September 1, 2013 Regular News While the mandatory e-filing of criminal cases receives most of the attention as the kickoff date approaches, lawyers are also being reminded that October 1 is the start of mandatory electronic filing for the Second District Court of Appeal.The Second DCA has been accepting voluntary electronic filing since August 16 as the court and the statewide online portal that handles electronic filing test software and systems in preparation for the oncoming deadline.“Attorneys will be able to generate or submit new cases at the Second District Court of Appeal and they’ll be able to submit documents for cases already there, and they’ll be able to file before a case number is received, if necessary,” said Carolyn Weber, e-filing portal senior analyst/trainer.Trial court clerks will be able, once a notice of appeal is filed with them, to submit a copy of that notice to the Second DCA as well as the copy of any order being appealed. That will enable the Second DCA “to generate a case number and get the case moving,” Weber said.Clerks also will be able to submit an electronic record of the case, although that will be done through an Internet FTP site set up by the Office of the State Courts Administrator, not the portal.The Second DCA becomes the second appellate court in the state to switch to electronic filing, following the Supreme Court, which required e-filing as of April 1. Electronic filing will be phased in at the four remaining district courts of appeal over the next several months.For more information about e-filing in the Second DCA, visit the website of the Florida Courts E-Filing Authority at https://www.myflcourtaccess.com /. Second DCA mandatory e-filing begins October 1 Second DCA mandatory e-filing begins October 1
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Shuko BeachThis summer, New York City’s acclaimed Japanese omakase and kaiseki restaurant, Shuko, heads out East for a unique pop-up dining experience at the Wainscott eatery Highway Restaurant and Bar. Shuko Beach will be operating Friday and Saturday evenings, beginning Friday, July 6, through Friday, August 31. In August, Thursday night service will be added.Helmed by two Masa alums — chefs Nick Kim and Jimmy Lau — Shuko received a three-star review from The New York Times’s restaurant critic Pete Wells in 2015. Kim and Lau were also nominated for a James Beard Foundation “Best Chef: NYC” award in 2018.Guests who reserve one of the three nightly seatings (6 PM, 8 PM, and 10 PM) at the six-seat Chef’s Counter may enjoy Shuko’s Sushi Omakase menu ($150pp), which consists of a sunomono (vinegar-based) starter course and a 16-piece sushi progression featuring local fish from Long Island and beyond.In addition to Highway Restaurant & Bar’s regular a la carte menu of seasonal, new American dishes with global flair, guests will be able to enjoy curated bento boxes from Shuko for dine-in or take-out. The regular bento box ($180, serves two) features 12 pieces of sushi and two rolls. The large bento box ($360, serves four) includes 24 pieces of sushi and four rolls.Reservations for the Chef’s Counter are required and can be made via the Shuko Beach Resy site. Otherwise, walk-ins are welcome, or reservations can be made by calling Highway Restaurant and Bar at 631-527-5372, or via the Highway Restaurant & Bar OpenTable site. Catering packages and pricing details are available upon request.Highway Restaurant & Bar in East Hampton and Shuko in New York City are under the TOMS Hospitality portfolio, which includes celebrated establishments such as Eleven Madison Park, NoMad Hotel Restaurant and Bar, Loring Place, Charlie Bird, and Pasquale Jones.Blogger BrunchThe inaugural Hamptons Interactive Blogger Brunch will take place Saturday, July 21, from noon to 3 PM in the garden at Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton. The event will be hosted by Hamptons resident and founder/publisher of East End Taste, Vanessa Gordon.The brunch will feature food, beverage, fashion and beauty stations, a floral crown bar, beauty bars, fashion and accessories trunk shows, gift bags for VIP attendees, and much more.There will also be a raffle and silent auction, which will include weekend getaways, vineyard tours and tastings, luxurious beauty products, handbags, restaurant gift certificates, and other cherished treasures.A portion of the proceeds benefit Debajo De Las Palmas Under The Palms In Dominican Republic Inc. The foundation targets women, children and families in need of breastfeeding education and birth support.For tickets visit www.eastendtaste.com.George’s Lighthouse CaféGeorge’s Lighthouse Café in Montauk hosts live music on Memorial Day weekend. A full bar will be available with cocktails, wine, and beer, along with a snack menu. Music on tap Saturday, May 26, includes the Waylon Brothers from 1 to 4 PM and The Sturdy Souls from 4 to 8 PM.On Sunday, May 27, it’s Jetty Koon from 1 to 4 PM and Nancy Atlas from 5:30 to 8 PM.Harbor BistroHarbor Bistro in East Hampton serves a special Sunset Menu daily from 5 to 6 PM in the dining room, and all evening at the bar.Diners may enjoy a three-course prix fixe menu, or substitute one of the courses for a select glass of house wine, both for $29.Nikki BeachNikki Beach, the party club for jet setters and fun-lovers, is heading to the Hamptons this summer with a pop-up. Just ahead of the club’s 20th anniversary later this year, Nikki Beach is opening its doors at Oreya at the Capri Hotel in Southampton and bringing its sushi boats and table-dancing saxophonists.Expect a week of champagne, sparklers, DJs, and dining, with the final au revoir celebration on July 4.The Backyard RestaurantThe Backyard Restaurant at Montauk’s Solé East Resort has a full line up of entertainment for Memorial Day weekend to kick-off the 2018 season. A schedule of events includes a DJ Friday, May 25, from 7 PM to close, a DJ poolside on Saturday, May 26, from 1 to 6 PM, and a performance by Alfredo Merat from 6 to 9 PM.On Sunday, May 27, enjoy a Bossa Nova Poolside Brunch with Marcello and Ludmilla from 11 AM to 2 PM and a DJ poolside from 2 to 6 PM.Send submissions to [email protected] Share
UK: The Department for Transport announced on June 19 that it had agreed terms with Virgin Rail Group for a direct award contract to operate InterCity West Coast services for a further 2 years and 9 months. Virgin is currently running the business under a stopgap agreement signed in December 2012.The new contract is the sixth direct award to be negotiated by DfT following the relaunch of its franchising schedule in March 2013. Virgin will continue to operate service on the West Coast Main Line until April 2017, when a competitively-tendered long-term franchise is expected to start.Under the deal, Virgin has committed to pay more than £430m in premia to run the franchise. It will also deliver £35m of ‘passenger benefits’, including the conversion of one first class coach to standard class on the 21 nine-car Class 390 Pendolino trainsets and the introduction of free wi-fi at stations. More than £20m will be invested in station enhancements, with extra car parking to be provided at Carlisle, Lancaster and Stafford. Another £2·5m will fund interior improvements on the Pendolino fleet, and £2·7m is allocated for improved catering facilities.In addition, Virgin ‘will now start work to secure new direct services from London to both Shrewsbury and Blackpool from December’, subject to negotiating suitable paths with Network Rail and the Office of Rail Regulation. Shrewsbury would have two trains in each direction on Monday to Saturday and one on Sunday. Blackpool North would see one train each way Monday to Friday.‘The West Coast provides a vital artery between London and Scotland, and it is crucial we do everything we can to improve services on this much-used route’, said Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin. ‘This deal will provide thousands more seats and better journeys for the tens of thousands of passengers who use these services every day.’Virgin has committed to working with Network Rail and local communities and stakeholders to look at ways to improve journey times between London and Scotland, including a proposed remodelling of the junction at Carstairs.Virgin Trains Executive Co-Chairman Patrick McCall said ‘we are delighted to have reached a deal, after some tough negotiations with the DfT. It puts the problems of 2012 firmly behind us, and shows the clear benefits of a well-run franchise system. This deal is great news for passengers and taxpayers, with significant benefits for our customers, as well as a big increase in the money we pay to government.’The Department for Transport announced on June 19 that it had transferred the 40% stake in Eurostar which it holds through London & Continental Railways to the Treasury. A joint venture of Keolis (UK) Ltd and Eurostar International Ltd has been shortlisted for the InterCity East Coast franchise, and DfT said the transfer has been done ‘to address any perceived or actual conflict of interests resulting from the interaction between the government’s stake in Eurostar’ and the franchise competition, ‘and in particular any perception of bias arising out of the Secretary of State for Transport’s shareholding in London & Continental Railways’.
Santa Anita Park could be sold as owner Magna Entertainment Corp. looks to sell off assets in an attempt to reduce its debt. Magna, based in Ontario, Canada, said Thursday it was carrying a $550-million debt as of mid-August, and it will be looking for partnerships and selling racetracks and real estate. The company said it planned to sell racetracks in Michigan, Ohio and Oregon. Mega said it would only “explore” selling its stake in its two most prominent thoroughbred tracks – Santa Anita and Gulfstream Park in Florida, the Los Angeles Times reported. The company is looking to raise between $600 million and $700 million. Magna bought the race track – one of the world’s best known since its 1933 debut – for $126 million in 1998. Tennis Lindsay Davenport continued her comeback, making it to the semifinals of the Bali Open by defeating top-seeded, Jelena Jankovic, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2. She will face Sara Errani, who upset Aiko Nakamura, 6-1, 6-2. ETC.: Defending champion Marcos Baghdatis was upset, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (5), by Ivan Ljubicic at the China Open in Beijing. Ljubicic will play Fernando Gonzalez in the semifinals. Tommy Robredo and Nicolas Kiefer also advanced to the semifinals. … French qualifier Gael Monfils advanced to the BCR Open Romania semifinals in Bucharest, beating countryman Marc Gicquel, 6-4, 6-2. Motorsports Clint Bowyer nipped Martin Truex Jr. for the pole in qualifying for the opening race of NASCAR’s Chase for the Nextel Cup championship in Loudon, N.H. Bowyer turned a fast lap of 130.412 mph to knock Truex (130.255) off the top spot for Sunday’s Sylvania 300. Track and field Ethiopia’s Meseret Defar set a world’s best in the two miles at the Van Damme Memorial meet in Brussels, Belgium, smashing the mark she set earlier this year by almost a dozen seconds to finish in 8 minutes, 58.58 seconds. World pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva and 400-meter runner Sanya Richards remained on course for the $1 million Golden League jackpot. Richards ran the season’s best time over the 400 meters and Isinbayeva was flawless to win before failing at the world record height of 16 feet, 5 inches. In Berlin on Sunday, both can sweep events in all six Golden League meets and claim half of the bonus. Basketball Theodorus Papaloukas made a layup with seven seconds left as Greece scored 10 straight points in the final 1:32 to beat Slovenia, 63-62, to advance to the European Basketball Championship semifinals in Madrid, Spain. Lithuania will face Russia today, while Greece will have another world championship rematch against Spain. Lithuania outlasted Croatia, 74-72. Correction In a Thursday obituary for Dennis Storer, The Associated Press included erroneous information. The university said Storer was the first head coach of the UCLA soccer team when it went from a club sport to the NCAA level in 1967. He did not found the soccer program. In addition, he died in the Topanga area, not Malibu. College sports Schools would be barred from cutting financial aid to athletes for any injury or medical condition, including pregnancy and eating disorders, under a proposal approved by an NCAA Division I panel. The measure, passed this week by the division’s cabinet on academics, eligibility and compliance, will go to the Division I Management Council as an amendment to the NCAA bylaws later this fall. Cycling Arbitrators in the Floyd Landis doping hearing met for the final time this week and declared the hearing officially closed, meaning a decision on the 2006 Tour de France winner’s fate must come in by Sept. 22. ETC.: Brazilian Luciano Pagliarini won the fourth stage of the Tour of Missouri to Columbia, while George Hincapie retained the overall lead. … Russian Denis Menchov retained his overall lead in the Spanish Vuelta.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From news services The Finnish Flash is still not sure if he is finished. “Part of me wants to play, but right now, a part of me is not ready to do what it takes,” Ducks star Teemu Selanne said. “I’m just going to wait a little longer and see how I’m going to feel when the season starts,” he said Friday. “Watching the game and being a little closer, I’ll know for sure.” Selanne, who has been absent from Ducks training camp this week, led the Ducks with 48 goals and 94 points last season, and added five goals and 10 assists in the playoffs as the Ducks won their first Stanley Cup, which was also the first for Selanne in his 15-year career. “At this point, there is no way I could be as motivated as I need to be to play at this level,” said Selanne, who was third in the NHL in overall goal scoring. “The last couple years, how hungry I’ve been and excited about everything. If I don’t feel that way in a month or so, then it’s time to do something else, but right now it’s too early.” Teammate Scott Niedermayer is also ping retirement, but has not come to a decision either. ETC.: As Teppo Numminen prepares for open-heart surgery to repair a faulty valve next week, the Buffalo defenseman is determined to return to the ice. “It’s been quite an emotional week,” Numminen said a day after the Sabres announced he will have surgery. “And my plan was to play for the Sabres this year, and that hasn’t changed. If everything goes well, I will play.” Numminen said doctors have assured him that – barring complications – he will be able to live a normal life, including resuming his career, and could be playing as early as December. Horse racing