Paris protests: At least 158 arrested after demonstration turns violent

first_imgSaturday 1 December 2018 4:12 pm The protest was organised by the “yellow vests” movement, which is a rebellion against diesel tax hikes and protestors wear high visibility jackets at the demonstrations.Police said some of the arrests were made amid concerns violent far-right and far-left groups were infiltrating the movement.There have now been three weeks of protests and demonstrations with roads being blocked across the country and calls for Macron to resign in one of his biggest challenges yet as president. Michael Searles whatsapp Tags: Tax Twitter It was the third rally in as many weeks as people took to the streets to protest rising fuel taxes and Emmannuel Macron’s government.Macron said there had been 5,500 protesters in the capital and about 36,000 in total around the country.Authorities said 65 people were injured during the demonstration, including 11 police officers.Some protestors lit fires and threw rocks at the police, while images circulating on social media have shown cars that were on fire. “The scenes we watched this morning are intolerable,” Mr Castaner wrote on Twitter. “The clear will to attack our police forces, our country’s symbols, is an insult to the Republic.” whatsappcenter_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldTotal PastJohn Wick Stuntman Reveals The Truth About Keanu ReevesTotal PastLearn It WiseColleagues Find Woman’s Bikini Photos Inappropriate, Give Her UltimatumLearn It WiseGive It LoveThese Twins Were Named “Most Beautiful In The World,” Wait Until You See Them TodayGive It LoveMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailNoteableyFaith Hill’s Daughter Is Probably The Prettiest Woman In The WorldNoteableyPaws ZillaLily From The AT&T Ads Is Causing A Stir For One ReasonPaws Zilla At least 158 people have been arrested after there were violent clashes between protestors and French police in Paris on Saturday. Riot police used tear gas, water cannons and stun grenades to quell protestors who attempted to breach security cordons on the Champs Elysees boulevard. Share Paris protests: At least 158 arrested after demonstration turns violent last_img read more

As Canada closes the border, unanswered questions from Alaskans pile up

first_imgCoronavirus | Economy | Federal Government | Interior | Nation & World | Southeast | TransportationAs Canada closes the border, unanswered questions from Alaskans pile upMarch 19, 2020 by Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska, Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks, and Henry Leasia, KHNS – Haines Share:Haines is 39 miles south of the Canadian Border. (Photo by Henry Leasia/KHNS)Updated (Thursday, March 19, 7:12 p.m.) — Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaskaGov. Mike Dunleavy said on Thursday that Canada’s border restrictions are not affecting Alaska’s crossings in Southeast Alaska or the Alaska Highway. (Read more)Original storyCanada is closing its land borders to “non-essential travel” to slow the spread of coronavirus. And that’s leaving many Alaskans scrambling for answers.Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the decision follows a conversation with President Donald Trump.“And we have agreed that both Canada and the United States will temporarily restrict all non-essential travel across the Canada-U.S. border,” he told reporters in Ottawa.It’s not immediately clear when the closure will take effect or how “non-essential” will be defined.And with no state ferries scheduled to sail up from the Lower 48 for a month, Alaskans like Ron Jackson want to know. He’s currently in Washington state, trying to get home to Haines.“So I’m trying to figure out if I qualify as essential or not trying to get home,” Jackson said.A Canada Border Services Agency spokesperson said early Wednesday the situation is evolving rapidly, and details are being finalized as quickly as possible.A spokesperson for the Alaska Marine Highway System said the ferry system is working with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol to figure out what the closure means for future sailings to Bellingham, Washington.Mike Swasey was on the road in Utah when the news of impending border restrictions broke. He’s trying to get home to Skagway and hopes to cross the northern border as soon as he can.“Because it could happen at any second,” he said from near Salt Lake City. “I’ve been in touch with border guards from both the U.S. and Canadian side. I’ve been in touch with the mayor of Skagway, who has been in close contact with a state senator from Alaska — nobody knows.”But it’s not just travelers that would be immediately affected by border restrictions.For the Southeast Alaska community of Hyder, it’s only road access runs through the neighboring town of Stewart, British Columbia.The two communities are interlinked. Alaskans there buy most of their groceries in Stewart, which has the area’s only gas station.“But at the same time, all the Canadians that live in Stewart, a lot of them have to go through Hyder to go to work at the mines,” said Wes Loe, president of the Hyder Community Association, on Wednesday.So far it’s business as usual. But he said cutting off the town’s only road access would be a major disruption.“If they do close the gate, it’s going to be hard for us, “Loe said. “All of our food comes from Ketchikan, and our mail, prescriptions and everything has flown in on Mondays and Thursdays,” Loe said. “And this winter has been a real rough winter, because we’ve gone up to three weeks without any supplies at all.”Other Alaskans are putting off travel through Canada.Delta Junction farmer Randy Peterson recently purchased some farm equipment in the Lower 48. But he’s having second thoughts about driving down to get it.“It’s just depending on what the virus does,” he said. “If it doesn’t ease up, I have no intention of going to get (the equipment) anyway, because it’s not worth it to me. I think this place is as good a place to be as any right now.”There are five main border crossings between Alaska and Canada: on the Alaska Highway south of Tok; the Top of the World Highway, east of Chicken; and three in the Southeast, at Pleasant Camp, British Columbia, east of Haines; at Fraser, British Columbia, between Skagway and Whitehorse; and between Hyder and Stewart, British Columbia.Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Bellingham is in British Columbia. Bellingham is a city in Washington state.Share this story:last_img read more

North American scientist prepare to wage war against ‘murder hornets’

first_imgResearchers using beetle cams to eradicate ‘murder hornets’ October 6, 2020 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Bees pollinate many crops in Washington’s multibillion-dollar agriculture industry.Scientists are still trying to pinpoint exactly how the Asian giant hornets made it to the continent. In the meantime, they are using traps of orange juice and rice cooking wine as sugar-based bate to bring the 2-inch predators to a reckoning. ‘Murder hornets’ can deliver painful stings to people and spit venom. Despite their nickname, the world’s largest hornets kill at most a few dozen people a year in Asian countries — and experts say it is probably far less. Agriculture officials trying to track down murder hornet nest October 5, 2020 Washington state traps its first ‘murder hornet’ August 4, 2020 Advertisement AdvertisementTags: murder hornet AdvertisementPaul van Westendorp of the British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries said they could threaten human existence if the murder hornets overpower bee populations needed to pollinate crops.“It’s an absolutely serious danger to our health and well-being,” he said. “These are intimidating insects.”The hornets start attacking and destroying beneficial honey bees later in the year, eating the bees for protein as they raise more hornets, Soichiger said. A small group of Asian giant hornets can kill an entire honey bee hive in a matter of hours. First murder hornet’s nest found in the US has been destroyed October 26, 2020 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments SPOKANE, Wash. [AP] – Scientists in the U.S. and Canada are getting ready to battle murder hornets, which are set to begin nesting again in spring. Scientists said Wednesday that they are trying to keep the “apex predators” from gaining ground in North America. The largest number of murder hornets has been scene in Whatcom County, Washington and the nearby Fraser Valley of British Columbia.“This is not a species we want to tolerate here in the United States,” said Sven-Erik Spichiger of the Washington state Department of Agriculture, which eradicated a nest of the Asian giant hornets last year. “The Asian giant hornet is not supposed to be here.”“We may not get them all, but we will get as many as we can,” he said of eradication efforts this year. RELATEDTOPICS Advertisementlast_img read more

Story of Shin to Become Movie

first_img Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak News SHARE News There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest By Mok Yong Jae – 2011.10.17 2:35pm The story of Shin Suk Ja, now better known as the ‘Daughter of Tongyeong’, is to be made into a film.Speaking with the Daily NK, Kim Mi Young of SAGE Korea explained today, “We made an official contract with a domestic film producer on the 17th,” before adding, “This film, unlike other North Korea human rights films, is being made for the box office.”Kim continued, “At first we thought about making an indie film or documentary-style piece, but got the feeling that it might not be able to share an awareness of the problem with many people. We want to tell the maximum possible number of viewers about this, so we decided to make a commercial film.” Kim went on to point out the value of the project, saying, “Thus far, our society has only dealt with the words of intellectuals like Yun I Sang, Song Du Ryul and Oh Gil Nam. This film will be a voice for the weak, people who are not intellectuals and who get hurt in between these intellectuals. Through mother of two Shin Suk Ja, watchers will come to know more about modern history and at the same time the value of every little spirit within it.” The producer who has stepped up to take on the project is well acquainted with the story of Shin and other issues surrounding North Korea, according to Kim.“It is a producer who understands the story of Shin Suk Ja and who can make it into a film,” he said. “We are not ready to reveal the identity of the producer, but it is someone who has achieved box office success with comedy films in the past.”While past attempts to move people at the box office with films about defectors and North Korea have ended in failure, the relative fame of Shin and her two daughters give the latest production a clearly much greater chance of success. AvatarMok Yong Jae center_img Story of Shin to Become Movie News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter News North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

Smith Tower shooting suspect pleads not guilty

first_img Subscribe Connect with LoginI allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. Once your account is created, you’ll be logged-in to this account.DisagreeAgreeNotify of new follow-up comments new replies to my comments I allow to use my email address and send notification about new comments and replies (you can unsubscribe at any time). guestLabel Posted by Chris Brown|Thursday, October 3, 2019 |in : NewsOne dead, at least two injured in shooting at Vancouver's Smith Tower Court Docs: Simmering feud led to Smith Tower shootings guestLabel Posted by Chris Brown|Friday, October 4, 2019 |in : NewsCourt Docs: Simmering feud led to Smith Tower shootings Robert Breck told detectives a feud led him to shoot three people in the lobby of the Smith Building on Thursday, killing one of themRead more 0 Comments Inline FeedbacksView all commentscenter_img Vancouver Police confirm at least three people were shot Thursday in the lobby of the Smith Tower in downtown Vancouver.Read more AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyLatestVancouvershare 0 Previous : Child hit by vehicle and killed in east Vancouver Next : Open House to hold People-in-Need event for communityAdvertisementThis is placeholder text Name*Email*Website I allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. Once your account is created, you’ll be logged-in to this account.DisagreeAgree One dead, at least two injured in shooting at Vancouver’s Smith Tower Name*Email*Website Smith Tower shooting suspect pleads not guiltyPosted by Chris BrownDate: Tuesday, October 8, 2019in: Newsshare 0 Robert Breck declined to have a judge set any bail amount VANCOUVER — Robert “Bob” Breck, the man accused of shooting three people inside the lobby of the Smith Tower in downtown Vancouver last week, killing one of them, appeared in court on Tuesday. Robert E. Breck is wheeled into court on Tuesday. Breck is charged with shooting three people at Vancouver’s Smith Tower last week. Photo by Mike SchultzRobert E. Breck is wheeled into court on Tuesday. Breck is charged with shooting three people at Vancouver’s Smith Tower last week. Photo by Mike SchultzBreck’s court appointed attorney said the 80-year old was declining to have any bail set.“My client does not want to post bail,” said Renee Alsept, “and he’s perfectly happy where he’s at right now.”Breck pleaded not guilty to one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder in the shooting of 75-year-old Dean Tunstall, 77-year-old Enelia Montoya and 44-year-old Shawne Garris. A report from the Clark County Coroner’s office said Tunstall died of multiple gunshot wounds to the chest.According to probable cause documents, Breck told investigators he shot Tunstall over a simmering feud. Garris said Breck had offered her money to be his mistress, which she declined. She was later fired as Breck’s caretaker and told detectives he began spreading rumors about her around the senior living facility. Garris still worked as a caretaker for Montoya at the time of the shooting.Judge David Gregerson presides over arraignment for Robert E. Breck on Thursday. Photo by Mike SchultzJudge David Gregerson presides over arraignment for Robert E. Breck on Thursday. Photo by Mike SchultzA trial date was set for May 11, and Breck waived his right to a speedy trial. Alsept also made a request to have video cameras banned from the courtroom.“The defendant has a right to be presumed innocent and is guaranteed a fair trial,” said Alsept, noting that Breck was fully shackled when he was wheeled into the courtroom. “He’s basically shown fully. You know, it’s as if it’s a party by the press to show up and to take his picture.”Robert E. Breck’s court appointed attorney, Renee Alsept, lost an attempt to ban media from her client’s upcoming trial. Photo by Mike SchultzRobert E. Breck’s court appointed attorney, Renee Alsept, lost an attempt to ban media from her client’s upcoming trial. Photo by Mike SchultzJudge David Gregerson responded that the court believes previous law means court proceedings are open to the public, and that the public has a right to know.“Given the nature of the charges, there’s a high public interest in that, I’m going to deny that motion,” said Gregerson, noting that he would not eliminate the possibility of excluding cameras in the future if more information came to light.Also read:last_img read more

CU-Boulder's Deming Center For Entrepreneurship To Host Cleantech Business Plan Competition

first_img Published: Feb. 13, 2007 A more efficient steam-powered electricity generator, a hybrid plastic developed in part from discarded tires and a system to convert waste into renewable energy and organic fertilizer will be among the business plans presented at the second annual Cleantech Challenge March 1-2 at the Sheraton Four Points Hotel in Denver. Hosted by the Robert H. and Beverly A. Deming Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Leeds School of Business, the innovation challenge will feature eight teams representing MBA programs from throughout the United States and Thailand. “The Cleantech Challenge represents creative and innovative solutions to the critical issues of sustainability being addressed from the halls of Congress to the governor’s mansion to corporate boardrooms,” said Paul Jerde, executive director of the Deming Center. The competition is part of the Sustainable Opportunities Summit hosted by CORE, Colorado’s leading sustainable business trade association, and the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship. The competition will begin at 2 p.m. each day, with the preliminary round on Thursday, March 1, and the finals on Friday, March 2. Registration for the Sustainable Opportunities Summit is $225 for CORE members, $285 for individual registrations and $150 for student tickets. The Summit will bring together corporate leaders, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists from various industries to offer practical advice and suggestions to make “green” companies profitable. The teams of MBA students will present business plans focused on clean technology businesses that demonstrate venture-grade, for-profit business models, practices or technologies with high-growth potential. The teams are challenged to provide innovative solutions, services or products in the cleantech sector that will reduce environmental impacts or improve ecological sustainability. The teams compete for $25,000 in cash awards provided by the G. Chris Andersen Family Foundation. The top-ranked team will be invited to present its plan at the 20th annual National Renewable Energy Laboratory Industry Growth Forum in fall 2008. The NREL forum is widely recognized as the premier investor venue for the clean energy industry. Investor’s Circle, angel investors who support early stage sustainable companies, will circulate the first-place team’s executive summary to investors. The eight finalists include teams from the Fisher College of Business, Ohio State University; Leeds School of Business, CU-Boulder; the University of Hartford; Babson College; SASIN Graduate Institute of Business Administration, Chulalongkor University (Bangkok, Thailand); Lally School of Management and Technology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Ross School of Business, University of Michigan; and Stanford University. The Cleantech competition is designed to be the premier student competition showcasing emerging opportunities in the cleantech sector. For more information about the Cleantech Challenge, go to the Leeds School Web site at More information on the Sustainable Opportunities Summit, registration and the speaker schedule is available at The Sustainable Opportunities Summit and Cleantech Challenge are part of EntrepreneurshipWeek USA, a national effort to inspire and encourage young people to consider entrepreneurship as a career choice. Founding sponsors of the Cleantech Challenge include the Deming Center, GC Anderson Partners, LLC, and CORE, the sustainable business trade group. Other sponsors include the National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Cleantech Venture Network, LLC; Investors’ Circle; Cooley, Godward, Kronish, LLP; Domani; Expansion Capital Partners; Greenmont Capital Partners; Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers; and the National Science Foundation IGERT program at CU-Boulder. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

Maverick: Raising the Bar on Capsule Production for the Beverage Industry…

first_imgAdvertisementIn 1992, Maverick Enterprises, Inc. was founded with the goal to domestically produce capsules for the wine industry in the United States with nothing, but the best quality on the market.Proposition 65, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, had banned the use of lead in all capsule products, so the wine industry was looking to international sources to fulfill their beverage closure needs.When Maverick came into the market and began its domestic production with just one forming machine they manufactured over 20 million state of-the-art, non-lead capsules in their first year.Enticing the domestic market to look at their business models and change to a domestic supplier for faster turnaround times and higher quality, Maverick became the supplier of choice.Almost Tin PremiumThat was just the beginning.“Now we produce over 3.5 million capsules per day,” Shelby White, Maverick Enterprises, Inc.’s Marketing Coordinator proudly proclaims.“We’re a fully vertically integrated facility,” she explains. “We do everything ourselves; printing, slitting, converting and shipping – and all at our Ukiah location in northern California.”Maverick produces capsules in five, primary substrates that allow for maximum flexibility and creativity to meet its customers’ diverse needs. They include:Polylaminate – comprised of a three-layer aluminum-polyethylene skirt and an aluminum top disc. They provide a professional and cost effective packaging solution.Almost Tin Premium™ – comprised of a more premium three-layer material that is a great recyclable and less costly alternative to tin capsules. This substrate bridges the gap between polylaminate and tin capsules for a fraction of the cost allowing for maximum malleability in a poly capsule.PVC/PET (G) – comprised of a PVC skirt and an aluminum top disc. The option of a bio-based, eco-friendly and compostable PVC alternative in PET(g) material can be provided as well by Maverick.CapASleeve™ – an alternative PVC capsule without a top disk to display any possible custom T-closure. Artwork can be printed on the skirts for a custom CapASleeve™ or stock options are also available.Champagne – comprised of a three-layer, polylaminate body and an aluminum top disc to provide a clean and premium finish to champagne packaging. A mirage of hot stamping and printing options allow for one of a kind customization.Maverick’s 4 Color Process“Our talented Design Team works with existing brand designs or can help create completely new artwork to give our customers an exciting new package design,” White affirms. “We’re always looking for new and innovative ways of providing packaging to our customers to help them succeed; coupled with high-level attention to detail, our customer service and quality products make the difference.”In addition to custom capsule options, White points out that Maverick has a stock capsule program, which allows customers to purchase smaller quantities for special reserve brands or varietals that may require just one-color, more simple designs. This allows Maverick to help customers big and small to meet their diverse packaging needs.www.maverickcaps.comSEND ME INFOAdvertisement Share TAGSCapsulesClosuresfeaturedMaverick Enterprises ReddIt Linkedin Pinterest Home Wine Industry Spotlights Maverick: Raising the Bar on Capsule Production for the Beverage Industry Since…Wine Industry SpotlightsMaverick: Raising the Bar on Capsule Production for the Beverage Industry Since 1992By Advertorial – April 25, 2016 69 0 Twitter Previous articleAfternoon Brief, April 22Next articleSaxco Appoints Rick Schwartz Senior VP/GM for the East Coast and Canadian Regions Advertorial Email Facebooklast_img read more

Kitson Town All-age honours long serving teachers and security guard

first_imgKitson Town All-age honours long serving teachers and security guard EducationJune 13, 2011 RelatedKitson Town All-age honours long serving teachers and security guard RelatedKitson Town All-age honours long serving teachers and security guard RelatedKitson Town All-age honours long serving teachers and security guard By GARFIELD L. ANGUS, JIS Reporter FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail MANDEVILLE — The St. Catherine-based Kitson Town All-age School has honoured six teachers and a security guard, who have given a combined 130 years of dedicated service to the institution. They are: Rachael Christian, who has served for 23 years; Clover Brown and Vice Principal Maureen Heywood, 22 years; Jennifer Lindo, 17 years; Carmen Knight, 16 years; Juliet Lattibeaudiere, 15 years; and Rupert Miller, security guard for 15 years. At a ceremony held on Thursday June 9 at the Kitson Town Baptist Church, glowing accolades and gifts were showered on the honourees in recognition for their long and devoted service. Principal Nerica Powell-Hay, in her address, told the gathering that a decade had passed since the last long service award function was held and she was among the awardees at that time. She congratulated the honourees, noting that “it is good that we could come together and shower praises on persons, who have dedicated their time and their energy to a job that sometimes seems to be unrewarding. Lets us call ourselves blessed to share in their accomplishments.” Former Principal of the institution, Ruby Gibbs, saluted the group for the part they have played in the development of the institution. “I ask that you remain steadfast, remain committed,” she urged. Guest speaker at the function, and Officer for the South East Region of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA), Basil Benji, in offering his congratulations, encouraged them to continue to service their community and parish. “Service to humanity is the most rewarding contribution that anyone can make  and as teachers and persons, who work in the education system, I am confident that you have impacted in a positive way the lives of many persons, not only your students, but persons in your community and the wider society,” he stated. Past student, Garfield Angus noted that for 15 years, Mr. Miller worked to ensure the safety of students on the school grounds. He commended the teachers honoured and urged them to continue to deliver quality education to the children of Kitson Town. Ms. Heywood, who responded on behalf of the awardees, said she had no regrets about the more than two decades spent at the institution. “The institution has influenced our personal and professional growth,” she stated. Advertisementslast_img read more

ABOTA Ft. Lauderdale educates its members on remote proceedings

first_img Nov 25, 2020 By Jim Ash Senior Editor Top Stories ABOTA Ft. Lauderdale educates its members on remote proceedings Shadows partially obscured one juror’s face and an electronic echo rendered another periodically unintelligible.The plaintiff’s attorney’s home internet crashed while he was displaying accident photos via a screen-sharing feature. He quickly reconnected to the Zoom session via an iPhone.“This has never happened to me before,” said the attorney, ABOTA Ft. Lauderdale board member Daniel Harwin. “We just have to be prepared, the same way we do when we prepare to go to trial.”Fortunately, the proceeding was part of an ABOTA Ft. Lauderdale mock jury trial/focus group recorded November 17 titled, “Focus Group Webinar: The Social Science of Litigation.”The proceedings were designed to demonstrate the benefits of focus groups and remote technology for legal proceedings.Before the demonstration, three South Florida circuit judges, including 17th Circuit Chief Judge Jack Tuter, urged viewers to reconsider any objection to remote jury selection in civil cases.Facing a resurgent COVID-19 pandemic and massive backlog of cases, the courts will depend on remote jury selection to keep dockets running, the judges said.“What we have to do is to get you. . . to convince your clients that this can be done,” Judge Tuter said. “I wouldn’t be sitting here telling you as chief judge that we can do this…if I didn’t think we could.”For the mock session, Miami-Dade ABOTA President Norman Waas appeared as defense counsel. Litigation consultant Joyce Dwyer, of Jury Duty and Litigation Consultants, Inc., served as moderator.The proceedings were a mock replay of a civil trial plucked from an actual case file, “Jeffrey Jordan v. Waste Management and Jose Rente.”The simple damages trial arose from an April 2016 motor vehicle accident that involved injuries.Dwyer frequently interrupted the mock proceedings to question six good-natured volunteers — four women and two men — who served as mock jurors.She assured the panel that videoconferencing glitches, just like interruptions in traditional trials, are routine.“This is reality folks, I deal with this on Zoom, we do manage to work through the kinks, as long as it works, we get back on track and we get through it,” she said. “If this ran smoothly, everybody would think it’s rehearsed.”Dwyer was careful to ask panel members to register their impression of the technical delays.“Are you being patient, are you getting frustrated, would this impact the impression you would have as to whether the witness is truthful or credible?” she said.Panel members assured her that any technical difficulties would not impact their impression of the evidence or witnesses.“By nature, I’m a very patient individual so it really wouldn’t bother me very much,” said one middle-aged man known as “Juror Frank.”“Finding parking downtown, that would be more frustrating than dealing with Zoom,” he added.After both sides presented their cases, the jurors chose a foreman and quickly agreed to award the plaintiff $250,000 for past injuries. But they were dismissed because of time considerations before they could agree on an amount to award for future damages.Dwyer thanked them profusely.“You all did an amazing job in front of a large audience of attorneys,” she said. “You took this as seriously as if we were in a real courtroom. We have to get trials moving in some format.”After the jurors logged off, Harwin pronounced the presentation a success. Focus sessions are invaluable because they give lawyers a broader perspective, he said.“I think there are a lot of things that we miss when we are totally embedded in, and can sometime put blinders on, in our respective cases,” he said. “There’s never been a time that I’ve done this and regretted it.”ABOTA Ft. Lauderdale President Jeffrey Adelman, a board-certified civil trial lawyer, also pronounced the session a success. Previous ABOTA mock sessions have proved that remote technology can work for jury selection, he said.“I think back to what Judge Butchko said,” he said. “We can’t let this pandemic stop justice.”last_img read more

Santa Monica firefighters assist in Sand Fire battle

first_imgHomeNewsSanta Monica firefighters assist in Sand Fire battle Jul. 27, 2016 at 6:52 amNewsSanta Monica firefighters assist in Sand Fire battleJeff Goodman5 years agoangeles national forestBeverly HillsCal FireCulver Citydale hallockfirefightersfrank evaromutual aidnational weather servicesand fireSanta Monicasanta monica californiasanta monica daily presssanta monica firesmfdsouthern california edisonTwilight Concert Series The call came in late Friday night: The Santa Monica Fire Department’s help was needed as a blaze began scorching brush in the Angeles National Forest.Local firefighters headed out early Saturday morning to a mountainous area north of Los Angeles to assist in the fight against the Sand Fire, which officials said had spread to more than 37,000 acres and which was just 25-percent contained as of Tuesday morning.SMFD spokesman Dale Hallock said eight local firefighters participated in the effort to control what became massive brushfire, which spewed ash into Santa Monica and throughout the Westside over the weekend.Members of the local department were among more than 3,000 firefighters involved in the operation, which has drawn resources from across the state to the Magic Mountain Wilderness Area of the forest. SMFD crews returned home Monday night after working in the areas of Kagel Canyon, Bear Divide, Soledad Canyon and Acton.Two Santa Monica engines were among the resources being used as crews battle the Sand Fire, Hallock said. At one point, there were more than 350 total engines at the scene as well as 58 hand crews, 26 helicopters, 20 bulldozers and 18 water tenders, according to press releases issued by incident command officials.Local firefighters work with the Beverly Hills and Culver City fire departments to coordinate responses to blazes outside their usual coverage areas. The collaborative strike team included five engines and a battalion chief, and a rotation schedule determines which of the three departments will send the battalion chief to a given incident, SMFD’s Frank Evaro said.It’s all part of a statewide mutual-aid system through which local agencies provide help beyond their coverage areas when extra resources are required.“Some people might think, ‘Why does Santa Monica have to respond to something that’s 50 miles away?’” Hallock said. “There’s a really important state system in place, both in law enforcement and firefighting, and it goes both ways. Occasionally we have a large fire, and the City of L.A. or County of L.A. will help us. At the Twilight Concert Series, there are agencies from all over the area. So it goes both ways.”High temperatures, low humidity and strong winds were making it difficult for firefighters to contain the blaze over the weekend, officials said. Onshore winds gusting up to 30 mph heightened fire concerns in the area Monday, according to the National Weather Service.At least 18 homes had been destroyed and one had been damaged as of Monday afternoon, fire officials said, and evacuation orders were in place in several communities affected by the blaze. Several evacuation centers had been established over the weekend and road closures were in effect in the region.“Firefighters expect to continue to make good progress,” officials said in a news release Monday. “Expect to see more aircraft assisting with helping to slow the fire progression and allow firefighters on the ground to safely engage and increase containment.”Representatives from the U.S. Forest Service, county fire personnel and county sheriff’s officials were organizing response efforts, according to the release. Assisting agencies included SMFD as well as the Los Angeles Fire Department, the state Office of Emergency Services, Cal Fire, California Highway Patrol, the county public works and animal control departments, the L.A. Department of Water and Power and Southern California Edison.For more information about the Sand Fire, visit[email protected] :angeles national forestBeverly HillsCal FireCulver Citydale hallockfirefightersfrank evaromutual aidnational weather servicesand fireSanta Monicasanta monica californiasanta monica daily presssanta monica firesmfdsouthern california edisonTwilight Concert Seriesshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentHow a Santa Monica High grad fulfilled her Olympic dreamLetter: TPP or the White House — you can’t have bothYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall12 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson23 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter23 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor23 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press23 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press23 hours agolast_img read more