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Submitted by: Stewart Wrighter

At some point, everyone has to make the sometimes difficult choice of placing a loved one, or even themselves, in a nursing home or assisted living community. Depending on the person s level of independence and healthcare needs, there are a variety of options available for such communities. When it comes to building such constructions, however, you definitely want to go with the company that can offer both expertise and compassion. An assisted living architect or nursing home architect can do this.

Assisted living architecture is different from most types of architecture because it serves medical, recreational, and living functions. Therefore, an assisted living architect or nursing home architect that understands these needs and is able to work with them is very important. With assisted living facilities, you re offering your residents a place where they are able to maintain a high level of independence while still receiving access to the best medical care possible.

An architectural firm that understands these needs is essential. Not only do you want to work with an assisted living architect or nursing home architect firm that offers full design services but you also want to work with a firm that can help carry out your initial concept from conception to construction, offering valuable insight along the way.

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A great firm will be able to work with you on cost control measures when it comes to your budget and help you find the model and plans that best suit your needs for your assisted living facility. For the assisted living architect, it is not just about constructing a building: it is about constructing a home.

A firm that also offers a nursing home architect on hand is desirable as well. Differing slightly from an assisted living facility, a nursing home is more inclined to be medically active and has a medically trained staff on hand.

Still, quality of life is a huge aspect of the facility and the plans and the nursing home architect should reflect and understand this. Recreational areas and personal living spaces should be functional, but pleasant and entertaining as well. There should still be an emphasis placed on personal privacy and comfort, even though the facility itself has high importance on medical care. It is more than just a hospital, it is a home, too, and the building and grounds should reflect this in their design. The right firm will understand your needs and be able to work with you on this.

An architectural staff that understands both budgetary requirements as well as the personal needs of the staff and residents is vital. When choosing an assisted living architect, you want to make sure that you work with one that is innovative and can construct facilities that have high energy standards in addition to creativity and compassion.

Both nursing homes and assisted living facilities are still homes to the residents who live there, although they might not be homes in the traditional sense. Taking great care in providing facilities that are homey, comfortable, energy efficient, and architecturally pleasing is important. The right firm will understand your needs and be willing to work with you on all levels of design and implementation.

About the Author: Stewart Wrighter recently hired a local

assisted living architect

to help revitalize his ailing mother s home. He was impressed with the design plans from a local

nursing home architect

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Wednesday, July 6, 2005 

Joshua J. Goyette allegedly confessed to breaking into a Saxonburg, Pennsylvania retirement home and beating 86-year-old Gertrude “Trudy” Johanson in the early morning of June 25, 2005. The crime, which shocked the small community north of Pittsburgh, was not the only one which occurred recently at area retirement homes. Goyette is also suspected in a May incident where another apartment at the Commons of Saxonburg was broken into through a first floor window and the 90-year-old woman inside was groped while she slept.

Goyette, 25, has addresses listed in court documents in New Bedford, Massachusetts; and in Saxonburg, Pennsylvania, his mother’s home.

The alleged confession was given last Thursday, June 30, 2005, in New Bedford, Massachusetts, to Pennsylvania state police investigators. Goyette is currently being held in the Butler County prison in lieu of $300,000 cash bond. He faces charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault, burglary and criminal mischief.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014 

One of Australia’s most famous swimming Olympians, Stephanie Rice, 25, announced her retirement earlier today.

The swimmer addressed the Australian public in a video. Here she thanked everyone that has supported her and reflected back on her Olympic career, “It’s sad, I definitely feel like I’m losing a part of myself, but I’m really excited about what’s about to come.”

After several shoulder operations in the lead up to the 2012 London Olympics, Rice fell short of her own expectations. Disappointed with her performance, she says she wanted to give herself a year or two break before making any decisions about the future. “I felt a lot of pressure to live up to everyone’s expectations and fulfil their answers, but I knew I had to take the time for myself to get to the point where I knew 100 percent what I wanted to do,” she says.

Long-time swimming coach Michael Bohl confirmed Rice’s doubts after the London Olympics in a telephone interview with The Associated Press today. “She couldn’t get the best out of herself there,” he says “but with what she endured, she didn’t want to retire with question marks. She wanted a year or two to think about it.”

While Rice has left her career plans unanswered, she hopes to use her popularity with the Australian public as a platform to something else. “It’s safe to say that’s the new goal and new passion for me… to prove myself out of the water.”

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014 

James Brady, former White House Press Secretary for the Ronald Reagan US presidential administration and advocate for gun control, died yesterday at age 73 in an Alexandria, Virginia retirement community. The family released a statement saying, “We are heartbroken to share the news that our beloved Jim ‘Bear’ Brady has passed away after a series of health issues”. Brady was a few weeks shy of his 74th birthday.

Brady was serving as President Reagan’s press secretary when he was the most seriously wounded out of four, in a assassination attempt on Reagan by John Hinckley, Jr. on March 30, 1981. Brady was shot in the head by a hollow-point bullet damaging his right frontal lobe. Dr. Arthur Kobrine, a neurosurgeon, operated on Brady to save his life. Brady survived but was left with brain damage, slurred speech, short-term memory loss, and partial paralysis which required use of a wheelchair.

Following the assassination attempt, Brady and his wife Sarah joined with The Center to Prevent Handgun Violence, and Handgun Control, Inc., two organizations lobbying for gun control. The organizations were later renamed in honor of Brady, as Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence respectively. The organizations lobbied for the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, a law passed in 1993 which requires federal background checks on firearm purchasers in the United States.

Brady never again held press conferences after the assassination attempt; nevertheless, he officially remained press secretary throughout the entire Reagan administration, till 1989. In 2000, the White House press briefing room was renamed after Brady. Josh Earnest, President Barack Obama’s current press secretary, along with eleven other former White House press secretaries said in a statement, “Jim Brady defined the role of the modern White House Press Secretary. With his passing we lost a friend and mentor, and the country lost a selfless public servant who dedicated his life to service, even in the face of tragedy. […] Jim set the model and standard for the rest of us to follow. It’s been a genuine honor for each of us to stand at the podium in the briefing room that will always bear his name.”

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North Carolina Divorce Adultery Interrogatories Lawyers Attorneys

by

Atchuthan Sriskandarajah

JAHALA S. WRIGHT v. A. J. WRIGHT

SUPREME COURT OF NORTH CAROLINA

FACTS:

The wife filed a divorce action and sought child custody and support, alimony, possession of the family home, subsistence, and attorney’s fees pendente lite. The district court ordered the wife and child to submit to blood-grouping tests and required the wife to answer the interrogatories propounded by the husband. The wife sought review. The court of appeals reversed the order for the blood-grouping tests. The husband sought review.

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ISSUES:

The issues here are (1) whether the wife is required to answer interrogatories relating to the allegation of adultery and (2) whether and child are required to submit to a blood- grouping test.

DISCUSSION:

N.C. Gen. Stat. 8-50.1 provides:

Competency

of evidence of blood tests. In the trial of any criminal action or proceedings in any court in which the question of paternity arises, regardless of any presumptions with respect to paternity, the court before whom the matter may be brought, upon motion of the defendant, shall direct and order that the defendant, the mother and the child shall submit to a blood grouping test; provided, that the court, in its discretion, may require the person requesting the blood grouping test to pay the cost thereof. The results of such blood grouping tests shall be admitted in evidence when offered by a duly licensed practicing physician or other qualified person. Such evidence shall be competent to rebut any presumptions of paternity. In the trial of any civil action, the court before whom the matter may be brought, upon motion of either party, shall direct and order that the defendant, the plaintiff, the mother and the child shall submit to a blood grouping test; provided, that the court, in its discretion, may require the person requesting the blood grouping test to pay the cost thereof. The results of such blood grouping tests shall be admitted in evidence when offered by a duly licensed practicing physician or other duly qualified person. When, as in the present case, issues of paternity and of adultery are raised, it would be unrealistic to hold that the evidence of the results of the blood-grouping tests is competent on the issue of paternity but not on the issue of adultery. Moreover, it would be virtually impossible for the District Court Judge, when passing upon the application for alimony and child support pendente lite, to consider the results of the blood-grouping tests as related to child support pendente lite but not as to alimony pendente lite. For the reasons stated, the decision of the Court of Appeals, which reversed Judge Webb’s order for the blood-grouping tests, is reversed.

The General Assembly, in enacting the Rules of Civil Procedure, did not contemplate that Rules 33 and 26(b) would enable the husband and the wife in actions between them to require the other to answer interrogatories relating to acts of adultery or conduct from which adultery might be implied during the subsistence of their marriage. We are quite sure the General Assembly did not intend in such manner to remove the cloak of privacy surrounding the confidential relationships of husband and wife. For the reasons stated above, the order requiring plaintiff “to answer each and every interrogatory,” to the extent it requires plaintiff to answer Interrogatories Nos. 20 through 33 and Nos. 36 through 51, should be reversed.

JUDGMENT:

The court reversed the court of appeals’ decision that reversed the district court’s order that the wife and child submit to blood-grouping tests in the wife’s

divorce action

. The court also reversed the district court’s order for answers to the husband’s interrogatories. The case was remanded with directions to reverse the order that required answers to the interrogatories and to affirm the order that required the blood-grouping tests.

Disclaimer:

These summaries are provided by the SRIS Law Group. They represent the firm s unofficial views of the Justices opinions. The original opinions should be consulted for their authoritative content

Atchuthan Sriskandarajah is a Virginia lawyer and owner of the SRIS Law Group. The SRIS Law Group has offices in Virginia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York,

North Carolina

& California. The firm handles criminal/traffic defense, family law, immigration & bankruptcy cases.

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Ah, capitalism. You’ve helped democracy so much…I really feel for this guy, maybe he can give into demands then, whoops, accidentally leak the original copy… –Poisonous (talk) 03:37, 6 October 2008 (UTC)

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The law firm is quoted as saying that they “…have reason to believe that the Book may contain serious, untrue and damaging defamatory allegations about our client…” It makes one wonder how they can be so certain about the contents of an unpublished book. But, maybe Mr. Client was sent an advance copy so he could write up a nice blurb for the dust jacket. —Eodril (talk) 10:33, 6 October 2008 (UTC)

This is terrible —Preceding unsigned comment added by 64.154.26.251 (talk) 14:23, 6 October 2008 (UTC)

Was Spicer contacted for comment? 69.140.152.55 02:49, 7 October 2008 (UTC)

Why print it and waste paper? Hasn’t technology arrived yet at our door? I use a very small device to read, a bit larger than a telephone. Release it as creative commons by-sa if possible, in any country outside the UK. Logictheo (talk) 07:31, 7 October 2008 (UTC)

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013 

Last Friday, following over two years of lawsuit over failure to participate in general election, Anders Holmdahl attended a High Full Court of Australia hearing with an audio-link from Canberra to Adelaide, South Australia, claiming voting is a right, not a duty, citing the Australian constitution. However the Justices dismissed the application for leave to appeal against conviction, ruling it had “no prospect of success” over a point that the Commonwealth Electoral Act was enacted within power.

Anders Holmdahl was represented by Kevin Borick, QC, the president of the Australian Criminal Lawyers Association, throughout the process.

Anders Holmdahl cited “fundamental distinction” between the words vote, which he defined as “exercise of free will”; right, “something you are privileged to be granted”; and duty, “something you are required to do”. After a 20-minute discourse with the lawyer representing the applicant, Justice Kenneth Hayne said, “An appeal to this Court would enjoy no prospect of success. Special leave to appeal is refused.” and adjourned the Court. Justices Stephen Gageler, Patrick Keane were also present at the hearing and participated in the verbal discourse, also enquiring the lawyer about their reasoning but not specifying reasons other than what Hayne J said. Wikinews contacted both Anders Holmdahl and the High Court and confirmed there was no other documentation of reasons behind the judgment.

The standard High Court procedures involve hearing each matter by a single Justice and only escalating it after a special leave to appeal is granted. The current case had been irregular, as the matter had been escalated to the Full Court (three Justices) directly.

The appeal also had exhausted lower means of appeal before being lodged in High Court; the Supreme Court of South Australia had dismissed it on September 24, 2012. It cited that the Australian Constitution allows each state to enact their own election laws, and the Federal Parliament has the power to make laws “with respect to … matters in respect of which this Constitution makes provision until the Parliament otherwise provides”. The Court concluded that the Commonwealth Electoral Act was legislation enacted within power.

Prior to escalation to the Supreme Full Court of South Australia, in May 2012, a single Justice Gray had forwarded the matter for consideration of Full Court (three Judges) at his discretion. This happened several months after a Magistrate had recorded the conviction following a trial in February 2012. Anders Holmdahl originally pleaded not guilty during his first Magistrates court appearance in December 2011 regarding the August 21, 2010 election.

The electoral system of Australia requires all citizens to enroll. Then they must vote at each general election — election of members of the House of Representatives and Senate of the Parliament of Australia. At the time of the election, Anders Holmdahl was enrolled as an elector on the Commonwealth Electoral Roll for the Division of Hindmarsh.

The High Full Court hearing was a last instance of appeal with further escalation only possible at international level. Anders Holmdahl had decided to take the case before the United Nations Human Rights Council.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2005 

Seventeen people have been arrested overnight in Sydney and Melbourne, in what Police have described as ‘anti-terror’ raids. New South Wales (NSW) and Victorian police conducted the raids, and both police chiefs have said that the action foiled a terrorist plot. New South Wales Police Commissioner Ken Moroney said that, “we have disrupted what I would regard as the final stages of a terrorist attack or the launch of a terrorist attack in Australia.” The Guardian is reporting that some of those arrested in Sydney are alleged to have been stockpiling chemicals.

Some of those arrested in Melbourne have appeared in court, including Abu Bakr, also known as Abdul Nacer Benbrika. Benbrika was criticised last year for comments he made in support of al-Qaeda.

In NSW, warrants were executed in Lakemba, Belmore, Wiley Park, Greenacre, Illawong, Punchbowl, Hoxton Park, Condell Park, Ingleburn, Belfield, Bankstown and Kemps Creek, resulting in 8 arrests.

A NSW Police spokesman has said that one of the men arrested was shot in the chest by police in Green Valley at about 9am, after firing at police. “One officer was struck, we believe in the hand, and suffered a minor wound,” the spokesman said. “One of the police officers returned fire and the person of interest to police was wounded in the neck.”

It has been reported that the arrests in Sydney, unlike those in Melbourne, do include charges relating to planning and preparation of violent acts. The suspects have not yet appeared in court and the case has been adjourned to Friday.

Mick Keelty, Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police (AFP), has said that the seven people arrested in New South Wales will be charged under the anti-terrorism legislation that was rushed through parliament last week. Mr Keelty has said that the details of the allegations against the men should be kept secret.

“An application will be made by the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecution this afternoon to suppress the details of the allegations,” he said.

Keelty justified the action by arguing that “we give these people a fair opportunity to prepare their defence before the court rather than run the trial in the media.”

In Victoria, warrants were executed in Dallas, Hoppers Crossing, Fawkner, Preston, Haberfield, Coburg, Yarraville, Meadow Heights, Hadfield and Mount Druit, resulting in 9 arrests.

Victorian Police Commissioner Christine Nixon also believes that the raids prevented a terrorist attack, however she stated that the police did not know what form the attack would take, saying “we weren’t exactly sure when nor, more importantly, what they planned to damage or do harm to.” Commissioner Nixon said that they had sufficient evidence to proceed.

Nixon said that the raids were the result of a long-term operation. When queried, she confirmed that the anti-terror legislation rushed through Parliament last week was related to today’s raids. “Some of that is related to that amendment that occurred,” she said. The changes became law just two days ago.

Those arrested will be charged with “a range of offences”, however the exact nature of the charges is yet to be announced. It is not yet clear to what extent the emergency legislative changes rushed through parliament last week are a legal basis for the arrests.

One of those arrested in Melbourne was Abu Bakr, also known as Abdul Nacer Benbrika. He is a dual Algerian and Australian citizen, and was criticised last August when he told ABC Radio that he supported al-Quaeda. At the time he denied being involved in any terrorist activity.

In an interview on the ABC Radio “National Breakfast” program, Rob Stary, a criminal defence lawyer who will be representing those arrested in the Melbourne raids said that, as far as he is aware, the charges all relate to being a member of a proscribed organisation, and none of the Melbourne suspsects had been charged in relation to any planning or preparation offences. At the time of the interview he was not aware which proscribed organisation the charges relate to.

Seven men have appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates Court, on charges of intentionally being a member of a terrorist organisation and knowing the organisation was a terrorist organisation. The court has heard that Abu Bakr is the “spiritual leader” of the group and the prosecutor alleged that the organisation is directed by Abu Bakr. Speaking of the Melbourne arrests, Prosecutor Richard Maidment QC alleged that the group constituted a “terrorist organisation”. Making reference to the Sydney arrests he said that the Sydney suspects had “gathering chemicals of a kind that were used in the London Underground bombings,” and planned to kill “innocent men and women in Australia.”

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Introduction of Brother CS6000I Computerized Sewing Machine

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Tom Buggie

Are you looking for a feature-rich computerized sewing machine for a fraction of the price of a professional model? If so, Brother CS6000I Computerized Sewing Machine (Brother CS6000I) should be the perfect machine for you.

Whether your want it for mending, crafting, clothing or even quilting, the Brother CS6000I has it all for you. This machine comes with several excellent features such as, 1-step automatic buttonholer with 7 styles of auto-size buttonholes, 60 stitch functions (which includes quilting stitches, decorative embellishment stitches, and basic utility stitches), various of snap-on presser feet that cater for different stitches, auto threading, quick-set drop-in bobbin, 7mm zigzag and decorative stitches, a sewing light and much more.

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Brother CS6000I built-in with a very helpful Liquid crystal display (LCD) where you get to see the stitch selection, stitch length and stitch pattern. The LCD too will show the error code, if you happen to choose the wrong option. The code shown here is not something you would understand without referring the manual.

With a touch of a button for start, stop and reverse sewing, this machine seems to be easy operation. Yes, even the speed (slow, medium and fast) can be adjusted with a push of the slide panel. However, if the pedal control is what you wish to use, then it is available by plugging in the pedal control.

This machine weights not more than 16 pounds and compact in size (16 x 6.7 x 11.4 inches), which is a real space saver for many people. With such light weight, portability will not be an issue. It will be a ideal item should you require to bring it to any of your quilting or sewing classes.

Other than the above features and benefits, Brother CS6000I does package with many useful tools such as thread ripper, extra feet, button holder, and specialty needles which are all kept together in the built-in storage compartment. If you’re into quilting and large sewing project, an extension platform will come in handy to provide you a larger sewing platform.

Well, nothing is perfect. You will find complaints from consumers about this machine as well. The few typical ones are the sewing light is a too dim, the machine reset the stitch back to default setting when you turn off and the machine may move sewing large items due to its lightweight. However, all these are not critical shortcomings and can be overcome with quite a few workarounds.

Some even doubt the robustness and durability of this machine due to the fair amount of the plastic parts. But with the limited 25-year warranty given by Brother, it does give every potential buyer a peaceful mind.

Consider all the features and the low price you are paying for this machine, it definitely does outweigh any minor shortcomings. So the Brother CS6000i would be a first-class selection if you are really beginning to sew for the very first time, or you want good value for hard earned money.

Tom Buggie, a part-time writer with immense interest in home gadget and home improvement topics. He has written a comprehensive review of

Brother cs6000i

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