Mark D. Killian Managing Editor Angela H. Orkin has been named the executive director of the newly created Statewide Guardian Ad Litem Office.Appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush, Orkin will serve as the office’s first executive director.Orkin, 32, of Tallahassee, comes to the position from the Office of the State Courts Administrator, where she was a senior attorney. Orkin also has served as the leader of the Guardian Ad Litem Transition Team, which required her to develop a transition plan for the transfer of the Guardian Ad Litem Program from the court system to the Justice Administrative Commission. Orkin said transitioning the office from the OSCA to the Justice Administrative Commission is a “daunting task,” yet it is made easier because she already had a good working knowledge of the program.“There are so many advantages to being a state office for us because we have 20 different programs which have done a great job so far but haven’t had a central place to share best practices, to pull together a network so that we can work together to improve the advocacy,” Orkin said. “I’ll be looking at our model of representation in all the circuits to see how we can be more efficient and effective.”Orkin said she also will seek private and federal funds for the GAL programs, as well as other ways to achieve the operation’s primary goal, “which is to represent 100 percent of the dependent kids.”“We have a lot of different fronts on which we are going to be working to improve advocacy and we also will be able to now advocate at the state level and have a legislative agenda and work with the courts and [the Department of Children and Families] to look at Ch. 39 and make sure what is best for the kids is taken into account,” Orkin said.Orkin said one of her first hurdles is to literally find space for the GAL programs to operate. Prior to the transfer, the counties provided offices and technology for the programs. But with the move out of the court system, that will no longer be the case.“So while [the counties] basically, with a few exceptions, allowed us to stay in the courthouses starting January, that probably will not hold true in June,” Orkin said. “So my primary issue is figuring out how we are going to — working with the state — get our rent and technology and some of those other big ticket items funded.”The guardian programs also are faced with administrative challenges with the move to the Justice Administrative Commission.“We lost all of the court administration in each of the circuits,” Orkin said. “We had 20 different administrative staffs working on personnel and all of those administrative issues and that all goes away and we have no local support.”Orkin said while the directors who supervise the programs are “really strong” in the areas of training and recruiting of volunteers, “they were not hired to be administrators and budget people.”“What I’m trying to do is build the infrastructure so that we can continue to focus on the representation,” Orkin said.Orkin said she became interested in advocacy for children while working as a corporate finance attorney for King & Spalding in Atlanta “and killing myself working the kind of hours you have to work at that kind of job.”Then she volunteered to represent a child in a truancy case and found herself thinking about that case all day instead of her paying work.“I was just so fascinated and interested in how much it meant to him to have somebody stand up for him, even just to be there and explain his side of the story.. . and to solve some of his problems,” Orkin said.It was then she realized she had a passion for working with children in need.It was not long after that experience she began working for KidsVoice, a legal aid program for children in Pittsburgh, where she regularly worked a case load involving 500 children.“The reason I’m so interested in getting more pro bono lawyers involved is that a lot of people — if they are just exposed to it or have the opportunity to work with one child — realize you can’t walk away and that you have to do something about it. These kids so desperately need good representation not only before the judge, but also to receive the services they need.”Orkin said landing the job as director of the Statewide Guardian Ad Litem Office is “a dream come true.”Orkin said while the GAL program accepts lawyers to serve as guardians ad litem, she plans to work with local programs to set up a system to incorporate the greater use of pro bono lawyers.“Many of our programs can use pro bono lawyers in our cases,” said Orkin, who also has accepted an appointment on the Bar’s Legal Needs of Children Committee. “There would be a volunteer, or one of our case coordinators, who would do the leg work to meet with the child and gather all the information, then the pro bono lawyer could represent the child in court.”“We can use any lawyer who is interested to work to help these kids,” Orkin said. February 1, 2004 Managing Editor Regular News Orkin to lead Guardian ad Litem Office Orkin to lead Guardian ad Litem Office
Wellington Police notes for Tuesday, January 13, 2015:â€¢3:37 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of medication in the 1400 block Michigan Ct, Wellington.â€¢5 p.m. Officers took a report of a found knife in the 100 block E. Sumner, Wellington.â€¢7:43 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to a door by a known suspect in the 500 block N. Gardner, Wellington.â€¢8:19 p.m. Officers took a report of lost property in the 1100 block N. Jefferson, Wellington.â€¢8:50 p.m. Josh Q. McClure, 38, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with criminal damage to property.â€¢11:49 p.m. Officers served a Sumner County bench Warrant in the 800 block N. B, Wellington by known suspect.
The Nelson Leafs scored three times in the first eight minutes of the game to edge the Grand Forks Border Bruins 3-2 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Tuesday at the NDCC Arena.The win improves Nelson’s season record to 3-0-1-1 and leapfrogs the Green and White past Spokane into top spot in the Neil Murdoch Division.The Leafs got all the scoring in the first 7:56 of the game.Patrick Croome backhanded a Nolan Percival centering pass past Jake Mullen less than two minutes into the game to give Nelson a 1-0 lead. Jay Sidhu scored his second goal of the season seconds later on the power play before Michael Crawford knotched his first as a Leafs a short time later, also on the power play.Mitchell Pearson, in the first frame, and Graham Watkins, in the middle period, replied for the Bruins who were out shot 28-21 by Nelson.Brett Soles registered the win in goal for Nelson while Mullen took the loss for the Bruins.Nelson continues its home stand with a pair games at the NDCC Arena Friday against Kimberley Dynamiters and Sunday with Sicamous Eagles as the visitors.Meanwhile Grand Forks, 2-5, hosts Spokane Friday in the Boundary City. Game time is 7 p.m.GAME NOTES: Leafs rookie defenceman Cody Paivarinta did not play against Grand Forks due to an upper body injury. . . .Max Newton, the KIJHL scoring leader with 12 points, was held off the scoresheet Tuesday. . . . Leaf goalie Brett Soles won his third straight game of the season and sits second overall in league netminder standings.
Tournament star Ryan Lewis scored to spark the L.V Rogers Bombers to a 4-0 victory over rival Mount Baker Wild in the final of a High School Boy’s Soccer Tournament Friday at the Lakeside Pitch in Nelson.The win avenged the only loss of the season for LVR as the Wild edged the Bombers 2-1 in the final of the Baker Tournament a week ago.Andrew Tranfo and Spencer Atkins also scored for the Bombers.”Nick Wethel and Dylan Bennett were solid defensively allowing very few shots to get through to goal,” said Bomber coach Simon Liddell.“Nigel Ziegler was a formidable force in the midfield throughout the tournament playing strong defense and setting up numerous goal scoring opportunities. “Ryan Lewis was the outstanding player of the tournament as voted by the coaches of the four teams,” Liddell added.LVR opened the tournament bouncing Prince Charles Comets of Creston 3-1 before edging a tough J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks squad 2-0 on goals by Lewis.“Trail had a very big team made up mostly of Grade 12’s,” Liddell explained. “The game was very close until midway through the second half when Ryan Lewis scored two goals in quick succession to put LVR ahead.”Liddell said this year’s team is made up of an equal mix of Grade 10, 11 and 12 students with a couple of Grade 9’s filling out the roster.There are also two German exchange students on the team.The Bombers have been practicing together for two months and has now played all the teams from the East and West Kootenay regions.Friday’s tournament is the final tune-up for the Kootenay AA Boy’s Soccer Championships, set for this weekend in Creston.The winner represents the zone at the BC High School AA Boy’s Soccer Championships November 17-19 in Burnaby.
Maurisz and his outfit.A young Donegal student has won the Northern region prize in this year’s Junk Kouture competition.Maurisz Malon, a Transition Year student from Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana traveled to the final which was held in the 3Arena in Dublin on Thursday night.Maurisz has won one year’s bursary from Limerick College of Art and Design. Maurisz’s entry was called Anthropocene. He appeared on last night’s Late Late Show where he told presenter Ryan Tubridy that he had a cramp from standing in his masterpiece!Maurisz is being tipped as a real one to watch in the fashion world with some even comparing him to designer Alexander McQueen.This is the link to the facebook page for the wee piece of video ttps://www.facebook.com/buncranascoilmhuire/videos/vb.276599279145348/615867278551878/?type=2&theaterWHY DONEGAL STUDENT IS BEING TIPPED TO BE THE NEXT ALEXANDER McQUEEN was last modified: April 15th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncranadonegalJunk Kouture
Exclusive: A FORMER Fine Gael election candidate has rocked the party by declaring his support for an independent in the battle for County HouseJohn Gibbons, who stood for Fine Gael at the last council elections, says he is “proud” to be the new Campaign Manager for Independent Candidate Frank McBrearty.“I am proud to be unveiled as Frank McBrearty’s new campaign manager, and I wish to put it openly on record that I strongly endorse Councillor McBrearty’s candidacy in the forthcoming local elections,” said Mr Gibbons last night. John Gibbons, who is a farmer living in Letterkenny, has been an active member of the IFA for the past thirty years, and despite not being a constituent of the Finn Valley Electoral Area, where Cllr McBrearty is standing in these elections, he says he has “admired McBrearty’s policy of representing everyone – irrespective of where in the county they are from.”He went on: “What struck me when I met Frank McBrearty for the first time, which I did in order to seek his help regarding various local concerns I had had, was his willingness to help anyone who came to him for assistance, even if they weren’t one of his own constituents – that to me is not only admirable, but also is the trait of a great politician.”John Gibbons said he believes that the “fact Frank McBrearty is a non-aligned, independent candidate, is something which ensures that the people of Donegal have an independent voice representing them and their interests, not simply one representing the interests of a political party.”He went on: “Huge numbers of the electorate have lost faith in party politics; people have become so disillusioned by political parties and the many mindless and gagged ‘yes men’ which they contain. “It’s my view that roughly forty per cent of the Irish electorate are not voting for parties anymore, and this figure – I have no reluctance in saying – is much higher among the electorate of Donegal.“The legacy of party politics is clear to be seen in this country. The previous Fianna Fáil/Green party led government left this country in ruin, created a golden circle of people with vested interests, and walked away from the mess with their tails between their legs.“Since then, all that the current government of Fine Gael and Labour has done is added to that mess; the rich have become richer and the poor have become irrelevant.”Criticising the government parties – one of which he was a member of – Mr. Gibbons says that there remains a lot of anger amongst the Irish people because of how the current administration have handled the crisis to date, saying that this government’s greatest legacy will be the hundreds of thousands of Irish citizens who have left this country in search of a better life.“In recent weeks, we have been inundated with government ministers boasting about the economy showing signs of economic recovery and that so many people are now returning to work who had previously been made unemployed; this is all a smoke screen. The fact that more than 400,000 people were forced to emigrate from this country over the past five years is not something which any government could possibly be proud of,” he said. “The growth in the number of people choosing to vote for independent candidates is something which I hope will change the political landscape in this country for the better, by voting for independent candidates such as Frank McBrearty, people can ensure that their interests will be safeguarded and protected in the years ahead.“We have an exciting few weeks of campaigning ahead both Frank and I, and I very much look forward to these elections. I have nothing but absolute confidence in Cllr McBrearty’s abilities, I fully support his candidacy and I wish him all the best in the upcoming local elections this May.”This year’s local elections take place on Friday, May 23rd 2014.SHOCK FOR FINE GAEL AS FORMER CANDIDATE BECOMES McBREARTY CAMPAIGN MANAGER was last modified: April 26th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal County CouncilFine GaelFrank McBrearty JnrJohn Gibbons
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farm Credit Mid-America reports an increase in net income from December 2017, and the agriculture economy overall is sound with modest job and wage growth. The Association saw an expected slight decrease in overall performance in first quarter 2018, due to agriculture commodity prices remaining near or slightly below the cost of production.First-quarter highlights:Net income reached nearly $120 million, an increase of $4.3 million from year-end 2017 Total members’ equity increased $72.5 million Total loans were $20.1 billion at March 31, 2018, a decrease of $263.5 million“Our customers are resilient and continue to run their operations despite tight margins,” said Bill Johnson, president and CEO, Farm Credit Mid-America. “We are proud to partner with these producers to secure the future of rural communities and agriculture.”The credit quality of Farm Credit’s portfolio declined slightly from year-end 2017. Adversely classified loans increased to 4.1% of the portfolio at March 31, 2018, from 3.9% of the portfolio at year-end 2017.Within the first quarter, Farm Credit Mid-America distributed nearly $88 million to eligible customers as part of its Patronage Program. “Our cooperative is financially stable, and this year’s Patronage checks allowed customers and their operations to benefit from this position of strength,” said Bill Johnson.For the complete financial report, visit e-farmcredit.com/about.
Bob Dowling Oval will host the event, which includes over 70 teams competing across 10 divisions.These divisions include: Men’s Open’s, 35’s, 40’s, 45’s and 50’s, Women’s Open’s, 20’s, 40’s, Mixed Open and Senior’s Mixed.The Wallsend Wolves will look to claim an impressive fifth successive Club Championship, and their eleventh overall, in 2009.The Central Coast Dolphins will be looking to win their sixth title in seven years in the Men’s Open division, while last year’s Women’s Open winners the Wollongong Devils wont be back to retain their title. For more information, please go the NSW Country Championships website:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-855-0-0-0
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea manager Lampard hails Kepa formby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard has heaped praise on goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.The Spaniard kept his first clean sheet of the season in Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion.”After the clean sheet on Saturday, the person I was happiest for was Kepa,” said Lampard.”Even though it’s a team issue, goalkeepers pride themselves on clean sheets. One of the things I have seen since working with Kepa is that he is a very determined individual, he wants to improve every day. He is very focused and I love that.”His confidence shouldn’t go down. The clean sheets are not always his own responsibility, but also when he thinks they might have been his responsibility, he is very open to accept that fact and work to improve.”I have been really impressed with him. He’s managed to become Spain’s number one which when you think about who he’s competing with at that level is very serious.He is a great age for us in terms of where he’s at in his career. He grew as last season went on to help Chelsea win games, and I think he is growing again now.”I am very happy with him as a player. If anything I can say in his role and his status within the group, he can become a bit more vocal because that’s what great goalkeepers do.”
zoom Japanese shipping company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) has signed a deal with India’s H-Energy, a unit of Hiranandani, to jointly develop an LNG import project in West Bengal on the east coast of India.Under the joint venture agreement signed on December 12, 2017, K Line will hold 26% in the company and H-Energy 74%.The project envisages an FSRU/FSU in the offshore Digha region of West Bengal to provide regasified LNG (R-LNG) to customers in West Bengal and Bangladesh, as explained by H-Energy.K Line will provide the FSRU/FSU for the project.According to Darshan Hiranandani, CEO of H-Energy, “both companies will further strengthen their relationship through collaboration in other areas such as LNG bunkering at major ports on the east and west coast of India and supply of LNG ships for other projects of H-Energy. These are currently under discussion and are expected to fructify shortly.”All necessary studies related to navigation simulation, uptime assessment, mooring analysis and several others are underway, H-Energy said.The terminal is expected to commence commercial operation by 2020.