David Cameron inks book deal

first_imgFormer British Prime Minister David Cameron will spend the next year writing an autobiography about his time at No. 10, the Guardian reported Wednesday.The book will cover the ex-PM’s personal life, Britain’s referendum on EU membership, the Scottish independence vote, as well as foreign affairs stumble such as the defeat in Syria vote.Cameron said he would explain why he made some of the decisions he did, and “what worked and what didn’t,” according to the Guardian. The autobiography, which for now is untitled, is due to be released in 2018 by William Collins, an imprint of HarperCollins. Also On POLITICO David Cameron has a new job By Carter Stoddardlast_img read more

Foundation benefits from cy pres award

first_img September 1, 2008 Nancy Kinnally Regular News Foundation benefits from cy pres award Foundation benefits from cy pres award Special to the NewsA settlement that could have meant a few pennies to nearly eight million people instead will mean a shot at justice for hundreds of Floridians who otherwise might have languished in substandard housing, abusive relationships, or unsafe working conditions. Those are just a few of the situations legal aid attorneys confront on behalf of their clients every day in Florida, and a $295,000 cy pres award secured for The Florida Bar Foundation August 12 by Tampa attorney John Yanchunis will go a long way toward supporting the work of those who represent the state’s most vulnerable citizens.As class counsel in a suit involving tiny overcharges applied to a large class of consumers, Yanchunis recommended The Florida Bar Foundation as the recipient of the settlement, given the impracticality of locating all the members of the class and refunding them what would have amounted to less than 4 cents each.“Since the injury arose from a consumer class action, and The Florida Bar Foundation has as its charge the funding of legal services for people who can’t afford it, I thought it would be the closest connection to the way in which the injury to the class arose,” Yanchunis said.Both the defense counsel and the judge presiding in the case agreed, and when all was said and done, Yanchunis, a senior partner with James Hoyer Newcomer and Smiljanich, was the subject of a barrage of appreciative e-mails from Bar Foundation board members all over the state.“Countless families will silently bless him for his endeavors,” wrote board member Roberto Pardo of Miami. “We are all better people for knowing him and his philanthropic heart.”The term cy pres comes from the French, “ cy pres comme possible, ” meaning “as near as possible,” and the doctrine is often applied in class action cases in which full restitution to all injured parties is either impossible or infeasible, such as when the amount of damage per person is insignificant even though the aggregate damages are large. It can also be employed in probate matters when gifts fail, or in the area of charitable trusts.Under cy pres, the courts can approve a charitable donation out of unclaimed class action funds, or a direct grant in lieu of damages to an organization that could vindicate class member rights in the future. In practice, cy pres prevents a windfall to the defendant while serving to deter future violations.The recent cy pres award is not the first for The Florida Bar Foundation. Florida Bar Past President Tod Aronovitz of Miami directed two cy pres awards to the foundation. Those cases involved the overbilling of consumers and wrongful business practices.Aronovitz believes there is an obvious connection between the members of consumer class actions and the people served by the foundation.“In approving a final settlement, courts examine whether the cy pres award is fair and reasonable and if the recipient is appropriate for the award,” Aronovitz said. “In many consumer class action cases, the class of consumers is typical of the underprivileged Floridians who receive Florida Bar Foundation[-funded] legal assistance.“It’s a natural marriage. There are so many attorneys in Florida who know and understand the great work of The Florida Bar Foundation. And it’s hard to find an attorney in Florida who doesn’t think that The Florida Bar Foundation is the premiere organization that funds programs and protects the rights of underprivileged Floridians who need legal services.”Miami attorney Alan Greer frequently represents the defense in class action suits. While he believes cy pres is a good concept, he cautions that attorneys have to walk a fine line to ensure that it is not attacked as a vehicle to fund something other than the members of the injured class.“Having said that, when you have money that you don’t know what to do with, having it go to something like The Florida Bar Foundation where it can do real good is a wonderful idea, as opposed to having it go back by default into a government treasury or just sit there unclaimed.”Greer said defendants, who are after all the ones whose money is going out, will want to have a say in where it goes.Tampa attorney Kathleen McLeroy, president of The Florida Bar Foundation, said the foundation has some flexibility in the way it uses cy pres awards.“The foundation is willing to explore opportunities to tailor cy pres awards to the groups, populations, or geographic areas most closely associated with a class action,” McLeroy said. “Our grantees address the needs of a wide array of Florida citizens and consumers. In addition to traditional legal aid, the foundation funds projects designed to strengthen the administration of justice for children as well as adults, which can include ensuring consumer protections.” Nancy Kinnally is the director of communications for The Florida Bar Foundation and may be reached by calling (407) 843-0045, ext. 103 or via e-mail at [email protected]last_img read more

High school softball: Airline downs Southwood, stays unbeaten in district play

first_imgThe Airline Lady Vikings started the second half of District 1-5A play with a 7-4 victory over Southwood on Monday at Airline.In another District 1-5A game, Haughton fell to Evangel Christian 17-5 at Haughton. In a non-district matchup, Benton lost to Ruston 15-0 at Ruston.At Airline, Maddie Ennis went 2-for-3 with a home run, double and four RBI to lead the Lady Vikings (16-2, 7-0).Makenzie Chaffin went 2-for-3 with a double. Jessica Baffuto had an RBI-double.Baffuto’s double came with two outs in bottom of the the third and gave the Lady Vikings a 6-2 lead. The Lady Cowboys rallied with two runs in the top of the fourth.Airline added a run in the bottom of the inning. Chaffin was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on an Ennis’ groundout. She scored on an error.Raelin Chaffin pitched 3 1/3 innings of no-hit ball in relief, striking out four and walking none.Southwood dropped to 10-7 overall and 3-4 in 1-5A.At Haughton, the Lady Bucs trailed Evangel by just one run after five innings. But the Lady Eagles scored 11 runs on eight hits, including two home runs, in the sixth.Haughton managed just three hits off Ellie DuBois, singles by McKayla Burkart, Lauren Edwards and Madison Trujillo.Evangel’s Alexa Voracheck hit two home runs, including a grand slam for the Lady Eagles’ final four runs in the sixth. Evangel’s Leanna Cooper was 4-for-4 with five RBI. Evangel (12-4, 4-1) took over sole possession of second place in the district. Haughton dropped to 7-6 and 3-2. The teams were scheduled to meet again Tuesday at Evangel.At Ruston, Madison Wells had a double for Benton in the three-inning loss. The Lady Tigers dropped to 9-8. Ruston improved to 14-5 with its sixth straight victory.NOTE: The above report is based on information on teams’ official GameChanger accounts.— Russell Hedges, [email protected] Data Courses | Search AdBig Data Online Courses Might Actually Surprise YouBig Data Courses | Search Ad|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? Ridiculous!News gadget|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoClever-Tricks.comYour Sleeping Position Tells a lot About Your HealthClever-Tricks.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more