The Things They Carried

first_imgOn my recent two-week solo backpacking excursion on the Appalachian Trail, I asked one survey question to 67 people with whom I crossed paths: “What’s the least practical thing you’re carrying?”Five backpackers wished they hadn’t brought towels. Six people named a book as their least practical item. Twelve of the survey responses were related to electronics. Four backpackers admitted to carrying alcohol, two said they brought candy, and one said tobacco. Four said the A.T. was more shaded than they expected, so they regretted bringing sunglasses or sunscreen. Once, I got the same answer from two people for opposite reasons: a sleeping pad too big and one too thin.Some people described items I considered completely necessary for myself—such as tent (two people named this), sleeping bag, bear spray, and water bladder. And of course several people named objects I found laughably absurd, such as a big glass jar of jam, a two-pound wax pirate, a large makeup bag, a razor with shaving gel, and heavy foods like non-dehydrated salsa, almond milk, pickles, and applesauce (all four of these food items were carried by one person).Very few of the answers were sentimental: a few people, like me, carried a notebook or a journal, but only one woman described a gift from a family member. This woman, who called herself “Meemaw Bobbie,” carried a stuffed owl toy her granddaughter gave her. In parallel, my least practical item was a watercolor painting and letter from my sister.Like Henry David Thoreau, we go to the woods because we wish to live deliberately. Backpacking represents maximum simplicity in a time when life is often overwhelmingly complex. My survey was perfectly suited for the Appalachian Trail because backpacking makes you think about what’s really, truly important to keep with you—knowing that each item has a price in weight. In a world of disposable everything and a constant push for more-more-more, backpacking stands out as a unique opportunity to distill your life into what’s essential.last_img read more

Legislature agrees to DNA testing extension

first_imgLegislature agrees to DNA testing extension June 1, 2004 Associate Editor Regular News Legislature agrees to DNA testing extension Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Legislation extending the deadline two years for criminal defendants convicted at trial to have their DNA tested for innocence claims unanimously passed both legislative chambers and was signed into law May 20.That means two law schools working on innocence claims in Florida — at Nova Southeastern University’s Innocence Project and Florida State University’s Florida Innocence Initiative — will have until October 1, 2005, to ferret out, investigate, and file petitions for DNA testing from about 600 cases.“It’s been a long road to get there,” said Sen. Alex Villalobos, R-Miami, sponsor of SB 44.A new feature added late in the House version of the bill by Rep. Ellyn Setnor Bogdanoff, R-Ft. Lauderdale, would have expanded the law to those defendants who plead guilty or no contest also to be eligible for post-conviction DNA testing, but failed to gather enough support.That’s not because Villalobos, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, doesn’t agree with her equal-protection argument, a reminder that not everyone who pleads guilty necessarily is guilty because of coerced confessions or deal-making to avoid exposure to more prison time.“You’re either guilty or innocent, and it shouldn’t make a difference what the circumstances of your conviction are,” Villalobos said.“But it was an issue we couldn’t get the votes to pass it. I didn’t want to put the bill in jeopardy.”Villalobos also said he believes “the best way to do it is without a deadline.” That was the argument Second Judicial Circuit Public Defender Nancy Daniels, president of the Florida Public Defender Association, and Jennifer Greenberg, director of FSU’s Florida Innocence Initiative, had made in testimony at committee meetings, echoing their stance in arguments made earlier at the Florida Supreme Court.But, again, Villalobos said, there were not enough votes in the legislature for the rationale that there should be no deadline on innocence.“We got what we could get. It’s not nirvana,” Villalobos said.Greenberg agrees the law could be improved.“Though this legislation is important, it is unsatisfying in many ways,” she said.While she said “we are thrilled to have additional time to work through and file meritorious cases,” Greenberg wants to work with legislators to create a “fairer DNA system.”To make the system better, she said, she agrees with Bogdanoff’s amendment that opens the DNA testing process up to those who enter pleas, not just those defendants convicted at trial. Secondly, Greenberg said, she hopes “some court with jurisdiction” will agree with her position that there should be no statute of limitations. Thirdly, what hasn’t been answered, she said, is: “How are we going to create and administer evidence preservation statewide?”Villalobos was prompted to file the bill after Barry Scheck, a defense attorney and co-founder of the national Innocence Project, delivered the message in person that the work could not be completed in Florida by the original October 1, 2003, deadline. But Scheck’s visit to the senator came seven weeks into the 2003 session, too late to file a bill last year. Villalobos said Scheck asked him if the DNA bill could be tacked onto other legislation.“If I amended this to the Article V bill, the Supreme Court would keel over,” Villalobos said. “I couldn’t put the Article V (court) funding in jeopardy.”But he promised to work to remedy the dilemma the following year.When the legislature passed the original DNA legislation effective 2001, everyone, including the Criminal Procedures Rules Committee, thought two years until October 1, 2003, would be sufficient time to investigate innocence claims. That has proven to be overly optimistic about the time-consuming task carried out by a three-person statewide staff and volunteer law students.In the meantime, the Florida Supreme Court stayed the October 1, 2003, deadline while it heard arguments November 7, 2003, (in case no. 03-1630) about whether the deadline should be extended. That case is still pending.During debate on the DNA bill in the legislature, there was some friction about the court’s rule-making authority in procedural matters and the legislature’s law-making authority in substantive matters.“Some people in the House thought the court overreached its authority in granting the stay,” Villalobos said. “But I am grateful the court did intervene and issue a stay. If evidence is destroyed, the law is not protected. Without the court’s intervention, I’m afraid some evidence would be lost. The court did the right thing, definitely.”Daniels said a bill in the House that proposed the legislature take over the court’s total rule-making authority became entwined in the debate on the DNA bill. She credits a meeting between Rep. Jeff Kottkamp, R-Cape Coral, chair of the House Judiciary Committee, and Sandy D’Alemberte (former president of the ABA, FSU, former dean of FSU’s College of Law), working on the Innocence Initiative, as helping the DNA bill “steadily make its way through.”“Rep. Kottcamp was very open, and when he understood our position, very supportive,” D’Alemberte said. “He and Sen. Villalobos are the heroes of this piece, although there are others who deserve the credit.“We made it clear that the Innocence Initiative at FSU and the Innocence Project at Nova had sought legislation and that we were comfortable going to the legislature for relief. Indeed, the original activity in this important area was legislative,” D’Alemberte continued.“Once everyone understood that there was an important policy objective — to get innocent persons out of prison and to help identify the guilty persons — we had smooth sailing in the legislature.”Daniels said the bill’s fate became favorable, as well, “because the prosecutors signed off on it early on and the court held off ruling on the rule but stayed the deadline. It seemed like the right thing to do.”Whether an additional two years will be enough time remains to be seen.“It’s admirable the legislature stepped up. I’m sure the court case will be resolved in harmony with that,” Daniels said. “And we’ll see if we can get the work done in two years.”Greenberg isn’t so sure it can be done.“We will work as hard as we possibly can work to try to make sure everybody entitled to our assistance receives our assistance. However, from day one, this office has said there should be no statute of limitations. Will it be enough time? Probably not.”last_img read more

Additional CFPB relief would help CUs continue to assist members

first_imgCUNA’s continued outreach and engagement with credit unions and other stakeholders resulted in a letter to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Kathy Kraninger Wednesday detailing additional policy recommendations to help credit unions continue to provide high-quality financial services to members affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis.“While the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed almost every aspect of everyday life, credit unions are standing true to their mission and continuing to assist their members and communities,” the letter reads. “Any regulatory relief the CFPB can provide for credit unions will greatly help in their efforts to serve their consumers.”Wednesday’s letter follows up two previous letters from CUNA to Kraninger, one requesting remittance flexibility and one with a set of recommendations.Recommendations include: continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

NYC Man Charged With Impersonating Police on Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Queens man has been arrested for allegedly impersonating a police officer by pulling over a driver on the Northern State Parkway last week, New York State police said.David Nourmand was charged with criminal impersonation and robbery.Police said the 32-year-old Forest Hills man was driving a black SUV when he stopped another vehicle while claiming to be a police officer between Brush Hollow Road and Route 107 on May 22.Nourmand allegedly asked for the victim’s driver’s license before a school bus driver stopped and asked the victim if he needed help, prompting the suspect to flee the scene, police said.The victim identified the suspect after seeing a news report that Nourmand had been arrested by Nassau County police on similar charges.Troopers ask any drivers that may have been stopped by Nourmand or any similar incidents to call them at 516-561-8492. All calls will remain confidential.last_img read more

Cricket News Australia openers stitch rare fifty-plus opening stand in Tests in 2018

first_imgNew Delhi: Marcus Harris and Aaron Finch stitched a fifty-plus opening stand on a green, pacy wicket in the Perth Test against India on Friday, giving the Australian cricket team plenty to cheer in what has been an abysmal 2018 for them. The partnership went past fifty when Harris, playing in only his second Test, cut Umesh Yadav to the deep backward point fence as Australia registered a fifty-plus opening wicket stand for only the sixth time in eight Tests. Ever since the departure of David Warner due to the ball-tampering scandal in the Cape Town Test, Australia have managed just two fifty-plus stands in four Tests.In eight Tests in 2018, Australia has stitched four fifty stands and one century stand for the opening wicket. Cameron Bancroft, who was also banned for nine months for his role in the scandal, shared a 56-run stand for the opening wicket against South Africa in the Durban Test which ultimately became Australia’s last win. In the Port Elizabeth Test, Bancroft and Warner shared a 98-run stand but the Aussies lost the Test thanks to a 10-wicket haul from Kagiso Rabada.Read More | India vs Australia 2nd Test live score: Hosts start steadyIn the scandal-tainted Cape Town Test, Bancroft and Warner did share a 57-run stand for the opening wicket at a time when the ball-tampering furor had reached fever pitch. Following the bans on Bancroft, Warner and Steve Smith, Joe Burns and Matt Renshaw became the new opening pair in the Johannesburg Test but they failed as Australia lost the match by 492 runs.Read More | Get more excited than nervous seeing green pitches: Virat KohliIn the Dubai Test, Australia finally hit their straps when the new opening pair of Finch and Usman Khawaja stole the show with solid stands in the Dubai Test against Pakistan. In the first innings, they shared Australia’s only century opening stand when they smashed a 142-run opening stand. In the second innings, they followed it up with a gritty 87-run partnership as Australia registered a thrilling draw.In Adelaide, Finch was out in the first over to Ishant Sharma for 0 while in the second innings, he fell for 11. Harris looked solid but was out for 26 in both innings as Australia lost the Test by 31 runs. Tim Paine’s side would be hoping to win a series trailing 0-1 at home for the first time since 1968/69, when they won the series 3-1 against West Indies after losing the first game. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Tipp expect tough league battle against Offaly

first_imgHolycross native Cathal Barrett is playing down Tipp’s favourites tag citing the qualifier clash between the two sides last year.Throw-in on Sunday at O’Connor Park in Tullamore is at 3 o’clock and Tipp FM will have full live coverage in association with Una Powell’s Pub, Summerhill, Nenagh and Loughnane Concrete, Ardcroney, Nenagh. Tipperary’s Cathal Barrett says Offaly will be determined not to lose on their home patch in Tullamore this weekend.The Premier County will travel to O’Connor Park to take on the fourth best team from Division 1B in the quarter-finals of the National Hurling League on Sunday.Tipp will be looking to continue on the road to national silverware when they come up against the Faithful County after Eamon O’Shea’s side topped Division 1A.last_img read more

‘KCCA FC players have the self-belief to eliminate Sundowns’

first_imgAction from the first leg that ended 2-1 in Pretoria. KCCA take on Sundowns today. PHOTO KCCA MEDIA2017 Total CAF Champions LeagueMarch 18th 2017: KCCA FC vs Mamelodi Sundowns 4pmFees: Ordinary-sh10,000/=, Regular-shs20,000/=, VIP-sh50,000/=Free entrance for students in School UniformMarch 18th 2017: Platinum Stars vs Vipers (Uganda) 8pmKampala Capital City Authority Football Club (KCCA FC) manager Mike Mutebi remains confident that his team have a chance to eliminate Mamelodi Sundowns from the 2017 Total CAF Champions League.The two sides face off this Saturday at Phillip Omondi stadium in the return leg of the first round with Mamelodi Sundowns carrying a 2-1 advantage from the first leg played seven days in Pretoria.Victory for the Uganda champions over the two legs will make them the country’s first club to qualify for the lucrative Group Stages of the African Champions League. It will guarantee the club a minimum of $550,000.“The mood in the camp is positive but most importantly, the players have the self-belief that they have what it takes to knock out Sundowns. I’m confident that we can get the result we want because our style of play guarantees us to create chances and we shall create them,” Mutebi said.Mutebi believes game approach will be important if at all his team stands any chance against the reigning African champions.“We are set, the team has no concerns at all, the preparations have been smooth and we are ready for the game,” he said in a pre- match press briefing on Friday morning. Like I have always said, the players must understand the game and the way we approach game situation will be important.” Mutebi reassured www.kccafc.co.ug ,  insisting that he will keep the same playing style like he has employed in the previous games.“We respect them (Sundowns) because they are defending champions but we shall play our way, keep possession, and create chances because we need to score.”KCCA FC captain Dennis Okot believes they are motivated as players and ready for the challenge.“We could have had a factor of timidness in the opening stages of the first leg and we regrouped and managed to put up a good show. Therefore this motivates us and gives us self-belief that we can march them.”Midfielder Tom Masiko returns to the team after shaking off an injury that saw him miss the flight to South Africa and he is available for selection.Sundowns won the first leg 2-1 at the Lucas Moripe stadium last week and winner on aggregate will advance to the group stages.SOURCE: www.kccafc.co.ugShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Florida Begins Phase Two Reopening Process, Except for South Florida

first_imgFlorida Gov. Ron DeSantis says Florida’s Phase Two reopening begins Friday which will allow bars to reopen.The order takes effect today but does not include Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties.In Florida’s other 64 counties, restaurants can now seat people at a bar, and bars and pubs can open at 50% capacity with social distancing and sanitation.“You’re seated to get served. People go, enjoy, have a drink, that’s fine, We want to kind of not have huge crowds piling in,” DeSantis said.Retail establishments may operate at full capacity, movie theaters and bowling alleys can open at 50% capacity.Florida allowed restaurants and retail shops to open at 25% capacity on May 4 and expanded that later in the month.Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a stay-at-home order, which will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday, April 3rd.The order remained in effect until May 1 and closed all non-essential businesses around the state and urged residents to stay home in an effort to fight the coronavirus.last_img read more

SANTA ANITA MOVES FIRST POST TIME THIS SATURDAY TO 11:45 A.M. IN ORDER TO ACCOMMODATE $12 MILLION PEGASUS WORLD CUP INVITATIONAL FROM GULFSTREAM & 10-RACE SUNSHINE MILLIONS/CAL CUP PROGRAM

first_img–30– ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 25, 2017)–In an effort to better accommodate both the inaugural running of the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational from Gulfstream and a 10-race Sunshine Millions/California Cup card locally, Santa Anita Park has moved first post time on Saturday up to 11:45 a.m. Approximate post time for the Pegasus World Cup is at 2:44 p.m. PST.The Pegasus, which features an epic rematch between all-time North American money-won leader California Chrome and Breeders’ Cup Classic Champion, Arrogate, has generated tremendous interest nationwide and Santa Anita is thus expecting a large crowd for it and its Sunshine Millions/Cal Cup program, which will include five stakes for horses bred or sired in California.Separated by just a half-length in their only meeting, Arrogate prevailed in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic here on Nov. 5, but it was “Chrome” who took home his second Eclipse Award Horse of the Year title this past Saturday, in addition to being voted Eclipse Champion Older Dirt Male.A California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit, California Chrome has been trained throughout his amazing career by 79 year old Art Sherman, who sent him out to win the 2014 Santa Anita and Kentucky Derbies. Owned by California Chrome, LLC, he has now won 16 of his 26 starts and has amassed earnings of $14,502,650.Trained by Bob Baffert and owned by Juddmonte Farms, Arrogate followed up on a record setting 13 ½ length win in the prestigious Grade I Travers Stakes Aug. 27, with his Classic win over “Chrome” in what was only his sixth career start. He was thus voted Eclipse Champion 3-year-old Male for 2016.For scratches, changes and complete Sunshine Millions/Cal Cup entries and morning line information, please visit santaanita.com.last_img read more