Court forces state to pay $6,000 in public records law decision

first_imgOn March 30, Washington County Superior Court Judge Geoffrey Crawford issued a decision to award attorney’s fees ‘in the amount of $5,400 plus costs of $626.44’ to the Vermont State Employees Association (VSEA). The decision stems from a January 6 decision by Crawford, ruling then that the State of Vermont was in violation of the law when it attempted to charge the union approximately $1,300 to view public records. Judge Crawford ruled that the State’s inspection fee “is plainly a financial impediment placed in the way of persons seeking access to records.”  In determining that the union was entitled to an attorney’s fee award, the Court noted, “The state’s position was not supported by the language of the statute, by its history, or by subsequent case law. It represented a statement of what the administration wished the statute to say rather than what it actually says.’‘The court’s ruling sends an important message to public officials that they could face direct financial consequences for wrongfully denying access to public records,’ said VSEA Associate General Counsel Abigail Winters, who brought the lawsuit against the State. ‘Because the State attempted to charge VSEA unlawful fees to review these public records’and the union had to take the administration to court to enforce our rights under the law’an attorney’s fee award is entirely just.’Winters added that VSEA has not been permitted to review the records, even though the Court ruled in January that the union was entitled to freely examine them.  ‘As a staunch supporter of access to public records in government, I applaud the decision by Judge Crawford,’ said Secretary of State Jim Condos. ‘At a time when our state is engaged in a vigorous discussion of ways to increase and encourage open government, including pending legislation H.73, I feel  it is important to remove unnecessary barriers to public access of state business.’Winters also warned that H. 73 (open records legislation currently making its way through the Legislature), contains a small but significant change to the public records act, which would allow the state and other public entities to begin charging fees to inspect records.  “VSEA believes this statutory change is a significant step away from government transparency,’ said Winters.  ‘It would enable government officials to create financial barriers to the public’s access to government records. Under the statutory change, an agency that does a poor job storing its records will be rewarded by being able to charge fees to a citizen who simply wanted to look at those records.” Condos said he also believes the Legislature should remove the language from H.73 before passage. ‘Vermont needs a culture change in regards to access to public records,’ Secretary Condos. ‘Free access to inspect public records was clearly intended by previous Legislatures and should be maintained.’ Source: VSEA. 4.4.2011 ###last_img read more

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7 money lessons from the super rich

first_img 30SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Contrary to popular belief, many of today’s multi-millionaires were not born into wealth. The recent U.S. Trust Insights on Wealth and Worth® survey discovered that 77% of those with investable assets of $3 million or greater grew up with average wealth at best (middle-class or below). A surprising 19% grew up in poor households.If they weren’t born into it, what is it about the wealthy that allows them to achieve and maintain that status? The survey highlighted common habits, including the seven important characteristics listed below.1. Investing for the Long-Term – The large majority of the multi-millionaires surveyed followed conservative investment strategies. Rather than try to time markets or engage in high-risk investments, they build wealth over time through buy-and-hold strategies and steady gains. This dovetails with a disciplined savings approach that inherently minimizes risk. You don’t achieve high net worth by blowing money with undisciplined spending. continue reading »last_img read more

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How consumers approach the many ways to pay

first_imgPeople want to pay their own way – and in their own time. That’s evident in the wide variety of options consumers use to manage their payments. Whether they use mobile or online bill pay, person-to-person (P2P) payments or even the occasional check, people want payment options that seamlessly fit how they live and work.Expectations & Experiences: Consumer Payments, the most recent quarterly consumer trends survey by Fiserv, found continuing shifts in mobile and online bill pay and other digital payment options. The survey, conducted by Harris Poll among 3,031 banking consumers in the U.S., highlights several trends.Digital Options Create OpportunityAdoption of online and mobile banking seem to be entry points to other digital services, including bill payment. As adoption and use of online and mobile banking increases, bill payments in those channels are expected to see corresponding gains. Seventy-four percent of online banking users take advantage of online bill pay, and 65 percent of mobile bankers use mobile bill pay. continue reading » 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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NYC Developer in Fatal Sag Harbor DWI Tried to Flee Country, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A prominent Manhattan real estate developer allegedly involved in a drunken driving crash that killed his passenger last summer in Sag Harbor was arrested this week after authorities said they received a tip indicating he might flee the county.Sean Ludwick, who was free on $1 million bond after pleading not guilty to upgraded charges of vehicular homicide earlier this month, was placed under arrest at his home Tuesday afternoon, Southampton Town police said.His arrest came four days after detectives received a tip that Ludwick was in San Juan, Puerto Rico, “and was looking to purchase a boat and leave the country,” police said in a news release.Based on the information, authorities deemed Ludwick a flight risk and notified U.S. Marshals and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office, who issued a warrant for his arrest.The 43-year-old is being held without bail before his next court appearance.Ludwick was originally charged with driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident following the Aug. 30 crash. Authorities alleged that he slammed his Porsche into a telephone pole at 2 a.m., killing his 53-year-old passenger, Paul Hansen, of Sag Harbor.During his initial court appearance, prosecutors said evidence suggested Ludwick dumped Hansen’s body near his home and drove away. Ludwick’s blood alcohol content was .18 four hours after the crash, police said.Ludwick was arrested after police found him standing by his car.Judge Fernando Camacho ordered Ludwick to surrender his passport. US citizens traveling to Puerto Rico are not required to present a US passport.last_img read more

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Parkinson takes Grimley to tribunal

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Size doesn’t matter as much as you think, it’s what you do with it

first_imgDemand for new build homes in Rochedale has seen significantly smaller backyards in the area compared to neighbouring Eight Mile Plains. Image: Nearmap.com.auThe  Great Australian Dream of a home with a backyard is fast disappearing.New data shows the Aussie backyard is shrinking rapidly, with housing affordability and population pressure prompting the rise of “micro lots” across major capitals.In the past three years the median land lot size has shrunk from 458sq m (2014) to 428sq m and then 407sq m nationally, according to the Urban Development Institute of Australia.In Queensland, about 20 per cent of the development market was struggling to keep pace with demand for “more affordable product”, with size being traded for affordability, the UDIA State of the Land report found.“The median lot size continued its long-term decline to 471sq m, down from 485sq m in December 2015. The median lot size is now consistently below 500sq m. This size, however, is around 50sq m bigger than the median of most other states.”Nearmap chief executive Rob Newman sees a clear trend in his firm’s aerial imagery of how locations have changed over time, with freestanding homes now being built on blocks of less than 300sq m in some cases.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours ago“As Australia prepares for an impending population boom, strategic planning will be crucial to maintaining interconnected communities,” he said.Social demographer Mark McCrindle believes ever-shrinking proximity to neighbours might not be a bad thing for a society which has become increasingly disconnected on a personal level.“In a lot of ways, micro-lots are just a return to the older terrace housing style – urbanised densified living,” he said.“There are many other factors, besides affordability, driving people to smaller residences. One attraction is they are often found in walkable communities, with shops and public amenities very close by. These easily accessible public spaces can also make up for not having a backyard and result in a more interconnected and socially active community – a major drawcard for many Australian home buyers.”Much of the pressure was also coming off limited land availability. In 2010, just under 7000 lots were released with a median size of 623sq m. That grew to 12,252 lots, but with a median size of just 471sq m last year, the UDIA found – and even that is not enough to meet demand.“If the current housing forecasts are correct, and the traditional weighting to detached homes remains in place, South East Queensland would likely need 14,907 lots per year,” the report said. “Current lot release numbers, though at high levels, are significantly below this figure.”last_img read more

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LGUs commit to conserve, protect Visayan Sea

first_imgAccording to Aparri, the tasks oflocal governments in the fisheries management of the Visayan Sea are thefollowing: * ensure that local regulations andmanagement measures are consistent with the FMA policies and managementmeasures Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. of Iloilo signs a covenant committing to hasten the implementation of the “Management Framework for the Conservation, Protection and Restoration of the Visayan Sea” during a summit on the Visayan Sea yesterday, Nov. 28, 2019, in Jaro, Iloilo City. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN For this, a covenant signing was heldyesterday. It was participated by local officials from the provinces of Iloilo,Negros Occidental, Capiz, Masbate, and Cebu during the “Fisheries ManagementArea (FMA) 11 Governors Summit” at Eon Centennial Resort Hotel & Waterparkin Jaro district. * manage and implement regulations offisheries in municipal waters, as provide by law * submit a summary report to the FMAManagement Board on their compliance with the FMA policies and managementmeasures/PN (2) sustain livelihoods, both fisheryand non-fishery related, through enhanced capacities, and equitable access toavailable resources, and (3) establish efficient and effectivegovernance structure with improved fishery law compliance and enforcement thataddresses socio-economic security and ecological integrity (1) restore fishery resources andrehabilitate habitats of the Visayan Sea The Visayan Sea is a rich fishingground. Among those who attended the summityesterday and signed the covenant were Iloilo’s Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr.,Capiz’s Gov. Esteban Evan Contreras, environmentalist Atty. Antonio Oposa,former Negros Occidental governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., Western VisayasAssociate Graft Investigation Officer Evangeline Nuñal of the Office of theOmbudsman, BFAR Region 6 and Region 7 officials, Philippine National Police,representatives of governors from Cebu, Negros Occidental and Masbate, andothers stakeholders. Bureau of Fisheries and AquaticResources (BFAR) Region 6 spearheaded the summit. Regional Director Remia Aparrisaid the covenant had three priority goals: * as may be appropriate or needed,local governments in consultation with their respective Fisheries and AquaticResources Management  Councils will enactlocal ordinances based on FMA policies and management measures ILOILO City – Local government units(LGUs) in the Visayas vowed to hasten the implementation of the “ManagementFramework for the Conservation, Protection and Restoration of the Visayan Sea.” The Visayan Sea covers an area drawnthrough certain points and coastlines. These coastlines include from the mouthof the Danao River on the northeastern tip of Bantayan Island to Madridejos(Cebu) through the lighthouse on Gigantes Island (Iloilo), to Olotayan Islandand Culasi Point (Capiz); eastward along the northern coast of Capiz toBulacaue Point in Carles (Iloilo); southward along the eastern coast of Iloiloto the mouth of Talisay River; westward across the Guimaras Strait to TomontonPoint in Negros Occidental; eastward along the northern coast of Negros Islandand back to the mouth of Danao River in Escalante, Negros Occidental.last_img read more

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Negros Occ. records 2nd COVID-19 case

first_imgMangilimutan said the patient and hisfamily in Barangay Nato are now being quarantined. Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson confirmedthis, saying the male patient who is now in stable condition has a travelhistory to Iloilo. On April 5 to 6, symptoms appeared onthe patient with fever and loose bowel movement for two days.On April 5, his employer in Iloilo was reported to have been tested positive ofCOVID-19 and that on April 8, he was informed about the condition of hisemployers.The patient’s test result was released Monday after a swab sample was takenfrom him on April 12. BACOLOD City – A 43-year-old residentof La Castellana town is the latest confirmed case of coronavirus disease 2019(COVID-19) in Negros Occidental. For his part, Vice Mayor El CidFamiliaran, chairman of the City Inter-agency Task Force against COVID-19, saidthe City Health Office has conducted contact tracing to the family in BarangayEstefania, where the patient temporarily stayed. According to La Castellana mayorRhumyla Mangilimutan, the patient arrived in the town on March 13 from Paviaand has been considered a person under monitoring. He went on home quarantinefrom March 13 until March 28 and felt no symptoms yet. He had close contact with hisemployers – a couple from Pavia, Iloilo – who were found to be positive for theviral disease. “Barangay Nato was placed underlockdown, while the border control points of La Castellana and its nearbylocalities are being secured and control by the law enforcers,” the mayor added. He added that based on the CHOinvestigation, the patient’s family has not experienced any symptoms until nowand they are in good condition.Todate, the province’s first COVID-19 case, a 41 year-old female, has recoveredand has already been discharged from the Teresita L. Jalandoni ProvincialHospital in Silay City on April 8./PNlast_img read more

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Burnley snap up Reid

first_imgBurnley have announced the signing of former Blackburn defender Steven Reid. Press Association The former Republic of Ireland international is the Clarets’ fifth signing since they secured promotion following the arrivals of Michael Kightly, Matt Gilks, Marvin Sordell and Matt Taylor at Turf Moor. Manager Sean Dyche told the club’s website, www.burnleyfootballclub.com: “Steven is a very strong-minded professional and he has had years in the Premier League so he has that bit of experience and know-how. “I know him personally from his younger days at Millwall and he was a very solid pro then and he still is now, perhaps a more rounded version of what he was then. “Along with Matty Taylor we want that experience in the building as well as the vibrancy in the team. “Both of those players played in some really awkward games for West Brom and West Ham respectively and hopefully that experience can rub off on others.” Reid began his professional career with Millwall before moving to Burnley’s east Lancashire rivals Blackburn in 2003. He spent seven years at Ewood Park but had brief loan spells at QPR and West Brom before making a permanent move to The Hawthorns in 2010. center_img The 33-year-old has signed a one-year deal with the Barclays Premier League newcomers. Reid was a free agent after being released by West Brom at the end of last season. last_img read more

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CWI confirms sacking of entire Women’s management team

first_img… Hendy Springer, Gus Logie named in interin set upST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – Cricket West Indies (CWI) has belatedly confirmed the sacking of the West Indies Women’s management team which oversaw the Caribbean side’s wretched campaign at the recent Women’s World Cup in England.In a release yesterday, CWI said it would be “setting up a new management support structure for the team” ahead of Sri Lanka Women’s tour of the Caribbean starting October 4.Recent media reports said head coach Vasbert Drakes, Ezra Moseley, Stuart Williams and operations manager Ann Browne-John had all been removed from their positions.Experienced Hendy Springer has been named as head coach and former West Indies head coach Gus Logie, as his assistant, in an interim management team.“The process will start with the search for a new head coach and an interim management team will be in place for the short term,” the release stated.It added: “CWI wishes to thank the previous management team for their time and contribution.”Physiotherapist Oba Gulston has been replaced by Ariane Mangar while fitness coordinator Hector Martinez-Charles has been replaced by Shayne Cooper.Gary Belle will take over from Trent Sargeant as data analyst.West Indies Women arrived at the June 24 to July 23 showpiece as one of the favourites but lost all their warm-up matches and then their first four in the preliminary round, to suffer an elimination.Their only two wins came against Sri Lanka and Pakistan – the two weakest teams in the tournament – as they finished sixth of the eight teams with five defeats to end on four points.In one match – against South Africa – the Windies Women were dismissed for 48, the lowest total at a Women’s World Cup in 24 years.An 18-member squad will be selected shortly for a camp, set to run from September 25 to October 4, from which the side to face Sri Lanka will be chosen.last_img read more

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