Nov 22, 2019 By Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Top Stories Document numbering system aims to help judges, lawyers sort through case files Imagine a fellow judge has a family emergency and asks a colleague to cover a hearing. It involves one summary judgment motion, one motion in limine, one motion to produce, a notice of hearing, and maybe another motion for good measure.It’s a complex case that involves claims, counterclaims, and third-party plaintiffs and defendants.The replacement judge goes online and opens the case file and discovers there are multiple summary judgment motions as well as several of each of the other types of motions. Only one of each is the subject of the upcoming hearing.There are no other identifiers on the motions, so the judge slogs through opening and looking through dozens of motions to figure out the handful needed that day.That actually happened to 12th Circuit Judge Hunter Carroll, and the same thing could happen to a lawyer asked to cover for a colleague at the hearing.Carroll took his concerns to the Florida Courts Technology Commission, which discussed them at the FCTC’s Portal Subcommittee on November 14. The full FCTC heard the matter the following day and conceptually approved a motion asking clerks of court to affix document identification numbers (DIN) on new filings at the time they are docketed.That would put those unique numbers on the documents earlier in the process, but it would still come after the documents are distributed to clerks and served on other parties by the court system’s statewide e-filing portal.“We’re talking about putting on the actual document that’s filed with the court its docket number from the progress docket, as it’s filed [in the case file by clerks],” said 17th Circuit Court Judge Martin Bidwill, chair of the Portal Subcommittee.“Currently, the way it works now is that the filer files the document through the [court system’s statewide online] portal and the portal then routes to the [appropriate court] clerk’s CMS [case management system],” he said. “Before it gets to the clerks is when it’s served, so when it’s served on the parties on the case, it does not have anything that happens after it arrives in the clerk’s CMS [including docketing information].”That earlier numbering would help judges when they call up cases on their judicial viewers, but would not assist lawyers who get documents served by the portal. They would have to access the appropriate clerk’s online records to get that data.“The option of trying to put a docket number on at the portal level is a much bigger task then having a docket number put on by the clerk,” Bidwill said. “Ultimately what we have was a motion passed to modify the current document numbering standard to require the clerks of court to stamp the document number on all new filings at the time of docketing.”Clerks, he said, were not sure how long it would take to make that change and would also require a specific technical standard from the FCTC. The motion approved the concept and it directed the commission’s CMS Subcommittee to develop a specific standard by the FCTC’s March meeting.“The whole point of the document identification number is to have common language that the judges, the litigants, and the clerks can use,” Judge Carroll told the FCTC after its vote. “The document identification number is the only common language that will exist [to help parties and the courts manage cases]. So, the question is how do you tell the litigants about the document identification number? Do you do it at the time it goes through the portal, which is option one, or at the time it comes into the case management system, which is option two..?“Option one is the most beneficial, but if option two is obtainable in the near future and doesn’t cost a lot of money, I would love to see option two.”At the Portal Subcommittee meeting, Melvin Cox, the IT director for the Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers, which provides technical support for the portal, and Carolyn Weber, the portal project manager, said because of the way the electronic filing system is designed Carroll’s option one would be difficult and expensive.They explained that the portal is designed as a conduit to accept electronic filings and pass them through to Florida’s 67 clerks of court, who use 10 different case management systems. That flow is one way and the portal is not designed to accept information from clerks and pass it back to filers, they said, and massive programming and other changes would be necessary to accomplish that.Plus, Cox and Weber said, there is a delay between when clerks receive filings and when they docket them (statewide the average is slightly less than a day). Currently, the portal instantly sends document copies to a service list specified by the filer, and that would be complicated if the portal had to wait for clerks to assign document identification numbers.
1234567 NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE, PEACHTREE CITY / PBA NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE, PEACHTREE CITY / PBA Add to My List In My List NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE, PEACHTREE CITY / PBA ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Party NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE, PEACHTREE CITY / PBA NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE, PEACHTREE CITY / PBA NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE, PEACHTREE CITY / PBA NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE, PEACHTREE CITY / PBA Atlanta International School: Closed Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 11-12Colleges and UniversitiesAgnes Scott College: Closed Tuesday, Feb. 11Emory University: Closed Tuesday, Feb. 11Georgia Perimeter College: A decision about whether to close the school on Tuesday, Feb. 11, will be made “before 5:30 a.m.” Tuesday morning.Georgia State University: Closed Tuesday, Feb. 11Georgia Tech: Closed Tuesday, Feb. 11Gwinnett Technical College: Gwinnett Tech’s website says the school will close at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11, and remain closed on Wednesday, Feb. 12.Kennesaw State University: Closed Tuesday, Feb. 11Southern Polytechnic State University: Closed Tuesday, Feb. 11University of West Georgia: Closed Tuesday, Feb. 11Governmental Offices and Other InstitutionsAtlanta City Government: All city government offices will be open Tuesday, Feb. 11. Non-essential personnel are encouraged to stay home. Information about Atlanta government mobilization for the storm, including facilities open for stranded motorists and those without power, is posted here. Atlanta Parks and Recreation: Closed Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 11-12 Brookhaven City Hall: Closed Tuesday, Feb. 11; the Brookhaven City Council work session and regular meeting scheduled for Tuesday evening are both canceled.DeKalb County Government: County administrative offices will be closed Tuesday, Feb. 11. The regular business meeting of the DeKalb Co. Board of Commissioners has been rescheduled to Friday, Feb. 14, at 9:00 a.m. Further details are posted here. (PDF) Fulton County Government: Government offices closed Tuesday, Feb. 11 U.S. Veterans Administration: All clinics in Atlanta, Blairsville, Oakwood, and Rome will be closed Tuesday, Feb 11. All appointments will be rescheduled.Update 7 p.m.Brookhaven City Hall: Brookhaven City Hall will be closed Tues., Feb. 11, due to expected severe winter weather and icy road conditions. The Brookhaven City Council work session and regular meeting scheduled for Tuesday evening are also canceled.Decatur City Schools: City Schools of Decatur are closed, Tuesday, Feb. 11, so all after school programs are cancelled.Fulton County Government: Due to predicted winter weather in the metro Atlanta area, Fulton County Government facilities that are normally open to the public will be closed on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014.Veterans Administration: Atlanta VA clinics Blairsville, Oakwood, and Rome will be closed Tuesday, Feb 11. All appointments will be rescheduled.Update 4:25 p.m.National Weather Service: the NWS in Peachtree City released some new weather predictions, including estimates of the amount of snow and ice we might be seeing on Tuesday night and Wednesday. We have added that map at the beginning of our slide show above.Update 3:55 p.m.Georgia Tech: Tech just announced that the school will be closed on Tuesday, Feb. 11. All activities scheduled for Monday, Feb. 10, will proceed.Oglethorpe University: Oglethorpe says that evening classes beginning by 6:00 p.m. will be held as scheduled this evening, Feb. 10. All meetings and classes scheduled to start after 6:00 p.m. are canceled. No decision has been made about Tuesday.Update 3:50 p.m.Forsyth County Schools: closed on Tuesday, Feb. 11. Twelve-months staff should report “when and if conditions permit.” A decision has not been made beyond Tuesday.Gwinnett Technical College: Gwinnett Tech’s website says the school will close at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11, and remain closed on Wednesday, Feb. 12.Update 3:35 p.m.Georgia Perimeter College: GPC will hold classes this evening as scheduled. A decision about whether to close the school on Tuesday, Feb. 11, will be made “before 5:30 a.m.” Tuesday morning.Update 3:20 p.m.Marietta City Schools: all Marietta city schools will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 11 and 12.Douglas County Schools: closed on Tuesday, Feb. 11. All Tuesday activities are canceled. 240-day employees are to report as conditions permit.Update 3:05 p.m.Atlanta Parks and Recreation: all events at Atlanta parks and recreation centers have been canceled from today through Wednesday, Feb. 12.Atlanta International School: all activities for Monday, Feb. 10, are proceeding as scheduled; classes have been canceled for Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 11 and 12.Update 2:50 p.m.Emory University: Emory University will be open for classes and activities tonight but will be closed Tuesday, Feb. 11. Emory Healthcare will remain open.Georgia Tech: Tech says it will make a decision about tomorrow’s classes by 4:00 p.m. Update 2:35 p.m.Cobb County Schools: in addition to after-school activities today, the Cobb Co. Schools will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 11 and 12. Employees should not report to work. In addition, the basketball regional tournaments scheduled for Monday in Cobb Co. have been postponed.Update 2:30 p.m.Fulton County Schools: Fulton Co. schools and administrative offices will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 11 and 12. Update 2:15 p.m.Governor Expands State Of Emergency: Gov. Deal has added 31 counties to his earlier declaration of a state of emergency due to the impending winter storm. Together with the earlier 14 counties, that now makes a total of 45 counties under a state of emergency. This includes roughly the northern half of the metro Atlanta area.The additional counties now under a state of emergency include Dade, Walker, Catoosa, Whitfield, Chattooga, Gordon, Floyd, Bartow, Polk, Paulding, Cobb, Fulton, Gwinnett, Barrow, Haralson, Carroll, Douglas, DeKalb, Clarke, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Wilkes, Walton, Rabun, Habersham, Stephens, Franklin, Hart, Madison, Elbert and Lincoln counties.Two Waves of Bad Weather Expected: Gov. Deal said that there will be two waves of bad weather. The first wave will be north of I-20., while the second will hit a broader area. Ice will be the dangerous factor in this storm, and Gov. Deal says he wants to conserve his resources for the second wave. Weather in the Atlanta area will be bad on both Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the governor. The state is in contact with the Red Cross in the event shelters are needed if the power goes off.City of Atlanta Will Open Places for People If Power Goes Out: Mayor Kasim Reed said that the city of Atlanta will publish a list of places where people can go for safety in case their electricity fails during the storm. He said the city will begin treating roads and bridges at 6:00 p.m. today. Reed added that the most important thing is to get people off the roads.Atlanta Public Schools: APS says its schools will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 11 and 12. Only essential personnel are to report. All extra-curricular activities will be rescheduled.Stone Mountain Schools: the ribbon cutting at Martin Luther King, Jr., High School, scheduled for Feb. 13, has been canceled.Cherokee County Schools: all school activities, classes, meetings, sporting events and practices are canceled beginning at 6:00 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10. A decision has not been made yet regarding classes on Tuesday, Feb. 11.Update 1:30 p.m.DeKalb County Schools: the DeKalb schools have just released their schedule for today and tomorrow:All after-school extended day programs (ASEDP) and tutorials will be dismissed at their normal times Monday, Feb. 10All extra-curricular activities are canceled for Monday, Feb. 10.All DeKalb school system classes are canceled for Tuesday, Feb.11. School district employees are NOT to report to work.Instructional resources will be available to all students, teachers, parents and adult guardians. This is to ensure access to instructional resources and online tools “during the inclement weather.”Update 12:45 p.m.Cobb County Schools: all afternoon activities are canceled except the After School Program. ASP will remain open as usual, but parents are urged to pick up their kids as early as possible. Also the Cobb Board of Education meeting scheduled for Wednesday, February 12, has been postponed to Wednesday, February 19.Marietta City Schools: schools will close at normal times today, but all after-school activities and programs are canceled. This includes Marietta Community Schools. Parents are urged to “make every effort” to pick up their children on time. All parent conferences scheduled for the week of February 10-14 are canceled. International Baccalaureate parent conferences at Marietta High School are NOT canceled.Update 12:30 p.m.Fulton County Government: Fulton Co. has announced that all “meetings, events, and activities scheduled for the afternoon and evening of Monday, February 10, 2014 have been canceled due to predicted severe weather moving into the area. This includes any scheduled events after 2 p.m. today sponsored by Fulton County departments including Arts & Culture, Parks & Recreation, Housing & Human Services, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library, and others.” County facilities will remain open today until their regular closing times.DeKalb County Schools: DeKalb Schools has announced that all scheduled after-school activities will go on as planned. All extra-curricular activities are canceled.Update 11:25 a.m.Gov. Deal Declares State of Emergency in 14 counties: Governor Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency in 14 north Georgia counties due to expected weather conditions. They are Murray, Fannin, Gilmer, Union, Towns, Pickens, Dawson, Lumpkin, White, Cherokee, Forsyth, Hall, Banks and Jackson counties.Atlanta Public Schools: Below is a statement from APS we received at 11:06 a.m.:All APS after-school activities, athletic events and community meetings have been canceled for today, February 10, 2014. Please continue to check the district’s website and social media channels for weather related updates.Fulton County Schools: Fulton Co. has announced that all after-school activities scheduled for Monday, February 10, will end by 6:30 p.m. No further decisions have been made at this time. NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE, PEACHTREE CITY / PBA NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE, PEACHTREE CITY / PBA NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE, PEACHTREE CITY / PBA NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE, PEACHTREE CITY / PBA NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE, PEACHTREE CITY / PBA NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE, PEACHTREE CITY / PBA Final update 8:55 p.m.We are monitoring the approaching winter storm and will update this story on a regular basis as statements are issued and school systems, governments and others make decisions regarding their own operations.As we reported earlier, the National Weather Service in Peachtree City has issued a series of winter storm watches and warnings for north and central Georgia beginning Monday night:The winter storm watch issued by the National Weather Service is in effect from Monday evening through Wednesday morning. National Weather Service meteorologist Trisha Palmer told WABE a mixture of rain and snow could come to Metro Atlanta very late Monday night into early Tuesday morning. She says that mixture could produce an inch of snow in Atlanta.Palmer said a second round of winter weather could hit Metro Atlanta Tuesday night. With that round, she said a very serious ice storm is possible. Palmer said it could cause a lot of power outages and negatively affect travel. With that second round of weather, Palmer said Atlanta could get a tenth of an inch of ice. She says the most ice, up to a quarter of an inch, could occur east of Atlanta near Athens, Washington, Warrington and possibly Gainesville.Final Update 8:55 p.m.K-12 SchoolsAtlanta Public Schools: Closed Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 11-12Cherokee County Schools: Closed Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 11-12Cobb County Schools: Closed Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 11-12Decatur City Schools: Closed Tuesday, Feb. 11DeKalb County Schools: Closed Tuesday, Feb. 11Douglas County Schools: Closed Tuesday, Feb. 11Forsyth County Schools: Closed Tuesday, Feb. 11Fulton County Schools: Closed Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 11-12Marietta City Schools: Closed Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 11-12 NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE, PEACHTREE CITY / PBA Share NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE, PEACHTREE CITY / PBA Related Stories For Whom The Bell Rings Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility
Refurbished and recalibrated rig in Wolverhampton is open to all and generating strong interest from converters and suppliers; it works hand-in-hand with various other members’ add-value offeringsThe new testing centre is located on a science park in WolverhamptonThe minibus industry has regained a second well-equipped, independent testing facility for components relating to passenger securement with the opening of the Vehicle Occupant Safety Centre (VOSC) in Wolverhampton.VOSC uses equipment that was previously owned by the Specialist Transport Advisory and Testing Utility Society (STATUS) and located at Manchester Metropolitan University. The test rig and all equipment was refurbished and recalibrated before the centre was opened.VOSC is accredited by the Vehicle Certification Authority and the Wolverhampton facility is available to all converters and component manufacturers, including those in the latter category that produce seats, seat belt anchorages, wheelchair lifts and ramps.“Several converters are already testing here for type approval work, along with other suppliers to the industry. We can handle all of the scenarios that they come up with,” says Engineering and Technical Director Russell Edmunds.Mr Edmunds was speaking at an opening event in September, where customers and other stakeholders were invited to view the facility. Among those visiting were staff from a number of suppliers active in the accessible minibus sector along with representatives from legislative bodies.VOSC’s rig uses hydraulic rams to exert force on the item under evaluation. Testing began in April and minibuses and their components already account for around 50% of activity, adds Mr Edmunds.The state-of-the-art facility is located on a technology park owned by the University of Wolverhampton and users benefit from adjacent facilities that include conference facilities and a cafe.VOSC says that a Midlands location was essential due to the area’s popularity among the automotive industry and suppliers. A central location also gives excellent transport links to the rest of the UK.Converters are able to bring equipment and vehicle shells to VOSC. Seats and other components can also be tested independently using various mounting points on the rig.“Our aim is to become the ‘go-to’ facility for the automotive industry with an added value of aiding clients from project planning to type approval. We are able to offer a host of wider member benefits, including homologation,” says Mr Edmunds.Establishment of the testing capability at VOSC, and its popularity among businesses in the minibus and mobility sectors already, demonstrates the importance that the industry continues to place on ensuring that components related to passenger safety consistently meet current regulations, he adds.VOSC’s annual membership subscription offers a variety of other benefits, including discounted test rates, access to advice and consultancy and newsletters that discuss legislative and approval updates.www.voscentre.com
Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Teddy Bear is proud to announce their newest Bear to the Bears That Care program: Limb Loss & Limb Difference Bears. Working closely with the Amputee Coalition, Vermont Teddy Bear has created this collection of Bears to help those with limb loss and limb difference. “We are really proud of the whole Bears That Care program, and are very excited about this Bear and our partnership with the Amputee Coalition,” says Bill Shouldice, CEO of Vermont Teddy Bear Company.The idea for the new Bears came from Teddy Bear Designer, Cassandra Clayton as she was brainstorming ways to could grow the Bears That Care program. “We are constantly thinking about how our Bears can touch more hearts and spread more love,” says Abby Temeles, Bear Brand Manager. “What we realized is that we wanted to have a line of Bears for every body.”Limb Loss & Limb Difference Bears can be tailored to match the receiver, and 20% of every sale of these Bears is donated directly to the Amputee Coalition.“Partnering to create these Bears That Care helps demonstrates that every body looks different – and that’s ok. We know kids (and bear-loving adults) will appreciate being able to choose a bear with limb loss, and we appreciate that the profits help support our nationwide programs,” says Karen Lundquist, Chief Communication Officer of the Amputee Coalition. “We look forward to a long, exciting partnership with Vermont Teddy Bear.”The Limb Loss & Limb Difference Bears officially launch on Thursday, April 20th. You can see them on the Vermont Teddy Bear website at www.VermontTeddyBear.com(link is external). For more information on the program, or other Bears That Care, contact Bear Brand Manager Abby Temeles.About Vermont Teddy Bear CompanySince 1981, Vermont Teddy Bear Company has been producing premium, handmade Teddy bears in their Vermont, USA facility. All Bears are guaranteed for life and are stuffed using 100% recycled materials. For more information about Vermont Teddy Bear, please visit www.vermontteddybear.com(link is external) or call (800)829-2327 (BEAR). Please follow Vermont Teddy Bear on social media. Share your Teddy Bear story with #LoveIsInTheBEAR.About the Amputee CoalitionSince 1986, the Amputee Coalition has been dedicated to reaching out and empowering people living with limb loss and limb difference by providing support, delivering education and advocating for the community. To find out more about programs like Youth Camp, Conference, and the National Limb Loss Resource Center, please visit www.Amputee-Coalition.org(link is external).Source: Vermont Teddy Bear Company 4.17.2017
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Sea News, September 4 Author: Baibhav Mishra “At Hurtigruten, the push for sustainable solutions and introduction of green technology is the core of everything we do. We operate in some of the most spectacular areas of the world. This comes with a responsibility,” says Daniel Skjeldam, CEO of Hurtigruten. The scope includes upgrading the ship’s Wärtsilä engines for selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology to restrict emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx). Four Wärtsilä Nitrogen Oxide Reducer (NOR) systems will be installed for this conversion. Wärtsilä will also deliver two Energopac systems. The integrated propeller and rudder design of the Wärtsilä Energopac utilises advanced hydrodynamic technology to optimise propulsion efficiency. This enables effective savings in fuel, costs, and emissions. The ship will also have the capability to operate on battery power to further lessen its environmental footprint. “We have enjoyed a good customer relationship with Hurtigruten for many years, and we are pleased and honoured to have been selected to supply our sustainable solutions to a company that is committed to protecting the environment. The fact that we could deliver Tier III certificates for the total installation was a significant factor in the award of this contract,” says Cato Esperø, Head of Sales, Service Unit Nordics and Baltics, Wärtsilä Marine. The Wärtsilä equipment is scheduled for delivery in December of this year. Hurtigruten has announced that all new additions to its fleet, as well as its existing vessels, will be made compliant with the IMO’s Tier III regulations. The ‘Finnmarken’ is the first of three Hurtigruten ships to be fitted with Wärtsilä NOR systems for Tier III compliance, after which it will be renamed the ‘MS Otto Sverdrup’. The technology group Wärtsilä will supply a broad scope of solutions that will support Hurtigruten, the world’s largest expedition cruise operator, in its push for greener and more sustainable shipping. Hurtigruten, considered one of the world’s most sustainable cruise operators, is converting an additional three vessels to become premium, hybrid powered expedition cruise ships. The order with Wärtsilä was placed in Q2 2019 and covers the ‘MS Finnmarken’, the first of the three vessels to be upgraded. Following the conversion project, the 140 metre, 530 guest MS Finnmarken will be renamed the MS Otto Sverdrup.
Argos Move up Six Spots in National Poll Photo courtesy of Ron Besser Share PENSACOLA, Fla. – The West Florida baseball team took control of their own destiny last week, completing a three game sweep over Alabama-Huntsville to improve to 29-13 overall and 10-2 in the Gulf South Conference. They now sit alone atop the GSC standings, one game up on Valdosta State with their head-to-head matchup coming in the final week of league play. The Argos impressive record has garnered national attention in the polls, moving up six spots to No. 24 in the Ping!Baseball Top 30 and finally breaking into the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Top 30 at No. 29.West Florida plays in arguably the toughest region in the nation with seven teams from the South Region earning rankings inside the CBN top 30. Southern Arkansas remains the top team in the nation for the second straight week while Tampa and Florida Southern keep their spots at No. 3 and 5 respectively.Last weekend’s sweep clinched a GSC Tournament berth for the Argos, their fourth appearance in Mike Jeffcoat’s five year stint as the Argos skipper. In the series the Argos outscored the Chargers 23-4 and was backed by outstanding pitching performances from all three starters. Kevin Johnson highlighted the weekend with a no-hitter in game three as the Argos went on to win 9-0.This week the Argos will play two non-conference matchups beginning with a three game road series on Tuesday and Wednesday with Georgia Southwestern before return home for a weekend series with Wingate.For more information on Argonaut athletics or to follow along with live stats, fans can keep up with the action at www.GoArgos.com.Print Friendly Version