Courts fighting for adequate funding

first_img April 15, 2005 Senior Editor Regular News Courts fighting for adequate funding Courts fighting for adequate funding Jan Pudlow Senior Editor Stan Morris is chief judge of the Eighth Judicial Circuit in Gainesville. But when he comes to Tallahassee, he trades his black robe for a suit and looks a lot like a lobbyist at the Capitol, as he assumes his role as chair of the Trial Court Budget Commission.On March 29, Judge Morris paused to give the News a status report on how things are shaping up so far with legislative funding of the court budget.“We haven’t been as successful as we’d like to be,” Morris said. “We are lined up on both sides to make another pitch for priorities.”One top priority is tackling a $2.5-million deficiency in the trial court budget. As Morris explained, the trial court budget is “very people-heavy in the sense most of our budget goes to salaries, and there is very little turnover.” Other branches of government, he said, are able to more readily adapt to lapses figured into the budget for hiring personnel.The court budget suffered from what he called “a series of inappropriate lapsed figures applied to our budget.”Last year, under the leadership of former TCBC Chair Judge Susan Schaeffer, of the Sixth Judicial Circuit, they were able to reduce that $2.5- million deficit to $1.7 million because of restrictions on hiring practices, he said.That means judges must hire judicial assistants and law clerks and other personnel at the base salaries—and that doesn’t always mean hiring the best candidate for the job.“Judges were used to having a 10-percent flex in that, so they could offer more than the base. We had to curtail that ability to hire good people,” Morris said.Another way they were able to save money last year was to instruct chief judges to hold off hiring anyone for 90 days.“It was a one-year opportunity in transition from county to state funding to attack the problem, and we did. That will not work for this year,” Morris said. “I think the legislature needs to be more understanding about the difficulties we have in this branch.. . . It’s very difficult to make up a shortfall without legislative assistance.”The turning point will come sometime after April 11 when they will go into conference with legislators on the court budget.“The worst case scenario is that people could be terminated if we can’t make our budget,” Morris said.Another issue deals with $5.3 million for court reporters and translators that is currently in the House budget, but not in the Senate budget, Morris said. It’s called a “shared cost issue,” Morris said, explaining that dollars for full-time equivalent positions are placed in state attorneys’ and public defenders’ accounts at the Justice Administrative Commission for court reporters and translators who are court employees, but those dollars have not been received by the courts.In the meantime, Morris and a covey of judges who are members of the TCBC are fixtures at legislative committee meetings related to funding the courts, ready for opportunities to try to avert any worst case scenarios.last_img read more

Preparing first-time leaders for success

first_img continue reading » So, you have a star employee on your team—a proverbial rock star. She knows what is expected of her and excels at every turn. She shows initiative and creative problem solving skills. She is an informal leader and her peers respect her and see her as an expert. She lives by your company’s values and has earned the trust of everyone she works with. You know about an opportunity for her to move into a management role, but how do you set her up for success?The transition from individual contributor to people manager is often anything but smooth. Leadership transition research conducted by Development Dimensions International (DDI) found that more than 87% of first-time leaders are not prepared for their new role, while only 11% said they felt that they were properly groomed for a management role through training and development. Those numbers are discouraging. It is all too common for organizations to take an exceptional employee and put them in a position of leadership, but fail to prepare them for success. The end result negatively impacts the employees the new manager is leading, the new leader, and your business. Before you promote your next rock star employee, learn a few steps you can take to set him or her up for success in their new leadership role.1. Make sure the employee wants to lead people.Don’t make the mistake of assuming that all employees want to lead people. Some people enjoy being individual contributors and aren’t interested in the added responsibility that comes with a leadership role—and there is nothing wrong with that as long as this is discovered before they are thrust into a leadership position. Motivation to lead must be present in order for your employee to excel. 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

6 financial marketing takeaways from the 2019 Internet Trends Report

first_img continue reading » Every year since 1995, analysts, investors and media look forward to Mary Meeker’s report on the state of the internet. The 333-page “Internet Trends 2019” report is filled with vast amounts of insight into what is going on in digital channel use, technology, consumer behavior, eCommerce, social media, data growth, payments, privacy, the future of work and, of course, China’s increasingly dominant position in each of these categories. Meeker, Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, the venture capital and private equity firm, even touches on the impact of visual communication, interactive gaming, and voice as digital engagement tools.The key takeaways from this year’s report include:The channel of choice for consumers is increasingly mobile.Internet ad spending is increasing, with Google and Facebook getting the most spend.The cost of customer acquisition continues to increase.Visual communication is on the rise.The availability and use of data for personalization is exploding.Security and privacy concerns remain an important differentiator.While intentionally broad in scope, the report provides “food for thought” as financial institutions – and financial marketers especially – try to develop strategic planning options for the future. Meeker provides insights into the impact of e-commerce platforms and the increasing use of visuals to tells stories digitally. She also discusses the increasing cost of new customer acquisition and how that is impacting the allocation of marketing dollars. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

An out-of-this-world view: Astronaut Hurley snaps pic of Upstate

first_imgA native of Apalachin, Hurley and fellow astronaut Robert Behnken made history when they shuttled off to space aboard the Crew Dragon Spacecraft, SpaceX’s first manned mission to space. (WBNG) — Astronaut Doug Hurley is currently aboard the International Space Station, but that didn’t stop him from checking out Upstate New York. In a tweet on Twitter, Hurley wrote: center_img It was the first time in nearly a decade humans were sent to space from United States soil.last_img

Roberson museum gets Fairy Tree for the Holidays

first_img To set up a reservation, check out Roberson’s website. For more information on Fairy Doors of Broome County & Nearby, click here. The fairy tree was given to the museum by Fairy Doors of Broome County & Nearby, which is a local art organization that adds some magic to the every day by hiding fairy doors around Broome County. The Fairies Come Home for the Holidays’ tree will be up at Roberson from now until December 2. Their Home for the Holidays event will be featured until January 8th, 2021. The tree features multiple fairies and painted fairy doors. It is called ‘Fairies Come Home for the Holidays’. center_img BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Roberson Museum and Science Center welcomed a tree all about fairies from fantasy to their Home for the Holidays display. Fairy Doors of Broome County & Nearby hold scavenger hunts for kids in the summer months to find the fairy doors. last_img read more

A Doctor Who-inspired toilet makes all your TARDIS dreams come true

first_imgA large undercover entertaining area greets you as walk through the carport of the home.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by The Tardis toilet is undoubtably a key feature of the home and was built by the vendor last year.ATTENTION Whovians. If you’ve been looking for an other-dimensional toilet experience then this custom-built “Turdis” may just be what’s been missing from your life.Vendor Craig Heeks built the life-size TARDIS in his garage-turned-rumpus room late last year after looking for new ways to expand on his love for the British sci-fi television show.Fully tiled, the fictional time machine and spacecraft hides a toilet, single vanity unit and mirror inside its iconic phone booth style exterior. The ultimate mancave.It’s become a key selling point of Mr Heeks’ home at 3 Blackwood Cres, Morphett Vale which is on the market with a price guide $399,000 to $429,000. “We’ve lived here since 2003 but the TARDIS is fairly new. I only built it last year for no other reason than it seemed like a good idea,” he said.“Doctor Who is my obsession and, in a way, my relaxation from work.“I’ve been collecting and selling for a long time, not just Doctor Who but Star Wars and Planet of The Apes, and this space just kind of became my escape.” OUTSIDE: The home, at 3 Blackwood Cres, Morphett Vale, also comes with an inground swimming pool.Mr Heeks said his Doctor Who obsession started as a young child.“I grew up in the UK and we used to see the film crew move around all the time,” he said.“That’s what sparked my interest and I’ve been a mad fan ever since.”Despite having enjoyed many blissful moments in the TARDIS, Mr Heeks said it was unlikely he would built another one. FANTATIC CREATES DR WHO UNIVERSE IN WEST RYDE Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenDr Who fanatic creates shop00:51 “If I could take it to the new house, I would, but unfortunately that’s not possible,” he said.“I’ve been asked to build a second one for a friend, but I won’t do that. I want it to be unique; a one-of-a-kind.”Launched to the market barely a week ago, the property has been viewed close to 2000 times on realestate.com.au and also attracted 16 groups through the first open on the weekend.Listing agent Pete Fallon of Magain Real Estate said he hoped the unique feature would help sell the property for a premium price and well above the suburb’s median house price of $310,000. INSIDE: One of the main living spaces at 3 Blackwood Cres, Morphett Vale“It’s definitely one of the more unique properties I’ve sold and so far, it’s been going absolutely viral online and on my own facebook page,” Mr Fallon said.“Most of the buyers coming through have been Doctor Who fans and we even had the son of the original owner come through on the weekend. He’d love to buy it back but says he’d have to convince the wife first.”The property will be open this Sunday from 11am to 11.30am.last_img read more

SIMEC Atlantis Divests Its Canadian Tidal JV

first_imgSIMEC Atlantis said it has completed the proposed sale of the company’s stake in its Canadian joint venture at the FORCE facility in Nova Scotia, Canada, to its renewable energy development partner DP Energy group.DP Energy has acquired the remaining 50% interest in Atlantis Operations (Canada) Limited (“AOCL”). Following completion, AOCL will be renamed to become Rio Fundo Operations Canada.The cash transaction enables the DP Energy group to take a more integrated approach to the AOCL berth alongside its pre-existing wholly owned berth at the FORCE facility. This transaction returns C$400,000 to SIMEC Atlantis and, according to the company, allows the management team to focus resources on other opportunities in the UK, France and Asia and will allow the DP Energy team to focus efforts on the development of the tidal stream industry in Nova Scotia.Tim Cornelius, Atlantis CEO, said: “I am pleased that we have been able to agree this sale with DP Energy. They have experience and presence in Canada and are well suited to deliver a project in Nova Scotia. This transaction returns value to our shareholders and allows us to focus on the exciting opportunities across the SIMEC group.”Simon De Pietro, DP Energy director, said: “DP Energy is delighted work with the Nova Scotia Government to promote the development of tidal energy as a major source of renewable electricity production in Canada and we are eager to take on the exciting challenges provided by the tidal resource in the Bay of Fundy. The venture adds further depth to the growing portfolio of renewable energy projects of the DP Energy group of companies worldwide. “last_img read more

Equinor picks DNV GL for Bay du Nord certification

first_imgNorwegian oil and gas giant Equinor has selected oil and gas advisory and classification society DNV GL as the certifying authority for the Bay du Nord project off Canada.The Bay du Nord FPSO illustration. Credit: EquinorDNV GL said on Monday that it would ensure that new infrastructure that would be built for Equinor’s Bay du Nord oil field project was compliant to local and global safety requirements.The classification society will oversee design review activities and site surveillance during construction, commissioning, and installation, after being awarded the certifying authority and classification contract.The Bay du Nord field is located around 480 kilometers northeast of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, in the Flemish Pass Basin.The field will be the first one developed in this basin. No existing infrastructure is in the immediate area, which is known for its harsh environmental conditions, including large sea states, high winds, sea ice, and icebergs.Bay du Nord was discovered in 2013, aiming to produce its first oil in 2025. The project is currently in the pre-FEED phase, and the final investment decision is planned in the second quarter of 2021.The field development comprises an FPSO, a disconnectable turret and moorings system, steel lazy wave risers, and a subsea development with four subsea templates.Halfdan Knudsen, Equinor’s project director, said: “Safety, environmental protection, and regulatory compliance are fundamental requirements for the Bay du Nord Project.“DNV GL has been selected as the certifying authority and classification society for the project, supported by our development partner Husky Energy.”Liv A. Hovem, CEO of DNV GL – Oil & Gas, added: “I am delighted Equinor has recognized that we possess the technical expertise and global footprint to assure safety on the ambitious Bay du Nord project. We have worked closely with Equinor on many projects over the years, including challenging sites in the North Sea, and this contract win is a sign of the strength of our relationship.”Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

Ripley County Participating In Drug Take Back

first_imgOn October 26th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its seventh opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.Bring your medications for disposal to the Ripley County Jail at 210 N Monroe St., Versailles. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.Last April, Americans turned in 371 tons of prescription drugs at over 5,829 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners.last_img read more

Brookville resident uses social media to recover stolen property

first_imgBrookville, In. — A Brookville resident has praise for social media and Fayette County Sheriff’s Department following the recovery of his off-road vehicle. Alex Cummins took to social media following the recent theft and others shared the post more than 1,300 times.Over the weekend Cummins recovered the off-road vehicle in Fayette County with the help of the sheriff’s department and left the following post:With the power of social media and some brave friends we were able to track down and locate my rzr tonight and get what’s left of it back. Thank you very much to the Fayette county sheriff officers for responding to our call and coming out and also thank you to everyone who shared my post and helped out. Just goes to show that everything gets out in a small town. Not over yet . A link to the video of the recovered off-road vehicle is here.last_img read more