Champlain Bridge closed to all traffic

first_imgThe Champlain Bridge connecting Route 17 in Addison with New York state was closed Friday until further notice. The sudden closure was the result of inspectors finding a pier deteriorating at the water line. The bridge, at the crossing of Chimney Point and Crown Point, NY, is the responsibility of the State of New York, which will come up with alternative solutions until the bridge is repaired at least temporarily. Eventually the bridge could be repaired or replaced. Major construction was not expected to take place until 2013. A project either to rehabilitate or replace the bridge is being developed by both NYSDOT and the Vermont Agency of Transportation under an agreement between the states.  Addison County employers will meet on Wednesday, October 21, from 1 to 3 pm, at the American Legion in Middlebury to discuss the closure of the Crown Point Bridge closure. NYSDOT representatives are also scheduled to discuss the bridge with the community Monday. At the Wednesday meeting, which is being coordinated by the Addison County Chamber of Commerce, local business and government leaders will look at immediate and longer term impacts and potential solutions.Alternate routes include the Fort Ticonderoga Ferry www.middlebury.net/tiferry(link is external), driving down Rte 22A to Route 4 and crossing at Whitehall, NY, or going north to use one of the Lake Champlain Ferry services www.ferries.com(link is external).Workers inspect the Champlain Bridge last July. Photo by Ed Barna.last_img read more

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TCBC expresses concerns over court funding

first_img April 1, 2003 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News TCBC expresses concerns over court funding Associate Editor“The third branch of government is truly at stake,” said a frustrated Susan Schaeffer, chair of the Trial Court Budget Commission and Sixth Judicial Circuit judge, standing in the hallway of the Capitol where she has been spending a lot of time lately.Once again, the TCBC, which has been working on the shift in court funding with Article V, Revision 7 for two years, has stressed in a March 13 interim report that case management, court administration, and masters and hearing officers are indeed essential elements of the court that should be funded by the state. Those items have been challenged in legislative committee meetings in the House, while Judge Schaeffer said she was relieved to find them included in the Senate plan.“We have the unanimous agreement of all 20 chief judges, unanimous agreement of the Trial Court Budget Commission. We have the circuit judges conference and the county judges conference behind us. And yet, we come up here and we run into opposition like we don’t think this is essential,” Judge Shaeffer said, of the House version.After 21 years on the bench and six of those as chief judge, Judge Shaeffer said she knows the trial court system. She and other judges want to share their expertise and hope legislators are listening.“I think they are concerned about a budget. They are concerned about money. And we’re not here for money this year. But we will be, and I know that is pressing on their minds,” Judge Shaeffer said.Some of the ideas being proposed – such as a proposal to shift the administrative functions of the Office of State Courts Administrator to the Justice Administrative Commission in the executive branch that rose out of the House Select Committee on Article V – “frankly seems to have come out of nowhere,” she said.“There was nobody that I could find who recommended it. No state attorney recommended it, no public defender recommended it, certainly not the Trial Court Budget Commission, the Supreme Court, the trial court, no judge that I know of recommended it,” Judge Shaeffer said.When colleagues ask her how it’s going on Article V funding issues in the legislature, Judge Shaeffer said, “I tell them it’s very frustrating. Now, we are very hopeful. Since this was not a bill in the House, and we have been able to sit down with (Chair) Rep. (Holly) Benson since and tell her our problems, I have some assurance they are making some adjustments.. . . All we can do is keep giving information and keep answering all of their questions and hope that it pays off.”The following are highlights from the TCBC March 13 interim report:• There are nine essential elements of the trial courts: judges and judicial assistants, legal support, masters and hearing officers, case management, alternative dispute resolution/mediation, court interpreting, court reporting, court appointed expert witnesses, and court administration. Commentary : “The essential elements are activities of the trial courts that are essential, or reasonably necessary, to carry out the mission of the courts. The first five elements directly support the adjudicative functions of the trial court system. The next three are required to ensure due process rights. Court administration is required to assist the chief judges in carrying out their constitutionally mandated administrative responsibilities. The state of Florida should pay for the essential elements of the court system.”• Due process costs should be budgeted and administered by the entity ordering the costs. Commentary: “Control of due process costs (court reporting services, expert witnesses, and interpreter services) is best achieved when the ordering party is responsible for managing its own budget. The TCBC, state attorneys, and public defenders have agreed that due process costs should be separately allocated to the budgets of the public defenders, state attorneys, and trial courts. Each entity will then be accountable for their respective due process expenditures.”• Conflict counsel and other court appointed counsel costs should be budgeted and managed by the public defender or by an independent commission.• Other elements of the trial courts should be defined as integrated elements and should either be funded by the state or specified as local requirements or local options. Commentary: “Integrated functions are defined as those reasonably necessary to effectuate public policy or responded to legitimate public expectations. Examples of integrated functions include custody evaluations, guardians ad litem, attorneys ad litem, guardianship monitoring, truancy alternatives, the Children’s Advocacy Center, and drug court treatment. Many of these elements have been directed by the legislature or established by county government to meet local needs related to the courts.”1) Statutory language should be established whereby the chief judge certifies local requirements to the county commissioners in accordance with local budgetary procedures.2) Integrated elements that are not funded by the state and are not local requirements should remain local options.• Each separate constitutional entity requires its own administrative staff to effectively carry out its constitutional and statutory obligations.• The chief judge, through the trial court administrator, performs separate and distinct functions from the clerk of court. For example, staff of the clerk of court performs case maintenance functions, while the chief judge, through court staff, performs case management functions. These functions do not represent duplication or overlap of responsibilities.• The Office of the State Courts Administrator assists the chief justice in carrying out his or her constitutional authority as the chief administrative officer of the judicial system. The chief justice’s administrative authority cannot be redirected to another entity.• Certain branch-wide functions of the OCSA, such as education, statewide planning, statewide legislative budget request preparation, branch technology policy and planning, statewide statistical analysis and reporting, etc., cannot be efficiently delegated to the 20 circuits and five district courts of appeal.• The chief judge is responsible for the administrative supervision of the circuit including personnel, budget, accounting and procurement procedures consistent with broad guidelines, standards, and policies promulgated by the judicial branch.• Administrative support that the OSCA now provides to the trial courts should be examined to determine if it can be more efficiently decentralized to the trial court administrators. Conversely, certain administration functions now performed by trial court administrators should be examined to determine if they could be more efficiently centralized in the OSCA.• Appropriations for the trial courts should be provided in a lump sum to the TCBC for allocation to the 20 circuits.• The chief judge is responsible for managing the circuit budget within the broad guidelines established by the TCBC.• The TCBC, with the assistance of the OSCA, will monitor the expenditures of funds in each of the circuits and make branch-wide budget adjustments as necessary.• A time-limited contingency fund should be established during the transition to state funding to accommodate any unanticipated funding deficiencies.• Additional flexibility should be provided to the courts to enable the transfer of funds between categories of appropriations and between budget entities.• The Commission on Trial Court Performance and Accountability should continue to develop performance and accountability measures and systems for the trial courts.• The TCPAC should continue to conduct “best practices” workshops and provide the results from these workshops to the TCBC for budgetary purposes and to chief judges for consideration.• Statewide contracting services should be developed, including the establishment of model contract provisions, statewide bidding procedures, statewide contract providers lists, qualification standards for service providers, and fee standards for services.• Technology expenditures should be consistent with the statewide technology strategic plan adopted by the state courts system.• Digital court reporting technologies should be implemented in all appropriate courtrooms.• Judges are responsible for assessment and enforcement of fines, fees, or costs authorized by the legislature. 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Cordray plans TILA/RESPA deadline push to Oct. 1

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CFPB Director Richard Cordray said yesterday that the bureau will propose a delay until Oct. 1 of final implementation of the bureau’s Truth in Lending Act/Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act integrated mortgage disclosure rules.“The CFPB will be issuing a proposed amendment to delay the effective date of the Know Before You Owe rule until October 1, 2015,” Cordray said in a statement. “We made this decision to correct an administrative error that we just discovered in meeting the requirements under federal law, which would have delayed the effective date of the rule by two weeks. We further believe that the additional time included in the proposed effective date would better accommodate the interests of the many consumers and providers whose families will be busy with the transition.”NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger said such a move would be widely welcomed by credit unions, but more is needed. “This two-month delay would give credit unions much-needed time to complete their testing and update processes as they seek to comply with this complex rule,” Berger said. “However, NAFCU believes the bureau still must take credit unions’ good-faith efforts to comply into account – beyond the Oct. 1 deadline.” continue reading »last_img read more

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Norfolk: Spotlight on Natural Flood Management

first_imgWork is underway on the first of five natural flood management schemes along rivers in Norfolk to help manage flood risk to local properties and improve habitats, the Environment Agency said in its latest post. Natural flood management helps store flood water upstream and slows the flow of water along river channels, complementing the use of more traditional hard engineering downstream such as flood walls and embankments.The first two schemes under construction in Norfolk are on Camping Beck in the Bure Catchment at Buxton, and the River Yare at Marlingford.The Buxton project is being carried out through a partnership between the Norfolk Rivers Internal Drainage Board, the Broadland Catchment Partnership and the Environment Agency.This work will involve storing flood flows upstream of Buxton village in an area that will enhance the environment through providing habitat, whilst helping to reduce flood risk downstream.The Marlingford scheme is being carried out by a partnership involving Natural England, the Broadland Catchment Partnership and Environment Agency.A series of ‘flow deflectors’ and lengths of woody debris will be constructed in the channel of the River Yare to redirect flood water on to the flood plain, so it is stored upstream for longer and reduces the risk to communities downstream.Sections of the riverbank will also be lowered at strategic locations for the same reason, and ‘scrapes’ will be dug in to the floodplain to increase water storage capacity.last_img read more

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Wealth is no protection against domestic violence

first_imgStuff co.nz 20 March 2016Family First Comment: “Links are often made between violence and poverty in the media, yet the effects of domestic violence are felt across all sectors of society in South Canterbury. Rangi-Smith said abuse did not discriminate when it came to the wealth a woman may have.”Correct! Time to look at the broader picture of family breakdown, declining marriage rates, and the impact of drug and alcohol abuse. Yes – not the first time we’ve said this!More than half the women approaching the Women’s Refuge for help are from middle to upper income brackets, Mid South Island Women’s Refuge and Family Safety Service manager Dawn Rangi-Smith says.This development follows a more than 150 per cent increase in the number of self referrals over the past three years, which could be an indication of increased awareness of the service.Links are often made between violence and poverty in the media, yet the effects of domestic violence are felt across all sectors of society in South Canterbury.Rangi-Smith said abuse did not discriminate when it came to the wealth a woman may have.“Over 50 per cent of our client base are in the middle to upper income bracket at the moment,” Rangi-Smith said.“When they’ve got money, they can hide it better.”READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/news/78032238/wealth-is-no-protection-against-domestic-violenceKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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Jamal Crawford, Clippers break free of slump against Bulls

first_imgCHICAGO >> The leash got long as Jamal Crawford started doing yo-yo tricks with the basketball, zipping past defenders, throwing up improbable shots that inevitably went in.“You can always tell when I’m in rhythm by the way I’m handling the ball,” Crawford said Saturday.Against the Bulls at United Center, Crawford broke out of his week-long slump and jolted the Clippers out of a mid-season funk.Asked after the game what had happened to the Bulls, Chicago star Dwyane Wade responded, “Jamal Crawford.” The reigning Sixth Man of the Year scored a game-high 25 points to lift the Clippers to a 101-91 victory over the Bulls, giving L.A. just its second win since the All-Star break. “We needed a win,” Doc Rivers said. “My pregame speech was: ‘Find a way to win.’ That was it.”A night earlier, the Clippers committed 23 turnovers against the lottery-bound Milwaukee Bucks, and left everyone muttering about ruts and not knowing where to look for answers.Turns out, it was against a Bulls team (31-31) that had beaten the Golden State Warriors two nights earlier.At the Clippers’ morning film session, Rivers told his players they needed to acknowledge they were trapped in a malaise before they could break free from it. “We had a long talk,” Rivers said. “I said we have to acknowledge it, embrace it and then move on. They moved on tonight.”Chris Paul scored 17 points for the Clippers, while Blake Griffin overcame a 5-for-15 shooting night to score 16 points. He added seven assists and six rebounds.The story of the night, however, was Crawford. A first round pick of the Chicago Bulls back in 2000, Crawford scored 18 of his points after checking into the game, tied at 72, with 3:40 remaining in the third quarter.The Clippers closed the period on a 9-1 run, and in that stretch Crawford made two steals and scored 5 points, including a top-of-the-key 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds remaining.In fact, Crawford scored 18 of his points after the 1:18 mark of the third quarter.It was a dazzling display from a player who had been quiet for more than week. While the Clippers stumbled to a 1-4 start after the All-Star break, Crawford averaged a pedestrian 8.2 points, including a scoreless night against San Antonio. “He’s going to always break out,” Rivers said. “Jamal will always go in and out at times, but he’s going to come out.”The Clippers had sorely missed this level of production from Crawford, a stretch that has coincided with an overall dip by the bench. Crawford said the rest of the Clippers also harp on him to be more aggressive.On Saturday, he was.“They always want me to continue to be aggressive, be that weapon, be that threat,” he said. “I just felt good all day. I’ve been feeling good. But, we’re just trying to figure it out, trying to re-set out second unit a little bit.”Crawford was the only bench player to score in double figures, but Marreese Speights drew three charges. Rivers was so pleased with the bench that he let it carry the load for the bulk of the fourth quarter, not putting Paul, Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and Luc Mbah a Moute back on the court until the 4:18 mark of the fourth.“That was like the old second unit,” Rivers said, referring to when the Clippers started the season 14-2 and their bench was one of the most productive lineups in the NBA.“We got back going,” said Speights. “We were playing good basketball and moving, weren’t really caring who was scoring the ball. So once we get that mentality and once we get that mindset we’ll get back to who we really are.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Egypt in race against time to host Africa Cup of Nations

first_imgSince the 2011 revolt and ousting of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013, the country has been hit by jihadist attacks and its forces have launched an operation against them in the Sinai Peninsula.It has also witnessed deadly violence in and around stadiums during club matches, in response to which it has beefed up security and banned fans from attending, a measure eased only recently.But the authorities say Egypt can cope.“We are a safe country,” said Karam Kurdi, a member of the EFA board.Egypt specialists say that the continent’s football colossus will be able to organise the event even at such short notice.“Compared to other African countries, Egypt is considered one of the best in terms of infrastructure,” said Tarek Talaat, a journalist specialising in African football for the Yalla Kora website.For him, the CAF opted for the most reliable alternative after Cameroon was stripped of hosting the event.The second favourites to stand in were Morocco, the failed candidates to organise the 2026 World Cup, but to everyone’s surprise, they announced they were unwilling to host this year’s Cup of Nations.“There is not much time to organise it of course but I am sure that Egypt will manage to stage a great Africa Cup of Nations,” said FIFA President Gianni Infantino, who is currently in Benin.“We know the power of the Egyptians and of Africans in general, they are a bit like the Italians — everything is done at the last minute, but everything is fine in the end,” added the Swiss-Italian.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 Cairo, Egypt | AFP | Chosen to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, Egypt faces a race against time to get ready for the event in five months, but experts say it will meet the challenge.The Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Tuesday said it selected Egypt ahead of South Africa to stand in for original hosts Cameroon, who were dropped due to delays in preparations and security concerns.Since the announcement, the government and the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) have given assurances the country is ready, a point they have sought to hammer home since Cameroon lost the right to host it in November.“We have to be ready two months before the competition, so we have three months,” EFA spokesman Ossama Ismail said.An organising committee would be formed, including the sports ministry, security services and football authorities, he told AFP.Details about preparations for the competition, scheduled to be staged between June 15 and July 13, would be known “in the coming days”, he added.It is not the first time in the history of the Cup of Nations (AFCON) that the staging of Africa’s showpiece sporting event has run into trouble.– Security challenge –Morocco backed out as hosts of the 2015 tournament for fear of an Ebola outbreak, making way for Equatorial Guinea to stage it.Security will be one of Egypt’s main challenges at the tournament, which has been expanded to 24 teams for the first time, up from 16 at the 2017 edition in Gabon.last_img read more

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Warriors HQ Podcast: Getting to the bottom of the Jordan Bell-Steve Kerr spat

first_imgThe Warriors are winners of eight straight games after Monday night’s win over the Lakers in Los Angeles, Klay Thompson is on fire, DeMarcus Cousins has been a tremendous edition, and Draymond Green is playing his best basketball of the year.But amid all of those good vibes, something negative popped up in Tuesday’s blowout win over the Lakers, when Jordan Bell and Warriors coach Steve Kerr were caught by TNT cameras in a fourth-quarter sideline spat.Is there cause for concern in Golden …last_img read more

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Anthropologists Abuse Students on the Job

first_imgA shocking percentage of male anthropologists sexually abuse their female students, a new report says.Science Insider broke the story: “Survey Finds Sexual Harassment in Anthropology.”  Previously afraid to speak up out of fear for their careers, women responded to an anonymous survey that shows sexual abuse, up to and including rape, is rampant by their superiors:Fieldwork is a rite of passage for anthropologists. It gives the initiate firsthand knowledge of a culture, along with a feeling of camaraderie with colleagues, often in remote and rugged locations. But for women there is also a dark side—a risk of sexual harassment and rape, according to a survey of fieldwork experiences released today. Anthropologist Kathryn Clancy, who authored the study, found a disturbingly high incidence of physical sexual harassment among respondents: More than 20% of female bioanthropologists who took part said that they had experienced “ physical sexual harassment or unwanted sexual contact.” Most of these victims are female, and most of the perpetrators were colleagues of superior professional status, sometimes the victim’s own fieldwork mentor.Clancy was stimulated to look into abuse when a traumatized colleague of hers shared her story of having been raped by her mentor but was told to keep quiet for the sake of her career.  Clancy provided a place where students could tell their “horror stories” anonymously.  Wanting more rigorous data, she launched an online survey and was shocked: over 20% of 98 women, and 1 of 23 men, reported sexual harassment and unwanted physical contact.  The incidents primarily involved fellow field workers, rarely members of the cultures being studied.  Two thirds of the women reported unwelcome sexual remarks.The president of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists expressed shock and dismay:The president of AAPA, Lorena Madrigal, provided Science with an official statement in reaction to the survey results. “I am shocked, angry, disillusioned, and sad about the events these women recount. … I just thought this did not happen anymore, and I am still in shock to hear that it does.“Clancy has expanded her online survey (available here) to other disciplines that involve field work.  PhysOrg said 19% of respondents had been sexually assaulted; some of them volunteered the information they had been raped.  Clancy was outraged that the NSF and NIH provide more safety protocols for lab procedures than they do for the lives and reputations of field workers.Do you see why science requires morality?  Imagine senior anthropologists, leading their postdocs to study cultures in distant lands, ostensibly to mentor them into the “science” of anthropology, only to abuse them and pressure them to keep quiet.  We’ve heard a lot about abuse by Catholic priests and high school teachers.  Maybe abuse by scientists will be the next scandal.Science, like any other human activity, is mediated by fallen souls.  Don’t expect scientists to be untainted, especially those who arrogate themselves to speak with authority on complex human behavior (6/10/2012)   Group junkets away from scrutiny are a perfect setup for moral turpitude to manifest itself.  The NSF throws money at anthropology projects, assuming the scientists will behave themselves.  Maybe they should fund a study on the sociology of anthropology, its moral practices and taboos.  But what are they going to say?  Judge rape as wrong?  What distinguishes the sexual practices of anthropologists from those of native tribes?   If the behavior evolved, it’s what evolution produced, neither right or wrong. What’s the difference between the antics of a paleoanthropologist in a South African cave with a postdoc, and the sexual promiscuity of the presumed ape-people whose bones he speculates about?The moment the NSF or NIH ascribes moral outrage to sexual abuse on the job, they leave their materialist worldview and point to moral absolutes.   Those who presume to speak with unbiased authority of science cannot extricate themselves from the human race.  Scientist, analyze thyself. (Visited 86 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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