Nominations sought for Hoeveler judicial and professionalism awards

first_imgNominations sought for Hoeveler judicial and professionalism awards The Florida Bar’s Standing Committee on Professionalism is now accepting nominations for its William M. Hoeveler Judicial Award and its Professionalism Award for bar association, judicial organization, or law school projects.The Hoeveler award is for “a judge who best exemplifies strength of character, service, and competence as a jurist, lawyer, and public servant. Nominees should be judges who have communicated their pledge to the ideals of justice and diligence in inspiring others to the mission of professionalism,” according to the committee.The nomination form is available on the Bar’s Web site at www.floridabar.org. On the left hand menu, select Professional Practice, and then choose Judicial Award. That page has a link to the nomination form.Past winners include Hoeveler, former Supreme Court Justice Major B. Harding, federal District Judge Terrell Hodges, Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Pariente, and 12th Circuit Judge Durand Adams.The Professionalism Award is for a “bar association, judicial organization, or law school projects aimed at enhancing professionalism among lawyers.”Federal, state, and local bar association, judicial organizations, and law school organizations or associations are eligible. Entrees are judged on their quality, how easy they are to duplicate by another association, the number of lawyers participating or affected, the likelihood it will continue, and its success, among other factors.Entrants must submit a project information form, which can be found on www.floridabar.org. Click on “Professional Practice” on the left hand column and then choose the Professionalism Award, which has a link to the form.Forms for both the Hoeveler and Professionalism awards must be received by the Bar no later than December 1. They can be mailed to The Henry Latimer Center for Professionalism, The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson St., Tallahassee 32399-2300.Nominations for the Hoeveler award can also be e-mailed to [email protected] will receive their awards at the Bar’s Annual Meeting next June. Nominations sought for Hoeveler judicial and professionalism awardscenter_img September 1, 2005 Regular Newslast_img read more

Forward looking 888 adjusts to stricter UK regulatory environment

first_img 888 secures Swedish expansion December 21, 2018 Share FTSE250 online gambling group 888 Holdings has posted its 2018 interim results (period ending 30 June) reporting a sharp decline in its UK revenue performance.888 which is adjusting to all-around tougher European regulatory conditions, maintains group revenues of $273 million (H1 2017: $270 million), sustaining revenue performance across its B2C and B2B verticals.However, the FTSE enterprise reports an 18% revenue decline across its UK assets to $86 million, stating that it has had to align its practices with a ‘stricter UK regulatory environment’.Publishing its interim results, 888 governance said that in the UK it was in the process of “tightening anti-money laundering processes and increasing customer due diligence and protection,” calling it actions “not only the right thing to do but also to position the group for long-term development.”Despite a number of UK adjustments,888 closes its H1 2018 trading performance, recording a group EBITDA of $70 million, with perood operating profits of $60 million, reversing corresponding 2017’s $17 million losses.Updating investors, Itai Frieberger, Group CEO of 888 Holdings, commented on corporate performance: “888 has continued to focus on enhancing compliance and customer protection, delivering growth in regulated markets and exciting product innovation.“We have maintained strong momentum in Casino and Sport particularly in continental European markets. In the UK, we are pleased to report that since the period end we have started to see positive trends in revenue. This follows the proactive and prudent customer protection measures that we have implemented over the last 18 months which have adversely impacted revenue.“The repeal of PASPA [in the US] in May was a very exciting development for 888 given our unique experience and established partnerships in the US market. We have continued to invest in our US operations for long-term growth including extending our inter-state Poker network across all three currently regulated states, significantly enhancing our Casino product and, most recently, launching Sports betting in New Jersey,” 888 confirms CEO change as Pazner replaces Frieberger as corporate leader January 24, 2019 StumbleUpon Share Submit Tech focused 888 confident of delivering on 2018 expectations December 19, 2018 Related Articleslast_img read more

James Wiseman scouting report: Will he be No. 1 pick at 2020 NBA Draft after leaving Memphis?

first_imgPlayerOffensive RPMDefensive RPMRPMRudy Gobert0.294.354.64Jusuf Nurkic0.813.354.16Brook Lopez0.533.544.07Marc Gasol0.392.983.37For now, Wiseman sits behind the best offensive creators in the class on my draft board. The upside of the ball-dominant guards like Cole Anthony, Anthony Edwards, LaMelo Ball and Tyrese Maxey is more valuable than the archetype Wiseman represents, even if he’s a safer bet. Perhaps the offense comes along quicker than expected with NBA coaching. He’s only 18 after all.Unfortunately for Wiseman (and college basketball fans everywhere), he won’t have the chance to quiet the criticism at the collegiate level. After just 69 minutes of action to start the season, Wiseman formally withdrew from Memphis following an NCAA suspension that would have kept him sidelined for 12 games.”This was not how I expected my freshman season to be, but I’m thankful for everyone who has supported my family and me throughout this process,” Wiseman said in a Dec. 19 Instagram post. “I want to thank the coaches and staff for all their support and my teammates for pushing me everyday at practice. I feel blessed for the opportunity to be a Tiger and for having the honor to play with these special group of guys.”I can’t wait to see what all they accomplish this season. The friends and fans of Tiger Nation will always hold a place in my heart.”NBA MOCK DRAFT 2020: Where does does Wiseman land?Since talent evaluators won’t see Wiseman play again, it feels like a good time to recap what we’ve seen from him so far from an NBA perspective with an eye on where he might end up come June. Wiseman’s profile starts with the enormity of his frame. At the Tigers’ Pro Day earlier this year, he measured in with a nearly 7-5 wingspan and a 9-6 standing reach. Those numbers flag Wiseman as one of the longest prospects in recent memory, placing him somewhere in the middle of Myles Turner and Rudy Gobert. Defensively, his length alone means the 18-year-old is capable of patrolling the interior like few other collegians. Here, for example, he blocks a shot near the top of the backboard square against Illinois Chicago:   Opponents made just 32.8 percent of their two-pointers with him on the floor this season, per Hoop Lens. Individually, Wiseman averaged 5.2 blocks per 40 minutes with a 15.0 percent block rate. Freshmen don’t tend to sustain those numbers over an entire season — that’s why he could be a special defensive prospect. These block numbers are important because they help emphasize Wiseman’s floor. Had he continued his career at Memphis, he likely would have hit benchmarks suggestive of a successful NBA career.Let’s say Wiseman registered a more reasonable block rate just above 10.0 percent while continuing to post a 20.0 percent defensive rebound rate over a full season. Only 15 freshmen 6-10 or taller have hit those numbers since 2008. That group includes the likes of Anthony Davis, Joel Embiid, Karl-Anthony Towns and the aforementioned Turner plus Nerlens Noel, Larry Sanders and Hassan Whiteside. Wiseman is still obviously an imperfect defender. He’s young and jumpy. He likes to chase blocks, looking to put a ball into the crowd for the highlight play. It can result in him looking quite silly on pump fakes:   He’s also not there yet as a perimeter defender. It’s not clear he’ll ever be a big who can consistently switch onto smaller guards.Wiseman struggles to flip his hips to match the movements of opposing guards. He’s able to make up for it against lesser athletes with his length by recovering to challenge the shot from behind. It’s less likely he’ll be able to do so in the pros:   Given the success several NBA teams are having employing drop coverages, Wiseman’s inability to be a fully switchable big on the perimeter probably deserves to be more of a side note than an outright concern. He looked reasonable in coverages that didn’t require him to switch, and his reputation for taking plays off in high school didn’t seem to travel to college.For now, his rim protection and rebounding mean his overall defensive potential includes some elite outcomes.  However, in order to be a franchise center and one of the best bigs in the league — a fair hope for a team selecting him in the top three — Wiseman will need to be more than a defensive stalwart. Using ESPN’s Real Plus-Minus from last season, it’s easy to see the most impactful centers in the NBA usually contribute on both sides of the ball:PlayerOffensive RPMDefensive RPMRPMNikola Jokic3.892.596.48Joel Embiid2.683.726.40Anthony Davis2.543.205.74Nikola Vucevic1.903.595.49This is where it becomes more difficult to justify Wiseman as a top selection. He certainly isn’t close to possessing the passing acumen of Jokic. He finished with one assist in three games at Memphis. During his final year of Nike EYBL play, he logged 14 in 21 games. He’s also missing the dominant post game of Embiid, and not for lack of opportunity. Plenty of Memphis’ offensive possessions involved Wiseman on the block with his hand raised. When he gets the ball, there aren’t many signs of an advanced post game like those Embiid flashed at Kansas. Remember the Dream Shake?Assuming he’s willing to embrace a lesser role, Wiseman can still be a positive influence on offense in large part thanks to his rim running. He runs the floor well in transition and understands there are lanes to be filled that can result in easy dunks:   In the half court, Wiseman’s best offense comes out of ball screens. He can occasionally get lackadaisical with his screen setting. When engaged, he’s able to set screens that generate space and force adjustments in defensive coverages. The result is frequently an open dunk for him at the rim:   If there’s a criticism, it’s that Wiseman is a two-foot leaper who can take time to load up for his finishes. The good news is his long arms mean he doesn’t have far to go. Beyond the rim running, Wiseman may also possess some untapped potential as a jump shooter. He’s not someone who is likely to knock down shots off complex actions in the future, but seeing his upside as a player capable of hitting corner 3-pointers, trail 3-pointers and some pick-and-pop 3-pointers doesn’t require much squinting.He had some impressive makes from midrange and is comfortable taking these types of shots:   He may be a bit too comfortable with them. Role concerns arise because Wiseman all too often resorts to his jumper, and in some cases does so early in the shot clock to the detriment of the offense as a whole.Launching shots like this with eight seconds off the clock would drive anyone mad:   Developing into an All-Defense player in the future is within his realm of outcomes. Wiseman becoming the focal point of an offense in the mold of Jokic, Towns or Embiid is probably not.Centers who generate the majority of their value on defense can still be significant contributors to winning. Consider this list from last season: This was supposed to be the year James Wiseman justified the hype. The now-former Memphis freshman entered the season as a prospective No. 1 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, but questions lingered surrounding his approach to the game and his fit in the modern NBA. Now we know those questions won’t be answered. last_img read more

New England Patriots’ live tweet N-word from 1 millionth follower

first_imgThe New England Patriots had a costly fumble on the goal line of social media.The Patriots faux pas popped off during a Twitter campaign that was meant to highlight the NFL team’s one millionth follower — and it backfired spectacularly late Thursday when an account with a racial slur handle was named the winner.The team emblazoned the N-word across the back of a team jersey and sent the tweet out to stunned fans.The offensive tweet said: “Thanks for helping us become the first NFL team with 1 million followers! #1MillionPatriots.”Moreover, the social media image included a handwritten note signed by Patriots bad-boy tight end Rob Gronkowski.New England later deleted the tweet and apologized, calling the gaffe a filtering problem.“We apologize for the regrettable tweet that went out from our account. Our filtering system failed & we will be more vigilant in the future.”— New England Patriots (@Patriots)November 14, 2014The Patriots were roasted by the fumbled nevertheless:Live shot of [email protected] front officepic.twitter.com/ttGRSl7Kw9— Jason Sparks (@sparksjls)November 14, 2014Congrats to Riley Cooper on being the Patriots millionth follower!#1MillionPatriots— Jesse (@JesseBealJr) November 14, [email protected] SMH RAY RICE GAVE A BETTER APOLOGY— Richie Cobb III (@R_CIII)November 14, [email protected] tweeted: “Has Roger Goodell suspended the @Patriots twitter feed yet?”last_img read more

Redwoods guard Tule O’Rourke taking on bigger role as sophomore season goes on

first_imgEureka >> Coming out of Hoopa Valley High School, Tule O’Rourke was known more for his defense rather than a player who could score in bunches.He most certainly could be described as a pest, the kind of defender who wouldn’t mind getting up in the opposition’s grill whenever it was possible.Two-and-a-half years later and with plenty of early-morning gym sessions, O’Rourke has become more than somebody who can help his team win a game on defense.He’s become a two-way guard — not only somebody …last_img read more

‘Hard Knocks’ Week 4: Meet Antonio Brown, Mr. Nice Guy

first_imgRemember that old reality series called “Extreme Makeover”? Well, Tuesday night’s episode of “Hard Knocks: Training Camp With the Oakland Raiders” had sort of that feel to it.There seemed to be an overtly aggressive effort by NFL Films — and perhaps the Raiders themselves — to make over the image of controversial wide receiver Antonio Brown. After weeks of frustration  (and annoyance) surrounding AB’s frostbitten feet, his helmet woes and camp absences that had people wondering if he might be …last_img read more

South Africans flying the flag for African excellence

first_imgBrand South Africa board member Thebe Ikalafeng is amongst New African magazine’s 100 Most Influential Africans. He joins a list made up of heavyweights such as Elon Musk, Trevor Noah and Nkosozana Dlamini Zuma. (Image: Shamin Chibba)Johannesburg, Thursday 26 November 2015 – Brand South Africa salutes the 100 Most Influential Africans announced earlier this week by the New African magazine for flying the African flag of excellence. Sixteen South Africans are amongst the 100 most influential Africans.South Africans who are on the list of the 100 Most Influential Africans come from a range of categories including politics, business, civil society, arts and culture, technology and the media.NameCategoryCurrent African Union Commission Chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini ZumaPublic OfficeCurrent Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-NgcukaPublic OfficeFormer South African President Thabo MbekiPublic OfficeCurrent leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters, Julius MalemaPoliticsCurrent leader of the Democratic Alliance. Mmusi MaimanePoliticsHassan Sheikh MohamudPoliticsIvan GlasenbergBusinessElon MuskBusinessIvor IchikowitzBusinessThebe IkalafengBusinessDan MatjilaBusinessStudentsCivil societyThato KgatlhanyeTechnologyTrevor NoahMediaGugu Mbatha-RawCultureAnaso JoborwanaSportsCongratulating the nominees, Brand South Africa’s CEO Mr Kingsley Makhubela said, “It takes all citizens to build South Africa’s reputation and change perceptions about our country. This applies to our continent as well. Your actions and achievements say to the world that African citizens are flying our respective national flags in a range of areas which will ultimately contribute to the implementation of Agenda 2063. You also say to other citizens of the continent that the efforts of individuals can make a difference. Brand South Africa congratulates you for playing your part,” concluded Mr Makhubela.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — October 17, 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ryan Martin 10-17-17We have no changes to the forecast this morning, and our pattern is on track for the rest of this week through Saturday. Sunshine and blue sky will dominate and we will see temps slowly but surely move upward. We will be near normal by midweek (tomorrow) and above normal to finish the week and weekend. Winds kick up late week, and we will see low humidity levels alongside excellent evaporation rates.Our next front does try and move in late Sunday into Monday, but we feel it still has very little left in the tank as it arrives. As such, we are leaving our forecast basically alone, except we are dropping our coverage down to about 20% for Sunday night. We will stay warm and windy that day.Next week still looks mostly dry. However, we have one time frame we are watching closely this morning. Some models late yesterday tried to bring a secondary surge of moisture up that old Sunday frontal boundary, bringing in some light rain for Monday evening and Tuesday. The model that is jumping on this the most is keeping most of the action over the northern half to third of Ohio, but even with that caveat, we think this “second wave” is unlikely. Our main thought right now is that we will have a very dry atmosphere, and if the original front is not strong enough to maintain moisture coming in from the west, then any second wave will have just as much trouble. At this time, we are leaving our forecast alone. However, if we see some other models jump on the bandwagon, it will be worth another look. So, for now, we are just running with the status quo, and looking for a dry week right on through the start of next weekend.We do still see a nice strong front for the start of the extended period, for the 29th and 30th. This front looks potent. It could bring anywhere from .25”-1” of moisture to about 80% of the eastern corn belt, including Ohio. There will be significantly colder air coming in behind that front, and there is a chance we start of November a bit below normal.But, for the rest of this week, we continue to see a significant harvest window opening, one that needs to be taken advantage of.last_img read more

2018 Double Crop Soybean Cab Cam – Greg Ramsey, Ross County

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Wheat harvest is well underway in Ross County, Ohio, giving double crop soybeans a great head start to the growing season. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins rode along with Greg Ramsey just outside of Clarksburg to visit about the crops Ramsey has in production, including barley, in this Cab Cam presented by Fennig Equipment.last_img

Indian hockey team degenerates into a motley crowd of skill-less stickmen

first_imgSurjit Singh and Mahajan: Whose Fault?”Was I leading an Indian team in the international competitions or leading a herd of cattle?” With that bit of bitter and pointed rhetoric, Surjit Singh, captain of the Indian hockey team, announced his decision to retire from Indian hockey last fortnight.His acrimonious farewell came,Surjit Singh and Mahajan: Whose Fault?”Was I leading an Indian team in the international competitions or leading a herd of cattle?” With that bit of bitter and pointed rhetoric, Surjit Singh, captain of the Indian hockey team, announced his decision to retire from Indian hockey last fortnight.His acrimonious farewell came when the Indian team was in Patiala at a training camp, preparing for the Champions Trophy tournament to be held in June in Amsterdam, Holland. The star player’s departure came on the heels of centre-forward Sukhbir Singh Grewal’s decision to quit the international arena, and was followed by veteran winger Maharaj Kaushik’s retirement. Put together, the three goodbyes add up to the most damning indictment of the state of India’s national game in general and the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) in particular.From a combination that could have once beaten the world, the Indian team has degenerated into a motley crowd of skill-less stickmen – one observer feels that only fullback and penalty corner artist Rajinder Singh would find a place in a world first eleven, or even the first twenty.Dim Prospects: Taken against the larger shambles of what was once India’s only gold medal sport, the prospects of India’s “herd of cattle” at Amsterdam appears to be of academic interest. The tournament is restricted to the world’s top six teams and India managed to find a berth because it scraped to fifth place at the World Cup in Bombay.The IHF’S decision to field a string of new faces may not pay any dividends. Among the newcomers are Punjab inside-right Jagdeep Singh, Bombay centre-half J. Carvalho, Indian Airlines right-winger Jalaluddin and Services centre-half S. Bara. Surinder Singh Sodhi takes over as captain in place of Surjit Singh.advertisementGiving fresh players a chance is all very well, but it is doubtful whether the new look team would be able to contain marauders like Rick Charlesworth of Australia and Ties Kruize of Holland. And against a Pakistani forward line in full cry – Samiullah, Manzoor, Hassan Sardar, Hanif Khan, Kaleemullah – even the best back line can falter.Dictatorial: For this deplorable state of affairs, the blame lies not so much on the players but on the IHF which appears to be playing God. Said Surjit Singh: “We are pushed around at every stage, insulted and humiliated by those who know little hockey and understand none of the finer points of the game.” He also said that IHF President Indir Mohan Mahajan was dictatorial and liked only “yes-men”.In fact, Mahajan has been coming under fire for quite some time now, for the sacking of Bhaskaran, who led India to an Olympic gold medal in Moscow in 1980, for skipping important tournaments and for trouble-ridden training camps which resulted in a number of walk-outs by players for one reason or another.Last fortnight, the controversy over IHF affairs took a serious turn when the Secretary of the Rajasthan Hockey Association, Harnek Singh, alleged at a news conference that Mahajan had flagrantly flouted IHF rules and had not summoned the federation’s annual general meeting for two years despite repeated requests. There are also other allegations of financial irregularities. Says Mati Lal former IHF treasurer who resigned last fortnight: “None of these transactions form official accounts of the federation.”The players complain that even the meagre amount of foreign exchange they are entitled to on tours abroad is sometimes not forthcoming. A member of the Indian World Cup team says: “Hockey officials spend money like lords but we don’t get enough money for our expenses.”Another player who went to Europe says: “We used to get foreign exchange which was not enough even for our laundry charges. But our officials had enough foreign exchange for shopping.” Mahajan refused to comment, and said: “I will place my views in the executive meetings. I have nothing to hide. I can account for each and every paisa spent by me.”But the players who have done thankless duty for India are not very impressed. Says Surjit Singh: “If the present situation continues, there will be no good players in this country. Even now. with 685 million people, it is a matter of shame that we don-t have more than two players for each position.”He adds: “I would advise youngsters in India no’ to play hockey as there is no future in it. They should rather play cricket. I myself have spent a lifetime in hockey but have got nothing out of it. The politics in hockey has ruined it.” The stench can no longer be ignored.advertisementlast_img read more