FC Barcelona Hopes to Keep Lionel Messi, Make Him Highest-Paid Player

Lionel Messi’ pic
Lionel Messi
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After volunteering with Ohio’s public defender department during college, attorney Geoffrey Scovil moved to the Albuquerque, New Mexico, area. There, he served in the state’s public defender department before becoming a solo practitioner in Albuquerque. Aside from his legal work, Geoff Scovil follows soccer and his favorite team is FC Barcelona.

Though Lionel Messi’s contract is set to expire in 2018, Josep Maria Bartomeu, FC Barcelona’s president, is adamant about keeping the star player in Spain. While talking to reporters in late December, Bartomeu praised Messi by boldly calling the star the absolute best footballer in the sport’s history. Prepared to back up his statement, Bartomeu is ready to make Messi the world’s highest-paid soccer player to keep him in Barcelona.

The team’s management has already made strides in securing the team’s future through other players. Both Luis Suarez and Neymar recently renewed their contracts with the team through 2021. The 29-year-old Messi, who has won World Player of the Year five times, has played with Barcelona for his entire professional career.


Lesser-Known Attractions in Hong Kong

Lantau Island pic
Lantau Island
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Attorney at law Geoffrey “Geoff” Scovil has a private law firm in Albuquerque, New Mexico. When he’s not busy trying cases or writing petitions to the state supreme court, Geoffrey Scovil enjoys traveling outside of Albuquerque. Over the years, he has visited such places as Hong Kong.

Featuring a unique blend of numerous cultures and influences, Hong Kong is home to an array of major and lesser-known attractions. Following are just a few of Hong Kong’s hidden tourist attractions:

Lantau Island – As Hong Kong’s largest island, Lantau Island provides visitors with a calming escape from the city. The island’s historic and natural heritage has been preserved over the years, and tourists can enjoy everything from clean beaches and countryside to small fishing villages. There are a few big attractions on the island, meaning the preserved natural and cultural areas are often overlooked.

Kowloon Walled City Park – Originally the home of 3.3 million people, Kowloon was built as a military base. It was later occupied by immigrants and eventually became a relatively lawless area filled with drugs, gangs, and unlicensed businesses in the 1950s and 1960s. Although much of the city was demolished, the remnants are open to the public.

Ping Shan Heritage Trail – Appropriate for tourists who love history, the Ping Shan Heritage Trail takes visitors to some of Hong Kong’s most interesting historic sites. Many of these sites are found in the New Territories and include everything from monuments and monasteries to temples and Hakka villages.

The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance Fights for the Mexican Gray Wolf

New Mexico Wilderness Alliance pic
New Mexico Wilderness Alliance
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Attorney Geoffrey Scovil of Albuquerque, New Mexico, defends clients in a wide variety of cases. Aside from his work, Geoff Scovil supports the Albuquerque-based New Mexico Wilderness Alliance (NMWA), which is fighting to save the Mexican gray wolf from the brink of extinction.

The NMWA’s Share the Land campaign is dedicated to educating, uniting, and motivating people to help save this wolf. Aside from their beauty, Mexican gray wolves are an important part of the Southwestern United States’ ecosystem.

When the population was high enough, the wolves played a key role in regulating the size of ungulate animals like deer and elk, whose herd sizes grow to unhealthy numbers without these predators to keep them in check. Unfortunately, the Mexican gray wolf population is not at healthy levels, with only around 50 of them surviving in the wild.

To help raise awareness and funds for the Mexican gray wolf, the NMWA annually releases a new stamp featuring the creature. Designed by a different artist each year, the 4.5-inch-by-5.5-inch stamps sell for $20 apiece, with proceeds going directly to the NMWA’s Mexican gray wolf conservation efforts. To learn more about the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance and Mexican gray wolves, visit www.nmwild.org.

Visiting San Francisco – A Guide to the Seasons

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San Francisco
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Attorney Geoffrey Scovil has a solo practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In addition to his law practice, Geoffrey Scovil enjoys visiting cities around the world. He has been many places both internationally and domestically. One of his favorite cities is San Francisco, where he and his wife eloped under the rotunda at City Hall, where Joe DeMaggio and Marilyn Monroe were married.

San Francisco’s peak tourist time runs from June to August. Visitors from around the United States flock to the city to take part in San Francisco’s many summer events, including the North Beach Festival and Fillmore Jazz Festival. Summertime in the city sees average temperatures in the high 60s along with damp fog and brisk winds.

Winter, spring, and fall all have more manageable crowds, but the weather is often significantly cooler. Winter lasts from December to February and has average temperatures in the high 50s. Fog is present almost every day, as are cold winds. San Francisco is also at its wettest during these months. Still, hotel prices are significantly lower than in the summer. Spring offers similar benefits, but the average temperatures are a bit higher. The city still stays fairly wet, especially during March, but dries and warms as it gets closer to summer.

Fall is typically the best time to visit San Francisco. From September to November, visitors enjoy such events as the Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival and San Francisco Fringe Festival. Temperatures are actually warmer than they are during summer and normally average in the low 70s. There are still some breezes coming in from the coast, but the skies stay clear most of the time, and hotel rates and crowds drop.

The Outpost Jazz Education Program

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Outpost Performance Space
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Geoffrey Scovil is an Albuquerque attorney. Formerly an attorney for the Law Office of the Public Defender, Geoffrey Scovil now focuses on private practice in criminal defense and habeas corpus law. Geoff Scovil is a dedicated supporter of the Outpost Performance Space in Albuquerque.

A nonprofit performing arts center, the Outpost Performance Space relies on the support of its members and the community. Formed in 1988, Outpost Productions brings a variety of talent to its stage, including poets, visual artists, and jazz and classical musicians.

The Outpost also offers an educational course called the Outpost Jazz Education Program. Started in 1996, the program provides 30 weeks of classes to students age 10 and older who demonstrate interest and ability.

So far, more than 2,000 students have benefited from the jazz program’s instruction and assistance. The Outpost also offers the Youth Opera Program, which focuses on the classical side of music. For more information, please visit www.outpostspace.org.

Outpost Performance Space’s Roust the House Teen Performance Night

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Teen Performance Night
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An attorney at law in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Geoffrey “Geoff” Scovil specializes in habeas corpus law and practices as a solo practitioner and state contractor. Dedicated to supporting his Albuquerque community, attorney Geoffrey Scovil is involved with the Outpost Performance Space and sponsored a performance several years ago.

Outpost Productions, which has made its home in the Outpost Performance Space for more than two decades, offers a huge range of education opportunities to adults, children, and adolescents. One of the organization’s many youth performance opportunities is Roust the House Teen Performance Night. Held on a near-monthly basis throughout the year, these nights provide local teens with the chance to share any performance piece they’ve been working on with live audiences.

The Roust the House Teen Performance Nights welcome everything from poetry readings and dance performances to music sets from bands of all types. Those bands and performers who wish to perform in the event must contact Outpost Productions and submit a short biography and demo for organizers to consider.

Beyond letting teens share their creations with others, the Roust the House nights also give audiences and enthusiasts the opportunity to see what sort of performances younger talents are creating.

Haruki Murakami and His Love of Jazz

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Haruki Murakami
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As an independent attorney in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Geoffrey “Geoff” Scovil works on habeas corpus cases as well as felony criminal cases. During law school, he volunteered for the public defender’s office in Cleveland. When Geoffrey Scovil is not practicing law in Albuquerque, he likes to read books by his favorite author, Haruki Murakami.

Before he became a bestselling author, Haruki Murakami rejected Japanese literature, art, and music and identified more with Western culture, including Hollywood movies, paperback books, and jazz music. When he was 23 years old, he managed a jazz club called Peter Cat in Tokyo, Japan. In an interview with Paris Review, Murakami admitted to being a fan of jazz music since the age of 13 or 14. He credits the melodies, rhythm, and chords as having a strong influence on his writing.

Murakami also wanted to learn to play an instrument, but he never developed the skill he wanted. For him, writing became his instrument for expression.