Legal Aid Queensland appoints new CEO

first_imgLegal Aid Queensland appoints new CEO Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Minister for Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence The Honourable Shannon FentimanNicky Davies has been appointed as Legal Aid Queensland’s new chief executive officer today.Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Shannon Fentiman said Ms Davies’ extensive knowledge of the law and management expertise would ensure Legal Aid Queensland continued to deliver quality legal services to disadvantaged Queenslanders.“Ms Davies is a highly-respected lawyer who has built a career around improving people’s access to legal services,” Ms Fentiman said.“She joined the Legal Aid Queensland team as a family lawyer in 1996 and has held several senior roles with the organisation over the past 25 years including Legal Practice Senior Director, Family and Civil Justice Services Director and most recently as acting CEO.“She played a key role in guiding Legal Aid Queensland through the COVID-19 pandemic, transitioning the workforce to remote working and ensuring key legal services could still be delivered to the community.”Ms Davies has overseen the development of significant legal service delivery programs at Legal Aid Queensland, including the organisation’s implementation of the state-wide domestic and family violence duty lawyer service and response to natural disasters including the flood, cyclone and bushfire legal help programs.She is a past president of the Family Law Practitioners Association of Queensland and a current member of the Queensland Law Society’s Children’s Committee and Domestic and Family Violence Committee.Ms Davies graduated in 1983 with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Leicester in England and was admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 1986. She was admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia in 1996.“Legal Aid Queensland plays a vital role in providing legal assistance to financially and socially disadvantaged Queenslanders and the community can have full confidence that this will continue with Ms Davies at the helm,” Ms Fentiman said.“I congratulate Ms Davies on her appointment to this important role in the Queensland justice system.”Ms Davies will officially take-up the role on March 1, 2021. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, community, director, disadvantaged, domestic and family violence, family law, family violence, Government, High Court, legal practice, President, QLD, Queensland, remote working, Shannon, Supreme Court, university, workforcelast_img read more

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M.A. Silva USA Named a North Bay Business Journal’s Best Places…

first_imgTwitter Share Email ReddIt Pinterest AdvertisementSanta Rosa, CA, August 11, 2014 – M.A. Silva, the leading manufacturer of cork, glass and packaging, has been named as a 2014 Best Places to Work winner in the North Bay.“It’s a great honor to have been named a North Bay’s Best Places to Work. This is the fourth time we have achieved this incredible recognition,” said Neil Foster, President of M.A. Silva USA. “We have a talented group of individuals that help make M.A. Silva a success. I truly value and appreciate our employees’ accomplishments and dedication. I am thrilled about their feedback and comments that contributed to this distinction. As we grow our company, we will continue to provide a supportive working environment and opportunities for personal and professional growth.”Over 120 companies from across the North Bay area were anonymously nominated to participate in the annual North Bay Business Journal’s Best Places to Work assessment. Winners were determined through the evaluation of an employee survey including questions about respect, fairness, family friendliness, community involvement and areas of improvements. 97% of the M.A. Silva staff submitted their opinions. M.A. Silva is one of the 45 companies in Sonoma and Marin counties to receive this recognition within the 15 – 50 employee category.About M.A. Siva USA: Based in Sonoma County California, M.A. Silva USA is a leading manufacturer of premium natural corks, glass and packaging for North American markets. Its quality-assurance program ensures unmatched visual, mechanical and sensory characteristics of its products. It is the first cork supplier in U.S. to offer high resolution laser cork printing of unique and variable information to each single cork stopper. The company operates on 100% solar power and is committed to sustainability and eco-friendly operations. M.A. Silva earned both Sonoma Green Business Program and ClimateSmart™ certifications. The company has been named Best Cork Supplier 2013 by the North Bay Business Journal and Best Cork and Best Bottle Supplier 2013 by Vineyard & Winery Management magazine. It is a four-time winner of the North Bay Business Journal’s Best Places to Work. For more information visit www.MASilva.com or call 707.636.2530.Advertisement Linkedin Facebook Previous articleAdvanced Manufacturing Process Accelerates DemandNext articleAfternoon Brief, August 25 Press Release TAGSMA Silva Home Industry News Releases M.A. Silva USA Named a North Bay Business Journal’s Best Places to…Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessM.A. Silva USA Named a North Bay Business Journal’s Best Places to Work for the Fourth TimeBy Press Release – August 25, 2014 14 0 last_img read more

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Grace Cottage wins three ‘Readers Choice’ awards

first_imgGrace Cottage Hospital,Vermont Business Magazine “Best Place to Work”, “Best Physical Therapy”, and “Best Doctor” were the three categories for which Townshend’s Grace Cottage Family Health & Hospital took home top honors in the 2018 Brattleboro Reformer Readers Choice Awards. All winners were recognized in the July 21stedition of the Windham County publication. This is the second consecutive year that Grace Cottage received the “Best Place to Work” and “Best Physical Therapy” awards. The “Best Doctor” award this year was shared in a three-way tie between Grace Cottage primary care physician Dr. Maurice Geurts, and Dr. Denise Paasche and Dr. Tom Evans of Brattleboro.Director of Rehabilitation Services Crystal Mansfield said the physical therapy award was well-deserved by her staff and that if there was an award for occupational therapy, she’s confident her team would have won that, too.Grace Cottage CEO Doug DiVello attributes the “Best Place to Work” award to a number of factors – the most important of which is the existence of a collegial environment where all staff are valued and respected.Grace Cottage Family Health & Hospital is located in Townshend, VT. In May, the healthcare facility was recognized for a second consecutive year as a Top 20 Critical Access Hospital for Patient Satisfaction by the National Rural Health Association.Source: TOWNSHEND—Grace Cottagelast_img read more

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iDTGV brand to disappear

first_imgFRANCE: The iDTGV brand for high speed services which can only be booked online is to be phased out, SNCF announced on March 7.The brand will first be withdrawn on routes from Paris to Bretagne and the southwest with the opening of the LGV Bretagne Pays de la Loire and LGV Sud Europe Atlantique high speed lines on July 2, and from the December 10 timetable change on routes from Paris to southern destinations including Marseille, Nice, Montpellier and Perpignan.SNCF said iDTGV passengers would in future have access to the same trains, services and destinations, but under the main TGV brand and with tickets sold through the normal distribution channels. It said its Prems advance tickets would offer equivalent prices to iDTGV, with a similar quota of seats available.SNCF launched iDTGV in December 2004 with the aim of attracting young people to rail, competing with budget airlines and providing the national operator with an incubator it could use to experiment and innovate. Bookings can only be made online or through mobile devices and cannot be cancelled, prices are lower if booked further ahead, ticket checks are undertaken before boarding and there are restrictions on luggage. There are now around 30 iDTGV trains/day, carrying around 4% of SNCF’s high speed passengers.iDTGV was followed in 2013 with the launch of the Ouigo brand for budget airline-style services operated using TGV trainsets modified to have more seats and no catering.Read more about the latest additions to the French high speed network in the March 2017 issue of Railway Gazette International magazine, which is available to subscribers in our digital archive.last_img read more

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Commission moves closer to approving new county office building in Jellico

first_imgCounty commissioners moved closer Monday night to approving a new county office building in Jellico, as the Building & Grounds Committee discussed a design for the new building that would include a single floor for the area housing clerical offices and an adjoining two-story section for the county’s ambulance service.  The EMS section would house ambulances on the ground floor and living quarters for personnel upstairs, committee chairman Ralph Davis explained.  Davis, who has championed the project from the beginning, also suggested that the building should have concrete floors, pointing out that polished concrete will be cheaper and easier to maintain.The building would house satellite offices for the County Clerk, Trustee, Clerk & Master and Property Assessor and include a drive-in window to serve customers seeking vehicle tags or paying taxes. The City of Jellico has agreed to provide the property for the building at no cost or in a long-term lease for one dollar, Davis earlier explained.A final meeting with an architect to finalize plans and get a rough idea of the potential price tag is yet to be scheduled and may determine whether other commissioners support the plan. Davis voiced his determination, telling the committee, “We need it. The building we’re in is getting old.”New commissioner Dewayne Baird voiced some concerns about potential debt, pointing out that the county will soon be faced with the need to build a new high school.The committee, and later the full commission, also gave unanimous approval to a plan to complete paving the parking lot on the south side of the courthouse. The commission approved paving the entire area and placing conduit beneath the asphalt in case electrical lighting is later needed.The regular commission meeting lasted barely over one hour, as commissioners have pledged to debate most issues fully in committee meetings in order to shorten workshop and regular meetings. The commission quickly approved motions to approve a lease with Appalachian Equipment Co. for the use of a transmitter site and antenna on Massengale Mountain, elevation 3,068 feet above Caryville, to serve the county’s EMS, along with a number of budget amendments and other routine matters.The commission also voted to re-schedule the November workshop because of the Veterans’ Day holiday. Instead of being held on the second Monday, the November workshop will be on Tuesday, November 13 at 6:00 p.m. at the Court House. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 10/16/2018-6AM) Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Spain smashed for five by Holland

first_imgWhen Spain won the World Cup in 2010 they did so after losing their first match to Switzerland. If they want to retain their trophy, they will have to take a similar route after they were humbled 5-1 by a Holland side inspired by Arjen Robben that grew more impressive as the game went on.  Man of the match Robben then demonstrated his pace again as he added the Dutch’s fifth late on. He raced clear from his own half, plonked Casillas on the floor and stuck the ball in the net. Holland: Cillesen; Janmaat, De Vrij (Veltman 77′), Vlar, Martins Indi, Blind, De Guzman (Wijnaldum 62′), Jong; Sneijder; Van Persie, Robben (Lens 79′). From that point on, things took a turn towards embarrassing for Spain. Sam Marsden Four years ago La Roja could argue the Swiss struck it lucky, however on Friday night in Salvador the circumstances couldn’t have been more different as the Dutch struck revenge for their 1-0 defeat to the Spanish at the last World Cup final in South Africa. There will be few complaints from a Spain side that left themselves far too open at the back and, but for a 20 minute spell in the first half, failed to trouble an inexperienced Oranje backline.  Booked: Casillas. Holland came more into the game from that point, but it was the linesman’s flag which was troubled more often than Casillas. At the other end Silva’s chipped finish was well saved by Cillesen and moments later the game would swing in the direction of Louis Van Gaal’s side. Things could not have gone much worse for Spain.  Goal: Alonso 27′. Gerard Pique played Van Persie onside, and he obliged by escaping Sergio Ramos and fantastically heading in Daley Blind’s cross on the stroke of half time. Upd. at 23:33 Robben was causing problem after problem, and his driving run on the hour ended with Van Persie testing the woodwork – Holland would not have to wait long for a third though. Sneijder’s free-kick wasn’t dealt with by the Spanish defenders, and De Vrij will not get many easier headers at the far post.center_img Silva then had a goal ruled out for offside, before Casillas had a moment he will never want to see again. Ramos rolled the ball back to his Real Madrid colleague, whose horror touch presented Van Persie with the sort of opportunity strikers of his caliber don’t waste. Within eight minutes of the restart, Robben displayed the form that Bayern have enjoyed so much over the past two seasons. Collecting a Blind pass, he cut inside Pique and rifled beyond the helpless Casillas. CEST Booked: De Guzman, De Vrij, Van Persie. All this after Xabi Alonso had given Spain the lead from the penalty spot. Del Bosque’s men started on top, but it was Sneijder who first brought one of the goalkeepers into life. He wriggled free down the middle, but his shot was palmed away by Iker Casillas. It was a ball Costa received in the box which led to the opener though. De Vrij hauled him down and Italian referee Nicola Rizzoli pointed to the spot. Alonso dispatched low to Jasper Cillessen’s right. Match facts:  Spain: Casillas; Azpilicueta, Pique, Ramos, Alba; Busquets, Alonso (Pedro 63′), Xavi; Silva (Fabregas 78′), Iniesta, Costa (Torres 63′). Manchester United forward Robin Van Persie scored twice, Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben scored two sublime solo goals and Feyenoord’s Stefan de Vrij headed in a Wesley Sneijder free-kick. Spain then typically took control of the ball, looking relaxed on a stage they have owned for the best part of a decase now. Andres Iniesta fired over from distance, while Costa regularly looked uncooth when when given the ball in the area, blazing over his best chance after an incisive David Silva pass. Goals: Van Persie 44′ and 72′, Robben 53′ and 80′, De Vrij 64′. Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy). 13/06/2014 Most of the debate in the build up to the game had revolved around who Vicente Del Bosque would start as his striker – he opted for Diego Costa in the end – but it was the Dutch forwards who people will be talking about tomorrow.last_img read more

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Tigers devour Bears on maiden home turf

first_imgBy JARROD POTTER DDCA – ROUND 1 REVIEW YOU never forget your first … win on turf. It was a…[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

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Kootenay Lake Fishing Report

first_imgWith 2018 now in the books, it’s time to see what’s happening on the lakes with another installment of the Reel Adventures Fishing Report.Kerry Reed of Reel Adventures said 2018 was definitely a fun year, meeting many new families and friends and it just reassures the reason we’re in the business. Putting smiles on faces………Looking back on the 2018 season I have a lot of great memories.  From the fantastic Kokanee fishery in the spring, to the amazing Salmon/halibut fishing in the summer, and the great flyfishing season on the Columbia, and to the great fall/winter fishery we had out on Kootenay Lake, it all combined for another great season.Thank you to all of our new guests and our returning guests for making 2018 a wonderful year.  Looking forward to what 2019 has to offer.And now, the latest fishing report:Kootenay Lake:December was another good month on the lake.  It started out with a bang and slowed down a bit near the end of the month.Our early trips saw between 10 -15 fish coming to the boat with the average sizes being: Rainbows between 2 – 4 pounds and Bull Trout from 2 – 8 pounds.One memorable trip was with a boat full of elementary students.  The kids were introduced to some great fishing, with each kid hooking into a couple fish each.  Some of these fish being either the child’s first fish, or their biggest fish.  Making it very rewarding for all of us.  Its always fun sharing our passion with the new anglers, and hopefully getting them a jumpstart into their own fishing adventures.And as the water cooled down in the last couple weeks, we’re managing to hook into 5 – 10 fish on the good days.December weather made it pretty easy to be out there.  The mild days were very comfortable fishing for our groups, and so far January is continuing with the mild temps, so we look forward to spending a lot of time out there.Columbia River: Some mild days made for some fun fishing on the river as well.  We managed to get out a few times from shore and were rewarded each time with some great fish.All Rainbows at this time of year for us, and they ranged from 2 – 4 pounds.Lots of fun on the spinning rods.January and February usually provide us with some pretty decent fish from the river.  Looking forward to more fun times from the shore.Stay tuned……….What are they biting on ???Lately, the lake has produced Rainbows on the surface on my favourite buck tail flies and also on some smaller spoons.The usual grey ghost (215) or bleeding gill(210) has been pretty good as of late.And the same old spoons have been producing.  My favourite Gibbs/Delta croc spoons have been consistent.  The brass/firestripe or the silver/firewing have been the best producers as of late.And for the Bull Trout, we’ve been pulling the usual STS flasher or Lemon Lime guide series flasher with either the green spatter back or the green pistachio hoochie.  Or trolling our 4″ Lyman plugs has been catching a few Bulls as well. Favourite depths for the Bulls have been between 80 – 150ft.Another thing to note is the water temperature.  The current water temp is around 41 degrees, so that means its time to put on the brakes.  Slowing down your trolling speed should help produce more fish.And on the River, its been the usual mix of float fishing with bait, or bottom bouncing with bait which has produced the most fish. The fish are holding in the tailouts or back eddies.  So, look for the slower water this time of year.Stay tuned for more winter reports.Tight lines………………Kerry Reed Reel Adventures Sportfishing Nelson BC 250-505-4963 www.reeladventuresfishing.comlast_img read more

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Steve Clarke: Reading CAN shock Arsenal… just like Bradford against Chelsea

first_imgReading manager Steve Clarke believes Bradford City’s stunning FA Cup victory over Chelsea this season can inspire them to a shock semi-final triumph over Arsenal at Wembley.The Royals face a tough task as they take on an in-form Gunners side who have won their last eight games.But, having seen the Bantams, who currently play in League One, defeat Jose Mourinho’s Premier League leaders 4-2 back in January, Clarke doesn’t subscribe to the theory his charges have no chance against their opponents.He told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “There are cases in history where teams go to Wembley or play a big team and have no chance but we look at Bradford going to Stamford Bridge this year, they had no chance but they managed to beat Chelsea.“There is always a chance, in football it’s 11 against 11. Arsenal are a good team and they’re on a great run at the moment. It’s a fabulous run of winning games, but sometimes they have to end.”However, Clarke did concede it would take a monumental performance for his side to succeed and reach the FA Cup final.He added: “We have to play the perfect game. You have to play a game where you don’t make a mistake and allow the opposition to capitalise on them. That’s the key to the game.”last_img read more

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Pataki urged to declare Queens power disaster

first_img“When the lights went out, that was just the tip of the iceberg,” he told The Associated Press. “Since then, Con Ed has misled the public about the severity of the situation, failed to grasp that we are in a crisis, and shown no plan to put the power back on and ensure the health and safety of people in Queens.” Asked to respond, Burke said, “I am now focused exclusively on restoration.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Bloomberg had estimated about 100,000 people were affected at the peak of the blackouts. Con Ed’s chief executive, Kevin Burke, said he could not estimate how long those still affected would be without power. At a news conference, Bloomberg urged residents to put aside their frustrations over the power failure and thank the workers trying to correct it. “The Con Ed workers are working an enormous number of hours. I don’t think anyone should be satisfied, but the city’s response has been as good as it could be,” he said. City Councilman Eric Gioia said Burke should resign. NEW YORK – A group of political leaders urged Gov. George Pataki on Sunday to designate a disaster area, eligible for federal aid, in the part of New York City suffering from a prolonged power failure. “Anywhere else it would be,” Rep. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., said at a news conference in the borough of Queens, which officials often complain is overlooked. “If this were an area of 100,000 people in upstate New York, the governor would have declared it a disaster area.” A spokeswoman for the governor, Joanna Rose, said Pataki has spoken with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and offered any assistance necessary. The utility whose damaged lines are causing the trouble, Consolidated Edison, also bears a burden, she said. “We believe that it is Con Ed that should make restitution to those who have suffered.” By Sunday evening, electricity had been restored to 19,000 of an estimated 25,000 Consolidated Edison customers who lost power during last week’s heat wave, a company spokesman said. Each “customer” could be more than one business or home – even an entire apartment building – in densely populated western Queens, where many meters serve more than one household. last_img read more

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