Maclure hired as new OSCA deputy

first_imgMaclure hired as new OSCA deputy Maclure hired as new OSCA deputy October 15, 2013 Regular Newscenter_img A new deputy state courts administrator has been selected, according to a memo issued by Chief Justice Ricky Polston.Eric Maclure is set to take the reins on November 1, assuming functions of the former administrative services director position and overseeing additional Office of the State Courts Administrator units.“Eric is a great asset to the judicial branch and will provide invaluable leadership in his role,” Polston said.Maclure has been the OSCA director of community and intergovernmental relations for nearly two years. He previously worked for the Legislature from 1994 to 2011, where he was involved in matters relating to the judicial branch.Maclure is a member of The Florida Bar and a former judicial clerk at an appellate court. He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from West Virginia University, a master’s degree in public administration from George Washington University, and his law degree from the University of North Carolina.The Supreme Court is continuing to consider candidates for the state courts administrator position, as the current administrator, Lisa Goodner, plans to retire.“Our hope would be to match in the OSCA senior management team the total range of expertise and experience that we have now,” Polston said.last_img read more

GE and Baker Hughes join forces

first_imgGE will own 62.5 percent of the reformed company, while Baker Hughes will maintain 37.5 percent.The “new” entity will provide equipment, technology and services to the oil and gas industry, with USD32 billion of combined revenue and operations in over 120 countries, said a statement.Jeff Immelt, chairman and ceo of GE, said that the cooperation will create an “industry leader” that is ideally positioned to grow in any market.”Oil and gas customers demand more productive solutions. This can only be achieved through technical innovation and service execution, the hallmarks of GE and Baker Hughes,” he added.The transaction is expected to close in mid 2017.www.ge.comwww.bakerhughes.comlast_img

Argos Hold Steady At No. 20 In Latest National Rankings

first_imgNOVEMBER 6 AVCA RANKINGSLEXINGTON, Ky. – University of West Florida volleyball (24-6, 14-0 GSC) held steady in the the latest AVCA Division II Top 25 poll, checking in once again this week at a season-best No. 20 nationally. West Florida went 2-0 last week, sweeping Valdosta State at home October 31 before clinching the GSC regular season title on November 3 with a 3-0 win at Auburn University Montgomery.No. 20 UWF was nearly flawless in the 3-0 win at Auburn Montgomery Friday night as they clinched the Gulf South Conference regular season title. The Argonauts clinched the crown with a 25-13, 25-14, 25-13 decision at the AUM Athletics Complex.The GSC regular season title is the tenth in program history for UWF. The team currently owns a 14-0 conference record, matching the best regular season conference mark of Melissa Wolter’s historic tenure as head coach of the program. If the Argos can defeat Lee and Shorter at home this weekend, 2017 will be the fourth time under her leadership that the program has gone undefeated in conference regular season play.The No. 20 position, first achieved in last week’s poll, is the best national ranking the team has attained this season. It also marks the fifth consecutive week UWF has been ranked in the AVCA Division II Top 25. The Argos are the only Gulf South Conference team ranked in the Top 25 this week.UWF will host Lee (18-8, 9-5 GSC) and Shorter (17-9, 10-4 GSC) to close the regular season this weekend. The Argos will host the GSC tournament, which will be held November 17-19 in the UWF Field House.West Florida will battle Lee Friday at 5:00 pm. The contest will be Senior Night for the program, with Monique StCyr, Rachel Neblett and Katy Kuhlmeier set to be honored. Saturday’s 1:00 pm match vs. Shorter will be the program’s annual Parents’ Day.#ARGOS# Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Computer worm can’t hack it

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “It has spread to all our computers,” said Giancarlo Martella, Milan’s councilman for technological innovation and public services. “Knowing how destructive it is, we turned off all personal computers to avoid losing our data.” Only the municipality’s registry office had been kept open because its “passive terminals” don’t store data, Martella said, adding he hoped the computers would return to normal by Monday. Experts had warned earlier that the worm, also known as “CME-24,” “BlackWorm” or “Mywife.E,” could corrupt documents using the most common file types, including “.doc,” “.pdf” and “.zip.” The worm, nicknamed after the Hindu love manual Kama Sutra because of the pornographic come-ons in e-mails spreading it, affects most versions of Microsoft Corp.’s Windows operating system, prompting the software giant to issue a warning Tuesday. Although the worm tries to disable anti-virus software, vendors have generally posted updates that should protect users. Assuming the computer’s internal clock is correct, users can also avoid the worm by leaving their machines off until Saturday, although the worm is set to trigger again on March 3. Security vendors Trend Micro Inc. and CA Inc. both assessed the overall risk and distribution as low. The worm wasn’t expected to spread any more quickly Friday. Rather, Friday was the first trigger date for the file-destroying code. “It’s well past the deadline but we haven’t confirmed any cases of the Kama Sutra in Japan, which suggests we’re not looking at a major outbreak,” said Itsuro Nishimoto, an executive at Tokyo-based computer security company LAC Corp. A manager at Hong Kong’s official coordination center for computer emergencies said he had not received any reports or calls for help from those infected by the worm. “It began spreading late last month but we haven’t received any calls in the past two weeks,” Roy Ko said. “We don’t expect to receive any today, either.” Ajit Pillai, India’s manager for U.S. security firm Watchguard Technologies Inc., said about 10 percent of his customers in the country had the worm, but they “followed the remedies and managed to avoid any problem.” “We didn’t have to do any firefighting today,” Pillai said. Unlike other worms generally designed to help spammers and hackers carry out attacks, Kama Sutra could inflict more damage because it sets out to destroy documents. “This virus is nowhere near as widespread as some of the (recent virus) cases,” Hypponen said. “The reason it’s talked about is because it’s more destructive.” He said damage is high among those hit, but many businesses should already be protected by anti-virus software. Home users and smaller companies without the latest software updates could be more vulnerable. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! One Italian city’s government shut down its computers as a precaution but a file-destroying computer worm otherwise caused relatively little damage when it triggered worldwide Friday. Hundreds of thousands of computers were believed to be infected, but many companies and individuals had time to clean up their machines this week after security vendors and media outlets warned of the “Kama Sutra” worm. “It’s been pretty quiet,” said Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer for Finnish security company F-Secure Corp. “We know the word is out there.” In Milan, Italy, technicians switched off 10,000 city government computers after discovering the infection Thursday and deciding they didn’t have enough time to clean the machines before the worm would began wreaking havoc Friday. last_img read more