RPPTL Section honors Diamond

first_imgRPPTL Section honors Diamond Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section members were told last session not to expect anything from the Florida Legislature, because the focus would be on redistricting and the budget.But largely thanks to the tireless efforts of RPPTL Legislative Chair Sandra Diamond, the section got all of its legislation passed and signed by the governor.In recognition of her efforts, and the efforts of her law firm, Williamson Diamond & Caton of Seminole, the RPPTL Section presented Diamond with the Annual Service Award at the Legislative Update and Executive Council Meeting in Boca Raton on July 26.“Selecting the recipient of the section’s Annual Service Award is usually a very difficult thing to do. We are fortunate to have a large number of people doing very important work for the section and the Bar, all of whom are deserving of the award,” said past RPPTL Chair J. Michael Swaine.“However, for the year 2001-02, one person rose head and shoulders above the rest.. . . There are a number of people who deserve special thanks for that effort, but foremost is the recipient of our Annual Service Award, our Legislative Chair Sandy Diamond. Sandy worked tirelessly for the section. Some people say that she actually spent more time in Tallahassee than some of the legislators. We all thank her, and it is my pleasure to present this well-deserved award to her.” RPPTL Section honors Diamondcenter_img September 15, 2002 Regular Newslast_img read more

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Police: Man taken to hospital following crash on Route 434

first_img11:46 A.M. UPDATE: Binghamton Police shut down the right lane of Route 434 Eastbound but the left lane remains operational. —– VESTAL (WBNG) — Both lanes of Route 434 Eastbound are back open following a one-car crash. The police department says one man was taken to the hospital for unknown injuries.center_img A 12 News crew on the scene reported that the vehicle that crashed was in an embankment. Police are investigating what caused the driver to go off the road. For the most up to date information go to the 511NY website by clicking here. VESTAL (WBNG) — The Binghamton Police Department responded to a one-car crash on Route 434 Wednesday morning.last_img

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Lakers’ Kobe Bryant intrigued with LSU’s Ben Simmons

first_imgDENVER >> With the games becoming unwatchable, Lakers fans have played a new parlor game. For the past two years, they have calculated the likelihood the Lakers will strike it rich in the NBA draft lottery in May. With the Lakers nursing a 4-23 record entering Tuesday’s game in Denver (11-16), all eyes have focused on LSU freshman Ben Simmons, a 6-foot-10 versatile forward who has averaged 18.7 points, 13.9 rebounds and 5.8 assists. “He’s a fantastic player,” Lakers guard Kobe Bryant said on Monday in an NBA-sanctioned conference call with international media. “He obviously has a tremendous amount of potential.”The Lakers currently have a 19.9 percent chance at the top pick by virtue of having the NBA’s second-worst record. But Bryant’s question marks have less to do with the Lakers’ draft odds and more to do with Simmons’ DNA. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Bryant argued that will happen.“The Lakers will continue to represent what they’ve always represented. That is excellence,” Bryant said, referring to the franchise’s 16 NBA championships. “Magic (Johnson) represented that. I happen to represent that. The next player will represent that as well. I don’t see that changing much at all. We all go through rebuilding and things of that nature. But the core of the organization and franchise will always be the same, which is winning.” RankingBryant ranked the top five toughest teams he has played: San Antonio and Sacramento in the NBA playoffs, Boston in the Lakers’ 2008 Finals loss, Detroit in the Lakers’ 2004 Finals loss and the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls teams. Bryant listed Hakeem Olajuwon, Jordan, Kevin Durant, LeBron James and Clyde Drexler as the toughest opponents he faced.“(Ranking) players is a little tougher for me,” said Bryant, who also mentioned Gary Payton and Anfernee Hardaway. “I came in the league when there were still so many great players.”Circle the dateBryant on playing in Boston on Dec. 30 for the last time in his career: “That’s always been one of my favorite places to play. The fans are so knowledgeable about the game and there’s so much history … To go there one last time to play and be in that city one more time, it’s going to be a beautiful, beautiful moment.”center_img “It’s just a matter of what he wants to take on,” Bryant said. “Do you have the attitude that winning championships is your only mission and your only goal? If you don’t win a championship, the season is a failure. If you have that attitude, the city will absolutely love you and you’ll get this team back to playing and winning at a level that it’s accustomed to.”Bryant then elaborated. “The key is loving what you do,” Bryant said. “If you love getting ready, you love training and you love preparing just as much as you love the end result of winning even more so the end result of winning, then you know you have something truly, truly special.”Bryant also zeroed in on the Lakers’ front office. “Make smart decisions and make smart choices,” said Bryant, whose retirement will allow the Lakers to sign two free agents to a max contract. “We have to get talent, make smart decisions and smart trades with free agent acquisitions.”last_img read more

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Chris Curtis not worried about last year’s champ, playoff seeding heading into second PFL appearance

first_imgJoin DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearBefore there was Brendan Loughnane, there was Chris Curtis.Much like the 29-year-old featherweight from Manchester, England, Curtis appeared on the first episode of a new season, carrying an impressive record and a wealth of regional experience into a tough matchup to kick off Season 2 of the UFC’s latest talent search series. He dominated the action and finished the fight in the third round, landing a beautiful hook kick 90 seconds into the final stanza that ultimately led to the bout being halted.But when White convened with Laura Sanko to announce which fighters had earned contracts, Curtis’ name wasn’t mentioned. Alonzo Menifield and Greg Hardy, both of whom scored hellacious first-round knockout wins, were tabbed to join the UFC ranks.Three days after his appearance in Las Vegas, “The Action Man” announced his retirement from the sport.“At that point, it’s a 12-year journey,” said Curtis, reflecting on the events of last summer. “I get there, I’m like, ‘Here’s my contract, finally.’ I do everything and get passed up, it sucked, and on top of that, I go home with a broken hand.“It was just interesting after the Contender Series because you put all that time and effort in. I was training across the country, away from my kids — it sucks for my family because of all the time and money that you spend. It just sucked.”And so he hung up his four-ounce gloves.After the hurt dissipated and his injuries healed, a conversation with one of his long-time training partners set Curtis on the path back to competing inside the cage.“Sam Alvey was one of the guys that made me realize that I don’t really have many options,” said Curtis, who ultimately sided with the Professional Fighters League (PFL) to compete in the company’s welterweight division. “What else am I going to do with my time? I’ve spent 12 years working on being the best fighter I could be, so I kind of have one path to follow.“I fought earlier this year to get back into it, test the waters and I felt good, and then this came up and I jumped at it,” he added. “I wanted to be in the UFC, I wanted my fight kit, but a million bucks buys a lot of personalized fight kits, so I’ll just do that instead.”Fighting on the first event of the 2019 season, Curtis scored a third-round stoppage win over Andre Fialho, pushing his winning streak to eight and earning him four points — good for fifth place in the division heading into his second and final regular season matchup later this week in Atlantic City, New Jersey.“More than the points, it was good to get out there,” he explained. “Everybody was telling me I had the best fight that night. I’m in a new gym — I moved to Vegas, so that’s different — and I have a new coach in John Wood. It’s just nice to go out there and perform, show that I made a good decision, the right changes.“To have the fans really love me and say I’m one of the best fights they’ve seen so far means a lot to me. It’s just validation that I’m at that level,” he added. “I’ve heard a lot of people say the UFC really screwed up not signing me and that means the world to me honestly.”Having already made an impact with the fans, Curtis has the opportunity to make an impact on the standings as he gears up for the playoffs and takes on 2018 welterweight champion Magomed Magomedkerimov on Thurday evening in the main event of PFL 4 of the 2019 season at the Ocean Casino Resort.The 29-year-old Magomedkerimov was an unknown to most North American fight fans prior to last year’s PFL season, when he scored wins over Herman Terrado and Bojan Velickovic to advance to the playoffs and then beat Pavel Kusch and Velickovic again to advance to the finals, where he submitted heavy favorite Ray Cooper III to claim the welterweight title and $1 million.In his first appearance of this year, the returning champion was one of three fighters to collect six points, submitting UFC veteran John Howard in the opening round.“The only thing more dangerous than one Magomed is two Magomeds,” joked Curtis. “At the same time, he’s the champion from last year and I respect that — it’s cool, congrats to him — but I didn’t fight in this tournament last year, so him being the champion doesn’t mean a thing to me. It just doesn’t.“You beat people that weren’t me,” he continued. “You beat Ray Cooper III. I’m not really impressed by that.”In addition to not particularly caring about Magomedkerimov’s success last season, the soon-to-be 32-year-old isn’t overly worried about playoff seeding as he heads into his second regular season appearance of the year.His win over Fialho earned him four points, good for fifth place in the standings, one point ahead of Handersson Ferreira, one point behind Cooper III and two points back of Magomedkerimov, Glaico Franca and Sadibou Sy, all of whom scored first-round finishes and garnered six points.Because of how the welterweights have been paired off for their second event of the regular season, Curtis isn’t guaranteed a place in the playoffs just yet, but he’s confident that he’ll earn a victory on Thursday night and doesn’t care whether he heads into the playoffs as the first or eighth seed. “Before PFL, had you heard of Magomedkerimov?” asked Curtis. “You hadn’t and no one else had either. That was his coming out party and he’s not a guy that anyone really cares about. I’m going to beat him up and after this tournament, you’re never going to hear about Magomed Magomedkerimov ever again.“As far as seeding, I’m not concerned,” he added. “In my head, I’m going into this tournament thinking I’m the very best in the tournament, bar none, so at this point, I don’t care who I have to fight — I’m going to win. I can beat everyone in this tournament, so I don’t really care. I just want to move it along.“I can beat everyone here — I know that I can — so I don’t worry about the seeding too much.” A couple weeks back, MMA fans rallied to Brendan Loughnane’s side after the British standout didn’t receive a contract following his victory over Bill Algeo on the Contender Series.Loughnane, who won the fight handily and has built an excellent record fighting on the smaller stages, seemed like an obvious choice to get a contract, but instead, the UFC President went in a different direction, passing on Loughnane and criticizing his decision to shoot for a takedown in the final 10 seconds rather than “going for the finish,” as if he had Algeo teetering on the brink of collapse and gave him a reprieve.last_img read more

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Larry Davis Biles, 72, Wellington: March 3, 1942 – Jan. 27, 2015

first_imgLarry Davis Biles, age 72, died Tuesday afternoon, January 27, 2015 at his home in Wellington.  Larry was a retired custodian for the Argonia School System USD #359.Larry was born on March 3, 1942 in Clearwater, KS to Arvin Henry Biles and Nellie Pauline (Chiles) Biles.  He was raised in Mayfield, KS but lived most of his adult life in Argonia, KS.  He was a graduate of Wellington High School.  He served in the U. S. Navy from 1960-1964.He married Theressa E. Snider on June 10. 1961 in Berkeley, CA.He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and being outdoors.He was preceded in death by his parents.Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Theressa Biles of Wellington; two children, Kent Biles of Wellington and Christy Boucher of Argonia; brother, Wayne Biles of Wellington; sisters, Karel Prilliman of Conway Springs, Anita Dick of Wellington, Vicky Casey of Glencoe, OK, Royce Creed of Afton, OK, and Lisa Conrad of Wellington; four grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.Military Graveside Services will be held at the Osborne Cemetery in Mayfield, KS on Monday, February 2, 2015 at 2:00 P.M.  Chaplain Don Cross will officiate.There will be no visitation as cremation has taken place.A memorial has been established with the Argonia Fire Department in lieu of flowers.    Contributions can be left at the funeral home.Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.netlast_img read more

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Ireland claim historic grand slam

first_imgThe Irish made light of sleet and biting wind and an England team desperate to avoid a third successive defeat as they deservedly led 21-5 at halftime with tries by Garry Ringrose, CJ Stander and the prolific Jacob Stockdale.England, unbeaten at home in the Six Nations since 2012, managed tries by Elliot Daly in each half, but were unable to gain a foothold in the face of ferocious Irish defence.Ireland’s Conor Murray added a penalty in their only second-half score before England finished with a Jonny May try in stoppage time that came far too late to spoil what will be an Irish party to remember.Following Scotland’s win in Rome earlier in the morning and with just the Wales versus France game left in the championship, England will finish outside the top three for the first time in 12 years and could end as low as fifth.Ireland, who have now won 12 games in a row, top the standings on 26 points ahead of Scotland on 13, Wales 11, France and England on 10 and Italy with one.Scotland narrowly avoided a nightmare end to their Six Nations campaign, beating Italy 29-27 with a Greg Laidlaw penalty a minute from time after trailing the perennial wooden-spooners for most of the game.Scotland scored four tries before snatching victory from the distraught Italians but the result could well have gone the other way, with an expectant home crowd of 60,000 on the verge of celebrating a first Six Nations victory in three years.Italy were already guaranteed to finish last for the 13th time since their first Six Nations. Their string of 17 straight defeats in the competition equals the worst losing streak in the northern hemisphere’s premier tournament since France racked up 17 losses a century ago between 1911 and 1920.last_img read more

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