Bill would expand funding for Guardian ad Litem Program

first_imgBill would expand funding for Guardian ad Litem Program April 1, 2002 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News Bill would expand funding for Guardian ad Litem Program Associate EditorWhy put a children’s legal advocacy program in the agency that deals with the elderly? Why risk independence by moving the Guardian ad Litem Program from the judiciary to the executive branch? Despite those concerns, SB 686 passed out of the Senate on third reading March 14.The bill was pending on the House special order calendar as this News went to press.The product of the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Sen. Locke Burt, R-Ormond Beach, SB 686, at a cost of about $12 million, expands funding for the Guardian ad Litem Program. Now, despite a statutory mandate and a judge appointing them, guardians are only available for half of the abused and neglected children in need.“In fact, it doubles the funding so there will be no child in Florida unrepresented,” Burt said during the Senate floor debate on second reading March 13.The bill also clarifies when the guardian ad litem or an attorney is appointed in dependency proceedings and gives the court flexibility to adjust the representation of the child based on the age of the child and the child’s level of understanding, Burt said.While children’s advocates applaud increasing representation for children in dependency court, especially with a statutory mechanism in place to pay for legal representation of children, the sticking point was where to move the Guardian ad Litem Program. Now, the GAL program is housed at the Office of State Courts Administrator without a state director. SB 686 would move the GAL program to the Department of Elder Affairs, where a new executive director will be appointed by the governor. That executive director, who will serve for three years, will supervise a separate Statewide Public Guardianship deputy director and a separate Children’s Representation deputy director.“I am terribly concerned that we are going to not only remove the independence out of the Guardian ad Litem Program, which it now enjoys under the judicial branch, but also give it to an agency that has absolutely nothing to do with responsibility to children,” said Sen. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Pembroke Pines.Echoing the position of Rep. Cindy Lerner, D-Miami, whose HB 629 dealing with a new home for the GAL Program had stalled in the House, Wasserman Schultz said it was best to heed the recommendation of the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability. OPPAGA recommended the Guardian ad Litem Program be administered by the Judicial Administrative Commission, that now does the accounting procedures for the state attorneys, public defenders, and capital collateral lawyers.Also, Wasserman Schultz warned, the only state that houses its GAL program in the executive branch is South Carolina, “and right now they are going through chaos.”She also reminded senators of when the Department of Children and Families was the old HRS, where programs for both the elderly and children were housed, and “that department was a fiasco.”Under SB 686, she said, “I don’t really understand how the Guardian ad Litem Program will get the independence it needs and get the attention it deserves.”Burt responded: “Well, it will get the attention it deserves because it will have a gubernatorial appointment in charge. That’s number one: The person running it will not be an employee of any other state agency. I think that you’re hung up over the administrative housing of the agency, as opposed to the operational aspects of the agency.”Burt detailed how his Judiciary Committee wrestled with other alternatives, including using the public defender’s office or the attorney general’s office to administer the program, but there were inherent conflicts of interest, just as there currently are with the judges who must decide a child’s fate also administering an advocacy program that represents that child.“It didn’t make any sense to us to put a commission in charge of it, which was the other alternative,” Burt said. “And it didn’t make sense to us to have this float sort of in never-never land.”Sen. Ron Silver, D-N. Miami, said he, too, wanted to leave the program in the judiciary, but learning about the current conflicts changed his mind.“Let me just tell you this: You have to put it somewhere,” Silver said. “I would hope that you don’t deal with the nomenclature, but you deal with what we are trying to do. We are trying to provide advocacy for children.. . . Look, I’m as frustrated as anybody else about where to put this. But this seems to be the best place of all the alternatives. I’m just suggesting to you: Let’s give this a chance.”last_img read more

Don’t miss NAFCU’s 3Q Advocacy Update call-in

first_imgNAFCU’s next member call-in, the “3Q Advocacy Update,” is slated for Sept. 28. NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger and other senior staff will offer a comprehensive overview of the latest legislative, regulatory and economic developments affecting the industry.The member-only call (login required) will begin at 4 p.m. Eastern.The discussion will focus on rulemakings from CFPB and NCUA, progress on regulatory relief legislation, data security issues, economic developments, interest rates and more.Joining the call will be NAFCU Executive Vice President of Government Affairs and General Counsel Carrie Hunt, Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler, Director of Regulatory Affairs Alexander Monterrubio, Director of Regulatory Compliance Brandy Bruyere, Director of Political Affairs Dan O’Brien and Chief Economist and Director of Research Curt Long. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Connect your talent plan to your strategic plan

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Stuart R. Levine Founded in 1996, Stuart Levine & Associates LLC is an international strategic planning and leadership development company with focus on adding member value by strengthening corporate culture.SL&A … Web: Details Companies that connect their talent planning to their strategic planning do better. In your strategic planning process, your credit union identifies the most important business opportunities and develops strategies to capitalize upon them. In your talent planning, your organization identifies and quantifies the key roles and responsibilities within your organization and allocates talent to capitalize upon them. Alignment of your strategic planning and your human capital planning should involve all levels of the organization, from the staff, through senior management and up to and including your credit union’s board.You need the right positions and the right people to execute strategy, and for strategy to succeed, rigorous human capital planning must be the rule. Think about the top value creation positions within your credit union and where they are located within the organization. A fresh look at your existing positions will yield new insights. Start by considering current jobs and the goals that each position is designed to accomplish. Then consider the skills of the person needed to realize those objectives. Focus on the outcome you want the position to create, and don’t limit your thinking to the qualities of the employee currently in that position. They may or may not be the right fit. Use quantitative measures for each position’s value to the organization. Apply the same analysis of talent to the positions that do not yet exist, but must be created for your strategy to succeed.Every position should add value to the organization. Yet some positions contribute much more than others. When organizations take a deep dive into the roles with the highest value creation, they generally find that essential positions are filled by people at various organizational levels. Key value-driving roles often do not match the levels on your organizational chart. In fact, your analysis will probably discover that some positions are so important that it would be difficult to function without them, and these positions can be at levels well below the C-suite. Because of their lack of seniority, key positions may not get senior level attention and could be overlooked. The lack of recognition and reward for people in key roles can cause retention and motivation problems, to the detriment of the organization.Extend your talent analysis to your credit union’s board. All too often board recruitment relies on word of mouth and friends of the current board. This is a formula for a uniformity in thinking that can lack the broader perspective that today’s world requires. Continuous technological, tax and regulatory changes in financial services require open-minded creative thinking to grasp business needs and opportunities in new ways. Board members have a duty to provide fellow board members with innovative ideas and new approaches. The right talent mix is needed for your board, just as it is with your entire organization. Talent planning complements your strategy. The strategic planning process guides your organization from where you are now to where you want to be in the future, and your human capital plan makes that strategy a reality. The key positions within your credit union have the strongest affect on strategic advancement. Allocating the best talent to those positions gives power to your strategy.last_img read more

New biosafety level 4 lab breaks ground at UTMB, Galveston

first_img An educational symposium titled “Facing the Future: Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases” was held in conjunction with the opening. Presenters included Fauci; Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH, University of Minnesota; Robert Webster, PhD, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis; Heinz Feldman, MD, PhD, Canadian Science Centre for Human and Animal Health; and George Poste, DVM, PhD, Arizona State University. The NIH provided $110 million in grants for the facility. BSL-4 space is secure for work with “dangerous and exotic agents that pose a high individual risk of aerosol-transmitted laboratory infections and life-threatening disease,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Among BSL-4 safeguards are special air seals and air ducts to and from the lab, individual air supplies for researchers, required personal protection suits for workers, and numerous levels of security for entry. Such labs study diseases including anthrax, Ebola, SARS, and others. See also: The laboratory, expected to open in the summer of 2008, will be one of the most secure and sophisticated in the world, according to Texas Congressman Tom DeLay, who was on hand for the opening. Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health (NIH), was quoted in today’s Galveston County Daily News as saying, “There are many, many threats, and we would not be able to respond to them without the kind of research that will take place in this laboratory.” Aug 11, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Government officials and scientists yesterday recognized the formal opening of construction on a laboratory that will house research on the most dangerous emerging infectious diseases and potential bioterrorism agents. UTMB Web site information on new lab The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston is the site of the $167 million facility. Of the total 83,000-square-foot building, 12,362 square feet will be devoted to biosafety level 4 (BSL-4) research. Stanley Lemon, director of UTMB’s Institute for Human Infections and Immunity, said in a UTMB press release,. “The Galveston National Laboratory is the first complex of its size and scope undertaken in the United States on an academic campus.” CDC/NIH information on BSL-4 laboratory standards (see especially Section III)last_img read more

Split-Dalmatia County joins the initiative of beaches without cigarette butts. “Coast without cigarette butts” campaign launched

first_imgSplit-Dalmatia County, as a concessionaire on the maritime domain, has launched a campaign “Coast without cigarette butts” with the aim of keeping the beaches clean. If you also want paper ashtrays in your destination and beaches, contact Association I love Vlasic and join the project. According to the letter, the Split-Dalmatia County will provide funds to make the campaign as successful as possible through brochures, paper ashtrays, posters and media visibility. As it is done in the letter to express the interest of the concessionaire, it is not yet known who got involved in this campaign, except for now the city of Kastela, which has publicly announced that it supports and joins the campaign. Apart from the fact that with this action we all together contribute to a cleaner environment, we also participate in fire prevention, given that an unquenched cigarette butt is one of the main causes of fire. So, anyone can join this action, in fact, it would be desirable, in order to preserve our environment, both for ourselves and for the development of tourism. Thus, in its letter sent to all assigned concessionaires, they invite them to join this campaign by informing bathers and service users about the need to keep the environment clean. For this purpose, SD County has made an information poster that will be delivered to all assigned concessionaires. The obligation of the concessionaire, if they express interest, would be a drink for each delivered filled can or paper ashtray as a reward, if the concession was awarded for performing catering activities, the letter points out. However, I do not know how this could be regulated in accordance with fiscalization, and it is not good how something is imposed because it is a cost of the concessionaire, regardless of the commendable action. / / / SO SIMPLE, FUNCTIONAL AND INGENIOUS – FREE PAPER ASHTRAYS FOR THE BEACH INSTALLED IN VLASICI By the way, following the example of a story from a place in the south of Spain where you get a drink in exchange for a glass full of cigarette butts, this idea and practice began to spread in Croatia. Thus, among the first Beach bar Mocca on the island of Krk, they set up cans for cigarette butts for all bathers, and Camp Slanica from the island of Murter gives free drinks for every ashtray brought.center_img Also, the Murter – Kornati Tourist Board set up ashtrays on all beaches in Murter at the beginning of the summer, and now the Split-Dalmatia County is joining this great story and initiative as a beach concessionaire. Also, the Split-Dalmatia County calls for the installation of paper ashtrays or cans (bowls, cans, etc.) that can be used for ashtrays, while the installation of plastic cups and bowls for collecting cigarette butts is not allowed. Photo: Association “I love Vlasici” Paper ashtrays were first introduced in Croatia by the Volim Vlašići Association, from the island of Pag, and this year the project was extended to the town of Hvar. / / / PAPER ASHTRAYS FROM NOW ON THE BEACHES OF HVAR It is enough for the County to provide posters, brochures and paper ashtrays to each concessionaire, as well as to condition some environmental standards when awarding concessions, such as the number of trash cans, plastic disposal, etc.… last_img read more

Help create a vision for a beautiful park

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Shenendehowa school district voters have an opportunity Dec. 5 to take another giant leap forward in securing and expanding a precious commodity: open space and greenery. A majority “yes” vote at Shen’s Gowana Middle School on that day will approve a negotiated agreement under which the school district will sell 34 acres of open land to the town of Clifton Park for eventual development into a park.This opportunity was made possible by a months-long regional effort and April referendum to reverse a Shenendehowa school board vote to sell the land for commercial development. Since that vote, school board and town officials have been holding meetings to determine the next steps. This effort led to an agreement for the town to purchase the land for $1.1 million. As part of that agreement, voters in the district get to have their say on final approval.I hope voters throughout the district understand the value of retaining this land to create a park for everyone in the region to enjoy for decades to come — preventing it from becoming part of the wave of commercial and residential development sweeping the community. Open space and parks improve the overall attractiveness and value of our community as a place to live and/or work. Let’s not let this opportunity pass.On Dec. 5, cast a “yes” vote that places our town among those Capital Region communities whose leaders, businesses and residents have had the vision to create beautiful parks, such as The Crossings in Colonie and Congress Park in Saratoga Springs.Mark MarchandClifton ParkMore from The Daily Gazette:Controversial solar project goes before Clifton Park Planning BoardFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesGame 7: Shenendehowa grad and Braves rookie Ian Anderson gets start with World Series spot on the li…last_img read more

Nation building

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Harvey Norman boss sells Brisbane pad for $400K less than he paid 8 years ago

first_imgOne of the bedrooms at 149/35 Howard St, Brisbane. Picture: CoreLogic.Mr Davies said he was about to list another apartment in Riparian Plaza for offers in the high $2 million range and already had two potential buyers interested. Blaine Callard has been at Harvey Norman since 1995, holding a number of positions before becoming managing director of Harvey Norman Europe in 2006.He took over the chief executive role in Ireland in 2010. The view from 149/35 Howard St, Brisbane, which has just sold. Picture: boss of Harvey Norman Ireland has taken a bath selling his Brisbane CBD sub penthouse. Queenslander Blaine Callard has sold the investment property in the sought-after Admiralty Towers block for $400,000 less than he paid for it eight years ago.The businessman had been asking for offers over $2 million for the 216 sqm sub penthouse apartment, but only managed to fetch $1.85 million. A sub penthouse in this building at 35 Howard St, Brisbane, has sold. Picture: show he paid $2.25 million for the investment property in 2009.A three-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment in the same building sold for $1.55 million in May this year. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE The large apartment has four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a fitted home office, a large main bathroom with separate bath, a powder room, five linen cupboards, a modern kitchen with European appliances and views over the Brisbane River and Story Bridge. View from the balcony of 149/35 Howard St, Brisbane. Picture: CoreLogic.Mr Davies said the property sold to a local buyer who had been looking for a while for a large, riverside apartment in Brisbane’s CBD.“It’s one of the largest four bedroom units plus study in the CBD,” he said.“There are a lot of serious buyers at the high end in Brisbane city right now.”center_img More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoThe open plan living space inside 149/35 Howard St, Brisbane. Picture: CoreLogic.The property at 149/35 Howard St, Brisbane City, was marketed as “an immaculately presented sub-penthouse” with “unbelievable views”.Selling agent Drew Davies said the sale contract was signed the same day as the listing agreement, showing the strong demand for CBD apartments at the moment. The top retirement hot spots This home sale has topped QLD Home loan arrears hit five-year high The pool in the building at 35 Howard St, Brisbane. Picture: read more

German institutional investors have faith in emerging markets

first_imgFixed income remained the dominant asset class in the portfolios of the surveyed institutions. While most investors manage such assets in house, Scope reported that outsourcing had increased as investors had diversified.“Investors are increasingly shifting towards other segments – not just emerging markets but markets such as convertibles too,” the ratings agency said in its analysis. “The expertise required to operate in these sectors is usually provided by external managers.”Scope also asked which asset managers investors would trust most with emerging market fixed-income and the ranking showedGAM, Lazard and HSBC GAM were ranked by investors as the most popular emerging market fixed income managers. For corporate bonds investors rated Fisch Asset Management, Union Investment and JPMAM.Currently only 3% of the investors’ fixed income exposure was in high yield bonds, Scope reported. This is unlikely to change as regulatory frameworks for insurers and banks in Germany are generally risk averse, requiring a high exposure to high-quality fixed income assets.Trends in equities and altsScope also reported that three-quarters of investors had a positive outlook for emerging market equities.Faith in European equities was almost as strong, with 71% having a positive outlook. US equities and Japanese stock markets were viewed more cautiously.JPMAM, UBS Global Asset Management and HSBC GAM were highly rated by investors for their emerging market equity offerings. For European stocks investors preferred Union, Deka and Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management.Pension funds were the leading allocators to equities, Scope reported, with an overall exposure to the asset class of 14%. By comparison, insurers allocated 3% and banks even less.Scope also said there were “significant differences between investor groups” when it came to asset allocation in alternatives or real estate.Pension funds led the pack on allocating to alternative asset classes with a 6% exposure, while other institutions held less than 3%.In real estate, pension funds increased their exposure to 11% while banks still stood at 5%, Scope said. German institutional investors are turning to emerging markets and backing third-party asset managers to increase their exposures, according to ratings agency Scope.Groups such as HSBC Global Asset Management (HSBC GAM), JP Morgan Asset Management (JPMAM), GAM and Lazard were named by Scope among the most popular managers as investors sought to diversify into emerging markets.The group surveyed 106 German institutions managing €535bn, 23 of which were pension fund providers. It found that 41% of investors thought the outlook for emerging market investment grade debt was “very good or good” over the next three years.In high-yield bonds in emerging markets, more than 28% had a positive outlook. This compared to just 10.5% of investors with a positive outlook for US debt, and 5.2% with a positive outlook for European fixed income.last_img read more

Maersk Tankers Closes Sale, Leaseback for MR Quartet

first_imgDanish tanker shipping company Maersk Product Tankers has entered into a sale and leaseback agreement with the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) for four medium range (MR) vessels.The tankers, which have not been identified, were built in 2015 and 2016.Maersk Tankers said it will bareboat charter-in the vessels for a period of ten years and has continuous purchase options.In addition, the company will continue to undertake commercial and technical management of the vessels.The first tanker has been delivered to ICBC, with the remaining ones to be delivered in the second quarter of 2019.“The agreement will increase financial flexibility and strengthen the financial position of Maersk Product Tankers,” Morten Mosegaard, Chief Financial Officer at Maersk Product Tankers, commented.“The sale and leaseback agreement releases significant capital, which gives us additional optionality to act if the right opportunity materialises,” Mosegaard added.Based in Copenhagen, Maersk Product Tankers owns more than 80 vessels, which are carrying refined oil products worldwide. The company is owned by A.P. Møller Holding A/S and Mitsui & Co. Ltd.Read more: Maersk Product Tankers Ends Challenging Year in Losslast_img read more