Held this week, on 8 May 2016, the third annual Wings for Life World Run was the ‘biggest and most emotional yet’. Global Champions Kaori Yoshida of Japan and Giorgio Calcaterra of Italy smashed course records, with women’s titleholder Yoshida running 65.71km before being passed by the Catcher Car finish line, and Calcaterra pushing to 88.44km to top the men’s field.In all, people of 203 nationalities signed up for the race; with an unprecedented number of registered participants – 130,732 across 34 official race locations, plus 20,556 confirmed Selfie Runners – as well as sponsors and other donors, raising €6.6 million for spinal cord injury research.Registration is now open for many locations of the next Wings for Life World Run, taking place on 7 May 2017 – and the organizers note that more than 1,500 people have already signed up for next year.Wings for Life World Run facts & figures:Locations34 official locations across 33 countries6 continents12 time zonesAmount raised to support spinal cord research€6.6 millionParticipants130,732 registered participants20,556 Selfie RunnersDistanceMen’s Global Champion Giorgio Calcaterra: 88.44kmWomen’s Global Champion Kaori Yoshida: 65.71kmCombined distance of all participants worldwide: 1,255,000kmTemperature extremes at startHottest: Ahmedabad, India 42ºCColdest: Niagara Falls, Canada 5.6ºCRunner supportVolunteers: 16,000Bananas: 28 tonsWater: 140,000 litresCatcher Cars68 Catcher Cars worldwidewww.wingsforlifeworldrun.com Related
June 15, 2009 Regular News St. Lucie County County Bar hosts Law Day events ST. LUCIE COUNTY BAR and the Friends of the Rupert J. Smith Law Library again co sponsored their annual Law Week Reception and Student Art Contest at the St. Lucie County Courthouse in Ft. Pierce. The Law Week honorees for outstanding civic leadership embodying the principles of the theme “The Legacy of Lincoln: Celebrating the Lincoln Bicentennial” were James “Bo” Powell, former Ft. Pierce city manager and police chief, and retired Judge Phillip Nourse. Nineteenth Circuit Chief Judge William Roby talked about Judge Rupert Smith for whom the public law library is named. Judge Smith’s leadership led to the creation of law libraries across the state. The keynote speaker was U.S. Southern District Judge Jose Martinez who discussed the new federal courthouse in Ft. Pierce. Michael Lannon spoke on “Education’s Role in Shaping the Attitude of Future Generations About the Law.” The annual reception always includes the traditional award of cash prizes to the winner of the Student Art and Poster Contest, which drew more than 300 entries. The winner of the $500 high school prize was David Imperato of St. Lucie West Centennial High. Kelly Fryer of Sungrove Middle School took home the $150 middle school prize. Third-grader Gabrielle Rodriguez of the Ft. Pierce Magnet School of the Arts won the $100 upper elementary prize and Megan Avdette, a first-grader at Mariposa Elementary, won the $50 lower elementary prize. Pictured in the back from the left are Michael Lannon, superintendent of schools, Judge Martinez, Judge Burton Connor, Chief Judge Roby, and Frank Fee III. In the front from the left are Kim Cunzo, chair of the art contest, Avdette, Rodriguez, Imperato, and Fryer.
All sides sign off on e-portal agreement All sides sign off on e-portal agreement Senior EditorFlorida’s courts are about to get a common “electronic” door for those seeking access as the court system and the state’s court clerks have reached agreement over an electronic portal as part of an electronic filing system.“A statewide electronic access point will significantly enhance our ability to serve the legal community and the people of Florida,” said Chief Justice Charles Canady, adding while there are sure to be more challenges moving forward, “I am confident we will continue to make progress.”“After long and arduous, but constructive, negotiations, we’ve come to a final agreement,” said State Courts Administrator Lisa Goodner. “We are moving ahead.”“This is one of those milestones that is going to change the court system profoundly,” said Supreme Court Clerk Tom Hall, who is on the board that will oversee the portal’s operation. Retired 11th Circuit Judge Judith Kreeger, chair of the Florida Courts Technology Commission, which oversees court technology-related issues, said the portal agreement is an important step but much more work remains to be done.“The portal is simply the entry point for electronic filing. It’s like the door to the courthouse, but the process of what happens to that data and what happens to that case as the judicial branch transitions into conducting its business electronically, there is a lot of detail that has to be worked out,” she said.The agreement creates the Florida E-Filing Authority Board, composed of eight county clerks of court and Hall, which will oversee the portal’s operation by the Florida Association of Court Clerks. The board was scheduled to hold its first meeting on September 22, after this News went to press.The portal — an Internet site that will be connected to all of the state’s courts — is expected to begin widespread operation in counties where e-filing has been authorized, around January 1 if other issues are worked out.“The portal is a website that will facilitate one-stop shopping for e-filing,” said Melvin Cox, director of information technology for the FACC and who is overseeing the portal’s setup. “A lawyer will have to go to only one place to file anywhere in the state. It’s a single doorway into all of these court systems.”“There are some implementation issues that we will need to work through with the appellate courts,” Goodner said. “The portal was originally designed for use by the trial courts, so there is a whole appellate piece. . . that has to be put in place.”“We’re actually going through a series of meetings right now where they are adding on a section that will accommodate all of the appellate court filings,” Hall said. “There’s a series of meetings between court personnel and FACC, and attorneys are getting input. We’re pretty far along in that process.”Hall will serve as vice chair of the Florida E-Filing Advisory Board. Other members are Columbia County Clerk P. Dewitt Cason, who will be chair, Bay County Clerk Bill Kinsaul, Leon County Clerk Bob Inzer, Clay County Clerk James B. Jett, Hernando County Clerk Karen Nicolai, Orange County Clerk Lydia Gardner, Sarasota County Clerk Karen Rushing, and Palm Beach County Clerk Sharon Bock.“As we move farther into the acceptance of the electronic way of doing business, coupled with our state’s tough economy, it is more important than ever to look toward electronic solutions to our ways of doing business,” said Cason, the board chair. “The Florida E-Filing Portal will allow those who use and work in the court system to become more efficient and accurate in their filing and processing of the many, many filings that are delivered and received every day.”The portal board will operate under an interlocal agreement signed by the court system and the clerks which details the governance of the portal. The FACC will provide staffing support for the portal board.The agreement culminates a long process over creating the portal. The court system had originally moved toward creating its own portal for the electronic filing system when clerks said their system for electronic filing of records could — and was planned to — be used for e-filing. After negotiations, it was agreed the clerks and the court system would work together to use the clerks’ system, but the details still took months to hammer out in the interlocal agreement.The portal will be the center of the court system’s move not only to electronic filing but to electronic access to court records. The Legislature in 2009 mandated that the clerks and courts begin moving to electronic filing as a way to increase efficiency and save money in court operations. Earlier this year, lawmakers specified that in the current 2010-11 budget year, electronic filing must be implemented in five of the trial courts’ 10 divisions. Plans are to implement electronic filing in circuit civil, county civil, probate, family law, and juvenile dependency divisions this year.Kreeger noted that electronic filing is only the start of the process for the courts. The filing needs to capture critical “data elements” for each kind of case so that court staff and judges can efficiently move and track cases. The FCTC’s Trial Court Performance and Accountability Committee is tackling that job.“It’s basically the task recommending what the courts and judges really need from technology,” Kreeger said. “Then the task of the FCTC will be to take that report and, from the technology side, recommend this is how it should be done. What do judges need and how should it be done and delivered to them by technology?”Bar Board of Governors member Murray Silverstein, who serves on the FCTC and spearheads technology matters for the board, praised the progress and noted it comes as procedural rules committees are also acting to bring the rules into the electronic era.“The coalescing of all aspects of the electronic court system seems to be taking shape from the procedural rule committees to the new working relationship between the court and the clerks’ association to the eventual functioning of a statewide portal,” Silverstein said. “We are all greatly encouraged by this progress.”As designed by the FACC, the portal will help lawyers manage as well as file papers with the courts.First, lawyers will be required to register, a process that takes a couple of minutes and requires them to provide both their Bar number and an e-mail address. Once the registration is accepted by the e-filing system, lawyers can proceed with filing.The FACC’s Cox said that is basically a two-step process. The lawyer goes online and makes the filing, which is automatically verified as submitted when correctly done, and then the clerk reviews the submission and accepts it into the court system.The portal has a variety of pull-down menus to assist the lawyer in filing and easily allows attachment of documents. It also allows online payment of filing fees and other charges, either via credit card or bank accounts.Once the filing lawyer is finished and hits the button, the screen shows a verification — assuming everything has been filled out correctly — that the filing has been submitted, and a verifying e-mail also is automatically sent. When the filing is accepted by the clerk (the most common expected error is that documents are filed in the wrong county), the online page shows the acceptance and another verifying e-mail is sent.Any lawyer registered in the system will be able to pull up a page on the portal that shows all of his or her active filings and the status, a quick way to check on various cases.Law firms will also be able to create a special section where all firm lawyers with access to the system will be listed, and where a firm administrator can add or remove names as lawyers join or leave the firm.There are some nods to tradition in small things with the portal. For example, the main page shows a picture of the Florida Supreme Court. But when a user indicates he or she wants to make a filing in a particular county, the picture is replaced with one of that county courthouse.Maybe that’s a good reminder that the new “electronic” door does indeed go everywhere. October 1, 2010 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News
FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享An elderly Kenai Peninsula woman was scammed out of $1,400 by an email on Wednesday. She reportedly sent the $1,400 to an unspecified location in Asia via Western Union. Michelle Tabler with the Better Business Bureau said con artists often target the elderly. No suspect information on the August 12 phone scam is known at this time. She reported that she received an email that stated her Microsoft program was experiencing problems and if she sent the cash it would be corrected. Tabler: “First of all there’s never a reason to wire money, ever, really.” Alaska State Trooper investigation found the phone number came back to an unknown location in California. Just after 3 pm August 12, the 69-year-old victim called Alaska State Troopers to report the scam.