Governor, Speaker release their picks for the CRC

first_img April 1, 2017 Regular News Governor, Speaker release their picks for the CRC Governor, Speaker release their picks for the CRC Gov. Rick Scott and House Speaker Richard Corcoran rounded out the Florida Constitution Revision Commission by announcing their appointments to the 37-member commission, which convenes every 20 years to review Florida’s Constitution and propose potential amendments to be approved by Florida voters. “I’m incredibly honored today to appoint members from across Florida to the Florida Constitution Revision Commission,” Scott said. “These members stood out as exemplary choices for this historic commission whose diverse backgrounds and experience in education, business and policy will ensure we continue to champion policies that make Florida the best place for families for generations to come.” Corcoran said he believes his appointments understand and respect the role of the constitution and the separation of powers. “With that as a foundation, these appointees are diverse, principled, and won’t march in lockstep with anyone,” Corcoran said. “And my only charge to each has been to do what they believe to be right.” Chief Justice Jorge Labarga and Senate President Joe Negron had announced their picks earlier. Attorney General Pam Bondi is automatically a member. The governor appointed Carlos Beruff, a Florida developer, as chair of the commission. His other appointments include: • Dr. Jose “Pepe” Armas, a distinguished physician and healthcare executive from Miami. Dr. Armas currently serves as chair of MCCI Group. Gov. Scott appointed Dr. Armas to the Florida International University Board of Trustees and he is a member of the National Advisory Board of Health Research Resources, Inc. He also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board and is a member of the Interview Committee of Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine and on the Advisory Board for the School of Nursing and Healthcare of Georgetown University. • Lisa Carlton of Sarasota, co-owner and manager of the Mabry Carlton Ranch, Inc., and former Florida state senator. After graduating from law school, Carlton practiced law in Sarasota County for several years before entering public service. Carlton is a member of the Board of Directors for the Gulf Coast Community Foundation and is a founding member of the Florida Historic Capitol Foundation. • Timothy Cerio of Tallahassee, an attorney practicing at his own law firm. Cerio has previously served as general counsel to Gov. Scott from 2015 to 2016 and chief of staff and general counsel at the Florida Department of Health from 2005 to 2007. In 2013, Cerio was appointed by Scott to the Judicial Nominating Commission for the First District Court of Appeal. • Emery Gainey of Tallahassee, who has devoted his career to law enforcement. Gainey is a member of the Attorney General’s senior executive management team and currently serves as the director of law enforcement, victim services, and criminal justice programs and is the liaison between federal, state, and local law enforcement administrators and the Attorney General. In 2016, Gov. Scott appointed Gainey to serve as sheriff of Marion County, where he served until January 3, 2017, before returning to the Attorney General’s Office. • Brecht Heuchan of Tallahassee, the founder and CEO of ContributionLink, LLC, a political intelligence, data analytics, and fundraising company. Heuchan also owns The Labrador Company, a Florida based political and government affairs firm. • Marva Johnson of Winter Garden,the regional vice president of state government affairs for Charter Communications and serves as the chair of the Florida State Board of Education. Previously, Johnson served as a member of the Florida Virtual School Board and Advisory Board for Rollins College’s Crummer Center for Leadership Development. • Darlene Jordan of Palm Beach, the executive director of the Gerald R. Jordan Foundation, a nonprofit that supports education, health, and youth services, and the arts. Jordan is a member of the Board of Governors of the State University System and Fordham’s Board of Directors. Jordan is a former assistant attorney general for the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General. • Fred Karlinsky of Weston, co-chair of Greenberg Traurig’s insurance regulatory and transactions practice group. Karlinsky has been an adjunct professor of law at Florida State University College of Law and is a Florida Supreme Court certified mediator. Karlinsky sits on Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission. • Belinda Keiser of Parkland,vice chancellor of Keiser University for more than 20 years. Keiser has served as an an ex-officio member of the Florida Council of 100, member of the board of Florida’s Chamber of Commerce, and on the Florida Government Efficiency Task Force. Keiser is serving as a reappointed member of the 17th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission and as an appointee of Gov. Scott to the Enterprise Florida Board of Directors. • Frank Kruppenbacher of Orlando,an attorney who has spent much of the past 10 years serving his community and the state through positions on various boards and commissions. Kruppenbacher has served on the Florida Commission on Ethics, Florida Commission on Sales Tax Reform, Greater Orlando Chamber of Commerce, Orange County Ethics and Campaign Finance Reform Taskforce, Orange County Oversight Committee, Orange County Charter Commission, Central Florida Zoological Board, Orange County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Orange County Sheriff Department Oversight Board. He currently chairs the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. • Dr. Gary Lester, vice president of The Villages for Community Relations and has spent 34 years as an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church. Lester has served on the United States Military Academy Nominations Board and the Judicial Nominating Commission – Middle District of Florida. • Jimmy Patronis of Panama City,who is currently a commissioner on the Florida Public Service Commission. Patronis also represented District 6 (Bay County) in the Florida House of Representatives. Patronis was appointed by Governors Jeb Bush and Lawton Chiles to the Florida Elections Commission and is also a past chair and board member of the Bay County-Panama City International Airport and Industrial District. • Pam Stewart of Tallahassee, who is the commissioner of the Florida Department of Education. Stewart began her career as a school teacher. She spent the first 20 years as a guidance counselor, testing and research specialist, assistant principal, and principal at both the elementary and high school levels. • Nicole Washington of Miami Beach, a state policy consultant for the Lumina Foundation, where she has worked to expand access and success for students in higher education and collaborated with organizations. In Florida, Washington has served as the associate director of Governmental Relations for the State University System Board of Governors, as well as the budget director for education in the Governor’s Office of Policy and Budget. Washington is a board member of Florida A&M University, the LeRoy Collins Institute, and the Veterans Trust Board. She is also currently a member of Class VII of Connect Florida. Speaker Corcoran’s appointments include: • Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, who represents House District 116 in Miami-Dade County. In 2005, he earned a J.D. from Columbia University where he studied state constitutions. He has been chair of the Energy and Utilities Subcommittee (2012-2014) and the Regulatory Affairs Committee (2014-2016). He currently serves as the chair of the Commerce Committee. Diaz has served on several boards and councils, most notably as the Florida representative to the Southern States Energy Board (2013-present) and as chair of the Public Service Commission Nominating Council (2013 and 2015). • Speaker Pro Tempore Jeanette Nuñez, a small business owner from Miami-Dade County where she currently represents House District 119. She sits on the board at Kristi House, a children’s advocacy center responsible for sexual abuse cases in Miami-Dade County, and is affiliated with the Women’s Healthcare Executive Network. In 2016, she was appointed to the National Assessment Governing Board by the United States Department of Education. • Rep. Chris Sprowls, an attorney currently representing House District 65 in Pinellas County. He currently serves as the chair of the House Judiciary Committee. He has served as a coordinator for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and served as the advocacy chair for the 2014 Dunedin Relay for Life. He also has volunteered with the North Pinellas YMCA and serves on the YMCA of the Suncoast Healthy Living Committee. Sprowls also served as an assistant state attorney for the Sixth Judicial Circuit. • Sen. Tom Lee, who serves Senate District 20, consisting of parts of Hillsborough, Pasco, and Polk counties. For over 30 years, he has been a licensed real estate agent and an owner of Sabal Homes of Florida. In 2004 he was chosen by his colleagues to lead their chamber as president of the Senate (2004-2006). Lee has also served the Senate as chair of the Rules Committee from (2000-2004), chair of the Appropriations Committee (2014-2016), and chaired a Senate select committee to implement constitutional amendments passed by the voters in 2002. Prior to his election to the Senate, he served as a member of the Hillsborough County City/County Planning Commission and the Hillsborough County Zoning Board of Adjustment. • Sen. Darryl Rouson, a lawyer from St. Petersburg practicing with the Dolman Law Group. In 1981, he became the first African American prosecutor in Pinellas County. In 2003, he was appointed the first chair of the newly formed Substance Abuse and Addictions Task Force for The National Bar Association. He also served as president of the St. Petersburg NAACP from 2000-2005, chair of the St. Petersburg Black Chamber, and as a member on the Taxation and Budget Reform Commission in 2007. • Sheriff Chris Nocco of Pasco County. Sheriff Nocco has extensive law enforcement experience, having served with the Philadelphia Public School Police, the Fairfax County Virginia Police Department, and as a deputy with the Broward Sheriff’s Office. He was a first responder on 9/11 and during the Washington sniper incident. He has served as deputy chief of staff of the Florida House of Representatives and as chief of staff at the Florida Highway Patrol. • Erika Donalds, a certified public accountant from Naples. Donalds is the chief financial officer/chief compliance officer and partner at Dalton, Greiner, Hartman, Maher & Co. — a New York-based investment management firm. She has served on the Collier County School Board and was a member and past president of Parents Rights Of Choice for Kids, a nonprofit focused on representing parent and student interests at the state and local level. • Rich Newsome, senior partner of the Newsome Melton law firm. While in college, Newsome worked for the Florida House Minority Office. After law school, he worked as a federal prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern and Middle Districts of Florida. In 2001, Newsome was appointed by Gov. Bush to the Fifth District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission and served as the JNC’s chair during his term. He is a past president of the Orlando Federal Bar Association, the Florida Justice Association, and a past-member of the Board of Governors of the American Association for Justice, and past-president of the Central Florida Trial Lawyers Association. He currently serves as a member of the board of directors for the Florida Guardian Ad Litem Foundation and is a past member of the St. James Cathedral Parish Council. • John Stemberger, a civil trial lawyer from Orlando who is president of Florida Family Policy Council. In 2001, he was appointed by Gov. Bush to the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Ninth Judicial Circuit. He has served as a guardian ad litem for 13 years with the Orange County Bar’s Legal Aid Society. He also served as chair of the board for WIN Family Services, a large foster care and child welfare agency in the inner city of Baltimore, Maryland. Stemberger also helped found Trail Life USA, a Christian scouting movement for boys.last_img read more

IDB lends further support to CDB’s investments in regional energy security

first_img(Caribbean Development Bank Press Release)  – The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), has mobilised more than US$85M to increase the Region’s energy security through geothermal energy development. CDB’s Board of Directors earlier in December approved acceptance of further financing under the Sustainable Energy Facility (SEF) for the Eastern Caribbean from IDB, with resources coming from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the Government of the Republic of Italy. SEF is part of CDB’s GeoSmart Initiative, which aims to reduce the financial, technical and institutional barriers to geothermal energy development in five Eastern Caribbean states – Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The programme also helps governments build capacity and strengthen institutions so they can be better equipped to implement and manage geothermal energy initiatives. Oct 1, 2020 Oct 5, 2020 CDF, IRENA Collaborate to Boost Low-Carbon Investments in… Find Way for Private Sector to Assume Role as Jobs Generator… Oct 2, 2020 CDB to Lend US$70M to The Bahamas and Saint Lucia,… center_img You may be interested in… US$85.6M will expand the pool of existing resources under SEF Programme with US$80M coming from GCF and US$5.6M from the Government of the Republic of Italy. It will go towards financing the often cost-intensive stages of development from the pre-feasibility studies to exploration drilling, and eventually field and plant development such as developing wells and building power plants, sub-stations and transmission lines. Monica La Bennett, Vice-President (Operations) welcomed the new financing, saying it would help to advance the energy transformation and economic development of the beneficiary countries. “The reality for these countries is that they have small and isolated electricity markets which lack scale, and are heavily dependent on diesel fuel for power generation. This has made the cost of electricity higher than the global average,” she said. The Vice-President noted that some of the countries, given their volcanic origins, have large potential for geothermal energy, which could provide lower-cost constant power. However, the risks that form barriers to exploration and development are often high. The approved package of funding consists of investment and technical grant, contingent grant, as well as concessional loan resources, and will help the countries overcome the barriers to geothermal energy development. “CDB, by collaborating with partners such as the IDB, is focused on removing these barriers, and creating a low-carbon diversified energy matrix based on more affordability and indigenous renewable energy options, thereby increasing energy security. This is critical for these tourism-dependent economies if they are to improve their competitiveness and fiscal and macroeconomic stability,” added La Bennett. The GeoSmart Initiative contributes to achieving the objectives of CDB’s 2015-2019 Strategic Plan, in which energy security is a cross-cutting theme. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… CDB wins top industry award for driving geothermal energy development in Region(CDB Press Release) The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is being lauded and awarded for its work advancing geothermal energy development in the Caribbean. On July 17, the Geothermal Congress for Latin America and the Caribbean (GEOLAC) gave CDB’s Sustainable Energy Facility for the Eastern Caribbean (SEF) programme its top prize for…July 25, 2019In “Business”OECS to focus on geothermal energy at St. Kitts and Nevis forumThe Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission are partnering with the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis to jointly host a Regional Geothermal Forum under the theme: ‘Opportunities and Synergies for Collaboration’. The three-day forum will be held in Basseterre from May 10-12…May 3, 2016In “CARICOM”Geothermal energy getting increasing attention in Eastern CaribbeanWhile appearing on the Government’s weekly radio and television programme “Working for You” on Wednesday, May 11, Dr. Devon Gardener, Programme Manager for Energy and Head of Energy Unit at the CARICOM Secretariat in Guyana, said Caribbean islands can produce their own power. “The fact is that at the end…May 16, 2016In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp Two Major Leaps Towards a Climate Resilient, Emission-Free… Sep 29, 2020last_img read more

FMMO update: California on the clock; opposition surfaces to multiple component pricing proposal in Southeast

first_imgDave NatzkeEditorProgressive DairymanEmail Dave [email protected] California FMMO to be implemented in OctoberThe results were pretty much a foregone conclusion after three major dairy co-ops bloc-voted for approval, but the USDA made it official: California dairy producers have voted to approve a FMMO covering the state.advertisementadvertisementThe new California FMMO (51) will be implemented on Oct. 17, 2018, and affected parties must comply with all provisions beginning Nov. 1, 2018.USDA staffers will work over the next few months to educate milk handlers who will become regulated by the new FMMO. Three regional group informational meetings have already been scheduled:• July 16-20 in Ontario, California• July 23-27 in Clovis• July 23-27 in Walnut CreekadvertisementAffected milk handlers are asked to register by July 6. For more information or to register, [email protected] or call (530) 662-2037.According to Geoff Vanden Heuvel, director of regulatory and economic affairs, the California FMMO office will be headed by acting market administrator Cary Hunter. Hunter currently serves as market administrator for the Southwest order, based in Dallas, Texas. The California FMMO office will be located at 221 W Court St., Ste. 3B, Woodland, California, 95695-2983.USDA has also created a new website with information specific to the California FMMO.Once California’s new FMMO is implemented, over 80 percent of the U.S. milk supply will fall under the FMMO regulatory framework.MCP proposal draws opposition Opposition to a proposal to change how milk prices are calculated in two southeastern U.S. FMMOs has surfaced.The letters, along with alternative proposals, were submitted by Stan Butt, executive director of the Tennessee Dairy Producers Association, and Michael Brown, director, Dairy Supply Chain, The Kroger Co., Cincinnati, Ohio. The letters have been posted on the USDA website: Multiple Component Pricing in the Southeast and Appalachian Orders.advertisementOne letter of opposition, from John Harrison of Sweetwater Valley Farm of Philadelphia, Tennessee, was also submitted to Progressive Dairyman. (Read: Letter to the Editor: Multiple component pricing would erode milk production in Southeast.)In early April, a formal request was filed with the USDA, seeking a public hearing to consider implementing MCP in the two FMMOs. The request was filed by National All-Jersey (NAJ), 14 dairy cooperatives and other trade associations. (Read: Dairy groups seek multiple component pricing in Appalachian, Southeast FMMOs.)In early May, the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) laid out an action plan to considering moving ahead on the rule-making process. The schedule included a period (ending June 1) to accept additional proposals for consideration and identifying a possible hearing date of July 30. Subsequently, Dana Coale, deputy administrator for USDA AMS dairy programs, participated in an informational meeting in Knoxville, Tennessee, on May 16. She was joined by FMMO market administrators from FMMOs 5 and 7.Find additional information on the USDA website.   With the approval of the California Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) confirmed, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is targeting an October 2018 implementation date. Meanwhile, opposition to a proposal to convert Appalachian and Southeast FMMOs to multiple component pricing (MCP) systems has surfaced.last_img read more

Bowlers ensure league victory for Pattaya C.C

first_imgPattaya Cricket Club travelled to the new Thailand Cricket Ground near the international airport to take on Thailand Cricket Club in the Bangkok Premier League.  PCC fielded an experienced side against a TCC side that remarkably resembled the Thai national under 19’s XI who were preparing for the forthcoming ASEAN International Tournament starting on Monday. It was apparent the wicket had been well watered and upon losing the toss PCC were asked to bat in the 40 over game.  John Giuffrida and Giles Mongare opened the innings and found runs hard to come by against a lively and youthful bowling attack.  The ball seamed in all directions but the openers stuck to their task and dug in to slowly accumulate runs before their 49 run partnership was broken by an inswinging yorker that removed John G’s off stump. Batting continued to be a war of attrition as the spinners were introduced who turned the ball prodigiously on the slow but drying surface.  The Captain Simon Philbrook (33) and Dave Booton (17) showed their experience as they added a further 55 runs before 3 wickets fell with score on 120.  It was left to Lindon Giuffrida to guide PCC to a total of 144 for 9.The pick of the TCC bowlers was Jai who finished with 4 for 35 from his 8 overs of left arm wrist spin.The PCC bowlers had to bowl well from the start and they certainly delivered.  Salman bowled full and straight and as the batsmen went back the umpire’s finger went up: 3 times in fact in the first 4 overs and Salman had figures of 3 for 17.Then Usman, bowling left arm quick, bowled with immaculate control to keep the pressure on.  The wicket was drying quickly under the sun and the surface was beginning to deteriorate rapidly.  It was not long before the accuracy of Usman paid dividends and wickets started to fall again.  The middle order collapsed under the relentless pressure and the bowler merited his man of the match figures of 4 for 27 from 8 his overs.Leon Bouter took care of the tail to ensure they bowled out their opponents for 88 runs and in doing so secured the 2 extra bonus points.PCC’s next BPL fixture is on Saturday 5th February at Horseshoe Point from 10 a.m. against the form side Siam CC.  Anyone wishing to play or get involved with PCC please come along to nets every Friday from 4 p.m. at HSP.  See our website at read more

Club comes up trumps for cancer

first_imgBy Paul PickeringCATANI Football Club pulled out all stops to donate more than $15,000 for the Councer Council of Victoria…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img