April 15, 2021

Phish Shares Wild ‘1999’ Footage From 12/31/98 MSG In Honor Of Prince

first_imgWith the music world mourning the loss of Prince, even the jam group Phish offered up a tribute to the Purple One. The band shared a video from their New Years Eve 1998 performance at Madison Square Garden, where they fittingly opened with a cover of Prince’s “1999.” The version became quite the celebration, as the band welcomed out guest dancers and coordinated some dance moves. Watch the “1999” party below:The band shared a simple message in Prince’s honor, saying:THANK YOU PRINCEPage, Trey, Mike, and FishRIP.last_img read more

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Plan would standardize court costs and fines

first_img April 1, 2003 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Plan would standardize court costs and fines Senior EditorFlorida’s circuits and counties have adopted a variety of programs that oversee how mandated court costs and fines are imposed and then collected, bringing millions in extra revenues to the court system.But there’s no uniformity yet in how programs operate, and it’s difficult if not impossible to predict how a statewide program could be implemented and how much it might raise.The Florida House Select Committee on Article V examined collection of courts costs and fines at its March 11 meeting. It was part of the committee’s review on how the state can fulfill the 1998 constitutional mandate to have the state take over more funding of the trial courts by July 1, 2004.Like much else in the legislature’s Article V endeavors this year, lawmakers found themselves shadowboxing lace curtains. While they heard that programs have been successful in several counties and circuits, they also heard that spreading such efforts statewide will be difficult because of different capabilities and accounting standards among counties.Orange County Judge C. Jeffrey Arnold said the Ninth Circuit found in 1999 that only 7 percent of assessed fines and costs were being collected. So the circuit undertook a wide ranging program that included bringing those who owe into a collection court and other ways of reminding them, and since then more than 86 percent of what has been imposed has been collected, he said.“There’s a lot of money to be collected,” Arnold told the panel, adding a statewide program could help raise money needed to fund the courts.Collier County Clerk Dwight Brock said his clerk’s office has begun a program that includes a small amount of time from a county judge and five clerk positions, at a total cost of $250,000. For the past year, of $3.6 million imposed for costs and fines, $2.9 million was collected, he said, and of traffic charges, about $4.1 million of $4.57 million imposed was collected.“The success of the program is before you leave that courthouse, you have either paid, or signed a collection agreement and agreed to appear in collection court,” Brock said. “It’s not the collection court that has been the success per se, but that there has been somebody monitoring the program. . . and if they don’t pay, someone will be out trying to collect.”Representatives from several other jurisdictions talked about their programs, which included judges or hearing officers presiding at collection courts, use of collection agencies, and other techniques.Stan Morris, chief judge of the Eighth Circuit and vice chair of the Supreme Court’s Trial Court Budget Commission, said that one approach would not work statewide. “The imposition of a collection court in some of these counties would be very cumbersome and totally unnecessary,” he said. “Some judges run an enforcement docket. I think the differences have to be accommodated.”One of those differences is in capabilities. Morris said some circuit have computer systems capable of tracking cases and what costs have been collected. In the Eighth Circuit, he said he would have to assign a person to manually review the cases.One way the legislature could help the courts with costs and fines is to put them all on one place in the statutes, so judges can find them with less work. He added that judges are more than willing to impose fines and costs set by lawmakers, and in recent years have waived fees and costs in fewer and fewer cases. He said, however, that judges should retain some discretion on the assessments.Speakers also warned it will be impossible to collect many fines and costs from felony cases because the defendants wind up in jail, and won’t be able to pay much until they are released, if then.They also warned that while the counties are running the programs now, the state will either have to take over and given incentives to counties to continue the collection efforts, once most funding for trial courts shifts to the state in 15 months.Jim Dwyer, of the Auditor General’s office, told the committee that it was difficult to arrive at exact figures because clerks don’t use uniform accounting systems. He said one study showed about 17 percent of court costs that could be assessed were not, and about a fifth of that was due to clerical errors. The remainder, he said, was probably due to judicial discretion, but the study did not examine that in detail.Of the costs levied, Dwyer said about half were collected, but added, “There are no records being kept on what should be assessed and what was, and on what was assessed and what was collected. In a lot of locations, that information probably still isn’t available.”Committee Chair Holly Benson, R-Pensacola, asked Dwyer about a uniform chart of accounts prepared for the courts and if that was helping track costs.“There are fairly detailed accounts in the accounting process,” Dwyer replied, “but again we have inconsistencies in how that’s being implemented.”Benson said there is work on estimating how much money could be raised with a statewide system. There are no firm figures yet, she said, but “the number is staggering” and perhaps could pay for the costs of conflict public defenders the state will be picking up. Plan would standardize court costs and fineslast_img read more

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Victory over City Leaves Reds Looking Unstoppable

first_imgAnd this time, there was no mistake as a 3-1 win put them eight points clear of Leicester City and Chelsea and, perhaps more significantly, nine clear of Pep Guardiola’s side.It was a game that lived up to its billing, full of quality, controversy and incident, with the champions playing their full part, but Liverpool will know this result may come to be seen at the decisive moment in their pursuit of that elusive crown.Nothing will be taken for granted – but this is now Liverpool’s title to lose.If the Reds do not win it this season, given their form, focus and current advantage, they will never forgive themselves. Yes, it is only November, but only one team can deny Liverpool from here: themselves.Leicester will have a say. Chelsea will have a say. Manchester City will have a say – but everything we have seen from Liverpool this season, accompanied by an astounding sequence of only one loss in 51 league games, screams that Klopp and his players will have the final word.City and their enraged manager Guardiola will have pulled out of Anfield nursing a sense of grievance that an early penalty claim against Trent Alexander-Arnold was ignored, an emotion exacerbated by Liverpool sweeping to the other end in seconds to score through Fabinho.The Spaniard clearly felt City were on the wrong end of the key decisions and he was correct to outline how well his team played, but there is a ruthlessness, relentless and a surging energy about Liverpool that makes it difficult to see how it can possibly go wrong for them from here.Liverpool benefited from their opponents being stripped of injured goalkeeper Ederson and midfield influence David Silva, but if you give Klopp and his team an inch, then a mile is the very least they will take.For all City’s excellence and threat in possession, Liverpool knew where the soft underbelly lay and were able to probe – with inevitable results.City, with the benefit of hindsight and without Aymeric Laporte, have been left under-manned in central defence after the failure to replace Vincent Kompany. The injury to Ederson could not have come at a worse time.Ederson’s replacement Claudio Bravo was not to blame for Liverpool’s first two goals, although he was indecisive for Sadio Mané’s third. The 36-year-old Chilean, however, simply does not possess Ederson’s quality and authority, not just as a goalkeeper but as a key component in City’s playing style with the ball at his feet.Anfield has also been nothing but a theatre of pain for Guardiola since he arrived in England – and for City themselves over a much longer period – so this was the wrong time and wrong place for them to reignite their faltering title prospects.Liverpool are unbeaten in their past 17 home Premier League games against City, winning 12, since losing 2-1 in May 2003. Guardiola has lost eight matches in all competitions against Klopp, three more than he has against any other manager.This was Liverpool’s day and there was a sense – despite all City’s efforts – that this was their victory from the moment Fabinho’s searing sixth-minute drive flew beyond Bravo’s outstretched right hand.Klopp is perfectly right to warn against getting carried away. It is not, though, getting carried away when announcing it will take an uncharacteristic Liverpool collapse to deny them the title this time, even after only 12 games.The Reds have won 11 of their first 12 Premier League games, and only Manchester United have had a bigger lead than eight points at this stage of the season, when they won the title in 1993-94.Klopp’s side have won 24 and drawn two of their past 26 home games, with victories in 18 of their past 25 away from Anfield. They have won 42 and drawn eight of their past 51 league games, slipping up just once on that night at Etihad Stadium in January.The Americans use the old phrase “The Big Mo” to colourfully describe the sort of run Liverpool are on – the time when a team or an individual picks up such momentum that nothing can derail them.Liverpool have that look about them. They look energised despite their intense, physical style and they have game-changers in all areas.They look like the complete team. There is no obvious weakness.Liverpool will of course be pursued by the three teams behind them – but you simply cannot make a convincing case that anyone will catch them.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Liverpool’s confidence and self-belief has been gathering momentum throughout manager Jürgen Klopp’s remarkable rejuvenation, but Sunday’s victory over reigning Premier League champions Manchester City may just be the moment when they began to feel unstoppable  When Liverpool last had the opportunity to overcome City, when victory at Etihad Stadium in January could have given them a 10-point lead at the top of the table, they slipped to a defeat which in the final reckoning cost them the title.This was the day when Liverpool could make the statement loud and clear that they were in no mood to be denied, and that their wait for a title will not stretch beyond 30 years.last_img read more

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