Get ready for the newest Phish tribute band, MULTIBEAST. Featuring the expertise of Jeff Mann on drums (Consider The Source), Chris DeAngelis on bass (Kung Fu/JAZZ is PHSH), Wiley Griffin on guitar (Teddy Midnight), and Shoheen Owhady on keys (Uncle Ebenezer), this is sure to be an exciting project that honors the musical legacy of Phish. To get things started, the group has announced a show at New York City’s American Beauty on Thursday, March 2nd, followed by a performance in Woodstock at the Bearsville Theater on Saturday, March 4th.The Tri-State’s freshest, finest & most eagerly-awaited Phish tribute project will perform the Vermont Quartet’s classic catalog with detailed mastery. Phish’s vast repertoire allows this ensemble to recreate the raw, electric energy of the band’s small venue years, while weaving powerful new spice into the sauce that catapults the classic tunes into new orbital beasts.Grateful Dead tribute act Reckoning will join forces in NYC. Tickets for American Beauty are currently on sale and can be purchased here.Tickets to Bearsville Theater can be found on the venue’s website.
Governor’s budget heavy on new judges But very little else sought by the courts and related agencies is in the gubnatorial fiscal plan Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Gov. Jeb Bush’s proposed 2005-06 budget for the court system and related agencies is a mixed bag.On one hand, Bush recommended full funding for all 110 new judgeships certified by the Florida Supreme Court this year. On the other, very little else sought by the courts and related agencies is in the gubernatorial fiscal plan — including no new employees for public defenders, capital collateral regional counsels, guardians ad litem, and only five more for state attorneys.The governor’s budget also does not contain any funds for the Civil Legal Assistance Act, a program that helps fund legal aid programs that assist families with legal problems.“We’re less than pleased with his recommendations,” said Second Circuit State Attorney Willie Meggs, president of the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association. “And we don’t understand it. The number of crimes is going up. You check with law enforcement. . . they’re getting new people.“We’ll just do more with less.”Overall, the governor’s budget gave public defenders $164.7 million and kept the number of employees the same at 2,705.25. Similarly, public defender appellate operations got $13.2 million, with the number of employees there remaining at 180.75.For state attorneys, Bush suggested a budget of $335.3 million, although the total number of employees would increase from 5,714.25 to 5,719.25.For the courts, Bush recommended a total budget of $399.2 million. That includes more than $9 million for 67 new circuit judges and 41 new county court judges, along with a judicial assistant for each, to be phased in during the year.According to the justification included in the budget, “The additional judges will help ensure full judicial access for Florida’s citizens. The certified need for judges includes: Two judges for the district courts of appeal, 41 county judges, and 67 judges for the circuit courts, along with the necessary support positions. This issue provides funding for 34 judges effective November 2005, 45 judges effective March 2006, and 31 judges effective June 2006, to ensure sufficient time for the application and appointment process.”But other than some capital improvements, little else requested by the courts was included in Bush’s proposed spending plan.Likewise, the Capital Collateral Regional Counsels and the Statewide Guardian Ad Litem Office had requested staffing and funding increases but didn’t get them in the budget.Meggs and Fifth Circuit Public Defender Skip Babb, president of the Florida Public Defender Association, expressed disappointment with the governor’s budget, but noted legislators can and do make adjustments to the spending plan.“We’re going to have a public relations campaign to convince those people who are in charge of the money that we really need some help,” Babb said. “We are beginning to stagger with the mandatory sentencing laws and the lock ’em up philosophy we have now.”Both Babb and Meggs said many of the proposed new judges would be assigned to handle criminal cases, which will lead to a demand for more prosecutors and public defenders to staff those courts.“If you don’t have a [new] public defender, that means we have to double our caseload. We’ve got to cover that court. We have to take all the cases that are going there and give them to a lawyer who already has too many cases,” Babb said.Meggs said cities, counties, and the state are typically adding more law enforcement officers; new judges are being supported; and more prisons are being built. Yet, he said, prosecutors and public defenders aren’t getting more people to handle the rising workload.Both Meggs and Babb said low pay continues to be an issue, with both offices plagued by experienced lawyers leaving for better-paying jobs in the private sector.“There are like 1,800 assistant state attorneys in Florida and 1,100 of them left — over the past five years — in the first five years [of their employment],” Meggs said. “About the time we get someone trained and proficient at what they’re doing, they get another job.”He said that also means that less experienced prosecutors and defenders have to be thrown into more complex cases to take up the slack. Over and over, Meggs and Babb said, they hear the same story: The prosecutor or public defender enjoys the work, wants to stay, but can’t afford the low salary with a family, house payments, and a law school loan to repay.“It is the people of Florida who lost a good prosecutor,” Meggs added.It wasn’t just more people the two offices wanted. In December Meggs told a Senate committee that the prosecutors needed $19 million in additional funds for pay equity and staff pay raises. None of that was in the governor’s budget. Public defenders had similar requests.Charlotte Jerrett, director of administrative services for the Office of the State Courts Administrator, said other than the new judges, the courts got little of what they asked for.Among the requests from the courts, and the governor’s corresponding recommendations, were:• Six more employees for the Supreme Court, primarily for the Inspector General’s Office and for security, and 10 more for OSCA, mostly to keep up with Art. V, Revision 7 implementation issues. None were included in Bush’s budget.• $4.9 million for capital improvements to the Supreme Court, including roof repairs and security improvements, plus another $1 million for routine maintenance and upkeep. Bush recommended $2.5 million. DCAs had requested about $800,000 for various projects, including replacing the air conditioning at the Third DCA. None was in the governor’s budget.• $1.8 million for insurance for judges, similar to other elected officials. Currently judges must pay the employee share for coverage in the state plan. That was not included in the suggested budget.• $6.5 million to hire 95 new law clerks for circuit judges to bring the ratio of one clerk per three judges to one clerk for every two judges, plus another 33 clerks if the new 67 proposed circuit judges were approved. No new clerks were included in Bush’s budget.• $7 million to continue transitions related to court reporting and the Revision 7 takeover by the state of most trial court funding. Jerrett said about half of that was to start buying digital reporting equipment. None was included by Bush.• Restoring $2.5 million in “salary lapse” funds, the lack of which has required the courts to hire new personnel at the minimum possible wage, which has made it hard to hire experienced employees.• $1 million to pick up the costs of leased equipment when the state takes over equipment from the counties as part of the Revision 7 changes. No money was budgeted for that.The CCRCs had requested four new attorneys and one investigator total for the south and central regional offices, noting that more death penalties were being upheld on appeal and increased their workloads. The governor’s budget had no new positions and cut about $45,000 from their $7.3 million budget.Likewise, the Statewide Guardian Ad Litem Office, which now provides assistance to about half the children in the dependancy courts, has hoped to expand on that number with a larger staff, asking for $4.3 million in additional funds — beyond the total current budget of $22.3 million — to move closer to 100 percent representation. But Bush proposed maintaining the current 378.5 employees, with a $22.6 million budget. Governor’s budget heavy on new judges February 15, 2005 Senior Editor Regular News
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Positive Living North, The Women’s Resource Society and the Healthy FSJ coalition are teaming up with to host the first Sexual Health Week from June 23rd to the 30th, 2019 and HIV testing day on National HIV testing day.Thursday, June 27th, 2019 join at The Healing Place, 10045-100th Avenue from 10 am to 2 pm to be tested for HIV, HCV and Syphilis. The community is welcomed to participate, ask questions and be tested.On the same day, a community BBQ will take place at the green space on 100th Street and 100th Avenue from 11.30am to 1 pm with a community health fair and loads of relevant information.- Advertisement -In attendance for the event will be City Counsellors, the Mayor of the City of Fort St. John and the local Member of the Legislative Assembly, Dan Davies. Breaking down the stigma of testing is the single largest barrier to people knowing their status.Knowing your sexual health status is important to know, and for a community in whole to know how to adequately support and medicate those that are affected. These groups are coming together to share that medicine and supports have come a long way in the last few years and they want to make sure that the community has access to these resources.According to national organizations like the Canadian AIDS Society, Provincial Networks such as the Pacific AIDS Network and regional non-profit agencies like Positive Living North and Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society all work hard to educate communities and support those living with and at risk of HIV.Advertisement Although work has been done, there is still a lack of information and sufficient testing sites within Northern, remote regions as the Options for Sexual Health clinic closed its doors in Fort St. John several years ago which has made easily accessible testing for local residents even more difficult to access. Statistics show, 1 in 5 people in Canada living with HIV are unaware they have it and that they account for 75% of new infections. #knowyourstatus For further information please contact;Advertisement Heather Paddison; 250.793.2254 Amanda Trotter; 250.787.1121To view the FB Event Page; CLICK HERE