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The tournament field has been finalized for the 2007 Burgett H. Mooney, Jr. Rome Classic, the AJGA announced on Friday. The field consists of 99 of the country’s best boy and girl junior golfers, ages 12 18, representing 19 states and Canada. Twenty three residents of the Peach State will look to keep the title in Georgia.

In the Boys Division, Jonathan Randolph of Brandon, Miss., returns looking to better his sixth place finish from last year’s event. Randolph, who has signed a National Letter of Intent with Ole Miss, finished in a tie for 15th at his first event of 2007, the PING Junior at The Woodlands. Atlanta native Hayes Brown also had a very strong finish last year, joining Randolph in sixth place.

Several players making their first trip to Rome will look to bring home the title. Jordan Lewis of Marion, Ill., captured his first AJGA title last year at the David Gossett Junior Championship in Memphis. David Zickler of Florence, Ala., has already recorded two top 10 finishes in 2007, finishing in a tie for 10th at the Mizuno Junior at Chateau Elan and a tie for ninth at the Aldila Junior Classic.

In the Girls Division, half of the top 10 from last year’s event returns. Headlining the returnees is Madison Pressel of Boca Raton, Fla. Pressel, the younger sister of LPGA Tour star Morgan Pressel, has yet to find the winner’s circle in an AJGA event but has been on the doorstep several times, including an eighth place finish at this event last year.

Other returning players from last year’s event include Zakiya Randall from Atlanta, who notched a fourth place finish. Also returning are Whitney Wenglasz of Oldsmar, Fla., Kyle Roig of Pembroke Pines, Fla., and Jillian Brodd of Knoxville, Tenn.

A pair of local players will be looking for their first AJGA victory. off Coosa Country Club’s No. 1 tee on Tuesday, June 26 through Thursday, June 28. An awards ceremony will immediately follow play on June 28

For players who did not make the tournament field,
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a Srixon Qualifier will take place at Stonebridge Golf Club Sunday, June 24. Remaining spots in the championship’s field will be filled through this 18 hole qualifying tournament.

The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf.

The largest Association of its kind, the AJGA has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12 18) of more than 5,000 junior golfers from 49 states and more than 25 foreign countries.

Titleist, the AJGA’s National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association’s success since 1989. Rolex Watch USA, which is in its third decade of AJGA support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, Polo Ralph Lauren became the AJGA’s second Premier Partner.

AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 160 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 300 wins. AJGA alumni include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Stewart Cink, Davis Love III, Cristie Kerr, Pat Hurst, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Morgan Pressel and Julieta Granada.

Lee Baseball Splits With 24th Ranked Mississippi College

Displaying what Lee head baseball coach Mark Brew called “one of the gutsiest responses by a team I have ever had”, the Flames scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning to earn a split against 24th ranked Mississippi College on Friday. “It was back and forth all day (game two) before we got all those big hits in the seventh,” added Brew after the 10 7 victory. The Flames . (click for more)

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Judge Keeps Harold Wayne Nichols On Death Row

A judge has ordered that a man convicted of murder in Hamilton County stay on death row. Harold Wayne Nichols, who is now 57, had filed an appeal based on recent court rulings. Afterward, both sides in the case had submitted an agreement that would have allowed Nichols to go off death row, but continue serving a life sentence. However, Judge Don Ash rejected the agreement,
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Even before a shovel hits the ground, developers of an outlet mall in Richmond Valley say they are in the final stages of signing leases with national high end retailers.

No one is naming names, but don’t be surprised if Michael Kors and Polo Ralph Lauren end up in a few years in Richmond Valley and not on Richmond Avenue.

The proposed open air shopping center with waterfront access is so unique it will keep Staten Islanders from heading to off Island malls, say those who have worked on the plans for the last year and believe the outlet center will encourage a reverse commute of shoppers from New Jersey and the tri state area to the South Shore.

More than 60 stores, a 14 screen movie theater, restaurants and underground parking are part of the designs being reviewed now by state and city agencies. The development team hopes to have approvals by the end of 2008 to build a $90 million waterfront mall next to the Outerbridge Crossing.

“It’s not a straightforward outlet center; that concept is dead. Now there has to be a lifestyle component. We are envisioning a place where people can come and shop, catch a movie, and grab some dinner at a local or national restaurant . we’ve kind of taken the best aspects of different outlet centers and concentrated them into one,” said James Prendamano, a Realtor with Casandra Properties who represents mall developer Leib Puretz.

Puretz is the same man who has invested heavily over the last few years on the North Shore, building 200 condominiums in three new residential buildings in Tompkinsville and New Brighton. He recently started work on a fourth building in St. George and he plans to erect at least two more along the waterfront.

On the South Shore, he paid $18 million to buy 25 acres of vacant land stretching along the waterfront from near the Outerbridge to Richmond Valley Road. All the land is located behind Arthur Kill Road and scattered businesses such an animal hospital, beverage company and radiology center.

Through his development team, the media shy Puretz has proposed a novel shopping center with windows, covered walkways and a courtyard picnic area the size of two football fields.

“The beauty of this site is the water,” added Prendamano.

He and a team of consultants and engineers have been in discussions with the state Department of Environmental Conservation and Army Corps of Engineers over how to develop around wetlands at the site. Next month, they expect to make a presentation to Amanda Burden, chairwoman of the City Planning Commission. Shortly after that they expect to file a formal application with City Planning, which must review and vote on the application.

National retailers, however, have needed little convincing to sign up for the new center.

Those stores have likely witnessed the rise of serious shopping on nearby Veterans Road West, a once desolate highway service road that now serves as home to big box stores Target, Home Depot and Bed, Bath Beyond. Another shopping center is about to open across the street from Target.

Andrew Boyle of the Pennsylvania based Boyle Group, which specializes in leasing and managing outlets and consulted on Puretz’s project, said he received an e mail last week from a high end retailer who called Staten Island a “cash cow.”

“They feel it’s an under served market and in need of some quality high end stores,” Boyle said, before adding: “Anyone can fight through an indoor mall to get something and get out. We are going to give them something else.”

That something else is an ambitious mix of retail development along the water and roadway improvements along two lane Arthur Kill Road, which will serve as the main access route into the area.

Puretz’s people say he plans to widen Arthur Kill Road between the Outerbridge Crossing and Richmond Valley Road, a proposition that involves getting approval from private property owners fronting Arthur Kill.

While the city could take the property for a widening, Puretz will have to compensate owners for such a move. He also hopes to buy out entirely some property owners.

“We are talking to them,” said Realtor John Pitera.

The outlet center itself will contain close to 400,000 square feet of retail space about the same size as the nearby Charleston Bricktown Centre. About 1,700 parking spots would be created in a sloping underground parking garage.

Prendamano said City Planning asked that exposed blacktop be limited, and he said much of the site will be planted and landscaped.

“We are trying to accommodate everyone and we’ve made a year’s worth of changes to the plan,” he added. “This isn’t something we just dreamed up overnight.”

But winning over South Shore residents who feel overwhelmed by all the retailer attention may be difficult.

If the outlet center gets built, there will be nearly a million square feet of retail space in the Charleston and Richmond Valley area. Even the borough president has said that $100 million worth of roadway and infrastructure improvements is needed in the area to accommodate all the stores that could be built over the next decade.

“There are a lot of issues that need to be addressed before I could even think of development on that site,” said Linda Hauck of the Tottenville Historical Society. “On paper it does look very nice, but I don’t know if that’s the right spot.”
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PHILLIPS ISLAND Calling it an island might be a misnomer, but this 5.3 acre clump in the Nanticoke River has begun to look like the high ground for state and local environmental groups.

They are promising a fight to remove a hunting compound they say was built without local permits or regard for Maryland’s 16 year old Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Act.

At the center of the dispute is businessman Edwin H. Lewis, who made his fortune in the apparel industry with companies such as Tommy Hilfiger and Polo Ralph Lauren.

A hunting enthusiast, wildlife art collector and pilot who has owned a 350 acre waterfront estate near Madison in Dorchester County for nearly a decade, Lewis paid $283,000 for 287 acres of Wicomico marshland in June 1999. 50 bridge in Vienna. Until a few months ago, it was an indistinguishable point in a waterfront wilderness known mostly to duck hunters and naturalists.

Then a construction crew loaded materials including wood siding and cedar shingles onto a barge at Vienna, and work began early this year on a 1,600 square foot hunting lodge, four small cabins and a utility shed.

The buildings nearly the only man made structures visible along 10 miles of Wicomico waterfront were almost completed before nearby property owners and environmentalists knew about them.

County zoning officials, who are charged with enforcing critical area rules that prohibit most construction within 100 feet of the bay or its tributaries, were alerted last winter when an Army Corps of Engineers employee spotted a new pier.

“This goes beyond a minor violation, it’s a major violation,” says Harry E. Womack, a Salisbury State University biology professor who heads the Wicomico Environmental Trust. “For someone to just come in and do whatever the hell they please . after that, what do you say to all the people who follow the rules?”

Lewis’ lawyer, Raymond S. Smethurst Jr., insists that critics who have accused Lewis of building with the hope of gaining bargaining leverage with the county are off base.

“The idea that in this day and age someone would do something deliberately is ludicrous,” Smethurst says. “It wasn’t as if they tried to get around the critical area. A couple of the environmental groups are just opposed to anything out there. They see the devil in everything.” Construction was halted last month when citations were issued claiming that Lewis failed to have proper permits. According to Smethurst, Lewis has agreed to move all but two of the buildings inland, away from the critical area zone.

He will ask the county’s zoning appeals board at a July 27 hearing to grant a variance to critical area rules and allow the hunting lodge and one cabin to remain within the 100 foot buffer zone.

“From an environmental standpoint, this will have absolutely no adverse impact,” Smethurst says. “They’re looking at the wrong end of the telescope.”

M. P. Minton III, a retired college administrator who has hunted the marshes around Lewis’ property for about 40 years and owns a 200 acre marshy tract nearby, doesn’t see it that way. To him, the place, which abuts the 1,500 acre Nanticoke River Wildlife Management Area, should remain the domain of eagles, ospreys and the waterfowl that migrate there each winter. Humans should leave little behind, he says.

“It bothers me that we have all this wilderness, and this guy can come in and do whatever he wants,” says Minton, who first raised the issue before the Wicomico County Council last month. “I wonder what there is to stop anybody else from doing the same thing.”

Wicomico activists have been joined by other environmental groups who also worry that any appearance of compromise by county zoning officials will encourage other property owners to build first and seek necessary permits and approval if they get caught.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation has taken no official position on the project, but is watching the case intently. “We just want to make sure that the letter of the law is followed and no bad precedent is established,” says Don Jackson, the foundation’s Nanticoke project manager.

Judith Stribling, a biology professor at Salisbury State who leads Friends of the Nanticoke, wants county officials to prevent any buildings from remaining in the 100 foot critical areas buffer.

“Certainly, the environmental impact is not as great as if he had built a housing development, but we are concerned about setting precedent,” Stribling says.

The state’s Critical Area Commission also is monitoring the case, says executive director Ren Serey, who toured the property with Wicomico officials in May.

“It seemed to me that everything was in the buffer area,” Serey says. “He’s going to have a hard time justifying the need for a variance, especially since he’s coming in after the fact.”

That Wicomico officials were caught off guard is not surprising, says Serey. With limited manpower, enforcement throughout the state almost always follows a complaint from a nearby property owner, Serey says.
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SubscriptionsGo to the Subscriptions Centre to manage your:My ProfileA 26 year old man charged after a Boxing Day shooting at the Tanger Outlets mall in Ottawa remains in custody after he made a brief court appearance on New Year’s Eve.Police laid 11 charges against Yaqoub Ali, most related to the possession and use of a firearm, after one person was injured in the Dec. 26 shooting at the newly opened outlet mall in Ottawa’s west end community of Kanata.Ottawa’s Tanger Outlets shooting believed to be gang infightingMonday shootings believed to be gang relatedTwo men in their late 20s had been arrested after the shooting near the Adidas and Polo Ralph Lauren stores, and one of them was Ali, police confirmed. Both men had been released without charges but they remained persons of interest in the case.Ottawa Police check vehicles leaving the Tanger Outlets mall in Kanata on Dec. 26, 2014 after a shooting late in the afternoon. (Robyn Miller/CBC)Police also said the victim, identified in court records as 22 year old Adel Al Enzi,
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was shot once in the foot with a handgun and he has been “uncooperative” with investigators. All those involved are believed to be part of the Crips gang.Investigators from the Ottawa police guns and gangs unit laid 11 charges including careless use of a firearm, pointing a firearm, possession of a dangerous weapon, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a restricted firearm without a licence.Police officers arrested Ali in a car in Vanier on Tuesday evening and executed a warrant in an east end home related to the arrest. Ali is known to police, according to Acting Ottawa Police Chief Jill Skinner.In February, he was convicted of unlawful entry and possession of a controlled substance after a home takeover on Baycrest Drive. Ali was sentenced to 22 days in jail for the conviction and handed a $400 fine.He appeared in court for a brief time on Wednesday and he was scheduled to return to court on Jan. 7. Ali remains in custody.Guns and gangs unit grows after recent violenceEarlier this week, police said they believed the shooting was “infighting” among members of the same gang. They reviewed surveillance video and said they were searching for two more suspects.Investigators searched Bloomsbury Crescent after a second shooting late Monday afternoon and evening. (CBC News)
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Damien Carrick: Today we’re looking at life’s little luxuries: wristwatches, perfumes, alcohol and chocolates. They can hit both our hip pocket nerve and our waistline, so why do we actually go there?

Last year my favourite TV program was The Gruen Transfer. I loved the way the show would shine a light on what makes a product irresistible to consumers the words, logos, shapes and colours, that together make a shopper choose one brand over all the others.

In fact there’s quite a cluster of these disputes in both the alcohol and chocolate industries, where it seems trademarks are just as important as taste buds. And just a few days ago, a trademark dispute here in Australia involving a US based sportswear company and a Swiss industry association finally settled.

The association’s lawyer is Campbell Thompson, partner with law firm Freehills.

Campbell Thompson: Well we were acting for the Federation of Swiss Watch Manufacturers and they represent the interests of Swiss watchmakers worldwide. They seek to ensure that watches are marketed around the world as Swiss watches, only when they are in fact of Swiss origin. And they were involved in this case because a company called K Swiss had applied to register a trademark for K Swiss for watches, and that trademark did not have any limitation that prevented the mark from being used in relation to watches not of Swiss origin.

Damien Carrick: Now tell me, who is K Swiss?

Campbell Thompson: K Swiss actually is a manufacturer and tennis shoes and other sporting apparel.

Damien Carrick: So they had a registered trademark in various places, including Australia, in the sportswear category, but they were applying for a trademark in the watches category in Australia?

Campbell Thompson: That’s right. And so the Federation opposed the trademark on three grounds, but the primary ground was that because of the connotation of the mark, that its use would be likely to deceive or cause confusion amongst the public, and in particular that it would lead people to think that the watches were made in Switzerland.

Damien Carrick: What’s the difference between sports goods with a K Swiss brand or logo on it, and a watch with a K Swiss logo on it?

Campbell Thompson: Well that’s a good question. Obviously from my client’s perspective, they represent watchmakers, and so they don’t have a broader role to play in terms of the use of the Swiss designation, but also Switzerland is particularly well known for watches, and I think it’s fair to say it’s got a very long standing reputation and fame for watchmaking in particular.

Damien Carrick: I think last October there was a decision by the Registrar of the Office of Trademarks here in Australia;
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this was a decision on whether or not K Swiss could get a trademark in this watches category. What was that decision?

Campbell Thompson: Well the office actually allowed the trademark registration, but subject to a condition that it only be used in relation to watches that were of Swiss origin, and in particular that complied with a 1971 Swiss ordinance which stipulates how a watch qualifies for the designation of Swiss origin.

Damien Carrick: So what was the reasoning of the Trademarks Office in handing down this decision?

Campbell Thompson: Well essentially the Trademarks Office found that the trademark K Swiss had as its dominant element the word ‘Swiss’ and that the presence of the letter ‘K’ at the front of the word and other elements of the mark which were essentially a simple shield device, didn’t in any way dispel the overall impression of the mark which was Swiss, and the decision maker held that in Australia indeed it’s very well known amongst the public that the use of the word ‘Swiss’ designation for watches signifies that the watches are of Swiss origin, and it’s very well known that Switzerland is a source of high quality watches and has been for many, many years.

Damien Carrick: So the trademark was likely to deceive or cause confusion, and I guess the actual logo or trademark included a sort of geographic indicator, something which really kind of branded the product as being Swiss.

Campbell Thompson: That’s right. K Swiss had argued that actually consumers would see its mark as being a brand, and it tried to rely also on the fact that it did indeed have a reputation in a different market, for its tennis shoes and its apparel, to indicate that therefore consumers wouldn’t be confused, but the decision maker, the office disagreed.

Damien Carrick: So that was last October. I understand that K Swiss appealed the decision, but just a few days ago it’s withdrawn the appeal papers and the matter is now settled? The dispute is settled.

Campbell Thompson: That’s right. The dispute is settled between the parties. The court still have to give effect to the orders, but the dispute is settled. The trademark itself has been withdrawn, or will be withdrawn, as part of the settlement.

Damien Carrick: Have K Swiss obtained similar sorts of trademarks in other jurisdictions, in the watches category?

Campbell Thompson: They have applied to protect K Swiss in the watches category in other jurisdictions, and there is in fact a global battle going on. Indeed in this part of the world, in New Zealand in June last year, the High Court rules in favour of the Federation in a similar dispute.

Damien Carrick: And had K Swiss been successful in any other major jurisdictions?

Campbell Thompson: Not to my knowledge. There’s been a dispute in the United States and in several other jurisdictions, but to date the Federation’s been successful.

Damien Carrick: Now moving away from this particular case, Campbell Thompson,
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have there been similar sorts of disputes either here in Australia or in other jurisdictions?