“Evidence Is Planted”: Tells Sachin Waze As Special Court Extends His NIA Custody Till April 7

first_imgTop Stories”Evidence Is Planted”: Tells Sachin Waze As Special Court Extends His NIA Custody Till April 7 Sharmeen Hakim3 April 2021 7:10 AMShare This – xEven as a Special Court extended the NIA custody of suspended police officer Sachin Waze till April 7 in connection with the explosives found near industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s house and the consequent murder of businessman Mansukh Hiran, Waze claimed that evidence is being planted against him. “The recovery is based on their own skill and volition, and foisted upon me,” Senior…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginEven as a Special Court extended the NIA custody of suspended police officer Sachin Waze till April 7 in connection with the explosives found near industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s house and the consequent murder of businessman Mansukh Hiran, Waze claimed that evidence is being planted against him. “The recovery is based on their own skill and volition, and foisted upon me,” Senior Advocate Aabad Ponda said about the recovery of a DVR, CPU, laptop and two number plates from the Mithi River, last Sunday. Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh had cited the recovery of these articles, among other things, to seek Waze’s further custody for six days. He said the articles were recovered in a distorted form and needed to be examined. Ponda vehemently opposed him to submit that the alleged recovery was made a week ago.”The NIA is not telling the court this.” Waze has not made any disclosure statement to the NIA, he added. Ponda argued it was a planted recovery that had nothing to do with him. “The Mithi River is 17.5 km in length, it has a catchment area 295 hectares, it is a deep area. There is no question of finding all these articles in the river.” Ponda said that Mithi is accessible to everyone and “Anyone can come and dump anything they want there.” Earlier during the hearing, Singh submitted that Waze had a joint account and locker in DCB Bank’s Versova Branch. There was over Rs 26 lakh in the locker on the day of his arrest, however, on March 18, money and articles were removed from the locker, he said, adding, that they wanted to investigate what was taken out from the locker after Waze’s arrest. Singh also said NIA has seized a Mercedez car on April 2, which needs investigation and that Waze needs to be confronted with incriminating material recovered from co-accused Vinayak Shinde’s house. “35 Panchnamas done,” Singh told the court. Significantly Waze was moving suspiciously towards the scene of offence on March 4 (the day Mansukh Hiran was allegedly murdered), according to an ITDR Analysis, Singh submitted. “We want to find out all aspects.” Singh said that the NIA has found a diary from a SoBo Club where there is mention of a large amount being paid by the owner, to Waze. “We want to find out why was such a huge amount being paid,” Singh said. On instructions, Ponda denied he held any joint account or locker. The court after hearing both the sides extended Waze’s custody till April 7. SACHIN WAZE’s CARDIAC ISSUES Waze had moved the Special Court, on Thursday, seeking consultation with a cardiologist for his heart blockages. On Saturday, he informed the court that he has a cardiac history and had suffered a stroke, on Sunday. NIA submitted they have done an ECG and 2D Echo, and nothing of concern was revealed. Moreover, a doctor had advised him a bypass surgery in 2019, but he didn’t do it then. NIA said they are providing the required treatment. The Special court then directed NIA to submit a detailed report on his health, on April 7. BACKGROUND An explosives-laden Scorpio was found near Ambani’s residence here on February 25. Mansukh Hiran, who had claimed that the vehicle had been stolen from his possession a week earlier, was found dead in a creek in Thane on March 5. Waze was arrested on March 13 and remanded to custody till March 25. His custody was further extended to April 3, after the stringent UAPA Act was applied to the case. Next Storylast_img read more

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Burning Bush Cowboy Church hosting festival

first_img By Jaine Treadwell Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Print Article Book Nook to reopen Published 3:00 am Thursday, October 29, 2015 The Burning Bush Cowboy Church is located in Cattleman Park. The Sunday worship service is at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesday night Bible Study at 6:30.“We also have a youth meeting for ages 12 and under on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.,” Walker said. “We welcome everyone who would like to come worship with us.”The services at Burning Bush Cowboy Church are informal and with come as you are services.“Some people don’t feel comfortable in a formal church setting,” Walker said. “In Pike County and the surrounding area, we have a cowboy culture and a lot of people are interested in this kind of church.” Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Next UpThe Rev. Alvie Walker, Burning Bush Cowboy Church pastor, said the Fall Festival is an opportunity for families to come out and enjoy a time of fun together.“We’ll have a candy find where kids can hunt for candy in a haystack and a cupcake walk,” Walker said. “Then, we’ll have a lot of cowboy type games, like roping a dummy cow and we’ll also have pony rides where the ponies are actually led around.“The hayride will include a couple of stops. One of the stops will be at the Cattleman Park stables. We’ll talk about the birth of Jesus and that he was born in a stable much like the ones we are seeing. Toward the end of the hayride, we’ll stop at a big cross that we have erected and talk about what the cross means to us and about what Jesus had to endure before he was nailed on the cross.” Email the author Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Latest Storiescenter_img Burning Bush Cowboy Church in Troy will host a Fall Festival from 4 until 7 p.m. at Cattleman Park on Saturday.The festival is free to the public and will feature fall festival games and a rather unique hayride. Concessions will be available on the grounds.Bush Memorial Baptist Church will have Trunk or Treat for the kids in the area back of Cattleman arena. Burning Bush Cowboy Church hosting festival For nearly a half-century, cowboy churches have been extremely popular in the western states. In recent years, cowboy churches have found their way into southern states. The movement is now in Pike County.Walker said Burning Bush Cowboy Church is growing and the Fall Festival is a way to reach out to the extended community. Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel You Might Like City council denies local beer license The Troy City Council on Tuesday denied a local business owner’s request to obtain a beer license for his pool… read more Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits By The Penny Hoarder Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Sponsored Contentlast_img read more

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Chamber ‘at home’ in new offices

first_img “Emily Aaron (chamber vice president) and I will be happy to meet with Chamber members and others at an alternate location when there is a request or a need,” Sanders said. “We are also available by phone or email.”The Pike County Economic Development Center is also home to the Pike County Economic Development Corporation, which Sanders said is typically responsible for the recruitment and support of new industry. “The Pike County Chamber of Commerce is the voice for small businesses and focuses on keeping tax dollars local for the benefit of all Pike County,” Sanders said. “At the new location, the chamber will be working closely with Chase Cobb, Pike County Economic Development director, to grow and promote our community. Together, we will maintain the tradition of developing new ways of doing things that will benefit all Pike County.” The Chamber and Economic Development will be working toward strengthening work-force development and also with the school and industry pipeline, Sanders said.“Pike County has many job opportunities available and industries are hiring. We need everybody in Pike County working and, of course, we want people to shop in Pike County.”And, there’s no better place for people to work, to shop and to live than Pike County, Sanders said. From its new location, Sanders said the Chamber will continue to promote Pike County and the many opportunities and advantages for all who call Pike County home and also for those who come to shop and visit. Chamber ‘at home’ in new offices By The Penny Hoarder Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits The Pike County Chamber of Commerce will also continue to strengthen Pike County through its traditional programs, including Leadership Pike, Farm-City and Junior Ambassadors and with its hashtag “We Are Pike County.”Contact the Pike County Chamber of Commerce at 334-566-2294 or via email at [email protected] or PO Box 249, Troy, AL 36081. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Latest Stories The Pike County Chamber of Commerce is already moving forward in the New Year and in anticipation that the year 2021 will bring new opportunities for growth and development throughout Pike County.Dana Sanders, Chamber president, said the Chamber’s recent move from downtown Troy to the Pike County Economic Development Center at 100 Industrial Boulevard will make it possible for the Chamber to better serve all Pike County.The Chamber’s new home is located south of Troy just off U.S. Highway 23. A new road is under construction that will offer an alternate access route to the Chamber office.center_img Print Article Published 6:53 pm Tuesday, January 5, 2021 You Might Like Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Patriot Health ZoneHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Pike County Chamber of Commerce President Dana Sanders and Vice President Emily Aaron are ready to welcome members to the Chamber’s new offices at the Economic Development building on U.S. 231 South. Book Nook to reopen By Jaine Treadwell Sponsored Content Email the author Pike County Schools honor teachers of the year Pike County Schools recognized the system’s Teachers of the Year for the school year 2020-2021 at the system’s in-service day… read morelast_img read more

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FBI wants help confirming some of infamous serial killer Samuel Little’s confessions

first_imgdomoyega/iStock(WASHINGTON) — The FBI is asking the public to help confirm some confessions made by notorious serial killer Samuel Little.Little — deemed by the FBI as “the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history” — has confessed to strangling 93 victims between 1970 and 2005, according to the FBI.The killings span from the East Coast to the West Coast to the South to the Midwest.The FBI said investigators believe his confessions are credible and have verified 50 confessions so far.The FBI on Monday released new details about these five unmatched confessions — as well as sketches drawn by Little — to try to get information that could confirm these cases:Miami: 1971 or 1972Little said he was at a bar known as The Pool or Pool Palace when met an attractive 18 or 19-year-old black man who presented himself as a woman named Marianne or Mary Ann.They met a few days later at a bar in Overtown and Little gave her a ride home in his gold four-door Pontiac LeMans.When they arrived at her home — between Brownsville and Liberty City — one of Marianne’s roommates asked them to buy shaving cream.Little said he drove Marianne north on Highway 27 and killed her on a driveway.He then drove to the Everglades and turned onto a dirt road to a river or a swamp and dragged Marianne’s body about 200 yards into the muddy water.He doesn’t believe her body was found.New Orleans: 1982Little said he was at a club when he met a black woman in her 30s with “honey-colored” brown skin and medium-length straight hair.The woman, who was there for a birthday party with friends and one of her two sisters, left the club with Little in his Lincoln Continental Mark III.The woman said she lived with her ill mother and she gave Little the keys to her house.Little drove her to the Little Woods exit off Interstate 10, where he turned down a dirt road along a canal that was being dredged. Little then pulled the woman toward the canal and killed her.Covington, Ky.: 1984Little said he was driving his Lincoln Continental Mark III from Loraine, Ohio, to Cincinnati when he met a 25-year-old white woman outside a strip club.The woman, who had short blonde hair and blue eyes and stood at about 5 feet 6 inches tall, asked Little for a ride to Miami, where her mother lived.When they reached northern Kentucky, Little said he drove to a hilly area near Interstate 75. After driving up a dirt road, he reached the top of a small hill and then strangled the woman in the back seat of his car.He said he left her body on the top of the hill.Las Vegas: 1993Little said he met a roughly 40-year-old black woman on Owens Avenue or Jackson Street, and described her as thin, about 5 feet 5 inches tall, with a long wig.He remembered the victim pointed out her son who was about 19 to 23 years old.Little confessed to taking her to a motel room and strangling her.He said he then put her body in the trunk of his 1978 yellow Cadillac Eldorado, drove to the outskirts of Las Vegas, headed to a remote road and rolled her body down a steep slope. He said he ditched her clothes down the road.North Little Rock, Ark.: between 1992 and 1994Little said he met a 24-year-old black woman in a transient area of Little Rock and stayed with her on and off for about three days, possibly in the winter.Little said she was about 200 pounds. He believes her name may have been Ruth and her mother lived in North Little Rock.Little said the two would shoplift, and records show Little was arrested for shoplifting from a North Little Rock Police grocery store on April 20, 1994.He said he was released after about three hours and he found the woman sleeping in his car.He said he drove her to meet her ex-boyfriend who went by “Bear” and then took her home.He said the next day the two drove toward Benton or Bentonville, Ark. Once outside Little Rock, Little drove down a dirt road and strangled her to death. He said he then put her body on branches and old cornstalks near a corn field.‘Important to seek justice for each victim’Little is serving multiple life sentences in California. This August he pleaded guilty to the murders of four women in Ohio and last year he pleaded guilty to a killing in Texas.“Even though he is already in prison, the FBI believes it is important to seek justice for each victim,” said Christie Palazzolo, an analyst with the FBI’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program.Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-CALL-FBI.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Coronavirus live updates: ICU beds are 80% filled in quarter of US hospitals

first_imgOvidiu Dugulan/iStockBy WILLIAM MANSELL, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 1.18 million people worldwide.Over 45 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks. The criteria for diagnosis — through clinical means or a lab test — has also varied from country to country.The United States is the worst-affected nation, with more than 8.9 million diagnosed cases and at least 228,668 deaths.Nearly 200 vaccine candidates for COVID-19 are being tracked by the World Health Organization, at least 10 of which are in crucial phase three studies. Of those 10 potential vaccines in late-stage trials, there are currently five that will be available in the United States if approved.Here’s how the news is developing Friday. All times Eastern:Oct 30, 11:36 amCalifornia reports case of flu, COVID-19 co-infectionA resident of Solano County, California, has a co-infection of COVID-19 and the flu, the county’s health department said.The resident was not identified, but the health department said he or she is under the age of 65 and is the first person in the county with a confirmed co-infection.
 “With the likelihood of both COVID-19 and seasonal flu activity this winter, contracting either disease may weaken your immune system and make you more susceptible to the other disease,” Solano County Health Officer Bela Matyas said in a statement. “Getting a flu vaccine this year is more important than ever.”The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone at least 6 months old get a flu shot each year by the end of October.Oct 30, 10:33 am29 states reported record number of new cases in OctoberThese 29 states, as well as Puerto Rico, hit a record number of new cases in October, according to the COVID Tracking Project: Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.Forty-one states, as well as Washington, D.C., Guam and Puerto Rico are seeing an uptick in hospitalizations, according to the COVID Tracking Project.The only states seeing a decrease in hospitalizations are Delaware, Hawaii and Kansas.In six states, hospitalization rates are flat: Alaska, California, Maine, Oregon, South Carolina and Vermont.Oct 30, 7:23 amICU beds are 80% filled in quarter of US hospitalsWith COVID-19 cases spiking across the U.S., hospitals are once again filling up. At least 25% of hospitals across the country have more than 80% of their ICU beds filled, according to an internal Health and Human Services memo obtained by ABC News.The percentage of hospitals at that number was 17-18% during the summertime peak.Two of the hardest-hit states include Idaho and Wisconsin.Hospitals in Idaho are so constrained that the governor is moving the state back to Stage 3 of reopening plans.Death rates in Idaho doubled from 22 to 44 between Oct. 19-25, as the statewide test positivity rate rose from 16.7% to 18.7%. That rate is more than triple the national rate. Hospitalizations have climbed sharply since the beginning of October and now the state has reported a new four-month peak of 14.7 hospitalizations per 100,000 people during the week ending Oct 25.In the southern town of Twin Falls, one out of every four hospitalized patients is infected with COVID-19 and regional hospitals have postponed non-emergency surgeries. At St. Luke Magic Valley, the COVID unit is 97% full, ICU units are running at least 125% above normal and adequate staffing is an issue, HHS said in its memo.In Wisconsin, the state reported 5,262 new cases and a record 64 new deaths on Oct, 27, both of which were the highest for the state since the beginning of the pandemic.The seven-day case average in the Badger State is 3,975 while the test-positivity rate is 25.7%.Officials, according to the HHS memo, anticipate the situation will get worse in the coming weeks. At least 84% of all beds in the state are occupied with 447 patients on ventilators but Wisconsin does have 2,324 ventilators available.Oct 30, 5:28 amGlobal cases top 45 million, US nears nine millionAs the number of new cases of COVID-19 surge across Europe and the United States, the global total of diagnosed coronavirus cases is now over 45 million, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.There are at least 8,945,891 cases as of 4 a.m. Friday in the U.S. and the country will likely hit nine million cases before the end of the day as cases, hospitalizations and deaths from the virus are increasing.The U.S. on Thursday saw a record single-day high of coronavirus cases with more than 88,000 reported, according to the COVID Tracking Project. Deaths are up 3.6% week-over-week, while new cases are up 24.8% and the test-positivity rate increased to 6.2% from 6% over the same seven-day period, according to an internal Health and Human Service memo obtained by ABC News.Forty-three states and territories are in an upward trajectory of new cases, while eight jurisdictions are at a plateau and five are going down, the HHS memo said.Meanwhile, Europe now accounts for 46% of global coronavirus cases.This month, many countries in the continent, such as France and Spain, have declared states of emergency, while many others are imposing more restrictions so that ICUs do not become overwhelmed.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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USA: Alion Wins USD 4.6 Million Navy Contract to Develop PC-Based Training System for LCS-2

first_img View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Alion Wins USD 4.6 Million Navy Contract to Develop PC-Based Training System for LCS-2 View post tag: system Alion Science and Technology, an employee-owned technology solutions company, was awarded a three-year, $4.6 million task order from the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) to design a high-fidelity serious game to train sailors for the Littoral Combat Ship-2 (LCS) Readiness Control Officer (RCO) position. Alion will expand its PC-based Virtual Maintenance Performance Aid (VMPA) from the current system developed for the LCS-1 RCO to an updated solution designed for the LCS-2 environment. This design approach demonstrates the reconfigurable nature of the simulation architecture and yields a more cost effective solution. Since each vessel has different training requirements, Alion’s VMPA RCO for LCS-2 trainer will include a ship-specific Electronic Control System graphical user interface, an instructor station that can control the training environment, the ability to integrate with the Surface Warfare Officers School’s LCS Bridge Training System and the virtual ship simulation that allows the trainee to learn the new equipment in a 3-D environment.Ultimately, it is intended that the LCS-2 RCO will integrate with the LCS Shore Based Training Facility (SBTF) in San Diego.“Alion is continuing its support of the VMPA Readiness Control Trainer program by building off of the existing trainer to provide a fully interactive, PC-based virtual ship environment to teach individual and team training on the LCS-2 hull,” said Rear Adm. Richard E. Brooks (USN, Ret.), Alion Senior Vice President and Manager of the Distributed Simulation Group. “Our trainer represents the capability to provide a total ship training environment, from tactical and force protection to damage control and maintenance training.”Alion will provide the updated hardware and software for LCS-2 RCO to the Surface Warfare Officers School and the Littoral Combat Ship Class Squadron. VMPA was developed in partnership with the Office of Naval Research and NAWCTSD to bridge the gap between training, skills and performance. NAWCTSD is the Littoral Combat Ship Training System Executive Agent.About Alion Science and TechnologyAlion Science and Technology is an employee-owned technology solutions company delivering technical expertise and operational support to the Department of Defense, civilian government agencies and commercial customers. Building on almost 75 years of R&D and engineering expertise, Alion brings innovation and insight to multiple business areas: naval architecture & marine engineering; defense operations; modeling & simulation; technology integration; information technology & wireless communications; and energy and environmental sciences. Based in McLean, Virginia, Alion employee-owners are located at major offices, customer sites and laboratories worldwide.[mappress]Source: alionscience, May 3, 2011 May 3, 2011 View post tag: wins View post tag: USD View post tag: develop USA: Alion Wins USD 4.6 Million Navy Contract to Develop PC-Based Training System for LCS-2 View post tag: PC-Basedcenter_img View post tag: million View post tag: Training View post tag: usa View post tag: £4.6 View post tag: contract View post tag: LCS-2 View post tag: Alion Share this articlelast_img read more

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Fourth of July Sizzles in O.C.

first_imgThe Boardwalk is a major draw for tourists. By MADDY VITALENo fireworks. Few live events. And living in a pandemic. All those things did not deter families from enjoying the balmy temperatures, cool water, the reopened Boardwalk amusements and arcades, as well as the eateries and shopping, on the Fourth of the July.Tourists strolled along the Boardwalk, nibbling on French fries, ice cream and pizza, sipping cool drinks and just spending the day – and the holiday weekend – forgetting about COVID-19. Holiday-goers appeared to do their best to social distance on the beaches and the Boardwalk, and wore masks when they couldn’t. The Ferris wheel at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier, as well as the Gale Force roller-coaster at Playland’s Castaway Cove, helped create the atmosphere that entices visitors to come back year after year.A message announced over the intercom system on the Boardwalk emphasized the importance of social distancing – staying six feet apart from strangers – and to wear a facemask.“We are thrilled that Ocean City businesses are open and to see our residents and guests safely supporting them,” said Michele Gillian, executive director of the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce. “It has been and continues to be a struggle for our small businesses.”She continued, “The Fourth of July is truly a time to celebrate our freedom. We appreciate everyone’s support. The Chamber, the city and business community have worked so hard to be able to welcome back guests and to keep ‘America’s Greatest Family Resort’ the safe, clean community that people have come to expect.”Allison and Brian Hoey, of Philadelphia, couldn’t wait to spend the holiday at the shore with their daughters, Evelyn, 2, and 4-year-old Olivia.Gillian urged residents and tourists to adhere to the safety guidelines.“Please remember to follow the rules: wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands. And above all, be kind,” she said. “We wish everyone a very happy, safe and healthy Fourth of July weekend.” Families sat under pop-up tents, cabanas and also lounged on towels, while others took dips in the ocean, tossed footballs near the water’s edge and built sandcastles.Jess and Ray Freed, of Souderton, Pa., found just the right spot on the Eighth Street beach to keep cool as temperatures hovered in the 80s.They sat on beach chairs right at the water’s edge, and when the surf ebbed and flowed, they relished the water splashing on their legs.Jess and Ray Freed, of Souderton, Pa., bask in the sun and relish the cool breezes at the water’s edge.The couple, who have a second home in Ocean City, were joined by some of their seven children and 22 grandchildren. The holiday weekend was not their first trip down, but Jess said they waited until some of Gov. Phil Murphy’s restrictions eased to come down.“We love it here. We wanted to make sure to do everything safely,” Jess, a retired third grade teacher in Pennsylvania, noted. “We social distance.”Ray, an accountant, said he was glad he and his family could once again spend their weekends in their favorite vacation destination.Some people were down for the weekend, others for the day.Allison and Brian Hoey, of Philadelphia, couldn’t wait to drive down to Ocean City to spend the holiday with their daughters, Evelyn, 2, and 4-year-old Olivia.Olivia romped in the water with her parents, while Allison Hoey held her youngest daughter, who giggled.“It feels amazing to be out with people. Everyone is out having a good time,” Allison said.Jenny McGettigan and her boyfriend, Peter Thornberg, of Charlotte, N.C., take a stroll down the landmark Boardwalk.Jenny McGettigan and her boyfriend, Peter Thornberg, both of Charlotte, N.C., were far from home. But McGettigan wanted to show Thornberg a place on the shore that she has loved for her whole life. She is originally from King of Prussia, Pa., and her parents have a home in Ocean City.The two walked hand in hand down the Boardwalk.“It just feels normal. The big draw to Ocean City is the family-friendly feel,” McGettigan pointed out.Thornberg’s first impression of Ocean City was a positive one, he said.“It is a very family-oriented city,” said Thornberg, a first-time visitor to the resort. “When I first saw the Boardwalk, I was overwhelmed. I really like that it is a dry town and there is so much to do. You don’t have to be a kid to like it.”Crowds hit the sands for some beach fun and relaxation, while social distancing.Signs posted along the Boardwalk offer reminders to keep everyone as safe as possible during the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

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Court to review amendment to limit fees

first_img April 1, 2004 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Court to review amendment to limit fees Court to review amendment to limit fees Contingency fees in medical malpractice cases are at issue Senior Editor A constitutional amendment that would limit attorneys’ fees in medical malpractice cases has gone to the Florida Supreme Court for review to ensure it encompasses only one issue and its ballot summary and title are accurate.The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers is filing comments on the amendment, and the Bar’s Trial Lawyers Section is seeking permission from the Bar’s Executive Committee to file. The academy, through a political committee, also is preparing three amendments that would tighten regulation of doctors, open up medical records to patients, and mandate that doctors charge all patients the same rates for identical services.The court set a deadline of March 31 for comments, of April 20 for reply briefs, and it will hear oral arguments on June 8 on the contingency fee amendment. Under the Florida Constitution, the court is charged with reviewing proposed initiative constitutional amendments to ensure that they do not contain more than one subject, and that the ballot title and summary accurately reflect the content of the amendment.Proposed amendments are forwarded to the court by the attorney general when backers get 10 percent of more than 488,000 verified signatures they need to get on the November general election ballot.The amendment is being pushed by Citizens for a Fair Share, a political committee created by the Florida Medical Association. The amendment provides that in any medical liability case, the client must get no less than 70 percent of the first $250,000 awarded, not counting costs and expenses. Above $250,000, the client would get 90percent of any award, after costs and expenses.Plaintiff’s lawyers have said that will make it impossible for lawyers to take many medical malpractice cases and injured patients will bear the brunt of coping with their ailments.Lisette Mariner, a spokeswoman for the FMA, said the association is confident the amendment will pass Supreme Court scrutiny, and that Citizens for a Fair Share will be able to collect the necessary signatures to get on the ballot.“We wouldn’t be going through this if we didn’t think we could get the signatures,” she said. “It’s an issue that the people of Florida are looking to resolve.”Paul Jess of the AFTA said the academy is confident it can successfully challenge the amendment both on the single issue and the accuracy of the ballot title and summary grounds.“We have hired a team of lawyers who are writing, drafting our comments to the Florida Supreme Court,” Jess said. “We think that their amendment is fatally flawed and we are confident that the Florida Supreme Court will strike it down, both as violating the single subject rule and because the ballot title and summary are misleading.”Jacobs sent a letter to Attorney General Charlie Crist, before he forwarded the amendment to the court, outlining problems the section saw with the amendment.Those included that the amendment title, “Claimant’s Right to Fair Compensation,” is misleading. (The ballot title is different: “The Medical Liability Claimant’s Compensation Amendment.”) “It is an attempt to limit contingent legal fees to 30 percent of the first $250,000 and 10 percent of everything in excess of $250,000,” Jacobs wrote. “The obvious hope of the petitioners is to prevent patients from suing doctors. Note there is no limit on the fees doctors may pay for their defense.”Other problems, he said, include that the summary uses the term “injured claimant” while the text of the amendment refers only to a “claimant” and several terms in the amendment are not defined, including that only “reasonable and customary costs” would be paid.“The very nature of this proposal is at best disingenuous,” Jacobs wrote. “If adopted it would place an extraordinary burden on the courts of this state to interpret its many ambiguities. Its worst feature remains, however, the deception attempted to be put forward to the citizens of this state.”Aside from the FMA amendment, the academy is working on its three amendments, being sponsored by its political committee Floridians for Patient Protection. Jess said 175,000 signatures have been collected on each, and as soon as enough of those are verified by local supervisors of election, they will be submitted to the court.One amendment would revoke the license of any doctor who loses three malpractice judgments; the second would give patients access to confidential peer reviews and adverse incident reports (which now are immune even from subpoenas); and the third would require doctors to charge the same rate for the same services for all patients. Doctors now frequently negotiate contracts with HMOs and insurance companies to offer reduced rates to those patients covered by those plans.To get on the ballot, the amendments will need around 600,000 signatures in order to get the 488,000 valid voter signatures.“We anticipate no problem in getting that number of signatures prior to the certification deadline,” Jess said.The FMA’s Mariner said her association takes a dim view of the academy amendments. “We see it as retaliation,” she said.To get on the November general election ballot, the verified signatures must be submitted to the secretary of state by August 31.As proposed, the contingency fee amendment would create Section 26 to Article I of the constitution, which would be called, “Claimant’s right to fair compensation.” The amendment reads: “In any medical liability claim involving a contingency fee, the claimant is entitled to receive no less than 70 percent of the first $250,000.00 in all damages received by the claimant, exclusive of reasonable and customary costs, whether received by judgment, settlement, or otherwise, and regardless of the number of defendants. The claimant is entitled to 90 percent of all damages in excess of $250,000.00, exclusive of reasonable and customary costs and regardless of the number of defendants. This provision is self-executing and does not require implementing legislation.” Additional language provides the amendment becomes effective the day after it is passed by voters.The ballot title, if the amendment does get to the November election, is “The Medical Liability Claimant’s Compensation Amendment.” The summary reads, “Proposes to amend the State Constitution to provide that an injured claimant who enters into a contingency fee agreement with an attorney in a claim for medical liability is entitled to no less than 70 percent of the first $250,000.00 in all damages received by the claimant, and 90 percent of the damages in excess of $250,000.00, exclusive of reasonable and customary costs and regardless of the number of defendants. This amendment is intended to be self-executing.”In a related development, identical constitutional amendments were filed in the House and Senate. If passed by the legislature, they would automatically go to the ballot without the need for getting signatures or for the Supreme Court’s review.The House version was tentatively set to go to the Judiciary Committee on March 18, but was pulled from the agenda after three Republican members of the committee, including Chair Jeff Kottkamp, R-Coral Gables, said they opposed the measure.House Speaker Johnnie Byrd, quoted in the St. Petersburg Times, said it was unlikely the amendment would be taken up and passed in the House.As of Bar News deadline, the Senate version of the bill had not been referred to any committees.last_img read more

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Annual Mud Gaunlet has a different look this time around

first_img“Hopefully next year it will still be on the qualifying events,” he said. “Our obstacles don’t change, they are still high standard.” “This course has multiple difficulty level, but the hardest side for our elite people is as hard as it comes,” said Newby. For those that took part, the course still provided a challenge for those who took the plunge. “It is bitter sweet,” said said Newbsanity founder Jarrett Newby. “We normally have a few hundred people come up for the mud gauntlet.” The event still featured a wide range of people from all different age groups on a three-mile long obstacle course. The gauntlet was scheduled to be a qualifier for this years world championships, which Newby said was cancelled.center_img BINGHAMTON (WBNG) – In a summer where events throughout the Southern Tier were put on hold, the Newsbsanity Mud Gauntlet was a full go. Due to the coronavirus pandemic. Newby said this year’s gauntlet looked different from past ventures, featuring social distancing, spaced out start times, masks and other safety precautions. Newby told 12 News despite the adjustments to this year’s Mud Gauntlet, he still considered it a success.last_img read more

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Time to staff schools with armed guards

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionJust a few short weeks after the Parkland massacre we have another shooter walk into an unguarded door in a school in Maryland and shoot two students.Most of the solutions offered over the last couple of weeks to solve this problem involve gun control. That issue makes our politicians feel good, but doesn’t solve the problem at all. Let’s face it, we’re never going to get guns out of the hands of people who want to kill us. Let’s bite the bullet and spend the money necessary to control the access to our schools and secure them with metal detectors and armed guards. We don’t need any more of our kids getting killed in school.In my opinion it’s the only solution to this problem that is going to work.Ron BelliSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlinelast_img read more

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