Long winter is making for cranky moose, Fish and Game warns

first_imgOutdoors | Public Safety | State Government | WildlifeLong winter is making for cranky moose, Fish and Game warnsMarch 15, 2017 by Avery Lill, KDLG-Dillingham Share:(Photo by KDLG)As this winter continues, longer and snowier than those in the recent past, moose are getting cantankerous warns the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in a Monday news release.Neil Barten, Fish and Game wildlife biologist in Dillingham, said that no aggressive moose have been reported in the area, but that potential is there, so it’s important not to pester them.“This winter’s been getting kind of long, and in places where the snow has piled up, the moose are kind of having to work harder to get food,” Barten said. “They’re burning up their energy reserves that they have to hopefully make it through the winter with, so as some people have kind of noted, they can get kind of ornery around this time of year because they are already stressed out.”Come late spring, Barten said people should be especially mindful of giving moose appropriate space.“When we get into late May, when the moose start dropping calves, moose are very good mothers,” he said. “They’re very defensive, and that’s the time of year that they can be very aggressive toward a dog, a person or whatever that happens to get close to them or their calves.”Fish and Game says that Alaskans have reported encounters with aggressive moose from Homer to Anchorage, Palmer and beyond in recent weeks.Share this story:last_img read more

Man found dead on campus of University of Alaska Southeast

first_imgJuneau | Public Safety | University of AlaskaMan found dead on campus of University of Alaska SoutheastJanuary 16, 2018 by Associated Press Share:JUNEAU — Authorities say a 50-year-old man has been found dead in a campus housing building at the University of Alaska Southeast.The Juneau Empire reports that the man was found dead Sunday night. University officials say he had recently enrolled at the school for the spring semester.The man’s name was not in a university news release.University Public Information Officer Keni Campbell says foul play is not suspected and there’s no risk to the campus community.The man’s family has been notified.Campbell says the incident is the first death on campus in quite a while.Counseling services are being made available for staff and students.Share this story:last_img read more

Portlaoise native Emma brings her one-woman show to her hometown

first_img Community Home Lifestyle Entertainment Portlaoise native Emma brings her one-woman show to her hometown LifestyleEntertainment WhatsApp WhatsApp Previous articleAll of this week’s Laois GAA fixtures as Round 3 of hurling championships take centre stageNext article“Unity through diversity” – Electric Picnic welcomes Electric Sideshow for sixth year running Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad By Siun Lennon – 13th August 2018 Emma O’Grady is returning to the Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise, with her one woman show – ‘What Good is Looking Well When You’re Rotten on the Inside?’One month before his death, retired civil servant and man of few words Paddy O’Grady had a sudden urge to talk. Using a portable cassette tape recorder, he recorded 15 hours of material: stories about leprechauns, aliens and lonely pharmacists, absurdist political satire, musings on life, love and death, radio shows with advertisements for products that never existed, and memories of life as a civil servant.Putting words into life Paddy’s granddaughter, Emma O’Grady, later discovered he had written plays, poems and short stories in the 1950s and until now his work has been without an audience.The Portlaoise native then created this one-woman show – created with multiple directors – examines the fractured and fragile personas we present to the world. It examines who we might be behind these and the potential of what we could be instead.‘What Good is Looking Well When You’re Rotten on the Inside?’ is a fascinating piece about emotional inheritance and grief for wasted creativity, that serves as both a tribute and a warning. This unique and compelling show is beginning its first national tour and Emma hits the Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise, on Saturday, August 18.The Portlaoise native is a theatre-maker, production manager and lighting technician. She has an MA in Drama & Theatre Studies (NUIG) and was co-founder and co-artistic director of Mephisto Theatre Company 2007-2014.‘What Good is Looking Well When You’re Rotten on the Inside?’ is directed by Jonathan Gunning, Caroline Lynch and A. Smith. Costume design is by Triona Lillis, sound design by Rob Moloney and lighting design by Eoin Winning.SEE ALSO – Three Laois women are making their mark in the UEFA champions league for Wexford Youths Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Community Facebookcenter_img Pinterest Pinterest Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Rugby Portlaoise native Emma brings her one-woman show to her hometown TAGSEmma O Grady Facebook Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’last_img read more

Summer education to proceed for children with special needs

first_imgThe first is in-school or home-based supports by teachers and SNAs to help prevent regression among children with special needs.The second is an opportunity for all 890 DEIS schools to provide summer camps, including a numeracy and literacy programme for primary pupils and a programme of re-engagement for post-primary students.The third is Health Service Executive-led. It will aim to provide summer camp type supports to up to 1,200 children with complex needs. The following children with special needs will be eligible for the first strand of the Summer Provision as part of in-school and home-based programmes: Electric Picnic Students with autism or severe and profound learning difficulties.Children in special classes in primary schools and special schoolsChildren transitioning from early years into a special class in primary school or special school.Primary pupils in mainstream classes who present with Down syndrome, students who are deaf or most severe hard of hearing, students who are blind or have most severe visual impairment, children with a moderate general learning disability or those diagnosed with a severe emotional behavioural difficulty.Concluding Minister Flanagan stated: “I encourage anyone who wishes to register their child for Summer Provision to do so via the dedicated online registration system for families of children with special needs, at gov.ie/summerprovision”.SEE ALSO – Laois GAA to consider live streaming of club matches in this year’s championship Facebook Previous articleOur School Revisited: Warm welcome on our trip to Ballyadams NSNext articleCoronavirus: Five more deaths and 46 new cases as Department of Education outline how schools might operate in September LaoisToday Reporter Summer education to proceed for children with special needs Electric Picnic Home News Education Summer education to proceed for children with special needs NewsEducation WhatsApp Twitter Twitter WhatsApp Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role center_img Children and young people with special needs in the Laois-Offaly constituency will benefit from a new programme called Summer Provision according to local TD and Minister for Justice & Equality, Charlie Flanagan.Speaking after Friday’s Cabinet meeting, the Minister stated:“Traditional known as ‘July Provision’, summer education has been hugely important to children with special needs across Laois and Offaly. The Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD, has confirmed that this will happen this year but as a significantly expanded programme for children with special needs and students in DEIS schools.“This is positive news for many families in the constituency. All through this COVID-19 pandemic, the Government has consistently acknowledged the additional challenges faced by children with special needs at this time, and I know many families here locally who were concerned at their children missing out on school.  “So I am really pleased to see the Government follow through on the commitment to do something for this vulnerable group of students who rely so much on their annual summer programme.“A wide range of children with special needs will benefit from Summer Provision this year, including those with severe and profound and moderate needs, to those with autism, Down syndrome, and those with severe visual or hearing impairment.“Teachers and special needs assistants are being given the opportunity to offer provision in-school or in the home. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date “DEIS schools are also being offered the chance to run educational summer camps on literacy and numeracy, wellbeing and re-engagement with school. In addition, the HSE aims to provide summer camp type supports to up to 1,200 children with complex needs.“I am informed that if possible, school transport will be provided to support the programme where appropriate. The Government is also finalising plans to provide the Schools Meals Programme for schools taking part in Summer Provision 2020.Summer Provision 2020 will involve three strands with different options for parents, students and schools. News Pinterest By LaoisToday Reporter – 13th June 2020 Facebook TAGSSummer Provision Pinterestlast_img read more

Deaths in Laois – Saturday, April 3, 2021

first_imgHome Deaths Deaths in Laois – Saturday, April 3, 2021 Deaths Facebook By LaoisToday Reporter – 3rd April 2021 Electric Picnic Previous articleCrime Prevention Officer urges Laois people to lock cars and help prevent car crimesNext articleFr Paddy: Easter … A time to Hope LaoisToday Reporter Pinterest Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival WhatsApp Twitter Twitter Electric Picnic Pinterest Deaths in Laois – Saturday, April 3, 2021 Facebook Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date TAGSDeaths in Laois WhatsApp Below are the recent local deaths.May they rest in peace.Pauline Magee (née Maher)4 Corrig Lodge, Portarlington, LaoisSuddenly. Sadly missed by her loving daughters Sarah and her partner John, Rebecca and her partner Niall, grandchildren Robin, Piper and Ivy, brothers, sisters, extended family and many friends.The family would like to thank you for your help and understanding at this sad and difficult time.Family flowers only, please. Donations, if desired, To The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust: https://www.idonate.ie/1471_kevin-bell-repatriation-trust.htmlTom FlynnThe Glebe, Clonaslee, LaoisTom Flynn, The Glebe, Clonaslee, Co. Laois. Passed away on the 31st of March 2021, peacefully, in the wonderful care of the nursing staff and medical team at the Regional Hospital, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. Survived by his wife Brigid (Bridie), daughter Sinéad, son-in-law Niall, grandchildren Andrew and Niamh, sisters, brother and wider family.Due to Covid-19 restrictions and by adhering to government guidelines, a private family Funeral Mass will take place for Tom’s family members only. (Maximum 10 people in the church), on Sunday, 4th of April 2021 in St. Manman’s Church, Clonaslee, at 12 noon, followed by burial afterwards in St. Manman’s Cemetery, Clonaslee.House Strictly Private Please at all times. No flowers, by request.Tom’s Funeral Mass can be viewed on www.mcnmedia.tv under Clonaslee Parish.Vera Moynan (née Cantwell)Capponellan, Durrow, LaoisPeacefully in her 90th year at her daughter’s home. Beloved wife of the late Bert; sadly missed by her daughter Elizabeth, sons Leslie and Albert, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren and their spouses, great grandchildren, extended family, neighbours and friends.Reposing privately at her daughter’s home. In accordance with HSE guidelines a private Burial Service will take place in Killermogh Churchyard on Monday at 2.00pm.Due to the increased risk of infection, you are asked not to congregate in the churchyard or it’s surrounds in the interest of public safety and in compliance with the current guidelines of 10 people only in the Church or Churchyard. The family thank you for your understanding at this difficult time.Philomena Cahill (née Cass)Monkton Row, Wicklow Town, Wicklow / Ballinakill, LaoisThe death has taken place of Philomena Cahill (nee Cass), Monkton Row, Wicklow Town, Co. Wicklow and late of Aughnacross, Ballinakill, Co. Laois.She died peacefully at St. Vincents Hospital Dublin on Friday 2nd April 2021.Predeceased by her beloved husband Patrick. Phil will be sadly missed by her daughters Breda Newsome (Wicklow) and Ann-Marie McNamee (Mullingar), Sons-in-Law Liam and Jim, Grandchildren Laura, Joseph, Helen, Sean and Emma, Brothers Willie and Joe, Sister Mary and late sister Peggy, Sisters-in-Law, Nephews, Nieces, relatives , neighbours and friends.Remains leaving Coadys Funeral Home Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny at 1.15pm on Sunday for a private family funeral In St. Laserians Church Knock, Ballinakill Co. Laois followed by burial in Ballinakill cemetry.Family flowers only please. Donations if desired to The Irish Cancer Society.Sr. Magdalen O’NeillKnock, Mayo / Enniscorthy, Wexford / Portlaoise, LaoisO’Neill, Sr Magdalen (Bride) D.C. late of Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford and Portlaoise, Co. Laois – March 31, 2021 peacefully after a short illness at her residence St Louise’s Carramore, Knock, Co. Mayo. Predeceased by her parents Jeremiah and Mary, her brother Tim and sister Maureen (Farrell). Deeply regrated by her Community of the Daughters of Charity, brother Joe (Portarlington), sister Nora Ward (Ballinasloe), nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews, great-grand nieces and nephews, her extended family, relatives, and her many friends in Dublin, Drogheda, Belfast and Knock.In accordance with current government guidance a private family funeral Mass will take place on Monday, April 5, at 1.00pm in the parish Church of St John the Baptist, Knock.The Funeral Mass will be live streamed on: www.knockshrine.ie/watchlive or http://www.facebook.com/murphyobrienfuneraldirectorsMonica Phelan (née Hogan)Landgrove Bungalow, Ballinla, Ballaghmore, Laois / Tipperary / Moneygall, OffalyMonica Phelan (nee Hogan), Landgrove Bungalow, Ballinla, Ballaghmore, Borris-in-Ossory, Co. Laois. Peacefully at the University Hospital Limerick. Very deeply regretted and will be sadly missed by her loving husband Timmy, son Tadgh and Partner Ciara, daughters Cathy and Partner Steve, Jennifer (Dunne), grandchild Clodagh, brothers, sisters, son-in-law Niall, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, extended family, relatives, neighbours and friends.House Strictly Private Please.Due to Government & HSE advice and to insure the safety of all a Private Funeral will take place (Max 10 people) your are asked not to congregate in the church yard or the cemetery to ensure the safety of all.Monica’s Funeral Mass will take place on Sunday, 4th April (Easter Sunday) in St Molua’s Church, Ballaghmore at 12.30 pm followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.Mass can be viewed on Ballaghmore Church Online Facebook page.Christopher (Christy) ConnollyThe Pines, Forest Park, Borris Road, Portlaoise, Laois / Newbridge, KildareFormerly of the Grange, Newbridge.Sadly missed by his loving children Shane, Annabel and Amanda, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, grandchildren, brothers and sister, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends.Due to current government guidelines regarding public gatherings, a private family funeral will take place. Removal on Saturday morning to arrive at St. Conleth’s Parish Church, Newbridge, for Requiem Mass at 11am. Burial afterwards in St. Conleth’s Cemetery, Newbridge. Christy’s Funeral Mass will be live-streamed on the Newbridge Parish website: www.newbridgeparish.ie/parish-churchSEE ALSO – Deaths in Laois – Friday, April 2, 2021 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Council Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 monthslast_img read more

Canada announces additional support for equitable access to COVID-19 tests, treatments and vaccines

first_imgCanada announces additional support for equitable access to COVID-19 tests, treatments and vaccines From: Global Affairs CanadaThe COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a profound global impact, with its wide-reaching effects amplified for vulnerable populations both in Canada and around the world. This virus will not be fully eradicated until it’s eradicated everywhere. That is why Canada is committed to a robust global effort to end the pandemic and address its devastating health, social, economic and security impacts. Canada continues to do its part to ensure that everyone, everywhere, has access to COVID-19 tests, treatments and vaccines.The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a profound global impact, with its wide-reaching effects amplified for vulnerable populations both in Canada and around the world. This virus will not be fully eradicated until it’s eradicated everywhere. That is why Canada is committed to a robust global effort to end the pandemic and address its devastating health, social, economic and security impacts. Canada continues to do its part to ensure that everyone, everywhere, has access to COVID-19 tests, treatments and vaccines.The Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of International Development, today announced a contribution of $230 million to procure COVID-19 treatments for developing countries in response to urgent priorities identified by the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, launched by the World Health Organization and partners. This contribution will help to minimize deaths and severe illness from COVID-19, as well as alleviate the burden of the pandemic on already-stretched health systems.Canada’s contribution will enable UNICEF to procure up to 3 million courses of novel COVID-19 antibody therapeutics as soon as clinical trials and regulatory approvals have been completed. The initiative builds on the important work done with the COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator via the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to secure manufacturing capacity for novel antibody therapeutics production dedicated to developing countries.Minister Gould also announced that Canada will invest $255 million in additional support for the ACT-Accelerator for the effective deployment of medical solutions against COVID-19 in developing and vulnerable countries. This will be achieved through focused investments with the World Health Organization, the Pan American Health Organization, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, for the development, delivery and distribution of vaccines and therapeutics, including targeted support to Latin America and the Caribbean.Canada’s contribution to Gavi will include an investment in the development of a mechanism to equitably reallocate vaccine doses through the COVAX Facility, either by donation or exchange.Canada’s support could also include support to train front-line health-care workers to administer COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics, to plan and execute mass vaccination campaigns and to procure supplies essential to the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines and treatments, such as syringes or personal protective equipment.Today’s investment of $485 million will reinforce the work of key partners of the ACT-Accelerator. It will build on Canada’s commitment to increase global equitable access to COVID-19 medical countermeasures by helping to strengthen health systems in developing countries for the effective deployment and use of new vaccines and therapies.Quotes“The faster we can get tests, treatments and vaccines out to people, the sooner this pandemic can be contained. Canada’s support of global efforts to find successful medical solutions is a win for all.”– Karina Gould, Minister of International DevelopmentQuick factsWith today’s announcement of $485 million in support, Canada has contributed $865 million to date to partners of the ACT-Accelerator, a coalition of international organizations and countries overseeing the development, production and equitable distribution of affordable COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics.On June 27, 2020, Canada announced $120 million in support to the ACT-Accelerator. In addition to the $20 million allocated at the time to CEPI, the Government of Canada has now allocated $65 million to the Global Fund for the urgent procurement and deployment of 10 million rapid diagnostic tests for use in developing countries. Additionally, $20 million has been allocated to the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) and $15 million to Unitaid to support their critical work in the diagnostics and therapeutics pillars of the ACT-Accelerator.In addition to this international support for novel therapeutics, the Government of Canada has signed an agreement with Eli Lilly for an initial order of up to 26,000 doses of their COVID-19 monoclonal antibody therapy bamlanivimab (LY-CoV555) for domestic use. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. 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Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:accelerator, agreement, america, american, Canada, Caribbean, clinical trials, covid-19, Government, Investment, Minister, production, security, UNICEF, vaccination, World Health Organizationlast_img read more

Satellite Data On Ocean Topography Provides Clues To Hurricane Intensity

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Oct. 12, 1999 Using data from remote sensing satellites, researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder are investigating a key factor that can be used in predicting the extent of a hurricane’s fury. A hurricane’s passage over a warm ocean eddy or current has been linked to a marked intensification of hurricane winds. Researchers at the Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research in CU-Boulder’s College of Engineering and Applied Science have been analyzing the relationship between warm ocean features and hurricane intensification using altimeter data from the TOPEX/POSEIDON and ERS-2 Earth-orbiting satellites. These remote sensing satellites, which use a technique that measures the travel time of a microwave pulse reflected off the ocean’s surface, help to detect the location of warm eddies and currents in real time, and thus are the latest tool in use by hurricane forecasters. Working with Gustavo Goni at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, CCAR researchers under the direction of aerospace engineering professor George Born, are using the data to assist forecasters in predicting which storms are likely to hit coastal areas the hardest. While the ability to forecast a hurricane’s path is relatively advanced, predicting intensity and storm surge — information that could help determine evacuation areas and other safety measures — has lagged behind because of insufficient data. A hurricane is born when the right atmospheric conditions are combined with sea surface temperatures exceeding 26 degrees C (79 degrees F), according to CCAR research assistant Suzanna Barth. Warm air rises off the surface of the water, creating an atmospheric low-pressure cell which, if near the equator, produces winds that bend poleward as a result of the earth’s rotation. When a hurricane is then driven by high-altitude winds on a path over other warm water features, the additional heat may cause the storm to intensify. “Think of it as a steam engine — the more heat that’s put into it, the faster it’s going to run,” said associate research professor Robert Leben. A CCAR analysis of altimeter data revealed that during September 1995, Hurricane Opal’s winds increased from 75 miles per hour to 145 miles per hour in only nine hours after the hurricane crossed a warm eddy in the Gulf of Mexico. Hurricane Floyd, also categorized as a Category 4 hurricane before it slammed into North Carolina in September 1999, crossed several warm water columns, building up power as it moved across the Atlantic. NOAA/AOML and CCAR researchers extrapolate sea surface temperatures and the approximate thickness of warm water from daily maps of sea surface height obtained through altimetry to estimate the hurricane heat potential in the ocean. Higher sea levels are associated with warm ocean features, Goni said. Effective even when clouds block infrared signals, satellite altimetry allows scientists to map sea surface height, geostrophic velocity, significant wave height and wind speed on all of the world’s oceans in real time. When combined with sea surface temperature measurements from infrared radiometers, a complete picture of the ocean’s hurricane heat potential can be derived. The Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research is a multidisciplinary research center involving faculty, staff and students from the departments of aerospace engineering sciences and electrical and computer engineering at CU-Boulder. Founded in 1985, CCAR’s research program emphasizes astrodynamics, satellite meteorology, oceanography, geodesy and terrestrial vegetation studies. More information about hurricanes and ocean altimetry may be found at http://www-ccar.colorado.edu/altimetry/applications/hurricanes or at http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/phod/cyclone/data/. Maps depicting hurricane intensification, overlaid on ocean heat potential or dynamic sea height, can be obtained by calling Suzanna Barth at 303-492-7061.last_img read more

Courts, PDs, state attorneys lay out budget priorities

first_img Sep 24, 2019 By Gary Blankenship Senior Editor News in Photos Courts, PDs, state attorneys lay out budget priorities New Second DCA courthouse, more trial court clerks, better support staff pay pitched to legislators The Second District Court of Appeal needs a new courthouse and trial courts could use a bunch of new law clerks, particularly in the civil and family divisions, and other staff to help process cases.State attorney and public defender non-attorney staff need a raise and a “compression” salary boost for attorneys with several years’ experience who missed out on this year’s boost for newer hires.Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsels also want better support staff pay and forensic social workers to help them when they are representing parents in dependency cases.Several more requests were made at the Florida House Judicial Appropriations Subcommittee on August 18 when it heard from third branch entities on their budget hopes for the 2020-21 fiscal year.Court SystemOffice of the State Courts Administrator Deputy Administrator Eric Maclure said the biggest request for the next budget year is $21 million for a new Second District Court of Appeal courthouse. That court is now working out of leased offices in Tampa and Lakeland, and had to abandon its Lakeland courthouse because of the building’s health and air quality problems.The money would allow the selection and acquisition of a site, design, and the beginning of construction with additional building funds needed next year, Maclure said.Other court requests include:• For trial courts, 157 new positions, including 47 trial court clerks, with the rest being case managers and support for mediation and online dispute resolution. Another 40.5 positions are being sought for hard-pressed court interpreting services. Money is also being sought for furnishing and equipment, including allowing remote interpreters to make more efficient use of those services. The total trial court bill for those items is $19.3 million. Maclure said most of the requested clerks would be assigned to civil and family courts because the former has complex cases and the latter frequently have pro se parties, which entails extra work.• Aside from the new Second DCA courthouse, the district courts want $125,000 for travel expenses for DCA judges who live more than 50 miles from their courthouse, similar, Maclure said, to the travel expenses the state provides for Supreme Court justices who do not live in Tallahassee. And the court wants $516,139 to hire more deputy marshals to improve security at the DCAs.• One new position is requested for the Supreme Court’s Public Information Office to cope with the growth of electronic media and the extra work that imposes.• The OSCA is seeking $581,568 for four new positions to help manage the increased use of problem-solving courts, such as veterans and drug courts; $317,446 for two new positions to support family courts; and $448,696 to upgrade security to allow court computers continued access to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Florida Criminal Justice Network.Maclure said the Supreme Court will release its annual certification opinion on the need for new judges later this year and that will be incorporated into a revised budget request.State AttorneysEighth Circuit State Attorney Bill Cervone presented the requests for the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association. He thanked the Legislature for boosting the starting salaries for assistant state attorneys and assistant public defenders from $38,000 to $50,000, effective October 1.In the wake of that, the primary concern of state attorneys is, “We truly think that all state employees, and when we say all we mean all, are deserving of a 5% across the board salary raise,” Cervone said. “I am talking mostly about our clerical and support staff [who he said frequently earn $22,000 to $24,000] who have had very little in terms of recognition of the value of the work they do and who earn very little.. . . We truly feel that all state employees deserve this and, of course, that would include our own staff.”Other issues include adding resources to deal with police increasing the use of body cameras, which can require reviewing hours of video from multiple body and dash cams in some cases. Even a 10-minute incident may require hours of reviewing footage from multiple cameras to give the incident context and the video records must also be prepared to turn over to the defense, Cervone said.“It becomes exponentially more work than the small amount of time that is actually involved in the incident and that’s putting a lot of pressure on our lawyers,” he said.Another issue is increasing litigation over public records, and Cervone said state attorneys take dealing with public records requests from the public, media, and others seriously, including the need to redact protected information.“With the passage of Marsy’s Law [the new constitutional amendment giving crime victims greater authority to keep personal identifying information out of court records], we have to be extra scrupulous with the impact of that,” he said.The increasing use of problem-solving courts, such as veterans, drug, and mental-health courts is supported by state attorneys because of their proven track record of better outcomes, but they require more time from assistant state attorneys assigned to those venues, he said.“That again is a burden on our staff in that the time requirements take away from cases that are in the traditional mode,” Cervone said.He also asked lawmakers to address the “compression” created last year when starting salaries for new hires — frequently lawyers just out of law school — were boosted from $38,000 to $50,000. The problem is assistant state attorneys with three- or four-year’s experience who make around $50,000 resent that they didn’t get a raise, and Cervone said state attorneys would like to get them a $3,000 salary boost.Rep. Michael Gottlieb, D-Plantation, asked the prosecutor why state attorneys and public defenders have higher budget requests when crime in Florida is at a 50-year low.“A case that we used to be able to litigate to conclusion with a file that thick” — Cervone held his thumb and forefinger about an inch apart — “is now a file this thick” — he increased the distance to about four inches.Sentencing proceedings, because of legislative changes, now require more work, he explained, and technology also plays a role.“If a defendant is facing a serious sentence, he is less likely or willing to go along with what we say, without forcing us to prove it. We have extensive sentencing hearings now that we did not used to have in the past,” Cervone said. “We have technology that has done great things for us in terms of being able to present evidence, but it has also generated more work, both in what we have to do to accumulate it and what we have to do to defend against its efficacy when the defense challenges it.Public DefendersEighth Circuit Public Defender Stacy Scott echoed Cervone’s call for a “compression” raise for their attorneys with several years’ experience who now earn $50,000 to $65,000 and which would cost $2.4 million, and a 5% raise for support staff, with a $2.2 million price tag.Public defenders are also seeking $1.5 million in extra funding for staffing at problem-solving courts and an extra $1 million for due process costs.The extra pay would help address a high turnover rate, which Scott said was 20 percent last year. The money would also address the burden of handling Baker Act cases, which have risen 60 percent in recent years and reached 42,000 hearings last year, she said.“Statewide we’ve handled over 637,000 cases last year. . . over half a million clients,” Scott reported. “We are the primary indigent defense agencies across the state handling every type of case from juvenile cases all the way through death penalty and importantly also certain civil cases like Baker Act cases and other mental-health hearings.“We are critical to helping you achieve your policy goals of reducing prison populations, keeping non-violent offenders out of prison, and helping to strengthen communities through us helping get clients into substance-abuse treatment and other diversionary and supportive programs that can help them remain free of the criminal justice system.”Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional CounselsCandice Brower, noted the five CCCRC offices handle cases where public defenders have a conflict and are the primary agency for representing the indigent in certain civil proceedings, mostly dependency and parental termination.Regional counsels were appointed to 61,163 cases in 2018 and almost 70% of those were criminal cases, Brower said.The CCCRC budget priorities are to fix an unintended glitch in retirement policies for senior level staff that omits them from the same coverage given to other senior state employees, $368,000 to raise support staff pay, $825,000 to hire forensic social workers for dependency and termination of parental rights cases, and a technical change to allow the CCCRCs to use a trust fund for operations instead of due process expenses, where it is no longer needed.Brower said the use of forensic social workers has worked in New York and in a test program run by the Fourth DCA CCCRC, and has been shown to speed up cases by as much as four months.While Brower represented the First, Third, Fourth, and Fifth CCCRC offices, Second DCA CCCRC Ita Neymotin made a separate presentation. She called for assigning death penalty cases to another CCCRC office when the original office has a conflict. Those cases are now assigned to private attorneys who belong to a state registry.Assigning those cases to a different CCCRC office would save the state almost $1.4 million over using private counsel, she said.Neymotin also asked for pay raises for her support staff and attorneys, funding in-house CLE programs for her attorneys, and some technology improvements.Capital Collateral Regional CounselsNeal Dupree, who heads the southern region CCRC office (there are also central and northern region offices), said the regional counsels, who handle collateral death penalty appeals for indigent inmates, are seeking almost $190,000 for staff pay raises and around $75,000 for technology issues. In addition, the northern regional office is asking for almost $300,000 for a workload issue.Dupree noted several years ago, the northern office was closed, and private attorneys handled all cases. Many of those cases remained with the private attorneys when the northern office was reopened, but Dupree said private attorneys have dropped the cases when a death warrant is assigned, leaving the northern regional offices scrambling to take over the last-minute appeals.The raises are needed, Dupree said, because the offices had a 41 percent turnover in the past three years, and death penalty work is considered among the most demanding in the legal field.Guardian Ad Litem and Justice Administration CommissionGAL Program Director Alan Abramowitz said his top priorities are $2 million to deal with increasing demand for GAL services required because of more out-of-home care for children stemming from the opioid epidemic, getting health-care benefits for GAL attorneys that equal those of other lawyers employed by the state, and — like agencies — obtaining a cost of living increase for staff.Rip Colvin, executive director of the Justice Administrative Commission, asked for more money for staff salaries to help with recruitment and retention; more than $300,000 to establish a cloud computer infrastructure to improve JAC services and accountability; and beefing up the agency’s ability to detect waste, fraud, and abuse of state resources.last_img read more

Eco-Aviation hopes to electrify the business of flight

first_imgHistoric district and famed architect’s home head for Council appealGlamping is for everyoneYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall8 hours agoEntertainmentLifeNoteworthyTales of Two DaughtersCharles Andrews13 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press18 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson18 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter18 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor18 hours ago Really cool. These planes are already viable for moving about SoCal with no pollution and very little noise.But we need our airport, to make these advances viable…. 1 Comment July 22, 2019 at 12:28 PM HomeBusinessEco-Aviation hopes to electrify the business of flight Jul. 22, 2019 at 5:30 amBusinessFeaturedLifeNewsEco-Aviation hopes to electrify the business of flightGuest Author2 years agoaviationchamber of commercesanta monica museumScott Burgess By Blake AtwellAviation industry professionals and enthusiasts gathered at the Santa Monica Museum of Flying last Friday, July 12 for a reception launching Eco-Aviation Foundation International. The Santa Monica-based 501 c3 non-profit organization, founded four months ago, aims to promote awareness and early-adoption of zero-emission electric aircraft technologies.The foundation’s president, Scott Burgess, chose to locate in Santa Monica because of the city’s ecology focus.“Everything’s about sustainability to the extreme,” Burgess said. “Electric cars, electric cycling, no straws. If we’re going to help aviation go eco, sooner rather than later, why not start in Santa Monica.” The foundation receives heavy support from the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce. Chamber President and CEO Laurel Rosen describes her association as a “green chamber” that prides itself on maintaining Santa Monica’s reputation as a city on the cutting edge of sustainable technology. “We have to look at the way that we’re doing transportation and how we’re communicating,” Rosen said. “This is one important step, it’s a big piece of that.”Burgess describes the foundation’s mission as spreading the word of electric and hybrid aircraft. “All kinds of ways of going eco, including airports going eco with solar panels, microgrids, all that,” he said.Airports have been trying to “go eco” for decades, a large push most recently made nearly 10 years ago. Over the past year, enabling technologies have evolved to the point where “going eco” is a real possibility in the short term.The launch reception included two keynote speakers from electric aircraft industry leaders. Bye Aerospace CEO and Founder George Bye and Ampaire CEO and Co-Founder Kevin Noertker spoke about the benefits of bringing eco-aviation to life. “Part of what comes with electric aviation as a possibility is the environmental benefits with the lack or removal of the process of producing [carbon dioxide],” Bye said. “We take out of the equation the conversion of aviation gasoline and oxygen into the [carbon dioxide] byproduct.”Bye Aerospace is on pace to have the first certified all-electric airplane in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) history. Ampaire is in the midst of a full commercial certification process for a hybrid-electric aircraft.“A lot of people are making promises and projections about where electric aviation might be someday,” Noertker said. “They project images of beautiful planes or ideas of your vertical takeoff and landing on demand aircraft. We love those ideas because they inspire people, but we know that in order to achieve a fully electric future we need to start with pragmatic, step-by-step realistic plans that bring planes to market much, much sooner.” Noertker expects Ampaire’s Cessna 337 aircraft, retrofitted with an electric power-train, to be certified by 2021. Tags :aviationchamber of commercesanta monica museumScott Burgessshare on Facebookshare on Twittershow 1 comment Comments are closed. David Gurney says: last_img read more

Watch: Overseas stars discuss array of topics

first_img Posted in Making Headlines, News, Top headlines, Videos Tagged Rugby ‘ GoGoPeak10 Most Beautiful Cities You Should Visit Once In Your LifetimeGoGoPeak|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Post by SA Rugby magazine Wales and England locks Dominic Day and George Kruis discuss their unique company, while the latter touches on England’s 2019 Rugby World Cup campaign.In this interview the pair reflect on the journey that led them to forming their own company while playing professional rugby. Day has since retired from the professional game and is fully hands on with the day-to-day operations of the business.Kruis and Day both weigh in on the current state of affairs at English Premiership club Saracens. The English heavyweights have been embroiled in controversy after breaking the rules of the salary cap, which has led to their relegation from the top flight next season.Kruis also reflects on England’s 2019 Rugby World Cup campaign, including their memorable semi-final win over New Zealand and their disappointing defeat by the Springboks in the final of the competition. Shop Bras Online | Search AdsTake a Look at These Bra and Panty SetsShop Bras Online | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘ Watch: I wanted to rip Jean’s head off – Jaque FourieSA Rugby MagUndo AlphaCuteOprah’s New House Cost $90 Million, And This Is What It Looks LikeAlphaCute|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘ ‘ ‘ World Cup-winning Bok quartet in Eddie Jones’ all-time XVMaverick coach Eddie Jones has named his Test dream team made up of players he has worked with throughout his illustrious career.SA Rugby MagUndoLoans | Search AdsLooking for loan in Hong Kong? Find options hereLoans | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCNAHow is life for Cambodian boy linguist after viral fame?CNA|SponsoredSponsoredUndoShop Bras Online | Search AdsBrilliant Bra and Panty Sets (take a look)Shop Bras Online | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndo贷款| 搜索广告在香港獲得貸款可能比您想的要容易贷款| 搜索广告|SponsoredSponsoredUndo熱門話題對肚腩脂肪感到後悔!試了在萬寧賣的這個後…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Watch: Overseas stars discuss array of topics Video published on April 24, 2020 ‘ 熱門話題不要被酵素騙了!在萬寧賣的「這個」直接針對脂肪…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAaron Smith names South African as greatest World Cup scrumhalfSA Rugby MagUndoJapan-based Kiwi player: I hope to never experience this againSA Rugby MagUndoLife Exact BrazilGrace Jones Is Now 72 Years Old, This Is Her NowLife Exact Brazil|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more