Northern Arizona holds off Southern Utah 80-77 in overtime

first_img Tags: Big Sky/SUU Thunderbirds Basketball Andre’s layup with 1:36 left in regulation were the final points of the second half. NAU trailed for just 28 seconds in overtime and the game finished with 10 ties and 14 lead changes. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailNorthern Arizona holds off Southern Utah 80-77 in overtime FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Bernie Andre had 19 points and eight rebounds, Carlos Hines added 17 points and Northern Arizona beat Southern Utah 80-77 in overtime on Monday. Ted McCree scored 14 points with four 3-pointers for NAU (6-13, 4-5 Big Sky), which has already topped its win total from last season. The Lumberjacks were held to 38.2 percent shooting (29 of 76), but won the second-chance points 17-8. Written bycenter_img Andre Adams had a career-high 21 points, on 8-of-10 shooting, and 10 rebounds and Brandon Better added 18 points with five 3-pointers for Southern Utah (9-9, 4-5). Cameron Oluyitan chipped in with 14 points. January 28, 2019 /Sports News – Local Northern Arizona holds off Southern Utah 80-77 in overtime Associated Presslast_img read more

Neptune Energy launches seismic campaign at Petrel Field

first_imgOn behalf of the Petrel JV, Neptune has entered into a non-exclusive data licensing agreement with Polarcus Asia Pacific Image: Neptune Energy launches seismic campaign at Petrel Field. Photo: courtesy of Neptune Energy. Neptune Energy announced it has begun seismic surveys in the extensive Petrel field, located in the Bonaparte Basin of Australia, the first substantial investment in Petrel for five years.The study will expand the area of seismic data Neptune holds and significantly increase the quality and breadth of data to allow Neptune and its partners to plan for the future.Neptune, on behalf of the Petrel JV, has entered into a non-exclusive data licensing agreement with Polarcus Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, which is acquiring the Petrelex 3D seismic survey.Neptune Energy Australia Managing Director, Janet Hann said: “The Bonaparte Basin presents exciting growth opportunities for Neptune, and Petrel may play a significant role in our future aspirations for the area. We look forward to working closely with our partners as we deepen our knowledge of Petrel in order to define the potential for further development.”Neptune holds 54% of the project and alongside its partners Santos (40.25%) and Beach Energy (5.75%) is investing in new broadband technology over an expanded area in order to get a better understanding of the significant potential resources that Petrel holds.Polarcus successfully secured approval for an Environmental Plan allowing acquisition of new 3D multi-client data to be acquired across the field.The Polarcus Asima vessel began the campaign on 30 November and will continue into late January, subject to operational conditions, covering 2,900 Km2 of territory. Data from the survey will be available in Q4 2020. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

Eva Mozes Kor To Receive 2017 Sachem Award

first_imgEva Mozes Kor To Receive 2017 Sachem AwardINDIANAPOLIS – Governor Eric J. Holcomb will honor Holocaust survivor and CANDLES Holocaust museum founder Eva Mozes Kor of Terre Haute the 2017 Sachem Award, the state’s highest honor, at a ceremony Thursday, April 13, 2017. The governor made the announcement today at the CANDLES museum in Terre Haute.“Eva is the living embodiment of true compassion,” Gov. Holcomb said. “Her life proves there are no bounds on forgiveness and human decency. Eva shows us what our response should be to acts of bigotry and hatred through her daily mission to educate people and spread messages of peace, respect and civility.”The Sachem is given annually to recognize a lifetime of excellence and moral virtue that has brought credit and honor to Indiana. Previous recipients include Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, former president emeritus of the University of Notre Dame and world statesman (2006) and long-time businessman and civic leader P.E. MacAllister (2014). Eva Mozes Kor will be the first Sachem honoree named by Gov. Holcomb.“It is an honor and privilege to receive this award,” Eva Mozes Kor said. “My mission in life is to teach the world to heal from the wounds of the past. This will create peace.”Kor, 83, is a survivor of the Holocaust, forgiveness advocate, and public speaker. Eva emerged from a trauma-filled childhood as a brilliant example of the human spirit’s power to overcome. Today, she is a community leader, human rights champion, and an educator.Eva Mozes Kor was born in 1934 in the village of Portz, Romania. Eva had three sisters: Edit, Aliz, and her twin, Miriam. The Mozes family lived under the spectre of the Nazi takeover of Germany and the everyday experience of prejudice against the Jews.In 1944, the family was packed into a cattle car and transported to the Auschwitz death camp. Eva’s parents and older sisters were killed in the gas chambers, and she and her twin sister, Miriam, were subjected to inhumane medical experiments under the supervision of Nazi doctor Josef Mengele. Eva and her sister were among only 200 twins who survived and were liberated by the Soviet Army in 1945.Eva’s family was held in three different Jewish concentration camps during World War II, and she and her twin sister, Miriam, were held in Auchwitz, along with many other Jewish twins who were selected as subjects for the Nazi party’s Dr. Josef Mengele. Eva and her sister, along with about 200 children, were found alive by the Soviet Army and liberated from the concentration camp in 1945.Fifty years after the liberation of Auschwitz, Eva returned to the site and stood where so many were tragically murdered. To the surprise of many, she then freed herself from her victim status and announced to the world that—in her name alone—she forgave the Nazis.In 1984, Eva Kor founded the organization CANDLES, an acronym for “Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiments Survivors,” to locate other surviving Mengele twins. In 1995, she founded the CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Terre Haute. The museum was destroyed by an arsonist in 2003, but Eva rebuilt the museum from the ground up and reopened it in 2005.Eva Kor remains an integral part of the CANDLES organization and museum. She returns to Auschwitz each year, leading groups from all over the country so they can share the lessons of the past with future generations.Eva worked with state legislators to gain passage of an Indiana law requiring Holocaust education in secondary schools and taught a course at Indiana State University on the value and philosophy of overcoming adversity in life.Sachem (Say-chum) background:In 1970, Governor Edgar D. Whitcomb introduced the “Confederacy of the Sachem,” a group of business, industry, publishing, banking and legal leaders, who served as state hosts, welcoming visitors to Indiana and promoting the state’s culture and economy. The organization’s name came from the Algonquin term applied to village leaders, implying wisdom, judgment and grace.Bylaws outlined that Sachems were to nominate and recommend Sagamore appointments to the governor. The Sagamore of the Wabash dates to the term of Indiana Governor Ralph Gates in 1945 and has been the state’s highest honor bestowed by the governor.Following Whitcomb’s term, the Sachem project was not pursued, and the organization dissolved in 1989. Whitcomb visited Daniels in 2005 to acquaint him with the concept and to give him custody of remaining Sachem funds. Governor Daniels recreated the Sachem to underscore the importance of moral example; achievement alone without exemplary virtue does not qualify a person for this recognition.Eleven Sachem Awards Have Been Bestowed Since The Honor Was Revived In 2005:2005:John Wooden—Legendary college basketball coach, teacher, and mentor.2006:Rev. Theodore Hesburgh—Former president of the University of Notre Dame, and world statesman.2007:Jane Blaffer Owen—Philanthropist and preservationist of New Harmony.2008: Bill and Gloria Gaither—Grammy winning singer/songwriter duo from Alexandria, Indiana.2009: Donald C. “Danny” Danielson—New Castle business and civic leader.2010:Carl D. Erskine—Civic leader and legendary baseball player.2011:William A. “Bill” Cook—Philanthropist and cofounder of Cook Inc.2012:Ian M. Rolland—CEO of Lincoln National Corp.2013: Don Wolf—Civic leader and CEO of Do It Best, Corp.2014:P.E. MacAllister—Long-time businessman and civic leader.2015:Amos C. Brown, III—Radio host and civic leader.2016:None.Each Sachem honoree receives a specially-designed sculpture that captures the Native American heritage of the Sachem. All Sachem recipients are selected by Indiana’s governor.For additional background information on Eva Mozes Kor, visit the CANDLES website at candlesholocaustmuseum.org.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

O’Briens’ overhaul

first_imgW e were very much trying to target the young female professional,” says O’Briens’ retail and operations director Andrew Moyes, recalling the sandwich and coffee chain’s old look. Then, with exquisite timing, he gives a cheeky nod in the direction of the walking embodiment of the Irish franchise firm’s broadening appeal – a silver-haired 70-plus woman, who seats herself at the next table.”I think we now have a bigger spectrum of customer and we’re accessible to everyone, from youths to the ’grey pound’,” he says in the revamped London branch. “We’ve got a much broader customer profile now than if you look back to five years ago. And we now have the offer to match that profile.”The ’Starbucks of Ireland’ – O’Briens outnumbers the US coffee chain over there by almost 10-1 – has developed a new retail offer over the last six months. The changes at first seem largely cosmetic, featuring more coherent branding in-store, better use of images and more comfortable furniture. But one major change has been behind the counter – where a new quicker grilling system allows for a much faster throughput – alongside changes to the product range.In the UK, 25 of the company’s 100-plus stores have already been upgraded, rising to 60 by the end of this month. The new look will be replicated across its 120 Ireland stores and expanding worldwide franchise network, which brings the total to around 300 stores. “We’re really moving it to more of a lifestyle/café feel rather than a straight sandwich bar,” he says. “So we’ve been looking at everything, from the seating to the graphics that we use, to get a holistic view of the shop from the outside right through to the counter.”Moyes says the aim has been to tailor a healthy, upmarket offer. In addition to that, speed of service is key. Given its smaller size, the High Holborn, London outlet visited is more geared towards quick turnaround take-away than coffee shop lounging. And the local competition is ample. Across the road is a Starbucks, and a few doors down is a Paul bakery, while nearby reside a host of fast food and sandwich outlets such as Pret A Manger. So how does O’Briens hope to stand out from this crowded environment?”Neither Starbucks nor Paul offer made-to-order sandwiches – it tends to be the independents who are doing that, and there aren’t many of those,” he explains. There is, of course, one made-to-order sandwich outlet, growing rapaciously: Subway. But despite Subway’s rapid development, Moyes has O’Briens eyeing a different market. “Subway is more focused on the takeaway element; we’re going in for larger coffee shops and shopping-centre locations.INDEPENDENT FEEL”There is some impersonalisation that comes with the larger chains,” he continues. “But because all our shops are owner-operated, it brings an independent feel. They may be offering better service, because it is their own business. Also, the Irishness comes through in terms of the welcome that we give and the service that we provide. Many of our franchise partners are Irish.”On the products front, O’Briens is flagging up its ethical coffee with point-of-sale throughout the shop. Beans are now bought direct from the grower, with a large percentage sourced from Ethiopia, he claims. “That ethical stance is very important for us.”Pastries are baked-off on the premises. O’Briens has its own-branded water, with a range of branded smoothies also planned. Sandwich-wise it has a range of top-selling shamrock-shaped bread carriers, supplied by Delice de France. “People want to move away from the basic baguette or basic sandwich. That is still, of course, our core business, but customers do want something a bit different now, particularly when it comes to health.”In extending the hot offer, it found huge regional variations in demand for products such as quiche. “What sells in Manchester doesn’t sell in Holborn, and what sells in Glasgow doesn’t sell in Manchester. I think that’s one thing I kind of knew, but has now been proven! You can’t have a one-size-fits-all offering. It’s very much up to the local operator to decide what’s right for them.” Outside blackboard stands highlight specials and allow the local operator flexibility on deals.There has also been a shift away from largely focusing on the lunchtime trade to extending the breakfast and afternoon elements.”All the breakfast products are on the menu boards and they stay up all day – that was about introducing a decent range of morning goods, croissants and Danish. In the afternoon, we introduce a cake range, particularly in our bigger shops, so we’re moving away from just the lunchtime business.”Other features include wi-fi internet access, which is being rolled out in Scotland, where there are EPoS systems with broadband in place. So what’s been the most successful gain from the refit? “The speed of service,” he says emphatically. “We now offer pre-made sandwiches, which are freshly made that morning and put into the serve-over.”Previously the only ready-made sandwiches were sold packaged in the chiller cabinet, which never sold well. “Taking them into the serve-over has worked much better because it looks much fresher. Plus, the Turbochef oven has improved our speed of service, so our throughput is much higher than it was before, particularly over that busy lunchtime period when people may only have 20 minutes.”In the shop’s design, the green and black scheme has been integrated throughout the store, from menu boards to bags to window stickers. The logo has been employed more extensively, from the uniforms to the mirrors, to cups and doormats. “We have a uniformity of branding that we didn’t have before,” he says. “The marketing has got some uniformity to it now whereas it was rather bitty before,” he concludes. “People are dwelling more in the shops than they did, and we can see a very quick payback in the uplift in sales that our franchisees are getting.” n—-=== The brief ===The makeover, which was carried out by in-house architects and designers, approached all aspects of the shop, from the outside graphics on windows right through to counter displays and furniture. The biggest focus was on improving speed of service and broadening appeal away from its previous focus on young professional women. Being a franchise operation, owners decide whether to carry out the upgrade, while O’Briens provides the marketing nous such as the graphics scheme.The resultsThe stores have a more contemporary look, with higher lighting levels. The graphics on the window outside highlight its products: cakes, smoothies, sandwiches etc, which replaces the tagline: ’Your sandwich made in front of you’. Big external graphics are used to highlight new product ranges, such as iced drinks. Soft seating has replaced harder seating. Menu boards have been heavily rationalised. Pre-made products have been introduced into the serve-over units, whereas before it was purely made-to-order.Bakery snack lines, such as traybakes, have been introduced, with an impulse unit for cakes at the till point. Mirrors on the walls, which create the feeling of greater space, are scripted with O’Briens’ logos. A new Turbochef oven heats products more quickly than the roller grills previously used. Even the recommended in-store music list has been improved to give a better ambience.—-=== Vital statistics ===Model: Franchise, with 300 stores worldwide (120 in Ireland, 100 in the UK)Turnover: £68m in 2006Customer profile: wide demographicProducts: made-to-order sandwiches, croissants, Danish, traybakes and muffins, hot wraps, smoothies, ice drinks and Fairtrade coffeeRefit timescale: Up to two days; often the refit can take place overnight; the aim is to refit 70% of the shops by the end of the yearTypical store size: High Holborn, London has 20 covers, though O’Briens has outlets of up to 250 coversCost of refit: £15,000 in High Holborn, London; the oven is the costliest elementUplift: the 25 stores that have been refitted have seen between 10%-30% uplift in like-for-like salesExtras: outside catering accounts for up to 50% of an O’Briens store’s turnover, and point-of-sale information is available in-storeWebsite: [http://www.obriensonline.com]last_img read more

Megans files for administration

first_imgMegans Bakery in Hirwaun, South Wales is seeking to appoint an administrator, director Steve Fogo has told British Baker.The company filed for administration on Tuesday 9 December, but Fogo said “it is too early too tell” if potential administrator, Resolve Partner, would be hopeful for a buyer for the firm. Fogo confirmed that all 56 employees have been informed and the issue of any wages due to them will be in the hands of the administrator, if appointed. Megans was a supplier to the Ferrari’s chain of 25 remaining retail shops, which were closed on Wednesday, 26 November. Both businesses were formerly part of Best Bakeries and saved in management buy-outs in June this year. South Wales-based Ferrari’s closed its 25 remaining shops following advice from the company’s financial advisers. For the full story, make sure you read the next issue of British Baker, out on 12 December.last_img read more

London Datebook: Cats Lives Again, Angels Soars & More

first_imgThe holidays are officially here! In London, that means a spate of eagerly anticipated musical revivals, a seasonal romp at the National, and Shakespeare displaced to Las Vegas. For that and more potential stocking stuffers, read on. DECEMBER 8 – 14 The Memory Lives Again: Cats are supposed to have nine lives, and director Trevor Nunn is breathing a second one into the era-defining Andrew Lloyd Webber musical of the same name. Cats, which proved that British tuners could handle dance as well as song and went on to be performed throughout the world, will open December 11 at the Palladium featuring US recording star Nicole Scherzinger as the latest and possibly sexiest Grizabella yet. DECEMBER 15 – 21 Angels in Britain: There’s much talk of angels around Christmas, but London playgoers will be celebrating the capital’s first-ever revival of City of Angels. The giddy, glorious Tony-winning musical will star Tam Mutu, who will be seen on Broadway in the spring in Dr. Zhivago. Josie Rourke directs and her glam supporting cast includes Rosalie Craig and Les Miz film sensation Samantha Barks; opening night is December 16 at the Donmar Warehouse. ALSO: Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice is displaced to Las Vegas in Rupert Goold’s new production, opening December 15. One of London’s great showbiz end-of-year traditions is the annual National Theatre quiz, hosted by Emma Freud and taking place this year on December 19 in the Olivier auditorium: Go and match your wits against the stars! DECEMBER 22 – 28 Riding the Rails: Ready for a Christmas-week treat? Check out the latest London incarnation of The Railway Children, the Olivier Award-winning entertainment that has had two previous, site-specific London runs. This fresh version inaugurates a new space behind King’s Cross Station and will be previewing throughout the holidays. Caroline Harker returns to her original role as Mother opposite Downton Abbey’s Jeremy Swift as Mr. Perks. ALSO: It’s the first full week of previews for the European debut of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, starring Tamsin Greig and Haydn Gwynne and directed, as it was in New York, by Bartlett Sher. Word is that the UK staging at the Playhouse Theatre will have an entirely different look from its Broadway predecessor and some new songs from composer David Yazbek. View Commentscenter_img DECEMBER 29 – JANUARY 4 Have a Grand Year: What better way to ring in 2015 than with the first preview of the Finborough Theatre production of The Grand Tour? The Jerry Herman musical will make its European premiere on January 1, 2015. Alastair Brookshaw, Nic Kyle, and Zoe Doano head the cast of Thom Southerland’s staging of a show seen briefly in 1979 on Broadway. ALSO: It’s your last chance to catch two productions running concurrently at the Trafalgar Studios on January 3. The main house bids farewell to the revival of Ayub Khan Din’s play East is East, starring Jane Horrocks and the playwright himself. The studio theater downstairs says goodbye the same day to a Dickens double-bill of Miss Havisham’s Expectations, starring Linda Marlowe, and Sikes & Nancy. Roll on 2015! ALSO: The National Theatre has a tradition of big, bold holiday productions, ranging over the years from His Dark Materials to War Horse. This year finds Treasure Island, directed by Polly Findlay and adapted by Bryony Lavery; opening night is December 10. Not to be outdone, the Royal Shakespeare Company unfurls their daylong double-bill of the two Henry IV plays at the Barbican on December 11, starring Sir Antony Sher as Falstaff and directed by Sher’s husband (and RSC artistic director) Gregory Doran.last_img read more

Man with a Pan

first_imgFlecktones friend: Scales’ work on the steel pan has been compared to Bela Fleck’s unique approach to the banjoJonathan Scales takes steel drum to the outer limitsThe sound of a steel drum usually transports listeners to the lazy confines of a thatched hut bar on a Caribbean oceanfront. But Jonathan Scales hears it differently. Rooted in classically trained composition, the Asheville-based Scales has used the steel drum—also known as the steel pan—to concoct his own brand of dynamic jazz fusion. With the driving rhythm section of his Fourchestra, Scales delivers fluid solos that often toe the line between melodic dexterity and old-school be-bop, free-form fury. Through eclectic instrumental arrangements, Scales’ refreshing innovation takes his instrument out of expected context and into a variety of sonic realms—from improvisational jazz to hip-hop-flavored funk. It’s enabled Scales to mesh in a range of music scenes, collaborating on his most recent album with saxophonist Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthews Band) and fiddler Casey Driesen and even landing an unexpected spot at Americana-bash Merlefest.BRO: How did you find the steel pan and realize its potential as a jazz instrument?JS: I played saxophone through college, but in high school I also started playing percussion. I went to Appalachian State University to be a composer, and when I got there, they had a steel band. My friends coerced me into being a part of it, and I fell in love from there.How do you describe the sound you are trying to create?I never set out to do something progressive on the steel drum. As a composer, the music that I hear in my head and want to write just happens to make the instrument sound progressive. As far as the complex side of things, I’m very influenced by modern 20th century composers like Igor Stravinsky and John Cage—guys who were pushing the envelope of orchestral music. Along with that, I’m also a young American who’s being influenced by popular music, everything from rap and hip-hop to rock. All of it kind of wraps together, and although it comes out complex, it’s also very familiar.Your latest album is called Character Farm & Other Short Stories. Do you view your instrumental compositions as stories?I give credit to Futureman of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, who’s always talked to me about writing in collective long form—the opposite of a pop artist who writes three-minute songs that don’t relate to each other. There is thought behind each of my pieces, so I wanted to put them together as a collective work. By calling it a set of short stories, it makes people approach it with that kind of focus. It’s not as cohesive as big Mozart work, but in my mind each of those pieces has a life of its own and they’re glued together with their own stories.What’s the process for composing on the steel pan? Before I wrote any notes for a tune like “Pan Grass” [from the 2007 album One-Track Mind], I just thought how it would be cool to create a bluegrass tune on the steel pan and mix it with a Caribbean jazz rhythm. Ideas like that often make up the foundation of my compositions. I don’t always write on the steel pan. Sometimes I’ll use a guitar or piano, or sometimes I’ll just sing a melody.Speaking of bluegrass, you played Merlefest earlier this year, known more for picking and singing than your style of eclectic jazz. How’d that go? It was overwhelming—in a good way. I had mixed feelings going into it, because I wasn’t sure how the crowd was going to react to our sound. But after our sets, people kept coming up to us and saying how much they liked what we were doing. Plus, during our set on the Hillside Stage, the Flecktones played with us, which was a dream come true.People in this region—especially in Boone and Asheville—have been really receptive to what I do, so this has been a really good area to foster a fan base.Mumford and Sons invade state streetBritish folk-rock heroes Mumford and Sons are turning the border town of Bristol into their own festival. On August 11, the band will bring their Gentlemen of the Road Stopover to State Street, located downtown on the Virginia/Tennessee line. The tour only has four stops in the U.S. (and just the one in the South), and will also feature sets by Dawes, Justin Townes Earle, Jeff the Brotherhood, the Apache Relay, and Simone Felice. Music will take place on an outdoor stage, as well as inside local clubs and theaters. gentlemenoftheroad.comlast_img read more

Children’s panel turns to the experts

first_imgChildren’s panel turns to the experts “We all know that if we get someone sober and educated, and give them vocational skills and a job, we’re not going to see him in the juvenile justice system again. Those are the odds,” said Sixth Judicial Circuit Public Defender Bob Dillinger, describing his circuit’s comprehensive “one-stop shopping” of services at the Juvenile Assessment Center. Children’s panel turns to the experts Associate Editor Because of a zero tolerance policy against bringing weapons to school, a young child was tossed out for bringing an ax to class. Never mind that it was made of plastic and was part of his fireman uniform when he dressed up for Halloween. “I’m not making this up,” Robert Schwartz, executive director of The Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia, told members of The Florida Bar’s Commission on the Legal Needs of Children, who let out a collective groan. “The school officials ended up apologizing,” Schwartz added. Not to the child or his parents, he said, but to the firefighters’ union that had protested the ax was a tool, not a weapon. Such zero tolerance policies popular in schools nationwide, he said, are bringing younger and younger kids into court, harming children and putting a tremendous strain on the juvenile justice system. He’s working on an American Bar Association resolution against them. Schwartz was one of 10 experts — including a law professor, a researcher, a public defender, a state attorney, a lawyer devoted to special education issues, and a teenager charged with armed robbery — who converged in Tampa on September 15-16 to enlighten the commission on issues affecting juvenile justice. The special commission, chaired by 11th Circuit Judge Sandy Karlan, is embarking on its second year, with a goal of working to solve the unmet legal needs of children who appear in Florida’s courtrooms — whether as victims, witnesses or defendants in civil, dependency or criminal court. After making a progress report to the Board of Governors, also meeting in Tampa in conjunction with the Bar’s General Meeting, Judge Karlan received its blessing to carry on. “We’re grateful to the Board of Governors and The Florida Bar for allowing us to have this commission and to do the work we’re doing,” Judge Karlan said, adding the commission’s goal is to have a report of recommendations to give to the Board of Governors by May. Bar President Herman Russomanno paid a personal visit, assuring commission members that the Bar is fully committed to their mission. “We thank this commission for the hard work you’ve done in the past year and for what you’ll be doing this coming year for the legal needs of children,” Russomanno said. “The Bar has made it its policy that our children are our greatest resource. With your work, if you can give some of these children back their childhood, we will accomplish great things together.” No matter how many advanced degrees a speaker possessed, how thorough their research, how impressive their resumes, or how many years they spent on the front-lines of juvenile justice, their recommendations often came down to good old common sense on how to fix a system that often seems to ignore common sense: “If you educate people, you reduce recidivism. It’s common sense,” said Joseph Tulman, professor at the University of District of Columbia, David A. Clark School of Law, who is also on the faculty of the National Judicial College teaching judges how to deal with children in adult court. October 1, 2000 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News Much of the discussion centered on the fact that Florida leads the nation in direct filing juveniles to adult criminal court. “Florida direct files more children than the rest of the states combined,” said Dillinger, the public defender. “Put a 16- or 17-year-old in adult prison and you’ve lost him. Might as well write him off.” Dillinger criticized the defense bar — including inexperienced assistant public defenders — for not giving judges more information to work with when the child first enters the court system. It’s not unusual, he said, for lawyers to first meet their child clients the morning of the court appearance. He also called it a “bothersome fact” that a lot of children going through the court system are not represented by a lawyer at all. “Some are not incompetent — they’re insane,” Dillinger said. “More and more are waiving their right to counsel.” Go to Jail for Help Though many agreed it’s a sad commentary that the best way to deliver services to children charged with crimes is to lock them up in the county jail, Shorstein was warmly received for his innovative program that direct files juveniles into adult court so that he can help them behind bars. Shorstein’s program — a combination of punishment, constructive programming and after care — was created in response to Jacksonville’s juvenile crime problem that skyrocketed 27 percent in 1992. It has received international attention and was featured on “60 Minutes.” “We decided to turn everything upside down and make juvenile crime our No. 1 issue,” Shorstein said. The violent repeat juveniles are sent to adult prison, but the ones with hope of turning around are sent to a special section of the Duval County Jail, where they receive everything from schooling to mentoring to counseling. When their time behind bars is up, adjudication is withheld, so they’re not branded convicted felons, and after-care counseling and foster care for those with no safe home to return to is provided. Despite the accolades Shorstein’s program has received and the statistics that juvenile crime in Jacksonville is down, Delbert Elliott, the director of The Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the Institute of Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado in Boulder, said research has shown that, in general, waivers to adult court do not work. They don’t help children and they don’t reduce crime, he said. Juveniles in adult prisons are at greater risk of becoming victims, they are less likely to get treatment for their problems, and recidivism is higher once the young people come out of adult prison, Elliott said. In addition, research has shown that the practice is rife with racial bias because more African-American children are direct-filed as adults than whites for the same crimes, he said. “We have states who have lowered the age to 10 to direct file,” Elliott said. Mendel, a researcher and consultant who wrote, “Less Hype, More Help: Reducing Juvenile Crime, What Works — and What Doesn’t,” stressed: “Kids are fundamentally different than adults. They break the law for different reasons than adults. They need a different system of justice.” While 45 states have adopted the get-tough philosophy, “Adult time for adult crime,” Florida is the leader in direct filing juveniles to adult court. Unlike other states that give the discretion to judges, Mendel said, Florida puts the decision in the wrong hands by allowing prosecutors to make that call. “This headlong rush to throw kids into adult prison is counterproductive,” Mendel said. “It actually increases criminality.” While Florida was first to seize upon direct filing, Mendel said, Florida is second in the nation in juvenile crime rates. To make matters worse, Mendel said, research has shown that direct-file practices actually punish the wrong kids. It’s mostly used against juveniles who commit property crimes and drug offenses, not violent or chronic offenders, he said. Nineteen-year-old Jason Bond brought his been-there, done-that testimony to the commission. As a 16-year-old, he was charged with his first crime: armed robbery. The prosecutor wanted to direct file him to adult court. Thanks to his guardian ad litem, Fran Feinberg, and family support, Bond was spared a trip to adult prison. Instead, he was sent to an out-of-state juvenile facility that was run like a strict prep school. The intense no-nonsense personal attention turned him around, said Bond, who is now attending Broward-Dade Community College and hopes to attend Florida International University on a track scholarship. “Kids being direct-filed, they’re not given a chance, in my opinion,” Bond said, describing himself as falling in with the wrong crowd in a public school system where “no one knew my name. I lost myself there.” How Would Oliver Twist Be Treated Today? Schwartz, of Philadelphia’s The Juvenile Law Center, said the child-versus-adult question is “the most troubling question. That’s a Florida question par excellence, given the direct-file numbers.” The underlying question, Schwartz said, is: What kind of kid are we talking about? Children have traditionally been broken down into the categories of Bad (send to juvenile justice); Sad (let child welfare workers handle); Mad (get the kid to mental-health treatment); and Can’t Add (needs special education services). “The case I love to talk about is Oliver Twist. He was a member of a street gang. But Charles Dickens portrayed him as more sad than bad. How would Oliver be treated today? Direct-filed as an adult?,” Schwartz asked. He called it a “disturbing trend” that the country is “using criminal law to respond to normal adolescent development.” For example, in Florida, it’s an offense for teens to smoke cigarettes. And nationwide, more and more first- and second-graders are making headlines when they’re charged with crimes. One of Schwartz’ biggest recommendations is that the dependency judge, who knows the child and family problems best, retain jurisdiction if that child is also charged with a crime. He gave the example of a child who was seriously emotionally disturbed, whose parents were both dead. When taken to a school for special testing, he snapped and trashed the classroom. Once he was adjudicated guilty of a crime, he couldn’t go back to his residential treatment home. “There ought to be a way the dependency judge can come back and say to the delinquency judge: `That kid is mine, not yours,’” Schwartz said. “I’d love it if the judges in dependency cases could retain jurisdiction if the child is arrested over county lines, so the judge who knows the kid can keep the case.. . . “We’re seeing it left and right, where children hit their foster parents and are charged with a crime. Our child welfare agencies can’t wait to close cases and send it to the Department of Juvenile Justice.” As a member of the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section, Schwartz is working on a resolution to oppose zero tolerance policies in schools because it operates with the rigidity of a mandatory sentence. “If The Florida Bar could support it, that’d be great,” he said. Barbara Burch, the education attorney for the Juvenile Advocacy Project of the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, said, “I have an 11-year-old client with five felonies for batteries on school board employees (for acting out in class). If this kid does something at age 15, he’ll be direct-filed to adult court.” Her biggest wish is that Florida provide surrogate parents to children with special education needs — who can serve as “the one adult who knows what’s going on and can advocate for children.” She also issued a hue and cry for more attorneys to focus on special education advocacy, adding that federal law for Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) cases provide for paying attorneys’ fees at market rates. “We don’t have the number of attorneys to do this. We need to get the bar involved.” Tulman, the Washington law professor, trained 100 lawyers to handle special-education advocacy cases, including class-action lawsuits. “Eighty to 90 percent of kids locked up in your facilities qualify as educationally disabled,” Tulman said. “It’s a phenomenal number.” Stressing that getting parents involved to help children receive the services they are entitled to under IDEA (Title II of Americans with Disabilities Act) is a sure-fire way to help children with education disabilities. “We can do remarkable stuff to stabilize families by getting special education services,” he said. And while no state in the nation is in compliance with the IDEA, he said, special education law is a powerful incentive for schools to provide services, rather than pay attorneys. Ideally, Tulman said, there would be a way to better help children by getting various agencies to sit together and shift funds from multiple pools of budgets. Now, too often, he said, agencies would rather shift the kid to become some other agency’s problem. “Duh! If we help people become productive, it will help the kid and the community and save money,” Tulman said of activities all children need to define themselves as individuals — whether it’s music, art or sports — the very things that are cut out first in programs for kids. “I don’t care what side you come down on, put money in children ages zero to 18. If you’re the toughest prosecutor in the world, it makes sense. Most state attorneys agree, but then they go back home and talk about quicker death penalties to get re-elected,” said Fourth Judicial Circuit State Attorney Harry Shorstein. center_img “Many parents have to give up custody of their kids to get them services,” said Burnim, of the dilemma that Medicaid is the biggest resource to pay for mental health services and no one has the right to mental health services. He stressed that what works best are intensive services to kids and their families in their homes, not confining kids in residential treatment facilities and then sending them back to the environment from which they came with no support. The adults who best know the child, including teachers and family members, need to be at the table with social workers and lawyers to create the best plan for the child. “Our nation locks up 105,000 children a day,” said Richard Mendel, who served as director of research and public policy for The South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corp. “Yet only 5,000 children are treated in home-based multisystemic functional family therapy.” That’s the name of intensive family-oriented, home-based counseling services that research has shown works best to help juveniles and was endorsed by the U.S. Surgeon General in his 1999 report to the nation on mental health. “You can’t help kids without helping their families. We love poor kids, but we tend to hate their families.. . It sounds mushy and not professional, but it comes down to: What do we need for this kid? What will work? Piece together a plan that’s best for the kid and watch it. If it’s not working, try something else,” said Ira Burnim, legal director of the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law in Washington, D.C. “It’s crazy that kids from Miami are doing their time in the Panhandle,” said Francisco Alarcon, deputy secretary of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. He shared his frustration that while he has funds to build more therapeutic foster homes where they’re most needed in South Florida, he is unable to use sites the state already owns because of the NIMBY (Not in My Back Yard) factor. “Isn’t it odd that criminal court is the only way to get help for kids? It’s an odd notion to have to resort to jail to get help for kids,” said Schwartz, of Philadelphia’s The Juvenile Law Center, in response to Shorstein’s program in the Duval County Jail for juveniles he direct files as adults in order to give them comprehensive counseling and education services. last_img

The island of Rab provided tourists with a 50 percent discount on the price of the PCR test

first_imgThe City of Rab and the Tourist Board of the City of Rab, in cooperation with the Institute of Public Health of the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, provided tourists from the area of ​​the town of Rab with a 50% discount (349,11 kuna) for PCR test on COVID – 19 in September and October. “The announcements for this season were modest, but we managed to surpass them. The city of Rab is a responsible and safe destination and we want to show how it is possible to continue this season. Aware that the cost of the Covid-19 test is a significant expense for tourists or renters, we believe that this discount will mean a lot to them. We were helped in this by the Teaching Institute for Public Health of PGC, headed by the director prof. dr. sc. Vladimir Mićović and the Rab Branch Office headed by the head mr. sc. Daniel Glažar-Ivče “, said the director of the Rab Tourist Board, Ivana Matušan, and added that they managed to maintain the tourist season in a 65 percent volume of overnight stays compared to last year. Also, the discount is valid for all persons who stay in the area of ​​the town of Rab for a minimum of 7 nights continuously in private accommodation, as well as for all reservations for September and October, regardless of when they are made. The discount is intended for all tourists who need the result of the PCR test on COVID – 19 for unhindered entry into the home country, and is valid for all arrivals in September and October 2020 (from September 1 to October 31, 2020) When performing testing, the person who pays for the test (tourist or landlord) is obliged to present a certificate from eVisitor on the residence of the person being tested, which the landlord can print out from the eVisitor system or request at the Rab Tourist Board office. Tourists can do the testing, through the drive-in method of collecting swabs, in the Health Center of the city of Rab every working day from 8 am to 11 am.last_img read more

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