first_imgPeep some fall foliage via cycling the Blue Ridge Parkway As we make our way into mid to late October, the visual evidence of the changing season is hard to ignore. For some, autumn is just a ‘shoulder season’ between summer and winter riding; but for others, autumn is what they look forward to all year. The beauty of the Southern Appalachian Mountains is only enhanced by the delicate palette Mother Nature pulls out during that fleeting moment in fall. Like she is sorry to take it all away come winter so she gives us one last fireworks show.Even if you aren’t particularly enamored by the colors of seasonal transition, take advantage of the cool weather and low humidity by getting up into the higher elevations. The best, albeit not the easiest, way to do this is by taking a cycling tour on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Luckily, there is now a Blue Ridge Parkway Travel Guide app for iPhone and Android phones.The best elevations for fall color likely will be in the 2,000-4,000 range, but even if you are looking down on it, the leaves will still be spectacular wherever you are. Just driving on the Parkway and stopping at the pullouts would get you an eyeful, but getting in the saddle to ride up is much more satisfying. Two of the best sections to ride at the southern end of the BRP are between Black Balsam and the Parkway’s highest point at Richland Balsam or the engineering marvel of the Linn Cove Viaduct coming out of Blowing Rock. Both provide sweeping panoramas and are less strenuous than other quad-busting sections.View Weekend Cycling BRP in a larger maplast_img read more

first_img August 15, 2004 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Ad Task Force moves toward drafting rules Senior Editor A rule that would require criminal defense lawyers to wait 30 days before direct mailing potential clients is being considered by the Bar’s Advertising Task Force 2004.The group has also begun discussions on whether the Bar can require advertising attorneys to submit their ads to the Bar for review before they are published or aired.The task force met by teleconference July 26 and began discussion on 22 “questions” designed to help the group begin formulating its recommendations.One of the most controversial was the query on whether the Bar should extend its 30-day ban on direct mail solicitations in personal injury cases to all such mailings in criminal cases.Task force members reached no consensus, but agreed to ask Bar staff to draft such a rule amendment for consideration at the group’s next meeting, September 9, during the Bar’s General Meeting in Tampa.Pensacola attorney David Sellers said defendants are arraigned shortly after an arrest and will need the help of an attorney to protect their rights. “People don’t understand what goes on in a case,” he said.But Tallahassee attorney Hal Lewis disagreed. “They have already been told they have a right to counsel,” he said. “How does getting a letter in any way assist you? You already know you need a lawyer.”Added Bar Board of Governors member Robert Rush, “If you read the [rule] comment that prohibits direct mail solicitation for personal injury, it also applies to criminal cases.”After several minutes of vigorous discussion, Chair Manny Morales noted that an agreement was unlikely that day, and asked staff to draw up a rule change for consideration next month.The matter of reviewing ads before they are published or broadcast was the last item discussed by the task force, which ran out of time before reaching any conclusions. Reviewing ads before publication was one of the specific items that Bar President Kelly Overstreet Johnson asked the task force to look at when it was created earlier this year.Current Bar rules require members to file ads that must be reviewed no later than concurrently with the first publication or broadcast. Morales asked members for their views on an amendment that would require ads to be filed 30 days before their debut. Under that scheme, the Bar would have 30 days to review the ad or the ad would be deemed approved and the advertising lawyer would be immune from prosecution for violating ad rules. Similarly, if Bar staff okayed the ad during the 30-day period, the lawyer would be immune from prosecution if a rule violation was discovered later.Some task force members liked the idea, while others said it raised constitutional issues.“I don’t think we should have prior review of any ad,” said Tampa attorney Shane Munoz. “We’re inviting a constitutional challenge that we’re going to lose.”Added Tampa attorney Bill Wagner, “I’m very concerned about any prior approval, unless you are going to completely ban television advertising, which is okay with me.”He said while thousands of ads would be subject to prior restraint, only a few violation would be caught that way.Others called for continuing the present policy of having lawyers agree to have their ads screened before publication when they settle an advertising grievance case, and having severe penalties for major, nontechnical violations of advertising rules.Morales then proposed a two-tiered system. One part would be voluntary, where lawyers would submit ads 30 days before airing or publications, with the same conditions as his original suggestion. Lawyers who didn’t want to use that option would use the current system, with concurrent submission, but with no immunity if a rule violation is discovered by staff or a later review.The meeting ended before that idea received much discussion.Ad Task Force tacles other issues Other issues discussed by the Advertising Task Force at its recent meeting included:• By a 9-7 vote said they would recommend keeping the requirement that in print ads lawyers list a “bona fide” local office.• Agreed that a wide variety of images could be included in ads that fall under the “safe harbor” provisions in the rules, which do not require a review by Bar staff before publications. Those include such things at the Statue of Liberty, the American eagle, diplomas, pictures on the inside or outside of courthouses, unadorned law books, diplomas, and common religious symbols.• Agreed to remove a rule that requires lawyers who advertise solely to get cases that they will refer to other firms to state in their ads that the cases will be referred. Members said they don’t want to discourage a referral when a lawyer gets a case he or she isn’t qualified to handle, but they are concerned that some lawyers basically act only as referral agencies with little or no service to clients. But they couldn’t agree on language to accomplish that. “I’d rather have something to govern the brokers than nothing,” said Hal Lewis, one of four members who opposed changing the rule. “That really is leaving the public unprotected.”• Agreed there is no need to seek regulations on information provided by lawyers at the request of potential clients.• Advocated changing the requirement in print ads that required information — such as the hiring disclaimer, phone numbers, and office address — be in type at least one fourth the size of the largest type in the ad. Task force members said the size requirement should be dropped in favor of providing that such information should be legible. They also said the hiring disclosure should be eliminated because it probably doesn’t provide much real help to consumers.• Discussed defining “prior professional relationship” in the solicitation rule, which allows that the direct solicitation prohibition does not apply to family members or someone with whom the lawyer has had a “prior professional relationship.” Morales said the goal is to prevent lawyers from “ambulance chasing” but not to discourage them from holding education seminars and the like for the public and answering questions at such gatherings. Assistant Attorney General Linzie Bogan noted that if “prior professional relationship” is interpreted loosely, he could claim that he represents and has a relationship with every person in the state, and consequently has the right to directly solicit them, should he enter private practice.Issues yet to be discussed by the task force include addressing what, if any, regulations are needed on e-mail, Web pages, Internet pop-up ads, and other such online communications; regulations on lawyer referral services; and whether regulations on TV and radio ads should continue to be different from print media.center_img Ad Task Force moves forward drafting rules, other issueslast_img read more

first_imgThe contest is open to all middle and high-school students in Broome and Tioga counties. Prizes of $150, $100 and $75 will be awarded. (WBNG) — The Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier (MHAST) is holding a T-shirt design contest to promote mental-health awareness and suicide prevention. All designs must be submitted to www.mhast.org by April 10 at 11:59 p.m. “Being confined to home can cause extra anxiety and stress, not only for adults, but for our youth as well,” said Executive Director at MHAST Keith Leahey. For more information, click here. “If we can channel some of their energy into thinking about mental wellness and messages to educate others on suicide awareness and prevention, we can foster open and honest conversations,” he says. The mental health association says it hopes the contest will be a positive distraction for students that are at home due to coronavirus concerns.last_img read more

first_imgThe pandemic, however, isn’t the only hardship Bronson is dealing with, she’s also fighting cancer. “They love knowing that the support is there for them, and that people do care, and they’re just excited, they’re excited that people haven’t forgotten about them,” she said. Bronson organized gifts at several BOCES meal pick-up sites in the Union-Endicott district. “If it wasn’t for these schools feeding our children, who knows where we’d be?” Bronson explained. A feeling echoed by employee Tina Robinson, saying, “I really appreciate that people take the time to appreciate us.” “Being a single mom is not easy, and it makes it a little bit easier knowing that I can get food for my son,” she explained. A day that brought joy not just to others, but her, too, “it feels really good to give back.” For Bronson, the help of the food service workers even brings a tear to her eye.center_img Jessica Bronson’s son is wrapping up an unusual 9th grade year at Union-Endicott High School along with many others. ENDICOTT (WBNG) — One Union-Endicott mother organized a major thank you Monday for food service workers in her son’s school district. In the midst of the coronavirus chaos, however, she wanted to show her appreciation for the Union-Endicott food service employees who work each week to feed children through the BOCES meal program. However, her diagnosis didn’t stop her from organizing a a whole menu of gifts for employees from the community including food, flowers, gift cards and dozens of encouraging signs. She hopes other district communities catch on to her idea. Longtime district employee Josie Henningsen says for her staff, it’s really nice to be noticed.last_img read more

first_imgYou can meet with employers about job openings at no cost. Attendees will be asked to wear a masks and remain socially distance. (WBNG) — The Broome-Tioga Workforce is holding a drive-thru job fair Wednesday. The job fair will be held at the Broome County Career and Community Services center in the Oakdale Mall from 2 to 6 p.m. Reading this on our news app? Click here!center_img DICK’s Sporting Goods Distribution CenterExpress Employment ProfessionalsWillow Runs FoodsRaymond CorpPlumber’s & PipefittersAccess UnlimitedFinishing Tradessouthern Tier PlasticsArmy National GuardMirabitoRemedy StaffingLowes Home ImprovementUHSHCALourdesInterim CareWillow Point Nursing HomeUnited Methodist HomesThe Hearth at Castle GardensGood ShepherdVisions FCUPaper Alternative SolutionseniEvolution ConsultingWBNGAlorica STCR The following businesses will be there:last_img read more

first_img Press Association The 22-year-old’s wages are not thought to be a problematic issue ahead of a switch to Villa Park and it is understood he should sign a five-year deal after flying into Birmingham on Monday. Spain Under-21 international Gil, who plays as an attacking midfielder, came through the Valencia ranks and spent two years on loan at Elche before returning to the Mestalla at the start of this season. Villa have scored just 11 goals in 21 Barclays Premier League games – the lowest total in England’s top four divisions – and lost 1-0 at Leicester on Saturday to draw their fourth straight blank. Afterwards, boss Paul Lambert, who has been linked with a move for Manchester City’s Scott Sinclair, confirmed his desire to add more flair to his squad. Lambert said: “We have to keep working hard, we need a bit more creativity. That’s the only thing that is lacking from us. That’s the disappointing thing. “Money certainly helps but we will work within our way of working. Whether people cost £9million or not you have to get the best out of it. “Randy (Lerner, chairman) has been really good, we talk every couple of days. No doubt we will have chats after the weekend.” Aston Villa are closing in on the signing of Carles Gil from Valencia.center_img The club are expected to complete a deal for the attacker as their need for creativity grows. Press Association Sport understands Valencia valued Gil around £6million but Villa have negotiated over the fee as they did not want to pay over £4million. last_img read more

first_img “The amount of balls we put into the box, a little deflection would have suited us, but unfortunately they got it.” Ireland head into September’s double-header against Gibraltar and Georgia knowing their qualification hopes have been dealt a significant blow, but one which in Coleman’s eyes at least, is not yet fatal. He said: “We’re still two points behind Scotland, but we were very disappointed in there. But Scotland have a couple of tough games coming up, we have tough games coming up – we have just got to look at the next game. “We’ll look forward to September and try to win them. I know they are cliched answers you are getting from me, but we can’t give up on this group and I think we are still in it. “Obviously three points would have been a lot better than one. A lot of people said it was must-win, but we won’t give up hope just yet.” Asked what O’Neill’s reaction had been in the dressing room afterwards, Everton full-back Coleman said: “Like everyone else, he’s disappointed, as you can imagine, any manager’s reaction straight after that. “We were going to keep it tight and then we concede 45 seconds in, so we got a bit of a slap on the wrist for that, and rightly so. “As professional players, that shouldn’t be happening 45 seconds into the second half. We have to take that on the chin. You can do all the stuff on the training ground you want, but you can’t really let that happen so early in the second half.” Maloney’s early second-half strike cancelled out Jon Walters’ 38th-minute opener which had given Ireland a deserved lead, and frontman Daryl Murphy was unable to cap a fine individual display with the goal his efforts deserved despite being presented with a series of passable opportunities. The Republic were ultimately frustrated as a game they desperately needed to win – and probably should have won – ended all-square. Coleman said: “To have all your hard work in the first half undone very, very early in the second half is massively disappointing, and it’s hard to take. It feels like a defeat, to be honest. “Obviously it’s not a good start, conceding so early in the half – that was poor from our point of view – and then the normal reaction after conceding so early is that they are going to be on top for a little bit. “But we did ride it out a little bit and Murph had a great chance, and it would have been great to make it 2-1. Robbie [Brady] played some great balls into the box a few times and we peppered their goal, and they just got that little bit of luck that we didn’t. Press Association Coleman and his team-mates had to make do with a point from their Group D showdown with Scotland at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday evening as they were caught with a sucker punch two minutes after the restart which handed the visitors a 1-1 draw they barely deserved. To manager Martin O’Neill’s horror, Scottish midfielder Shaun Maloney, who scored the only goal in the reverse fixture in Glasgow in November, was allowed to play a one-two on the edge of the penalty area and fire home an equaliser off luckless defender John O’Shea. Seamus Coleman has admitted the Republic of Ireland must learn from their mistakes if they are to keep alive their hopes of making it to the Euro 2016 finals. last_img read more

first_img Press Association Lancaster is under pressure after England were dumped out of the World Cup at the pool stages, but Schmidt rejected any links. “I don’t know where that’s come from at all,” he said. “Externally I’d be a fan of Stuart Lancaster as a person and what he’s trying to build there. “If we’d lost last weekend it could be someone else being propositioned for my job. “Stuart is a first-class character. “I certainly wouldn’t be going after his job.” Ireland boss Joe Schmidt has moved to downplay rumours he could replace Stuart Lancaster as England’s head coach. center_img Reports in France claimed the Rugby Football Union (RFU) has installed Schmidt as its top target to replace embattled England boss Lancaster. Ireland’s Kiwi boss rejected the rumours, though, claiming not to be chasing the top role with England. last_img read more

first_imgNHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFSDallas and Vegas resume their chess match in Game 3EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Dallas Stars take on the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 3 of the NHL Western Conference final. Dallas and Vegas showed each team’s best in Games 1 and 2, so it’s no coincidence the series is tied.After the Stars won the opener 1-0, Vegas got its offense back in Game 2 to tie things up. Now it’s up to Dallas’ best players to do the same. Tyler Seguin and Corey Perry have each gone six games without a point.Since scoring on their first shot of Game 1, the Stars have had 19 attempts blocked by a Vegas defender, 48 stopped by a goalie and missed the net 14 times. The Golden Knights have 57 shots on goal so far and chased Anton Khudobin with three second-period goals Tuesday. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-SEASON OPENERChiefs host Texans in NFL openerKANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The NFL opens its season Thursday night in Kansas City, where the Super Bowl champion Chiefs host the Houston Texans. Associated Press — Yankees star Gerrit Cole tries to end his three-game losing streak when he starts at home against Baltimore. He had won 20 straight regular-season decisions before this week. Cole, who turned 30 this week, is in the first season of a $324 million, nine-year contract. In his last three starts, he’s allowed 14 runs on 17 hits and eight walks in 16 innings.— Mike Yastrzemski (yah-STREM’-skee) and the San Francisco Giants go for their sixth straight victory when they open a four-game series at NL West rival San Diego, which has won four in a row. Chris Paddock pitches for the Padres. Both teams have taken eight of their last 10.— Madison Bumgarner is still looking for his first win with the Diamondbacks. The left-hander makes his second start since returning from a mid-back strain when skidding Arizona hosts the major league-leading Dodgers again. Bumgarner yielded two runs over four innings against the Giants, his former team, in his first start off the injured list. The struggling Diamondbacks have dropped 18 of 20. BOXING-OBIT-MINTERBritish boxing great Alan Minter dies at age 69 NEW YORK (AP) — Women’s semifinals are on tap Thursday at the U.S. Open. Serena Williams will play Victoria Azarenka in a rematch of the 2012 and 2013 U.S Open finals won by Williams.Williams is closing in on what would be her seventh U.S. Open championship and record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title overall. She has made it to the semifinals in each of her past 11 appearances in New York. Azarenka is a two-time Australian Open champion on a 10-match winning streak and back in a Grand Slam semifinal for the first time in seven years. Williams leads Azarenka 18-4 head-to-head. Williams, who turns 39 later this month, is coming off two three-set comeback victories in a row and hit 20 aces in her win against Tsvetana Pironkova in the quarterfinals. Williams was the runner-up at Flushing Meadows each of the past two years; she lost to Naomi Osaka in the 2018 final. That was one of Osaka’s two Grand Slam titles.Osaka faces Jennifer Brady in Thursday’s other semifinal. Brady is a 25-year-old from Pennsylvania who helped UCLA win a college championship. This is the farthest she has advanced at any major tournament until this week. She and Osaka have played twice, each winning once by a 6-4, 6-4 score, although Brady’s victory came six years ago. Also on the schedule Thursday is the men’s doubles final, with Wesley Koolhof and Nikola Mektic playing Mate Pavic and Bruno Soares. NBA PLAYOFFSRockets face Lakers in Game 4LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — There is one NBA playoff game on the Thursday schedule. The Los Angeles Lakers take a 2-1 lead into Game 4 of their Western Conference semifinal series against the Houston Rockets.The superstar game of 2-on-2 in Game 3 on Tuesday night was a draw. James Harden and Russell Westbrook had 63 points, 17 rebounds and 15 assists for the Rockets; LeBron James and Anthony Davis had 62 points, 22 rebounds and 11 assists for the Lakers. The difference was the supporting casts, and Rajon Rondo’s 21 points and nine assists were enormous for the Lakers. That was just the second time in Lakers playoff history someone had those numbers off the bench; Michael Cooper had exactly 21 and 9 in Game 2 of the 1987 NBA Finals.James now has been part of more postseason game victories than any player in NBA history, a record he’s earned over his 14 appearances in the playoffs. The game features two teams intimately familiar with each other, and each led by dynamic, young quarterbacks in the Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes (mah-HOHMZ’) and the Texans’ Deshaun Watson. The Chiefs rallied from a 24-0 hole to beat Houston in the divisional round of the playoffs, but both teams have changed plenty in the eight months since that January day.The coronavirus pandemic effectively canceled the entire NFL offseason along with all four preseason games. That means their rematch at Arrowhead Stadium will be the first game for anybody since February. It also means the crowd at what is historically one of the toughest road venues in the league will be limited to about 17,000 fans, who must adhere to coronavirus restrictions requiring masks and social distancing. This year, fans won’t be permitted to wear headdresses or face paint, traditions deemed offensive to Native Americans. The team also announced recently that it’s discussing the future of its tomahawk chop celebration.TENNIS-US OPENWomen’s semis feature Williams vs Azarenka, Osaka vs. Brady LONDON (AP) — Alan Minter, a British boxing great who followed up a bronze medal at the Olympics by becoming a world champion in the middleweight division in 1980, has died. He was 69.The British Boxing Board of Control confirmed Minter’s death on Thursday, without giving more details. He had been battling cancer.Minter won bronze in the light-middleweight category at the Munich Olympics in 1972 and immediately turned professional, capturing British and European titles at middleweight within five years.Minter became world champion by beating Vito Antuofermo in Las Vegas and defended the title in a rematch. In his second defense, Minter was beaten in three rounds by Marvin Hagler at Wembley Stadium in September 1980.Minter retired a year later. MLB-SCHEDULEBraves look to keep their bats rollingUNDATED (AP) — One night after setting a National League scoring record in their 29-9 romp over Miami, the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves look to keep their bats rolling when they visit last-place Washington in the opener of a four-game series.Adam Duvall drove in nine runs with three homers Wednesday night, including a grand slam. Freddie Freeman had six RBIs and the Braves totaled 23 hits, including seven homers, to score the most runs in franchise history. They topped the old record by six runs. The outburst came a day after Atlanta was shut out by the Marlins on four hits.Elsewhere in the majors: Update on the latest sports September 10, 2020last_img read more

first_imgTime is running out for the UW women’s basketball team.With just three games remaining on the schedule, head coach Lisa Stone wants to see improvement going into the Big Ten tournament from her struggling team that has experienced more than its fair share of woes.The Badgers’ last home stand of the year begins Thursday versus Penn State at the Kohl Center.And what better way than to tip it off by seeking some revenge against a Nittany Lions’ team that gave Wisconsin a 69-54 whooping back in January when Stone only had eight available players.”My quote I think before the game was eight is enough,” Stone said. “And our players really gathered around that, but we didn’t compete. We didn’t battle.”But as of late, Stone has noticed a vast difference in her squad.Despite the heartbreaking losses, Stone now sees her players with some fire in their eyes.”I’m seeing a difference now in our last few games, even Northwestern, it was a tough loss,” Stone said. “Illinois, we got down there, battled and held the lead the entire game, didn’t let them come back in. [Versus Michigan State] we competed and battled in a hostile environment against a very highly ranked team.”But maybe the biggest difference from the last time these two teams played — besides having Annie Nelson and Janese Banks healthy — is defense.”Well, our defense is much better now than it was, there’s no question about that,” Stone said.There’s no doubting that defense will be the key versus Penn State, especially considering the last time around Mashea Williams scored a career-high 20 points versus the Badgers.”Going into Penn State, as we think about that, we’ve got to play much better defense,” Stone said. “Williams, she just took us right to the basket. I mean, she averaged three points a game and had a career high against us.”The Badgers can’t only focus in on stopping Williams, however.Sophomore guard Adrienne Squire has been shooting the ball exceptionally well recently — most notably this past weekend, as she scored a career-high 28 points by hitting seven 3-pointers.”She’s prolific … she’s a great player, great shooter,” Stone said. “We’ve got to be at her feet. We’ve got to make her put the ball on the floor.”Possibly the hardest part about matching up with Penn State is the simple fact that it is a very similar team to Wisconsin’s.”I think they’re on the upswing of the pendulum, and I like to think that we are as well,” Stone said. “We’re starting to play some good basketball right now, and Penn State is young. There are some young players on their team that caused us some problems there as well.””Their depth is similar to ours in terms of how we matchup, so I think that bodes well for us,” Stone added.And if the past is any indication of Thursday night, the result may not be in the Badgers’ favor, as Penn State leads the all-time series 21-to-4.”Their record against the Badgers is pretty daunting,” Stone said. “I mean, if you look at their tradition and [Penn State head coach Rene Portland’s] tradition here even at the Kohl Center. I think they now feel like they can make a little late push, build some momentum in the tournament. They’re young and they’re figuring some things out.”But in the end, Stone believes having the final three games at home will be enough to overcome the Nittany Lions and end the season on the right note.”But, again, we’re back home,” she said. “I’m excited for us to be home. We’ve got a nice home stand coming here, and we’re playing good basketball at the right time.”last_img read more