first_img UM honors Judge Hoeveler May 15, 2002 Regular News The University of Miami School of Law’s Center for Ethics and Public Service recently honored U.S. District Judge William M. Hoeveler with its First Annual William M. Hoeveler Award.The award was created to honor those who exemplify ethics and leadership in the legal profession. Judge Hoeveler received the inaugural award named in his honor at a special reception at the Federal Courthouse in downtown Miami.“The Hoeveler Award is being established by the center to honor devotion to ethics and leadership not only in bar and bench, but also in the civic community,” said UM Law Professor Anthony Alfieri, director of the law school’s Center for Ethics and Public Service. Recently honored with the Miami-Dade County Commission for Ethics and Public Trust’s ARETE award, the center also recognizes the contributions of those in the legal profession with its Lawyers in Leadership Award.An adjunct professor at UM’s Law School since 1995, Judge Hoeveler serves on the Advisory Board of the school’s Center for Ethics and Public Service. He was appointed to the federal bench in 1977, and chaired the Standing Committee on Professionalism for The Florida Bar from 1992-94.He was named best district judge in the 11th Circuit by The American Lawyer in 1983, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Greater Miami Jewish Federation in 1991.center_img UM honors Judge Hoevelerlast_img read more

first_imgClint Luna and his family have avoided large energy bill rises during COVID-19 because they have solar and battery power. Photo: Mark Cranitch.Thousands of Australian households will face eye-watering energy bills this winter as a result of COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, energy usage across the country has increased by 105 per cent, according to data from Natural Solar — Australia’s largest installer of solar panels and batteries.Average daily energy consumption has skyrocketed to 33.9kWh, compared with 16.5kWh at the same time last year. RELATED: Homes designed to reduce energy bills during summer and winter 1. Turn appliances off at the power point when they are not in use.2. Keep your air conditioner or heating at a stable temperature; in summer keep it above 18 degrees, and below 24 degrees in winter. 3. Turn off unnecessary lighting during the day or invest in energy-efficient bulbs. 4. Use your clothes drier sparingly, it uses a lot of energy. 5. Be mindful of the energy star rating when buying appliances. Paying more for an energy-efficient appliance will make you a more significant gain over time.6. Only use the washing machine when you have a full load.7. Consider portable solar lighting in your outdoor areas.8. Monitor your electricity usage. There are cost-effective tools you can buy that can show your consumption.9. Shop around for the best possible energy deal.10. If you can afford it, invest in solar panels and a battery storage system; it could save you up to $2000 a year. Source: Natural Solar Working from home and COVID-19 lockdowns have caused energy bills to skyrocket.As a result household energy bills for the past quarter could be more than double, with the average household paying $800, up from $406.75. Those households with higher than average power usage can expect bills of up to $1800 a quarter. Natural Solar chief executive Chris Williams said during COVID-19 Australians got a taste for what it was like to work and study from home, which had created a generational shift in where, how and why we use electricity.“We envisage the trend for higher usage is going to continue, and while it may be at a lesser rate than during COVID-19, even a 30 or 40 per cent rise will have a significant impact on household bills,” Mr Williams said. While the majority of Australian families will be hit hard by the increases, he said there were pockets of homeowners set to make it through the ‘COVID Quarter’ unscathed. Natural Solar’s Chris Williams with the SonnenBatterie that can save residents $2000 a year in electricity bills.Homeowners using solar power, combined with batteries to store unused power, have less reliance on the grid and greater chance of reducing or eliminating their electricity bills.For Clint and Christina Luna, who own a four-bedroom family home and have three children aged six, four and two, installing solar panels and a battery has allowed them not only to eliminate their energy bills but to earn money back.Mr Luna, who has two electric cars, said that with the cost of solar and battery power falling over the years, he realised that upgrading to a 40kWh solar system would allow him to run his house and the two cars at minimal to no cost.“My post COVID-19 energy bill was $200 in credit, so I actually made money back,” he said.“Solar is a bit of a no-brainer. It will give you payback in about three to four years. Clint Luna also has two electric cars. Picture: Mark Cranitch.Where else can you get a 70 per cent return on your money? If you add battery power to that, the payback is a little bit longer, but it’s still going to pay for itself in about five or six years.”Mr Luna, who runs an international business from his home office, said having alternative energy sources had other benefits beyond monetary savings, including the security of uninterrupted power.“If the area has a blackout, for instance, we still have power. We can just carry on as normal, which is really important, especially in these times when more people are working from home and relying on having power, no matter what.“Anyone who has the roof space and doesn’t have solar is pretty crazy.“I don’t have to worry about fluctuations in anything, not power prices, nor energy bills, nothing.” Solar panels help the Luna family charge their two Tesla cars as well as their household energy needs. Photo: Mark Cranitch. With the increased frequency of natural disasters — such as the recent bushfires and floods, followed by the coronavirus pandemic — Mr Williams said that there has been a general shift in people wanting self-sufficiency when it comes to powering their homes.He said improvements in technology had made power sources such as solar and battery more affordable, with households saving money almost immediately.“If the use of solar power reduces energy bills by even 10 per cent and bills rise by 3 or 4 per cent per annum, it makes absolute sense,” he said. 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first_imgThe Supreme Court dealt a blow to many ex-felons in Florida on Thursday.In a surprise to many, the nation’s highest court decided to allow the state to enforce a law that bars ex-felons from voting if they still owe court fees or fines.Thursday’s action denied a request to lift the order of lower court rulings. Liberal Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan dissented.“This Court’s order prevents thousands of otherwise eligible voters from participating in Florida’s primary election simply because they are poor,” Sotomayor wrote in the dissent.She added, “This Court’s inaction continues a trend of condoning (disenfranchisement).”Nearly 1.4 million Floridians with previous felony convictions had their voting rights restored through a constitutional amendment passed in November 2018. Amendment 4, which allowed convicted felons who complete “all terms of sentence” the right to vote, passed with about 65 percent of the vote, exceeding the 60 percent threshold required.After Amendment 4 went into effect last year, the Florida legislature passed, and Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed, a bill that clarified “all terms of sentence” to include legal financial obligations including fines, fees and restitution.The fees and fines that felons are ordered to pay range from a few hundred to tens of thousands of dollars, according to Lisa Foster, the co-director of the Fines and Fees Justice Center, a group that aims to eliminate fees in the US justice system.Breaking: The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear Florida’s felon voting case en banc (meaning the whole court). It also stayed the district court’s ruling, so Florida’s law requiring felons to serve their full sentences before voting remains in effect.— Honest Elections Project (@honestelections) July 1, 2020 In Florida, all court charges that go unpaid after 90 days are referred to private debt collectors, who are allowed to add up to a 40 percent surcharge on the unpaid court debt, according to the Brennan Center.Earlier this month, a federal appeals court in Atlanta blocked a judge’s order that had cleared the way for hundreds of thousands of felons in Florida to register to vote.In response, the American Civil Liberties Union, along with the Campaign Legal Center and other voting rights groups, filed an application last week asking the Supreme Court for an order that would have overturned the appeals court decision.Lawyers for DeSantis and Secretary of State Laurel Lee, also a Republican, argued against the petition, saying that Floridians will be “irreparably harmed” if the district court’s “patently erroneous injunction is reinstated, enabling hundreds of thousands of ineligible voters to take part in the upcoming elections, one of which is only a month away.”Thursday’s decision from the Supreme Court came just days before the voter registration deadline in Florida.The state’s primary election is scheduled for August 18 and voters must register by July 20.Ex-Felons’ Voting Rights on Hold As Court Accepts DeSantis’ Appeallast_img read more

first_imgBEN CLASSON/Herald photoAlthough the weight of her contributions may not always show up in the following day’s box score, the effects of losing Lynn Anderson to a leg injury were certainly felt throughout Wisconsin’s weekend series with No. 8 Northwestern. The junior shortstop’s fluid defense and strong throwing arm have been on display all season long and have gone largely unheralded. But as the saying goes, “You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.”After bearing the brunt of a hard slide at second base against Illinois-Chicago last Tuesday, Anderson stayed in the game without giving it a second thought. But her leg injury was evidently more severe than was originally diagnosed, as stiffness and swelling forced Anderson to watch UW’s two weekend defeats from the bench. Just when it seemed that the Badgers’ one-through-nine was firing on all cylinders as a cohesive unit, Anderson’s ill-timed injury forced head coach Chandelle Schulte to shuffle her starting lineup. Regular third baseman Athena Vasquez moved over to fill the vacancy at shortstop, and Theresa Boruta and Ricci Robben each started a game at third base against Northwestern.Boruta, who typically plays second base, hadn’t made an appearance at third in more than a month, and Robben, who has occupied the designated hitter spot for the last three weeks, saw her first action at the hot corner since March 31.For Vasquez, a former high school shortstop, getting back in the groove at short after extensive time at third looked to be seamless, but she admitted it wasn’t as natural as it appeared.”It just put me a little off, playing in a new spot [instead of where] I usually am at third,” Vasquez said. “Having Lynn out there at short is a confidence boost, because you know she’s going to get every ball. We miss her out there.”While the transition was mostly smooth for Vasquez, her teammates took a little more time adjusting to their new positions. Robben and Boruta were responsible for the only two errors in the series for UW, and both occurred while each was taking her turn at third. Robben’s was particularly costly in Game 1, as her misplay of a Nicole Pauly grounder extended the Northwestern half of the sixth. The Wildcats would capitalize three batters later and score the go-ahead run.But Schulte made it known that it wasn’t the play of any specific individual that did the Badgers in this weekend. Rather, Anderson’s injury essentially just threw a wrench into what had been a well-oiled defensive machine.”Missing Lynnie was huge,” Schulte said. “It’s a big difference, but not because [the replacements] are not good. It’s just about the chemistry and knowing where you’re supposed to be on the field. We got hurt both days by that.”With its loss Sunday, Wisconsin wrapped up the home portion of its schedule and will finish out the regular season with an eight-game road trip, beginning at UW-Green Bay on Tuesday. And while Anderson continues to recover on the sidelines, Schulte’s infield situation becomes ever more convoluted.”Somebody’s going to have to step up and play,” Schulte said. “You just have to make the routine plays, and that’s where my frustration lies, when we’re not doing that.”As for Anderson’s status on Wisconsin’s upcoming road-trip, Schulte is undecided.”We’re not sure,” Schulte said. “It’s a day-by-day thing. She will be back, but we’re just not sure at what point.”And with Wisconsin’s postseason hopes riding on its success in the final two weeks, a healthy Lynn Anderson and rock-solid infield defense might just be luxuries that the Badgers have to live without.last_img read more

first_imgAhead of Ghana’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Mozambique, new Minister for Youth and Sports, Nii Lante Vanderpuye has categorically stated that player bonuses would not be paid in dollars anymore but in Ghana Cedis.In 2014, the issue of money scuttled Ghana’s campaign at the World Cup finals in Brazil which resulted in a first round exit at the competition for the first time in three appearances.In a bid to rectify any further mishaps, Nii Lante has devised a measure to deal with the issue by paying the player’s in cedis.In a conversation with Kumasi based radio station Nhyira Fm Nii Lante laid out his plans.“Here in Ghana our currency is cedis, so if we all accept that we are paying them one dollar, that money would be calculated in cedis and be paid to them.”“We must also do things right and ensure that we pay them appropriately. I am sure that if we do that the players would respect and trust us.” “The government has directed that we don’t use dollars in the country so I don’t see why we should defy that.” Black Stars will play the Os Mambas of Mozambique in a double  header with the first game to be March 24 the  Accra Sports Stadium.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

first_imgSoutheastern’s Mattie Ort got the Lions back in the game with an RBI double to right center to score pinch runner Anna Rodenburg in the top of the fourth. Ort advanced to third on an error and came home on the next batter as right fielder Ali McCoy put a sacrifice fly to left field. In the ensuing bottom frame, Holland led off for the Colonels with a double to right center on a 2-2 count, and two batters later, Miller singled to the pitcher to get Holland to cross the plate and go up 4-2. LAKE CHARLES, La. – Top-seeded Nicholls beat No. 4 Southeastern Louisiana 7-4 to begin day two of the 2018 Southland Conference Softball Tournament at Joe Miller Field in Lake Charles, La. Nicholls got on the board early in the bottom of the second. Designated player Kali Clement reached on an error and advanced to second, and Samantha Dares took advantage by singling to left centerfield to bring Clement home. After second baseman Emma Holland worked Lions’ right-handed pitcher Rachel Hayes to pick up the walk, right fielder Corynn Major placed a bunt down to load the bases. Centerfielder Kelsey Miller shot a sacrifice fly to left field to make it 2-0. Nicholls’ catcher Moriah Strother pushed the lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the third, sending one over the scoreboard and out on a full count. The homer was Strother’s team-leading eighth of the season.SB: Yep. That ball isn’t coming back! Moriah Strother sends it well beyond the scoreboard to put @Nicholls_SB up 3-0. #SouthlandStrongWatch LIVE at https://t.co/FDWfnDejSt and Southland Conference apps. #GeauxColonels #LionUp pic.twitter.com/lEMXpEY3Pk— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 9, 2018 The Lions’ Mahalia Gibson cut the lead to one off a double to left field that scored Jaquelyn Ramon in the top of the fifth, but the comeback was short-lived as Nicholls scored another pair in their outing to go up by three. Holland’s single to left center brought Clement and pinch runner Mallery Marino home. The Colonels tacked on an extra run from pinch runner Brooklyn Devine in the bottom of the sixth off Strother’s RBI double to left field. SLU notched three hits in the final inning, but the Lions only plated Edmonston when Gibson singled up the middle. The regular-season champion earned seven RBIs on 11 hits. Centerfielder Kelsey Miller, catcher Moriah Strother and first baseman Emma Holland each tallied two RBIs. Starting pitcher Megan Landry produced six innings of work, allowing six hits and three earned runs. The win is her 22nd of the season. Tournament Central | Box Score The Colonels will come back tomorrow in the semifinals to play the winner between No. 2 Stephen F. Austin and No. 3 McNeese at 11 a.m. CT. The Lions hit the diamond again this afternoon in an elimination game against Northwestern State at 4 p.m.SB: The top-seed takes game five of the tournament over No. 4 Southeastern Louisiana. @Nicholls_SB will be back on the diamond tomorrow at 11 a.m. CT. #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/ao2Cgq2VoZ— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 9, 2018last_img read more

first_img1 Cristhian Stuani celebrates his goal against Brighton in their 1-1 draw Middlesbrough are back in the Premier League following their 1-1 draw with 10-man Brighton at the Riverside.There will be no perilous play-offs for the hosts this year thanks to Cristhian Stuani, who opened the scoring.Brighton needed to win to seal automatic promotion, but a poor first half display meant it was a big ask to turn things around in the second 45 minutes even after Dale Stephens briefly gave them hope.However, his red card made it difficult in a game Boro should really have had wrapped up by half-time.Supporters were bemused prior to the game when manager Aitor Karanka left Jordan Rhodes, with 16 goals in the Championship this season, on the bench, but it was justified in the end even if Boro could have scored three or four.The Riverside was rocking before kick-off and referee Mike Dean had to be alert as the tackles were flying from the start and it took the hosts just 20 minutes to score.Gaston Ramirez’s looping cross to the back post was knocked down by David Nugent, taking out goalkeeper David Stockdale to leave Stuani with an open goal from three yards.Cue scenes of exuberant celebrations.Stuani almost double the lead five minutes later, but Connor Goldson’s superb goal line block kept his side in it, but Brighton did not appear capable of scoring and it was left to Boro to keep attacking, with Ramirez going close when his chip looped over Stockdale and onto the roof of the net.Brighton were poor, but the saving grace for manager Chris Hughton when Dean blew the whistle for half-time was that it was only 1-0.And there was hope for the visitors in a crazy five-minute spell shortly after the restart when Stephens equalised, but was also sent off.The no.6 was there at the back post to head in Anthony Knockaert’s free-kick before a reckless tackle on Ramirez left the Boro player with a nasty looking cut on his leg and in need of lengthy treatment.In between the chaos, Nugent had a glorious chance to restore the hosts’ lead, but was thwarted in the box by Gordon Greer.As the game headed towards the end, Brighton fans willed their team forward and the home support held their collective breath when it was revealed there would be eight minutes of stoppage time.However, Boro came through it and will join champions Burnley in the Premier League next season, and as Brighton’s players trudged off at full-time with the play-offs to look forward to, jubilant Boro fans engulfed players on the pitch to celebrate.last_img read more