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Norway: KONGSBERG Celebrates 200th Anniversary

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first_img View post tag: Navy Share this article Industry news March 20, 2014 View post tag: Norway Throughout 200 years what is now known as KONGSBERG has been an industrial trailblazer in the defence, maritime, oil, gas and aerospace sectors.“There are not many businesses in the world that can boast 200 years of continuous operations, and this is something we are very proud and respectful of. We can look back on a unique and memorable history, and we are now a leading international high-technology corporation,” says CEO Walter Qvam of KONGSBERG.1814: The establishment of the Norwegian defence industryKongsberg weapons factory (KV) was founded by Poul Steenstrup, mining superintendent and participant at the national assembly at Eidsvoll, on 20 March 1814. This represented the establishment of Norway’s first factory, even before the industrial revolution in Norway.During the spring of 1814, Norway had gained its constitution. And the work of building the country’s first factory began in Kongsberg. The establishment of Kongsberg weapons factory in 1814 must be viewed in the light of other events of the same year. In January 1814, Norway had been ceded to Sweden, after centuries of union with Denmark. However, in Norway forces were working to give the country independence, and the need for a defence industry developed.From the industrial revolution to international high technology supplier KONGSBERG has experienced numerous eras, including Norway’s incipient industrial revolution in the 1800s, the development of the post-war technological industrialized Norway and the internationalization of Norwegian technology and expertise in the final decades until today.[mappress]Press Release, March 20, 2014; Image: Kongsberg View post tag: 200th View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today Norway: KONGSBERG Celebrates 200th Anniversary View post tag: celebrates View post tag: Naval KONGSBERG celebrates its 200th anniversary on 20 March. The company can boast the longest industrial history in Norway, with continuous operations since the foundation of the Kongsberg weapons factory in 1814. View post tag: Kongsberg Norway: KONGSBERG Celebrates 200th Anniversary View post tag: Anniversarylast_img read more

NCAA announces new 2016-17 championship locations following House Bill 2 relocation

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first_imgThe NCAA has announced new locations for its 2016-2017 neutral site championships that were originally scheduled to be held in North Carolina. The NCAA declared last month that it would relocate its championships from North Carolina due to House Bill 2.The state law most notably forces everyone to use the bathroom of the sex listed on their birth certificate and prevents transgender people from using the bathrooms of their associated gender.“Current North Carolina state laws make it challenging to guarantee that host communities can help deliver on that commitment if NCAA events remained in the state,” the NCAA Board of Governors said in a release last month.Three days ago, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced new locations for its championships that were originally in North Carolina.Here are the new locations and times:AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDivision I Women’s Lacrosse Championship—May 26 and 28: Boston at Gillette StadiumDivision I Men’s Basketball Championship (first/second rounds) — March 17 and 19: Greenville, South Carolina at the Bon Secours Wellness ArenaDivision I Women’s Soccer Championship — Dec. 2 and 4: San Jose, California at the Avaya StadiumDivision I Women’s Golf Championships, regional — May 8-10: Athens, Georgia at the University of Georgia Golf CourseDivision II Baseball Championship—May 27-June 3: Grand Prairie, Texas at The Ballpark in Grand PrairieDivision III Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships — May 22-27: Chattanooga, Tennessee at the Champions Tennis ClubDivision III Men’s and Women’s Soccer Championships — Dec. 2 and 3: Salem, Virginia at Kerr Stadium Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 7, 2016 at 12:53 pm Contact Byron: [email protected]center_img Commentslast_img read more

Phillip Fisher, Argonia: June 5, 1968 – Nov. 1, 2013

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first_imgPhillip FisherPhillip A. Fisher, of Argonia, died Friday, November 1, 2013 at the Harper Hospital District in Harper at the age of 45.Phillip was born the son of Phillip R. and Carolyn (Montgomery) Fisher on Wednesday, June 5, 1968 in Wichita. He was raised in Wichita and graduated from Wichita North High School.On June 1, 2002, Phillip and Molly Pike were united in marriage in Argonia. Together they celebrated 11 years of marriage. They have made their home in Argonia since 2003. Phillip worked for over 15 years at Betts Pest Control in Wichita. He later enjoyed doing maintenance for the City of Argonia while operating his own business, Elite Pest Management. Phillip enjoyed coaching his son’s teams, watching KU basketball and KC Chiefs football. He was an avid hunter.Above all, Phillip adored his loving family. Survivors include his wife, Molly Fisher, sons: Riley and Grant Fisher and daughter, Faith Fisher all of Argonia, parents, Phillip and Carolyn Fisher of Wichita, sister, Sherri Black and her husband Ben of Wichita and his grandmother, Virginia Montgomery of Wichita. He also leaves behind many extended family members and numerous friends.He was preceded in death by his grandparents: James Everett Montgomery, Ann and Virgil Haze and Phillip R. Fisher, Sr.Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 6, 2013 with family present from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.Funeral services for Phillip will be at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, November 7, 2013 in Argonia Friends Church, ArgoniaInterment will follow at the Argonia Cemetery, Argonia.In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established in his loving memory with Phillip A. Fisher Children’s Fund or American Heart Association. Contributions can be mailed or left with the funeral home.To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit www.dayfuneralhome.info.last_img read more

No Triple Crown: Oxbow wins wire-to-wire at Preakness

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first_imgOxbow, ridden by jockey Gary Stevens, wins the 138th Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course, May 18, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)by Richard RosenblattBALTIMORE (AP) — Right from the start, a horse trained by one not so over-the-hill Hall of Famer and ridden by another took control of the Preakness. The result: a huge upset and the end of any hopes for a Triple Crown attempt at the Belmont Stakes.Thanks to Oxbow’s wire-to-wire win Saturday over Kentucky Derby winner Orb, trainer D. Wayne Lukas and jockey Gary Stevens have themselves another classic to add to their stellar resumes.“I get paid to spoil dreams,” the 77-year-old Lukas said after his record 14th win in a Triple Crown race. “Unfortunately we go over here and you can’t mail ’em in. It’s a different surface and a different time. You gotta line ’em up and win ’em.”Stevens ended his retirement in January, and won his third Preakness to go along with three victories in the Derby and three in the Belmont.“At 50 years old, after seven years retirement, it doesn’t get any better than this,” Stevens said. “This is super, super sweet and it happened for the right guy. All the stars were aligned. It’s even more special winning it for Wayne Lukas and his team.”Lukas put Stevens on his first Triple Crown race winner — when the rider guided the filly Winning Colors to victory in the 1988 Derby. Stevens last won a Triple Crown race in 2001, taking the Belmont aboard Point Given.“He supported me,” Stevens said. “A lot of people were trying to get me off. He was the first guy to call me up and said ‘I’m going to have a colt for you. His name is Oxbow.’”Orb was unable to find his rhythm after starting from the No. 1 post, and never challenged in finishing fourth.“After we passed the half mile, he had a hard time keeping up and I kind of worried a little bit,” Orb’s jockey Joel Rosario said. “He just kind of steadied after that. He usually takes you there. He always runs hard, but today he never took off.”Orb’s loss extends the Triple Crown drought to 36 years since Affirmed became the 11th horse to sweep the races in 1978. There had been great anticipation the sport would get another Triple try just a year after I’ll Have Another won the first two races but was scratched the day before the Belmont with a tendon injury.Lukas won his sixth Preakness to move one behind Robert Wyndham Walden for most wins in the second leg of the Triple Crown.The victory was a long time coming for the dean of trainers. The last Triple Crown race he won was the 2000 Belmont with Commendable. Before that, he was a regular in the winner’s circle after classic races. At one point, he ran off six in a row — from the 1994 Preakness through the 1996 Derby. He also was the first to send out five horses in one Derby, and won it with Grindstone in 1996.The first trainer to gear his operation toward Triple Crown races, Lukas took a run at the coveted prize in 1999 with Charismatic. The unsung 3-year-old won the Derby and Preakness, but broke his leg in the stretch of the Belmont while finishing third.Oxbow, sent off at odds of 15-1, took charge from the start out of the No. 6 post and beat Itsmyluckyday by 1¾ lengths. Mylute, with Rosie Napravnik bidding to become the first female to win the Preakness, was third, followed by Orb, Goldencents, Departing, Will Take Charge, Govenor Charlie and Titletown Five.Orb’s trainer, Shug McGaughey, so confident in the two weeks leading up to the race, was gracious despite his disappointment.“It was a great opportunity,” the Hall of Famer said. “We were 3-5 and we finished fourth. We’ll pack it up and go home. Hats off to Wayne.”He also recalled a brief conversation with Lukas a few days before the race.“Just two days ago, he said to me ‘We got another one on the agenda,’” McGaughey said. “And darn if two days later he didn’t get it … When Wayne wasn’t going good, he was still the first guy out on his pony. The guy’s a credit to racing. He’s always upbeat and optimistic.”Orb came into the Preakness with a five-race winning streak and many expected him to win easily. But it wasn’t to be on an overcast windy day at Pimlico Race Course, where 117,203 fans turned out.Oxbow went to the lead ahead of Goldencents and opened some daylight into the first turn. Orb, who broke slowly as expected, wound up in a cluster of horses around the turn and into the backstretch. While Oxbow was cruising along in front, Rosario tried to find room outside but found his path blocked. Orb dropped back to the inside, and perhaps frustrated without any space to run free like he did in the Derby, fell back to seventh and was never a threat in the stretch.“The pace was slower than I anticipated,” McGaughey said. “I thought maybe they would speed it up a little bit but they didn’t. I thought we would close into it but it just wasn’t his day. He was just never real comfortable once he got down in there.”Oxbow covered the 1 3-16 miles in a slow 1:57.54 and paid $32.80, $12 and $8.80. Itsmyluckyday, 15th in the Derby, returned $7.80 and $5 and Mylute paid $5.20 to show.Lukas had three of the nine horses in the Preakness, and it was his best Derby finisher who was able to come through. Just like that, he broke the tie with “Sunny Jim” Fitzsimmons for most Triple Crown wins.“I shared that record with a very special name,” Lukas said. “If I never broke it, I was proud of that. But I’m also proud to have it.”last_img read more

Pledging Support To Local Farms Comes With Benefits

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first_imgFERNBROOK FARM42 Bordentown-Georgetown Road (Route 545), Bordentown,Phone: (609) [email protected] practices: naturally grownSeason: about 25 weeks, $690Work Required: NoPickup: Possible pick up in Belford section of Middletown if 20 shares are purchased, otherwise 2-7 p.m. Thursdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesdays at the farm. HONEY BROOK ORGANIC FARM Pennington-based, distributed locally(609) [email protected] The oldest and largest New Jersey certified organic fruit, herb, vegetable and flower CSA, according to LocalHarvest.com. Members have pick-your-own privileges. Community events, such as cooking demonstrations, offered.Farming practices: certified organicSeason: May-NovemberShares: 4,000, offered in four sizes: deluxe bushel, $769; premium three-quarter bushel, $649; basic half bushel, $469; personal one-quarter bushel, $369Work Required: NoLocal pickups: Wednesdays at the following locations:— Dean’s Natural Food Market at both 490 Broad St. in Shrewsbury, and 1119 Route 35 North, Ocean Township, from 3-7 p.m.— Molzon Garden Center, 140 Middletown-Lincroft Road in Middletown, from 3-6:30 p.m.— Harmony Natural Foods, 1521 Route 35, Middletown, late afternoon, early evening— Fair Haven, private home, late afternoon, early evening— Coney Waffle, 803 Ocean Ave., Belmar, late afternoon, early evening By Gretchen C. Van BenthuysenBob Laurino was a little worried when the “For Sale” sign first was posted at historic Hockhockson Farm on Route 537 in Colts Neck.“When I heard it was going to be sold I thought I’d have to move out,” said the tenant farmer who’s been planting vegetables and flowers on about 15 acres for six years and selling them to the public at a roadside stand between Swimming River and Laird Roads.Not to worry. Entertainer Jon Stewart and his wife Tracey, a former veterinary technician, bought the 45-acre farm and plan to create an agricultural sanctuary-education center, including an 8,400-square-foot, two-story education-visitor center that will incorporate Laurino’s sustainable gardening business as well.“Vegetables don’t fall from the sky,” Laurino noted. “You have to plant a garden for them. People and animals both need healthy diets so school groups and summer camps can come here and take a tour and learn.”Laurino, a third-generation farmer whose grandfather immigrated from Italy, admits he knows nothing about farm animals, but plans to learn. He also hopes to get his fields certified as organic by the summer of 2017.“I’ve always hated chemicals; I don’t spray at all, but it takes at least seven years before you can get certified,” he said, noting previously applied chemicals take time to leach out of the soil. “When you stop by, you’ll see the guys out in the field walking the rows picking bugs off the crops.”And that’s what customers who care about what they eat like to see. So last year Laurino decided to jump on the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) train, which recently has been picking up speed.According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a CSA consists of “a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation so that the farmland becomes, either legally or spiritually, the community’s farm, with the growers and consumers providing mutual support and sharing the risks and benefits of food production.”OK. In the real world, most local CSAs offer shares that cost between $500 and $769 per season (some people split shares among themselves) that they pay the farmer in the spring, then enjoy weekly boxes of freshly picked, in-season food — often organic. Some farms require shareholders’ help for a certain number of hours each growing season. Almost all will consider installment payments.Everyone takes the risk— a poor growing season or, say, a hurricane may cripple a harvest.Other advantages for farmers include “selling” their food before the 16-hour days kick in, help with the farm’s cash flow, getting to know their customers personally.Advantages for consumers include ultra-fresh food, exposure to new vegetables and ways of cooking, often a visit to the farm, developing a relationship with “their” farmer and — the Holy Grail — getting your kids to eat veggies.Data collected in 2012 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture indicates 12,617 farms in the United States reported marketing products through a CSA, a .5 percent increase over 2007. To find a CSA near you, visit www.localharvest.orgLaurino’s farmstand opens Memorial Day weekend, but the CSA boxes don’t begin until mid-July.“We only have a few things growing now, mostly flowers, but things  pick up in June,” he said.Last year, his first as a CSA farm, he sold 50 shares. This year 46 of his customers returned. Those that didn’t said there was too much food. His goal this year is 125 members. He works with shareholders who can’t pay the $499 for 14 weeks all at once.Kristin Hock watering the greenhouse. Kristin created the Caramore Farm on the grounds of the Collier High School in Marlboro. Courtesy K. HockAn average weekly share is 95 percent farm-grown with peaches and blueberries from south Jersey farms. A typical share: 8 ears corn, 4-5 beefsteak tomatoes, 1 pint cherry tomato, 1 pint blueberries,1 cantaloupe, 4-5 peaches, 4 nectarines, 4-5 mixed peppers, romaine lettuce, red leaf lettuce, green squash, yellow squash, fresh herbs, swiss chard, beets and a flower bouquet.Too much food seems to be a champagne problem with an easy solution.The Pennington-based Honey Brook Organic Farm, the oldest and largest New Jersey certified organic fruit, herb, vegetable and flower CSA, according to LocalHarvest.com, offers four sizes of bushels ranging from $369 to $769 per season. Not to worry. They deliver to Shrewsbury, Fair Haven, Middletown and Ocean Township where shareholders can pick up their goodies.The Coney Waffle ice cream store in Belmar offers fresh veggies and ice cream on Ocean Avenue. What’s not to like?“Our most popular size is the basic box (half bushel, $469),” said co-owner Sherry Dundas, who loves to visit Belmar “when I can get off the farm.” She and her husband started the business 25 years ago with 3.5 acres. They now work 350 acres. They’ve been delivering to the Shore area for five years.“We started before Whole Foods, and when organic vegetables were coming from California with brown spots. They just didn’t look good,” Dundas said. Also, she added, in the mid-1980s Alar, a chemical used for spraying fruit was found to contribute to cancerous tumors in lab animals. Interest in health food stores and organic farming began to blossom, she said.“The local food movement eventually caught up with organic farming and Baby Boomers — especially college-educated women with small children — who wanted healthy food,” Dundas said.Their typical customer is a 30-year-old woman with children. As Boomers age, Dundas said Gen Xers (people born from the early 1960s to early 1980s) have been filling in. Millennials, she added, are still living at home and putting off having children.That certainly describes Gen Xer Kara Ward of the Belford section of Middletown. Her daughters are ages 2, 10 and 12.Kara Ward’s children, from left — Aria, 4, Haydan, 12, and Maisie, 10 — making zucchini bread. Photo courtesy Matthew W. Hock“Every week it’s a little like Christmas as we open the box to see what’s in it,” Ward said. “We look up recipes. We have made kohlrabi fritters and the girls loved them. They been making vegetable smoothies. They like trying new things and they love to bake and cook now, too.”“We get 10-15 pounds of organic vegetables from mid-June to mid-October and we incorporate them into everything we eat,” she said. “We don’t want anything to go bad so we learned how to can stuff and we made pickles. I learned how to dice and freeze so we have veggies year-round.”Ward patronizes Fernbrook Farms in Bordentown where her sister Kristin Hock worked. Hock now is creating a farm on the grounds of Collier High School in Marlboro. She started a CSA, but it is only open to staffers at this time. Students also will work the farm with lessons incorporated from the school’s curriculum, Hock said.Meanwhile Ward, who has been driving two-hours roundtrip weekly during the season, is working with Fernbrook to have boxes delivered to Belford.“I have 15 people so far, but I need 20 for Fernbrook to deliver here,” Ward said. “If you break it down, the $690 price is only about $30-35 dollars per week and most farmers are willing to work with you on the payments.”If interested in a Belford delivery or volunteering at the Collier School, email [email protected] LAURINO FARM228 Route 537, Colts Neck(732) [email protected] Weekly share consists mostly farm-grown fruits and vegetables with some fruits from south Jersey farms. Typical share: 8 ears corn, 4-5 beefsteak tomatoes, 1 pint cherry tomato,1 pint blueberries,1 cantaloupe, 4-5 peaches, 4 nectarines, 4-5 mixed peppers, romaine lettuce, red leaf lettuce, green squash, yellow squash, fresh herbs, swiss chard, beets, plus bouquet of zinnias or sunflowers (starting end of July). Farming practices: naturally grownSeason: July through first week of October (since 2015)Shares: 150, $499 for 14 weeks,Work Required: NoNote: Home delivery available SILVER FORGE FARM112 Iron Ore Road, Manalapan(732) [email protected] family farm offering organic vegetables and fruit, free-range eggs, farm-sourced items including wool products from Shetland sheep.Farming practices: naturally grown, grass fed/pastured, integrated pest managementSeason: May through October (since 2014)Shares: 15 offered, full share: $625; half share: $375Work Required: NoNote: CSA shares for 2016 sold out. Visit goo.gl/forms/FZu6Q7UBAF to be added to the waiting list. Eggs available to non shareholders when a surplus. Check farm’s Facebook page for updates.Organic Farming Terms Certified OrganicThere are many organizations worldwide that certify produce as being grown in a manner that does not harm the environment and that preserves or improves soil fertility, soil structure, and farm sustainability.Naturally GrownSome of our farms prefer not to pursue an organic certification, but do follow organic principles in growing their produce.Certified Naturally GrownCNG is a grassroots certification program created specifically for farmers that sell locally and directly to their customers. CNG’s certification standards are based on the National Organic Program but with some variation, including improved livestock living conditions and more explicit access to pasture requirements.TransitionalOrganic certification standards are very strict, and it usually takes years for farms the achieve them, as all pesticide and chemical residue from the soil is slowly broken down and leached away. Farms marked as “Transitional” are farms in the process of getting their certification, but that are not quite there yet.ConventionalConventional farming does not necessarily have to be as destructive as large scale chemical agriculture. There are many small farms worldwide that sparingly use chemicals when needed, and that otherwise follow good guidelines in the care of their environments and communities. We list those farms in LocalHarvest too.BiodynamicBased on a series of lectures given by Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner in 1924, Biodynamics is a method of agriculture which seeks to actively work with the health-giving forces of nature. It is the oldest non-chemical agricultural movement, predating the organic agriculture movement by some 20 years and has now spread throughout the world.Grass Fed / PasturedGrass fed, or pastured, animals are raised on pasture, as opposed to being kept in confinement and fed primarily grains. Pasturing livestock and poultry is the traditional method of raising farm animals, is ecologically sustainable, humane, and produces the most nutritious meat, dairy and eggs. Source: LocalHarvest.org Offers 200 heirloom varieties. Weekly email update with items available for choosing, recipes for meal planning and farm updates. Sustainably grown, chemical free, hand tended. Only farm in New Jersey growing certified organic mushrooms, according to its website.Farming practices: naturally grown, integrated pest managementSeason: May to October (since 2014)Shares: 30, box and market (market shareholders may visit 5 different farmers markets in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and choose their produce); $700 full share; $400 half shareWork Required: NoLocal pickup: Asbury Fresh Market, Kennedy Park, Cookman and Grand avenues, Asbury Park, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays. www.asburyfresh.com ROLLING HILLS FARMLambertville-based, distributes locally(267) [email protected] MATAWAN CSASusan Mann (732) 441-3321https://matawancsa.orgFacebook siteOrganic vegetables and herbs grown at Circle Brook Farm, Andover, NJ, and delivered to private residence for local distribution. Convenient to Keyport, Holmdel, Hazlet, Manalapan, Marlboro.Farming practice: certified organicSeason:  24 weeks from mid-June to mid-November (since 2015)Shares: 50, $675, plus $15 annual site fee.Work requirement: Yes. 4 hours per season at delivery site.Pickup: 5-7 p.m. Fridayslast_img read more

BC attorney general says serious lack of sheriffs involves low pay

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first_imgVANCOUVER – Taxpayers are footing the bill to fly sheriffs around British Columbia as the province grapples with a chronic shortage of the courtroom staff and frustrated judges speak out about delayed and stayed cases.Attorney General David Eby said the government is working to train more sheriffs to provide courtroom security while dealing with the problem of police forces luring recruits with higher pay.“We have a very serious issue with a shortage of sheriffs in the province and we are currently flying some sheriffs from courthouse to courthouse to make sure we have enough sheriffs to keep courthouses open,” Eby said in a recent interview. “It’s obviously a significant public expense to do that.”Eby said part a $20 million NDP platform commitment has been earmarked to deal with the shortage, and he’s concerned the issue could erode public confidence in the justice system.Lack of sheriffs is a long-standing problem that surfaced under the previous Liberal government, Eby said, adding a low salary is one of the key retention issues.“Many of them are being hired to work as police officers instead of staying on to work as sheriffs because of very significant pay disparity between working as a sheriff in court and being a police officer,” he said.Chief provincial court judge Thomas J. Crabtree said court facilities can’t operate without appropriate security.“B.C. Sheriff Services members are located in each courthouse across the province to ensure the safety of court users while on court property and in courtrooms, including members of the public, witnesses, victims, the judiciary, legal counsel and parties,” Crabtree said in a statement.Dean Purdy, vice-president of Corrections and Sheriffs Services for the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union, said 14 deputy sheriffs have left in the last four weeks and 90 per cent of them have been recruited by police forces.“They’re trying to plug holes where they can,” he said of sheriffs who escort the accused from holding cells and provide security in courtrooms. “They’re triaging the courts. They know which judges will squawk about not having security in their courtrooms and speak out and which judges won’t.”The shortage of sheriffs has led to problems across the province and most recently on Vancouver Island, Purdy said. Two high-profile drug cases were among those thrown out in Victoria because a deputy sheriff wasn’t available.A trial delayed for hours last week in Victoria because there was no sheriff had a provincial court judge calling the situation “appalling.”“We’re pleased to see that judges are speaking out about this issue because the security and the safety of the public and the courts and court staff is paramount,” Purdy said.There’s a $36,000 gap between the top average salary of a sheriff and a police officer, and that has RCMP and municipal forces, along with transit police in the Vancouver area, “actively and aggressively recruiting both correctional officers and sheriffs,” Purdy said.“It costs approximately $30,000 to train a new recruit and it just doesn’t make sense from a fiscal standpoint, and I know you certainly wouldn’t run a business that way, to pay for new recruits to be trained, bring them in, only to have them leave, sometimes months later,” he said.“We’re not saying that both corrections and sheriffs need to be paid the same as police, because they’re not police, but they need to close that gap about half way just so they can retain good, highly trained sheriffs and correctional officers because they’ll continue to leave as long as that incentive of a significantly higher wage is right there in their sight.”Sheriffs are required to pay back $11,000 of the training cost if they leave in the first two years of their job, Purdy said.Union representatives are scheduled to meet with Eby on Oct. 17, the second meeting with the new attorney general since last month, he said.Bentley Doyle, spokesman for the Trial Lawyers Association of B.C., said limited court time is wasted when trials don’t go ahead because a sheriff isn’t available.“In that sense, sheriffs and judges are equally important, as both are required in order to make the system run,” he said in an email statement.“There are too many cases in need of trial time. Courtrooms cannot be dark during the workweek. Justice delayed far too often ends up being tantamount to justice denied.”— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.last_img read more