State Increases Dontell Stephens’ Settlement to $6 Million

first_imgSeven years after Dontrell Stephens was shot and permanently paralyzed by a Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy, he will be receiving a larger multi-million-dollar payout as compensation for his injuries than initially planned.The Florida Legislature passed a bill on Wednesday ordering Sheriff Ric Bradshaw to pay the 26-year-old homeless West Palm Beach man up to $6 million.Although the amount is significantly less than the $22.5 million a federal jury had recommended, Stephens’ attorney, Jack Scarola, says, “The fact that a Republican legislature, that historically has been opposed to claims bills, passed it as overwhelmingly as they did, shows it was deserved.”The state Senate passed the bill by a 37-2 vote late Wednesday afternoon, two days after the lower chamber approved it by a vote of 160-0.The amount gives Stephens $1.5 million more than what Bradshaw agreed to pay in what he described as his “final” offer.After the final $4.5 million offer was made, legal questions were raised about whether the state legislature could cover bills that Stephens received while he was in rehabilitation and was being treated for potentially fatal bed sores that plague paraplegics, according to Sen. Anitere Flores, a Miami Republican who sponsored the measure.For that reason, the bill was amended so that Bradshaw would have to use up to $1.5 million of tax money to in order cover Stephens’ unpaid bills.Stephens’ guardian will use about $3.4 million to purchase an annuity that could generate interest to cover Stephens’ living expenses, the measure explains.Another $1.1 million will go to Scarola’s law firm and other parties, including lobbyists, who worked together on the case.Scarola says his client will need more than $6 million. Since Stephens is expected to live another 50 years, he would $5 million in order to lead a semblance of a normal life for his condition, according to an expert who testified during the 2016 civil trial of the case in U.S. District Court in Fort Lauderdale.The $3.4 million state lawmakers agreed to will provide some stability and security for Stephens, who had been living in a homeless shelter but is now sleeping on a friend’s couch, according to Scarola.The attorney adds that Stephens accumulated more than $3 million in bills from a Central Florida rehabilitation center, as well as doctors and hospitals that have treated him since he was shot by Deputy Adams Lin back in 2013.The deputy, who was later promoted to sergeant, shot Stephens a total of four times, moments after stopping him for riding his bicycle erratically on Haverhill Road in West Palm Beach.Although Lin testified that he thought Stephens was reaching for a gun, Stephens was unarmed. The black object he was holding at the time was a cellphone.Scarola will seek to reduce Stephens’ existing bills to $1.5 million by negotiating with those who are owed money.Lawmakers Slash Dontrell Stephens’ Settlement to $4.5 millionlast_img read more

The Latest: Belgian soccer training sessions suspended

first_imgThe Latest: Belgian soccer training sessions suspended 1:35 p.m.AC Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimović has set up a fundraiser to help Italian hospitals in the center of the coronavirus outbreak.According to the website accepting donations, Ibrahimović has donated 100,000 euros ($109,000) to the fund. It quickly raised a further 10,300 euros ($11,300).The site states that all the money raised will be “directly donated to Humanitas to help strengthen the intensive care and emergency units of Milano, Bergamo, Castellanza and Torino’s hospitals.”Italy has been the second hardest hit country with more than 31,000 cases of the virus. All training sessions at Belgian professional soccer clubs have been suspended until at least April 5 because of the coronavirus outbreak.Belgium’s national security council earlier said all gatherings, cultural, social, festive and sporting activities have been prohibited until the same date.The league says it will decide which matches can be rescheduled once training has resumed.The league also says it will pay the second instalment of an 800,000 euro ($862,000) solidarity fund to amateur clubs to help them cushion the economic weight of the pandemic.___ Associated Press The 38-year-old Ibrahimović rejoined Milan in January from the Los Anegles Galaxy. He has also played for Italian clubs Inter Milan and Juventus.___1:20 p.m.Premier League team Chelsea is making a hotel located on the grounds of its Stamford Bridge stadium available free of charge for London’s medical workers during the coronavirus outbreak.The club says Russian owner Roman Abramovich will cover the costs of providing the accommodation for staff of the National Health Service who “will be working long shifts and may not be able to travel home or would otherwise have to make long commutes.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):___3 p.m. “Everything we do together makes a difference,” Ciara said in a video posted to her Twitter account. “And together we will conquer this tough time that we’re going through.”According to Food Lifeline’s website, the organization provides the equivalent of 134,000 meals daily and had 58 million pounds of food sourced last year.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Chelsea says the offer is initially for a two-month period and will be reconsidered depending on circumstances.The entire hotel will be given up for medical workers if necessary.___1 a.m.Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and pop star wife Ciara have announced they are donating 1 million meals through Seattle’s Food Lifeline to help provide meals for those in need during the coronavirus outbreak in the region. March 18, 2020last_img read more

Takuma Sato wins his second Indianapolis 500 after late caution ends race

first_img Associated Press August 23, 2020 Takuma Sato wins his second Indianapolis 500 after late caution ends racecenter_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Takuma Sato wins his second Indianapolis 500 after late caution ends race.last_img

Inter Allies hire Turmus as new Technical Adviser

first_imgTeam based Inter Allies have announced the appointment of Umit Turmus as their new Technical Adviser.This comes less than 24 hours after the dismissal of their head coach Rashid Iddi.The club, in a statement released on Thursday, confirmed that the Turk, together with Technical Director Willie Klutse have been tales with outlining a new philosophy for the club.Allies are bottom of the Zone B standings in the GFA Special Competition after a poor first round display, losing their final match of the round against Hearts on Wednesday.The Statement read:Inter Allies FC is delighted to welcome Mr. Umit Turmus a Turkish Technical man to the Club’s Technical Department.He has been handed the role of Technical Adviser till the end of June 2019.He is to collaborate with the Technical Director Willie Klutse to help outline a new philosophy for the Club.We wish him a happy and successful stay with the Club.last_img read more

Photos: Black Stars train on dreadful Accra Sports Stadium pitch

first_imgCoach Avram Grant is preparing to relocate his team to another training ground after complaints during their first training session at the Accra Sports Stadium ahead of their World Cup qualifying round first leg against Comoros.The grass has overgrown and has not been manicured for months.Watch photos from the pitch yesterday as the team went through their paces .  –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img

Hyun-Jin Ryu’s surgery a success, but his season is over

first_imgMike Bolsinger and Carlos Frias have pitched well in place of Ryu and right-hander Brandon McCarthy, who will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery April 30.Bolsinger and Frias are a combined 5-1 with a 1.93 earned-run average in seven starts. Their performances leave the Dodgers in no rush to make a trade, though Friedman said Tuesday that “it would be nice” to acquire another starter.Arruebarrena suspendedThe Dodgers suspended Erisbel Arruebarrena for the remainder of the 2015 season, further diminishing his already faded role in the organization.A team spokesperson said the 25-year-old shortstop was suspended “for repeated failures to comply with his contract.” SAN FRANCISCO >> Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder Thursday morning, and the results matched the expectations. The left-hander will not pitch again until 2016. “It went as well as could be expected,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “They felt he could be ready to pitch next year, in spring training.” Ryu, 28, faced a bleak outlook after being unable to throw off a mound since his last bullpen session May 1. Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said Tuesday the possibility of surgery only came up in recent days.“Stan (Conte, the Dodgers’ head athletic trainer) was optimistic and upbeat about it being as good as it could possibly be,” Mattingly said. “For someone who had to have surgery, it sounded like it was a really good result.” Ryu hasn’t appeared in a game this season after an MRI in March revealed inflammation in his left shoulder. So far, the Dodgers have been content to fill his spot in the rotation internally. Arruebarrena had not played for a Dodgers affiliate this season after being assigned to the club’s extended spring training camp in Glendale, Ariz.. The 24-year-old from Cuba was initially designated for assignment in December but went unclaimed on waivers. He was not invited to the Dodgers’ major league spring training camp.Law enforcement records do not show Arruebarrena ran afoul of the law while in Arizona. That would indicate that Arruebarrena’s alleged contractual violations were confined to his on-field behavior, or the lack thereof.Initially signed to a 5-year, $25 million contract out of Cuba in October 2013, Arruebarrena made 22 appearances for the Dodgers last season, mostly as a defensive substitute. He collected eight hits and 17 strikeouts in 41 at-bats, a .195 average.‘Call stands,’ againThe Dodgers challenged an umpire’s call for the 12th time this season in the fourth inning. Angel Pagan attempted to score from second base on a single to right field and slid under the glove of A.J. Ellis by an imperceptible margin. When the call stood by virtue of a lack of evidence to overturn it, the Dodgers lost a challenge for the ninth time this season.“It’s pretty much worth a challenge at that point,” Mattingly said. “You’re hoping that A.J. thinks he tagged him.”Said Ellis, “I wasn’t sure. You feel a lot of air when you’re reaching back there. It was one of those plays that we needed to take a shot at, see if we could save a run.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Steel Sensations…A look at tight ends and wide receivers

first_imgPittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) drops the sixth football that he tried to catch while holding the first five he caught in a punt catching drill during NFL football training camp in Latrobe, Pa., on Thursday, July 31, 2014 . (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)The Steelers appear to be loaded with depth at the pass catching positions as they currently hold six tight ends and eleven wide receivers on their roster.As the team progresses through camp and the pre-season; those numbers will dwindle and the dust will settle on who’s going to be ranked where. In the meantime; there are  some very interesting battles going on for various spots amongst both units and how they play out will be determined on the field.Tight end is always a very important position in the Todd Haley offense and the number one tight end is of course Heath Miller. Miller looks as healthy as ever and has a great opportunity to go back to the 2012 form that saw him grab over 70 balls for a career high 816 yards and eight touchdowns. Miller can do it all and is still one of the best tight ends in all of football.Heath Miller (AP Photo/File)The number two spot will be more interesting as it looks to be a battle between Matt Spaeth and David Paulson. Spaeth missed last season but if he can remain healthy, he should win the number two job. He’s tall, can catch the ball well and is a decent pass and run blocker. His experience gives him the edge.That leaves David Paulson as the number three tight end which should see him play a role more as a blocking end with the occasional reception. Paulson does have talent and played in all 16 games for the black and gold last season. He certainly has an outside chance of grabbing that second spot.The fourth and in all likelihood final tight end spot will come down to a battle between rookies Rob Blanchflower and Eric Waters and veteran Michael Palmer.Palmer was on the team last season and has 22 career receptions but I believe he’s the first man eliminated from this list and will be part of the teams’ first round of cuts.The two rookies will battle for that final spot and the edge will ultimately go to Blanchflower. The team drafted him in round seven this past May and I believe they look at him as a good developmental player. There is potential the team could keep Waters in that same vain but more likely that he’ll be put on the practice squad.Members of the media are reflected in the side of a van as Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown arrives for NFL football training camp at the team training facility in Latrobe, Pa., Friday, July 25, 2014. (AP Photo)Like tight end, wide receiver has their clear number one guy and that’s Antonio Brown. Brown is the team’s best and most athletic receiver and will be Big Ben’s number one target.Brown, now entering his fifth season is coming off an historic year in which he set career bests with 110 catches, 1,499 receiving yards and eight touchdowns.It would be shocking if he didn’t have a year similar to 2013 and there is certainly potential for him to go beyond last years’ performance as well. He has the ability to go across the middle, stretch the field and most certainly grab a ball in the bubble screen. He made everyone forget about Mike Wallace and he’s fast approaching Hines Ward level numbers.The second wide receiver spot is going to be a battle between second year man Markus Wheaton, rookie Martavis Bryant and newly signed veterans Lance Moore and Darrius Heyward Bey.All indications are the team wants the job to go to Markus Wheaton so it’s certainly his to lose. He didn’t show us anything in 2013 so he’s essentially starting fresh in 2014. Wheaton has good hands, he’s a burner and he can stretch the field but I don’t think he’s going to land the job. He seems too inconsistent and injury prone to be a second option for Roethlisberger.My money is on rookie Martavis Bryant. He’s the tallest receiver on the team outside of Derek Moye, he’s got very good hands and it’s not as hard for rookie wide receivers to learn an offensive system. They simply need to know how to run their routes and he can do that.Bryant reminds me of a young Plaxico Burress and it makes far more sense to have that tall, possession receiver as the number two vs. having another burner across from Antonio Brown.Heyward Bey and Moore absolutely have the potential to grab that second spot and certainly have more experience than anyone else on the team but I don’t think they were necessarily brought in to be the second option for Big Ben but rather to lend depth to the unit as well as help lead the group of young guys.The three through five spots will be between Wheaton, Heyward Bey and Moore and I think they may even interchange based on matchups. Wheaton and Heyward Bey are the speed guys and Moore is the possession guy so it will all be situational between these three.From a depth chart perspective the rankings will probably shake out with Wheaton being the third guy, Moore the four and Heyward Bey the five.  Each one of them will play a significant role in the offense however.The biggest question left is whether or not the team will keep a sixth guy?Typically based on other position needs; the team only keeps five receivers so it looks like it might be tough luck for Derek Moye, Danny Coale, Justin Brown, CJ Goodwin, Kashif Moore and Lanear Sampson.A few of these guys may get a practice squad spot and maybe one of them will surprise everyone and steal away the fifth receiver spot from one of the vets but it seems very unlikely.Never the less, keep your eye on Justin Brown and CJ Goodwin as they have the best chance of unseating one of the guys in front of them for that fifth job. They too are the most likely to be retained on the practice squad, if nothing else.While both tight end and wide receiver have clear number one players, the rest of the depth chart must be played out throughout camp and into the pre-season.  Jobs are won and lost in “the trenches” as Mike Tomlin says; so by the third pre-season game, we’ll know exactly how this depth chart will shake out and who’s “in” and who’s “out”.Mike Pelaia hosts the website Steel Nation Association www.steelnationassociation.com- Covering the Steelers and helping Children’s Hospital All Day Everyday. You can e-mail him at mike@steelnationassociation.com.last_img read more

Do you know how to interpret your cat’s behavior? Check if you really understand him

first_imgFacial expressions show moodA test that analyzes how much you know your cat Image: iStock Communication is fundamental in our society. But in addition to being able to communicate with words, we can also pay attention to the expressions or gestures that a person has to understand them. However, understanding a body and facial expression of someone can be quite complicated if we do not deal with a person and much less if we focus on cats.center_img Cats are very dear animals in society, but by having such an independent behavior, they often fail to understand them. Still, cat owners know their feline friends perfectly and although these animals cannot speak, they have many other ways of expressing what they feel.A recent study by biologist Georgia Mason concluded that there are few people able to correctly understand the facial expressions of cats. If you think you are in that small group of people, you can try it by doing a simple test. A test in which to answer if the cat has a positive or negative emotion The Cat Faces Study is composed of 8 questions. In each of them a video of a cat appears doing something specific and according to this we have to answer if it is having a positive or negative emotion. Once the test is finished, if our results are good we can perform a second test but with more complicated questions.Although it seems that the test is simple, the videos have been modified so that we can only see the face of the cat and thus not help us with the external situation. To get a positive result we will have to be attentive to all the movements of each cat.last_img read more

NU draws ‘favorite’ label

first_img“NU will be the team to beat,” said Mapua assistant coach Ian Racela. “Especially with the addition of Carl Tamayo, Kevin Quiambao and Gerry Abadiano, they’re really complete.”The Bullpups are in Group A alongside NCAA semifinalists Jose Rizal University and Northern Luzon champs University of Baguio.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSan Beda, FEU and Cesafi squad University of Cebu are in Group B. UST, La Salle Greenhills and Fcaaf powerhouse Hope Christian High School are clustered in Group C, while Mapua, Xavier and Chiang Kai Shek are in Group D.The top two teams in each group after a single round robin will qualify to the knockout quarterfinals phase. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia View comments After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Despite NU being the favored squad, NCAA champions Mapua and other topnotch programs will provide legitimate challenge.High school stars such as Harvey Pagsanjan of Hope Christian High School and RJ Abarrientos of FEU are also expected to suit up.“All teams are even, they’re all tough,” said Hope head coach Stevenson Tiu.JRU head coach Vic Lazaro echoed the same sentiments.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ POC: Settle dispute among yourselves Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil All eyes will be on defending champion National University when the 7th Philippine Secondary Schools Basketball Championship Rain or Shine Cup tips off on Dec. 15 at SGS Gym in Quezon City.The Bullpups will be bringing in heavy reinforcement for the annual meet of the top high school teams.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Senate Wants Konneh to Apologize

first_imgFinance and Development Planning Minister Amara Konneh yesterday refused to apologize to the Senate for the contents of a letter written to that body by his Deputy Minister for Fiscal Affairs, Dr. James Kollie.He said he did not violate any portion of the Constitution when his ministry informed the lawmakers of decisions it needed to take to help the downturn in the economy. Minister Konneh, who appeared before Plenary of the Senate along with Deputy Kollie, apologized for the wordings in paragraph four of his letter dated January 21, and not the context of the letter.The paragraph in question reads: “Due to the urgency to complete processing allotments for the quarter, we request a prompt response with information on how the adjustment should be distributed in your budget. Notwithstanding, if you do not respond with regard to said distribution by 4 p.m. Wednesday, January 27th, we will use our discretion to reallocate the amount appropriately and proceed with the processing of allotment the remainder of the 3rd quarter. “But during the single item hearing yesterday, Minister Konneh remained resolute against offering an apology, saying that except for the portion of the letter he agreed was not appropriate for the lawmakers, everything else mentioned were in line with both the Public Finance Management Law, crafted by the Senate, and the Constitution. Besides Margibi County Senator Oscar Cooper who went into a lengthy grilling of the Minister, other Senators attempted to steer the Minister to apologize and even quoted some provisions of the Constitution.Minister Konneh refused to yield and maintained that he did not violate any part of the Constitution. “I cannot apologize for something that I did not do,” he stated. The Senators’ contention with the letter is that the Minister, who from the onset of the hearing told the Senators that he was taking full responsibility for the letter, thus saving his deputy from the expected wrath of the lawmakers, had indeed violated the Constitution by apportioning to himself the responsibility that is solely theirs – appropriation of the budget. Minister Konneh, however, argued that such was not the case, and told the Senators that what was contained in the letter was a proposal.In their unanimous vote on a motion by Senator Nyonblee Lawrence, the Senators, however, agreed that Minister Konneh must appear on Thursday, February 4, along with his lawyer, to face a legislative contempt hearing. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more