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Court sets Family Division standards
first_imgCourt sets Family Division standards Senior Editor Guidelines for operations in Florida’s Family Division courts have been unanimously approved by the Supreme Court. The justices also asked the committee which proposed the standards, the Family Court Steering Committee, to continue studying related issues, including how to coordinate cases involving one family appearing before more than one judge. June 1, 2001 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Court sets Family Division standards Justice Pariente Writing for the court, Justice Barbara Pariente said the goal has been to establish a division of family courts in every circuit while allowing flexibility for each circuit in running those courts to best meet local needs. The court ordered circuits to set up family divisions in 1994. It also required the circuits to submit their local rules or administrative orders creating the divisions to the court for review. That prompted the justices to commission a further study to seek a comprehensive approach to running family courts. “As the number of family court filings and post-judgment matters continues to skyrocket, we also must seek to enhance judicial productivity and conserve judicial resources,” Pariente wrote. “There will never be a `one size fits all’ model, but the recommendations that the committee submitted and that we endorse through this opinion represent a compilation of the best practices for the operation of a family court in Florida. Adoption of these recommendations will constitute a crucial step in enabling the judicial system to achieve these important goals.”The Family Court Steering Committee made 10 major recommendations, ranging from guiding principles to what types of cases family courts should handle to having a summit on family courts.Recommendations include:• Guiding principles for family courts should include that children should live in “safe and permanent homes;” family courts should focus on the best interest of the children; all persons should be treated with respect; families with cases in several courts should have them consolidated or coordinated to avoid conflicting decisions and to efficiently use court resources; parties and their attorneys should select to the extent possible the processes used to resolve their disputes; and cases should be managed efficiently while recognizing the needs of families, litigants, and issues presented in the cases.“We emphasize that our endorsement of these guiding principles in no way changes our view that the primary role of the judge is to enforce and uphold the rule of law,” Pariente wrote. “Nonetheless, we recognize that in the family court, it is not always the legal issue itself that is time-consuming or complex, but rather it is often the underlying issues such as drug abuse, domestic violence, and family dysfunction that may cause the legal dispute to become time-consuming and complicated.”The court also ordered the committee to look at incorporating recommendations from the Governor’s Task Force on Domestic Violence into the goals.• Family law courts should include all cases involving dissolution of marriage, annulment, paternity, child support, custody of and access to children, adoption, juvenile dependency and delinquency, civil domestic and repeat violence injunctions, termination of parental rights, among others. Also, judges assigned to different cases affecting the same family should be required to confer to improve efficiency and avoid inconsistent orders. The court asked the steering committee to recommend a specific rule of judicial administration to implement the latter proposal. The committee will also study how misdemeanor domestic violence cases can be included in those handled by family courts to avoid duplication.• Essential elements for family courts include coordinated case management; programs to help pro se litigants; alternative dispute resolution; ways to identify and manage domestic violence cases; guardian ad litem programs; education, counseling, and treatment programs for parents; and use of general masters and hearing officers to expedite cases.As important as meeting those goals is setting adequate funding, Pariente noted. “The failure to adequately fund the necessary services ultimately will result in the failure of the model family court concept,” the opinion said. “Without the necessary support services, the family court will be no more than a division of the circuit court that handles a specified class of cases, and the judicial system will be unable to effectively address the ever increasing and complex needs of children and families and the ever increasing caseloads.”The self-help programs are also vital, Pariente said, because 65 percent of the initial filings in domestic relations cases and 80 percent of the post-judgment filings involve at least one unrepresented litigant.• There should be coordinated case management throughout family divisions, from intake and referral, to technology to case management. Pariente wrote that case management means coordinating a case so all matters affecting a family are addressed and needed community resources are made available.• Circuit courts must implement a unified family division consistent with the model suggested by the steering committee and submit the implementing local rule or administrative order to the court by January 1, 2002. Each circuit also should have an administrative judge for the family division, and at least one family court administrator or coordinator.• Judges assigned to the family division should be committed to families and children and to the extent possible should volunteer for that task. Those judges should also serve at least three-year terms, with the opportunity to rotate out at the end of their term. Judges newly assigned to the division or who have not served there for at least two years should receive mandatory training before assignment. Continuing education for family division judges, including on nonlegal matters such as child development, mental health, and social work, should be provided.• Family court judges should have access to staff attorneys to help them carry out their duties. Quasi-judicial officers such as special masters and hearing officers should have mandatory training on family law issues, including domestic violence, dependency, and delinquency issues, and all court staff should be trained.• The court should require each circuit to establish a Family Law Advisory Group to “support and advise the family court.” The advisory group should include judges, court staff, social service workers, and community leaders. “We request that each circuit report back to this court on the progress of the Family Law Advisory Group no later than January 1, 2002, and annually thereafter, to enable this court and the committee to continue to monitor the practices in each circuit and enable the court to assess and make available information on the best practices to all of the circuits.”• Each circuit should educate the public about the resources of the family division courts, and about the limitations of the court’s authority and resources.• The steering committee should sponsor a Family Court Summit to develop plans to implement the court’s goals for the family court initiative.Pariente acknowledged that much work remains to be done on family courts, including providing enough resources to operate effectively.“Our ultimate goal remains to facilitate the resolution of disputes involving children and families in a fair, timely, effective, and cost-efficient manner,” the opinion said.The opinion can be seen online at www.flcourts.org.last_img
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Why the fuss over Sinclair statement?

first_imgSinclair’s statement mentions “… the troubling trend of irresponsible, one-sided news stories …” and adds, “The sharing of biased and false news has become all too common on social media.” Continuing, the Sinclair statement notes that some media outlets publish fake stories without checking facts first, which gives a platform to some media members to espouse personal bias. Sinclair emphasizes that it’s their responsibility to pursue and report the truth and that they believe “… truth is neither politically ‘left nor right.’ ” So, where’s the controversy? Even a group of 16 political scientists and legal scholars in an essay published in the March 2018 edition of “Science” magazine (as referenced in the March 8issue of “The Atlantic”) acknowledges, “The rise of fake news highlights the erosion of long-standing institutional bulwarks against misinformation in the internet age.” Their research underscores Sinclair’s stated commitment to factual, responsible reporting.Finally, the writer uses his correspondence as a partisan departure to attack President Trump’s tweets. Yet, nowhere in Sinclair’s apolitical statement are conservative or liberal beliefs addressed.Neither WRGB nor Liz Bishop are deserving of the writer’s criticism. Could it be that the writer’s tirade is in search of a controversy?Jim RogersNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Re April 20 letter, “Shame on WRGB for selling out,” chastised WRGB and anchor Liz Bishop for reading an on-air statement from station owner Sinclair Broadcast Group. This letter captured my attention and led me to look up Sinclair’s supposedly objectionable statement, which subsequently left me perplexed as to the writer’s outrage.last_img read more

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Curry Sets New Record as Warriors Beat Cavs

first_imgStephen Curry set a new NBA finals record, scoring nine three-pointers in the Golden State Warriors’ 122-103 victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers as they took a 2-0 lead in the series.Curry, 30, surpassed the previous record of eight three-pointers, as he top-scored with 33 points in Oakland.The Warriors, the defending champions, are two games away from their third title in four years. Game three in the best-of-seven series is in Cleveland on Wednesday.The Cavaliers’ LeBron James, who scored 51 points in their overtime defeat in game one, was restricted to 29 points on Sunday night.Kevin Durant added 26 points for the Warriors, who were also boosted by the return of Klay Thompson from injury.Speaking about the record after the game, Curry said: “That’s a pretty cool deal to accomplish.“But at the end of the day, it’s all about trying to get a win and doing whatever you can to make that happen.”Ray Allen had set the previous record with the Boston Celtics in 2010.“Pretty special night, and hopefully some more special things happen and we get two more wins,” said Curry.Warriors coach Steve Kerr added: “He was tremendous. You know, nine threes and seemed to hit the big shot every time we needed one.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Amina Kajtaz is Bosnia’s most successful and most beautiful Swimmer

first_img“I appreciate Amel Tuka, Damir Dzumhur, and Larisa Ceric. They are professional athletes. I appreciate Amel Tuka very much because I know how hard it is to be such an individual. Swimming and athletics are very similar and being the third in the world is really impressive,” concluded young Amina.(Source: akta.ba) A blue sky is visible in its most beautiful splendor. Just such a sunny idyll of early Saturday morning our beautiful interlocutor left behind in her native Mostar. Nineteen-year-old Amina Kajtaz, the most beautiful swimmer that our country has ever had.Although she has never been engaged in modeling, because she devoted her life to swimming, Amina is excellent in this role as well. With a height of 1.73 meters and a weight of 62 kg, she could compete on fashion runways with attractive blonde models like Heidi Klum or Claudia Schiffer.”Going to the Olympics is something that every serious athlete, who devoted his lifetime to the sport, wishes for. This is the crown of everything. For me, it was special, difficult to describe with words. I was persistent and I invested a lot in myself to succeed.  I haven’t had a social life for 2 years. I stopped going out, I had to even give up on friendships. I went to school only part-time. These were not small sacrifices,” said Amina, remembering the event that marked this year, and possibly her entire life.“I wanted to go to the opening because it was a unique opportunity. Imagine, you come to the Olympics and have the opportunity to experience the grandeur. My coach was not exactly in the mood for it, because I had a competition the next day and I needed to prepare. But he let me go. At first, it was funny to me that they wrote about my beauty. For me, however, more important was swimming, because that’s why I came there,” said Amina.Amina returned to her home in Mostar, where she attends the University of Modern Sciences (CKM) and she is currently in the second year in the Department of Nutrition and Health. Although she is looking modestly at her results, professors praise her work. She is swimming twice a day and regularly working out in the gym.As a sportsman who won 33 Olympic medals, Amina’s role model is American swimmer Michael Phelps. She does not like to talk about her personal goals, but she would like to improve her current results.“Now that I have reached this level, it will go a little harder. But I hope that with intensive training, I will achieve the desired results. It is my wish to swim 100-meter butterfly for 57 seconds at least once in my life, and that is certainly for the World Cup finals,” says Amina, and we wish her to realize this plan in the following year.last_img read more

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Peters played and that is big Defensive lineman C

first_imgPeters played, and that is bigDefensive lineman Corey Peters was credited with just two assisted tackles and one QB hit against the Patriots. He was on the field for 35 snaps, or 49 percent of the defensive plays.“It was a day that I was praying for and just waiting for that opportunity to get back on the field and just kind of get my feet wet and kind of get back to what I love to do,” he said. “Too bad we didn’t come out with the outcome that we would like, but we’ll get back at it and get ready for Tampa Bay this week.”Peters, you may recall, missed all of last season after suffering an Achilles injury during training camp. While his absence did not necessarily prove to be costly, his presence is a nice boost to a defense that already boasted plenty of talent along the line.The former Atlanta Falcon, 28, amassed 11 sacks in five seasons, though injuries have plagued him at times.As for how he played Sunday, Peters said there are always some plays you would like to get back but overall he thought he was solid.Bundy is backReceiver Marquis Bundy was among the final cuts the Cardinals made leading up to the regular season, but Tuesday he was back with the team after being signed to the practice squad. Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact While Mathieu did not necessarily play poorly, he also was not his usual “Honey Badger” self. When last we saw him, he was making a case to be the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year, terrorizing offenses with a skillset not seen in many players.The 24-year-old admitted on Wednesday that he is still growing and trying to get better, and on Sunday did not feel like he was “really in position to make any impact plays.”“We felt like they kept most of our playmakers out of the game,” he said, before praising the Patriots’ scheme.Another reason Mathieu may not have felt like he had a chance to make the kind of plays he is used to is because of how he was deployed in Arizona’s defense. While he spent most of his time playing near the line of scrimmage last season — which allowed him to help in the run game and blitz the quarterback as well as drop into coverage — against the Patriots he was more of a free safety, a last line of defense.“I don’t necessarily like it, but like I said, I’m still trying to get back in rhythm,” he said. “It’s a new challenge for me; I just try to embrace it and accept it.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Follow Adam Green on Twitter For him, the phone call to return could not have come soon enough.“I felt a little discouraged,” he said of being released. “I went home and sat on the couch for a little and thought about what I was going to do, what job I was going to get, or how I was going to keep going on forward from there.”An undrafted rookie out of New Mexico, the 6-foot-4 Bundy gives the Cardinals a bigger receiver to match up with in practice as they prepare for Tampa Bay’s Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson, who are each listed at 6-foot-5.“Yeah, when we want a taller receiver,” Arians said of the reason for adding Bundy. “Chris (Hubert) did a heck of a job for us and we needed taller guys.”Whatever the reasoning, Bundy is just happy to be with the team again.“I really had no plans at all, actually,” he conceded. “Thank God that they called me back so fast, because I was running out of options and things to do.”A native of Anthem, Bundy said the Cardinals are his favorite team so getting the chance to be on this roster during the season is something he cherishes and wants to make the most of.“I just want to take advantage of it and do the best I could,” he said. New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29) pushes across the goal line for a touchdown as Arizona Cardinals free safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) defends during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling TEMPE, Ariz. — As expected, Tyrann Mathieu was on the field last Sunday when the Cardinals opened their season against the New England Patriots.The defensive back played all 71 defensive snaps, and finished with seven total tackles, as well as one stop for a loss.Asked if was able to move around the way he wanted to, Mathieu responded by citing how many plays he was a part of.“That was the goal,” he said. “Just day-to-day,” he said.Ready to work againArians on Wednesday praised the effort his players put forth in practice, saying he was pleased with how the guys bounced back from Sunday’s loss. He added that the session was spirited, and there seemed to be no disagreement with his assessment in the locker room.“Good,” safety Tony Jefferson said of how Wednesday went. “Guys were ready to roll.”“It was just very business-like,” QB Carson Palmer said. “It was one of the louder practices, as far as pads smashing. We started off in a run drill and we got great looks from our show team today. It was a very physical practice, which is good. It’s a very focused group right now and very determined to take care of business this weekend.”The mood seems to be more of defiance than anything, as there remains a strong belief that the product the Cardinals put on the field against the Patriots is not indicative of what kind of team they are and will ultimately be.“Obviously any time you lose, you approach the next week different,” Mathieu said. “So everybody was serious today. But we don’t play football on Wednesdays; we play football on Sundays, so we just have to have that same mindset, that same attitude come Sunday.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The change in role may be due to many factors, one of which is a need at free safety after Rashad Johnson departed as a free agent. The real driving force behind it, however, might just be the team making sure Mathieu is 100 percent recovered from his ACL injury before using him the way it did last year.“I think it’s more about just me getting healthy, me getting back comfortable playing in the box, playing nickel,” Mathieu said. “I think in the next couple weeks, hopefully I’m where I need to be and hopefully I can make that transition.”Some injury newsThe Cardinals entered the regular season about as healthy as they could have reasonably hoped, but they didn’t leave Week 1 that way.Against the Patriots, the Cardinals lost defensive lineman Frostee Rucker, guard Evan Mathis and receiver J.J. Nelson. In the portion of practice open to the media Wednesday, none were spotted on the field in pads, though Nelson was seen on the side getting some work in.Linebacker Kareem Martin, who hurt his knee in the preseason finale, is “getting close,” according to head coach Bruce Arians. As for Mathis, the coach said they’ll have to see how he is doing Thursday. Top Stories last_img read more

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