Coverdell remembered

first_imgBy April ReeseUniversity of GeorgiaA University of Georgia scholarship in memory of the late U.S.Senator Paul Coverdell is much closer to reality thanks todonations from two Georgia-based international agribusinesses.During the fourth National Symposium on the Future of AmericanAgriculture in Athens, Ga., last month, AGCO Corporation andMerial Limited donated a sizeable contribution to the Coverdellscholarship fund.Georgia agricultural leaders started the scholarship fund in2000, shortly after Coverdell’s unexpected death. The recentcontribution brings the fund close to the endowment goal.”Senator Coverdell was committed to agriculture and education andthis scholarship is a great way to honor his memory,” said MollyDye, AGCO vice-president and former Coverdell chief of staff.Dye, who has a background in agriculture, said she felt it onlyfitting to use the financial resources of AGCO to supportagricultural education at UGA.”Our company is committed to Georgia and to helping the localagricultural communities,” said Kyle Lathrop, assistant counseland senior director of Merial Limited. “By contributing to thisscholarship, we can show our appreciation for Sen. Coverdell andwhat he did for the industry.”AGCO, headquartered in Duluth, Ga., is a world leader in thedesign, manufacture, development and distribution of agriculturalequipment. The company’s brands include Massey Ferguson, GLEANER,Challenger and AGCO. Its worldwide distribution network is thelargest in the industry.AGCO’s 18 brand names appear on tractors, combines, hay tools,sprayers, forage equipment and implements. The brands aremarketed and sold through 7,350 independent dealers anddistributed in 140 countries.Merial Limited, also in Duluth, provides products that enhanceanimals’ health, well-being and performance. From its globalnetwork of research and manufacturing facilities, including sitesin Duluth, Athens and Gainesville, Ga., Merial has launchedagricultural pharmaceutical products and vaccines such as IVOMEC,EPRINEX and EQVALAN.Coverdell served on the Senate agricultural committee and was anadvocate for agriculture research, extension and teachingprograms. One of his initiatives was the National Symposium onthe Future of Agriculture, which is now an annual event at theUniversity of Georgia.His contributions to Georgia agriculture include helping getresearch funding that led to a formula for containing tomatospotted wilt virus, a disease that costs Georgia peanut farmersmore than $25 million annually.Once fully funded, the Coverdell scholarship will providefinancial backing for a student in the UGA College of Agricultureand Environmental Sciences to participate in the UndergraduateResearch Initiative program. The student’s research must focus onemerging water issues related to agriculture, an area Coverdellstrongly supported.”Sen. Coverdell was probably one of the strongest supporters oftrying to enhance and educate innovation between the rural andurban sectors,” said Gale Buchanan, CAES dean and director. “Hewanted to move the urban sector into an appreciation foragriculture, and if anything is a common tie between the two,water is.” To contribute to the Coverdell Scholarship, contact Louise Hill,CAES director of development and alumni relations, at (706)542-3390.last_img read more

Blittersdorf, Dubie Campaign resolve lawsuit out-of-court

first_imgDavid Blittersdorf, CEO of AllEarth Renewables and founder of NRG Systems, released the following statement after resolving the civil suit he filed against the Dubie Campaign in response to statements made during the 2010 gubernatorial election.”I am pleased with this outcome and to be able to move forward. My hope is that Vermont continues to preserve the type of elections we can all be proud of. I look forward to continue working with Brian on our shared interest in advancing renewable energy and creating jobs in Vermont.”A settlement was reached after both Brian Dubie and his campaign manager Corry Bliss submitted letters to Blittersdorf (see below). The settlement agreement was submitted to the Chittenden Superior Court today, January 4, 2011.The Bliss and Dubie letters follow:About AllEarth Renewables, Inc www.allearthrenewables.com(link is external)AllEarth Renewables is a Vermont company that specializes in the design, manufacture and installation of complete grid-connected wind and solar renewable energy systems that lessen dependence on nuclear and fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The company’s goal is to provide turnkey products that harness the power of wind and sun for homes and businesses while creating sustainable, well-paying jobs.last_img read more

Public debates online access to court records

first_img• “As a practical matter, I am not aware of a significant problem of identity theft arising from access to judicial records. Indeed, the most common case of identity theft are typically low tech and do not involve court files, whatsoever,” — David Bralow, assistant general counsel for the Tribune Company.• “[F]ailure to protect the privacy of domestic violence victims’ identifying information will endanger victims of domestic violence and their children and will have a chilling effect on victims who seek protection from the courts,” — Tiffany Carr, The Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence.• “Internet access does away with time barriers and allows us to report information on deadline that would otherwise not be available to our readers,” — Frank Denton, editor of the Tampa Tribune.• “I just found my own records for my home mortgage on the very public records in my county of Hillsborough. The records display my wife’s and my Social Security numbers for all the world to see and use,” — Len Foster.• “Making court records available on electronic networks would permit greater understanding of judicial decisionmaking, provide everyone in society meaningful access to important cases in the system, and continue to improve the tradition of openness that is part of the culture and law of the Florida court system,” — Edward J. Klaris, general counsel for the New Yorker.• “The court records are not telephone books and should not be treated like them. Let me rephrase that; with telephone books you have the option of being unlisted; with courthouse records, you don’t,” — Paul Julien.• “More information leads to better public participation in government and strengthens democracy. Less information leads to reduced public participation in government and a weaker democracy,” — Forrest Carr, news director, WFLA-TV, Tampa-St. Petersburg.• Believe it or not, I actually use [Manatee County Clerks Office] Web site to do a light background check before I go on a date,” — Andra L. Griffin.• “Commercial database services that deliver electronic court records not only offer numerous benefits to attorneys but also provide a valuable service to courts in helping to reduce the burden of responding to timely requests for court records and facilitating critical legal research that lends valuable credibility to our legal system by ensuring a fair administration of justice,” — Daniel Nestel, LexisNexis. Public debates online access to court records Public debates online access to court records Mark D. Killian Managing Editor Broad online access to court records will result in higher quality journalism and foster better public understanding of the court system. It also will bring significant efficiency and cost effectiveness to the handling of court documents, according to the Bar’s Media and Communications Law Committee.“In principle and practice, electronic ac- cess should parallel at-the-counter access to paper records.”That’s the message the committee had for the Supreme Court’s Committee on Privacy and Court Records, echoed by a host of media executives who testified or provided written comments to the panel when it gathered last month in Tallahassee.Others, however, warned that unfettered access to court filings would make available everything from Social Security numbers misused for identity theft to personal financial records in divorce cases ferreted out by investment scammers to details about minor children a pedophile could seize — all of it accessable for download to anyone with a computer.That’s the constitutional balancing act being considered by the Committee on Privacy and Court Records — a 15-member group of lawyers, judges, court clerks, court administrators, and representatives of the First Amendment Foundation and chaired by Jon Mills. The panel is working to find the middle ground when it comes to court records in this rapidly changing electronic age and report back to the court next summer.“The testimony was incredibly useful and educational,” said Mills, director of the Center for Government Responsibility and dean emeritus and professor of law at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. “The committee is now starting to think about ideas and principles and things we need to start doing so we can propose concepts that people can react to.”Mills said the committee is operating under the presumption of openness and that the Internet is a reasonable means of disclosing public information.“At the same time, there is some information that relates to individual and innocent third parties and parties to litigation that ought to be treated as confidential — and most of it is now,” Mills said. “We have a lot of laws on the books that are pretty good, and so one of the questions is we need to make sure we have a means of not making mistakes in putting things on the Internet.”Carol Jean LoCicero, chair of the Subcommittee on Electronic Access to Court Records of the Bar’s Media and Communications Law Committee, told the panel any discussion of access must be driven by the fundamental policy underpinning the operation of our court system: that the American judicial system be open and transparent “because judicial transparency promotes justice.”“The courts of this state, like the federal system, are moving to a paperless environment, an environment where electronic access to court records will eventually be the only method of access to court records,” LoCicero, and D. Patricia Wallace, chair of the Media and Communications Law Committee, told the committee in its written comments. “On the day when court records become available only in electronic form, Article I, Section 24 of Florida’s Declaration of Rights alone, which gives the citizens of this state a constitutional right to ‘inspect or copy’ court records, will jeopardize the validity of the entire system devised now, should that system discriminate between electronic and paper records.”LoCicero also said restricting electronic access to court records would facilitate, in effect, a form of discrimination against the average citizen.“Those with the resources to hire employees, law firms, and couriers to go to the courts and retrieve records will continue to have access to more information than the average citizen,” the committee said. “The end result is that access to a public resource — the court file — is allocated to the affluent and powerful, but denied to those of lesser means. Internet access, via home or work computers or through public libraries, gives the average citizen and the poor equal access to that resource.”The Media and Communications Law Committee also noted the Florida Supreme Court remains at the vanguard of ensuring open courtrooms and court documents and said the court has always approached any closure requests by a participant in the proceedings with an established analysis that begins with a strong presumption of access.“Our Supreme Court has never shrunk from new technologies, but has welcomed the enhanced access such technologies provide,” the committee said, noting that nearly 25 years ago, the court embraced new technologies to enable greater public access by permitting cameras in the courtroom. That decision, In re Post-Newsweek Stations, Florida, Inc. , 370 So. 2d 764 (Fla. 1979), resulted from a similar debate about a new technology, which raised concerns about personal privacy, decorum, and individual embarrassment similar to the concerns now raised about Internet access to court records.“In the face of many skeptics, the court stood firmly for the principle of openness, while adding some limited restrictions carefully tailored to minimize the disruption of court proceedings,” the committee said.The committee also noted many sensitive records are already shielded from public access, and clerks routinely protect those categories of more easily segregated documents. For example, court files are deemed closed in proceedings relating to children under Ch. 39. The estate inventory in probate proceedings is specifically closed under §733.604. Adoption court records are made confidential by §63.162. Those same classes of documents, shielded from paper access, would also be protected from Internet access.“Because categoric closure should be used so sparingly and is so often constitutionally suspect, Florida, like the federal system and state courts through the country, employs a record-by-record decision-making process that is set into motion by a participant who possesses closure concerns,” the committee said. “This process ensures that a judge, at the participant’s request, properly balances the competing interests in public access and closure in the only setting permitting well-considered decisions: The concrete factual setting of a living case — not an abstract setting where it is impossible to render global solutions that take into account the variables presented by thousands of court cases and litigants.”Sixth Circuit Judge Walt Logan warned the committee that family law files contain “a gold mine” of information for the identity thief and if put on the Internet, they could be “mined from anywhere in the world.”“The financial information is an abstract, which includes Social Security numbers, account numbers, and all sorts of other very personal information,” Judge Logan said, adding that that type of information should never be made available online.Judge Logan also said he is concerned about posting information contained in domestic violence injunctions, as they often contain “unproven allegations” that could follow the respondent forever.“[T]he most important consideration for the committee, in my opinion, would be to stop the introduction of court files to the Internet,” Judge Logan said. “The final judgment of dissolution is already made a part via the official records when recorded by the county clerk. I follow the procedure of making separate findings of fact that will not be recorded and incorporating those by reference into the final judgment so as not to unnecessarily include the findings in the official records/the Internet. My concern is that the children of the marriage or their classmates might find it of ‘interest’ to pull the matter up on the Internet one day during a computer class.”Fifteenth Circuit Chief Judge Jeffrey Winikoff said he has several pending cases in which the parties would be prejudiced were the pleadings to appear on the Internet. In one, he noted tennis players Venus and Serena Williams and their father, Richard Williams, are being sued for breach of contract, negligent misrepresentation, and fraudulent misrepresentation.“Since nothing has, of course, yet been proven, widespread dissemination of the allegations relating to the Williams sisters would in and of itself create undue pressure upon them,” Chief Judge Winikoff said. “In this regard, I believe that any well-known person would be under increasing pressure to settle cases prior to or directly upon instigation of litigation rather than have each and every pleading available on a worldwide basis. I am not certain that is equitable or in the interest of justice.” Another case Winikoff presides over involves allegations of sexual misconduct against a priest, a particular parish, two dioceses, and two bishops of the Catholic Church. He said the complaint is designed to be an indictment of the church’s handling of sexual misconduct by priests in the last 25 years.“Once again, worldwide dissemination might not be in the best interest of justice,” Chief Judge Winikoff said, noting as would cases involving trade secrets, allegations of marital infidelity, and other allegations of “bad” conduct that are possibly relevant and possibly irrelevant to the primary issues of those cases.Floyd Jay Winters also told the committee he opposed placing personal information online that could easily allow criminals engage in identity theft.“I live in Manatee County and my personal information and Social Security numbers were clearly posted,” Winter said. “Although the clerk of court allows you to have your Social Security numbers redacted — you must make a request for each file that has your Social Security number listed. It took almost an hour for me to go through nearly 30 records of mine that were online.”What others are sayingcenter_img December 15, 2004 Managing Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

D’Alemberte recognized for work to promote democracy

first_img D ’Alemberte recognized for work to promote democracy Sandy D’Alemberte, president emeritus of Florida State University and a professor in the FSU College of Law, was presented with the International Bar Association’s Rule of Law Award, which honors individuals who have made “a significant and lasting contribution to upholding the rule of law worldwide.”In 1989, D’Alemberte, then serving as president-elect of the ABA, convinced that organization to establish the Central and East European Law Initiative, a volunteer program charged with assisting emerging democracies across the region as they worked to create legal frameworks that would guarantee the rights of individuals. Over the years, CEELI helped dozens of nations establish viable legal systems to enforce the rule of law, as well as develop independent judiciaries and legal professions.Since its founding in 1990, more than 5,000 American judges, attorneys, law professors, and legal specialists have contributed more than $200 million in pro bono assistance to promoting the rule of law throughout the world. D’Alemberte recognized for work to promote democracy April 1, 2006 Regular Newslast_img read more

Saudi Arabian GP to join Formula 1 calendar from 2021 season

first_imgNight race to be held on the streets of Jeddah in 2021 as Saudi Arabia becomes the third Middle East round in F1 after Bahrain and Abu Dhabi Last Updated: 05/11/20 3:02pm “Saudi Arabia is a country that is rapidly becoming a hub for sports and entertainment with many major events taking place there in recent years and we are very pleased that Formula 1 will be racing there from next season.“The region is hugely important to us and with 70 per cent of the population of Saudi being under 30 we are excited about the potential to reach new fans and bring our existing fans around the world exciting racing from an incredible and historic location.“We will be publishing our full provisional 2021 calendar in the coming weeks and this will be submitted to the World Motor Sport Council for approval.”- Advertisement – Saudi Arabia will join the Formula 1 calendar with a night race in the 2021 season.- Advertisement – A street circuit in Jeddah will stage the inaugural race in November of next year.Saudi Arabia will become F1’s third race in the Middle East after Bahrain and Abu Dhabi.“We are excited to welcome Saudi Arabia to Formula 1 for the 2021 season and welcome their announcement following speculation in recent days,” said F1 chairman Chase Carey.- Advertisement –

H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Flu activity increasing, European vaccine approvals, Mexico’s next steps, low interest in kids’ vaccine

first_imgSep 25, 2009WHO: Flu activity up in Northern HemisphereIn a global pandemic flu update today the World Health Organization (WHO) said flu activity is increasing in temperate parts of the Northern Hemisphere such as the US and parts of the UK. Activity in tropical regions varies. It is increasing in some parts of Peru and Mexico but decreasing in temperate parts of the Southern Hemisphere such as South Africa. So far the WHO has logged 3,971 deaths.http://www.who.int/csr/don/2009_09_25/en/index.htmlWHO pandemic update 67Europe approves two pandemic vaccinesEurope’s drug regulatory agency today approved two pandemic H1N1 vaccines, one made by GlaxoSmithKline and the other by Novartis. The two vaccines were developed through a “mock up” process that moved forward during preparation for the H5N1 avian influenza virus. Both vaccines contain adjuvants, with Novartis’s having been in use since 1997. The agency is recommending a two-dose schedule but said it expects further data that may confirm one-dose efficacy.Mexico unveils measures against next waveMexico’s health minister announced measures yesterday to address renewed novel H1N1 outbreaks in the country, Xinhua, China’s state news agency, reported. Public hospitals will delay nonessential surgeries and reserve 12% of their beds for flu patients. The new measures also establish special areas in hospitals to isolate patients who have the virus. Officials expect 8,000 to 10,000 hospitalizations over the coming flu season.Sep 24 Xinhua storySurvey finds tepid interest in kids’ H1N1 vaccineResearchers from the University of Michigan reported yesterday that only 40% of 1,679 parents indicate they will get their children vaccinated against pandemic flu. However, 54% said they would have their kids receive the seasonal flu vaccine. Among racial groups, support for the vaccine was highest in Hispanics. Of those who answered no or were unsure, half said they worried about side effects.Sep 24 University of Michigan press releaselast_img read more

Tenant demand: we can rebuild it

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Block full of opportunity

first_img7 Windsor Street, Hermit Park.The auction will be held on site on November 21 at 5.30pm.For more information call Martin McDonough on 0438 174 898. 7 Windsor Street, Hermit Park.A RARE investment opportunity of 10 units will be sold under the hammer with interest already being received from astute investors.The unit block, at 7 Windsor St, Hermit Park, is comprised of 10, two-bedroom units. It will go to auction on Tuesday, November 21. It will be the first time the unit block has ever been put on the market after being built 37 years ago. 7 Windsor Street, Hermit Park.The unit block is part of a deceased estate and four units are now occupied with one resident living in the same unit for 37 years after it was written into the will that he must be allowed to continue living there until the complex is sold.M Property listing agent Martin McDonough said it was rare for a unit block of 10 to be put on the market and the property had multiple investment opportunities.“You have two options. You could rent them as they are or do the ones up that become vacant and that could increase the rental return by 20 to 25 per cent if they were renovated,” he said. “Because there is no strata title you have no body corporate fees so the only expense you have is council rates and insurance.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“If you’re an astute investor this has a couple of boxes it could tick and I even had one lady from Cairns who wanted to know if they could be done up to be a bed and breakfast.”The units fetch $200 per week in rent working out to $104,000 a year.center_img 7 Windsor Street, Hermit Park.Each unit has a practical floor plan with two bedrooms, one bathroom and a car space and all the units are on the one title.The complex is on a 1012sq m block and eight of the units have balconies while two have courtyards.Mr McDonough said he was expecting an out-of-town investor to snap up the unit blocks after receiving three local inquires compared to six inquiries from places such as Sydney, Darwin, Cairns and Airlie Beach.He decided to auction the property as due to the investment opportunities it provided, it was difficult to put a price on.“In this market it’s hard to pick because there is endless opportunities so it’s hard to put a price on it,” he said.“It’s something you don’t often see come along and if you’re an astute investor this could be a very long-term investment that could give you a lot of return. If you work it right you could get 8 or 9 per cent rental yield.”last_img read more

Families of victims in Iloilo Strait mishap receive financial aid

first_imgOCD regional director Jose Roberto Nuñez saidsimilar assistance was extended to immediate families of victims from Cebu andGuimaras.  He added that the turnover completed theprovision of aid to 26 passengers who died in the sea tragedy.  “It’s all in the book. The problem is with theimplementation. So this task force will have an impact on Western Visayas,”headded. The assistance for the remaining fivefatalities from other regions was processed by their families.  Marcelino Java from Iloilo City receives two checks from Civil Defense Regional Director Jose Roberto Nuñez (3rd from right) as financial assistance on Thursday. Java lost his wife Adora and grandson Jhairus James Alejado during the Aug. 3 sea tragedy off Iloilo Strait. PERLA G. LENA/PNA “I came up with this task force to giveattention to practices that we need to adopt especially in terms of fasterresponse,” he said. center_img ILOILO City – The Office of the Civil Defense(OCD) turned over financial assistance to family members of 10 victims, whoperished in a sea mishap off Iloilo Strait last Aug. 3. Nuñez sought to finalize the creation of theVisayas Maritime Response Task Force before the year ends. He emphasized thatthey should not wait for more disasters to happen in the region.  The distribution of checks worth P20,000 foreach fatality was held during the third quarter regular full council meeting ofthe Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council here on Thursday. Nuñez, meanwhile, lamented the incident inBoracay Island on Wednesday were seven paddlers of the Boracay Dragon ForceTeam lost their lives after their boat capsized.(With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more