first_img Brad James Tags: Austin Carter/Beaver/Blue Mountain/Delta/Kapri Orton/Millard/North Sevier/Panguitch/Pine View/Track FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBLANDING, Utah-Saturday, San Juan High School hosted the Blue Mountain Invitational, featuring various schools throughout the Mid-Utah Radio Sports Network coverage area.The boys’ title was won by Grand, as the Red Devils posted 159.5 points, barely outlasting second-place Carbon with 152 points. North Sevier’s boys finished fifth with 61 points, Gunnison was sixth with 21 points and Wayne placed ninth with 12 points.For the girls, Carbon amassed 185 points to take the meet title, easily outdistancing second-place Carbon, as the Dinos had 109 points. North Sevier’s girls were fourth with 73.5 points and Gunnison was sixth with 29 points. Wayne placed eighth with 12 points.In girls’ individual events, Gunnison’s Jade Wimmer tied for first place with Shannon Baker of Carbon in the 100-meter dash, as they each ran it in 13.55 seconds. North Sevier’s Madison Bennett placed fourth in the event.Wimmer definitively won the 200 and 400-meter dash titles over Baker in times of 26.99 seconds and 1:01.28 respectively.North Sevier’s Angel Burgess placed sixth in the 100-meter hurdles, with Monticello’s Makayla Sheeran earning the title in the event in a time of 18.36 seconds. Sheeran also won the 300-meter hurdles title in a time of 53.11 seconds.In the girls’ 800-meter run, Wayne’s Felicity Williams placed fourth, while placing sixth in the 3200-meter run.In the girls’ high jump, Wayne’s Hannah Williams finished fifth, while in the long jump, Carbon’s Shannon Baker took another indvidual title with a leap of 15-7.The girls’ shot put saw North Sevier’s Kenzie Mason take the title with a toss of 32-9, while she placed second in the girls’ discus with a throw of 91-05.50. She also placed second in the javelin with a toss of 104-08 with her teammate, McCadey Goble, placing third in the event at a throw of 90-11.North Sevier’s girls finished second in the 4 x 100 relay, third in the 4 x 400 relay and second in the medley relay.For the boys, North Sevier’s Riley Ogden won the 100-meter dash in 12.07 seconds, while his teammate, Nolan Mickelsen was fourth in the 400-meter dash.Wayne’s Logan Stevens placed third in the 300-meter hurdles, while Benjamin Hill of Gunnison finished sixth in the 800-meter run.Adam Bunker of Monticello showed well, placing first in both the 1600 and 3200-meter runs.Hunter Higgs of North Sevier won the boys’ high jump crown, with a leap of 6-1, as Gunnison’s Garrett Francis placed fourth in the event.Gabe Wilcox of North Sevier finished fifth in the boys’ shot put, and Gunnison’s Traiton Beaumont placed fourth in both the discus and javelin.In the boys’ 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relays, North Sevier placed third and finished second in the medley relay.ST. GEORGE, Utah-Saturday, various schools in the Mid-Utah Radio Sports Network coverage area competed at the Pine View Invitational, going against the perpetually strong Region 9.Desert Hills’ boys and girls, each a perpetual power, took the respective team titles.Nevertheless, several athletes in the Mid-Utah Radio Sports Network coverage area held their own.These included Beaver’s Austin Carter, who won the shot put title with a toss of 61-08.50 feet. Panguitch’s Kapri Orton also took an individual title, earning the high jump crown with a leap of 5 feet 4 inches.Additionally, Panguitch’s Kanyon Lamb placed fourth in the 110-meter hurdles and second in the 300-meter hurdles. Lamb also finished tied for third in the high jump.Additionally, Richfield’s boys placed second in the 4 x 800 relay with the team consisting of Daniel Dastrup, Hayden Harward, Jonathan Monsen and Chaz Roberts, running it in a time of 8:26.37.Panguitch’s Kapri Orton made the finals in the girls’ 100-meter hurdles, placing eighth overall in 17.25 seconds.In the girls’ 100-meter dash, Delta’s Dani Nielson placed fourth in a time of 13.30 seconds, beating several 4-A athletes in the process.Nielson also played a role in Delta’s girls’ placing third in the 4 x 100 relay, along with her teammates, Jordyn Nielson, Ashlee Nielson and Bridgette Christensen.In the boys’ 400-meter dash, Richfield’s Kade Jensen finished third, while in the girls’ 300-meter hurdles, Savannah Nielseon of Delta placed sixth.Samantha Williams of Beaver also had a stellar showing, finishing 5th in the girls’ 800-meter run, while in the boys’ 800-meter run, Jonathan Monsen of Richfield finished 7th.Millard’s girls finished sixth in the medley relay, with Brynley Anderson, Katy Kelly, Maria Josse and Payton Miller running a time of 4:38.60.Millard’s Turner Koyle placed fourth in the boys’ 200-meter dash, and Delta’s girls excelled in another relay, placing 8th in the 4 x 400, comprised of the same team as the 4 x 100. Delta’s boys also did well in the 4 x 400, placing 8th. This team consisted of Trey Brough, Jaymen Brough, Clint Tolbert and Dax Brough.In the girls’ discus, Delta’s Brinley Henrie and Bridgett Christensen placed eighth and ninth respectively and their teammate, Ashlee Nielson, was fifth in the girls’ long jump. Written by March 24, 2018 /Sports News – Local Prep Track Roundup: 3/24last_img read more

first_img Written by Brad James Tags: Track FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailST. GEORGE, Utah-Friday, numerous Mid-Utah Radio Sports Network student-athletes competed at the Snow Canyon Invitational track and field meet in what will officially be the final UHSAA-sanctioned event before the minimum 2-week moratorium comes into play Monday.After Day 1 of competition, the girls’ leader is Hurricane as the Tigers have 12 points. Millard’s girls are respectably tied for third place (10 points) with Davis and Westlake. Delta is in 10th place with 6 points and North Sevier is in 11th place with 5 points.The current boys’ leader is Westlake as the Thunder has 16 points. Delta is tied for 7th place with Canyon View as the Rabbits and Falcons have 7 points apiece.Hope Preston of Davis (5:05.28) won the girls’ 1600-meter title. Millard’s Katy Kelly placed 22nd (5:31.66). Madelyn Christensen of North Sanpete finished 34th (5:40.48) and Ember Moat of Millard placed 39th (5:43:11).North Sanpete’s Rachael Jones placed 41st in the event (5:44.71), Paige Curtis of Delta placed 49th (5:51.86) and Aubry Cook of North Sanpete finished 52nd (5:55.61). Tamsin Stewart of North Sanpete finished 54th (5:58.74). Whytney Stoddard of Milford placed 68th (6:14.07) and Delta’s Brynnleigh Goodwin (6:21.62) finished 71st.Aimee Thurman of Millard finished 72nd (6:23.67), Milford’s Akaydeh Livingston placed 73rd (6:23.95) and Millard’s Imogen Cazares (6:31.25) finished 74th.Wayne’s Natalie Whipple finished 75th (6:39.50) and Nakomie Yardley of Beaver placed 76th (6:51.43). Sarah Barben of South Sevier (7:12.03) finished 80th. Beaver’s Myanna Vasquez finished 85th (8:07.33) and Makele Neuberger of North Sevier placed 87th (8:46.67).In the boys’ 1600-meter dash, Skyline’s Thomas Boyden (4:05.16) took the crown. North Sanpete’s Matt Hindes (4:51.21) placed 31st. His teammate, Orange Peel (4:53.34) finished 38th. Millard’s Michael Ralphs (5:04.13) placed 52nd and Keaton Hallows of North Sevier (5:05.70) finished 55th.Camden Moat of Millard (5:07.32) placed 64th and Wasatch Academy’s Ben Sparks (5:07.46) finished 65th.Ky Brown of Beaver (5:08.63) placed 67th, Millard’s Morris Maxfield (5:10.07) finished 70th. Kurtis Nielson of Delta (5:13.42) placed 72nd. North Sevier’s Kelby Bosh (5:17.18) placed 76th and South Sevier’s Blake Vellinga (5:19.36) finished 78th.Jason Cardon of Beaver (5:23.50) placed 81st with Millard’s Coleson Frisbie (5:30.48) and Marcor Maxfield (5:35.01) finishing 86th and 87th respectively.Camden Larsen of South Sevier (5:39.90) finished 90th and Delta’s Gage Smith (5:43.12) placed 91st.Beaver’s Koby Yardley (5:50.88) finished 92nd and Logan LeBaron of Millard (5:59.14) placed 93rd.North Sevier’s JJ Gurney (6:03.11) finished 94th, Beaver’s Taevin Hunter (6:04.29) placed 95th, Milford’s Brayden Fisher placed 96th (6:06.95) and North Sevier’s Gavin Baxter (6:24.94) finished 97th.In the girls’ 4 x 800 relay, Westlake prevailed with a time of 9:55.51. The Thunder’s squad consisted of Molly Jensen, Shelby Jensen, Makayla Pitcher and Alivia Scoresby.The boys’ 4 x 800 relay was won by American Fork as the Cavemen posted a time of 8:04.36. The Cavemen were represented in this event by Kooper Dibb, Nathan Jaster, Dylan Rawlings and Ashton Hysell.Millard’s girls won the girls’ sprint medley relay (4:31.02). The Eagles were represented by Kadence Koyle, Oakley King, Katy Kelly and Ember Moat in this event.In the boys’ high jump, which concluded Friday events, Westlake’s Owen Tenney (6-01.00) took the crown. Delta’s Britton Smith (5-10.00) tied for second with Jaxon Jorgenson of Canyon View. South Sevier’s Connor Peterson (5-06) placed 12th. Delta’s Jamison Bishop (5-04) placed 14th and Wayne’s Logan Chappell (5-04) tied for 27th with Dylan Samuels of Skyridge.Ky Brown of Beaver placed 30th (5-04) and Cameron Smith of Delta (5-02) tied for 31st with Skyridge’s Camden Larsen and Hurricane’s Daxston Dayley.Ethan White of Wayne placed 36th (5-02), Millard’s Jaedon Bassett (5-00) finished 38th and his teammate, Brant Stevens (5-00) placed 40th.In the girls’ 100-meter hurdles, Delta’s Savannah Nielson is the No. 6 seed (16.76 seconds) headed into Saturday’s finals.Delta’s Megan Atkinson is the No. 8 seed in the girls’ 100-meter dash (13.42 seconds) headed into Saturday’s finals.In the girls’ 400-meter dash, Adi Nielson of Delta (59.72) is the No. 2 seed. Millard’s Kara Camp (1:01.37) and Audrey Camp (1:01.72) are the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds respectively headed into Saturday’s finals.In the boys’ 400-meter dash, Delta’s Oran Finlinson (52.20) is the No. 5 seed en route to Saturday’s finals.In the boys’ shot put during Friday’s prelims, Beaver’s Treyson Harris (46-02.00) is the No. 1 seed headed into Saturday competition. Milford’s Christopher Keller (40-09.50) is the No. 6 seed and Jacob Robinson of South Sevier (39-11) is the No. 8 seed.The meet will likely resume Saturday. March 13, 2020 /Sports News – Local Numerous Mid-Utah Radio Sports Network Athletes Compete At Day 1 of Snow Canyon Invitationallast_img read more

first_imgOxford University’s Islamic Society has issued a statement declaring their support for Egyptian protestors and demanding the immediate removal of President Mubarak.The Society states that Mubarak has been ruthlessly undermining the rights of the Egyptian people under the guise of a “three-decade state of emergency”, establishing “corruption, mistrust and enmity” within Egyptian society.Believing the protest movement to reflect the broad divergences of Egyptian society, they praise the protesters’ courage in the face of growing hostility. The statement comes among growing scepticism towards Mubarak’s desire to remain in office until elections in September to ensure a “peaceful and organised” transfer of power.last_img read more

first_imgDespite a previous dispute with Tesco last October, Premier Foods is supplying a range of Hovis loaves to its UK stores to raise money for the Royal British Legion.A Tesco spokesperson told British Baker magazine that it is currently stocking the Seed Sensations range, which is raising funds for the Legion’s Poppy Appeal. Last year, the two companies fell out over a price rise and, as result, the supermarket giant de-listed 11 Hovis product lines. This included the brand’s fundraising bread range, which was reported to have deprived the Legion of a five-figure donation.The range will be raising money for the cause, donating 4p to the Poppy Appeal for each pack sold between now and 13 November. This will include its Rich and Roasted 800g and Light and Nutty 800g bread products.Claire Low, marketing manager at Hovis, said: “Hovis has a long history of supporting the armed forces, even donating a Spitfire during the Second World War. We are proud of the work we’ve done with the armed forces in recent years. This will be the third consecutive year that Hovis will work to raise £100,000 for the charity. The Poppy Appeal remains a highly relevant cause that deserves support.”Last year, following the dispute with Premier Foods, Tesco decided to make a £40,000 donation to the war veterans’ charity to show its support for the annual appeal.last_img read more

first_imgBlues guitarist Gary Clark Jr. is set to appear on the upcoming 45th season of Austin City Limits next month on March 5th. Clark’s appearance on the performance-based television show in his hometown of Austin, TX next Tuesday will be taped and aired on cable television on a later date. Unlike most of the live performances which take place on the ACL stage, Clark announced on Tuesday that his upcoming performance will be streamed live on the show’s YouTube channel for fans around the country to tune in and enjoy prior to the episode’s arrival on television in the weeks to follow.Clark will appear on the television show for the third time in his career to help promote his latest studio album, This Land, which arrived just last Friday on Warner Bros. Records. Fans should assume that Clark will perform a handful of his new material, including the pre-release singles in “This Land”, “Feed The Babies“, and “Pearl Cadillac“. Clark was also the featured musical guest on a recent episode of Saturday Night Live earlier this month as well.Related: ‘Austin City Limits’ Shares Pro-Shot Video Of Gary Clark Jr.’s “Night Time Is The Right Time”“I’d been experimenting with beats and I kind of got on the empty seat with this one and started that way, I kind of wanted to start from the bottom and have that heavy kick and [the] crack of the snares,” Clark said recently about the new sounds and subtle changes in musical direction he chose to embark on for his latest studio project. “I just fell into it. I put my headphones on and just kind of went to work.”The guitarist’s appearance on Austin City Limits is not the only live gig which Clark has on his 2019 performance schedule. His spring 2019 tour begins shortly after his television appearance beginning on March 9th in Miami Beach, and he will remain on the road well into the summer months and even into September. Clark’s tour schedule also includes appearances at New Orleans Jazz Fest, BottleRock Napa, Jazz Aspen Snowmass, and LOCKN‘, just to name a few.Fans can head to Clark’s website for ticket info to all of his upcoming 2019 performances, and tune into the ACL YouTube when Clark’s performance is streamed live next Tuesday beginning at 8 p.m. CST.last_img read more

first_imgFamily and Consumer Sciences (FACS) Agent Ines Beltran, of University of Georgia Cooperative Extension in Gwinnett County, recently combined two of her favorite things — teaching people how to improve their health and visiting her home country of Colombia.As a FACS agent, Beltran teaches people how to become, and stay, healthier. Last January, she was awarded first place in the UGA Extension Winter Conference poster presentation competition for her work to increase the number of Gwinnett County women who get screened for cancer and change their behavior to help prevent cancer. The project was a collaboration with FACS agents from several counties across Georgia.Shortly thereafter, Beltran’s sister Adriana Beltran, a researcher at the University Corporation God’s Minute (UCGM) in Bogotá, Colombia, met with her colleagues to discuss the curriculum of the university’s preventive medicine programs. The university’s office of virtual and remote programs was planning a conference and needed experts to present.“We were planning the ‘cycle of conferences’ in which well-known panelists of national and international importance participate with different topics of interest for our students,” said Margarita Palma, director of the university’s Occupational Health Administration program. “We needed someone to present on the issue of nutrition and aging in a healthy way, so when we received Ines’ vitae, we proceeded to contact her.”  Before accepting the invitation, Beltran got approval from her district head, Sheldon Hammond, who wholeheartedly supported the venture.“Ines works in brain health, and by making an international presentation, not only is she raising awareness, she’s also bringing scientific, academic and outreach-minded individuals to the table to effect real change,” said Kisha Faulk, UGA Extension FACS program coordinator for the Northwest District. “Many of us in Family and Consumer Sciences often teach about health and well-being, but we’re usually focusing in on the body and not the mind. As professionals, we know that brain health and the effects of aging on the brain, such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, can significantly affect the whole family.”Beltran then used prize money from her award-winning poster to help pay for her plane ticket to Colombia. She spent the week of June 15 teaching UGA Extension’s Healthy Brain program, which she developed, to more than 220 Colombian occupational health and psychology students and staff in UCGM’s distance learning division.The number of students initially overwhelmed Beltran, who is accustomed to teaching Gwinnett County residents in small groups. But she soon realized that although there were more students, they were just as eager to learn as her clients back home in the U.S., and these students would soon graduate, become professionals and apply the information she taught them in their own careers.Beltran taught the Healthy Brain program, which includes a recipe preparation demonstration and tasting session designed to encourage participants to add more fish to their diets. During the class, participants use a risk calculator to assess their lifestyle and future potential for keeping their brain healthy. Beltran explains the differences between dementia and Alzheimer’s and helps the students determine their own risk factors through the risk calculator handout.“Each student is given a drawing of the brain divided in nine different areas. Each area identifies the risk factors for dementia,” Beltran said. “Participants color in the areas for which they respond ‘YES’ to the associated risk factors.”If most of the areas are colored in, the participant sees that they may be at increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease and poor brain health as they age, she said.“This interactive activity includes an explanation of the life behaviors that may lower their risk for dementia,” she said.At the end of the class, data is collected from each participant using a specific evaluation tool designed to determine their knowledge before and after the lesson.“They loved the program, which is very interactive,” said Beltran who presented the information in Spanish. “I found the handouts in Spanish through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and we saw great results through the students’ evaluations. I also created a Spanish version of the recipe handout to use during the program. They received all the information, and they learned something, too.” The Colombian university’s distance education program would like Beltran to teach more programs virtually from Georgia.“It is valuable to (UCGM) to raise its mobility indicators of international experts that allow us to carry out research projects related to the area of nutrition and aging healthy,” Palma said. “Our mode of study (distance and virtual), allows us to carry out activities with teachers from other countries without them moving physically to our institution.”Although Beltran would love to return to Colombia and see her elderly father, presenting the classes virtually via the Internet is a much more efficient method, and she won’t have to tackle the “awful” traffic in Colombia.(Beltran received two first places poster awards at the State FACS conference in August. On Sept. 2, she received the Epsilon Sigma Phi Alpha Beta Chapter’s International Service Award for her work in Colombia.)last_img read more

first_imgVermont’s mortgage delinquency and foreclosure rates are still well below the national average and are some of the lowest in the nation. The May Mortgage Monitor report released today by Lender Processing Services, Inc. (NYSE: LPS), a leading provider of mortgage performance data and analytics, shows a 2.3 percent month-over-month increase in the nation’s home loan delinquency rate to 9.2 percent in May 2010, and that early-stage delinquencies are increasing as normal seasonal improvements taper off. This report includes data as of May 31, 2010.According to the Mortgage Monitor report, the percentage of mortgage loans in default beyond 90 days increased slightly, while both delinquency and foreclosure rates continue to remain relatively stable at historically high levels. There are currently more than 7.3 million loans currently in some stage of delinquency or REO.  The report also shows that the average number of days for a loan to move from 30-days delinquent to foreclosure sale continues to increase, and is now at an all-time high of 449 days, resulting in an increase in “shadow” foreclosure inventory.After a two-month decline, deterioration ratios increased, with 2.5 loans rolling to a “worse” status for every one that has improved. The number of delinquent loans that “cured” to a current status declined for every stage of delinquency, except in the “greater than six months delinquent” category.  This improvement was likely the result of trial modifications made through the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) that transitioned into permanent status.  Other key results from LPS’ latest Mortgage Monitor report include:Total U.S. loan delinquency rate:9.20 percentTotal U.S. foreclosure inventory rate:3.18 percentTotal U.S. non-current* loan rate:12.38 percentStates with most non-current* loans:Florida, Nevada, Mississippi, Georgia, Arizona, California, Illinois, New Jersey, Ohio and IndianaStates with the fewest non-current* loans:North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Nebraska, Vermont, Colorado, Iowa and Minnesota*Non-current totals combine foreclosures and delinquencies as a percent of active loans in that state.Note: Totals based on LPS Applied Analytics’ loan-level database of mortgage assets.LPS manages the nation’s leading repository of loan-level residential mortgage data and performance information from nearly 40 million loans across the spectrum of credit products. The company’s research experts carefully analyze this data to produce dozens of charts and graphs that reflect trend and point-in-time observations for LPS’ monthly Mortgage Monitor Report.To review the full report, listen to a presentation of the report and access an executive summary of the report, visit is external).About Lender Processing ServicesLender Processing Services, Inc. (LPS) is a leading provider of integrated technology and services to the mortgage and real estate industries. LPS offers solutions that span the mortgage continuum, including lead generation, origination, servicing, workflow automation (Desktop), portfolio retention and default, augmented by the company’s award-winning customer support and professional services. Approximately 50 percent of all U.S. mortgages by dollar volume are serviced using LPS’ Mortgage Servicing Package (MSP). LPS also offers proprietary mortgage and real estate data and analytics for the mortgage and capital markets industries. For more information about LPS, visit is external).SOURCE Lender Processing Services, Inc. JACKSONVILLE, Fla., July 6, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ —last_img read more

first_imgGuardian ad Litem Program comes up big Court Funding Boosted Court Funding Boosted The $1.2 billion total represents a 6.5% increase for the courtscenter_img June 1, 2006 Regular News Gary Blankenship Senior Editor There was more money for new employees (especially for the Florida Guardian ad Litem Program), for some pay raises, and quite a bit for capital improvements, but Florida’s courts and related agencies didn’t get the funding they wanted to eliminate wage discrepancies with other public employers and the private sector.All told, funding for the courts, public defenders, state attorneys, the state’s Guardian ad Litem Program, and other offices totaled around $1.2 billion in the state’s 2006-07 fiscal plan.One big ticket item is that lawmakers approved 55 of the 66 new judgeships certified by the Supreme Court. (See story in the May 15 Bar News. )Rep. Jeff Kottkamp, R-Cape Coral, chair of the House Justice Appropriations Committee, explained some of the other details when the final budget was presented on the House floor. The $1.2 billion total represents about a 6.5 percent increase for the judicial branch, he said.There was $14 million for more prosecutors and public defenders and $8 million in new funds for the Guardian ad Litem Program, which saw the existing $26.6 million budget grow to $33.6 million. (Because $1 million of non-recurring funding was lost, the net increase is $7 million.)“This is by far record money for the Guardian ad Litem Program,” Kottkamp said.The new funding will allow the program to hire 165 new employees: attorneys and case coordinators, said GAL Executive Director Angela Orkin, adding the “large majority of these new positions will provide direct advocacy for children.”At the beginning of the legislative session, Orkin said of 43,859 children under Department of Children and Families supervision, 17,587, or 40 percent, have no one advocating for the child’s best interest in dependency court.“We are so thankful for this increase,” Orkin said. “It is a testament to the hard work of guardians ad litem throughout Florida. Through this funding, we have the potential to significantly impact the lives of thousands of children involved in dependency court in Florida. We will be able to focus on permanency for children in a way that has never been possible before. The legislature has created a tremendous opportunity to help abused and neglected children.”Orkin praised Sen. Alex Villalobos, R-Miami, Sen. Rod Smith, D-Gainesville, and Rep. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, for taking the lead to obtain additional funding for the program.Courthouses Another $7 million was appropriated for special projects at courthouses in 24 smaller counties. Kottkamp said Fiscal Council Chair Negron met his goal that all members’ requests for small courthouse repairs and improvements would be met.For the courts, there’s more than $14 million for repairs and security upgrades at the Supreme Court building in Tallahassee, and $7 million for new staff, including more trial court clerks.Court officials filled in some of the details.State Courts Administrator Lisa Goodner said legislators responded to a plea from Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Pariente for major maintenance needs at the court, with $14.4 million as noted by Kottkamp. That will address almost all of the improvements and renovations needed at the court, she said.Law Clerks The court system requested 42 law clerks for circuit court judges, and the legislature authorized 36, which represents a major victory.“That’s an issue we had pressed on for the last several years” with little luck, Goodner said. “We finally got a good nod from the legislature that that’s a necessary resource.”Several other new positions were also funded at the Supreme Court and the Office of the State Courts Administrator to deal with workload increases.On the down side, the court system had conducted a major pay and benefits survey for court system employees, which showed they made less than comparable jobs in other public agencies. That led to a request for major pay scale adjustments from Pariente, at a cost of $15.6 million.But while court employees got the 3 percent pay raise given to all state employees, none of the extra pay and benefit requests from the chief justice to address the inequities was funded, she said.Interpreters The legislature also funded the requested $1.3 million for court interpreters and $1.9 million of $6.8 million sought for additional court reporters, Goodner said. The legislature also approved a program to certify court interpreters and funded that operation through Goodner’s office.“That program should help eliminate issues resulting from having unqualified interpreters in courtrooms,” she said.The legislature also boosted funding for mediation services in the trial courts, approving an extra $1 million and 12 new positions.Salaries Lawmakers also gave final approval and funding for a benchmarking program for judicial salaries. That sets pay for district court of appeal judges at 95 percent of that for a Supreme Court justice, at 90 percent for circuit judges, and 85 percent for county judges.At the district court of appeal level, First DCA Judge Charles Kahn, chair of the District Court of Appeal Budget Commission, said the legislature met most of the capital needs. But there was disappointment that two new judgeships, one in the Second and one in the Fourth DCA which were certified by the Supreme Court, were not authorized by lawmakers.Likewise for the trial courts, DCA employees did not receive pay and benefit adjustments sought by the courts. Particularly disappointing, Kahn said, is that health insurance benefits were not provided for the judges’ law clerks, as they are for other state-employed lawyers.Capital Repairs On the capital issues, the Third DCA will see more than $900,000 to address needed repairs, much of it hurricane-related, the judge said. Money was also provided for roof repairs for the Fourth DCA and for security and obsolescence issues at the First DCA.Public Defenders Eighth Circuit Public Defender Rick Parker, president-elect of the Florida Public Defender Association, said public defenders saw the largest increase ever in absolute dollars for their budget, although not the largest percentage increase. Public defenders are pleased, but it was less than the $15 million requested.The $6.2 million in new general revenue — or a 3.3 percent hike — was due to the efforts of Negron, Kottkamp, and Sen. Victor Crist, R-Tampa, chair of the Senate Justice Appropriations Committee, Parker said.“Last year, our percentage increase was 2 percent, when they increased the size of the criminal courts by 7 percent,” he noted. “We did have some catching up to do, not just from last year, but from several years.”The new funding will be split three different ways, which means some circuits will do better than others. The legislature created a $500,000 fund to be split among nine circuits that have had faster growth than others, Parker saidThen $1.4 million will be split among circuits getting new judges that will result in more criminal divisions and thus require more workload from the public defenders. The remaining $4 million-plus will be split among the 20 circuits.Aside from the money for new positions, the legislature also addressed an $8 million deficit in the administered funds for due process expenses, primarily for conflict attorneys.Parker said lawmakers increased that budget by $8 million for next year and funded the current year’s deficit of $8 million by tapping monies in various administered funds. That includes $4.4 million from a trust fund that pays for replacement equipment and temporary employees for public defender attorney offices. Public defenders will be getting together shortly to figure out how that will be spread among the circuits.State Attorneys Nineteenth Circuit State Attorney Bruce Colton, president of the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association, likewise was pleased with new funding, but noted it wasn’t everything prosecutors had requested.“We did OK,” he said. “We’re not really complaining. We, of course, did not get everything we wanted.”Overall, prosecutors had asked for around $19.5 million in new funding. They got, Colton said, around $8.5 million for workload increase, and another $1 million divided among some circuits that had been underfunded before.The main shortfall was the state attorneys’ push to get money for their assistants with a few years’ experience. Lawmakers agreed a couple years ago to boost the starting salaries for assistant state attorneys and assistant public defenders. But that created a gap with assistants with a few years experience who found themselves making little more than newly hired attorneys.So state attorneys (as well as public defenders) have been seeking what they call “phase two” funding to improve the salaries for their lawyers who have been on the job for three years or so. The legislature declined again this year. (Another bill, to help repay the law school loans of public defenders and state attorneys who have been on the job for more than three years died in committee.)Improving the pay would reduce a high turnover rate, public defenders and state attorneys say.“This is something we talked about with the legislators at the beginning of the session. Everyone was optimistic,” Colton said. “Another disappointing part about that [its failure] is that it’s not like it was a lean year; there was a lot of money there.”He said legislators seem to think that the posts are temporary jobs before the lawyers move into more lucrative private practice, while prosecutors see the problem as ever more complex cases and enforcing an increasing number of laws.“We’re trying to build a base of experience and trying to get people to stay here for longer or even make a career of it,” Colton said. (See story, page 21)CCRCs The legislators also provided additional funds for attorneys who defend death row inmates on collateral appeals.Last year, the legislature provided nearly $7.5 million for the Central and Southern Capital Collateral Regional Counsel offices, with a total of 69 employees. This year, lawmakers approved an additional four positions at $250,000.The legislature also hiked the money for registry counsel, private lawyers who handle all collateral appeals in the northern area and overflow and conflict cases from the two CCRC offices. (The state is in the middle of a pilot project to evaluate how registry counsel perform compared to CCRC offices.) The private attorneys will get an additional $900,000 this year, or a total of $2.3 million.According to the Commission on Capital Cases, which oversees the CCRCs and the registry attorneys, the CCRCS are handling a total of 157 cases, while the registry attorneys have 130 cases. For costs, that means the state is spending $49,000 per CCRC case and $18,000 per registry case.last_img read more

first_imgPursuant to the Decision on the distribution of funds from the Program for co-financing capital projects in the maritime domain in the Split-Dalmatia County (SDŽ) for 2019, today SDŽ County Prefect Blaženko Boban signed contracts worth 8,5 million kuna with the Mayor of Omis Ivo Tomasović, Deputy Mayor Trogir, Ruža Kovačević Bilić, Deputy Mayor of Kaštela Grgica Benutić and Mayor of Tučepi, Ante Čobrnić. “Poznato je kako naša Županija upravlja trećinom ukupnog pomorskog dobra Republike Hrvatske. Nije bilo lako odraditi sve pripremne radnje jer se financiraju samo projekti koji su dovedeni do građevinske dozvole, a projekti se sufinanciraju u omjeru pola SDŽ, pola jedinica lokalne samouprave. Na ovaj način zajednički s jedinicama lokalne samouprave mijenjamo ukupnu vizuru naših primorskih mjesta. Stoga, neka danas potpisani ugovori budu poticaj i drugim lokalnim zajednicama da se jave na ovakve županijske natječaje”  said SDŽ prefect Blaženko Boban. Photo: Tucepi, The city of Omis received 1,5 million kuna for the arrangement of the beach Brzet, the city of Trogir for the construction of the breakwater of the sports port Brigi Lokvice three million kuna, and the city of Kastela for the arrangement of the beach Glavica bay in Kastel Luksic 2 million kuna. The municipality of Tucepi also receives 2 million kuna for the arrangement of the coastal zone from the marina to Gospina potok, all with the aim of strengthening the competitiveness of Split-Dalmatia County through the development of coastal and marine infrastructure, and strengthening the tourist and economic resource base. Stipe Čogelja, pročelnik UO za pomorstvo i turizam istaknuo je kako je Županija već izradila sve bitne strateške dokumente vezane za upravljanje plažama, od Plana nosivosti kapaciteta u turizmu do Plana upravljanja plažama, te je najavio izradu Integralnog Plana upravljanja obalnim pojasom koji je predviđen europskim Direktivama i kojega do sada ima samo Šibensko-kninska županija. “Spremni smo za novu financijsku perspektivu EU od 2021. godine, kako bismo aplicirali za još više sredstava za održivo upravljanje obalnim pojasom” izjavio je  Čogelja.last_img read more

first_imgStuff 28 March 2015Two weeks ago, Jess Taylor’s future parents-in-law got a letter.The 22-year-old left it on the kitchen table of their Invercargill home before going to work.In the letter, Taylor requested to be referred to as a “he” from now on. His new name would be Nathaniel.The letter took an hour to write but “forever” to compose, Taylor says.“It’s such a huge thing to have to tell people – ‘Hey, this is the person you thought you knew’ – I’m still that exact same person, I just might not look that way.”Taylor recalls coming to breakfast the next morning and hearing a voice call out: “Morning, Nate.”“That was the best feeling in the world.”As a child growing up in Sydney, the young Jessica Taylor would pray to God to wake up a male.“I grew up and I thought, ‘No, I can’t do this’,” Taylor says.”So I pretended to be someone else.”About two months ago, Taylor decided he could no longer lie to himself or those in his life.It is a situation the Southern District Health Board (SDHB) is ill-equipped to deal with.Taylor asked his GP to refer him to a psychiatrist for a gender dysphoria assessment, which is required for an endocrinologist to prescribe hormone therapy.The SDHB sent a letter saying it could not help him.Instead, Taylor will see a psychiatrist in Christchurch.Lynda Whitehead, president of trans support agency Agender, says the lack of services available to trans people is not news to her, but it was impossible to say how many people were affected.She says any psychiatrist could talk to someone with dysphoria.“Generally speaking, while they may not be an expert in gender dysphoria, they’re all aware of it. There’s bound to be someone in Invercargill.”Taylor’s endocrinology consultations and prescriptions would be likely subsided but his psychiatric assessment and mastectomy would not.The Ministry of Health offers funding for gender reassignment surgery but for Taylor, such surgery would be years away.For now, an online fundraiser has enough money for him to legally change his name.He plans to hang the certificate on the wall.“There are going to be days where I look down at my body and go, ‘This doesn’t look right’,” Taylor says. “But then I can look up at the wall and go, ‘That’s right. I’m Nathaniel’.”The SDHB did not respond to requests for comment. read more