SDX Energy starts multi-well drilling campaign in Morocco

first_img Image: The drilling campaign will be undertaken by an advanced North American rig. Photo courtesy of John R Perry from Pixabay. UK-based SDX Energy has commenced a 12 well drilling campaign in its operated Gharb Basin acreage in Morocco.The drilling campaign will target a mean 15 billion cubic feet (bcf) of gross unrisked prospective resources in the acreage.In Morocco, SDX owns a 75% working interest in the Sebou concession, located in the Gharb Basin.Expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2020, the drilling campaign will be undertaken by an advanced North American rig.SDX will test multiple wells back to back in each campaignThe first seven wells in the drilling programme are located in the company’s core producing concessions at Sebou and Gharb Centre. The lower-risk appraisal wells will target prospects that are located near to existing infrastructure.SDX said that the well can be tied in quickly, at a low cost.Further, the wells are said to have the same geological risk to the discoveries that are already made and producing in the area.SDX interim CEO and CFO Mark Reid said: “”SDX is pleased to announce the start of its drilling campaign in Morocco. The 12 wells have three key objectives. The first objective is to drill seven lower risk wells in our existing core producing area. These wells are close to existing infrastructure and will increase reserves for the continued supply of gas to our existing customers.Drilling on the seven appraisal wells will be followed by two step-out exploration wells further to the north in Gharb Centre.The two exploration wells will target prospects that are similar to the discoveries made in the Sebou and Gharb Centre.The wells are located outside the reach of the company’s existing infrastructure.Reid said: “Our second objective is to drill two step-out exploration wells to the north of our core production area which, if successful, would open up new, target-rich acreage for future drilling.The last three wells included in the campaign are expected to be higher-risk exploration wells in the Lalla Mimouna Nord concession.Reid added: “The final objective of the campaign is to test larger but higher-risk prospects in the Lalla Mimouna Nord concession. To do this, we plan to drill up to three wells, however, if the first well does not meet our expectations, we may move the rig back to our core producing area and complete the campaign by drilling two further lower-risk, but smaller, prospects to add additional reserves.“We expect the campaign to complete in Q1 2020 and we look forward to updating the market on progress in due course.”To lessen equipment mobilisation costs, SDX will test multiple wells back to back in each campaign.In February, the company secured exploration rights for the Moulay Bouchta Ouest and Lalla Mimouna Sud onshore blocks in Morocco. The drilling campaign is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2020last_img read more

Indiana State Police Special Operations Lt. Mark Tow Presented with Lifetime Achievement Award

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare In the spring of 2003, several Indiana SWAT Commanders and tactical officers attended Fourkiller Consulting’s SWAT Commanders course in Kokomo, Indiana. This course was hosted by Captain Larkin Fourkiller of the Kokomo Police Department SWAT Team and featured retired Los Angeles Police Department SWAT Team member and National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) Board member, Ron McCarthy.At the conclusion of this training, these Commanders and senior tactical officers decided to try and establish a professional tactical officers association for the state of Indiana. Over the next few months these future Indiana SWAT Officers Association members contacted various tactical associations throughout the country. With the assistance of these associations, the Indiana SWAT Officers Association was created.The reasons for the creation of the association were two-fold. First and foremost, was to advance the education and professionalism of law enforcement officers involved in tactical operations through the transfer of ideas and information. Secondly, to further improve the “networking” of agencies and personnel involved in critical incidents and high risk operations.Recently, the Indiana SWAT Officers Association held their annual conference in Indianapolis and presented Indiana State Police Special Operations Lieutenant Mark Tow with the Lifetime Achievement Award.Below is the Lifetime Nomination letter drafted by Special Operations First Sergeant Corey Culler.On November 16, 1986, after having been a proud member of the United States Marine Corps, Mark Tow swore another oath to protect and defend the Constitutions of the United States and the State of Indiana when he became an Indiana State Trooper.  After his appointment to the Department, Trooper Tow earned a spot on Area III’s Emergency Response Team in 1988.  During his time on Team III, Mark was a sniper, entry element leader, and an assistant team leader.In 1998, when the 5 Area teams merged to form the three teams in existence today, Mark became the team leader of the South.  He also became a squad sergeant at the District level.In 2008, Mark was promoted to First Sergeant, and was reassigned to Special Operations in a full time SWAT program.  In 2013, Mark was promoted to Lieutenant in Special Operations and manages SWAT, EOD, SCUBA, and K9 Sergeants.Lieutenant Tow has had a busy SWAT career that spans 28 years and counting.  He has been involved in 1000s of barricades, high risk warrant services, and many successful hostage rescues.  Mark Tow is the recipient of three (3) Combat Action Awards while with SWAT.  Combat Action Awards are awarded to individuals for courageous “at risk” performance of duty to include the use of and/or defense against life threatening physical force.In 1998, an armed suspect was located at I64 at the 86mm in a wooded area.  Suspect fires a shotgun at SWAT and is shot by multiple units and did not survive his wounds.June 1, 2005 Shelbyville Big Foot gas station Hostage Rescue under gunfire.  Hostage is saved and the suspect is killed.In 2015, Owen County had a pursuit with an armed drug addict/dealer.  ISP SWAT deploys armor and attempts to negotiate a surrender.  Suspect fires a round out the window then steps out of the vehicle, refusing to drop his gun.  When he aims at SWAT, he is shot and does not survive.On 3-31-16 while assisting the Speedway Police Department and brother SWAT officers, Lt. Tow was again involved in a deadly force incident with a suspect armed with a shotgun.  After hours of negotiations, the suspect refused to surrender and at one moment, pointed his shotgun at the officer on perimeter as an arrest team.  He was shot multiple times but survived his wounds because SWAT officers provided him with immediate trauma care.  This will be the fourth Combat Action Award for Lt. Tow.Lt. Tow has always been focused on the tactical side of police work.  He believes in training to ones highest potential, working with other agencies, and sharing information in tactical circles will make us all better.  He always says that when you want a problem solved, send in a tactical SWAT cop because they will know what to do or find a solution most rik tik.“Lt. Tow has been a contributing member of the Emergency Response Team (ERT) or Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams for nearly three decades,” said Assistant Commander of Indiana State Police Special Operations Captain David Travis. “His tactical skills and vast experience are unparalleled and the Department is very fortunate to have such a dedicated and experienced Tactical Commander.Lt. Tow has two grown children. He and his wife reside in Sullivan County.last_img read more


first_imgIS IT TRUE  property owned by Kerry Chesser located on West Franklin Street has drawn some strong interest from an out of state investor?  … Mr. Chesser received a call from a former Westside who is extremely interested in signing a lease/purchase contract with him on the building he owns on West Franklin Street?  … the out-of-state investor owns a couple of men clothing stores in other states and would like to establish one on West Franklin Street?  …this is a developing story?IS IT TRUE as of 5:00 A M this morning  the City County Observer had 5,337 reads on our Facebook  account and had 3,926 on our line edition concerning a article written by Amy Rivers-Word concerning Kerry Chesser desire to open an upscale Restaurant-Bar on West Franklin Street? …all we can say about these numbers is “WOW”?IS IT TRUE the Old National Events Plaza is having a record breaking year?  …we predict the long overdue renovations to the Old National Events Plaza shall bring new opportunities that will insure that 2017 will be even more successful?  …we congratulate SMG staff for doing a great job in marketing the Old National  Events Plaza?IS IT TRUE we wonder why Mayor Winnecke hasn’t asked DMD Director Kelly Coures to encourage the “Zoning Appeals Board”  to approve a Restaurant-Bar to locate on West Franklin Street?  …Mr. Coures has done a masterful job in encouraging the “Zoning Appeals Board” to approve some creative projects located in the Haynies Corner area?  …we know he can do similar on West Franklin Street?IS IT TRUE we just heard that City Council President Missy Mosby and Vice President Jonathan Weaver has just join the effort to encourage the “Zoning Appeals Board” to approve the zoning request to allow a Restaurant-Bar to locate on West Franklin Street?  …we are pleased to see Mosby and Weaver to take an active role in this issue?IS IT TRUE we are surprised that 6th Ward City Councilman Jim Brinkmeyer hasn’t taken a public stance on the West Franklin Street Restaurant-Bar issue?  … during his election campaign for City Council he said; “he was for commercial development on the Westside”?  …it time for Councilman Brinkmeyer to put up or shut up?IS IT TRUE we strongly believe that Mayor Winnecke can influence the decision concerning the approval of an upscale Restaurant-Bar located on the West Franklin Street?FOOTNOTE:  Todays “READERS POLL” question is: Do you feel that last Mondays Zoning Board of Appeals meeting was opened, fair and objective?Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “IU WOMEN’S-MENS SWIM AND DIVING TEAMS”.Also take time to read “BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] County Observer has been serving our community for 15 years.Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistribute.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Relive Dopapod’s AURA Performance From Four Years Ago Today With This Official Soundboard Recording

first_imgLast year in 2016, after seven successful years, Aura Music Festival down in Live Oak, Florida, called it quits. This year, some of us fans might still be missing the early-season festival. However, such fans might take solace in reminiscing to this pristine soundboard recording of Dopapod’s set during the fourth iteration of the festival back in 2013.Their set comes in at just over an hour with eight tracks squeezed into their set. After set opener “Flipped,” the band drops “Trapper Keeper” before immediately segueing into “French Bowling.” Both “French Bowling” and the following song, “FABA,” heavily tease parts of the Star Wars’ “Cantina Band” theme throughout, perfect for such a festival set. Dopapod closes down their set with “Vol. 3 #86” moving straight into a brief return to the crowd pleaser “Trapper Keeper,” which kicked off the beginning of the set.You can listen to full audio of the performance below, courtesy of the band.last_img read more

Erykah Badu Slays NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert With Powerful, Soul-Fueled Performance [Watch]

first_imgToday, NPR Music has released a brand-new edition of their Tiny Desk Concerts, inviting the wild and wonderful Erykah Badu to join them in the office. Badu’s performance marks NPR’s second Tiny Desk release of the week, following Monday’s installation with Tower of Power.With Erykah Badu on lead vocals, the mesmerizing songstress was joined by keyboardist RC Williams, bassist Braylon Lacy, drummer Cleon Edwards, percussionist Frank Moka, saxophonist Kenneth Whalum, trumpeter Keyon Harrold, and flautist Dwayne Kerr.After introducing herself and her collaborators, Badu and company performed a tantalizing rendition of “Rimshot”, a tune off her 1997 debut album, Baduizm. One of Badu’s most beloved hits, the group’s take on “Rimshot” served as a warm-up for the group ahead of a sprawling rendition of “Green Eyes”, off 2000’s Mama’s Gun. During the powerful performance, Erykah Badu’s band showed off their jazz proclivities, stretching out the spiritually infused, dramatic performance. Gracefully transitioning through styles and tones, “Green Eyes” made up the bulk of Badu’s performance, ringing in at over eleven minutes.You can check out Erykah Badu’s captivating performance on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert below, courtesy of NPR.Erykah Badu – NPR Tiny Desk Concert[Video: NPR Music]last_img read more

Hutchins Center announces Du Bois Fellows

Henry Louis Gates Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, welcomed 23 Fellows for the 2018–19 academic year.“We are happy to welcome yet another class of scholars and artists engaged in timely and exciting work,” said Gates. “Images of the Black in Latin America and the Caribbean, political rap music and racial attitudes, Black women’s root-working traditions, Black mariners and eighteenth-century slavery, a novel about 9th Cavalry Buffalo soldiers, Ancient Egypt and race in visual culture, the origins of convict leasing, the gender politics of Black publishing, and Caribbean youth and police surveillance are among the extraordinary, important projects which the incoming fellows will be pursuing and presenting at the W. E. B Du Bois Research Institute, housed in the Hutchins Center.”The 2018–19 W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute Fellows and their projects are as follows:David Bindman is professor emeritus of the history of srt at University College London. As the Image of the Black in Western Art Fellow for Fall 2018, he will complete work on the volume “The Image of the Black in Latin America and the Caribbean.”Lakeyta M. Bonnette-Bailey is associate professor of political science at Georgia State University. As a Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellow at the Hiphop Archive Research Institute for Fall 2018, she will work on “What’s on Your Radio?: Political Rap Music and Racial Attitudes.”Kinitra Brooks is associate professor of English at the University of Texas at San Antonio. As the Advancing Equity Through Research Fellow for the 2018–19 academic year, she will work on “The Conjure Woman’s Garden: Black Women’s Rootworking Traditions.”Huey Copeland is associate professor of art history at Northwestern University. As a Cohen Fellow for Spring 2019, he will work on “In the Shadow of the Negress: Modern Artistic Practice in the Transatlantic World.”Robyn D’Avignon is assistant professor of history at New York University. As the McMillan-Stewart Fellow for the 2018–19 academic year, she will be at work on “Shadow Geology: The Search for Subterranean Knowledge in West Africa.”Mary Hicks is assistant professor of black studies and history at Amherst College. As the Mamolen Fellow for the 2018–19 academic year, she will be working on “Captivity’s Commerce: Black Mariners and the World of South Atlantic Slavery, 1721-1835.”Peter Hulme is professor emeritus of literature at the University of Essex. As the Stuart Hall Fellow for Fall 2018, he will be at work on “Wilfred A. Domingo: One of the chief trouble-makers among the Negroes.”Rumbi Katedza is a filmmaker and writer. As the Manyika Fellow for Fall 2018, she will address the subject of refugees and homeland.Antonia Lant is professor of cinema studies at New York University. As a Cohen fellow for Spring 2019, she will work on “Ancient Egypt and Race in American Visual Culture (1895-1939).” read more

Sleep, death, and… the gut?

first_img Related What’s another hour of lost sleep? For some, a hazard As daylight saving time looms, researcher sheds light on health effects of not getting enough rest Insomnia in a pandemic The guts of sleep-deprived flies had a dramatic buildup of ROS — highly reactive, oxygen-containing molecules that in large amounts can damage DNA and other components within cells, leading to cell death. The accumulation of ROS peaked around day 10 of sleep deprivation, and when deprivation was stopped, ROS levels decreased.Additional experiments confirmed that ROS builds up in the gut of only those animals that experienced sustained sleep loss, and that the gut is indeed the main source of this apparently lethal ROS.“We found that sleep-deprived flies were dying at the same pace, every time, and when we looked at markers of cell damage and death, the one tissue that really stood out was the gut,” Vaccaro said. “I remember when we did the first experiment, you could immediately tell under the microscope that there was a striking difference. That almost never happens in lab research.”The team also examined whether ROS accumulation occurs in other species by using gentle, continuous mechanical stimulation to keep mice awake for up to five days. Compared with control animals, sleep-deprived mice had elevated ROS levels in the small and large intestines but not in other organs, a finding consistent with the observations in flies.Death rescueTo find out if ROS in the gut play a causal role in sleep deprivation-induced death, the researchers set out to determine whether preventing ROS accumulation could prolong survival.They tested dozens of compounds with antioxidant properties known to neutralize ROS and identified 11 that, when given as a food supplement, allowed sleep-deprived flies to have a normal or near-normal lifespan. These compounds, such as melatonin, lipoic acid and NAD, were particularly effective at clearing ROS from the gut. Notably, supplementation did not extend the lifespan of non-deprived flies.The role of ROS removal in preventing death was further confirmed by experiments in which flies were genetically manipulated to overproduce antioxidant enzymes in their guts. These flies had normal to near-normal lifespans when sleep-deprived, which was not the case for control flies that overproduced antioxidant enzymes in the nervous system.,The results demonstrate that ROS buildup in the gut plays a central role in causing premature death from sleep deprivation, the researchers said, but cautioned that many questions remain unanswered.“We still don’t know why sleep loss causes ROS accumulation in the gut, and why this is lethal,” said Kaplan Dor. “Sleep deprivation could directly affect the gut, but the trigger may also originate in the brain. Similarly, death could be due to damage in the gut or because high levels of ROS have systemic effects, or some combination of these.”Insufficient sleep is known to interfere with the body’s hunger signaling pathways, so the team also measured fruit fly food intake to analyze whether there were potential associations between feeding and death. They found that some sleep-deprived flies ate more throughout the day compared with non-deprived controls. However, restricting access to food had no effect on survival, suggesting that factors beyond food intake are involved. Sleep, heart disease link leads from brain to marrowcenter_img The first signs of insufficient sleep are universally familiar. There’s tiredness and fatigue, difficulty concentrating, perhaps irritability or even tired giggles. Far fewer people have experienced the effects of prolonged sleep deprivation, including disorientation, paranoia, and hallucinations.Total, prolonged sleep deprivation, however, can be fatal. While it has been reported in humans only anecdotally, a widely cited study in rats conducted by Chicago-based researchers in 1989 showed that a total lack of sleep inevitably leads to death. Yet, despite decades of study, a central question has remained unsolved: Why do animals die when they don’t sleep?Now, Harvard Medical School (HMS) neuroscientists have identified an unexpected, causal link between sleep deprivation and premature death.In a study on sleep-deprived fruit flies, published in Cell on June 4, researchers found that death is always preceded by the accumulation of molecules known as reactive oxidative species (ROS) in the gut.When fruit flies were given antioxidant compounds that neutralize and clear ROS from the gut, sleep-deprived flies remained active and had normal lifespans. Additional experiments in mice confirmed that ROS accumulate in the gut when sleep is insufficient.The findings suggest the possibility that animals can indeed survive without sleep under certain circumstances. The results open new avenues of study to understand the full consequences of insufficient sleep and may someday inform the design of approaches to counteract its detrimental effects in humans, the authors said.“We took an unbiased approach and searched throughout the body for indicators of damage from sleep deprivation. We were surprised to find it was the gut that plays a key role in causing death,” said senior study author Dragana Rogulja, assistant professor of neurobiology in the Blavatnik Institute at HMS.“Even more surprising, we found that premature death could be prevented. Each morning, we would all gather around to look at the flies, with disbelief to be honest. What we saw is that every time we could neutralize ROS in the gut, we could rescue the flies,” Rogulja said.Scientists have long studied sleep, a phenomenon that appears to be fundamental for life, yet one that in many ways remains mysterious. Almost every known animal sleeps or exhibits some form of sleeplike behavior. Without enough of it, serious consequences ensue. In humans, chronic insufficient sleep is associated with heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, cancer, obesity, depression, and many other conditions.Previous research has shown that prolonged, total sleep restriction can lead to premature death in animal models. Efforts to answer how sleep deprivation culminates in death have primarily focused on the brain, where sleep originates, but none have yielded conclusive results.Gut accumulationSpearheaded by study co-first authors Alexandra Vaccaro and Yosef Kaplan Dor, both research fellows in neurobiology at HMS, the team carried out a series of experiments in fruit flies, which share many sleep-regulating genes with humans, to search for signs of damage caused by sleep deprivation throughout the body. To monitor sleep, the researchers used infrared beams to constantly track the movement of flies housed in individual tubes.They found that flies can sleep through physical shaking, so the team turned to more sophisticated methods. They genetically manipulated fruit flies to express a heat-sensitive protein in specific neurons, the activity of which are known to suppress sleep. When flies were housed at 29 degrees Celsius (84 degrees Fahrenheit), the protein induced neurons to remain constantly active, thus preventing the flies from sleeping.After 10 days of temperature-induced sleep deprivation, mortality spiked among the fruit flies and all died by around day 20. Control flies that had normal sleep lived up to approximately 40 days in the same environmental conditions.Because mortality increased around day 10, the researchers looked for markers of cell damage on that and preceding days. Most tissues, including in the brain, were indistinguishable between sleep-deprived and non-deprived flies, with one notable exception. “So many of us are chronically sleep deprived. Even if we know staying up late every night is bad, we still do it. … We need to understand the biology of how sleep deprivation damages the body, so that we can find ways to prevent this harm.” — Dragana Rogulja MGH research finds chemical pathway from lack of shut-eye to atherosclerosis Specialist at Chan School forum says problem is becoming more common, and offers tips for falling, staying asleep The researchers are now working to identify the biological pathways that lead to ROS accumulation in the gut and subsequent physiological disruptions.The team hopes that their work will inform the development of approaches or therapies to offset some of the negative consequences of sleep deprivation. One in three American adults gets less than the recommended seven hours of sleep per night, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and insufficient sleep is a normal part of life for many around the world.“So many of us are chronically sleep deprived. Even if we know staying up late every night is bad, we still do it,” Rogulja said. “We believe we’ve identified a central issue that, when eliminated, allows for survival without sleep, at least in fruit flies.”“We need to understand the biology of how sleep deprivation damages the body, so that we can find ways to prevent this harm,” she said.Additional authors on the study include Keishi Nambara, Elizabeth Pollina, Cindy Lin, and Michael Greenberg.The study was supported by the New York Stem Cell Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts and the National Institutes of Health (R73 NSO72030). Additional support includes an EMBO long-term fellowship, a Fondation Bettencourt Schueller fellowship, an Edward R. and Anne G. Lefler Center postdoctoral fellowship, an Alice and Joseph E. Brooks Postdoctoral Fellowship and a Life Sciences Research Foundation fellowship.last_img read more

Report projects size of global battery storage market climbing to exceed $13 billion by 2023

first_imgReport projects size of global battery storage market climbing to exceed $13 billion by 2023 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:As renewable energy capacity rises around the globe, markets are changing, creating opportunities for new businesses and technologies. One of the primary beneficiaries of the tide of renewable energy is a battery storage industry whose global market volume will rise to $13.13 billion by 2023, buoyed by necessity and falling system prices.That is the prediction made by market analysis company GlobalData in its Battery Energy Storage Market, Update 2019 – Global Market Size, Competitive Landscape and Key Country Analysis to 2023 report, which states the Asia and Pacific region (APAC), as well as Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), will be the most dominant battery storage markets up to 2023.According to the analysts, the APAC region made up 45% of the world’s installed battery storage capacity last year. The region will continue on that trajectory, said GlobalData. In China, India, Japan, South Korea and the Philippines in particular, said the analysts, significant uptake of grid connected renewable electricity generation will necessitate frequency control in grid networks to improve resilience.The EMEA region significantly increased its battery storage market share between 2013 and 2018, to a 26% slice of the world market worth $1.72 billion. The GlobalData report adds, the European market has robust demand for flexibility and will be EMEA’s driver for new storage capacity with Africa and the Middle East to follow suit once renewable energy deployment gains traction.The Americas battery storage market was slightly larger than EMEA with a registered value of $1.97 billion last year, to make up around 28% of the global market. Chile, Canada, Brazil and the U.S. in particular saw rapid uptake of storage.More: Battery storage market will be worth $13 billion by 2023last_img read more

Wells: Courts are running well and meeting all challenges

first_imgWells: Courts are running well and meeting all challenges Senior Editor Despite a barrage of criticism of the court system, especially from state lawmakers, Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Wells said he’s confident state courts are running well and meeting any and all challenges.And he told the audience at the annual Judicial Luncheon at The Florida Bar’s Annual Meeting that he welcomes the challenge of demonstrating that the justice system is doing its job. Wells also used the “State of the Judiciary” address to praise the Supreme Court’s staff, particularly for its smooth function during last year’s post-election legal wrangling which the chief justice referred to as “our pre-Christmas festivities.”Noting the theme of the annual meeting was judicial independence, Wells said, “My thought about judicial independence is it cannot be a public relations campaign. Judicial independence is not about us broadcasting or convincing the other branches of government that we have to be independent.“Judicial independence is something that we can have only if we deserve it by the fact that we deal with people’s problems as lawyers and judges in a competent, respectful, dignified manner, so we are entitled to their respect.”He also said he wasn’t bothered by criticism from lawmakers and others in the wake of the election cases. Attributing much of the credit to the court’s staff, Wells told the luncheon crowd, “In my judgment and from my vantage point, the state of the Florida judiciary. . . is excellent.”He said the court staff showed its quality in the high-pressure activities surrounding the election appeals.The clerk’s office performed exceptionally well, the chief justice said, putting in whatever hours were necessary.“If you call on them to perform a service, they’ll be there all night, and in fact one night during the election proceedings they were there all night, by virtue of the fact some papers were scheduled to arrive early in the evening and they didn’t get there until 3 a.m.,” Wells said.“They do it with uncommon courtesy and respect and I’m very proud of the work that [former clerk] Sid White did in building that staff and that [current clerk] Tom Hall came along and continued.”Court Marshal Wilson Barnes and his staff also faced difficult security challenges, with reporters camped out in front of the court and daily gatherings of protesters on both sides of the election appeals, Wells said. Yet the staff met the challenges effectively and with respect.He said he began to realize how intense the scrutiny would be when he returned from a trip November 11 and “the Japanese media had already established a bridgehead on the lawn of the court.”Wells also praised the effective operation of the State Courts Administrator’s Office, which he said was a tribute to long-time State Court Administrator Ken Palmer, who succumbed to cancer in April. Palmer’s budgetary expertise was widely acknowledged, he said, as was his success in bringing technology to all levels of the court system.“He’s roughly the equivalent of the Vince Lombardi of court administrators,” Wells said. “Ken literally wrote the book on how so many of these functions we take for granted are done.. . . “Because of his efforts, we were able to navigate the troubled waters of the legislative session.” July 15, 2001 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Justice Wells “I accept the burden that we have the opportunity to command and direct a third of the government and that we have to respect the roles of the other two branches, and we’ve got to work with them and we’ve got to demonstrate one client at a time. . . that we are worthy of the respect that we surely must have in order to make proper decisions,” Wells said. “I’m confident that we can carry and we are carrying that burden and that judicial independence is going to live because we are able to demonstrate that we are handling the judicial system and people’s legal matters in a respectful and competent way.” Wells: Courts are running well and meeting all challengeslast_img read more

Woman Testifies Hempstead Clerk Sexually Harassed Her

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Hempstead Town Clerk Mark BonillaA video showing Hempstead Town Clerk Mark Bonilla repeatedly touching the arm of an employee he’s accused of trying to coerce into dropping a sexual harassment complaint against him was played in court Tuesday.Ariel Davis, now a former employee, testified on the second day of the trial that she filed a complaint with the town’s Human Resources department after Bonilla allegedly made suggestive remarks and touched her inappropriately. She said she stopped dressing up and started wearing baggy pants after he told her to wear dresses and heels to “sell herself.”“I thought someone would take my outfit as a way to sexually harass me,” she told the court while being cross examined by Adrian DiLuzio, Bonilla’s Mineola-based attorney.DiLuzio argued that Bonilla made a typical request, noting that “good looking, attractive people” are highly valued in politics.She also said when Bonilla heard there was an office rumor that the two were having sex, Bonilla told her: “Let them think that. If its not hurting anybody, so be it.”Davis confirmed that that she received a promotion as a full-time employee upon filing the complaint and DiLuzio questioned Davis’ intent by suggesting that she saw an opportunity to take advantage of Bonilla, which Davis denied.She testified that Bonilla had referred to her as his “right-hand girl” and told her that he “needed to come before everyone else” and “prove herself” to him in exchange for favors, such as extra money in her paycheck.Davis testified that Bonilla sought “inappropriate photos” of her from her ex-boyfriend, also a former employee, in an attempt to discredit her.“Do not trust Ariel, she’s a bad person,” Davis recalled Bonilla telling her ex-boyfriend upon asking for the photos, a request that she deemed inappropriate. “Make sure you have something on her.”She said that she was not aware of the exact photos in question, but that they were “personal, private photos,” that she shared with her ex-boyfriend while they were seeing each other.According to Davis, she and her ex-boyfriend, who is also expected to testify, made the decision to give Bonilla a blank compact disc to give her ex-boyfriend “some time to figure out what he actually can do to keep his job,” under the belief that Bonilla would fire him if he did not hand over photos.Bonilla, a Republican who pleaded not guilty to coercion and misconduct charges last fall, has refused to step down as town clerk despite numerous calls for his resignation.The trial resumes Wednesday afternoon before Judge Sharon Gianelli at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img read more