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.
BtoBet refines African SMS payment options with Tola Mobile August 20, 2020 Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit Share BtoBet grows Nigerian presence with Booster99 deal August 26, 2020 BtoBet grows LatAm portfolio with GlobalBet deal August 12, 2020 Alessandro Fried, CEO of BtoBet, has emphasised how finding the right technology partner is vital for operators who are looking to establish themselves in the African market. Speaking to SBC, Fried looked into the differences between the established markets of Europe and new markets such as Africa whilst also discussing how betting brands risk wasting years attempting to understand the African markets if they don’t find the right technology partners to help make the transition. He stated: “An operator that wants to move from Europe to this country first of all with have to find a partner for the technology. There is no way that with the same technology that they have [in Europe] they will be able to go [to Africa], no way. “So the first thing is they will have to find the right partner. When they find the right partner then the journey will be quite simple. Otherwise, they will lose some years in understanding [African] markets.”Fried also revealed the opportunities and challenges that came with operating in the newer African market. He discussed how the difference in pricing leads to an increased reliability on efficient systems and underlined how mobile payments provide the African market with an improved UX when compared to Europe.He added: “Africa was a very interesting opportunity, its a market that when we started to enter was widely retail, still in many countries widely retail. It was starting and now its exploding the online part, so we entered that market and there was some big challenges that we faced. “First of all, the performance and the cost of these performance because many operators don’t understand that when you’re average ticket is 10 cents instead of £7 to £9 this changes because the revenue per bet is quite low, which means you have massive quantities of bets so you need to have a system that is very efficient. When you talk about online to bring an efficient system its a challenge for a lot of companies.“Another challenge was UX. The problem of Africa is that you have a large variety of device from new ones to really old versions of the device. You have internet connection issues, as well as a cost of internet compared to the wage of an average person which is quite high, so you need to deliver an experience which is very fast and very cost-effective in the market. “And then there are payments which are very different than what you find in Europe. Payments are widely mobile that make a better UX than what you can find in Europe because directly when you place a bet you can collect the money directly from the credit of the phone of a player. “So it makes the process much simpler in terms of you don’t need a registration – you can manage it together with the payment. You are in and out of the money but it’s mainly instantaneous, you have no chargeback risk so its from a different aspect a challenge as well in improving UX where the level of literacy of the people in Africa is quite low, you need to challenge the UX so its very simple. “We think that for this you reduce the number of features is not true. In Africa, we have cashouts, partial cashouts, functionality that is widely used in Europe and you wouldn’t expect to have in Africa. You have it, but you have to do it in a very simple way.”As well as the widely used functionality features that are available in the African market, Fried also discussed how unlike in the UK, the African market provides a real omni-channel environment. The CEO concluded: “Africa is as well very interesting because we launch more and more what we call a real omni-channel environment, but still when you go here in the UK its not really existing. You have the retail but its mainly driven by anonymous betting and you have the online with a poor connection between the two. “So we challenge a lot of technology in order to create a real connection where for us retail is not anymore anonymous, retail is always a way to deliver a service to a well-known person. “I think that all this knowledge we acquired from Africa can become an interesting knowledge that we can bring as well back in Europe, where because system was legacy and because they didn’t try a new approach with the technology they are probably losing innovation.”
Airtel Ghana’s enterprise business solutions unit, Airtel Business, has forayed into golf with a three year partnership agreement with the Ghana Golf Association to sponsor the annual event.The first phase of the partnership was the 82nd Airtel Ghana Open which came off at the Royal Golf Club at Kumasi.Director of Airtel Business, Maxwell Dodd, explained that the health benefits of golf to players are enormous and well documented. “We know how healthy it is to our hearts and lungs when we workout especially when one does a full 18 holes; we know also that playing a nine-hole course can burn up to 721 calories by walking; playing golf also helps reduce stress in addition to having a low risk of injury”. Also Golf is a game with integrity and helps corporate executives develop their minds to focus on achieving their goals successively, he said.He however adds that, “to us when you add these health benefits to the strategic importance of golf to those of us in the business of providing telecommunication based solutions to our clients, then we kill two birds with one stone with our association with one of Ghana’s oldest golf events, the Ghana Open”, he said. Mr. Dodd, a golfer himself, explains that through the partnership with what will now be called the Airtel Ghana Open, Airtel Business finds the event a congenial one to relate with Airtel’s high valued, premier customers as well as the growing list of corporate clients.“The golf course and serenity of the club house provides a perfect atmosphere to interact with our customers and potential ones away from our offices and out of our suits and ties. This sort of interactions also makes it possible for us to gain a deeper understanding of the various communication solutions we offer our clients”, Maxwell Dodd said.Among the business solutions from Airtel Business Solutions are a wide range of Communication Solutions (i.e. Mobile, Fixed, and satellite), Connectivity Solutions (via Microwave Radio, Fiber, and Satellite) and Collaboration Solutions (Managed and hosted Services, cloud services, and Machine to Machine solutions). “We are going to be involved with the Ghana Golf Association over the next few years and potentially beyond it; the corporate clients and our high value clients and the new ones we have made over the three days we spent here encourages us to do more going into the future”, Maxwell Dodd said.The Ghana Open Golf Championship has been the flagship and the most prestigious Championship of the golfing calendar since 1920. This year’s Championship attracted about 170 players ranging from 16 of Ghana’s Golf Clubs including Kumasi, Achimota, Celebrity, Tema, Bok Nam Kim, Tafo, Beige Village, Takoradi, Tarkwa, Damang, Benso, Awaso, Nsuta, Obuasi, Bogoso and Elmina.This year’s competition was given a royal flavor when the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, an avid golfer, teed off for the 82nd Airtel Ghana Open at the Royal Golf Club in Kumasi, a course the Asantehene regular plays on.After three days of excellent weather and great golfing, Felicity Kyei Gyeabour emerged the overall Ladies winner with Kwabena Poku emerging the Men’s overall winner.President of the Ghana Golf Association, Dr. Felix Frempong was happy with the interest shown in the competition by sponsors and players alike. He was particularly excited by the enthusiasm shown by the golfers and the spirit of healthy competition within which they competed.He announced that the 83rd Airtel Ghana Open will also come off in September 2015 and will be hosted again by the Royal Golf Club in Kumasi.
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