Isha Awasthi, a junior majoring in business administration, said she believes the drill will be helpful for both students and emergency responders.“I think it’s important just so people have continued awareness,” Awasthi said. “If we don’t do the drill, people might forget.”Goldfarb said students wishing to learn more about the event can visit the USC Safety and Emergency Preparedness page on Facebook.
Dekker has provided a spark for the Badgers off the bench, averaging 9.6 points per game.[/media-credit]The moment Sam Dekker walks into the Nicholas Johnson Practice Pavilion’s court, a member of the UW Athletics Communication department asks how long The Badger Herald’s photo shoot will take.It only took five seconds to understand the reason for his inquiry.It was two weeks ago on Sunday and the gym was inhabited by about 20 kids of various ages, preparing and practicing their halftime routine for the men’s basketball game against Nebraska that Tuesday.Suddenly, the group and some of their parents flocked to the spot where we had our photographer snapping away pictures of a posing Dekker, pulling out whatever devices they had on them to capture an image of the freshman, ogling and staring in the process.Yes, Dekker has arrived onto the scene. But, you already knew that. And guess what? So does he.He’s heard the cheers when he checks in, he’s heard the explosions in the Kohl Center when he knocks down one of his timely threes and he’s definitely heard the love on campus for his performance on the court.So, how did we get here, where a freshman is the center of attention on a Bo Ryan team?The Prep HeroFirst, let’s go back to this time last year when Dekker was leading his team at the Kohl Center not as a Badger, but as a Crusader: a high school senior for the Sheboygan Lutheran High School basketball team.When the opening tip went up for the start of the Division 5 Semifinal game pitting Dekker’s team against McDonell Central, there was a noticeable buzz in the building. And why not? Dekker had been the state’s most fascinating in-state commit to Wisconsin in several years.After bursting onto the scene as a sophomore and averaging over 20 points, Dekker began to make his name on the AAU circuit. It was enough for Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan to secure Dekker’s commitment early, offering a scholarship at the Badgers’ varsity team camp way back in June 2010 once again, just after Dekker’s sophomore season.Following the verbal commitment to Wisconsin, the crescendo of Dekker’s prep career continued. His senior year he noticed the mail and phone calls were increasing and that his following on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter were growing as well. And that was before Dekker’s signature moment in the state tournament.“I didn’t really know the extent of [the popularity] until around state time,” Dekker said. “Gyms were packed.”This was surprising to the youngster, considering Dekker’s team was playing in the lowest division in Wisconsin high school basketball. Yet the Kohl Center was filled to get a glimpse of the future Badger. And, after the weekend, the fans who showed up weren’t disappointed with what they had paid to see.Besides showing off his talents on the largest stage of his career with a variety of moves that left many shaking their heads in disbelief, the two games Dekker played at state may have been the single greatest individual effort of any player in the history of the tournament.After scoring 35 points on Thursday in the semifinal, Dekker enjoyed a whirlwind weekend. Named Wisconsin’s Mr. Basketball the following day, Dekker proceeded to score 40 points and the game-winning buzzer beater to win his team the state championship that Saturday against rival Racine Lutheran.Soon after, the buzzer beater ended up as the No. 1 play on SportsCenter and “The Best of the Best” on the program, sealing Dekker as a prep legend and a fan favorite on the Badgers before he even played a minute of his collegiate career.“After the state championship, it really blew up. People started just barraging me with stuff,” Dekker said.And that popularity has taken off since. One of the most recognizable faces on campus, the young man is getting his fair share of attention at present day. Recently named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for the second time this season and a leading contender for the conference’s Sixth Man of the Year Award, Dekker says he loves that Badgers have such friendly fans.“You’ll walk by random people and they’ll say hey ‘good game the other day’ or ‘good luck Sunday,’” Dekker said. “You can’t be more thankful for people like that. It’s been awesome, you can’t get annoyed by it because they want to be there for you. They want to support you.”Struttin’ SamOne thing that makes Dekker so much fun to watch is his personality on the court.The youngest sibling in a self-described “happy-go-lucky, fun-loving” family, Dekker’s grin and high energy level of play provide a spark every time he checks in. After hitting a three, he’ll hold his follow through just like he did after hitting the game-winner in the state championship game. Maybe he’ll hold out three fingers on his follow-through hand to let everybody know the value of the bucket he just made. Or there’s always the chance he’ll turn around and pump up the crowd, much to the Kohl Center’s delight.That’s one thing the freshman knows how to do. Like Russell Crowe learns in “Gladiator,” the favorite in the arena is the one who can win the crowd. And Dekker’s fearless, fun personality has already won him the admiration of his home crowd. Confident, unrelenting and not the least bit intimidated, his dad – coincidentally his high school coach – helped shape his fearless play, but he credits his mom for giving him that signature strut on the court.And, surprisingly, she wasn’t an athlete.“She always talked to my brother about it,” Dekker said about the walk. “Especially because he always slouched a little bit. She would always tell him to stand straight up and I would always take that seriously.“People would say it’s more of a proud walk, but it’s more of an ‘I Know I Belong’ walk. That’s just my body language, I’m never going to get down on myself no matter how the game goes, I’m just doing what I do out there.”And don’t mistake that confidence for cockiness. Off the court, Dekker is as humble and level-headed as it gets.“He’s the same Sam Dekker from the first day I met him,” Zak Showalter, Dekker’s teammate, roommate and a freshman guard, said. “The success doesn’t get to him. He’s a goofy kid, he doesn’t change at all, that’s why I like him. We spend 22 hours a day together and we’re still not sick of each other.”In fact, Dekker’s thinks his unique attitude on the court is his greatest strength.“Like I said, I’m always going to be me,” Dekker said. “I’m never going to get too up or down, and that’s going to help me as a player and as a teammate. My teammates can feed off of that stuff too. I think that’s something I’ve always had in my life and I think that really translates into my game and makes me a better player.”“Sam, what were you thinking”?Dekker’s offensive production has been admirable this season for the Badgers – the statistical figures speak for themselves. Dekker tied his career-high at Wisconsin this past Tuesday by scoring 19 points against Nebraska. He ranks fourth in the conference with a three-point percentage of 44 and his 9.6 points per game is the best of all Big Ten sixth man candidates.The freshman is also one of just four to ever start in his first year for Bo Ryan, with the others being Josh Gasser, Alando Tucker and Devin Harris. And, like the latter two mentioned, Dekker offers the same offensive spark when he plays as the former Badger greats did in their freshman season.But, there’s a reason why his name hasn’t been a mainstay in the starting five. Defensively, Dekker has lagged behind what is expected of a player who earns a starting job. Mainly, to perform with the defensive consistency that Ryan demands from his player, sometimes prompting the coach to ask, “Sam, what were you thinking”? when watching film of the freshman’s struggles after games.“The team knows I can score,” Dekker said. “The team knows I can contribute offensively in many ways but they don’t know yet how good I could be defensively and I don’t even know that about myself. I have to get to that point where they trust in me and I trust in myself to be able to stop someone and match up against another good player.”That’s been a tough obstacle for Dekker, a player who never sat the bench in his life until this year. He admits there was frustration and a learning curve when it came to understanding Ryan’s expectations for what his role on the team was going to be.“At first, I didn’t understand everything, but now [Ryan’s] really matured me and helped me realize what my purpose is for this team and what he expects from me,” he said. “I don’t see it as me coming off the bench, I just see myself as another weapon we have and I think coach really likes that.“I think he really enjoys having someone like that he can turn to and I’m going to take that role and run with it. I’ve learned a ton from it and I enjoy it now, I really do. I’m comfortable right now.”Dekker also understands the reason why his head coach thinks he’s not yet up-to-par on the defensive end. He’s watched the film clips with the team after the games and seen the mistakes himself, struggling to understand what he was thinking during the situations.It’s the reason why he’s watching film of his teammates like senior forward Mike Bruesewitz and other players who are considered the best defenders in the conference. Whether it’s with his roommate in their dorm room or elsewhere, Dekker hopes that learning to be more instinctual in anticipating his man’s moves and first step.But there are still moments like when the team played at Northwestern, where he went under a screen and allowed his man to cut backdoor, leading to a three-point basket, that still lead people to hound the young man with questions about his defense.“It might have been the quickest substitution in the history of basketball,” Ryan said of pulling Dekker. “But it was just to tell him look, this is what you have to do. After he got back in he was fine. We have a rule if you get beat backdoor you’re out.”He might not be perfect, but he’s come a long way. Lately, Dekker has done a better job using his length to give him more of a space to react on initial closeouts and of cutting down his mental mistakes.That’s why, after being asked what he considered his biggest weakness, he paused only briefly and quickly responded, “Consistency on the defensive end.”“I do know it’s a weakness but I do feel like I’m much better, that’s why I said consistency,” Dekker said. “I’ll have a string of five possessions where I play really good and then I’ll have one mishap and it’ll cost my team a bucket. That’s why I’m putting consistency in there, because I don’t think I’m good yet but I’m getting better. If I can smooth that out and get more consistent I’ll be much better.”So….what’s next?Dekker has Wisconsin fans thinking big. Logging historic numbers as a freshman are enough to show what this kid’s future can hold for the Badgers. It’s been a long time since there was a player that brought what Dekker does to the table offensively.“There’s nothing he really can’t do, especially on offense,” Showalter said. “His offensive game is ridiculous. And his defense is getting a lot better because of his length. Against Nebraska he had a steal just from his length. His defense is coming around.”If that truly is the case, that’s a scary fact for the rest of college basketball. And Dekker’s star probably won’t be dimming any time in the near future. With a hunger and a desire for excellence, it has become apparent Dekker has the opportunity to be something truly special during his playing career at Wisconsin.“I feel like I’ve grown up so much since I’ve been here on campus,” Dekker explained. “As a freshman it’s tough because this is your first go-around with everything and you don’t know how exactly everything works. A lot of things take you by surprise and a lot of things hit you head on, but you have to take the highs and the lows and balance them out.“I don’t think I’m good yet, but I’m getting better.”
IOWA CITY, Iowa — For the first time in 26 months, the Wisconsin football team won a game that was decided by less than seven points and it was the play of the quarterback – or quarterbacks – that got the job done for the Badgers.Both redshirt juniors Joel Stave and Tanner McEvoy were crucial, and played arguably their best games of the season, in No. 16 Wisconsin’s 26-24 defeat of the Iowa Hawkeyes Saturday that now sets up a winner-take-all game against Minnesota next weekend for the Big Ten West title.Stave made the biggest play of the game Saturday for UW, and in an unexpected turn of events, it came on the ground.With 2:05 left on the clock in the fourth quarter and Iowa down just 26-24, the Badgers faced a 3rd-and-8 from their own 38 yard line. The Hawkeyes had one timeout remaining and a stop on third down would have given them the ball back with one last chance to try to comeback and defeat UW.However, Stave dropped back to pass but with good coverage down field, he decided to keep it after seeing the Iowa linebacker go with Melvin Gordon, leaving the field open as he scampered for a 12-yard run and a first down that sealed the game for UW. It was Stave’s only run of the game and the 12-yard run was a season-high for the redshirt junior who now has just eight rushes for negative 16 yards this season.“I think I’m maybe a better athlete than I get credit for,” Stave said. “I’ve just got to [run] when I can and that was a really big situation to basically take it down and run.”But as expected, it was McEvoy who led the two quarterbacks in rushing Saturday as he has been all season. McEvoy was effective on the ground rushing six times for 62 yards with a 45-yard touchdown run in the second quarter that put Wisconsin up 9-3.The touchdown came on a read option with Gordon but McEvoy kept it, fooling the Hawkeye defense and the majority of the 68,610 in attendance at Kinnick Stadium, as McEvoy ran untouched down the field for UW’s first touchdown of the game.“It’s starting to become a pattern where the defense goes for Melvin and I’m kind of untouched up the middle,” McEvoy said. “It’s great to have Melvin as kind of a decoy, but it was great, well-blocked and it was kind of just an untouched touchdown.”While McEvoy was effective on the ground, Stave had one of his most efficient games at quarterback of the season. While he only threw for 139 yards, Stave finished the game 11-for-14 with no interceptions.But perhaps the most important part of Stave’s performance Saturday was that he was 4-for-5 for 67 yards on third down.Other than his 12-yard run for a first down at the end of the game, his most crucial third down conversion came earlier in the fourth quarter. After an Iowa touchdown pulled the Hawkeyes within two at 19-17, Stave avoided a blitz from the Hawkeye defense and completed a pivotal 3rd-and-13 pass to Gordon who slipped out of the backfield and took the pass 35 yards down to the Iowa 33 yard line. Two plays later, Gordon scored on a 23-yard touchdown run in what would turn out to be the game-winning score for the Badgers.“That was something we worked on throughout the week in practice,” Stave said of the third down completion to Gordon. “We saw [Iowa] do [the blitz] on film a number of times and we just knew that if we saw it again we’d be ready for it.”Prior to the two third down conversions in the fourth quarter, both Stave and McEvoy converted on third downs in an important drive back in the second quarter that ended in another Wisconsin touchdown. First, McEvoy ran left for six yards to pick up a 3rd-and-5 before Stave hit tight end redshirt freshman Troy Fumagalli for 12 yards to convert on a 3rd-and-8.A few plays later Stave found his other tight end, senior Sam Arneson, for 13 yards to move the chains on 3rd-and-11 that put Wisconsin down to the Iowa 13 yard line. Gordon found the end zone for his first touchdown of the game just two plays later and the Badgers took a 16-3 lead.While Stave certainly did not put up flashy numbers yard-wise Saturday, he has now thrown only one interception in his last six games while finding a way to get it done on third down which is something that could pay dividends next week in the biggest game of the season for the Badgers.“I think that’s huge for us,” Stave said of converting on third down. “That’s something we talk about every Saturday morning. Go over our third down calls, looks that we like, pressures that we have to expect because if we’re converting third downs, we’re a very tough team to stop.”
Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindigall, a Miami-Dade County Public Schools board member, applauds during a session of the Miami-Dade School Board. A March for Black Women has been planned for Miami on September 30. The march organized by female activists in Miami is to bring awareness to issues affecting minority women.According to the Miami Herald, the march is to coincide with the March for Racial Justice this also planned for September 30 in Washington DC.The Miami March is to begin in front of the former women ’s detention center at 1401 NW Seventh Ave., in Overtown, Miami-Dade County, It’s scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m.Focus on several issues affecting black women The organizers held a news conference last week in Miami, in which they emphasized the purpose of the march is to draw attention to the social issues affecting black women whose voices are not being heard. The organizers said the prevailing issues to which attention is being brawn to by the planned march include lack of access to sexual and reproductive healthcare, inequality in wages and low wages for women, lack of affordable housing and proper representation in the justice system, and the high rate of incarceration for black men and women.One of the organizers, Valencia Gunder of Liberty City from the activist group New Florida Majority said for too long balck women have been left out of the conversation related to these issues and that cannot be allowed any longer. She said it s necessary to remobe the perception that if someone is a woman, poor and bkack that person has three strikes against them. She said, poor, black women are “also voters and pay taxes.”Miami-Dade Public School board member to join marchAt the press conference Miami-Dade County Public Schools board member, Dorothy Bendross-Mindigall said she plans to join the march on behalf of all women, especially black women and girls. The school board member said she has been to too many funerals of kids whose skin color and zip codes prevent them from living in a safe have,Other organizations that are involved in the planning f the march include the Florida Immigrant Coalition and the Power U Center for Social Change, a group led by teenagers.