April 1, 2004 Regular News Pariente to lead court Pariente to lead court In the 1970s, she was one of South Florida’s pioneering women trial lawyers in a profession then almost entirely controlled by men. In 1997, she became only the second woman justice named to the Florida Supreme Court.Barbara J. Pariente, 55, advanced that career to the highest judicial office in state government March 17 when the members of the Florida Supreme Court announced that they had unanimously elected her chief justice for a two-year term beginning July 1.Pariente will be Florida’s 51st chief justice since statehood was granted in 1845 and only the second woman to lead the Florida State Courts.She takes office on a day historic for yet another reason: July 1 is the day when, under a 1998 constitutional amendment, funding for the state courts will be largely unified within the state budget. This replaces an earlier funding system in which county governments picked up a substantial part of the bill.“Of course, the first priority of my administration necessarily will be to ensure that the shift to unified funding goes as smoothly as possible with minimum disruption to what already is an outstanding trial court system,” Pariente said. “That is why, instead of being sworn in on July 1, I intend to join with my predecessor that day to honor the many judges, staff members, and others who have worked so hard over so many years on such a monumental shift in the State Courts’ operations.”Pariente will take the oath of office at an official “Passing of the Gavel” ceremony that will be held the morning of July 2. She replaces current Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead.Other issues on the future chief justice’s agenda include an interest that has spanned her entire career — her passionate concern for assisting families and children in the courts. Since joining the Supreme Court, Pariente has worked with or led a number of committees and projects concerned with the legal needs of families, children who come to courts on juvenile or other matters, and successful alternatives to incarceration such as treatment-based drug courts that have aided families in getting help for addictions.“Families are the basis of our communities and the most important part of most everyone’s life,” Pariente said. “But sometimes troubled families can be genuinely helped by court processes that take into account the multitude of the family’s underlying problems.”Pariente is actively working to promote the concept of a unified family court based on management techniques adapted from private-sector models and promoted by organizations like the National Center for State Courts. These techniques include using case managers to coordinate cases and ensure that they progress at a reasonable rate, as well as more intensive management of more complex cases. The unified family court managers also help ensure that a single family’s cases are heard by the same judge to minimize conflicting results.“In a phrase, the unified family court ensures that the lines of communication between the court, the family, and the community do not fail,” she said. “This is important because a single family may have one member with an addiction problem, another with a juvenile problem, and other problems such as domestic violence or the need to place children into temporary state care. In the past, these different aspects of a single family’s overall problems were not always well coordinated.”The unified family courts already in place in Florida have demonstrated that they can be far more efficient both in terms of the use of judicial resources and impact on the quality of life of the family itself, Pariente said.“But it is important to understand,” she added, “that the unified family court is not a specialized or separate court but rather a method for judges and their staffs to better handle cases involving families and children.”With an undergraduate degree in communications, Pariente also plans to work during her administration to improve communications between all three branches of government.Justice Pariente was born in New York, New York. She graduated from Boston University in 1970. She then attended George Washington University Law School, graduating in 1973 and then moving to Florida.Pariente is married to Judge Frederick A. Hazouri of the Fourth District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach. Together, they have three grown children and six grandchildren.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Fire Island residents trudged through six inches of water flooding Ocean Beach at high tide on Friday while preparing for the impact of Hurricane Joaquin’s expected passing east of Long Island starting this weekend.While many secured their homes and businesses, a few reveled despite the National Weather Service’s coastal flooding and high surf advisories for LI—forecasts that spark extra worries on FI, where the beaches remain particularly vulnerable since Sandy three years ago.“You have people preparing as they should be,” said John Randazzo, owner of Castaways Bar & Grill, who trucked $3,000 worth of food from his five Ocean Beach eateries to freezers on LI in case the power goes out. “Then you got people who just want to have a few beers.”LI breathed a sigh of relief when forecasters predicted it’ll be spared a direct hit, but officials remain concerned about the four barrier islands protecting LI from the Atlantic Ocean—especially FI, the largest, which remains breached and partly dune-less since the 2012 superstorm.“I’m not worried,” Ashley Ingenito, 25, an waitress at The Albatross, said while planning hurricane parties and surfing in the above-average waves. Next to her at the bar, the owner, Ocean Beach Mayor James Mallott, fixed a broken light after leading a half dozen TV reporters around the village that’s FI’s unofficial capital.“The ocean gives and the ocean takes away,” Mallott said while showing the press gaggle where the waves reached the foot of the makeshift dune made of sand berms, trap bags and geotubes. “We’re still waiting for sand to be replenished on the beach, which is… crucial to our survival here on Fire Island.”The mayor was flanked by Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, who said the partly completed $207-million Fire Island Inlet to Moriches Inlet (FIMI) project is expected to resume in the coming weeks. The east end of FI was rebuilt earlier this year, the second phase is slated this fall to rebuild the beach on the west end of the island and the residential middle won’t begin until litigation ends. The Suffolk public works department is currently negotiating with about 20 oceanfront FI property owners in the 17 communities that face buyouts and potential condemnation to make way for the new Sandy-aid-funded replacement dune.“We have to expedite the FIMI project…to restore this dune line to make sure the barrier beach is being protected,” Bellone told reporters while waves crashed behind him during a news conference at Robert Moses State Park. “This place is not only a national treasure, it is vital to the protection of the south shore.”The county executive noted that he doesn’t plan to order an evacuation of FI and a spokeswoman for PSEG Long Island said that there are no plans to preemptively cut power to there, as it has done in hurricanes past. But Bay Shore-based Fire Island Ferries, the biggest of three companies that serve the public to the mostly car-free island, suspended service starting Sunday while the other two in Sayville and Patchogue are taking it day by day. All eyes will remain on the south shore until the storm passes.
The ongoing measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 have resulted in little football of late and, consequently, next-to-no movement in the latest ranking globally.There are no changes in the top five teams in the world with Belgium still in number one position. World Champions France, Brazil, England and Uruguay completed the list of Top Five teams.A whole raft of international fixtures, including qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup and other major tournaments, were postponed, while dates were redrawn for showpiece men’s events such as the Olympic Football Tournament, CONMEBOL Copa America and UEFA EURO.The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 11 June 2020.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The position of Nigeria’s Super Eagles has remained unchanged in the latest FIFA rankings released Thursday in Zurich, Switzerland.Three-time African champion Super Eagles retained their 31st position globally and 3rd best in Africa.Senegal’s Teranga Lions are holding on to the summit of African football from the last rankings and are followed by Tunisia in second position. Algeria and Morocco are fourth and fifth in the continent respectively. Super Eagles