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State attorneys, PDs need money to reduce turnover

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first_img State attorneys, PDs need money to reduce turnover Jan Pudlow Senior Editor A half dozen years ago, the legislature boosted the starting salaries of rookie prosecutors and public defenders to lure them in the door. Now it’s time for the second phase of trying to keep mid-level attorneys with three to six years experience, the group with the highest turnover rate.That was the message 19th Circuit State Attorney Bruce Colton, president of the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association, delivered to the Senate Justice Appropriations Committee on January 26.Ditto for public defenders, says Eighth Circuit Public Defender Richard Parker, who made his case for additional staff, as well as increased pay, when he asked for $15 million for workload, an 8.3 percent increase over last year’s trial operating budget.“We can’t stop the turnover,” Parker said. Over an eight-year period, he said, the turnover rate has been nearly 22 percent. That means each year, about one in five attorneys quits the public defenders’ office. Experienced assistant public defenders, he said, are “only making $10,000 more than brand new lawyers coming through the door.”The minimum starting salary for assistant public defenders, Parker said, is $38,317. Yet the minimum starting salary for lawyers in the executive branch after two years is $50,616.The same turnover crisis is also happening on the other side of the courtroom.“We can’t keep experienced lawyers, and we have a problem sending people into court with very little experience on very important cases,” Colton said. “Every day, people apologize for leaving a job they love, because they can’t afford to pay student loans and raise a family.”The prosecutors are asking for $6.9 million.State attorneys are not trying to compete with law firm salaries, just other government agencies, Colton said. He gave the example of the lowest salary of an assistant county attorney in Miami-Dade County is more than 35 percent greater than the average salary of prosecutors in the 11th circuit.Every time the legislature funds a new judge, Colton said, the state attorneys need seven employees, including attorneys, support staff, and a victims’ advocate.In “virtually every case where someone goes to prison,” he said, there are 3.850 motions filed on ineffective assistance of counsel.“These are killing us,” Colton said. “There are four people handling just those motions in our office.”Speaking for the public defenders, Parker agreed: “You can add as many new judges as you want, but if you don’t add corresponding staff it won’t be efficient.”Even without new judges, he said, “We are still facing pressures.”The ineffective assistance of counsel motions are a “tremendous drain” on the public defenders, as well, he said, because they are defending some and prosecuting others.Committee Chair Sen. Victor Crist, R-Tampa, said: “We recognize what your needs are. It’s more than hiring attorneys. It’s staff support.”This year, Crist said, he hopes to fund 66 new judgeships (64 trial and two appellate), 55 Supreme Court certified last year, plus 11 new ones the court has requested.“Whatever we do, we will do in a balanced holistic approach so all parties are equally stroked and no one is penalized,” Crist said. February 15, 2006 Regular News State attorneys, PDs need money to reduce turnoverlast_img read more

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Target Breach Impacted 70 Million Customers

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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Target store on Black Friday (Photo: Target)Target revealed Friday that the number of people affected by a massive data breach during last year’s holiday shopping season is nearly double the original estimate, and that additional personal information other than credit or debit card accounts have been stolen.The big box retailer, one of the largest in the country, said its ongoing forensic investigation discovered that hackers stole personal information for up to 70 million individuals in a scheme that was broader than originally indicated.Intruders were able to obtain customers’ names, mailing addresses, phone numbers or email addresses, along with credit/debit card information, which was already revealed by Target last month.The retailer noted in a message on its website that “this is not a new breach,” but was uncovered during its investigation, which also includes law enforcement authorities.Much of the data is partial in nature, Target said, adding that the company will attempt to contact customers impacted by the breach of its internal payment systems. The correspondence from Target will include tips to guard against consumer scams.Target Chairman and CEO Gregg Steinhafel acknowledged that the breach is “frustrating” for customers.“We are truly sorry they are enduring this,” Steinhafel said. “I also want our guests to know that understanding and sharing the facts related to this incident is important to me and the entire Target team.”New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, whose office is involved in a national investigation into the breach, called the updated number of 70 million victims “deeply troubling.”“Consumers in New York and around the country expect and deserve companies that protect their personal information when they shop on their websites and in their stores,” he said in a statement.Affected shoppers have no liability and Target will offer one year of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection to everyone who shopped in its U.S. stores, the company said. Customers have three months to enroll in the program.The breach occurred during the busiest time of the year for retailers. Hackers accessed Target’s systems between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15. The company made shoppers aware only after news of the hack leaked on the web.Long Island is home to 14 Target stores, four in Nassau County—Hicksville, Levittwon, Valley Stream, Westbury—and 10 in Suffolk—Bay Shore, Central Islip, two in Commack, Copiague, Farmingdale, Huntington Station, Medford, Riverhead, South Setauket.Target said it will provide another update next week.last_img read more

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Bay Shore LGBT Senior Housing Center Would be 1st for NY

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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York One day after the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for same-sex marriages in five additional states, Suffolk County officials and LGBT advocates announced a plan for a gay-friendly senior housing facility they hope will also make history.The facility, which the county said would be built along a depressed stretch of Park Avenue currently lined with several unoccupied properties, would be the first of its kind in the tri-state area, and only the fifth such pro-LGBT senior living complex in the nation.The 55-rental unit property in Bay Shore, they said, would serve two important purposes: prevent housing discrimination against gay, lesbian and transgender couples and brighten up that stretch of Park Avenue.“For many LGBT seniors today…they grew up really with a lifetime of stigma and discrimination,” David Kilmnick, CEO of Long Island GLBT Network, said in a phone interview following a press conference announcing the plan.“Many of them came out later in life and later than many people are these days,” he said. “What happens in retirement homes now and nursing facilities, is that the people they grew up with that supported this culture of discrimination and hostility toward gay people are the ones who are in these retirement facilities now.”Kilmnick was joined by Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, New York State Assemb. Phil Ramos (D-Brentwood), and several business leaders.Bellone spoke about the strides the county has made in becoming more inclusive over the last couple of years, a stark change from when “Suffolk County was considered a County of intolerance,” he said.“However in the last two and a half years, we have changed the tide and today’s announcement only reinforces the commitment I made to ensure that this county embraces its diversity and serves as a welcoming place for all,” Bellone said.The proposal, if approved by the county legislature on Nov. 18, would give the developer, Westchester County-based POKO Partners LLC the go-ahead to begin planning stages for the property.The complex would be built on the current site of the LGBT Community Center in Bay Shore, Kilmnick said. Eventually, the center would be razed and a new one would be built.Kilmnick said a facility like the one being proposed is important because housing discrimination against same-sex couples is still prevalent on Long Island, though there is currently no data available to demonstrate how pervasive it is.“It’s all about creating the safety net for our seniors as they go through golden years,” he said. “No one should have to be in a closet.”Despite the absence of tangible data, there have been attempts made to shine a light on housing discrimination against same-sex couples.A U.S. Housing and Urban Development report released in June 2013 titled, “An Estimate of Housing Discrimination Against Same-Sex Couples,” found that heterosexual couples received more favorable treatment than gay couples in the online rental housing market.“The primary form of adverse treatment is that same-sex couples receive significantly fewer responses to e-mail inquiries about advertised units than heterosexual couples,” researchers wrote.Although the Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex and familial status, as the study notes, it does not make it illegal on the federal level to discriminate against someone based on their sexual identity.However, New York is one of more than a dozen states that includes sexual orientation and gender identity in its housing discrimination law.“This will brighten up the community,” Kilmnick said of the complex.Also, Kilmnick was pleased with the Supreme Court’s decision Monday not to hear the appeals of five states whose gay marriage bans were overturned by lower courts, but noted that the fight for marriage equality and gay rights is far from over, noting that a disproportionate number of gay youths still face discrimination.Still, “it was a good decision,” he said. “It wound up with a positive outcome.”last_img read more

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5 ways credit unions can build a better CX than fintechs

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first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Banks and credit unions begin collecting personal financial data from the time they first sign up consumers. From there the accumulation builds exponentially, creating a mountain of data that fintechs drool over. Yet, a survey by Total Expert shows a shocking number of financial brands still do not routinely use data-driven insights to improve customer experience.Why? It’s not as if consumers adamantly oppose proper use of their data. The rapid growth of fintechs confirms that consumers will allow third-party service providers to access their personal and financial data — often welcoming it. Consumers do this because they hunger for someone to connect them to the products and services that will truly improve their lives, according to Lori Blix, Marketing Campaign Director, Financial Services, for Total Expert.The right use of data, she said, provides a very lucrative roadmap for banks and credit unions to follow.Total Expert, a marketing and customer experience platform provider, surveyed bank and credit union marketers in advance of a webinar presented in cooperation with The Financial Brand. The survey responses were drawn about evenly from banks and credit unions.last_img read more

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Oregon credit unions step up to distribute relief

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first_imgWhen the Oregon state legislature provided emergency funding to help state residents save their businesses and feed their families, the state’s credit unions stepped up to help out. Twice.First, four CDFI credit unions joined forces with a state program to provide grants to struggling businesses — especially those owned by women and minorities — that didn’t get Payroll Protection Program or other federal relief funds. In three rounds, those credit unions have provided nearly 400 grants averaging nearly $3,000. Another round continues through November.“They have done and continue to do remarkable work,” says Troy Stang, president and CEO of the Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA). “This is a collaboration beyond those four credit unions, really, because other credit unions in Oregon are referring businesses owners who might qualify. A business owner doesn’t have to be a credit union member to apply, so it’s a shining example of the ‘people helping people’ philosophy.”Then, on Aug. 19-21, eight cooperatives and two banks distributed relief checks for $500 each to approximately 70,000 residents whose lives and livelihood had been wracked by pandemic and wildfire. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer happy for Aaron Ramsey to join Manchester United as part of Paul Pogba transfer

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first_img Metro Sport ReporterSunday 29 Mar 2020 1:19 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.3kShares Ole Gunnar Solskjaer happy for Aaron Ramsey to join Manchester United as part of Paul Pogba transfer Advertisement Advertisement Ramsey is wanted by Solskjaer (Picture: DeFodi Images via Getty)Juventus have offered Aaron Ramsey as part of a fresh approach for Paul Pogba, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would welcome the former Arsenal midfielder to Old Trafford, reports claim.Solskjaer is a fan of the Wales international and he believes Ramsey would be a better fit in his new-look Manchester United midfield, with Bruno Fernandes as the side’s chief playmaker. There are concerns over how Solskjaer would squeeze Pogba and Fernandes into the same midfield three and the Norwegian views Ramsey as a more adaptable player to work with. Of course, a hefty sum of money would still need to be involved for any potential deal to get over the line. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveAccording to the Transfer Window Podcast, Manchester United remain open to the sale of Pogba so long as their valuation is met and would be willing to negotiate with Ramsey being a part of the deal. While Pogba would also be keen on a return to Juventus, the question remains how much capital the Italian giants could put up, particularly amid the covid-19 crisis. Pogba is set to leave (Picture: AMA/Getty)Ramsey has struggled to make an impact since moving to Serie A and has only scored three goals in Italy’s top-flight this season. Pogba has failed to score in the Premier League this season, largely due to an ankle injury.Should Manchester United sign Aaron Ramsey?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Commentlast_img read more

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2020 Millennium Marathon rescheduled

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first_imgThe sixth edition of the popular Millennium Marathon has been rescheduled following the outbreak of coronavirus across the globe.The event which was originally fixed for September this year, according to the organisers has been moved to October 2020.Ambassador Ashim Morton, founder of the Millennium Marathon said baring any hitches or incidents, the sixth edition of the biggest sports event in Ghana would take place in October 2020 at the Black Star Square in Accra.He said after five successful events, they had gained much experience and exposure as well as changed the lives of many people with their event, hence they were ready to deliver another spectacular event. According to Amb. Morton, the coronavirus had affected their preparations and planning, but was confident the epidemic would soon be over.He urged athletes to remain calm in the face of the global pandemic and observe all the necessary protocols to stay safe.The Millennium Marathon is recognised by Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), the National Sports Authority, the Ghana Athletics Association (GAA) and other stakeholders.last_img read more

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