African Development Bank to provide underserved communities in Nigeria with sustainable energy solutions. (Credit: Foundry Co from Pixabay) Canada-based Pembina Pipeline has received approval from the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for its Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Oregon, US.The project involves a 7.8 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) LNG export terminal and a 368km Pacific Connector gas pipeline.Pacific Connector gas pipeline and export terminal detailsThe pipeline will originate near Malin in Klamath County, Oregon. It will have interconnections with two interstate pipelines namely, the Ruby pipeline and the Gas Transmission Northwest (GTN) pipeline.The pipeline will traverse through Klamath, Jackson and Douglas counties, before terminating at the Jordan Cove LNG facility in Coos County.The company will source natural gas for the project at the Malin Hub. This will create direct access for natural gas from areas such as the Rockies Basin, US.The Jordan Cove LNG facility will comprise five liquefaction trains of 1.5Mtpa capacity each and two LNG storage tanks with a total storage capacity of 320,000m3, apart from a gas metering station, gas pre-treatment facilities and marine facilities for loading LNG ships.The terminal will receive up to 1.2 billion cubic feet (bcf) of feed gas a day through the Pacific Connector gas pipeline.LNG from the Jordan Cove liquefaction facility will be exported mainly to the Asian markets through approximately 120 LNG carrier vessels a year.The approval makes Jordan Cove the first ever US West Coast natural gas export facility to be approved by FERC.Pembina Pipeline senior vice president and chief legal officer Harry Andersen said: “We appreciate FERC’s science-based approach to their review. The approval emphasises yet again that Jordan Cove is environmentally responsible and is a project that should be permitted given a prudent regulatory and legal process was undertaken.“The FERC’s decision is due in no small part to our many supporters who have turned out time and time again to voice their support for Jordan Cove and to show that the Project is in the public interest, including in Southern Oregon and the Rockies Basin.” The project includes proposed LNG terminal and a 368km Pacific Connector gas pipeline
A former Balliol student who appeared on last year’s edition of University Challenge has been made the target of a string of sexist online attacks.Marine Debray, who studied English and French, is amongst several women to have been subjected to misogynistic abuse on the internet following their appearance on the show, notably Gail Trimble, who famously captained the Corpus Christi team in 2009.The hate campaign launched against Debray includes a blog in which photos of male genitalia are pasted onto pictures of her. There have also been scores of posts on internet fora labelling her a “dumb blonde.”“People [have been] saying that I wasn’t smart enough to be on the programme, and then there were quite a lot of comments about my appearance, in a sexualized way,” Debray said.Debray joins other female University Challenge contestants who have spoken out against sexist responses to their performances. Jenny Harris, who was on the Emmanuel College, Cambridge team that won the show last year, was mocked for her “brilliant mind, fuelled by a pair of breasts.”“An aspect of [this prejudice] is the idea that women shouldn’t be showing off how clever they are, where this is more OK for boys,” said Harris. ITV, which produces the show on behalf of the BBC, reportedly offers contestants support and advice in dealing with online abuse, despite the studio insisting that hate campaigns are “unusual.”Such online attacks, however, are only a manifestation of the more widespread prejudice against women in our society, insists Yuan Yang, OUSU’s vice president and women’s officer.“Cyber-hate campaigns are just one point on the spectrum of sexual harassment that over 68% of female students experience while at university. Nobody should be treated like this. Seen in this light, online harassment is not a laugh, but a serious indicator of a lack of respect for women on the part of some members of society,” Yang told the Cherwell.According to Yang, OUSU is currently pursuing a long-term plan to rid the University and the city of sexual harassment both online and on the streets. Yet she insists there is more to be done.“Although we are successfully working with the University to redress sexual harassment complaints procedures, this is not an issue for the University alone. To beat sexist bullying and sexual violence, we all have a part to play – we all have ownership of a culture that must change,’ she said.Though initially concerned about the scale of the online abuse, Debray maintains that she has not let it affect her.“What I tried to do was put that aside and try to move on with the positive comments.”Speaking on behalf of Debray’s college, Balliol JCR President Stephen Dempsey said, “Balliol JCR is disappointed to see any abuse directed at its members, past or present and our full support goes to Marine. Nevertheless, we are extremely proud of the intelligence and character she showed both on the show and in responding to these sensitive issues and of the fantastic example she has set to women throughout higher education and beyond.”
Pinterest Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp IndianaNews Twitter Former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch speaks at Georgetown University in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. She was awarded the 2020 J. Raymond “Jit” Trainor Award for Excellence in the Conduct of Diplomacy. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) A conference set to happen at I-U Bloomington next month features a speaker caught up in the President Trump/Ukraine flap that’s made national news headlines.The Indiana University Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies’ fifth annual conference on America’s Role in the World will feature guests including former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch.The former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine who was ousted from her position plans to take part in a question-and-answer session.The conference takes place March 5 and 6 on the Bloomington campus. It’s open to the public and will close with the presentation of the Richard G. Lugar Award to Yovanovitch.Below is more information about the event sent to 95.3 MNC:The Indiana University Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies’ fifth annual conference on America’s Role in the World will feature guests including former Ambassador Marie L. Yovanovitch and Sen. Todd Young and a keynote address from former Ambassador William J. Burns.The nonpartisan conference takes place March 5 and 6 on the IU Bloomington campus and is open to all IU students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the public.“This is the first conference on America’s Role in the World convened without our namesake, the late Senator Richard G. Lugar, who knew the importance of bringing globally respected scholars and experts to Indiana University, not only to discuss critical foreign policy issues on a nonpartisan basis but also to better understand the part each of us can play in creating a more just and secure world,” said former Ambassador Lee Feinstein, founding dean of the Hamilton Lugar School.Burns — president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the oldest international affairs think tank in the United States — is the author of “The Back Channel: A Memoir of American Diplomacy and the Case for its Renewal.” He retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in 2014 after a 33-year diplomatic career. He holds the highest rank in the Foreign Service, career ambassador, and is only the second serving career diplomat in history to become deputy secretary of state.Before his tenure as deputy secretary, Burns served as ambassador to Russia from 2005 to 2008, assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs from 2001 to 2005, and ambassador to Jordan from 1998 to 2001. His other posts include executive secretary of the State Department, principal deputy director of the State Department’s policy planning staff, and special assistant to the president and senior director for Near East and South Asian affairs at the National Security Council. Burns will take part in a moderated conversation with Susan Glasser, writer at The New Yorker and global affairs analyst at CNN, at 4 p.m. March 5.Day two of the conference will open at 9 a.m. March 6, with the inaugural Richard G. Lugar Lecture featuring Young, a 2017 America’s Role in the World panelist and champion for the Department of Education’s prestigious Title VI program, which works to develop and maintain capacity and performance in area and international studies and world languages. A record number of centers housed within the Hamilton Lugar School received funding in the 2018 round.The conference will close with the presentation of the Richard G. Lugar Award to Yovanovitch, who served as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine from 2016 to 2019. She previously served as ambassador to the Republic of Armenia and the Kyrgyz Republic. From 2012 to 2013, Yovanovitch was the principal deputy assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, where she was responsible for policy on European and global security issues.She also served as the senior advisor to the undersecretary of state for political affairs from 2004 to 2005. She retired from the Department of State as a career minister in January 2020. Yovanovitch, who is also a 1979 alumna of the Hamilton Lugar School’s Summer Language Workshop, will give remarks at 11:45 a.m. March 6, followed by a moderated discussion with Feinstein. She will also take questions from students.This year’s conference also focuses on pressing topics, including climate change, national security challenges in the next decade, U.S-China relations, and presidential elections and U.S. foreign policy.Other guests include IU faculty, scholars, journalists and former senior officials:Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, Axios.Emily Atkin, Heated.Whit Ayres, North Start Opinion Research.Isabella Fallahi, climate justice activist.Geoffrey Garin, Hart Research Associates.Retired Vice Adm. Lee Gunn, U.S. Navy.Marie Harf, Fox News.Lara Jakes, The New York Times.Kelly Magsamen, Center for American Progress.Janet McCabe, IU Environmental Resilience Institute.Nicholas Rasmussen, McCain Institute.Frank Rose, Brookings Institution.Allison Stanger, Middlebury College.Daniel Twining, International Republican Institute.Bill Whitaker, “60 Minutes.”Andrew Bell, Wendy Leutert, Adam Liff and John Yasuda, IU Hamilton Lugar School.Additional conference highlights include the announcement of the America’s Role in the World Student Editorial Contest winner by “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker. The contest is open to all IU students; editorials must answer the question, “Moral courage and the rule of law: Does justice ever require violating the law or the commands of authorities?” Feinstein’s student advisory board, the Global Student 7, will also host a private lunch allowing students to meet and network with conference guests.The entire conference will be streamed live and archived on broadcast.iu.edu; it will also be available on Facebook Live via the Hamilton Lugar School’s account. The conference is free, and registration to attend sessions is now open on the conference website. Facebook Previous articleSilver Alert issued for missing 12-year-old boy from WarsawNext articleDeadline to apply for Elkhart Police Citizen’s Academy is Monday Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. 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Pie and pasty maker Peter’s Food Service is to cut production at its factory in Bedwas, south Wales following a review of the profitability of its own-label customer contracts, putting up to 90 jobs at risk.The manufacturer said it had experienced exceptional increases in raw material prices, and had been unable to pass these on to its customers in an “extremely competitive sector”.Following the review, the company said it had decided to terminate contracts it considered unviable for the business, resulting in a reduction in production at the Bedwas site.Peter’s Food Service will now enter a period of consultation with staff members over potential job losses.“As a company, we recognise our responsibilities to our staff, and will do everything possible to minimise the impact of this on them,” said a Peter’s spokesperson.Peter’s Food Service, which has 10 distribution centres around the country, has a total workforce of 870, with 720 based at Bedwas.The company has a turnover of £81.6m and supplies more than 900 product lines.
The Disco Biscuits are gearing up for a big late-May run beginning this Friday night, May 18th, with a two-night run at Asheville, NC’s Salvage Station. Today, the band has announced that they will offer free webcasts for both nights of their North Carolina run via their official YouTube page. Both the May 18th and May 19th shows begin at 6 p.m. ET.From there, the Disco Biscuits will make their way to Colorado for their annual Bisco Inferno run including three straight nights at Denver’s famed Ogden Theatre (May 24, 25, and 26) leading up to a May 27th blowout at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison with support from two of the most buzzed-about rising acts on the road—Spafford and Organ Freeman. For more information on this year’s Bisco Inferno, or to grab your tickets, head here.Following their Colorado excursion, the Disco Biscuits will prepare for their annual multi-night festival, Camp Bisco, set to take place at Scranton, Pennsylvania’s Montage Mountain on July 12th, 13th, and 14th. Yesterday, the festival released the daily schedules for this year’s event, which will see the band play one set on Thursday, July 12th (alongside Tipper, Bonobo Live Band, STS9, Lettuce, and more); two sets on Friday, July 13th (along with Bassnectar, Lotus, Papadosio, Sunsquabi, Kung Fu, The Floozies, Mungion, and more); and three sets on Saturday, July 14th (in addition to performances by Excision, Illenium, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Ghostface Killah, TAUK, Magic Beans, ProbCause, and more). To grab your tickets to Camp Bisco 2018 today, head to the festival website here.
Janice Chung | The Observer For the past 15 years, the Robinson Community Learning Center (RCLC), located in South Bend’s northeast neighborhood, has been running programs for local students in an effort to promote academic and cultural growth. This Friday, the RCLC will be celebrating this accomplishment with an event open to the public.The event is called “RCLC Moments in Time” and will feature speeches from University President Fr. John Jenkins, manager of the RCLC Jennifer Knapp Beudert and University President Emeritus Fr. Edward “Monk” Malloy.Notre Dame junior and RCLC volunteer Sierra Hajdu said this event is, at its essence, a celebration of the partnership between Notre Dame and the RCLC.“It’s a place where all family members of the neighborhood can come together,” Hajdu said. “I love its breadth of multidisciplinary organizations that are all so dedicated to creating bonds between people and strengthening the community. It’s a safe-haven, an academic center, a gold mine for imagination and creativity and a place of encouragement.”Junior Marisa Olsen has been tutoring for the RCLC for three years and said the center is much more than an academic place — it is also a place of empowerment and inclusion.“I love asking the kids about their day, simply because the answer is always incredibly energetic, a bit over exaggerated and always full of lots of laughter and joy,” Olsen said. “The RCLC does a great job of giving students the academic tools they need to succeed, but also giving them a carefree and open environment to be themselves.”Olsen said Notre Dame’s relationship with the RCLC creates a stronger community network for the University and allows students to be exposed to the kind of diversity that exists in South Bend, whether it is socioeconomic status, ethnicity or academic abilities. She said Notre Dame students act as mentors and role models for the children at the center.“The diversity of individuals we are exposed to is wonderful,” Olsen said. “In addition, many of the students at the center look up to Notre Dame students and love hearing about our lives on campus. They all hope to go to Notre Dame one day, and it’s really exciting to hear how much they love the university.”Hajdu says the center provides a place for her to step back from the chaos of the school week and enjoy herself.“I think that many of the students volunteer so that they can teach children and give back … but oftentimes, they find that the people they work with in the center wind up teaching them greater life lessons,” Hajdu said. “I find that it’s too easy at ND to get lost in the school work and what is expected of you. The time I spend at the Center and volunteering for Take Ten is some of the best spent time of my weeks because it gives me a chance to pause and have really meaningful interactions with people.”The celebration Friday will include a video about the center’s history and an award ceremony for faculty and volunteers.“I am excited to hear the speakers talk about the RCLC’s journey through time, the progression it has made and what it might look like in the future,” Hajdu said. “This institution means so much to so many people, and I am eager to see the community come together to celebrate its achievements and, more importantly, the amazing people who are responsible for making the center such an incredible place.”Tags: 15th anniversary, Robinson Community Learning Center, Take Ten program
For Immediate Release August 17, 2006 “These companies provide the kind of jobs that GovernorDouglas is working hard to create and retain,” Dubie said. “And they are the kind of jobs thatthe next generation of Vermonters will want to stay and fill.” The guest of honor, Major Tad Clarkof the United States Air Force’s Thunderbirds precision flying team, which willbe performing at the Wings Over Vermont airshow this weekend, said one of hisgroup’s goals was much the same as Dubie’s. Lt. Gov. Dubie spearheads effort to promoteindustry sector CONTACT:David Mace (802) 828-5229 The Vermont Aerospace and Aviation Association(VAAA) held its first annual meeting and reception at the Heritage Flightfacility at the Burlington International AirportThursday. “We hope to inspire a youngergeneration,” Clark said. “When that happens, we’ll have individuals who willdesign a better stealth technology to protect combat aircraft, design a morefuel-efficient jet engine, or come up with a safer design for airtravel.” AVIATION AND AEROSPACE FIRMS FORMASSOCIATION SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. – Companies involved in aircraft manufacturing,commercial airline travel, and civil aviation are banding together to helpadvance the aerospace and aviation industry in Vermont. “For example, Boeing has 27 suppliers in Vermont who account for$35 million in annual sales to the company,” he said. “The aerospace and aviation industry is an importantpart of Vermont’seconomy,” said Kevin Dorn, Secretary of the Agency of Commerce andCommunity Development. “One airline industry trade group estimates thatcommercial aviation in Vermontimpacts some 27,268 jobs and helps generate nearly $2 billion in economicactivity.” In addition to the economic impact of Vermont’s airports and tourism-relatedtravel, Dorn noted that both large and small businesses did business in theaerospace sector. About two dozen firms and organizations were on hand for theinaugural event, including such Vermontpowerhouses as General Electric of Rutland, Vergennes-based Goodrich, and localfirm General Dynamics. Dubie said the VAAA would help educate the public andpolicy makers about the importance of aviation to Vermont, especially as an economic sector,and encourage young people to study math and science and enter the field. “This will help promote an important economic sectorin our state,” said Lt. Governor Brian Dubie, an airline pilot and formeraerospace engineer who helped spearhead the formation of the group.“I’m very pleased by the response of the aerospace and aviationindustry members who have agreed to cooperate in this effort.” A 2001 study by the Commission on the Future of the UnitedStates Aerospace Industry said 60 aviation and aerospace firms in Vermont employed 3,100jobs at (1,700 in aircraft manufacturing and 1,400 in air transportation) with atotal payroll of $137 million. — 30 —
After 48 hours of tireless around-the-clock work, Central Vermont Public Service utility crews are converging on Addison County and the Jericho/Underhill area to restore power to the last 1,540 CVPS customers. More than 32,000 CVPS customer outages occurred from the massive East Coast storm that brought severe high winds to Vermont Wednesday. Green Mountain Power has restored power to virtually all its customers. But Vermont Electric Cooperative is still digging out and it may be until Saturday before all its customers in its hard-hit region have their power restored.A crew from New Hampshire Electric Cooperative assists Vermont Electric Cooperative in installing a new power poll to replace a downed one on Oak Hill Road in Williston. Several polls were downed in Williston and a portion of the road was closed for more than a day because of downed power lines and trees.Hundreds of CVPS workers, including field and support staff, assisted by more than 100 outside contractors from all across New England, are working to restore the last 775 CVPS customers in Rutland and Addison counties, and 670 CVPS customers in Jericho and Underhill, and other scattered outages.Vermont Electric Cooperative was reporting more than 3,400 customers still without power as of mid-day today. VEC covers some of the hardest hit areas of Chittenden, Franklin and Lamoille counties. All of the other Vermont utilities are reporting a total of only 26 customers remaining without power following a rain and wind storm that ripped across the northwestern part of the state Wednesday with greater-than-hurricane force winds. More than 35,000 total customers had lost power at some point during the storm.‘Crews and support staff have been working 16- to 18-hour shifts around the clock since Wednesday morning, and will keep working until our last customers are restored.’ CVPS Vice President of Engineering, Operations and Customer Service Joe Kraus said. ‘This storm did historic damage in Jericho and Underhill, and our crews will continue to work in that area and Addison and Rutland counties through today and possibly into tomorrow. We appreciate everyone’s patience, and help in our restoration efforts, especially the many town road crews and town officials in the hardest-hit areas.’‘We want to remind people to stay away from any down power lines and anything in contact with those lines ‘ at least 50 feet,’ said spokeswoman Christine Rivers.There may be some CVPS customers without power into Saturday, but most customers should be restored by tonight. When CVPS crews are finished with their restoration efforts, the company plans to provide whatever help it can to Vermont Electric Co-op. Green Mountain Power has also been lending its crews to help CVPS and VEC restore power.South Road in Williston: A tree rests on a power line just down the road from several uprooted trees.The extreme winds wreaked havoc with VEC’s system in particular. VEC stated that the extent of the damage was much worse than originally anticipated with reports of over 70 broken poles, downed trees and power lines.‘Crews will be in full force on Friday as restoration efforts continue,’ said VEC’s Jeffrey Wright, Chief Operating Officer. ‘We’ve been able to more than double our resources since yesterday securing additional crews from Burlington Electric, Green Mountain Power and New Hampshire, and several more contract crews. We now have four times the amount of resources than we had yesterday. The additional resources make it possible to have crews assigned to all outage areas today.’ VEC expects to make significant headway on Friday and anticipates that most members in Hinesburg, Fairfax, Bakersfield, Williston, Jericho and Underhill will have power restored by the end of the day. It is foreseeable that approximately 1,500 members will still be without power going into the weekend however, restoration efforts will continue until all members have power. Up-to-date outage numbers (by town) can be found at: http://www.cvps.com/CustomerService/outages/default.aspx(link is external) and http://vtoutages.com/(link is external)CVPS offered several safety tips for coping with the outages:* STAY AWAY FROM DOWNED POWER LINES. Don’t touch or even go near downed wires! These wires can be energized and can cause serious injuries or death. If the line is blocking the road or in contact with a vehicle with people inside, call you local police or fire emergency number first. Then call CVPS. Instruct others to keep at least 50 feet away, and keep pets and livestock away as well.* Assume all objects touching the power line are also energized. Never attempt to remove trees or limbs from any utility lines! Notify CVPS of the situation.* If using a generator, read and follow the owner’s manual before starting the generator. Never operate a generator inside any structure or near a structure. Use a transfer switch to ensure electricity is not accidentally fed onto a line where line crews must work.* Keep freezers and refrigerators closed as much as possible to prevent food spoilage.* If power goes out, turn off all electrical appliances except one light so you’ll know when service returns. Then, turn equipment back on slowly.Additional safety tips can be found at: http://www.cvps.com/Safety/StormSafety.aspx(link is external) Source: CVPS. Dec. 3, 2010 ‘ 7:30 a.m. ‘
A French warship seized close to three tons of cocaine and arrested several passengers on a boat in international waters off Costa Rica, the French embassy in San Jose said on 23 March. The operation took place at dawn Monday when the speedboat was intercepted by the French frigate, the Ventose, according to the embassy. The Ventose patrols the zone as part of a Caribbean anti-drugs agreement signed by France, the United States, the Netherlands, Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic. The French embassy said “close to three tons of cocaine” were seized. Two Hondurans and two Colombians on board were arrested and transferred to the French island of Martinique. U.S. officials estimate that 250 tons of cocaine arrive in the United States from Central America, a transit route from South America, where cocaine is produced. By Dialogo March 25, 2011
Notice December 1, 2004 Notices Notice U.S. 11th Circuit to amend rules Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §2071(b), notice and opportunity for comment is hereby given of proposed amendments to the Rules and Internal Operating Procedures of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.A copy of the proposed amendments may be obtained on and after December 3 from the 11th Circuit’s Web site at www.ca11.uscourts.gov. A copy may also be obtained without charge from the Office of the Clerk, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, 56 Forsyth St., N.W., Atlanta, GA 30303, phone (404) 335-6100. Comments on the proposed amendments may be submitted in writing to the clerk at the above street address by January 4, 2005. Escambia County judgeship available The First Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission is now accepting applications for an Escambia County judge position being vacated as a result of the retirement of Judge William P. White, Jr.Applicants must be registered voters, members of the Bar for the past five years, and reside in Escambia County or be willing to relocate to Escambia County.Applications are available from The Florida Bar Web site at www.flabar.org or from JNC Chair William E. Bond, Jr., by pick-up from his law office at 125 West Romana Street, Suite 800, Pensacola 32502, between 8 a.m. and 5.m., Monday through Friday.An original plus nine copies of the completed application must be received by Bond no later than 5 p.m., December 3. Supreme Court seeks new marshal The Supreme Court of Florida is seeking qualified applicants with leadership skills and ability to assume the position of marshal, to replace the retiring Wilson Barnes.The marshal is the custodian of all property and building and grounds, and is responsible for security, emergency preparedness, and facilities management.A bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university and 10 years of executive management, including experience in security or law enforcement, is required.For a detailed job description visit the court’s Web site at www.flcourts.org. The position pays $90,000 to $100,000.Submit a current State of Florida application by 5 p.m. December 15 to: Office of Personnel Services, Supreme Court Building, 500 S. Duval Street, Tallahassee 32399-1900, fax (850) 488-3744. Tavares petitions for reinstatement Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10, Gerald Augustus Tavares of Temple Terrace has petitioned the Supreme Court of Florida for reinstatement to The Florida Bar.Tavares was suspended for 91 days effective April 4, 2003, for failing to respond to an order to show cause and failing to comply with the terms of his probation. Tavares was reprimanded and placed on probation for three years by order dated August 24, 2000, for failing to pursue court appointed criminal appeals and failing to respond to orders to show cause issued by the Second District Court of Appeal.Any person having knowledge bearing upon Tavares’ fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact William Lance Thompson, Assistant Staff Counsel, The Florida Bar, 5521 West Spruce Street, Suite C-49, Tampa, Florida 33607-5958, telephone (813) 875-9821. Stella petitions for Bar reinstatement Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10, C. Craig Stella has petitioned the Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement.On or about May 20, 2002, Stella was placed on the inactive list for incapacity not related to misconduct.Any persons having knowledge bearing upon Stella’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact Lorraine Christine Hoffmann, Bar Counsel, The Florida Bar, 5900 N. Andrews Ave., Suite 900, Ft. Lauderdale 33309, phone (954) 772-2245. Board to appoint Foundation members The Board of Governors is seeking applicants for the following vacancies to be filled during its January 28, 2005, meeting: Florida Bar Foundation Board of Directors: Two lawyers to serve three-year terms, commencing July 1, 2005 on this 29-member board of directors that administers Florida’s IOTA program. Applicants selected by the Board of Governors shall be a member of the Florida Bar Foundation at the beginning of their term.Persons interested in applying for these vacancies may download and complete the application on-line from the Bar’s Website, www.flabar.org, or may call Bar headquarters at (850)561-5600, ext. 5757, to obtain an application form. Completed applications must be submitted to the Executive Director, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300 no later than close of business January 7, 2005. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application. YLD seeks delegates for ABA-YLD assembly The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division is presently seeking 13 people to serve as delegates to the ABA Young Lawyers Division Assembly.The ABA YLD Assembly is the policy- making arm of the ABA Young Lawyers Division. Applicants must be a member of both the ABA and its YLD. Applicants will be required to register for the ABA Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City (no cost) and be able to attend both sessions of the assembly on February 11-12, 2005. There also will be a mandatory meeting of the entire Florida delegation while in Salt Lake City.All interested members should e-mail their name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, date of birth, and ABA membership number to Florida YLD President Michael Faehner at [email protected] The deadline to apply is January 1. For more information contact Faehner at [email protected] U.S. Northern District judgeship available Applications are now being accepted to fill the position of U.S. District Court judge for the Northern District of Florida.Applications are available from Commission Chair Roberto Martínez, 255 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables 33134, phone (305) 476-7430, e-mail address [email protected], and from www.flnd.uscourts.gov. The completed applications must be mailed to the commission’s chair and all its members by December 15. Amendments to the Civil Procedure Rules The Civil Procedure Rules Committee invites comment on the proposed two-year cycle amendments to the Florida Civil Procedure Rules. The full text of the proposals can be found at the Bar’s Web site at www.flabar.org. The proposed amendments will be filed with the court by February 1, 2005. Interested persons have until December 15, to submit comments to Robert N. Clarke, Jr., Committee Chair, Civil Procedure Rules Committee, Ausley & McMullen, P.A, P.O. Box 391, Tallahassee 32302-0391. Foundation seeks board of directors applicants A search is underway for eight qualified applicants to join The Florida Bar Foundation’s board of directors for terms starting in July 2005, under the Florida Supreme Court approved governance plan. The plan calls for 18 members of the Bar Foundation board to be selected equally by the Florida Supreme Court, The Florida Bar Board of Governors, and the board of directors of the Bar Foundation.Applicants should possess an unwavering commitment to the mission of The Florida Bar Foundation, which supports equal access to justice for the poor, improvements in the administration of justice, and loans and scholarships for law students.Six of the 18 at-large seats will be filled for three-year terms beginning July 1, 2005. The positions currently are held by Michele Kane Cummings, Ft. Lauderdale, Reginald Luster, Jacksonville (Florida Supreme Court appointees), Daryl D. Parks, Tallahassee, Lawrence J. Phalin, Orlando (Florida Bar Board of Governors appointees), Patrice Pilate, Viera, Kathleen S. McLeroy, Tampa (Foundation appointees). Because of term limits, Parks, Pilate, McLeroy, and Phalin are not eligible for an additional term. Applicants for the at-large positions must be members of the Bar Foundation. Bar Foundation members include annual contributors, Foundation Fellows, and participants in IOTA.The Foundation also is seeking two public members for the board. One of the two public member seats currently is held by T. Glenn Jackson, Jr., Windermere. Term limits also make Jackson ineligible for an additional term. The second public member seat is a new position. A joint Bar/Foundation Nominating Committee will consider public member applications. The board must have at least two public members and may include up to four. In addition to Jackson, two new public members were selected by the joint committee for two-year terms that began July 1, 2004.Since 1981, the Foundation’s board has been the administrator of the Florida Supreme Court’s IOTA Program. The Foundation board also oversees the Foundation’s formal fundraising program, sets investment policies, Foundation policies generally, and adopts the annual operating budget.Applications for positions to be filled by the Supreme Court and the Foundation (at-large seats), or the joint Bar/Foundation nominating committee (public member seats) may be obtained from the executive director of The Florida Bar Foundation, Suite 405, 109 East Church St., Orlando 32801-3440, or downloaded from the Foundation’s Web site: www.flabarfndn.org under the governance section. Completed applications for these seats must be received by the foundation by February 7, 2005. (The Florida Bar has given separate notice for the two positions to be filled by The Florida Bar Board of Governors. See Notice on page 3.)The Florida Bar Foundation board embraces the concept of diversity. A diverse membership makes the board stronger, and its work for the Foundation more relevant to the society in which we live.The Foundation strongly encourages minorities, women and persons with disabilities to apply for service on the board. To help achieve the broadest participation, The Florida Bar Foundation “Expense Reimbursement Policy” provides modest reimbursement of reasonable out-of-pocket expenses incurred during board service for members of The Florida Bar, and full reimbursement of reasonable out-of-pocket expenses incurred during board service for public members and members of the judiciary.” Applicants will be advised in writing by May 15, 2005, of action taken by the selecting authorities. Proposed board actions, corrected Pursuant to Standing Board Policy 1.60, the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar hereby publishes this corrected notice of intent to consider or take final action at its December 10 meeting on the following item. These matters are additionally governed by Rule 1-12.1, Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, where applicable.Most amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar that are finally acted upon by the board must still be formally presented to the Supreme Court of Florida, with further notice and opportunity to be heard, before they are officially approved and become effective.To receive a full copy of the text of any of these proposed amendments call (850) 561-5751 — reference any requested proposal by its title or item number and date of this publication. Chapter 6 Legal Specialization and Education Programs Subchapter 6-3 Florida Certification Plan Rule 6-3.5 Standards for Certification Summary: Within subdivision (c) adds new language to allow lawyers who have been practicing abroad and are applying for law certification to count that practice toward the 5-year practice requirement within the state of Florida, if provided for elsewhere within these rules; also within subdivision (d), adds language in (1) to require substantial involvement in a “particular area” of law instead of the general term “practice” of law; adds new language in new subdivision(5)(B) to allow certification without examination in limited circumstances as permitted by individual area standards; revises and reformats existing policy as necessary to accommodate these proposed changes.All other summaries previously appeared in the November 15 issue of the News. Annual pro bono award nominations solicited Lawyers who have freely given their time and expertise in making legal services available to the poor are being sought for public recognition by the Florida Supreme Court and The Florida Bar. The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award is given to an outstanding attorney in each of the state’s judicial circuits. The Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award is a statewide award presented by the Chief Justice to an individual attorney who exemplifies the highest ideals of the profession in assuring the availability of legal services to the poor. The award is named for the late Miami civil rights lawyer Tobias Simon. The Chief Justice’s Law Firm Commendation is a statewide award that recognizes a law firm which has demonstrated a significant contribution in the provision of legal services to individuals or groups on a pro bono basis that cannot otherwise afford the services. The Voluntary Bar Association Pro Bono Service Award presented by the Chief Justice is a statewide award to recognize, when appropriate, a voluntary bar association which has demonstrated a significant contribution in the delivery of legal services to individuals or groups on a pro bono basis that cannot otherwise afford the services.The deadline for nominations is January 7, 2005. Nomination forms and contact information for the circuit committee chairs are available on The Florida Bar Web site at www.flabar.org.If you have any questions, contact the circuit committee chair in your area or contact The Florida Bar’s Public Information Office, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300, or call (800) 342-8060, ext. 5669.