In recognition of the leadership of retiring University of Southern Indiana president Dr. Linda L. M. Bennett, the USI Foundation has announced the establishment of the Amy MacDonell and Randall Shepard Endowed Study Abroad Scholarship.MacDonell, a USI trustee from 2006 to 2018, and her husband Shepard retired Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice and long-time friend of USI, endowed the scholarship that will provide $8,500 per year in scholarships to assist students with the costs of participating in a study abroad program through USI’s Center for International Programs.“This was the right time to honor the amazing tenure of Dr. Linda Bennett and celebrate her service,” said MacDonell. “These scholarships will reflect the spirit of Dr. Bennett, who has opened doors for students. We are pleased to help students experience the broader world and gain a deeper understanding of their place in that world.”The USI Center for International Programs offers study abroad programs in 60 different countries in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and Oceania. Programs range from faculty-led trips to a full semester and academic year programs and internships.For more information about USI’s study abroad program, visit USI.edu/international. For more information about the USI Foundation, visit USI.edu/giving.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
The University of Edinburgh’s Bayes Centre aims to develop and apply data science and AI – drawing meaningful insights from vast amounts of information – for the benefit of society.The City Region Deal’s Data-Driven Innovation initiative includes the University’s Easter Bush Campus, the Bayes Centre, Edinburgh Futures Institute, Usher Institute, and the National Robotarium – a partnership with Heriot-Watt University. It’s great to see this exciting project – backed by £30 million of UK Government funding – officially opened. The Bayes Centre will support the development of world leading technology, attract further investment to the region and support high value jobs for the future. It is a superb example of why data-driven innovation is at the heart of the UK Industrial Strategy, and one of many exciting projects being delivered as part of the £1.3 billion City Region Deal. The University of Edinburgh’s Bayes Centre was opened today [23 October 2018] by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal. The centre is one of five data-driven innovation hubs being opened as part of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal, annouced by the PM earlier this year.The £45 million Bayes Centre has been backed by £30 million of UK Government funding.Welcoming the news, Scottish Secretary David Mundel said:
Media enquiries 020 7944 3021 Out of hours media enquiries 020 7944 4292 We are incredibly proud of what the team at work match has done for our residents – to have put 1,000 Wandsworth people into employment is an incredible achievement. As the range of jobs available in the Nine Elms area grows and changes with new shops and hospitality businesses opening up, we have found that businesses really trust work match to provide them with excellent candidates. In total 150 apprentices have worked in construction as part of the Battersea project – in jobs ranging from crane drivers to carpenters – with more than half coming from the local community.Wandsworth Council set up the work match scheme in 2013 to help get local residents into work, and struck up a partnership with Battersea Power Station Development Company to match local people to job vacancies.Datuk Wong, Chairman of Battersea Power Station Development Company (BPSDC), said : Switchboard 0300 330 3000 Leader of Wandsworth Council, Cllr Ravi Govindia, said: Stuart Harvey, TfL’s Director of Major Projects, said: It is exciting to see first-hand the work that is going on as part of the regeneration project at Battersea – this London landmark is being put to excellent use to ensure existing neighbourhoods flourish, while attracting a wealth of new businesses to the area. The Northern Line extension is a key part of this – we have to be ambitious for London in the decades to come and this will bring new jobs and opportunities to the area. I enjoyed meeting some of the people who have found work through Wandsworth’s scheme, and wish them continued success in the future. This comes alongside the government’s drive to create 3 million quality apprenticeships – set to change the lives of young people and the prospects of businesses. The Northern Line extension will bring Battersea and surrounding areas to within 15 minutes of the West End and City. Not only will it provide better transport connections to this part of south London but it will also enable the regeneration of the area, spurring economic growth by supporting around 25,000 new jobs and more than 20,000 new homes. We were delighted to welcome Jo Johnson MP and Richard Graham MP to Battersea Power Station and show them the great progress being made on creating a new town centre for London. Providing opportunities for local people is ingrained in Malaysian culture and therefore a huge priority for us, hence our involvement with Wandsworth’s Work Match programme and the establishment of the Battersea Academy of Skills Excellence (BASE). This will remain a key focus throughout the lifetime of this project and long after the regeneration of the area has completed. This is such an iconic landmark that Malaysians are very proud to have invested in. Not only are we entrusted to restore the Power Station to its former glory but we are also committed to delivering a world-class destination for all to enjoy. Apprentices taking part in a scheme set to boost the economy in south west London met Minister for London Jo Johnson today, 31 October 2018.The minister spoke to apprentices working at the Battersea Power Station site in Wandsworth, to mark the 1000th person placed into work through the borough’s successful work match scheme.He also visited the site of the new London Underground extension – where tunnelling works are now complete ready to extend the Northern Line to Battersea, previously backed by government investment through a £1 billion loan to the Greater London Authority.Two new stations are being built, at Nine Elms and Battersea, with work targeted for completion in 2020.Minister for London Jo Johnson said: The minister was accompanied during the visit by Richard Graham MP, Special Envoy to Malaysia – to discuss Malaysian investment in the project. The Power Station site is owned by a consortium of Malaysian investors, demonstrating that the UK is open for business as we leave the EU.During the visit, the minister also heard about the Battersea Academy of Skills Excellence (BASE), a jobs and training service created for people living locally, which was launched in 2016. It is focused on matching people with jobs at Battersea as well as providing training relevant to the work needed to make the development a reality.The government is working to create 3 million quality apprenticeships that will change the lives of apprentices and the prospects of businesses. We are making apprenticeships longer, with more off-the job training and proper assessment at the end. News desk enquiries
The British Society of Baking has announced details for this year’s Golf Day.Held at the Forest of Arden Golf & Country Club, Meriden, Warwickshire on 10 June, the event is limited to 120 players.Entry is £135 per person, with tee-off at 12.30pm.The entry ticket includes coffee and bacon rolls on arrival, a token for the driving range, 18 holes over the Arden course, a three-course dinner and prize-giving ceremony.Comedian Austin Knight will entertain guests at the evening function, and non-golfers can purchase £40 tickets to attend.Accommodation for single occupancy is £130 on Monday evening and £140 for twin occupancy per room which includes a full English breakfast.For more information contact Keith Houliston, British Bakels.
Beginning with “de-communization” legislation passed by the Ukrainian parliament last April, a small Southwestern town in the country has now changed the name of one its streets from “Lenin Street,” a reference to the early 20th century Russian Communist Party founder Vladimir Lenin, to “John Lennon Street,” an homage to the late, great founding member of The Beatles.Remembering The Beatles’ Momentuous Ed Sullivan Performance, On This Day In 1964The news came Wednesday out of the village of Kalyny from Hennadiy Moskal, the governor of the Transcarpathia, the province where Kalyny is located. Formerly of the old Soviet Union, Ukraine’s “de-communization” laws require the country’s local authorities to “rename geographic objects, such as streets, parks and bridges, whose names contained Soviet or Nazi symbols and propaganda.”Dave Grohl Performs Beautiful Cover Of The Beatles’ ‘Blackbird’ At The OscarsBesides the renaming of Lenin Street to John Lennon Street, governor Moskal has also changed the names of two other significant landmarks, including “Collective Farm Street” being renamed to “Tomas Masaryk Street” to recognize the Czechoslovakian president and Ukrainian sympathizer and the renaming of “Shchors Street” to “Viktor Markus Street” to honor a fallen Ukrainian soldier who died in the ongoing war between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists in the eastern part of the country.[H/T The World Post via Huffington Post]
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) White House / David Bohrer ALBANY – A new law that installs protections for LGBTQ veterans goes into effect today.State leaders say the Restoration of Honor Act creates a pathway of eligibility for state veterans’ benefits for those who were dishonorably discharged because of their LGBTQ status, military sexual trauma, traumatic brain injury, or post-traumatic stress disorder.The state division of veteran’s services started accepting applications from the potential eligible veterans back in June.State leaders say under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and similar policies hundreds of thousands of veterans received less than honorable discharges. As a result of that those individuals are ineligible for veterans’ benefits. While military discharge decisions can only be formally changed by the federal government, the Restoration of Honor Act allows these veterans to apply to claim their New York State benefits.This makes New York the first state in the nation to restore the benefits of veterans who received less than honorable discharges either because of these traumas or because of their LGBTQ identity.
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November 1, 2004 Notices NoticesCourt amends jury instructions The Florida Supreme Court approved amendments to civil jury instruction 1.3, regarding when a judge reads stipulated testimony, stipulations, or admissions to a jury. The changes were proposed by the court’s Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases (in supplemental report No. 04-01), were advertised in the Bar News, but received no comments. In its October 14 order in case no. SC04-580, the court wrote in its per curiam opinion: “Upon consideration of the committee’s report, we hereby authorize the publication and use of the revised instruction as set forth in the appendix attached to this opinion. In doing so, we express no opinion on the correctness of the instruction and remind all interested parties that this authorization forecloses neither requesting additional or alternative instructions nor contesting the legal correctness of this instruction. “We further caution all interested parties that the notes and comments associated with the instruction reflect only the opinion of the committee, and are not necessarily indicative of the view of this court as to their correctness or applicability.”Court rejects new traffic rule The Florida Supreme Court declined to adopt a newly proposed traffic court rule 6.292 that would clarify the effect of a withheld adjudication in the criminal offense context. The court declined the proposed rule from The Florida Bar Traffic Court Rules Committee, because it is in conflict with the court’s decision in Raulerson v. State, 763 So. 2d 285 (Fla. 2000). The court did adopt the remaining amendments in case no. SC04-101 that make minor technical changes to rules 6.100 (Traffic Violations Bureau), 6.190 (Procedure on Failure to Appear; Warrant; Notice), 6.200 (Pleas and Affidavits of Defense); 6.500 (Pronouncement and Entry of Penalty; Penalizing Official); and 6.580 (Completion of Driver School; Conditions.) The rules committee’s proposals were unanimously approved by the Bar’s Board of Governors and were published for comment in the Bar News. The one comment received alleges that the entire body of Traffic Court Rules do not comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. “As this comment is beyond the scope of the current proposed amendments, we direct the Clerk of Court to refer this comment to the rules committee for its consideration, pursuant to Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.130(b)(2),” the per curiam October 7 opinion said. < p>Bankruptcy judge needed in Tampa The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit seeks applications from all highly qualified persons for a 14-year appointment as U.S. bankruptcy judge for the Middle District of Florida at Tampa. The salary is $145,452 annually. Further information and an application are available on the court’s Web site at www.ca11.uscourts.gov/humanresources, or may be obtained from the Office of the Circuit Executive at 56 Forsyth Street, NW, Atlanta, GA 30303, phone (404) 335-6535, and from the clerk of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and the clerks of the district and bankruptcy courts for the Middle District of Florida. Applications for the position must be submitted personally by potential nominees and must be received no later than November 10. Weitzman seeks reinstatement Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10, Jack L. Weitzman, has petitioned the Florida Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement. On April 12, 2001, Weitzman was suspended for three years effective nunc pro tunc November 14, 2000, due to a felony conviction. On April 8, 2004, Weitzman also received a six month suspension effective nunc pro tunc March 31, 2002, for contempt violations. Any persons having knowledge bearing upon Weitzman’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact William Mulligan, Bar Counsel, The Florida Bar, Suite M-100, 444 Brickell Avenue, Miami 33131, telephone (305) 377-4445. Court amends how e-documents are filed Supreme Court of Florida November 1, 2004 Notices No. AOSCO4-84 IN RE: MANDATORY SUBMISSION OF ELECTRONIC COPIES OF DOCUMENTS ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER Pursuant to this Court’s Administrative Orders dated February 5, 1999, and March 13, 2002, parties in the Florida Supreme Court are required, in addition to the paper copy that is filed, to send an electronic copy of the following to the Court:• all briefs on the merits• all briefs on jurisdiction• all pleadings filed in death warrant cases• all pleadings filed in Judicial Qualifications Commission cases• all referee reports in Florida Bar disciplinary cases• all hearing transcripts in death penalty cases• all petitions requesting rule amendments (including the proposed rules) — this includes Rules Reg. the Florida Bar, Bar Admission Rules, Code of Judicial Conduct, Jury Instructions, and all Rules of Procedure.• all petitions requesting procedural rule form amendments (including the proposed forms)• all comments in rules cases• all petitions and responses thereto in which the Court determines it will hold oral argument, and• any other pleadings which the Court may designate. Any case may be so designated because there is significant media or public interest in obtaining briefs, pleadings, petitions, or other documents generated by the case, and parties and counsel in the case shall be notified of this by letter from the Clerk.Currently the electronic copy is provided by sending the Court a diskette which contains the electronic version of the document. The Court has determined it would be more efficient for the Court and the public to require the electronic version of these pleadings be sent to the Court via e-mail.Effective October 1, 2004, in addition to filing paper copies all briefs on the merits, all briefs on jurisdiction, all pleadings filed in Judicial Qualifications Commission cases, all referee reports in Florida Bar disciplinary cases, all transcripts in death penalty cases, all petitions requesting rule amendments (including the proposed rules), all petitions requesting procedural rule form amendments (including the proposed forms), all comments in rules cases, all petitions and responses thereto in which the Court determines it will hold oral argument, and any other pleadings which the Court may designate, shall be submitted electronically either via e-mail, as explained below, or by diskette but not both. If by diskette, it must be in accordance with In Re: Mandatory Submission of Electronic Copies of Documents on Computer Diskette dated November 13, 2002. Effective April 1, 2005, all submissions must be via e-mail. Diskettes will no longer be accepted after April 1, 2005.Electronic submissions via e-mail shall be attached to an e-mail sent to the following e-mail address: [email protected] This e-mail address is for this purpose oniy. The Clerk’s Office will not respond to e-mails sent to this address. Pleadings sent to this address will not be considered a filing. The subject line of the e-mail shall contain the Supreme Court case number, if one has been assigned, or the style of the case, if a case number has not been assigned, in substantially the following format: “Filing in SCOO-0” or “Filing in Doe v. Roe.” The document must be e-mailed the same day the original paper copy of the document is filed or served. Effective October 1, 2004, electronic submissions may be submitted in either Microsoft Word format or WordPerfect. Effective January 1, 2005, all electronic submissions in rules cases must be in Microsoft Word. For all other cases, effective April 1, 2005, submissions must be in Microsoft Word.Litigants and counsel should be aware that electronic versions submitted in WordPerfect will be converted by the Court to Microsoft Word and there is no guarantee that the document will be converted without error.All electronic submissions in death warrant cases shall be sent to a separate e-mail address which will be provided to counsel by the Clerks office when a death warrant is signed.The official recorded filing date for these pleadings shall remain the date the paper copies are received by the Clerks Office.Any documents required by the order to be submitted in electronic form may be rejected for filing by the Clerk of Court if the electronic version does not conform to the requirements of this order, the rules of court or match the paper copy version.The Clerk of the Court is directed to send copies of this order to The Florida Bar News for publication in at least two issues of The Florida Bar News.DONE AND ORDERED at Tallahassee, Florida, on September 13, 2004. Legislative Action Under Rule 2-9.3 (b) – (e), Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, active members of the Bar may file a specific objection to any legislative position adopted by the Board of Governors.Objections properly filed within 45 days of this News issue will be considered for a refund of that portion of mandatory membership fees applicable to the contested legislative position, within an additional 45 days. The Bar’s governing board has the option to grant the appropriate refund to an objector or to refer the matter to arbitration.The arbitration process will determine solely whether the legislative position is within those acceptable activities for which compulsory membership fees may be used under applicable constitutional law. The objecting member’s fees allocable to the contested legislative position will be escrowed promptly upon receipt of the objection, and any refund will bear legal interest.Any active member may provide written notice to the executive director of The Florida Bar, setting forth an objection to a particular legislative position. Failure to object within 45 days of this News issue will constitute a waiver of any right to object to a particular legislative position within this notice.The policy requires the Bar to notice such legislative positions in the next available News issue following their adoption.Pursuant to Standing Board Policy 9.20, on October 15 the Board of Governors approved the following position of The Florida Bar:1. Opposes the proposed “Medical Liability Claimant’s Compensation Amendment” to the Florida Constitution because it restricts the right of access to courts and impairs the obligation of contract. Proposed guidelines for taxation of costs The Florida Bar Civil Procedure Rules Committee has filed with the Florida Supreme Court a report proposing new Statewide Uniform Guidelines for Taxation of Costs in Civil Actions to replace the existing guidelines. The report was filed in response to the court’s request that the committee gather input and information on improving the guidelines and file a comprehensive report of its findings and conclusions, together with any proposed guidelines. See Amendments to Uniform Guidelines for Taxation of Costs, 794 So. 2d 1247 (Fla. 2001). The court invites all interested persons to comment on the proposed guidelines, which are reproduced in full below, as well as online at www.flcourts.org/sct/sctdocs/proposed.html. The committee’s full report is also published online. An original and nine copies of all comments must be filed with the court on or before December 1, with a certificate of service verifying that a copy has been served on the committee chair, Robert N. Clarke, Jr., Ausley & McMullen, P.A., P.O. Box 391, Tallahassee 32302-0391, as well as a separate request for oral argument if the person filing the comment wishes to participate in oral argument which may be scheduled in this case. Comments must be filed in paper format and an electronic copy must be provided in accordance with AO04-84. See Administrative Order In Re: Mandatory Submission of Electronic Copies of Documents, dated September 13, 2004. IN THE SUPREME COURT OF FLORIDA AMENDMENTS TO UNIFORM GUIDELINES FOR TAXATION OF COSTS, CASE NO. SC96726. STATEWIDE UNIFORM GUIDELINES FOR TAXATION OF COSTS IN CIVIL ACTIONS I. Litigation Costs Which Shall Be Taxed. A. Depositions 1. The original and one copy of the deposition and court reporter’s per diem for all depositions, unless the objecting party shows it was not reasonably necessary. 2. The original and/or one copy of the video deposition and the cost of the services of a technician for video depositions used at trial, unless the objecting party shows it was not reasonably necessary. 3. Telephone toll and video conferencing charges for the conduct of telephone and video depositions unless the objecting party demonstrates that the depositions were not reasonably necessary. B. Documents and Exhibits 1. The costs of copies of documents admitted (in lieu of “actually cited”) with the court, which assist the court in reaching a conclusion. 2. The costs of copies obtained in discovery, even if the copies were not used at trial, unless an objecting party demonstrates that the copies were not reasonably necessary. C. Expert Witnesses 1. A reasonable fee for deposition and/or trial testimony, and the costs of preparation of any court ordered report. D. Witnesses 1. Costs of subpoena, witness fee, and service of witnesses for deposition and/or trial. E. Court Reporting Costs Other than for Depositions 1. Reasonable court reporter’s per diem for the reporting of evidentiary hearings, trial and post-trial hearings. F. Reasonable Charges Incurred for Requiring Special Masters, Guardians Ad Litem, and Attorneys Ad Litem II. Litigation Costs That May Be Taxed as Costs. A. Mediation Fees and Expenses. 1. Costs and fees of Mediator. B. Reasonable Travel Expenses. 1. Reasonable travel expenses of attorney. 2. Reasonable travel expenses of expert. 3. Reasonable travel expenses of witnesses. III. Litigation Costs That Should Not Be Taxed as Costs. A. The Cost of Long Distance Telephone Calls with Witnesses, both Expert and Non-Expert (including conferences concerning scheduling of depositions or requesting witnesses to attend trial). B. Any Expenses Relating to Consulting But Non-Testifying Experts. C. Cost Incurred in Connection with Any Matter Which Was Not Reasonably Calculated to Lead to the Discovery of Admissible Evidence. D. Travel Time. 1. Travel time of attorney(s). 2. Travel time of expert(s). Proposed ethics advisory opinion The Professional Ethics Committee has issued Proposed Advisory Opinion 00-2 (Reconsideration) reprinted below. Pursuant to Rule 4(c) and (d) of The Florida Bar Procedures for Ruling on Questions of Ethics, comments from Florida Bar members are solicited on the proposed opinion. The committee will consider any comments received at a meeting to be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, January 21, 2005 at the Hyatt Regency in Miami. Comments must contain the proposed advisory opinion number and clearly state the issues for the committee to consider. A written argument may be included explaining why the Florida Bar member believes the committee’s opinion is either correct or incorrect and may contain citations to relevant authorities. Comments should be submitted to Elizabeth Clark Tarbert, Ethics Counsel, The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300, and must be postmarked no later than 30 days from the date of this publication. PROFESSIONAL ETHICS OF THE FLORIDA BAR PROPOSED ADVISORY OPINION 00-2 (Reconsideration) (October 1, 2004) The Committee has reconsidered Opinion 00-2 which discourages lawyers from being involved in settlement agreements in which an insurance company places funds directly into an account in a client’s name instead of sending the lawyer a check which is then deposited into the lawyer’s trust account. Opinion 00-2 concludes that this type of arrangement, sometimes known as a “Safe Haven Account” or “FUNDaccount,” prevents a lawyer from fulfilling his or her ethical obligations to third parties. See Rule 5-1.1 and Rule 5-1.2, Comment, Rules Regulating The Florida Bar. Additionally, the Committee was concerned about “reducing available funds that otherwise would be used to assist in the administration of justice through participation in the Supreme Court approved IOTA program.” The Committee is concerned that Opinion 00-2 might be interpreted as mandating limitations on the client’s ability to direct payments of the client’s share of settlement funds into specific financial accounts or to designated third party recipients without having those funds placed first in a lawyer’s trust account. The client has wide discretion in directing the manner in which the monies owed to the client are distributed provided, however, that the client may not direct payment of funds in a manner intended to avoid the client’s legal obligation to pay the client’s lawyers or to pay debts owed to third parties. The Committee believes that the concerns expressed in Opinion 00-2 can be avoided in a settlement where the only funds going directly from the insurance company into a client’s financial account or to another recipient designated by the client are monies owed to the client and the insurance company issues a separate check to the attorney for the remaining balance, including attorney’s fees, any applicable costs, and amounts owed to third parties. The attorney would then deposit these funds into his or her attorney trust account and distribute the funds in accordance with the attorney’s ethical obligations. This agreement gives a lawyer control over that portion of settlement proceeds covering fees, costs, and amounts to which third parties may have valid legal claims. This permits the lawyer to fulfill his or her ethical duties under Rule 5-1.1 and Rule 5-1.2, Comment, Rules Regulating The Florida Bar. It also allows for the collection of interest on these funds, through placement in an IOTA account when required by Rule 5-1.1(e). In conclusion, a lawyer may participate in an arrangement where an insurance company pays only that portion of the settlement proceeds owed directly to the client into a client’s financial account or to another recipient designated by the client. As stated in Opinion 00-2, however, a lawyer should not participate in a settlement if the funds deposited into the client’s account include the attorney’s fees, costs and funds to which a third party may have a claim. Bar rules proposals to be filed The Board of Governors of The Florida Bar published a notice in the October 15 News of filing with the Supreme Court of Florida, on or about November 15, a petition to amend the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar. The amendments reflect changes favorably recommended by the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar after reviewing changes made to the ABA Model Rules in 2002 at the recommendation of the ABA Ethics Commission 2000. The following two items were inadvertently omitted from that notice: RULE 4-1.8 CONFLICT OF INTEREST; PROHIBITED AND OTHER TRANSACTIONS *** (k) While lawyers are associated in a firm, a prohibition in the foregoing subdivisions (a) through (i) that applies to any one of them shall apply to all of them. *** RULE 5-1.1 TRUST ACCOUNTS *** Comment *** The obligations of a lawyer under this chapter are independent of those arising from activity other than rendering legal services. For example, a lawyer who serves only as an escrow agent is governed by the applicable law relating to fiduciaries even though the lawyer does not render legal services in the transaction and is not governed by this rule. *** Additionally, a few minor editorial corrections not affecting the substance of the rules were made after publication of the October 15, 2004 notice. An errata sheet and the full corrected text of the entire rules changes in legislative format can be found on The Florida Bar website at www.flabar.org under Organization, Committees, Special, Special Committee to Review the ABA Model Rules 2002. A copy of the consolidated submission of the entire rules package may be requested by contacting the Ethics Department, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, 32399-2300 or calling (850) 561-5600, Ext. 5780. Members who desire to comment on any of these proposed amendments may do so within 30 days of the filing of the Bar’s petition. The petition will be filed on or about December 1, in order to accommodate this correction notice. Comments should be filed directly with the clerk of the Supreme Court of Florida, and a copy must be served on the executive director of The Florida Bar. Rule 1-21.1, Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, governs these proceedings. Supreme Court acts on motions to disqualify < p> Emphasizing the need for an immediate ruling when a motion to disqualify a trial judge is made during a hearing or trial, the Florida Supreme Court adopted amendments proposed by the Rules of Judicial Administration Committee. Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.160, Disqualification of Trial Judges, was amended by the court on October 7 in case no. SC03-2169. The court had requested proposed amendments to make rule 2.160(f) consistent with its holding in Tableau Fine Art Group, Inc. v. Jacoboni, 853 So. 2d 299, 303 (Fla. 2003), that a motion for judicial disqualification “must be ruled on within 30 days following its presentation to the court.” Besides technical changes for making the rule more readable, the following substantive changes were made: • The movant is required to serve, rather than merely send, a copy of the motion to the judge in question. • The trial judge “shall rule on a motion to disqualify immediately, but no later than 30 days after the service of the motion as set forth in subdivision (c). • If the judge does not rule within 30 days, “the motion shall be deemed granted and the moving party may seek an order from the court directing the clerk to reassign the case.” The amendments become effective January 1, 2005, at 12:01 a.m.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Seniors should check to make sure they’re not spending more money than necessary on their Medicare plan before the current open enrollment period ends, Long Island-based experts say.Medicare open enrollment runs Oct. 15 through Dec 7, but because the issue of so complicated and there are many new changes, seniors would be wise to review their plans before the window closes.“I hope they at least check their plan and see if they have the right options,” said Gracemarie Horan-Luce, CEO of Port Jefferson-based Senior Health Plan Specialists, a company that guides seniors in New York, New Jersey, and Florida through the process. “My tag line is, ‘Are you Medicareless?’ Some people go in once and they don’t check. Some people spend a lot of money that they don’t have to.”Trained counselors are also offered for free by local government officials this time of year to assist Medicare enrollees in reviewing their coverage to make informed decisions.“People don’t realize how much they need us,” Horan-Luce said. “Whether you’re a kid or your a recipient — a person 65 and older — it’s very confusing and complex. It is a process that you have to plan for.“Your whole life, everyone’s chosen your insurance and now that your a senior … there’s 30 options — 10 supplements, 29 drug plans, and 30 managed cares,” she continued. “And a husband and wife are on separate plans, because you’re an individual now. … I know where to put you and guide you, but for someone it’s overwhelming not to be with your spouse that you’ve been married to for 50 years. But it goes by your health, so … if someone’s sick, the other doesn’t have to pay extra.”For more information, visit seniorhealthplanspecialists.com or contact the Nassau or Suffolk Office of the Aging to find out when a seminar is happening near you.
Thailand’s cabinet approved a plan to restructure troubled Thai Airways International Pcl’s finances through a bankruptcy court, the Southeast Asian country’s prime minister said on Tuesday.The plan for a court-led restructuring of the national carrier replaces a previous proposal of a government-funded rescue package that was heavily criticized in the country.The state-controlled airline’s troubles are the latest example of how the coronavirus pandemic is crippling the global airline industry. Colombia’s Avianca Holdings SA and Virgin Australia Holdings Ltd have filed for bankruptcy protection since the pandemic broke out.Airlines around the world have grounded the bulk of their capacity due to government directives and border restrictions.Thai Airways, though, had been in trouble even before the outbreak of the coronavirus due to stiff competition from budget airlines and bloated costs.It posted losses every year after 2012, except in 2016. In 2019, it reported losses of 12.04 billion baht ($377.3 million). Topics : “The government has reviewed all dimensions … we have decided to petition for restructuring and not let Thai Airways go bankrupt. The airline will continue to operate,” Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha told reporters at a news briefing. “Thai Airways will be protected by the courts …. and a professional will be appointed to oversee the restructuring,” Prayuth said, adding the airline’s workers will continue to have jobs.Thai Airways said the plan will be implemented through the Central Bankruptcy Court and it would operate as usual as the restructuring took place.“Thai Airways will not be dissolved or go into liquidation or be declared bankrupt,” Thai Airways Acting President Chakkrit Parapuntakul said in a statement.Operations including passenger and cargo transportation will continue in parallel with the plan, he said.Thai Airways shares surged 11.7% on Tuesday, but are still down by about a third this year.