Namibian warrior Jacques Burger announces he will play his final game of rugby

first_imgFriday Apr 29, 2016 Namibian warrior Jacques Burger announces he will play his final game of rugby Namibian and Saracens legend Jacques Burger has announced that it’s time to hang up his well worn boots, playing his final game this coming Sunday. Burger, now 32-years-old, has played in three World Cups and forged a reputation as one of the hardest players around. Coming from the lowly ranked Namibia, Burger found his way to professional rugby through neighbours South Africa, playing with Griquas before earning himself a place at the Bulls, then standing out for his country with some courageous performances in the 2007 Rugby World Cup.A contract with Saracens followed, and he hasn’t looked back. Due to his fearless style of play, his body has taken a pounding though, so he says enough is enough. He announced his international retirement after being concussed against Georgia at the 2015 RWC.He will now return to his other love, farming, back home in Namibia.Burger released a an extremely sincere statement yesterday, talking about his love for the sport and how his many years in top flight professional rugby have been the best of his life.“So, the body (and face) have finally had enough. They’ve been begging me to stop playing for a while now and the time has come. I’ve loved playing the game of rugby. I am blessed to have done so at a high level.“Big defeats, big victories, Cup Finals and three Rugby World Cups. I was obsessed with rugby, I live for it and was willing to break for it.“What sticks out for me? The sick feeling that consumes you before a big match. The hairs standing up on the back of your neck in pre match talks, guys screaming at each other and the sound of a big collision between two players.“The emotions, the atmospheres, the camaraderie between a group of players. All will live long in the memory.“What I love about this game, is that there’s no hiding. To play it you need to be brave, sometimes a bit brutal, but when you walk off you shake hands and act like kids again.“But the most important thing I’ll take away from my career, and the thing I’m most grateful for, is the friends I’ve made whilst being on this journey. All the success means nothing if you can’t celebrate it with you buddies after the match.“That first cold beer after you’ve put in a shift together is the best feeling around. Those memories will stick forever. I’ve been overwhelmed by all the messages of support I have received and I am truly humbled.“May I take this opportunity to say a big tahnk you to everyone who has supported me throughout my career. It’s been a period of my life that has had highs and lows, but that support has always been there.“I’m sure in the future there will be tough times, but when I’m done and awhen I’m missing the game, I can look back on this wonderufl period in my life with real pride and affection.“I’m very excited about what the future holds, but until then and for one last time this Sunday…“Let’s go to work. Jacques”Below is a farewell interview, and in the Related Posts you can see more of Jacques in actionADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Big Hits & Dirty Play Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Suspensions handed down after testicle grabbing… 26 WEEKS AGO The ‘double ruffle’ splits opinion with fans… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: The nastiest and most brutal moments… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Students participate in 42nd March for Life

first_imgA record-breaking 692 students from Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross traveled to Washington D.C. last week for the annual March for Life. Senior Rachel Drumm, president of Notre Dame’s Right to Life club, said this year’s march was an “incredible opportunity” for members of the Notre Dame community “to celebrate life and to remind the country that life is valuable and important.”Last Thursday marked the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision to legalize abortion in the United States. “The Right to Life March is a peaceful protest that happens every year on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade ruling,” Drumm said. “Hundreds of thousands of people from around the country gather together to march for this cause.”Photo courtesy of the University of Notre Dame Junior Noreen Fischer, 2015 March For Life trip coordinator, said the march is an important demonstration given that the topic of anti-abortion and pro-abortion rights is controversial nationwide.“The march represents hope for a future in which all human life, from conception to natural death, is valued as sacred and not disposable,” Fischer said.Junior Will Harris, one of this year’s trip coordinators, said the March for Life began on the National Mall with an hour-long Rally for Life and concluded in front of the Supreme Court building.“[There was] a crowd of over 650,000 marches from the rally site up to the Supreme Court Building behind the Capitol,” Harris said. “During the March, you are usually able to interact with groups from around the nation through chanting, dancing, singing and discussing the cause for life. In addition to the main march, there are many conferences and Masses that can supplement the experience.”Drumm said the March for Life is a symbol of hope and perseverance for the pro-life movement.“I think that a lot of people may see the march as only a protest of this one law,” she said. “And in that case, they may argue that the march isn’t very effective because that law is still in place. To me, the march is much more than that. It gives a lot of hope to people in the pro-life movement and promotes a sense of cultural change.“It helps people to slowly realize that life is valuable, and it’s something worth fighting for. And that’s how change happens.”Harris said one of the key goals of the march is to re-energize the cause by inspiring people to foster a greater respect for life.“I decided to go on the march with my brothers and sisters from Notre Dame because it’s a wonderful opportunity to get together with other pro-lifers and discuss ways in which we can create a culture that fosters all life from conception to natural death,” Harris said.Saint Mary’s senior Brooke Fowler said she marches for “love for life.”“I was born and raised into a big family, and I have been able to see life in such beautiful ways,” Fowler said. “I want to give a voice to the voiceless.”Beyond the march itself, students had the chance to explore the city of Washington over the weekend. On Friday, many members of the Right to Life club attended Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.“For $35, you are able to partake in an unforgettable experience that includes the March for Life, having the ability to see Washington D.C. and receiving two University-approved excused absences,” Fischer said.Drumm said this year marked her eighth March for Life in Washington.“We have been sending students to the march for a very long time,” she said. “It started with a couple students who drove themselves out there, and it’s grown bigger and bigger every year since.”Fowler, who has attended the March for Life three times, said her favorite aspect of the experience is the people she meets along the way.“I have been impacted being surround by so many people who support life, experiencing profound moments of listening to stories and seeing witnesses and meeting people who are really inspiring,” Fowler said.Harris said it was inspiring to see University President Fr. John Jenkins march alongside Notre Dame students.“I love seeing Fr. Jenkins at the March for Life each year,” Harris said. “He is a man with so many responsibilities, so it really shows how important this issue is for our nation. He took time out of his schedule to come join us, not in some special vehicle or place but right in the midst of all of us students.”Drumm said the March for Life fits very well with Notre Dame’s mission as a University.“Notre Dame is very big on the phrase ‘what are we fighting for?’” Drumm said. “What better thing is there to fight for than life — specifically the lives of the most vulnerable, who can’t stand up for themselves?”Tags: March for Life, ND Right to Life, Roe v. Wade, Washington D.C.last_img read more

Pollution In Paradise

first_imgThis winter, outdoor lovers from across the region will flock to Pocahontas County, W. Va., known as the Birthplace of Rivers because it shelters the headwaters of eight pristine mountain streams. Among these is the Elk River, which many consider the Mountain State’s best wild trout stream. Like the wary trout that call the Elk home, the river frequently hides itself by running for several miles through underground limestone caves.On August 7, a group of cavers, hikers, mountain bikers, anglers, and other concerned citizens descended upon the tiny hamlet of Durbin, West Virginia, to voice their concerns over the site selection for a new regional wastewater treatment plant. The chosen site? The famed Elk River itself. The Public Service District (PSD), a three-person committee charged with overseeing water issues in Pocahontas County, has been in the middle of a contentious battle over the proposed plant for years. Pocahontas County is home of Snowshoe Mountain Resort, one of the most popular ski resorts on the East Coast.And therein lies at least part of the problem: For many years now Snowshoe Water and Sewer has been insufficient to meet the needs of the resort’s ever-expanding number of guests. According to the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP), Snowshoe has been cited for numerous regulatory violations over the past five years and for more than 30 violations between 2004 and 2005 alone. Some of these violations include spills, overflowing manholes, and high levels of ammonia, which are especially deadly to native trout. Officials of Pocahontas County and Snowshoe devised a plan to regionalize the water and sewer treatment plant, thus transferring oversight of the facility to the county.Area residents oppose the plan because records indicate that the vast majority of system users will be on resort property. Residents are asking why they must foot the bill to finance the proposed plant largely for the benefit of Snowshoe guests.Other detractors include outdoor enthusiasts, who contend that the proposed plant threatens the Elk River watershed. Leading the charge against the plant is 8 Rivers Safe Development, a coalition of cavers that has filed suit against WVDEP for not requiring an Environmental Impact Statement before approving the $20 million project.“Snowshoe has just plainly overdeveloped without investing enough into their infrastructure,” asserts George Philips, president of 8 Rivers Safe Development. “We are not against development; we just want it done correctly and with an eye towards the environment.”Also opposing the plant are the Federation of Fly Fishers, West Virginia Council of Trout Unlimited, and the Elk Headwaters Watershed Association. They believe that the risk of a raw sewage leak from the miles of proposed pipe is too great; leaked sewage could remain trapped in underground caves and foul the Elk River for decades.Snowshoe maintains that the environment is a top priority. The resort recently collaborated with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to create a Habitat Conservation Plan—the first of its kind in the state—to protect two endangered species, the West Virginia northern flying squirrel and the Cheat Mountain salamander.Snowshoe attempted to solve regulatory issues by filing an application with the West Virginia Public Service Commission for a Certificate of Need and Necessity to build a plant in 2001. That case concluded in 2002 when the Commission ordered Snowshoe to facilitate exploration of a “regional solution.”“Over the past several years, Snowshoe has worked diligently with elected and appointed officials at both the county and state level to develop an acceptable regional solution,” says Laura Parquette, communications manager for Snowshoe Mountain Resort. “Snowshoe supports a regional concept that is environmentally sound, economically feasible, promotes economic development, and improves the quality of life for those who visit and live on the mountain, as well as those in the local community.”All parties agree that the status quo is unacceptable, but the devil is in the details: It seems unlikely that county officials, county citizens, the resort, and conservationists will be able to hammer out a compromise in the foreseeable future. In the meantime, the native species of the Elk River watershed hang in the balance.last_img read more

Fridays on the Fly: Not Your Average ’92 Ford

first_imgLike it or not, if you live an outdoor lifestyle, you have a certain appreciation for a well designed offroad vehicle.When I first saw this 1992 Ford F150, designed and built by OGRE in Pisgah Forest, I fell in love. Now, I’m a Toyota guy through and through, but I’m also a fishing guy, and this is a fishing truck.I recently met Jason Bowman, owner of OGRE, at a fly fishing tournament in Highlands, N.C. Turns out, we knew a lot of the same folks and he was a part of the Outdoor Gear Builders of WNC. After a couple drinks and talking about my failed first fishing tournament, he offered to take me and a buddy out in Pisgah to show us the ropes.A couple weeks later, we swung by his shop for a Pisgah Trout Unlimited meeting and got to watch a couple films from the F3T tour. We shared some beers, watched some fishing, talked about kiosks, and of course, checked out this beautiful machine.In its natural habitatCustom Built From The Ground UpAfter scouring Craigslist, Bowman found the old Ford just wasting away in Shelby, N.C. It was in rough shape, but the truck only had 60,000 miles on it. Once back at the shop, Jason and the team at OGRE got to work. After tearing it down to the frame, they sandblasted everything, then shipped the body off to Coachworks Auto Body for paint (They did a fantastic job). Then the OGRE team started to rebuild it, piece by piece.“We build these trucks, and they’re badass, but what we really build them for is to test the outdoor equipment that we create.”“F150s during those years have a TTB Suspension. It’s ok, but it’s not the best,” says Bowman. So they opted for Dana 60 front and rear axles. They’re a more heavy-duty solution from the Ford F350. Following the axles, they did a full coil spring conversion with custom built radius arms to keep the suspension soft but still offroad ready. The motor was replaced by a brand new 302 v8. The axles, transmission, and transfer case were all rebuilt in-house.Mandatory stop by Davidson River Outfitters to stock up on fishing gear.The front bumper and grill are one of the truck’s most prominent features. Known as an OBS (original body style), it is one of a kind. The design of the truck is based on Jason’s experience and knowledge of the outdoor industry, fly fishing in particular. This is the fourth fly fishing specific build they’ve done. Other notable builds include a ’00 Dodge Ram for David Grossman of Southern Culture on the Fly, and a ’72 Ford Bronco for Oliver White, a world-renowned fly fisherman.“Is it overkill? Yeah, but it looks cool!”This truck is really just a test vehicle to help fine tune their fly rod holders. “We build these trucks, and they’re badass, but what we really build them for is to test the outdoor equipment that we create,” says Bowman. The Fly Rod Rack, in particular, is one of his latest creations. During our brief time in the woods, he noticed several areas to improve on the design. In my opinion, it’s already very well done. Able to store four, twelve-foot rods, the whole thing locks up, keeping your rods safe. Drainage holes in the bottom let water escape the rod holder. The ease of access and organization of your gear is where it really shines.Getting some lines wet in the upper Davidson River.Naturally, We Had To Go FishingWe left the shop and headed out to the upper Davidson River, just north of the fish hatchery. Turns out, this was the first time Jason had taken the truck offroad. My little Tacoma, with its rusty leaf springs, was bouncing around in the rough and rutted roads. The F150 hardly moved. Every pothole and rut that was thrown its way barely shook the body. For anyone who’s driven up 475 from 276 in Pisgah, you know it’s not a smooth ride. We parked, set up the rods, and headed out into the woods.This was my first time fishing the Davidson and man is this place beautiful. Bowman showed us the ropes, took us to some low-key spots, and got us hooked into a couple small fish (though I didn’t land any). On our way back home, just before dark, we stopped by the fish hatchery. Jason get’s down to the water, takes one cast, and hooks into a monster 20″ Rainbow Trout on a dry fly. Unfortunately, due to my poor filming skills, we have no proof. We all know how fisherman like to tell tales.Easy access is key. It locks up too!A Focus On Outdoor RecreationEverything they build at OGRE is geared towards playing outside, not offroading. They work for the weekend warrior who mountain bikes, fly fishes, and kayaks. Whatever your pastime, they custom fabricate vehicle components catered to your needs. Their goal is to build practical gear for vehicles that helps maximize your time outside.“Time is your most valuable asset out in the woods. If you’re driving out for the weekend, you don’t want to waste time digging through your vehicle to access your gear.”The team at OGRE is currently working on a custom fabricated dog box for hunting dogs that features a mini HVAC system to keep your pups cool. The system runs on ice, which you add to a pullout tray. Fans circulate the air over the ice and around the box cooling it down. As the ice melts, it fills a tray at the bottom providing your dogs with water on the go. It’s an ingenious system. They get their first prototype back from the manufacturer any day now.Bowman drew inspiration for the gear that he creates from his time in the military, “When I was in the Marine Corps, we had specific places to store our weapons and gear. When you’re out in the field and at war, you have to know where everything is at all times.”Jason Bowman, owner of OGREMeet Jason Bowman of OGREA military veteran, Bowman served in the Marine Corps from ’92-’96 as a Hummer mechanic. This sparked his passion for working with vehicles. From there, he went to Denver, Colo. for school and apprenticed with Ford Motor Company. Bowman is from Southern Appalachia, starting OGRE in Virginia 16 years ago. He’s been making gear for outdoor recreation over the past five years and moved to Western North Carolina in 2015.His love for the outdoors shines through his ethical business practices. 95% of the waste OGRE creates is recycled. In the cooler months, they even heat the shop with used motor oil.”This is the most gorgeous place in the world in my opinion,” says Bowman. “Nothing leaves my shop unless there is absolutely no way to recycle it.”To learn more about OGRE, be sure to check out their website.Justin Forrest is an outdoor writer, fly fishing addict, and co-founder of Narrative North—based in Asheville, N.C. He posts pictures of cats and fishing on Instagram sometimes.last_img read more

Supreme Court calls for 88 new judges

first_imgMark D. Killian Managing Editor The Supreme Court has told the legislature that to “ensure the rule of law in Florida is not compromised,” 88 new judgeships need to be created this year.In its annual certification opinion, the court said Florida needs 51 new circuit, 33 new county, and four more appellate jurists.“The goal is to provide an effective and efficient justice system for Florida’s growing population that will ensure and protect the rule of law, the cornerstone of democracy in our state and our nation,” the court said in its per curiam opinion.The court said the key to the operation of the rule of law is the core belief that justice must be timely dispensed to truly be justice. This, in turn, implies a judicial system with sufficient resources to make timeliness possible, the court said. “We also stress that our certification is not a statement of what Florida state courts subjectively want,” the court said. “Rather, it is a statement of what the state courts objectively need to meet their workload, using accepted standards of measurement.”For the circuits, the court certified a need for: • Six additional circuit judges each for the Fifth, 11th, and 17th circuits; • Five additional circuit judges for the Ninth Circuit; • Four additional circuit judges for the 13th Circuit; • Three additional circuit judges each for the First, Sixth, 15th, 19th, and 20th circuits; • Two additional circuit judges each for the Fourth, Seventh, and 10th circuits; and • One additional circuit judge each for the Third, Eighth, and 14th circuits.For the counties, the court asked for: • Six additional county judges for Broward County; • Four additional county judges each for Orange and Hillsborough counties; • Three additional county judges for Palm Beach County; • Two additional judges for Pinellas and Brevard counties; and • One additional county judge each for Columbia, Duval, Lake, Marion, Pasco, Volusia, Dade, Bay, Seminole, Martin, St. Lucie, and Collier counties.At the district court of appeal level, the court requested two new judges for the Second DCA and one each for the Fourth and Fifth DCAs.Last year the Supreme Court called for 56 new judges and got none. Eighteen new judgeships were created two years ago.“Our analysis in past years—and again today—has not only been conservative but has strongly emphasized the need to use less expensive alternatives and to maximize efficiency before seeking more judges,” the court wrote. “We have steadily moved toward court models that rely heavily on alternatives and skilled support staff.”At the trial level, the court said, these efficiencies have included hiring case managers who screen and organize cases to ensure all legal matters are fully in order before they go before a judge, “guaranteeing the most efficient use of judge time.” Other efficiencies include the use of hearing officers and masters to hear matters such as disputes over child support and traffic tickets, and the use of mediation and other cost-saving measures that have reduced the need for certifying even more judges, the court said.“All of these measures ensure that preliminary organizational and ministerial work is done by administrative staff, freeing trial judges to do their essential and unique task — adjudication,” the court said.In the district courts of appeal, these models have included adding staff attorneys to conduct research and to do preliminary screening and analysis of cases, the court said, thus freeing the judges to devote “their important and more costly time to their most crucial duty—deciding appeals.”The court also noted the DCAs’ efforts are highlighted by a voluntary decision by the district court judges to increase their own recommended caseload by 40 percent, in lieu of adding more judges.“We also must acknowledge the very positive efforts of the legislature in responding to the needs of the judicial branch,” the court said. “We understand the competing priorities lawmakers face in every session. Despite these pressures, the legislature still has funded a number of new judgeships at the trial and appellate levels in recent years. It has also responded favorably to requests for additional resources that have greatly improved the efficiency of our courts.”Third Branch of GovernmentFlorida’s courts are nearing an historic crossroad in the months ahead — one that will determine the health and stability of the courts for decades to come, the court said.In 1998, the voters approved Revision 7 to Article V, shifting a greater portion of the costs of trial courts from the counties to the state by July 1 of this year.“There is much at stake for the residents of Florida as we make this shift to unified state funding of the courts,” the court said. “The most significant challenge is to ensure that the rule of law is not compromised in Florida’s communities, and, critically, that the level of services provided in Florida’s 20 judicial circuits not be reduced on July 1, 2004.”The court said “observant and respected groups” like the Florida Council of 100 have expressed concern that Florida’s court system has been under-resourced.“As the legislature assumes greater responsibility for the state’s courts, legislative support in providing adequate judicial resources and operating costs is vital to maintain the existing high quality of justice we have provided, and indeed that our citizens expect and deserve,” the court said. “We are fortunate that the legislature has a history over the last decade of providing many of the resources courts need.”The court said it fully understands the competing funding priorities that confront the legislature, but also recognizes the significant need for adequate funding of the third branch of government in the face of unprecedented growth in the nation’s fourth largest state.The court said backlogs of cases would become inevitable without enough judges to preside over and dispose of cases, and without sufficient operating costs and resources to support them.“In sum, justice itself would be delayed,” the court said, noting that preventing that from happening deserves priority.“If adequate resources are not provided, the courts would be required to shift resources from civil proceedings to criminal matters, thereby unavoidably delaying cases involving mortgage foreclosures, landlord-tenant matters, contract disputes, and other civil concerns that are essential to flourishing business operations and a prosperous economy in this state and to the well-being of its families.”Courts in other states have suffered devastating cuts in recent years, and their experiences demonstrate that inadequate funding can gravely impair court operations, the court said.In New Hampshire, jury trials were suspended for two months in 2002 and for three months in 2003. In Colorado, courthouses were recently forced to close one week per month, and court proceedings in Oregon were suspended one day per week last year.“It is critical that Florida avoid similar harm to its justice system, and the fact that we have avoided problems as serious as these is largely due to the legislature’s efforts,” the court said.Yet, Florida’s budget for the courts has consistently been less than 1 percent of the state’s budget.“In short, while bearing an enormous caseload, Florida’s courts have provided a genuine bargain to the people of Florida,” the court said. “Our judiciary’s continuing tradition of excellence will now depend on whether its current standards continue to be funded. We are confident the legislature will continue to provide these resources.”The court said judicial needs remains high for two primary reasons—the lack of funding for previously certified judgeships and caseload increases.Overall, county court filings, excluding civil traffic infractions, have increased 7 percent from fiscal year 1999-2000 to FY 2001-2002, and are projected to grow at a similar rate for the next few years. Total county civil filings, excluding civil traffic infractions, increased by more than 23 percent from 1999-2000 to 2001-2002 and are projected to increase another 22 percent from 2001-2002 to 2002-2003.“For those courts requesting county judgeships, one of the most significant increases at the county court level from fiscal year 1999-2000 to fiscal year 2001-2002 occurred in civil case filings,” the court said.The court said small claims filings for those courts requesting county judgeships have increased approximately 47 percent from 1999-2000 to 2001-2002, and those small claims are generally filed by unrepresented litigants who are often unfamiliar with court rules and procedures, and thus can require a considerable amount of judge time.Other factors impacting the workload of county courts, the justices said, include large increases in population, the necessity of judges and personnel traveling between branch courthouses in urban counties, the creation of branch courthouses in urban counties, and a lack of traffic infraction hearing officers.“Several circuit court chief judges have expressed concern to this court that judicial workload has been increased by the elimination of court staff in the budget reductions made during the 2003 legislative session,” the court said. “Among the more serious cuts were the elimination of the juvenile alternative sanctions coordinators and five model dependency courts throughout the state.”The court said those juvenile alternative sanctions coordinators were largely responsible for providing judges with effective and efficient alternative sanctions and other disposition techniques in delinquency proceedings. The elimination of all of these case managers and general masters effectively required circuit judges in those circuits to absorb the additional workload, the court said.“Simply put, it is far more cost effective to maintain our existing structure with its efficient utilization of supplemental resources than to either pay for a significantly higher number of judges or, conversely, to suffer the adverse consequences of delay and backlog if new judgeships are not sufficiently funded,” the court said.District Courts of AppealThe court also noted the workload at the DCAs has increased steadily over the last 10 years, yet, the districts have been “measured and modest” in their requests for new judgeships.“They have chosen to employ a variety of less expensive means of addressing increased workload. These have included the development of case management systems, the increased use of senior judge time, the increased use of information technology to assist with legal research, and the expanded use of staff attorneys.”In spite of these efforts, the court said, judicial workload in the districts is becoming too great.“In the face of this workload, the district court of appeal judges have voluntarily agreed to carry even higher caseloads before they seek additional judges on their courts,” the court said. “In 2002, this court directed the Commission on District Court of Appeal Performance and Accountability to conduct an in-depth study of workload and related policy issues for the district courts of appeal. That commission, with the support of district court of appeal judges, has recommended the adoption of a new and substantially increased appellate court workload standard—350 primary assignment case filings per judge. This recommended standard is 100 more than the current standard of 250 case filings per judge as identified in rule 2.035(b)(2), Florida Rules of Judicial Administration.”It thus requires appellate judges to shoulder a caseload burden 40 percent greater than before in determining the need for additional judges, the court said.“This new standard further underscores the benefits of cost-saving measures now being used in the courts,” the court said. “The infusion of support staff and other resources over the last decade has enabled the district courts to keep pace with rising workload increases by achieving greater efficiency.”But even under this increased standard, it is apparent that the Second, Fourth, and Fifth districts now require additional judges, the court said. In the district courts of appeal statewide, there was an average of approximately 389 case filings per judge in fiscal year 2002-2003. However, the Fourth and Fifth districts experienced approximately 423 and 420 case filings per judge, respectively, for the same time period. In fiscal year 2002-2003, approximately 430 cases per judge were filed in the Second District, the court said.“Florida’s state courts system is at a critical juncture. Much is at stake,” the court said. “This is a time of great risk and great opportunity. We must take every step to minimize the risk and invoke every measure to ensure that we do not miss the opportunity to maintain a fair and effective justice system worthy of public trust throughout Florida.” Supreme Court calls for 88 new judges January 15, 2004 Managing Editor Regular News Supreme Court calls for 88 new judgeslast_img read more

TOBAM joins smart beta bonds fray

first_imgOne of the pioneers of equity smart beta, Paris-based TOBAM, has joined the handful of competitors, including Pimco, Research Affiliates, Quoniam and Ossiam, in launching a strategy in fixed income.TOBAM’s US credit strategy has been seeded with €30m from an existing investor and will be the first sub-fund in the firm’s new Luxembourg SICAV, Most Diversified Portfolio.It is the first to transfer the maximum diversification methodology from equities to bonds, applying the Merrill Lynch US Corporate Bond index as reference. Maximum diversification aims to construct portfolios that maximise the ratio of their constituents’ weighted average volatility to the portfolios’ overall volatility.TOBAM’s president and CIO Yves Choueifaty said: “We have exported the concept to most equity markets now, and the market closest to equity is credit.” “We will look at other markets after starting in the US as the most liquid and efficient,” he added. “Expansion into other markets will be driven by client appetite, as always, and for now we are dedicated to making this strategy successful, but we have proven the portability of the concept.”Choueifaty claims that on average maximum diversification will add 120 basis points of annual return over the benchmark, with 15-20% less volatility.While Choueifaty acknowledges the potential for credit markets to exhibit high correlations, he argues that much of this comes from duration. The TOBAM strategy will maintain the same duration as the Merrill Lynch universe.For similar reasons, he told IPE that the only market to which he would be reluctant to apply maximum diversification is government bonds – despite this being the focus of the first fixed income smart beta products.“The concept depends on an understanding that market participants are rational actors, and in government bonds we have a completely irrational actor in the form of central banks,” he said.Nonetheless, implementation in corporate bonds is not as straightforward as in equity markets. Liquidity is tighter, documentation and covenants vary from one security to another, and individual issuers often have many more than one bond, at different maturities, outstanding at any one time. Security selection is important, and TOBAM hired a fixed income expert from Société Générale in January to help in this area, once the basic applicability of the concept had been assessed.“While selection will not diverge very much from the theoretical portfolio, this strategy cannot simply rely on the mathematics,” said Choueifaty. “Maximum diversification in equities is like flying an Airbus, whereas in fixed income it is more like flying a Cessna.”TOBAM, which is owned by its employees, Amundi and US pensions giant CalPERS, enjoyed a successful 2013, doubling it’s assets under management. It now manages $6bn (€4.3bn). Pension funds represent more than 80% of those assets, with most coming from Switzerland, North America, the Netherlands and the UK. The firm aims to raise its North American assets from 21% to 50%, and as part of that effort it recently announced an agreement with The Dreyfus Corporation, a BNY Mellon company, to launch the Dreyfus TOBAM Emerging Markets fund.last_img read more

Leonard E. Haase, 72, Milan

first_imgLeonard E. Haase, 72, of Milan passed away at 10:30pm, Monday, November 26, 2018 at his home. He was born at the Whitlatch Clinic in Milan on February 5, 1946 the son of Leonard and Lois Helen Hutchins Haase. He was married to Gail Fugate on September 4, 1965 and she survives. Other survivors include three daughters Karen (Floyd) Fox of Milan, Paula (Brent) Schaumburg of Batesville, and Kathy (Joe) Deaton also of Milan; 14 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; two brothers Delmer (Elsie) Haase of Milan, and Wayne Haase of Guilford; one sister Bernice (John) Neff of Ft. Atkinson, Wisconsin. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Haase was a 1964 graduate of Milan High School. He was a former employee of the Alton Box Company in Aurora and worked in maintenance for 22 years at the Milan Elementary School, retiring in 2011. Leonard enjoyed collecting and restoring Farmall tractors as well as antique cars and trucks. He especially enjoyed his farm as well as the time he got to spend with his wife, children, and grandchildren. Leonard was a member of the Hopewell Baptist Church. Funeral services for Leonard will be held on Friday, November 30th at 11am at the Hopewell Baptist Church with Rev. Ty Choate officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday from 5pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 10am until time of services Friday at the church. Memorials may be given to the FRAXA Research Foundation or the Hopewell Baptist Church in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

City in Carrick’s sights

first_img Press Association But they bounced back with a league win over Crystal Palace on Saturday and then followed that up with an impressive Champions League victory over Bayer Leverkusen. City have not had it all their own way this season either after suffering a shock loss to Cardiff, and Carrick is confident United can come away from the Etihad with some reward. “I don’t think we’ve played that badly so far this season,” the midfielder told “The Swansea game was a good game, the Chelsea one was tight, but Liverpool is always a bit of a one-off game which you can’t really read too much into. “We won at the weekend, and on Tuesday we took it to another level and improved again. “Hopefully we can do it again on Sunday. The performance will breed confidence, and we’ll have to do it all again on Sunday.” David Moyes’ men take on cross-city rivals Manchester City having endured a tough start to the Barclays Premier League season and a frustrating summer in the transfer market. Marouane Fellaini was the only high profile arrival at Old Trafford in the transfer window and, following an opening day win over Swansea, United went on to draw with Chelsea and lose to fierce rivals Liverpool. center_img Michael Carrick is confident Manchester United are peaking at the right time as they prepare for the derby on Sunday.last_img read more

Euro 2020 fate to be decided as virus threat looms

first_img“I firmly count on the fact the tournament will be postponed,” Seifert said. “The probability that we have a perfect Euros this summer is measured by a number close to zero.”German broadcaster ZDF reported that two possible options are on the table.One is to push it back to 2021, although that is not as simple as it might appear, as it would need FIFA president Gianni Infantino to agree to halting the inaugural edition of his highly lucrative Club World Cup, due to take place in June and July next year in China with some of Europe’s top club sides involved.FIFA offered “no comment” on Monday on the matter.There is also the issue of the women’s European Championship, scheduled to run from July 7 to August 1 next year in England, with the final at Wembley. The London venue is also supposed to hold the semi-finals and final of Euro 2020. UEFA have also planned to stage an Under-21 Euros in Hungary and Slovenia in June next year.The alternative option for UEFA, according to ZDF, is to maintain a Euro 2020 by playing it later in the year.– Financial stakes ‘enormous’ –That supposes that the crisis will have calmed down by then, and there is also the issue of all the other football that has been suspended.UEFA may come to a decision to try to complete the Champions League and Europa League by curtailing the competitions, meaning ties up to the semi-finals could be decided in one-off matches.Financially, UEFA would undoubtedly prefer postponing their flagship tournaments to cancelling them altogether, or playing matches behind closed doors.“The financial stakes are enormous,” according to one senior figure in the international game. “We know that FIFA has significant reserves but we don’t know about UEFA or the different leagues.” UEFA is expected to postpone Euro 2020Paris, France | AFP |  UEFA is expected to postpone Euro 2020 by up to a year on Tuesday, as European football’s governing body considers its response to the fallout of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.All of Europe’s leading domestic leagues ground to a halt last week with football confronting its biggest issue in modern times, and the fate of UEFA’s Champions League and Europa League competitions must also be determined.UEFA will hold a video conference with representatives from all 55 member associations as well as from clubs and players bodies. It will then hold an executive committee meeting at 1400 (1300 GMT) at its Swiss headquarters.The future of the European Championship, due to take place for the first time in a dozen different cities spread across the continent from June 12 to July 12, is up in the air.The “dark scenarios” that UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin warned against envisaging when he spoke at the organisation’s congress in Amsterdam just two weeks ago now have to be considered.Europe has become the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic, with Italy and Spain on lockdown, France rapidly following suit, and other countries closing borders to halt the spread of the outbreak.More than 2,100 people have died in Italy, which is supposed to host the opening game of Euro 2020 in Rome.– Postponed for a year? –The head of the Italian football federation, Gabriele Gravina, has already proposed that the Euros be postponed, with Italy coach Roberto Mancini calling for it to pushed back 12 months.“We would have won the European Championship this summer, we can also win it in 2021,” Mancini told television station Rai Sport.It is a position that many across the continent are coming round to amid much uncertainty as to when club football can resume.“UEFA has no choice. They have to postpone the Euros and the Champions League,” one senior figure in the world game told AFP, although finding agreement across the board may not be easy.German league chief Christian Seifert believes postponing the European Championship is inevitable. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Netflix cracks down on password-sharing

first_imgNetflix and chill may not be the same after the streaming service announced plans to crack down on password sharing during its annual, quarterly earnings call last week.The jig is up in regards to the unofficial Netflix sharing plan, which includes giving your password to friends and family for free.Netflix product chief Greg Peters noted that the company is aware of users sharing their account information to save money, but did not disclose an estimate of how many users do so.“We’ll continue to look at the situation, and we’ll see those consumer-friendly ways to push on the edge of that,” said Peters.The company also said it is looking into limiting IP addresses, which could become a problem for families who do not live in the same household.Netflix currently limits the number of devices that can stream from one account, and users can share accounts to some extent.However, Netflix users are also limited to one household because of the requirement of setting up individual profiles.Aside from the monitoring scandal, the company also announced its recent success.Netflix said it added 6.77 million paid subscribers in the September quarter crediting hit shows like “Stranger Things” and “13 Reasons Why.”No immediate changes are expected to come to the popular streaming service, according to Peters.“Netflix is monitoring the shared-activity,” said Peters. “But has no big plans at this point in time in terms of doing something different there.”last_img read more