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first_imgIS IT TRUE this afternoon the Evansville City Council will begin to review the 2017 proposed?  …get ready for the political games to begin?IS IT TRUE the City of Evansville is going to experience major problems concerning the 2017 budget?   …it looks like former Councilman and Finance Chairman John Friend, CPA productions concerning the 2017 is spot on?IS IT TRUE the word at the Civic Center is that the City employees are getting ready to experience big increase in their Health Insurance deductibles costs?IS IT TRUE we hear that City employees should expect higher deductibles costs that  will increase the employees out of pocket health coverage costs for 2017?IS IT TRUE  during the preliminary  2017 budget review by the Administration it was discover that the new premium for Employee Health Insurance would  had to be increased by a large amount per month ?   …the City decided to increase the deductibles costs paid by the employees in order to reduce the projected monthly premium  costs for 2017?IS IT TRUE when former Mayor Frank McDonald Jr left office he had $58 million dollars in the General Fund?IS IT TRUE when former Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel left office he had $4 million dollars in the General Fund?IS IT TRUE when former Mayor Russ lloyd Jr left office he has $232,000 in the General Fund?IS IT TRUE at the end of 2015 Mayor Winnecke had $207,000 in the General Fund?IS IT TRUE at the beginning of 2016 Mayor Winnecke got a $12.5 million dollar advancement from Tropicana to help ends meet? …the City put $6.5 million in the General Fund to help shore up deficit balances?  …we have no idea what the city did with the remaining balance of this cash advancement?IS IT TRUE that today is the last day for our current “Readers Poll”?  …it looks like City Councilman Dan McGinn is being crushed by the people voting on this 10 day “Readers Poll” question?  …so far the results of our poll question concerning the Homestead Tax Credit Resolution sponsored by Councilman Dan McGinn are: YES-79, NO-739 and NO IDEA–99?FOOTNOTE: “IS IT TRUE” will be posted next Thursday?Todays READERS POLL question is: Do you support Councilman Dan McGinn’s Homestead Tax Credit resolution that reduces the percentages of our tax credits?Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “ AUGUST BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] County Observer has been serving our community for 15 years.Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistribute.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

November 1, 2004 Notices

first_imgNovember 1, 2004 Notices NoticesCourt amends jury instructions The Florida Supreme Court approved amendments to civil jury instruction 1.3, regarding when a judge reads stipulated testimony, stipulations, or admissions to a jury. The changes were proposed by the court’s Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases (in supplemental report No. 04-01), were advertised in the Bar News, but received no comments. In its October 14 order in case no. SC04-580, the court wrote in its per curiam opinion: “Upon consideration of the committee’s report, we hereby authorize the publication and use of the revised instruction as set forth in the appendix attached to this opinion. In doing so, we express no opinion on the correctness of the instruction and remind all interested parties that this authorization forecloses neither requesting additional or alternative instructions nor contesting the legal correctness of this instruction. “We further caution all interested parties that the notes and comments associated with the instruction reflect only the opinion of the committee, and are not necessarily indicative of the view of this court as to their correctness or applicability.”Court rejects new traffic rule The Florida Supreme Court declined to adopt a newly proposed traffic court rule 6.292 that would clarify the effect of a withheld adjudication in the criminal offense context. The court declined the proposed rule from The Florida Bar Traffic Court Rules Committee, because it is in conflict with the court’s decision in Raulerson v. State, 763 So. 2d 285 (Fla. 2000). The court did adopt the remaining amendments in case no. SC04-101 that make minor technical changes to rules 6.100 (Traffic Violations Bureau), 6.190 (Procedure on Failure to Appear; Warrant; Notice), 6.200 (Pleas and Affidavits of Defense); 6.500 (Pronouncement and Entry of Penalty; Penalizing Official); and 6.580 (Completion of Driver School; Conditions.) The rules committee’s proposals were unanimously approved by the Bar’s Board of Governors and were published for comment in the Bar News. The one comment received alleges that the entire body of Traffic Court Rules do not comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. “As this comment is beyond the scope of the current proposed amendments, we direct the Clerk of Court to refer this comment to the rules committee for its consideration, pursuant to Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.130(b)(2),” the per curiam October 7 opinion said. < p>Bankruptcy judge needed in Tampa The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit seeks applications from all highly qualified persons for a 14-year appointment as U.S. bankruptcy judge for the Middle District of Florida at Tampa. The salary is $145,452 annually. Further information and an application are available on the court’s Web site at www.ca11.uscourts.gov/humanresources, or may be obtained from the Office of the Circuit Executive at 56 Forsyth Street, NW, Atlanta, GA 30303, phone (404) 335-6535, and from the clerk of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and the clerks of the district and bankruptcy courts for the Middle District of Florida. Applications for the position must be submitted personally by potential nominees and must be received no later than November 10. Weitzman seeks reinstatement Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10, Jack L. Weitzman, has petitioned the Florida Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement. On April 12, 2001, Weitzman was suspended for three years effective nunc pro tunc November 14, 2000, due to a felony conviction. On April 8, 2004, Weitzman also received a six month suspension effective nunc pro tunc March 31, 2002, for contempt violations. Any persons having knowledge bearing upon Weitzman’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact William Mulligan, Bar Counsel, The Florida Bar, Suite M-100, 444 Brickell Avenue, Miami 33131, telephone (305) 377-4445. Court amends how e-documents are filed Supreme Court of Florida November 1, 2004 Noticescenter_img No. AOSCO4-84 IN RE: MANDATORY SUBMISSION OF ELECTRONIC COPIES OF DOCUMENTS ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER Pursuant to this Court’s Administrative Orders dated February 5, 1999, and March 13, 2002, parties in the Florida Supreme Court are required, in addition to the paper copy that is filed, to send an electronic copy of the following to the Court:• all briefs on the merits• all briefs on jurisdiction• all pleadings filed in death warrant cases• all pleadings filed in Judicial Qualifications Commission cases• all referee reports in Florida Bar disciplinary cases• all hearing transcripts in death penalty cases• all petitions requesting rule amendments (including the proposed rules) — this includes Rules Reg. the Florida Bar, Bar Admission Rules, Code of Judicial Conduct, Jury Instructions, and all Rules of Procedure.• all petitions requesting procedural rule form amendments (including the proposed forms)• all comments in rules cases• all petitions and responses thereto in which the Court determines it will hold oral argument, and• any other pleadings which the Court may designate. Any case may be so designated because there is significant media or public interest in obtaining briefs, pleadings, petitions, or other documents generated by the case, and parties and counsel in the case shall be notified of this by letter from the Clerk.Currently the electronic copy is provided by sending the Court a diskette which contains the electronic version of the document. The Court has determined it would be more efficient for the Court and the public to require the electronic version of these pleadings be sent to the Court via e-mail.Effective October 1, 2004, in addition to filing paper copies all briefs on the merits, all briefs on jurisdiction, all pleadings filed in Judicial Qualifications Commission cases, all referee reports in Florida Bar disciplinary cases, all transcripts in death penalty cases, all petitions requesting rule amendments (including the proposed rules), all petitions requesting procedural rule form amendments (including the proposed forms), all comments in rules cases, all petitions and responses thereto in which the Court determines it will hold oral argument, and any other pleadings which the Court may designate, shall be submitted electronically either via e-mail, as explained below, or by diskette but not both. If by diskette, it must be in accordance with In Re: Mandatory Submission of Electronic Copies of Documents on Computer Diskette dated November 13, 2002. Effective April 1, 2005, all submissions must be via e-mail. Diskettes will no longer be accepted after April 1, 2005.Electronic submissions via e-mail shall be attached to an e-mail sent to the following e-mail address: [email protected] This e-mail address is for this purpose oniy. The Clerk’s Office will not respond to e-mails sent to this address. Pleadings sent to this address will not be considered a filing. The subject line of the e-mail shall contain the Supreme Court case number, if one has been assigned, or the style of the case, if a case number has not been assigned, in substantially the following format: “Filing in SCOO-0” or “Filing in Doe v. Roe.” The document must be e-mailed the same day the original paper copy of the document is filed or served. Effective October 1, 2004, electronic submissions may be submitted in either Microsoft Word format or WordPerfect. Effective January 1, 2005, all electronic submissions in rules cases must be in Microsoft Word. For all other cases, effective April 1, 2005, submissions must be in Microsoft Word.Litigants and counsel should be aware that electronic versions submitted in WordPerfect will be converted by the Court to Microsoft Word and there is no guarantee that the document will be converted without error.All electronic submissions in death warrant cases shall be sent to a separate e-mail address which will be provided to counsel by the Clerks office when a death warrant is signed.The official recorded filing date for these pleadings shall remain the date the paper copies are received by the Clerks Office.Any documents required by the order to be submitted in electronic form may be rejected for filing by the Clerk of Court if the electronic version does not conform to the requirements of this order, the rules of court or match the paper copy version.The Clerk of the Court is directed to send copies of this order to The Florida Bar News for publication in at least two issues of The Florida Bar News.DONE AND ORDERED at Tallahassee, Florida, on September 13, 2004. Legislative Action Under Rule 2-9.3 (b) – (e), Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, active members of the Bar may file a specific objection to any legislative position adopted by the Board of Governors.Objections properly filed within 45 days of this News issue will be considered for a refund of that portion of mandatory membership fees applicable to the contested legislative position, within an additional 45 days. The Bar’s governing board has the option to grant the appropriate refund to an objector or to refer the matter to arbitration.The arbitration process will determine solely whether the legislative position is within those acceptable activities for which compulsory membership fees may be used under applicable constitutional law. The objecting member’s fees allocable to the contested legislative position will be escrowed promptly upon receipt of the objection, and any refund will bear legal interest.Any active member may provide written notice to the executive director of The Florida Bar, setting forth an objection to a particular legislative position. Failure to object within 45 days of this News issue will constitute a waiver of any right to object to a particular legislative position within this notice.The policy requires the Bar to notice such legislative positions in the next available News issue following their adoption.Pursuant to Standing Board Policy 9.20, on October 15 the Board of Governors approved the following position of The Florida Bar:1. Opposes the proposed “Medical Liability Claimant’s Compensation Amendment” to the Florida Constitution because it restricts the right of access to courts and impairs the obligation of contract. Proposed guidelines for taxation of costs The Florida Bar Civil Procedure Rules Committee has filed with the Florida Supreme Court a report proposing new Statewide Uniform Guidelines for Taxation of Costs in Civil Actions to replace the existing guidelines. The report was filed in response to the court’s request that the committee gather input and information on improving the guidelines and file a comprehensive report of its findings and conclusions, together with any proposed guidelines. See Amendments to Uniform Guidelines for Taxation of Costs, 794 So. 2d 1247 (Fla. 2001). The court invites all interested persons to comment on the proposed guidelines, which are reproduced in full below, as well as online at www.flcourts.org/sct/sctdocs/proposed.html. The committee’s full report is also published online. An original and nine copies of all comments must be filed with the court on or before December 1, with a certificate of service verifying that a copy has been served on the committee chair, Robert N. Clarke, Jr., Ausley & McMullen, P.A., P.O. Box 391, Tallahassee 32302-0391, as well as a separate request for oral argument if the person filing the comment wishes to participate in oral argument which may be scheduled in this case. Comments must be filed in paper format and an electronic copy must be provided in accordance with AO04-84. See Administrative Order In Re: Mandatory Submission of Electronic Copies of Documents, dated September 13, 2004. IN THE SUPREME COURT OF FLORIDA AMENDMENTS TO UNIFORM GUIDELINES FOR TAXATION OF COSTS, CASE NO. SC96726. STATEWIDE UNIFORM GUIDELINES FOR TAXATION OF COSTS IN CIVIL ACTIONS I. Litigation Costs Which Shall Be Taxed. A. Depositions 1. The original and one copy of the deposition and court reporter’s per diem for all depositions, unless the objecting party shows it was not reasonably necessary. 2. The original and/or one copy of the video deposition and the cost of the services of a technician for video depositions used at trial, unless the objecting party shows it was not reasonably necessary. 3. Telephone toll and video conferencing charges for the conduct of telephone and video depositions unless the objecting party demonstrates that the depositions were not reasonably necessary. B. Documents and Exhibits 1. The costs of copies of documents admitted (in lieu of “actually cited”) with the court, which assist the court in reaching a conclusion. 2. The costs of copies obtained in discovery, even if the copies were not used at trial, unless an objecting party demonstrates that the copies were not reasonably necessary. C. Expert Witnesses 1. A reasonable fee for deposition and/or trial testimony, and the costs of preparation of any court ordered report. D. Witnesses 1. Costs of subpoena, witness fee, and service of witnesses for deposition and/or trial. E. Court Reporting Costs Other than for Depositions 1. Reasonable court reporter’s per diem for the reporting of evidentiary hearings, trial and post-trial hearings. F. Reasonable Charges Incurred for Requiring Special Masters, Guardians Ad Litem, and Attorneys Ad Litem II. Litigation Costs That May Be Taxed as Costs. A. Mediation Fees and Expenses. 1. Costs and fees of Mediator. B. Reasonable Travel Expenses. 1. Reasonable travel expenses of attorney. 2. Reasonable travel expenses of expert. 3. Reasonable travel expenses of witnesses. III. Litigation Costs That Should Not Be Taxed as Costs. A. The Cost of Long Distance Telephone Calls with Witnesses, both Expert and Non-Expert (including conferences concerning scheduling of depositions or requesting witnesses to attend trial). B. Any Expenses Relating to Consulting But Non-Testifying Experts. C. Cost Incurred in Connection with Any Matter Which Was Not Reasonably Calculated to Lead to the Discovery of Admissible Evidence. D. Travel Time. 1. Travel time of attorney(s). 2. Travel time of expert(s). Proposed ethics advisory opinion The Professional Ethics Committee has issued Proposed Advisory Opinion 00-2 (Reconsideration) reprinted below. Pursuant to Rule 4(c) and (d) of The Florida Bar Procedures for Ruling on Questions of Ethics, comments from Florida Bar members are solicited on the proposed opinion. The committee will consider any comments received at a meeting to be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, January 21, 2005 at the Hyatt Regency in Miami. Comments must contain the proposed advisory opinion number and clearly state the issues for the committee to consider. A written argument may be included explaining why the Florida Bar member believes the committee’s opinion is either correct or incorrect and may contain citations to relevant authorities. Comments should be submitted to Elizabeth Clark Tarbert, Ethics Counsel, The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300, and must be postmarked no later than 30 days from the date of this publication. PROFESSIONAL ETHICS OF THE FLORIDA BAR PROPOSED ADVISORY OPINION 00-2 (Reconsideration) (October 1, 2004) The Committee has reconsidered Opinion 00-2 which discourages lawyers from being involved in settlement agreements in which an insurance company places funds directly into an account in a client’s name instead of sending the lawyer a check which is then deposited into the lawyer’s trust account. Opinion 00-2 concludes that this type of arrangement, sometimes known as a “Safe Haven Account” or “FUNDaccount,” prevents a lawyer from fulfilling his or her ethical obligations to third parties. See Rule 5-1.1 and Rule 5-1.2, Comment, Rules Regulating The Florida Bar. Additionally, the Committee was concerned about “reducing available funds that otherwise would be used to assist in the administration of justice through participation in the Supreme Court approved IOTA program.” The Committee is concerned that Opinion 00-2 might be interpreted as mandating limitations on the client’s ability to direct payments of the client’s share of settlement funds into specific financial accounts or to designated third party recipients without having those funds placed first in a lawyer’s trust account. The client has wide discretion in directing the manner in which the monies owed to the client are distributed provided, however, that the client may not direct payment of funds in a manner intended to avoid the client’s legal obligation to pay the client’s lawyers or to pay debts owed to third parties. The Committee believes that the concerns expressed in Opinion 00-2 can be avoided in a settlement where the only funds going directly from the insurance company into a client’s financial account or to another recipient designated by the client are monies owed to the client and the insurance company issues a separate check to the attorney for the remaining balance, including attorney’s fees, any applicable costs, and amounts owed to third parties. The attorney would then deposit these funds into his or her attorney trust account and distribute the funds in accordance with the attorney’s ethical obligations. This agreement gives a lawyer control over that portion of settlement proceeds covering fees, costs, and amounts to which third parties may have valid legal claims. This permits the lawyer to fulfill his or her ethical duties under Rule 5-1.1 and Rule 5-1.2, Comment, Rules Regulating The Florida Bar. It also allows for the collection of interest on these funds, through placement in an IOTA account when required by Rule 5-1.1(e). In conclusion, a lawyer may participate in an arrangement where an insurance company pays only that portion of the settlement proceeds owed directly to the client into a client’s financial account or to another recipient designated by the client. As stated in Opinion 00-2, however, a lawyer should not participate in a settlement if the funds deposited into the client’s account include the attorney’s fees, costs and funds to which a third party may have a claim. Bar rules proposals to be filed The Board of Governors of The Florida Bar published a notice in the October 15 News of filing with the Supreme Court of Florida, on or about November 15, a petition to amend the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar. The amendments reflect changes favorably recommended by the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar after reviewing changes made to the ABA Model Rules in 2002 at the recommendation of the ABA Ethics Commission 2000. The following two items were inadvertently omitted from that notice: RULE 4-1.8 CONFLICT OF INTEREST; PROHIBITED AND OTHER TRANSACTIONS *** (k) While lawyers are associated in a firm, a prohibition in the foregoing subdivisions (a) through (i) that applies to any one of them shall apply to all of them. *** RULE 5-1.1 TRUST ACCOUNTS *** Comment *** The obligations of a lawyer under this chapter are independent of those arising from activity other than rendering legal services. For example, a lawyer who serves only as an escrow agent is governed by the applicable law relating to fiduciaries even though the lawyer does not render legal services in the transaction and is not governed by this rule. *** Additionally, a few minor editorial corrections not affecting the substance of the rules were made after publication of the October 15, 2004 notice. An errata sheet and the full corrected text of the entire rules changes in legislative format can be found on The Florida Bar website at www.flabar.org under Organization, Committees, Special, Special Committee to Review the ABA Model Rules 2002. A copy of the consolidated submission of the entire rules package may be requested by contacting the Ethics Department, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, 32399-2300 or calling (850) 561-5600, Ext. 5780. Members who desire to comment on any of these proposed amendments may do so within 30 days of the filing of the Bar’s petition. The petition will be filed on or about December 1, in order to accommodate this correction notice. Comments should be filed directly with the clerk of the Supreme Court of Florida, and a copy must be served on the executive director of The Florida Bar. Rule 1-21.1, Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, governs these proceedings. Supreme Court acts on motions to disqualify < p> Emphasizing the need for an immediate ruling when a motion to disqualify a trial judge is made during a hearing or trial, the Florida Supreme Court adopted amendments proposed by the Rules of Judicial Administration Committee. Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.160, Disqualification of Trial Judges, was amended by the court on October 7 in case no. SC03-2169. The court had requested proposed amendments to make rule 2.160(f) consistent with its holding in Tableau Fine Art Group, Inc. v. Jacoboni, 853 So. 2d 299, 303 (Fla. 2003), that a motion for judicial disqualification “must be ruled on within 30 days following its presentation to the court.” Besides technical changes for making the rule more readable, the following substantive changes were made: • The movant is required to serve, rather than merely send, a copy of the motion to the judge in question. • The trial judge “shall rule on a motion to disqualify immediately, but no later than 30 days after the service of the motion as set forth in subdivision (c). • If the judge does not rule within 30 days, “the motion shall be deemed granted and the moving party may seek an order from the court directing the clerk to reassign the case.” The amendments become effective January 1, 2005, at 12:01 a.m.last_img read more

EGBA responsible advertising code gains European broadcaster approval

first_img Related Articles Share Altenar: Supporting expansion plans in Denmark and Portugal August 20, 2020 The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has confirmed that the European Associations for TV and Radio publishers has become the latest organisation to welcome its new code of conduct on responsible advertising for online gambling.Becoming the first pan-European initiative for gambling advertising, the code establishes responsible standards for advertising for the online gambling sector. The egta will subsequently promote the code to its members and encourage them to support it.The code introduces enhanced consumer protection measures for responsible advertising content and dedicated measures for social media and minor protection, and applies to EGBA members and other online gambling companies who sign up. Its application will be monitored by an independent third party.It is said that “a recent analysis found the code to complement and reinforce the existing regulation of gambling advertising in European countries and, in several countries, the code’s measures are stricter than existing national rules”.Maarten Haijer, secretary-general of the EGBA, explained: “We’re very pleased to present EGBA’s Code of Conduct for responsible gambling advertising, which promotes high standards for minor protection and socially responsible advertising content.“Advertising is essential to inform the consumer of the websites which are regulated and steer them away from rogue black-market websites. But advertising is how the gambling sector is visible to the outside world and it should be responsible and protect consumers, particularly minors.“We welcome egta’s support for the code, the engagement of the media sector is extremely valuable for the success of this initiative and we look forward to liaising with egta members to promote the code further.”Last month the Portuguese association for online betting and gambling APAJO officially endorsed EGBA’s European code of conduct on responsible advertising for online gambling, becoming the fifth national gambling association to do so.APAJO will now promote the code to its members and other online gambling companies in Portugal and encourage sign-ups. Submit David Clifton, Licensing Expert: Has the die already been cast? July 15, 2020 StumbleUpon EGBA: German Policy unfit to tackle black market threats July 16, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Guardiola targets Champions League milestone

first_img– ‘Heads held high’ –“I want to say a big congratulations to the academy,” said the City manager.“All the club has to be so proud to have two young players of 17, 18 years old making their first appearances in the Champions League.“For the academy, all the guys who’ve been working for a long time, the scouting, to search for huge talents — I put them on the field, but the guys who have worked with them deserve credit.“Hopefully they keep growing. They are still young. We don’t need to speed up the process of growing.“Today it’s their first game in the Champions League. They’ll keep training with us and keep playing. I’ll put them on the pitch and we’ll see in the future.”Late @sterling7 strike eventually sees-off a determined Feyenoord.#cityvfey recap…https://t.co/45KuJCcG3V— Manchester City (@ManCity) November 21, 2017The result means Feyenoord cannot rescue even the consolation prize of a berth in the Europa League.But having seen his players almost succeed in frustrating a team who are currently eight points clear in the Premier League, Feyenoord coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst could look on the bright side.“When you compare this to the first game, when we were pretty useless (losing 4-0 to City in September), it shows how far we have come in the Champions League,” he said.The boss on winning, @sterling7 and the #UCL debuts of @PhilFoden and @Brahim #mancity https://t.co/kGrJmbDZPV— Manchester City (@ManCity) November 21, 2017“There are clubs who will leave this stadium with their tail between their legs more than we have today.“Certainly we have met some challenging opponents. We have met the best teams in the UK, Italy and Ukraine.“It’s been a good experience for us. Hopefully we can walk away from the Champions League with our heads held high.”Share on: WhatsApp Guardiola: We have one game left and we’re going to see what happensManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Pep Guardiola set Manchester City the target of becoming the first English club to win all six of their Champions League group matches after they secured top spot in Group F.Raheem Sterling struck in the 88th minute to give City a 1-0 win over Feyenoord on Tuesday, which — allied to Shakhtar Donetsk’s 3-0 loss at Napoli — guaranteed Guardiola’s side first place in the group.He wants his team to finish the job by winning away to Shakhtar on December 6 and is mindful that the Ukrainian club are still vying with Napoli for the one remaining last 16 berth.“We respect the competition. We respect Shakhtar and we respect Napoli,” Guardiola said.“We play to win the games and after we will see how we finish. We have one game left and we’re going to see what happens.“The important thing is 15 points. We are now going to finish good in Shakhtar and win the game. The draw, we’ll see. Last 16, it doesn’t matter which one. Always will be complicated.”Only six teams have previously won all six of their group games: AC Milan in 1992, Paris Saint-Germain in 1994, Spartak Moscow in 1995, Barcelona in 2002 and Real Madrid in 2011 and 2014.FT | ? 1-0 ? #cityvfeyTop spot secured 17 wins in a row Youth blooded A successful night in the end for the Blues! pic.twitter.com/eJKnOX4tcJ— Manchester City (@ManCity) November 21, 2017Guardiola fielded a side showing seven changes from Saturday’s 2-0 win at Leicester City and it took until the dying stages at the Etihad Stadium for his charges to wear Feyenoord down.Sterling swapped passes with Ilkay Gundogan before haring into the box and neatly lifting a shot over goalkeeper Brad Jones, his former Liverpool team-mate.Including their victory on penalties over Wolverhampton Wanderers in the League Cup, City have now won their last 17 games in all competitions.Guardiola used the occasion to hand a debut to 17-year-old midfield starlet Phil Foden and a first Champions League appearance to 18-year-old Spanish midfielder Brahim Diaz.When you’re 25 games unbeaten and you’ve just won your @ChampionsLeague group with a game to spare… ? pic.twitter.com/FsNcNxx7Fp— Manchester City (@ManCity) November 21, 2017last_img read more

QPR v Doncaster line-ups: R’s handed major boost for Rovers clash

first_imgCharlie Austin returns to the QPR side to face Doncaster after missing two matches with a hamstring problem. Nedum Onuoha keeps his place, with Clint Hill on the bench. QPR: Green; Simpson, Onuoha, Dunne, Assou-Ekotto, Barton, Kranjcar, Hoilett, O’Neil, Benayoun, Austin.Subs: Murphy; Traore, Hill, Phillips, Johnson, Carroll, Henry.Doncaster: Turnbull, Quinn, Furman, Duffy, Macheda, Cotterill, McCullough, Wakefield, Wellens, Robinson, Stevens.Subs: Maxted; Brown, Woods, De Val Fernandez, Bennett, Forrester, Peterson.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

OOL Follies: Evolutionists Ignore the Obvious Questions

first_imgIn origin-of-life (OOL) research, any partial solution seems good enough, even if the big questions go unanswered.Stack of Plates Sans CodeScience Now got real excited about a new kind of RNA that, with a sufficient kind of design, can organize into a stack that reporter Robert Service (not the Alaskan storyteller) believes mimics DNA.  In “Self-Assembling Molecules Offer New Clues on Life’s Possible Origin,” he spoke of problems with certain RNAs called CA and TAP that stubbornly refuse to self-assemble in water.  A little tweaking got them to cooperate the way scientists wanted:Unfortunately, in water CA and TAP clump together in large ribbons and sheets and quickly fall out of solution, making it hard to conceive of how these proto-RNAs could have stored genetic information in the earliest stages of life.Now, however, Hud and his colleagues at Georgia Tech and the Institute for Research in Biomedicine in Barcelona, Spain, have solved this solvent problem. The researchers gave TAP a short chemical tail, transforming it into a chemical they call TAPAS, as they reported on Friday in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. And that one change encourages it to assemble with CA to form rosettes in water. What is more, the rosettes stack atop one another, forming long genelike chains made up of as many as 18,000 individual TAPAS and CA components—quite a stack of small plates.Unfortunately for Service, this serves no purpose without a code to organize the sequence of the plates (which don’t even resemble DNA’s double helix and paired bases – the foundation of the genetic code).  He was content to call this “a step in the right direction.”Assault on BatteryTia Ghose in a story on NBC News said, “Theorists are pumped up about their new origin of life proposal.”  This one has nothing to do with RNAs, but rather theoretical natural “batteries” in hydrothermal vents where “life may have gotten started.”  The gaps in one quote are astonishing:Somehow, the precursors of life harnessed carbon dioxide and hydrogen available in those primitive conditions to create the building blocks of life, such as amino acids and nucleotides (building blocks of DNA). But those chemical reactions require a power source, said study co-author Nick Lane, a researcher at the University College London.Ghose seemed close to a solution merely by having the battery, without the need to explain the computer and software.  Live Science asked, “Origin of Life: Did a Simple Pump Drive Process?” but did not offer a critique of Lane’s suggestion.  In its coverage, Nature News didn’t address DNA or codes at all, but exposed Nick Lane to SEQOTW by stating a conundrum:It is assumed that the rocky proto-cells would initially be lined with leaky organic membranes. If the cells were to escape the vents and become free-living in the ocean, these membranes would have to be sealed. But sealing the membrane would cut off natural proton gradients, because although an ATP synthase would let protons into the cell, there would be nothing to pump them out, and the concentration of protons on each side of the membrane would rapidly equalize. Without an ion gradient “they would lose power,” says Lane.Proteins that pump protons out of the cell would solve the problem, but there would have been no pressure for such proteins to evolve until after the membranes were closed. In which case, “They would have had to evolve a proton pumping  system in no time, which is impossible,” says Lane.Lane implies that given some time, the impossible becomes possible, the possible probable, and the probable virtually certain, as George Wald claimed decades ago in a widely-criticized article on the origin of life.  On PhysOrg, Nick Lane swept aside the problem of the genetic code with a hand wave: “Life is, in effect, a side-reaction of an energy-harnessing reaction.”It Rocketed from SpaceIntoxicated by the phrase “building blocks of life,” Tia Ghose looked to the wisdom of NASA scientists who think they found hydroxylamine.  What?  Well, given access to acetic acid, this “white, unstable crystalline, hygroscopic compound” (Wikipedia) whose nitrate form can be used for rocket fuel, can form amino acids, Ghose claimed in Live Science.  And once you have amino acids, can’t you envision proteins?  Again, nothing was said about the genetic code, or even how those amino acids could be filtered into a one-handed population.  Instead, Ghose imagined worlds in collision: “In turn, hydroxylamine could react with other compounds, such as acetic acid, to form amino acids that could be dumped onto other worlds during space-rock collisions.”Get your local OOL researcher to take the following pledge: “I will not publish anything that contains the words may, might, could, perhaps, or possibly.”  They won’t do it because they would be out of a job.  For the rest of us, their storytelling under the banner of “science” is unbearable.For an explanation of why partial steps in their story are of no value, we turn to a quotation from the 5/22/2002 commentary:They took a giant leap of faith. “But at least they were in the lab experimenting; isn’t that better than just giving up and claiming ‘God did it’?” (This is a favorite criticism of Eugenie Scott and the NCSE.) It depends.To illustrate this, picture a large canyon, representing the origin of life, that the evolutionists must cross by building a bridge over it. They think they are making progress when they hire a helicopter to hold a steel girder out in mid-air and say, “We have demonstrated that this girder would work as part of our bridge, if all the other parts were in place.” But what happens the moment they let go of the girder, and the pilot flies away? It crashes to the bottom of the canyon, accomplishing nothing. In their write-up of their results, they might refer to other helicopters that have held up other girders and cables at other points, none of which could have ever hung out there in mid-air waiting for the next piece to join up, yet they boast about the progress they’re making.An evolutionist may retort that they are not holding their girders in mid-air, but building from the sides to meet in the middle. No they are not; every one of their experiments independently cheats by invoking intelligent design (the helicopter or the prefabricated girders), which is unlike what nature would do. To imitate nature, they would have to take their intelligently guiding hands off the apparatus, and wait for millions of years in despair while nothing happens. Besides, nature would only be able to build from one side of the canyon, and would have no directionality or will to aim for the other side, or to build on any previous “successes”. (How do you define success, by the way, without a mind?) Invoking natural selection prior to replication is also cheating; but without it, there is no building on prior successes.Our bridge analogy is actually generous toward evolution; we gave them helicopters and steel girders, which are all designed objects built or manipulated by intelligent minds. The evolutionists’ task is to tell us how mindless nature, using raw materials like iron ore, built the bridge itself, without help, and tell us why nature would even want to do such a marvelous thing. And why even grant them the iron ore? Go back far enough, and they have to explain the origin of all the raw materials from nothing.(Visited 68 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Sanlam in R2bn Indian investment

first_img3 October 2012 South African financial services group Sanlam finalised a R2-billion investment in Indian group Shriram Capital Limited, acquiring a 26% stake in the business, the company announced on Tuesday. The investment was first announced in September 2011 and was undertaken by Sanlam Emerging Markets (SEM), the division responsible for financial services in emerging markets outside South Africa. The most recent acquisition grows Sanlam’s portfolio of businesses in the rest of Africa and Asia and supports the company’s “target of sustainable value creation in these growth markets”, it said. Sanlam’s focus remains on India and the rest of Africa, chief executive officer Johan van Zyl said at the release of the organisation’s interim results for six months in September. “Strategically, Sanlam previously into insurance joint ventures with the Shriram Group to participate in and benefit from the growing financial services industry in India,” chief executive officer of SEM, Heinie Werth, said in a statement. The two groups began their partnership in life insurance in 2005 and short-term insurance in 2008. “[It] is an important and logical next stop for SEM in our relationship with Shriram as it will provide us with access to Shriram Capital Limited’s wider financial services exposure in India and will see SEM diversifying its earning base.” Werth said that despite current challenges in the Indian economic environment, he remained confident of long-term potential. “Sanlam’s partnership with us has been catapulted to the next level with this investment,” said executive director of the Shriram Group, Gopalasamudram Sundararajan. The Shriram Group has interests in various sectors, ranging from financial services to manufacturing and pharmaceuticals. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Food security ‘high on BRICS agenda’

first_img20 March 2013Food security will be high on the agenda at the 5th BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Summit in Durban next week, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson said during a roadshow on the summit in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga on Monday.Food security was an important issue for the BRICS member countries, and South Africa and the continent had a lot to offer in this regard, Joemat-Pettersson said.“South Africa has become a special interest in all these countries because of our ability to produce food. We have a very excellent and thriving commercial agricultural sector.”She said that to boost the farming sector, her department was in negotiations with food giant Walmart to buy its farm products from small farmers.“This is not only for local consumption but also for exporting abroad. We want to make sure that the largest part of the value chain is captured within South Africa.“Right now when our commodities leave our country, the money which is added is not for us, but for the middle man in processing. For example, we want our bananas to leave South Africa in the form of juice, jam or anything which is needed by the world. It must be processed here,” Joemat-Pettersson said.The minister urged South Africans to learn from Brazil how to address inequality, unemployment and poverty.“Brazil had a lot of hungry people to feed, but the president introduced the zero hunger programme and it resulted in fewer and fewer people going to bed hungry. South Africa today has huge farms, people who can export products, but they have very little food security to feed each and every family.“Currently, 13-million people in South Africa do not have enough food to eat, and what we learned from Brazil is that instead of planting flowers in our backyards, we could start to plant vegetables and fruits.”She added that other countries had a lot to teach South Africa when it came to doing business.“What we learned from the BRICS countries is that we can be friends and competitors in a healthy way; we can co-exist with Mozambique and Swaziland to bring about change. Mpumalanga has a lot to offer in terms of being a partner and a competitor.”The BRICS group of influential emerging economies together represent about 43% of the world’s population and approximately one-fifth of global gross domestic product (GDP).In 2012, the BRICS countries accounted for approximately 11% of global foreign direct investment (FDI) flows ($465-billion) and about 17% of world trade.South Africa sees its membership of the grouping as crucial to leveraging economic opportunities for the development of the country and of the continent as a whole, while the country’s BRICS partners view South Africa as a springboard into Africa and a key development partner on the continent.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Watch for Grain Quality Concerns as Harvest Nears

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Moisture and hot September temperatures may cause issues with stalk quality and grain quality before the combines get ready to roll. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins finds out more from DuPont Pioneer Field Agronomist Ryan Terry in this week DuPont Pioneer Field Report.last_img

Trump Sticks By Tariffs

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jerry HagstromDTN Political CorrespondentWASHINGTON, D.C. (DTN) — After Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and other Republican senators met with President Donald Trump on trade Thursday, Grassley issued a statement that, “as a family farmer and member of the Senate Agriculture Committee,” he was glad to present his views on trade to the president. But Grassley said nothing about how Trump responded.Grassley has said repeatedly that Trump needs to lift the tariffs on Canadian and Mexican steel and aluminum before the Senate will consider approving the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement that is supposed to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement.“I was glad to be able to share with President Trump how farmers and businesses in Iowa are eager for Congress to pass USMCA,” Grassley said.“I want to be able to help President Trump get a victory on trade and help him keep his promise to get a better deal for American workers and farmers.“I urged President Trump to work with us to get past the steel and aluminum tariffs issue so USMCA can become law in the United States, Mexico and Canada. The USMCA is a historic achievement for President Trump. Lifting metal tariffs on Canada and Mexico will help the broader U.S. economy realize the agreement’s full benefits and will help a strong economy grow even stronger.“I’ll continue to work with my colleagues in Congress and the Trump administration to make sure the tariffs go, so USMCA can replace NAFTA and become law this year,” Grassley said.“We should keep in mind that tariffs are a tax on Americans and we shouldn’t undermine the benefits of historic tax reform with tariffs.”Neither the senators nor Trump spoke to reporters after the meeting, but Trump tweeted that tariffs “are working” because they bring back steel jobs to Pennsylvania.Also attending the meeting were Senate Republicans Rob Portman of Ohio, John Cornyn of Texas, Johnny Isakson of Georgia, Tim Scott of South Carolina, and John Thune of South Dakota, Washington Trade Daily reported.Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Wednesday that the Trump administration will not lift the steel and aluminum tariffs against Mexico and Canada without some kind of limits on those shipments.“The president is not going to take tariffs off unless there are other things that protect national security,” Ross said in an interview on Fox Business. “There are other ways to solve that problem and there have been serious discussions with both Mexico and Canada about alternative routes.”Mexico and Canada continue to resist the Trump administration’s offer to replace the tariffs with quotas.Across the Midwest, groups such as Tariffs Hurt the Heartland and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers have been holding events trying to focus on the negative impacts of the steel and aluminum tariffs. Grassley’s counterpart, Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, spoke last week at an event saying the tariffs against Canada and Mexico should be lifted.Vice President Mike Pence, meanwhile, is continuing his push for approval of the USMCA Friday in Lexington, Kentucky, where he will discuss the benefits of the trade deal with employees of Hallway Feeds, the Washington Trade Daily said.Pence Chief of Staff Marc Short said the White House is optimistic about getting USMCA approved, the Washington Trade Daily added. Short suggested Congress should pass the USMCA first and then Trump could make an “adjustment” to the tariffs.Jerry Hagstrom can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @hagstromreport(BAS/CZ)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more