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Legislators to serve on procedural rules panels

first_imgLegislators to serve on procedural rules panels May 1, 2004 Managing Editor Regular News Legislators to serve on procedural rules panels Mark D. Killian Managing Editor Legislative and Bar leaders have worked out a compromise that will see legislators appointed to Bar procedural rules committees.The agreement, announced April 15 at the House Judiciary Committee meeting, effectively ends work on a bill proposing a constitutional amendment to give the Florida Legislature the authority to write all the court procedural rules.Rep. Gus Barreiro, R-Miami, said the agreement worked out with Bar President Miles McGrane calls for the Senate president and House speaker to be able to appoint a legislator each to the Bar’s procedural rules committees and for lawmakers to receive copies of proposed rules changes when they are submitted to the Supreme Court.“I am excited about the compromise that I feel is a win-win for the House of Representatives, the legislature, and the judiciary,” Barreiro said. “I think this is going to give the legislature more input into what is happening in the courts and how they interpret our statutes.”Bar President Miles McGrane said communication on both sides is what really matters and the agreement is a good step toward facilitating better communication.“I understood [Barreiro’s] concern and why he thought it was necessary, but at the end of the conversation I thought there was a better way to go,” McGrane said. “And that is leave the ultimate rule-making authority with the court, but bring the legislature into the rule-making process.”McGrane said he was pleased that Barreiro was willing to work out a compromise instead of pushing for a constitutional amendment.Rep. Jack Seiler, D-Pompano Beach, praised Barreiro, McGrane, and House Judiciary Committee Chair Jeff Kottkamp, R-Cape Coral, for working out the deal that addresses legislators’ concerns about the rule-making process and whether the Supreme Court was infringing on substantive matters with procedural rules.“We have been talking all along that there were good compromises that could be reached and, Chair Barreiro, you did step up and came up with a very reasonable resolution,” Seiler said.Rep. Kevin Ambler, R-Tampa, added, “This is a move in the right direction and it is going to be the first step in rectifying a lot of issues.”Rep. Dan Gelber, D-Miami Beach, said he was “incredibly pleased” with the compromise and hoped it would ease tensions between the legislative and judicial branches.“This House, especially, and the judiciary have had a unfortunate history of having far too much brinkmanship between the legislature and the courts, especially the Supreme Court,” Gelber said. “I think it will avoid what I think a lot of our constituents think is an unfortunate brinkmanship mentality.”Steve Metz, the Bar legislative counsel, said it also would be helpful if the legislature at the end of each session would provide the court a list of new statutes that lawmakers think would require rule changes.“We think if we can get some good communication going back and forth we can avoid ambiguities we have seen where unfortunately there has been some tension between the two bodies,” Metz said.Barreiro said the agreement will give future legislatures “much more input with the court system and at the same time an understanding of the separations of powers.”last_img read more

5 lessons to train a great manager

first_img 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Part of being a leader is ensuring other leaders throughout your organization are trained and developed so they can perform at their fullest potential.Google Manager Sarah Calderon shared five lessons that will give those organizations looking to train and develop their managers a boost. Marcel Schwantes, principal and founder of Leadership From the Core, summarizes these five lessons in a recent Inc.com post. The lessons include:High-performing employees don’t necessarily make good managers. Calderon says it’s best to look at how someone works with others and how they get their work done when assessing how they will lead.The best time to train new managers is a few months into the job. Calderon suggests letting new managers manage for a few months before putting them into formal training. continue reading »last_img read more

Bayern Munich prepared to wait in pursuit of Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi

first_imgAdvertisement Hasan Salihamidzic is a huge admirer of Hudson-Odoi’s talents (Getty Images)Rummenige said: ‘I guess Hasan (Salihamidzic) is a bit like Uli (Hoeness). We also had transfers in the past that didn’t work at the first attempt but at the second. And that’s what we will work on now.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘To lay down a marker costs money. We want the best quality players here at Bayern and Hasan is absolutely convinced of that player.’Hudson-Odoi is now in the final 18-months of his contract at Chelsea and turned down a reported offer of £85,000 per week in January to try and force through a move to Bayern.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityMaurizio Sarri responded to Hudson-Odoi’s transfer request by dropping him from his 18-man squad for Chelsea’s 4-0 defeat to Bournemouth on Wedneday. The Italian has also urged Hudson-Odoi to ‘respect the club and the academy’ and has suggested he’d be better served staying in west London.Bayern are looking to refresh their ageing squad following a difficult season and have pinpointed Hudson-Odoi as an ideal signing to join other youngsters such as Joshua Kimmich, Kingsley Coman, Alphonso Davies and Serge Gnabry.Arjen Robben will bring his decade-long stay in Munich to an end in the summer while Frank Ribery is also out of contract. Bayern were willing to guarantee Hudson-Odoi the No.10 shirt currently worn by Robben if he were to join, suggesting he would be a first-team regular.Two of Hudson-Odoi’s teammates from England U17 World Cup winning team are currently playing in the Bundesliga with Jadon Sancho excelling at Borussia Dortmund and Emile Smith Rowe joining RB Leipzig on loan from Arsenal on deadline day.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Bayern Munich will return for Callum Hudson-Odoi in the summer (Getty Images)Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenige has hinted that the club will resume their interest in Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi in the summer after failing to sign him last month.The Bundesliga giants did everything they could to lure the 18-year-old to Bavaria in the winter transfer window, lodging four separate bids for him, the last of which was worth £35m plus add-ons.Hudson-Odoi certainly seemed keen to make the move, submitting a transfer request towards the end of the window, but Chelsea refused and he remained at Stamford Bridge.Despite missing out on Hudson-Odoi, Bayern appear to be undettered in their hopes of signing him in the future with the club’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic a big fan of his.ADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 2 Feb 2019 11:33 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link121Shares Bayern Munich prepared to wait in pursuit of Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

USCG: GoM Oil Spill Surpasses Initial Estimates

first_imgThe amount of oil spilled in the Gulf of Mexico a week ago may be around 16,000 barrels, almost double from the initial estimates, according to the United States Coast Guard.The offshore oil and gas operator LLOG Exploration Offshore earlier informed that the oil released from a damaged pipeline at the Delta House floating production facility was estimated in the amount of some 7,950 to 9,350 barrels.The USCG and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) have been coordinating with the responsible party and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to locate and respond to any oil that reaches the surface.Multiple daily over flights and remotely operated underwater vehicle inspections have been conducted with no recoverable oil detected.Skimming vessels from Clean Gulf Associates and the Marine Spill Response Corporation also remain on standby.USCG informed that surface and subsea trajectory models calculated by the responsible party and NOAA indicate that any discharged oil will drift in a southwesterly direction and is not expected to impact the shoreline.Calculations indicate that the discovery of any recoverable oil is unlikely due to the depth and pressure at which the oil was released.The oil was discharged from a small crack in a pipeline that was pressurized to more than 3,000 psi and located some 5,000 feet under water, 40 miles southeast of Venice, Louisiana. This high-pressure discharge through a small opening likely caused the oil to be broken down into small particles and disperse into deep-water currents prior to reaching the surface.Water samples taken along the trajectory path at various depths have not detected the presence of oil, USCG confirmed.“While the reported discharge amount is very significant, we are confident in the calculations completed by the LLOG and NOAA scientists,” said Cmdr. Heather Mattern from US Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Morgan City, Louisiana. “Additionally, the lack of any recoverable oil identified by over flights and subsea inspections conducted throughout the past week supports this explanation,” Mattern added.The flowline release began in the morning hours of October 11 from a fracture in a jumper pipe leading from Mississippi Canyon Block 209, Well No. 1 to a manifold located on the seafloor.Once identified, the pipeline leak was isolated and stopped on Thursday morning, however, the incident was said to be the largest oil spill in the US since the 2010 Deepwater Horizon catastrophe, Bloomberg earlier reported. The cause of the incident is under investigation.last_img read more

Popular south African rapper stabbed to death

first_imgFlabba was a member of the popular rap group Skwata Kamp (Picture courtesy of www.justcurious.co.za)South African Hip hop artist Nkululeko Habedi has died. Nkululeko was popularly known as Flabba, and was a member of popular group rap Skwatta Kamp.Reports say the musician was reportedly stabbed to death at 2am in the morning at his family home in Alexandra in the early hours of Monday Morning.South Africa police confirmed the death of the musician on their Twitter page saying the 38 year old was stabbed to death.“#sapsGP Nkululeko Habedi, aka FLABBA, was stabbed & passed away; a woman is in custody,” the SA Police Service tweeted.Habedi rose to fame as part of award-winnning rap group Skwatta Kamp which was founded in 1996.last_img

Batesville Casket executives respond to settlement

BATESVILLE, Ind. – Two executives at Batesville Casket Co. have issued statements following an $18 million lawsuit settlement claiming  the company interfered with the business operations of a competitor.In a prepared statement, Joe Raver, CEO of Hillenbrand, Inc. and Kim Ryan, President of Batesville, acknowledged that Batesville entered into an agreement with Matthews International to settle an ongoing legal case dating back to 2010.“From the outset, we have vigorously defended our actions against these allegations. After 4 years, this case ends with no finding or admission of liability or wrongdoing, and we are free to continue to serve the funeral professionals in the New York metro area as we have been doing, with the highest level of quality and service,” said Kim Ryan.“The Hillenbrand and Batesville leadership teams collectively decided this was the best business decision for our company, our shareholders and our customers,” said Raver. “Bringing this matter to a close now allows our teams to get back to the important work of helping funeral directors serve families, and making investments that will move the industry forward.”Raver and Ryan expressed their appreciation to funeral directors in the metro area and across the US for the trust and confidence they continue to place in Batesville. read more

One killed in campground accidental shooting

first_imgOrange County, In. — Indiana State Police say a 21-year-old French Lick man was killed in an accidental shooting during a weekend camping trip with friends in Orange County.Friday evening deputies from the sheriff’s department were called to the Shirley Creek Campground to investigate an accidental shooting.State police detectives determined a 19-year-old man unholstered his weapon when he thought he heard something in the woods. When he attempted to re-holster the weapon one round discharged and struck Daniel Barrett Allbright, 21, in the head. Allbright was declared deceased at the scene.Police do not suspect foul play. Details of the investigation will be reviewed by the Orange County Prosecutor.last_img

Dedication leads Valentyn out of backstage, onto floor

first_imgView Gallery (2 Photos)If you’ve ever walked past Brett Valentyn on campus during a weekday afternoon, you probably didn’t give him much of a second glance.You probably didn’t peg him to be a college athlete, much less a member of the Wisconsin men’s basketball team, a program that has accepted 12 consecutive invitations to play in the NCAA tournament.And most fans of the team might not even recognize his name despite the fact that he has been a staple on the team for over four years now.Valentyn, a native of nearby Verona and former walk-on, spent nearly the entirety of his first four years with the Badgers in the backstage – practicing on the scout team and watching games from the bench.But lately, that trend has been shaken up a bit.After redshirting his freshman year, Valentyn averaged no more than just 2.1 minutes on the floor for the Badgers, with most of those minutes coming in “garbage” time, when the game already been convincingly decided.This year, however, his numbers have risen to 5.5 minutes per game, and Valentyn has found his number being called far before garbage time arrives.Against Michigan on Jan. 5, Valentyn played a career high 11 minutes – seeing time in both the first and second halves – where he went on to hit a pivotal three-pointer from the corner to extend a Wisconsin lead to 11 points with over three minutes left.“It feels good; it’s what I’ve been working for since I got here,” Valentyn said. “It’s always been my goal to get on the floor and play significant minutes in big games – it feels good to do that and I’ve got to work hard to continue that.”An AP all-state honorable mention his senior year at Verona High School, Valentyn turned down opportunities to play basketball at smaller schools outside of Division I – where he no doubt would have received more playing time – for a chance to attend the Wisconsin School of Business and join the basketball team as a walk-on.As far as appearances go, the 6-foot-4, 195 lb. shooting guard doesn’t quite radiate an air of basketball prowess, and even Valentyn himself admits that he wouldn’t describe himself as a “physical specimen.” But nevertheless, Valentyn has certain attributes that are hard to ignore.“He’s obviously pretty cerebral, he understands the game and he’s not going to make a bad decision,” UW associate head coach Greg Gard said. “Perimeter shooting wise, he’s very good; the odds of him knocking down shots are very good.”Valentyn found a way onto the squad prior to the 2006-07 season and quickly established himself as a marksman from the arc while his hard work and basketball smarts earned him the role of mimicking the future opponent’s most dangerous player in the backcourt during practice.Despite earning an important role in keeping the team prepared week in and week out, Valentyn’s presence on the floor didn’t increase too much, but that never resulted in a lack of effort.He wasn’t the only one, though. Senior guard Wquinton Smith, a good friend of Valentyn’s and another walk-on who also earned an increase in playing time this year, endured the unglamorous side of a collegiate athlete along with Valentyn.“Being a walk-on, we got to work a lot more harder than everybody else [to get noticed] so we make sure we work harder than everybody else and make sure we’re leading and get noticed, which happened to both of us this year,” Smith said.And noticed he was. After years of lifting weights, running hills and imitating upcoming opponents in practice, Valentyn now finds his number being called more often to help his team win.No. 15 has appeared in 11 games this year, already a career high, and has scored 16 points for the Badgers, also a career high.His biggest contribution still might occur in practice, away from the lights and cameras, but the rest of the Badgers know how important his presence on the team is.“The better he practices, the better it makes us defensively because we got to work that much harder to guard him in practice,” Gard said.And considering all the other options that Valentyn had to play basketball with scholarships offered up front, he still doesn’t regret the path he chose at Wisconsin.“I’m surrounded by great teammates, good guys, good bunch of friends, good coaching staff… I love it and I wouldn’t trade it for anything and all the hard work, it feels good that it’s paying off even more this year.”last_img read more

SDA creates scholarship for LGBTQ+ students

first_imgSDA Dean David Bridel said the cabaret concert is the most fitting way to fundraise for this scholarship because of Billing’s background performing in cabarets. “[This scholarship] sends a clear message that the LGBT community is here and that they matter,” the fundraising website read. “It reaches out to young LGBT Americans searching for artistic expansion.” “I am overwhelmed and profoundly moved by this honor,” Billings wrote in her Instagram post. “As a 56-year-old mixed-race trans woman living with AIDS since the mid-1980s and having survived on the streets of Chicago as a sex worker, a heroin addict and being homeless for almost a year and a half, this sits in a place in my spirit that is truly humbling.” Billings, who has been acting for over 40 years and has performed in live productions and is known for her guest appearances on “How To Get Away With Murder” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” She also played Davina on the Golden Globe-winning show “Transparent.” According to the SDA website, Billings is also one of the first transgender actresses to play a transgender character on television. She has been recognized with five After Dark Awards and the Rainbow Spirit Award. Transgender actress and pioneer Alexandra Billings will launch a scholarship for LGBTQ+ students applying to the School of Dramatic Arts. Billings joined SDA’s faculty in 2017. (Sasha Urban/Daily Trojan) According to its fundraising website, Billings hopes the scholarship will send a message to the LGBTQ+ community that they belong at USC. Yahm Steinberg, a freshman majoring in theatre who identifies as pansexual, said she believes this scholarship will help queer members of the theater community feel validated. Billings is hosting a fundraising show May 1 at the Bing Theatre called “I’m Still Queer: A TransAmerican Cabaret.” At the time of publication, the scholarship has raised more than $10,000.center_img Actress and assistant professor Alexandra Billings announced on March 13 via Instagram the launch of a scholarship for LGBTQ+ students applying to the School of Dramatic Arts. Samantha Ruzon, a freshman majoring in theatre and political science, said she is worried about students applying to the scholarship who have not yet come out as part of the LGBTQ+ community. In 2018, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation  found that 8.8% of regular television characters identified as LGBTQ+. “That’s the difficult thing,” Ruzon said. “If [the student] gets [the scholarship], they shouldn’t have to advertise that.” “Even if you’re not gay, [you’re] being exposed to stories of people who are,” Kleinberg said. “Gay people are forced to conform to heteronormativity all the time, and I think it’s really cool that [this scholarship] is starting to break that idea [and] celebrate people in [these] communities.” “In addition to being a passionate advocate for the LGBT community, Alexandra Billings is one of the country’s great cabaret performers,” Bridel wrote in an email to the Daily Trojan. “It is especially fitting that [SDA] should choose to present her work in this format, as cabaret has always been a place to give voice to individuals and communities who have a vital message for society.”last_img read more

Grades: Taylor makes UW’s defensive play of year

first_imgDespite shooting poorly against KSU, junior guard Jordan Taylor came through with two crucial stops on defense to seal the win.[/media-credit]Every week, Herald Sports will look back at the last two games of the Wisconsin men’s basketball team and offer a report card grading the team’s performance.The Badgers’ season remains alive and well after two encouraging victories in the NCAA Tournament have earned them their fourth Sweet 16 berth since 2003.Out of the Southeast bracket, No. 4 Wisconsin topped No. 13 Belmont, 72-68, on Friday before winning a 70-65 thriller against No. 5 Kansas State in the third round Saturday.Wisconsin now begins preparations for No. 8 Butler, a mid-major team one year removed from a national championship game appearance that upset No. 1 Pittsburgh Saturday in a 71-70 instant classic. The two teams meet Thursday night in New Orleans, La.Offense – 4.5 out of 5You can’t ask for much more from an offense in the postseason. The Badgers shot .500 percent from the field and .545 from 3-point range against Belmont and then hit .420 and .450, respectively, versus Kansas State while hitting at least .800 from the free throw line in both contests.The scoring came efficiently and was well distributed. Senior Jon Leuer and junior Jordan Taylor, who combined for 43 points against Belmont, were the only Badgers in double figures in that game, but four other players converted at least one 3-pointer while the bench contributed 18 points.Wisconsin divided the scoring even better against Kansas State, as four Badgers finished in double figures, and seniors Keaton Nankivil and Tim Jarmusz chipped in another trio of 3-pointers.Meanwhile, sophomore Mike Bruesewitz hit a clutch 3-pointer with a minute-and-a-half remaining, and freshman Josh Gasser sealed the win with two free throws in the final seconds.Against a kleptomaniac Belmont defense that averaged 9.7 steals per game, though, Wisconsin, which averaged a national-best 7.5 turnovers per game in the regular season, committed 13, which prevented the Badgers from obtaining a comfortable lead against the cold Bruins until about nine minutes into the second half.Defense – 4 out of 5The Badgers effectively prevented the Bruins from getting hot from the field, as they shot just .367 and .273 on the night, but the Wildcats – namely guard Jacob Pullen – seemed to score at will on the Wisconsin ‘D.’Only three players from Kansas State scored points on the night, but despite the rest of the squad going 0-for-8, the three put together a .458 and .500 team clip.Pullen played like a true senior in the postseason, scoring 38 points on 13-22 shooting, including 6-for-8 from the perimeter, and almost single-handedly beat the Badgers.Furthermore, both Belmont and Kansas State penetrated inside effectively, scoring 22 and 26 points in the paint, respectively.Despite that, Wisconsin forced eight turnovers against Kansas State, and the offense nearly maxed out those opportunities by scoring 16 points off them. In a physical and bruising contest, the Badgers kept pace with the Wildcats in the rebounding game despite ultimately losing, 32-30, but dominated the undersized Bruins 33-22.Bench – 3.5 out of 5This season the Wisconsin bench has been, at times, dormant. But in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, it came alive.Against Belmont, reserves Bruesewitz, Jared Berggren and Ryan Evans combined for 18 points on 6-9 shooting and 14 rebounds.Bruesewitz stood out the most, grabbing nine of those rebounds against Belmont and six more against Kansas State. He scored eight and 11 points, respectively, in those games, all on a sprained knee he suffered in the Big Ten Tournament.However, against Belmont, Bruesewitz committed four turnovers, and Berggren, despite playing a total of 17 minutes over the last two games, committed five fouls.Player of the Week – Jordan TaylorTaylor’s performance against the Wildcats may not have been pretty – he made just 2-of-16 shots from the field on the night – but it was the junior guard’s play down the stretch that prevented the Badgers from closing the books on their season.In the final minute-and-a-half, Taylor stole the ball from Curtis Kelly and on the ensuing possession provided the assist for Bruesewitz’s critical three. With 10 seconds remaining, Taylor hit two free throws to give UW a 68-67 advantage.The much-hyped guard duel between Pullen and Taylor seemed to have been won by Pullen for much of the game, especially when he got the best of Taylor with a fake behind-the-back pass on a late breakaway layup. But Taylor won the game on UW’s defensive play of the year, blocking Pullen’s 3-point attempt that would have tied the game with two seconds left.Those late-game heroics, added with 21 points on 5-13 shooting with six assists against Belmont, give Taylor yet another player of the week selection.last_img read more