Making a UPL complaint Lori S. Holcomb UPL CounselI often get questions about how to file a complaint against a nonlawyer you believe is engaging in the unlicensed practice of law.I hope to address some of the common questions regarding unlicensed practice of law investigations in a series of columns in the News. Rule 10-5.1(a) of the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar governs the filing of complaints and requires that all complaints alleging unlicensed practice of law be in writing and signed by the complainant. The complaint must contain the following statement: “Under penalties of perjury, I declare that I have read the foregoing document and that to the best of my knowledge and belief the facts stated in it are true.” The complaint does not have to be notarized.If you wish to file a complaint with The Florida Bar, you may either write a letter to the Bar containing all of the information with copies of relevant documents and include the above-quoted language or, you may contact the branch office in your area and request a complaint form. The complaint form is also available on the Bar’s Web site at www.flabar.org.Although the Bar Journal lists the names of the local circuit committees, it is best to send the complaint form directly to the Bar office. All complaints must be reviewed and processed by Bar UPL counsel. Sending a complaint directly to a circuit committee member will actually slow down the process rather than speed it up.Engaging in the unlicensed practice of law is also a first degree misdemeanor under Florida Statute §454.23. You may therefore file a complaint with the local state attorney’s office. UPL Update May 15, 2003 Regular News
Two arrests have been made in the murder of Joshua Brown, a key witness in the murder trial of former Dallas cop Amber Guyger. Brown was shot to death Friday at his apartment complex, in what police say was a drug deal gone bad. One person on twitter went so far as to suggest that the Dallas police department was behind the killing. Before the determination was made that the killing was the result of a drug deal gone awry, the NAACP and Democrat presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Beto O’Rourke, Cory Booker and Tom Steyer all demanded justice insinuating that Brown was killed in relation to his testimony against Guyger.
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that a couple visiting a beach in the Keys found a duffel bag full of cocaine worth $884,000.The discovery was made on Saturday around 1 pm at Grassy Key on Morton Street.According to deputies, the bag contained 20 bricks of cocaine weighing around 25 kilograms.U.S Border Patrol was called to the scene as has since taken possession of the drugs.
(Visited 86 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Finding minimal amounts of salty water contaminated with perchorates is not helpful to life.The optimistic astrobiology reporter Pallab Ghosh at the BBC is at it again, tantalizing readers with thoughts of Martians. In his piece “Is there life on Mars?” he retells the history of his optimistic antecedent, Percival Lowell, who spent his fortune seeking the “canals” on Mars that he mistranslated from Schiaparelli’s map. Ghosh whisks the reader along to Vikings 1 and 2 that, in 1976, seemed to present negative results on the life question. But now, he says, new findings about gullies on some craters has provided “The strongest evidence yet that water still flows on the Martian surface.” And everyone knows what that means:For there to be life, there needs to be liquid water. Evidence for that has been growing and earlier this week Nasa [sic] seemed to have the the strongest evidence yet that some is still there – albeit in small amounts.The discovery confirms that the Red Planet is still geologically active and, tantalisingly, it increases the possibility that it may currently harbour simple living organisms….The discovery confirms that the Red Planet is still geologically active and, tantalisingly, it increases the possibility that it may currently harbour simple living organisms.Ghosh seems to have an affection for the word “tantalizing” which is mostly what he does in his article. He ends with a quote that tantalizes the imagination:“If we find life on Mars and it can be shown to be of a different origin to that on Earth, then that essentially means that the Universe is teeming with life. It seems almost impossible that life could spring up by chance on two adjacent planets if life was rare.“But can two examples in the same solar system around one star mean the universe is teeming with life? Looks like a bad case of extrapolation. As for life springing up by chance, maybe he needs to think a little about the numbers (see online book).Ghosh’s imagination sprang from water to life (hydrobioscopy). What if the water is so bad, Martians would spit it out? Nadia Drake at National Geographic is a tad more realistic:You might think that the first human explorers on Mars will park next to a salty stream and use it to manufacture fresh drinking water. Maybe they could even find life in damp Martian nooks and crannies, areas where the dusty red planet can still fuel microbes.Reality is much more subtle. Finding evidence for flowing water is not the same as finding life. Right now, scientists don’t know where this water is coming from, or if the chemistry in these Martian seeps is even life-friendly. And unfortunately, chances are it will be a long time before we can get there to find out.Drake also points to evidence from Earth that is not encouraging to Mars-lifers:[Chris] McKay notes that the type of salts near the Martian streaks, called perchlorates, form different watery mixtures than the salts we’re most used to on Earth. In fact, it’s possible the perchlorate streaks could behave similarly to Antarctica’s Don Juan Pond, which is the saltiest liquid water body on Earth—and totally dead.“Such a brine is not suitable for life and is of no interest biologically,” McKay says. “Nothing can live in the brine of Don Juan Pond.”Jonathan Amos at the BBC News is also optimistic about water and life, but realistic about the chance of finding it on Mars without contaminating the planet with our own germs. “Wherever there’s water, there’s a good chance life can thrive,” he tantalizes, but then descends into the depressing realities of trying to get close to those crater slopes with spacecraft to check them out.Maybe instead we should just look for Martians on Earth. PhysOrg published an article titled, “Rock samples from Western US teach how to hunt for life on Mars.” This article even got religion:The search for life beyond Earth is one of the grandest endeavors in the history of humankind—a quest that could transform our understanding of our universe both scientifically and spiritually.One again, tantalizing suggestions tempt the reader to think that if water is there, life must exist (or at least be possible). The NASA announcement, though, presents “salty” water. Salt is not good for cells trying to emerge (4/15/02). Perchlorates are worse.Since it’s so hard to study Mars directly, there’s an easier way: study rocks that look like fossil microbial mats. Stromatolites, the “apartment buildings” of microbes could, in the meantime, teach scientists how to use instruments to detect life if they ever find similar rocks on Mars and return them to Earth some day. They could, that is, if scientists find a way to distinguish them:She [Alison Olcott-Marshall, U of Kansas] said microbial and non-microbial rocks are found in similar environments, with identical preservation histories for millions of years, and many of the same chemical parameters, such as amounts of organic carbon preserved in the rocks.Let’s say we get a sample return from the 2020 Mars mission, and it has a layered appearance. We will still only look “tantalizingly” like maybe there might have been perhaps life once upon a time on Mars, but they won’t know, because it could be “non-microbial.”All this hydrobioscopy depends on clean water. Chris McKay, despite his optimism, knows that. In Live Science‘s piece “Why is water so essential to life,” he compares water to other liquids like methane, for which we have no evidence life could make something of it instead of water. The article admits, though, that “the briny flows” detected by NASA “may be too full of chlorine-based salts to support life” — how then, exactly, does this “raise the odds that Mars could have life right now”?Perhaps Mars had a lot more water in the past. Or maybe it’s there and we just can’t see it.Researchers in Barcelona are revisiting accounts of Martian megafloods, inferring past events from geological evidence. Science Daily ups the perhapsimaybecouldness index:A recent study puts forward a new explanation for the Martian megafloods: enormous discharges of subterranean water that dug out the biggest flood channels in the solar system over 3 billion years ago….In the words of the Geology Department researchers, “Our research suggests that, given that the process was regional rather than global, there could still be large reservoirs of subterranean water trapped under the surface of Mars, in the areas around the old northern ocean, or in other parts of the planet where seas and lakes formed at the same time.” “Traces of ancient environments capable of sustaining life forms similar to those on Earth could have been preserved in sub-surface materials that are now exposed,” claim R. Linares and M. Zarroca. “The results obtained could have clear implications both for exobiological research and for future human activity on Mars.”These researchers think the floods were local rather than global, resulting from oceans, lakes and glaciers. One of their illustrations superimposes the estimated Martian floods over Europe, showing large parts of Spain, France and eastern Europe inundated.It’s evident that much of astrobiology depends on divination techniques deriving from the imaginations of their own hearts (1/17/07 commentary). They imagine themselves gaining understanding, both scientifically and spiritually. Since spirits are not made of atoms, these prophets betray their dependence on imaginary religions of their own devising.
8 May 2013 South Africa and Algeria have agreed to speed up the establishment of a joint trade and investment committee to engage with the public and private sectors of both countries to do more business between them. The agreement followed a meeting between South African Deputy Trade and Industry Minister Elizabeth Thabethe and Algerian Trade Minister Mustapha Benbada in Algiers on Monday. Thabethe said the committee would allow senior officials from both countries to discuss and agree on a programme of trade and investment projects to pursue. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has proposed that the committee focus initially on agriculture, infrastructure, industry and investment. “Each of these sectors are key job drivers, and I believe if both countries concentrate on these sectors a lot can be accomplished and mutually beneficial business linkages can be created,” Thabethe said. She also encouraged Algerian companies to invest in South Africa, especially in projects related to the country’s multi-billion rand state-led infrastructural drive. Thabethe was in Algeria with a delegation of South African businesspeople on an export promotion mission. Benbada said that he appreciated Thabethe’s initiative in undertaking the mission, and welcomed the move to strengthen trade and investment relations with South Africa. According to the DTI, Algeria was South Africa’s leading north African export destination between 2008 and 2012, with total exports of R8.1-billion outweighing imports of R672-million over the period. Source: SAnews.gov.za
In this tutorial, we’ll go over how to build an inexpensive — and relatively simple — quasar-style light control using foam core.Tube lights are probably the fastest growing type of fixture on film sets, both big and small. They’re cheap, versatile, and you can rig them almost anywhere. They come in slim, no-nonsense versions like the $75 Quasar Daylight T8s, all the way up to the app-controlled RGB Digital Sputnik Voyagers.One thing that most tube-style lights share is built-in diffusion, which scatters the light from the line of LEDs over a wide area. Without this, the individual LEDs would be too harsh and specular. One downside of this design is that it makes the lights hard to control, illuminating your subject and whatever else is in the general direction.Light control cases — known as egg crates or grids — are available, but they can be expensive. The industry-standard DOP choice unit for a four-inch tube light is over $200. It does a good job controlling spill, letting you get the light where you want it, but spending more than the light on a controlled system is not always possible, especially if you have multiple lights or banks of tubes to control.One method I’ve found incredibly helpful is making your own light control with foam core. This isn’t as reusable as the pro version, but it’s much cheaper, and you can build and customize them to the light rig you’re working with. In this sense, it’s more like a strip of diffusion or gel than a piece of grip equipment.1. Foam CoreTo begin, get a piece of foam core the length of your light. You can use white if you want a little extra output, or black if you really want to cut back on the spill. If you’re rigging the light from a stand, you’ll want to take into account any other extra length.Make sure the foam core is as long as your light.2. Decide on the AngleA typical tube light gives a 180 degree throw. If you leave five inches on either side of the light, you’ll reduce this to around 90 degrees. If you’re looking for a more focused beam, you could use up to ten inches and get a 50 degree throw.Keep in mind, this’ll make the light larger to rig and take up more space.You’ll need to double this width. So, for the five inch version, cut your foam core ten inches wide.3. Scoring the Foam CoreThis’ll allow you to snap the foam down the center, giving you an A-frame shape.Score the foam core down the center and break it.4. Attaching the Foam CoreIf you’re placing your light above the subject, you can sometimes get away with just resting the light control on the light and let gravity do the work. I’ve used a grip clip to hold the light in place, but depending on the design, you may want to puncture the foam core with a screwdriver, then use zip ties to attach it more permanently.Attach the foam core to your light.5. Rigging Your LightYou can now hang, bolt, or otherwise attach your light to a stand or the set. You may want to cut through the foam core at certain places to allow access for something like the Matthews MQ Mount.You can now attach or mount your light.6. Shoot!Now, just place your light where you want it. If what you’ve made is going to live to fight another day, cut it off and store it with other expendables.Looking for more articles on lighting? Check these out.3 Lessons in Lighting from Cinematographer Robert RichardsonWhy Tungsten Lighting in Filmmaking Is Still Alive and Thriving How to Build and Use the Swiss Frame Book LightThe Best Scenario for Using Space Lights: An IntroductionGetting Your Lights and Camera in Impossible Places
Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova, who made a return from her 15-month doping ban earlier this month, has vowed that her tennis will do the talking when she meets Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard in the second round of the Madrid Open later today.Earlier, Sharapova was handed a wildcard entry at Stuttgart Open as she made it to the semifinals of her first tournament since testing positive for meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open.The five-time Grand Slam champion had previously also received wild cards for Madrid (May 7-13) and Rome (May 15-21) tournaments.Labelling Sharapova as a ‘cheater’, Bouchard had last week suggested that the Russian player should have been kicked out of the sport for life, instead of welcoming her with a series of wildcards for high-profile tournaments.Hitting back at Bouchard, Sharapova claimed she has had enough experience of listening such kind of things since making her breakthrough by winning Wimbledon at the age of 17 years.”I’ve been in the public eye since I was a very young girl. I’ve heard a lot of things. If everything affects you on and off the court, I think that would be a really challenging position to be in,” Sport24 quoted Sharapova as saying.”It’s not the way I think. My tennis speaks for itself, and that’s what I focus on,” she said after struggling past Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 in the opening clash.Despite the constant criticism following her comeback, Sharapova asserted that she doesn’t care about the same and likes to remain very much in her element.advertisement”I love being quiet about it and letting everyone around speak or have the noise. I’m very much in my element. I think it’s always great to be the person that’s kind of in control of your actions while everything around you is moving in a different way,” he added.If Sharapova manages to extend her unbeaten record over Bouchard to five matches, she will edge closer to qualifying for Wimbledon in June without the need of a wildcard from the All England Club.”I would love to be in a position to compete in that event. It’s very meaningful to me,” she added.Sharapova’s initial two-year ban was earlier reduced to 15 months following an appeal to the court of arbitration for sport, which concluded she had not intended to cheat.
Ohio State’s 2014 football team received its national championship rings this morning. There are, of course, many benefits to wearing a championship ring: they look cool, they go with everything and they remind people that you are a national champion. There’s a downside, though: they hurt your video-game skills. You know how hard it is to win a FIFA game with this ring on? Feel me @jbbigbear we just take it for granted without it— Joe Burger (@jburgs37) March 27, 2015Perhaps the people who design the national championship rings should figure out a way to make them lighter so it’s easier to score goals in FIFA.
CALGARY – Canada’s oil industry is expected to be back in the black this year thanks to higher oil prices and more production after registering three years of losses.But the Conference Board of Canada says the recovery will be modest and ongoing pipeline capacity problems will likely continue to result in Western Canada’s oil production selling for discount prices.Michael Burt, director of industrial economic trends, says the oil industry will register pre-tax profits of about $1.4 billion this year after a string of losses since prices crashed in 2014.He says the profits are partly the result of efficiencies in the use of labour that are expected to continue to limit hiring. The industry is expected to create just 2,150 new jobs over the next five years.Total crude production in Canada is forecast to rise by an average annual rate of 3.4 per cent between 2018 and 2022, with most of it coming from the Alberta oilsands.Industry revenues are forecast to increase by about eight per cent in 2018.
WINNIPEG – The Manitoba Metis Federation says it is taking the province to court in a dispute over planned hydro projects.Metis federation president David Chartrand met Tuesday with Crown Services Minister Cliff Cullen and Manitoba Hydro to discuss a deal between the federation and the Crown utility.In March, Premier Brian Pallister quashed a $67-million deal that had been negotiated between the federation and Manitoba Hydro to help support a transmission line to Minnesota. The premier called it “persuasion money.”The federation said at the time it would file for a judicial review to overturn the decision because, it argued, the agreement was legally binding.“We were hoping that the province would have come forward with a position of an olive branch, given that we believe strongly that the agreement was negotiated between ourselves and Hydro,” said Chartrand.“They are not willing to sit down and they are going to overrule Hydro, which we believe they don’t have the legal right to do.”He said the federation has given its lawyers the green light to go ahead with court action, probably within the next week.Cullen said the two sides have agreed to disagree on the matter.“They feel it was an agreement,” he said. “Our understanding is that it’s really a proposal.”Cullen said the ball is in the Metis federation’s court.“It’s really up to them on how they want to proceed,” he said. “We’ll wait and see what their undertaking is.”Despite the disagreement on the transmission line, Cullen said the government is committed to consulting with the Metis federation.Nine of 10 Hydro board members resigned in March over what they said was Pallister’s refusal to meet with them to discuss important issues, including Indigenous rights.