CARICOM to Shift Focus in Haiti after March 5

first_imgRelatedCARICOM to Shift Focus in Haiti after March 5 Advertisements CARICOM to Shift Focus in Haiti after March 5 Foreign AffairsFebruary 7, 2010 RelatedCARICOM to Shift Focus in Haiti after March 5center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail After March 5 this year, the focus of CARICOM in earthquake ravaged Haiti will shift from relief efforts to recovery interventions and longer term contributions.This was announced by Executive Director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency, Mr. Jeremy Collymore, at a press conference, held at the Norman Manley International Airport on February 6, shortly after a CARICOM mission returned from Haiti, where members of the delegation met with President Rene Preval, the Prime Minister and the Minister of Health.The press conference was held to outline CARICOM’s assistance to Haiti so far, plans for the future and to update Prime Minister Bruce Golding, who has just returned from an official visit to the People’s Republic of China.Mr. Collymore pointed out that by March 5, “we are sure that the framework and action for the longer term commitment in Haiti will be well underway.”“At that time the focus will be shifted from relief and emergency care to looking at some recovery interventions and longer term contributions, commitments and solutions, such as health interventions,” he told journalists.Secretary General of CARICOM, Dr. Edwin Carrington, who was also a member of the mission to Haiti, emphasised that the March 5 date would not mean a removal of the Community from that country. “It is a turning of the type of activities that we will be involved in,” he explained.Commenting on the assistance provided by CARICOM to date, Mr. Collymore informed that more than 3,000 persons have been given first treatment by doctors, with several repeats; there have been more than 200 major operations; 15 search and rescue missions; and the moving of 95 tonnes of tinned food, 41 tonnes of water and four tonnes of medical supplies.Additionally, the Executive Director said that approximately 40 containers of food supplies, which have been collected from across the Community through national and civil society co-ordination, would be sent to the Haiti.“One key area of the support to Haiti that we think is making a difference is the technical assistance in helping to establish a relief distribution system. There will be house management, as well as guidelines for the many camps that have been established. In fact, that has allowed the government of Haiti to now say to the international donors that they want them to respond to their priorities, because they now have the technical capacity,” he said.Mr. Collymore noted that the area of accommodation is a “very serious one,” adding that tents have been organised to address shelter for 5,000 persons. These, he said, should be on the ground starting sometime next week.With the issue of health being the Community’s key intervention area, the Executive Director said that significant work has been advanced in relation to an action plan.“Today we had discussions with the government at the level of the Ministry of health, who has reviewed the options and has given their positions to all of that,” he said.Mr. Collymore commended the role of Jamaica, as the CARICOM hub, in the support for Haiti. “There has been very dedicated focus and support to Haiti in the areas of medical health, search and rescue, relief distribution, security and technical support,” he said.Other members of the CARICOM mission included Special Envoy on Haiti Disaster Relief, the Most Hon. P. J. Patterson; Chairman of CARICOM and Prime Minister of Dominica, Mr. Roosevelt Skerritt; and Assistant Secretary General of CARICOM, Ambassador Colin Grandison. RelatedCARICOM to Shift Focus in Haiti after March 5last_img read more

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Salisbury Recreation Precinct Redevelopment

first_imgSalisbury Recreation Precinct Redevelopment City of Salisbury welcomes the State Government’s commitment of $7.185 million towards the Salisbury Recreation Precinct upgrade under its Local Government Infrastructure Partnership Program.The State Government funding, together with a matching amount put forward by Council, will lead to the significant redevelopment of the Salisbury Recreation Precinct, located at Happy Home Drive, Salisbury North.When completed, the upgraded facilities will enhance Salisbury as a welcoming and liveable city, while providing increased recreational opportunities for our entire community.This exciting redevelopment will be shaped through community engagement to create a precinct which will meet the needs of the community for many years to come.Key elements of the precinct redevelopment are expected to include modern indoor and outdoor swimming pools to reflect a range of uses, a splash pad and water play space, hydrotherapy pool and café.The project will entail an important revitalisation of this popular community facility and will provide economic stimulation to the northern region as it is expected to create more than 90 jobs during construction and about 27 anticipated ongoing jobs.*The accompanying image depicts a section of the current Salisbury Recreation Precinct that is due to be upgraded. /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. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. 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:City of Salisbury, community, community engagement, council, Government, infrastructure, jobs, local council, Local Government, meet, project, Salisbury, space, Waterlast_img read more

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Queensland resources sector embraces potential for hydrogen to lower emissions

first_imgQueensland resources sector embraces potential for hydrogen to lower emissions More than 60 percent of CEOs surveyed for a new report on Queensland’s resources sector are considering hydrogen-related business opportunities, with 10 percent already committed to hydrogen projects.Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said more than 30 percent of member CEOs who responded to a recent sentiment survey believe hydrogen will provide an opportunity to reduce emissions in their own business, and a further 30 percent think hydrogen could help grow their business.Mr Macfarlane said the results published in the QRC’s latest State of the Sector report show resources companies are actively looking at new technologies such as hydrogen as a way to reduce emissions to address the challenge of climate change.“While there is a way to go before green hydrogen can be considered a commercially viable energy source in Queensland, the research, development and commercialisation work underway is very promising,” he said.“The State Government’s decision to establish a Ministry for Hydrogen Industry Development and a Ministerial Energy Council also shows it’s serious about encouraging industry to invest in renewable technologies like hydrogen, so I think we’re all moving in the right direction.“The QRC looks forward to sharing the strong interest of our members in hydrogen, as part of the energy mix, in our discussions with the Council.“The good news for Queensland is that the unique ingredients that make our state a global minerals and energy powerhouse are ideally suited to support a thriving hydrogen export industry,” he said.“Queensland has around 300 days of sunshine a year, we’re close to large export markets in Asia, and we have a proud history of co-existing with other regional industries.“Queensland’s resource industry already has the essential skills base and strong safety culture that can drive the state’s hydrogen sector forward on a large scale.”Mr Macfarlane said research into how to safely and economically add hydrogen into the global energy mix is well underway, with mining companies already heavily involved in trialling hydrogen for industrial use.Current projects involving QRC member companies include:Anglo American has been working with global energy company ENGIE to develop the world’s largest hydrogen-powered mine haul truck, which is expected to match or exceed the performance of its diesel equivalent with the benefits of cleaner air, less noise and lower maintenance costsGlencore’s Raglan nickel mine in northern Quebec has run on a micro-grid powered by an Arctic-rated wind turbine generator connected to a hydrogen energy storage unit since 2015Last year Hatch, Anglo American, BHP and Fortescue formed a Green Hydrogen Consortium to look at ways to use green hydrogen to decarbonise their operations globallyMr Macfarlane said the latest State of the Sector report highlighted the continuing resilience and adaptability of Queensland’s resources industry in the face of the global pandemic.“In spite of all the challenges we’ve faced, mining and gas jobs in Queensland increased by 15 percent over the 12 months to February 2021 according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics’ figures, which means jobs supported by our state’s resources sector would now be well over 420,000,” he said.“24 percent of our CEOs are also planning to increase employment at their Queensland operations over the next 12 months, with half expecting to increase their workforce by more than 25 percent.“This is a huge vote of confidence in our sector which benefits every Queenslander through a stronger state economy and more jobs.”The QRC is Queensland’s peak representative body for coal, metal and gas explorers, producers and suppliers across the resources sector. It contributes one in every five dollars to the Queensland economy, sustains one in six Queensland jobs, supports more than 15,000 businesses and contributes to more than 1,200 community organisations across the state – all from 0.1 percent of Queensland’s land mass. /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. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. 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:american, Asia, Australian, BHP, climate change, council, employment, energy storage, Fortescue, Government, mining companies, Queensland, Queensland Resources Council, Raglan, renewable, resilience, statisticslast_img read more

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Jaime Herrera Beutler pushing for U.S. House vote to extend Paycheck Protection Program

first_imgJaime Herrera Beutler pushing for U.S. House vote to extend Paycheck Protection ProgramPosted by Ken Vance, EditorDate: Wednesday, September 23, 2020in: Newsshare 0 Congresswoman to lead discharge petition that would force Speaker Nancy Pelosi to bring PPP extension to the House floor, breaking political logjamCongresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, of Washington’s 3rd Congressional District, intends to force a vote by the U.S. House to extend the lifeline Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) using a legislative maneuver called a discharge petition. Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler is motivated by the fact that almost 9,500 businesses in Southwest Washington have already accessed Paycheck Protection Program loans. Reports indicate that her efforts have created a realistic path to force congressional action to distribute the remaining $134 billion in current PPP reserves that are now sitting idle after the program’s Aug. 8 expiration. File photoCongresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler is motivated by the fact that almost 9,500 businesses in Southwest Washington have already accessed Paycheck Protection Program loans. Reports indicate that her efforts have created a realistic path to force congressional action to distribute the remaining $134 billion in current PPP reserves that are now sitting idle after the program’s Aug. 8 expiration. File photoLast week, Herrera Beutler filed a formal resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives to allow expedited floor consideration of a bill to extend the PPP.  According to U.S. House rules, the earliest she can file the formal petition is Friday (Sept. 25). After that, should the petition garner 218 signatures from representatives, the House will then be compelled to vote on whether to bring to the floor a previously introduced bill, authored by House Small Business Committee Ranking Member Rep. Steve Chabot (Ohio), to distribute the remaining $134 billion in current PPP reserves that are now sitting idle after the program’s Aug. 8 expiration.Herrera Beutler criticized Speaker Nancy Pelosi for continuing to stall on bringing forth any bill that would distribute forgivable loans to small businesses failing because of COVID and COVID-related restrictions, and now dangerous wildfire conditions plaguing much of the Western United States.“The Paycheck Protection Program has been a bridge for almost 9,500 small businesses in Southwest Washington alone, but if we fail to extend it immediately, it will have been a bridge to nowhere because small businesses remain on the brink of survival,’’ said Herrera Beutler, a Battle Ground resident. “I’ve introduced this discharge petition so we can go around Speaker Pelosi’s unwillingness to make the Paycheck Protection Program a priority, and rush aid to small businesses who desperately need it.”Herrera Beutler is motivated in her attempts by the fact that almost 9,500 businesses in Southwest Washington have already accessed PPP loans. Reports indicate that her efforts have created a realistic path to force congressional action.“The petition — called a discharge petition — is a tool of the House minority to force a vote on a bill that’s been languishing in committee,’’ reported POLITICO in its Sept. 18 POLITICO Playbook newsletter. “It will be up for signatures Sept. 25, and if every Republican signs, only 20 Democrats need to sign it to force a vote. If Republicans succeed, this will be a defeat for House Democratic leadership — it temporarily hands over the floor to Republicans.’’The POLITICO report also indicated the potential for Herrera Beutler’s efforts to succeed could be an incentive for Pelosi “to get a deal’’ with Republicans on a second stimulus package.The national publication, The Hill, just reported that several House Democrats are looking to buck Speaker Pelosi and sign onto Herrera Beutler’s effort: https://thehill.com/homenews/house/517691-centrist-democrats-strongly-considering-discharge-petition-on-gop-ppp-billThe report indicated that the centrist Democrats — currently numbering about a dozen — are “strongly considering” the act of signing on to the discharge petition, according to a senior Democratic aide associated with the Democrats’ moderate wing.That figure falls a handful short of the number of Democrats the Republicans need to reach the 218 signatures on their discharge petition — the tally required to force legislation to the floor.But the number is growing, said the aide, as party moderates — including front-line members facing tough reelections in November — become increasingly frustrated with the inability of party leaders to reach a deal with the White House on another round of coronavirus stimulus.If those centrist Democrats do peel away to join the GOP’s gambit, it could also have the political effect of undermining the hard-line negotiating strategy of Pelosi (D-Calif.), who is seeking a comprehensive, $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package — and has refused to break it apart to vote on any piecemeal provisions.“Either Republicans do not understand the gravity of the situation or do not care about the needs of America’s working families,” Pelosi said Tuesday in a statement.The PPP was created in March, as part of the CARES Act, to help small businesses survive the economic devastation caused by the coronavirus crisis. The program has delivered hundreds of billions of dollars in emergency loans, which are forgivable if the businesses keep much of their staff on the payroll. But the initiative expired last month, and millions of small businesses around the country are struggling to persevere as the number of U.S. coronavirus deaths has topped 200,000, millions of people remain out of work and consumers remain wary of gathering in public spaces.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyLatestVancouvershare 0 Previous : Parallels to our past — The Yacolt Burn Fire Next : Clark County Fire District 3 recognizes employees for years of serviceAdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

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Iconic Vancouver automotive shop to make way for development

first_img Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. BMW has unveiled new all-electric vehicles in its i brand stable Leslie Borden bought Alec out in 1946 and continued pumping Chevron gasoline at the front of the old wooden building facing Fraser Street while servicing cars and installing the engines he rebuilt in the shop. He raised his family in a small cottage behind the garage that is now more than a century old.That cottage along with everything else will be leveled by the developer who bought the property to make way for a rental apartment building.The size of the original blacksmith shop was doubled with an addition to the building many years ago. A tour of the shop is like a trip back in time. The office is lined with old parts books and boxes of auto parts – many for cars from half-a-century ago or more.In the Sixties, Alec’s Automotive had the contract for Yellow Cabs and would install a completely rebuilt slant-six engine in one day. They would then rebuild the one they had removed from the taxi to put in another car. Not surprisingly, the shop is crammed with engine building machinery. At one point, the shop had an engine for a 1909 Cadillac on the bench alongside another for a 2009 model – a 100-year span. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Engine builder Jeff Widman overhauls a power plant from a Japanese import.Alyn Edwards Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Parts manager Ian McElwain still uses parts books and parts off the shelf to supply the machine shop.Alyn Edwards Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Leslie Borden took over Alec’s Automotive in 1948 and raised his family in a cottage behind the shop.Alyn Edwards Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The century-old cottage that was home to the Borden family that operated Alec’s Automotive on the site for 70 years.Alyn Edwards Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Alec’s Automotive Vancouver business license from the year Leslie Borden took over the business in 1948.Alyn Edwards Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Father and sons outside the iconic Vancouver business.Alyn Edwards Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The quaint office at Alec’s Automotive in a building that opened as a blacksmith shop in 1909.Alyn Edwards Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2An invoice from 1964 for rebuilding and installing an engine for a 1957 Mercury totaling $189.76.Alyn Edwards Alyn Edwards is a classic car enthusiast and partner in Peak Communicators, a Vancouver-based public relations company. [email protected] Xb_je464″>PlayBMW has unveiled new all-electric vehicles in its i brand stablePlay2022 McLaren Artura | First Look | Driving.caPlay2021 Ford Explorer Timberline | First Look | Driving.caPlay2022 Honda Civic | First Look | Driving.caPlay2022 Hyundai Kona N | First Look | Driving.caPlayShanghai 2021 auto show sees raft of new EVsPlayAudi A6 e-tron | First Look | Driving.caPlay2022 Santa Cruz | First Look | Driving.caPlayFirst Look | 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS | DrivingPlay2021 Genesis GV70 | First Look | Driving.ca advertisement COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Trending in Canadacenter_img RELATED TAGSCollector ClassicsNewsVancouverVintage & Collectible Trending Videos See More Videos ‹ Previous Next › Alec’s Automotive has been a family owned and run operation for the past 70 years. Leslie Borden’s sons Don and Doug ran the business for years. Now Doug’s sons Kevin and Rob operate Alec’s Automotive. Rob points to the ceiling that was damaged when a pot holding molten alloy metal about to be poured for babbitt engine bearings blew up before he was born.The attic has yielded many items from the past illustrating the long history of Alec’s Automotive. There is a yellowing Vancouver business license from 1948. And a portable grinder used for resurfacing crankshafts while they were still in the car.“My grandfather would drop my grandmother off to shop and then go to where cars and trucks were parked, pull off the crankcase pan and bearing caps to loosen the connecting rods,” Rob said. “He would then use this machine to grind the crankshaft while it was still in the car.”An invoice from 1965 shows that a rebuilt engine for a 1957 Mercury cost $189.76. And that included removal of the engine and installation once it was rebuilt. A head gasket for the engine cost $1.68. That same engine would cost up to $5,000 to rebuild today, depending on availability of parts. RELATED For engines and transmissions, when do you repair or replace? Alec’s Automotive continues to rebuild engines for other shops all over British Columbia. Their wall of fame features photos of hot rods, racecars and trucks that have received engines rebuilt by Alec’s.The company is following the path of other traditional Vancouver automotive shops that can no longer continue in business in the city.It’s the end of an era for Alec’s Automotive in Vancouver – a shop that can trace its roots over 70 years of being operated by the same family in a building dating back to 1909. Beginning in January Alec’s Automotive can be found at 6909 Russell Ave. in Burnaby. Alec’s Automotive, a fixture on Vancouver’s Fraser Street at 23rd Avenue since it opened as a blacksmith shop in 1909, is leaving Vancouver. The family-run operation is moving to the Metrotown area of Burnaby. It’s an unfortunate trend where Vancouver’s old-time automotive businesses are being forced out of the city by high taxes and encroaching development.Walter Quaife opened his blacksmith shop on a hill in southeast Vancouver 110 years ago. Back then, Fraser Street ran from False Creek in Vancouver to the north arm of the Fraser River and was called North Arm Road. It was originally a wood plank roadway enabling horses pulling wagons not to get stuck in the mud. A century-old city directory indicates Quaife’s blacksmith shop was taken over by H.J. Miles and D. Day who shod the horses that pulled the firewagons from Hall No. 23, a block away, and milk wagons for Dairyland.Soon the area filled in with residential housing and streetcars started running on Fraser Street. And so Alec Eaton turned the blacksmith shop into a service station that did mechanical work. He had an ability for machine work and started rebuilding engines. He had rows of rebuilt four, six and eight-cylinder engines ready to install in Model T, Model A and later Ford cars and trucks along with other vehicles of that era. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Doug Borden, who spent 35 years rebuilding engines at Alec’s Automotive, flanked by sons Rob and Kevin who now run the shop.  Alyn Edwards last_img read more

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Jamaica Voted Favorite Honeymoon Destination

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedJamaica Voted Favorite Honeymoon Destination Canadian travel agents have voted Jamaica as the favourite honeymoon destination for the fourth consecutive year,  and the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) as the favourite Tourist Board in Canada for the seventh consecutive year. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. A.J. Nicholson, has accepted the awards on behalf of Jamaica and the JTB from Mr. Robert Mowat, Executive Editor of Baxter Travel Media, publishers of Canadian Travel Press and Travel Courier, sponsors of the annual Agents’ Choice Awards.  Each year Baxter Travel Media survey thousands of Canadian travel agents who select their “favourites” in a wide variety of categories. The presentation ceremony was held on Wednesday, October  24, at the Rosewater Club in Toronto, Canada.    Prime Minister the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller was expected to accept the awards but she had to cut short her official visit to Canada and return to Jamaica, because of the threat of Hurricane Sandy.  Senator Nicholson delivered the Prime Minister’s address, in which  she felt gratified and honoured to receive the awards on behalf of Jamaica, and commended the staff of the JTB in Canada, calling the Canadian success a testament to the hard work and dedication of the Board.  Noting that although Jamaica and the JTB have won the Agents’ Choice Awards several times, the Prime Minister said, “we are just as appreciative now as when we first won.” “The Baxter publications have seen it fit to collate the views of agents and we certainly appreciate the tremendous work they do here in Canada in promoting Jamaica and the wider Caribbean region.  Over the years we have come to value their efforts and in fact demonstrated our appreciation by awarding Mrs. Baxter the nation’s Order of Distinction in 2009,” said the Prime Minister. The JTB’s Regional Director,  Philip Rose, thanked Baxter Travel Media for the awards.  He also thanked the JTB team, saying he is truly blessed to be working with the members. Canada’s District Sales Manager of the JTB,  Dan Hamilton, thanked the travel partners for making Jamaica available and accessible to all Canadians, noting that the growth in recent years is a testimony to the strong and fruitful partnership with Jamaica.  Mr. Hamilton said the ‘Favourite Tourist Board’ award was very fulfilling for the JTB team and he thanked Baxter Travel Media for facilitating the forum whereby travel agents can register how they feel about the work of the JTB. Also in attendance were Jamaica’s High Commissioner to Canada, Her Excellency Sheila Sealy Monteith; Director of the Bilateral and Regional Affairs Department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Mr. Ricardo Allicock; Jamaica’s Consul General to Toronto, Mr. Seth George Ramocan and Dr. Lola Ramocan; and staff of  the JTB, Canada. RelatedJamaica Voted Favorite Honeymoon Destination RelatedJamaica Voted Favorite Honeymoon Destination Advertisements Jamaica Voted Favorite Honeymoon Destination Foreign AffairsOctober 26, 2012last_img read more

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Practice Tips: You can customize e-filing to fit your practice and preferences

first_imgVirtually every Florida lawyer must now submit documents and related filings to the court system through the statewide electronic filing portal, managed by the Florida Courts E-Filing Authority. For several years, the portal has been the official venue for transmitting documents as the courts shifted from a paper-based system to an electronic one. Following is another column on behalf of the portal authority aimed at helping lawyers efficiently use the portal, which is continually being updated and improved.Florida lawyers using the statewide electronic filing portal have numerous options to customize filing, streamline the submission process, and fitting it to their personal and practice needs.To personalize your filing process, pull down the My Account menu on the top left side of the portal’s opening page and select My Profile. From the options listed near the top of the page, click on Preferences. You’ll get a page with of several choices for modifying the way you use the portal.At the top of the list is a rectangular box labeled Home Page. This gives you several options on what will be displayed when you log into the portal. If you want a different choice than the portal’s home page, you can go to My Cases (a list of your pending cases), My Submissions (a list of your filed paperwork), Workbench (which is where you can begin a filing and then store it unfinished to complete at a later time), E-Filing Map (a map of the filing jurisdictions in the state where you may choose where to file a document), or My Fees (a page listing payment information on your pending cases).There is an instance where you will not automatically go to your selected portal home page. If there has been a problem with one of your submissions, the My Alerts page will be displayed instead. Once you have addressed the problem listed there, you will be taken to your selected home page. There are three reasons the My Alerts page will be activated: There was an error in one of your submissions that caused it to go to the clerk’s corrections queue; one or more parties designated to receive electronic service failed to get it; or someone you added to the e-service list for a case wants to be removed from that list.The next option, after selecting a preferred portal home page, is choosing a filing path. That option offers three sub-choices in two main categories. Users can pick as a default between initiating a case, filing a document in an existing case, or filing a proposed order in a trial court case or filing case number pending, case initiation, or pleading in an existing case in an appellate case.The Last Jurisdiction Filed To box lets the user select a jurisdiction that will be the default choice when initiating a submission, and the choices include any of the 67 counties, 20 circuits, five district courts of appeal, or the Supreme Court. Changing the filing jurisdiction requires only accessing the item drop-down menu. If you don’t pick a jurisdiction, the portal will automatically go to the last jurisdiction where you filed.Next is the # Rows per Page in the Document Selection Grid. This menu item lets users decide how many items will be displayed at one time on the portal’s Add/Edit Document Page. Users decide to see three, four, five, 10, or 20 lines at a time.The New Case Filing path is helpful for lawyers who do many filings in the same court division of the same case type and sub-type. Lawyers may set that division, case type, and sub-type as defaults and save time when initiating new cases.At the bottom of the page, lawyers can decide what portal email notifications they want to receive in the email account they have listed with the portal. Note, even if a user decides not to receive the notifications in their email provider, that same email will be available for 90 days in their portal email log. There are five options for receiving or not receiving automatic portal email notices: Verifying that a filing has been received; verifying that a corrected filing has been received; processing is complete for a specific filing and the document(s) have been docketed or otherwise handled; a filing that had returned to the portal’s correction queue because of a deficiency has been moved to the abandoned filing queue because the deficiency was not corrected; and notifications of portal maintenance.The portal has a wealth of training and information videos. This one, https://www.myflcourtaccess.com/authority/trainingvideos.html, has a quick explanation of the options available under the My Profile heading, including the Preferences page discussed here. Practice Tips: You can customize e-filing to fit your practice and preferences Dec 26, 2019 Columnslast_img read more

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Hunger Game: Garcia, Scott both aching for a win

first_imgPALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – You could call them kindred spirits. Sergio Garcia and Adam Scott were both once phenoms saddled with great expectations, dashing young stars who were supposed to conquer the world. They’ve enjoyed their share of success, Garcia winning 28 times around the world, Scott winning 27 times, but they’ve also had their share of struggles as they’ve grown to middle-aged veterans. They’ve battled through slumps, fought balky putters and shouldered pressures to win more than they’ve won. Garcia, the Spaniard, turned 36 last month, while Scott, the Aussie, will turn 36 in July. They both have homes in Switzerland. “There are some similarities, and maybe things we feel connected by,” Garcia said. “We enjoy each other, and we’re friends.” They share more than the lead here going into Sunday at the Honda Classic. They share a hunger to end winless spells. “I think we’re both pretty desperate to have a win tomorrow after putting ourselves in this position,” Scott said. Garcia and Scott pushed each other Saturday to the top of the leaderboard at 9-under 201, with Garcia shooting 67 and Scott 66.  They pushed each other four shots clear of the field. They’ll be pushing each other again Sunday to get that trophy Scott says they’re both craving. The Honda Classic: Articles, photos and videos Scott’s last victory came at the PGA Tour’s Colonial Invitational in 2014. Garcia’s last on a major tour was also two years ago, at the European Tour’s Qatar Masters. Garcia was asked which of them will be more desperate to win if it comes down to them in the end. “I think we both will want it badly, if it gets to that,” Garcia said. “And, hopefully, it will get to that.” They are such similar players, supreme ball strikers who may have won so much more had they not battled their putters as much as they have over the years. The big difference between them is the green jacket Scott owns, the Masters title he claimed in 2013. Scott unloaded a lot of pressure on himself breaking through to win a major championship. Garcia’s still dealing with it. “I guess every year that goes by, it feels another chance has kind of gone by,” Garcia told the BBC last month. “But if I get to 45, and I haven’t won any, then I will probably feel a lot of pressure then. But I still feel like I’m young enough to be able to do it, hopefully several times. My appetite is the same.” Neither is assuming this is a two-man duel. They know what can happen at PGA National, even if the winds are down, like they were Saturday. They know what can go wrong with all the water at the 15th, 16th and 17th holes. As trilogies go, the Bear Trap is an epic tale of wonder and woe. Scott experienced both Saturday in a dizzying 30 minutes on that trio of holes. After taking control early in the third round, Scott reminded us how quickly a lead can disappear through that stretch. Pulling away brilliantly, Scott stepped to the start of the Bear Trap with a three-shot lead and promptly hit a 6-iron into the water at the 15th. The fun wasn’t over for Scott. After taking a drop there, he swatted a wedge from 120 yards over the green and into the water. He had to take yet another drop before walking off the hole with a quadruple-bogey 7. “It took me five goes to get a ball dry,” Scott said. And just like that, Scott’s lead was gone. In a staggering four-shot swing, Garcia left the green with the lead. Scott left the hole laughing to himself. “What else can you do?” he said. Both these guys have their share of scar tissue. They’ve both bounced back from hard times to win. “I’ve experienced things along those lines plenty of times,” Scott said. After extricating himself from trouble to save par at the 16th, and then stiffing a 6-iron to 9 feet to set up birdie at the 17th, Scott walked out of the Bear Trap back atop the leaderboard, one shot ahead of Garcia, who evened the score back up with a closing birdie. Neither player is comfortable with just a four-shot cushion. “So much can happen, especially at a golf course like this,” Scott said. “There’s trouble waiting on every misjudgment or poor swing. I’m just going to try and play that solid round of golf and give myself as many opportunities as I can.” They know what perils leaders face. They saw what happened to Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker. Fowler and Walker went out in the final pairing on Saturday, Fowler with a one-shot lead on Walker. After playing the first 36 holes bogey free, Fowler made four of them and not a single birdie. Walker shot 79. Last year, Ian Poulter took a three-shot lead into the final round and hit five balls in the water. “I expect some of the guys behind to shoot a number and make it tough on all of us,” Garcia said.last_img read more

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Montana Ranchers Vow to Fight National Monument Idea

first_imgLEWISTOWN – Ranchers in eastern Montana are digging in for what they said Friday would be a protracted fight against a tentative Interior Department proposal to designate more than a dozen new national monuments across the West.At a forum hosted by Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg, rural landowners said the proposal threatened to fragment their communities and take away ranching opportunities.“Shouldn’t we have the right to say no to a national monument?” asked Phillips County rancher Mike Ereaux. “Not just no, but hell no.”An internal Interior Department memo revealed in February that 14 sites in nine states were being considered for possible monuments. That included 2.5 million acres of northeastern Montana prairie land proposed as a possible bison range.Also included in the memo were sites in Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, California, Nevada, Arizona, Oregon and Washington.Under the Antiquities Act of 1906, the president can unilaterally designate national monuments without approval from Congress.But Republicans including Rehberg have hammered the Obama administration over the Interior memo, characterizing it as part of a secret plan hatched without involvement from communities near the potential sites.Rehberg told attendees of Friday’s forum, held at the Lewistown Civic Center, that he does not trust the administration on the issue.Interior Department spokesman Matt Lee-Ashley said the agency was continuing to weigh future monument designations, but that none would move forward without local input.South of Malta, Mont., rancher Vicki Olson is organizing landowners and local businesses to oppose the monument idea, which she said might create more service-oriented jobs but at the expense of agriculture.The newly formed Montana Community Preservation Alliance already has collected signatures from 3,000 people supporting their efforts, Olson said.For Olson and others, the national monument issue is virtually indistinguishable from a private effort to create a vast, multimillion acre prairie reserve in the same region of Montana.That effort is led by the American Prairie Foundation, an offshoot of the World Wildlife Fund.American Prairie Foundation President Sean Garrity, who participated in Friday’s event, said he had not decided whether to support a new Montana monument designation. But he urged others to give the idea a chance.Because the agriculture industry is heavily subsidized with federal money, Garrity said Montana ranchers owed the government “a fair hearing.”However, many in eastern Montana still harbor bitter feelings over the 2001 creation of the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument. That designation was made by then-President Bill Clinton during his final days in office.“I guarantee you there will be influence or pressure placed upon the outgoing president to do the same,” Rehberg said.The Obama administration is responding to the criticism in part by sending the director of the Bureau of Land Management to Malta next month to address residents’ concerns. BLM Director Bob Abbey’s visit is scheduled for Sept. 16. Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.last_img read more

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Monolith in the Mountains

first_imgA dam in Northwest Montana became widely supported through the communities because it would also help provide a vital defense against flooding, which regularly devastated the Flathead Valley. Montana’s Rep. Mike Mansfield, who would later be elected to the U.S. Senate, led the charge for legislation that was passed in 1944 to authorize the construction of Hungry Horse Dam. The overall project cost $108 million, which, after adjusted for inflation, would cost upwards of $914 million today.The ambitious project inside the Flathead National Forest took nearly a decade of labor and cost the lives of at least 22 people. The project involved more than 2,550 workmen, from loggers to construction workers, and included many veterans who returned home from WWII. Roughly three years was devoted to preparation work that included cutting a new road to the current site and clearing 22,500 acres of timber. Another six years went into the actual construction, which involved blasting rock tunnels with TNT and rappelling from cliffs with jackhammers. The nearby communities, especially Hungry Horse and Martin City, boomed during this period and owe much of their modern infrastructure and establishment to the large-scale project. When it was completed, Hungry Horse Dam was the third largest, and second highest made of concrete, in the world. The emergent structure made national headlines and even featured an appearance by the president. In October of 1952, President Harry Truman veered his Democratic campaign tour to Northwest Montana for a ceremony dedicating Hungry Horse Dam. It was the first time a sitting president visited the Flathead Valley, and the rare event sparked much fanfare. A massive crowd of spectators gathered at each of the sites Truman landed, including Columbia Falls and the Great Northern Depot in Whitefish. The president toured the communities on his way to Hungry Horse, joined by Mansfield and other noteworthy political and community leaders. Water is released from the Hungry Horse Dam into the South Fork of the Flathead River. – Lido Vizzutti | Flathead Beacon Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. At the dam, Truman addressed the crowd of more than 6,000 people before throwing the power switch.“We have come here today to dedicate Hungry Horse Dam,” the president said during the event, according to a historical text of the speech. “I have just been to see the dam. It is a most magnificent structure … It will make possible the generation of vast quantities of electric power.”Truman went on to praise Mansfield, who he said was the primary person responsible for the dam’s creation. He also celebrated the structure’s completion and touted it as a source of American pride.“This dam was built by the people of the United States, acting through their government, to serve the economy, the industry and the people of this northwestern region,” Truman said. “It will promote the welfare and security, and increase the prosperity, of the entire nation.”The Hungry Horse Visitors Center is open Wednesday through Sunday, from 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. During their visit from Idaho to Northwest Montana last week, the Beesan family detoured on their way to Glacier National Park. They veered south off U.S. Highway 2 and drove the narrow mountain road that snakes through a canyon of dense forestland upstream the South Fork Flathead River. After a few miles, they pulled off at a turnout overlooking their destination: the 564-feet-high monolith of Hungry Horse Dam.Daren Beesan and his daughter Bethany gaped at more than 3 million cubic yards of concrete that sat wedged upwards of 2,000 feet between mountains, blockading nearly 1.2 trillion gallons of standing water.“I think the construction of it is amazing,” Daren said. “To see that much water held back is pretty incredible.”Sixty years ago, on July 18, 1953, the Hungry Horse Dam officially opened, marking the transformation of the geographical and cultural landscape in Northwest Montana forever. Today the historical icon is an increasingly popular attraction for visitors from across the country, and even the world, who gaze in amazement at the massive structure or embark on a self-guided walking tour over its crest. Visitation at the dam has risen steadily over the past decade, according to administrators at the dam’s Visitor Center, which features interactive video tours and other historical information during its open season, between Memorial Day and Labor Day.More than 14,000 people visited Hungry Horse Dam last season, according to administrators.“Some folks come here to learn about the history of the dam and how it was built, what it’s purpose is in the Columbia River system,” said Laurie Lapan, the lead guide at the dam for the last nine years for the Interior Department’s Bureau of Reclamation, which operates the facility. “Others just want to be in touch with the natural beauty of the area.”The impressive structure remains the 11th highest in the U.S., and stands out as an extraordinary feat of ingenuity and workmanship. Its spillway is the highest “morning-glory structure” in the world, meaning water enters into an uncontrolled bell-mouth spillway that drops a maximum distance of 490 feet. It regulates roughly 30 percent of the inflow into Flathead Lake. Through its hydropower facilities, it produces nearly 428,000 kilowatts of electricity, enough to power nearly 270,000 homes, according to the Bureau of Reclamation.The economic boom after World War II swept the nation, bringing the greatest growth in prosperity in the nation’s history. Electricity lit up rural communities and interstate highway linked the nation together. But with rapid development came the need to generate more power.Montana was home to several strong rivers, and engineers began eyeing the possibility for harnessing hydropower. Between the early 1930s and the late 1960s, 48 state or federal dams were built in Montana. Traffic crosses the road across the Hungry Horse Dam. – Lido Vizzutti | Flathead Beacon Emaillast_img read more

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