….thought of within the U.S. We will no longer deal with him. The good news for the wonderful United Kingdom is that they will soon have a new Prime Minister. While I thoroughly enjoyed the magnificent State Visit last month, it was the Queen who I was most impressed with! Charlie Cooper contributed to this report from London. Also On POLITICO UK’s Hunt hits back at Trump in ambassador row By Andrew Gray Trump rails against UK ambassador, calling him a ‘pompous fool’ By Quint Forgey — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 8, 2019For his part, Darroch worked as usual on Tuesday from his embassy office on Massachusetts Avenue. He also went to Capitol Hill to meet with Senate Finance Chairman Chuck Grassley (Republican-Iowa) and Representative George Holding (Republican-North Carolina). However, he did not join a meeting between Liam Fox, a top British trade official, and Ivanka Trump, the president’s adviser and daughter. Fox had said he would apologize for the leak during the meeting.Darroch, who did not respond to a request for comment, has spent decades as a diplomat, holding top positions such as national security adviser to former British Prime Minister David Cameron before coming to Washington. He’s done tours in Tokyo and Rome, and dealt with Middle Eastern and Adriatic issues, according to his embassy biography.His appointment to the ambassador post in Washington is something of a career capstone — the position is considered the most prestigious ambassadorship in the U.K. foreign service and often goes to senior diplomats in the final years of their career.The 65-year-old was born in Northern England and attended Durham University. He studied zoology but joined the U.K.’s diplomatic ranks in 1977. He is referred to as “Sir Kim” because of his appointment as a “Knight Commander” in 2008. And the State Department has said it will still work with Darroch — for now.“We will continue to deal with all accredited individuals until we get any further guidance from the White House or the president, which we will, of course, abide by the president’s direction,” spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said during a news conference, describing the U.S.-U.K. relationship as “bigger than any individual” and “bigger than any government.”I have been very critical about the way the U.K. and Prime Minister Theresa May handled Brexit. What a mess she and her representatives have created. I told her how it should be done, but she decided to go another way. I do not know the Ambassador, but he is not liked or well….— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 8, 2019 But new reports that Darroch privately dissed Trump’s team as “dysfunctional” and “inept” in leaked cables back to the British foreign ministry have set off a diplomatic spat and soured Trump on the diplomat. The president has spent two days obsessively tweeting about Darroch, claiming he doesn’t even know him, that the Brit is a “very stupid guy” and a “pompous fool” and — most astoundingly — insisting the U.S. will no longer deal with Darroch.Yet in Washington, Darroch is widely liked and well-connected in U.S. government circles, having cultivated close ties to some of the president’s top aides, whom he regularly has seen in business and social settings. The ambassador to the U.S. since early 2016, he is a garrulous figure who rarely lets his diplomatic mask slip in public. He also throws famously lavish parties in his stately residence next to the massive British Embassy and always has a fun toast to make.Trump aides and confidants who have attended his soirees include White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Darroch and his embassy even hosted a September 2017 engagement party for Katie Walsh, Trump’s former deputy chief of staff, and her beau Mike Shields, which several Trump aides, including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, attended. Matthew Whitaker celebrated the new year during his brief stint as acting attorney general at the British Embassy, where Darroch oversaw the festivities.“I do not know the Ambassador, but he is not liked or well thought of within the U.S. We will no longer deal with him” — Donald TrumpNow, almost overnight, the ambassador risks going from bipartisan Washington convener to ostracized foreigner at Trump’s direction. The fallout reflects how quickly Trump can turn on a top ally’s envoy — and insist that Washington turn with him. It’s also another example of Trump’s willingness to shatter diplomatic norms with the United Kingdom, which claims a “special relationship” with the United States.“It drags one of the most important U.S. relationships internationally through the mud at the very highest levels,” said Jeff Rathke, a former Foreign Service officer and Europe analyst who has served in multiple administrations. “Even if it is temporarily satisfying for President Trump in some way, it is bad for the relationship because it undermines confidence and trust.” When British Ambassador Kim Darroch went to the White House days after Donald Trump was inaugurated, the new U.S. president greeted him warmly, noting that he’d watched Darroch being interviewed on Fox News.“You’re going to be a TV star!” Trump told Darroch.It was a jovial moment, according to two people Darroch told about the encounter, and it was one reason that the British envoy — in public and private — has described Trump as “charming.” Darroch’s dilemma has now become an issue in the British Conservative Party’s internal race to replace May as prime minister. That contest is down to front-runner Boris Johnson, the former foreign secretary and a Brexit advocate, and Jeremy Hunt, the current foreign secretary who supported remaining in the EU during the 2016 referendum.Hunt on Tuesday tweeted support for Darroch, whom he said was simply doing his job by sending honest analysis to London.“Allies need to treat each other with respect as @theresa_may has always done with you,” he wrote, addressing Trump. “Ambassadors are appointed by the UK government and if I become PM our Ambassador stays.”Johnson has stressed that he has a “good relationship” with the White House, avoiding addressing Trump’s comments directly. But Nigel Farage, a fellow Brexiteer whom Trump has suggested should be the British ambassador in Washington, bulldozed into the controversy. “Kim Darroch is totally unsuitable for the job and the sooner he is gone the better,” Farage tweeted.If for whatever reason Darroch is allowed to stay and Trump follows through on his threat to bar U.S. officials from dealing with him, Darroch could find his final days as a diplomat rather lonely.Despite Darroch’s positive reputation in the foreign policy establishment, some observers pointed out that the insights he offered in his memos weren’t all that original. Some former officials and analysts believe what made Darroch a target for whoever leaked his critical memos is the ambassador’s extensive experience with European Union issues. He spent many years dealing with U.K.-EU relations, including having served as Britain’s representative to the regional bloc in Brussels. During a party in Washington months after the British voted to leave the EU, Darroch remarked wryly that his EU experience was “obviously time well spent.”The belief in some corners is that the leaks of the cables were orchestrated by supporters of Brexit who want to make sure that the next British ambassador in the United States is on their side. Others suspect Russia may be behind the leaks similar to the way Moscow is accused of hacking the Democratic National Committee’s emails.Sally Quinn, a journalist who’s attended parties at the British Embassy, said what Darroch wrote in the cables reflects what most foreign ambassadors in Washington also privately think.Darroch’s dilemma has now become an issue in the British Conservative Party’s internal race to replace Theresa May as prime minister | Matt Dunham/AFP via Getty Images“What Kim Darroch said is what all the ambassadors or most of them think, even the ones who particularly cozy up to the Trump people” like ambassadors from Middle Eastern countries, Quinn said. “They’re just lucky that their reports have not been hacked.”Darroch has always been respectful to Trump administration officials in private, according to people who know him. At parties he has hosted, he would note how honored he was to have senior officials from the Trump administration attending, and they would return the bonhomie.“Oh, we love the British — go Brexit!” one senior Trump administration official told Darroch at a small private dinner last year, prompting the British ambassador to laugh. “You could have pulled it from pages of The New York Times,” said a senior Conservative British lawmaker, who asked not to be named. In fact, Trump’s “overreaction” arguably proved correct Darroch’s assessment about the volatility of his administration, the lawmaker added.Robin Niblett, director of the London-based Chatham House think tank, said Trump’s assault may be an opportunistic attempt to gain “leverage” over the next British prime minister.“In essence, it’s, ‘You will need to buy back my love,’” Niblett said. “There’s plenty of issues on which the U.S. wants to influence U.K. foreign policy going forward: Iran sanctions, [the Chinese tech firm] Huawei and a U.S.-U.K. trade deal.”Darroch was expected to leave his post, and possibly retire, in January 2020. The fortuitous timing could give the next prime minister a chance to possibly sit tight and quietly move him on without appearing to have caved to Trump.If Johnson wins the prime minister’s slot, he might recall the envoy. But if for whatever reason Darroch is allowed to stay and Trump follows through on his threat to bar U.S. officials from dealing with him, Darroch could find his final days as a diplomat rather lonely.The dust up is already affecting his ability to socialize. On Tuesday, a person familiar with the matter confirmed the White House had disinvited Darroch from a dinner on Monday night in honor of the visiting emir of Qatar. The irony, said one person close to the Trump administration who’s been to Darroch’s parties, is that “a lot of folks from the White House actually say the exact same things” about the internal dynamics there. “They were probably saying those things to him.”The fracas started on the weekend, when the Mail on Sunday published a story detailing the contents of secret cables that Darroch had sent to London offering his analysis and views on the Trump administration starting in 2017. According to the British news outlet, Darroch described internal divisions in the White House as “knife fights,” warned Trump could lead the U.S. to war with Iran and described the administration overall as “chaotic,” predicting it would not become “less dysfunctional; less unpredictable; less faction riven; less diplomatically clumsy and inept.”Darroch wrote that Trump “radiates insecurity” and has “no filter.” But he also warned officials in London: “Do not write him off.”On Monday, Trump lashed out: “I do not know the Ambassador, but he is not liked or well thought of within the U.S. We will no longer deal with him.” By Tuesday, Trump seemed even more angry, tweeting: “The wacky Ambassador that the U.K. foisted upon the United States is not someone we are thrilled with, a very stupid guy…. I don’t know the Ambassador but have been told he is a pompous fool.”On both occasions, Trump also used his tweets to attack outgoing British Prime Minister Theresa May, who he said had failed to take his advice on how to negotiate Brexit with the EU. “She went her own foolish way-was unable to get it done,” Trump wrote.So far, the British government has stood up for Darroch, noting that it’s his duty as a diplomat to offer “honest, unvarnished” analysis to his superiors back home. “Sir Kim Darroch continues to have the Prime Minister’s full support,” a U.K. spokesman said.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – Puerto Rico police have detained two paramedics suspected of fatally shooting a competitor from another private ambulance company whom they accused of stealing one of their patients.Police Capt. Maida Ortiz says 31-year-old Luis Deida Martinez was eating breakfast at a bakery Wednesday when two men walked in, shot him and drove away in an ambulance.Ortiz says the victim had argued with the two men on Tuesday after his wife picked up a patient that the alleged shooters claimed should have gone in their ambulance. The wife is a paramedic for an ambulance company she ran with her husband.The arrested men are being held without charges pending further investigation into the shooting in the northern coastal town of Arecibo.
Hobby Lobby Stores announced this week that it is raising its minimum full-time hourly wage to $17 effective Oct. 1.Hobby Lobby has a strong reputation in Port Arthur and Mid-County, where it serves customers from its 2770 FM 365 A location.Hobby Lobby was one of the first retailers in 2009 to establish a nationwide minimum hourly wage well above the federal minimum wage and has since raised its minimum wages 10 times over the last 11 years. In addition to providing industry-leading pay, Hobby Lobby also provides benefits to eligible employees, including an outstanding medical, prescription, and dental plan, 401(k) with generous company match, flexible spending plan, long-term disability benefits, life insurance, vacation pay, personal paid time off benefits with annual buyback, holiday pay, chaplain services, and an employee discount. In 2014, Hobby Lobby raised its full-time minimum hourly wage to $15 well before it became fashionable with other retailers.“We have always worked hard to be a retail leader when it comes to taking care of our people,” founder and CEO David Green said. “From closing our stores on Sundays and at 8 p.m. the rest of the week to providing some of the best pay and benefits in the retail industry, we are thankful that we are able to share our success with our valued employees and provide time for rest, family and worship. These investments allow Hobby Lobby to attract and retain a great group of associates who in turn help provide the wonderfully unique shopping experience enjoyed by our many loyal customers.“Because this year has presented so many challenges to our employees, we are very happy that we are able to provide pay increases to thousands of our associates before the Christmas season,” said Green.
July 15, 2009 Jan Pudlow Senior Editor Regular News Diner pledges to support the membership Diner pledges to support the membership Senior EditorAn annual convention tradition gathers former Florida Bar presidents at an early morning breakfast to offer advice to the soon-to-be newly sworn-in president.But this year, noted former Bar President Hank Coxe, someone commented: “Jesse knows more about the Bar than everyone in the room together.” Coxe added that Jesse Diner “has been for years the source of advice for each president with whom he served on the Board of Governors.”Diner, a commercial litigator at Atkinson, Diner, Stone, Mankuta & Ploucha in Ft. Lauderdale, was elected unchallenged as the Bar’s 61st president, and he knows the ropes from many years of experience.A member of the Board of Governors since 1996, 62-year-old Diner has chaired the Budget Committee three times, the Legislation Committee twice, as well as serving as chair of the Committee on Judicial Independence, the Communications Committee, the Member Benefits Committee, the Investment Committee, and the Grievance Committee, plus serving as board liaison to the Professional Ethics Committee.“When others have formed their opinions, Jesse Diner has not because he will analyze every perspective until he is comfortable that the decision is a correct one,” Coxe said in introducing Diner at the General Assembly swearing-in ceremony June 26 at the Orlando World Center Marriott.Diner, Coxe said, possesses an “incredible appreciation for the best interests of the public, for the perception of the public, for the best interests of our lawyers, and of their perspectives — and a fierce determination to protect our judiciary, with a recognition of the need to keep the judiciary independent of the other branches and independent of external pressures that threaten the administration of justice — all coupled with a firm belief that we have a duty to deliver legal services to the poor.”While Adele Stone — Diner’s “wife, law partner, soul mate” and Florida Bar Foundation president — beamed from the front row of well-wishers, Diner said: “Many of us have benefited greatly from the communities where we live and work. Because our communities have been good to us, it is our duty to put something back into them. A respected and now departed lawyer by the name of Paul Anton lectured me on this very subject my first year in practice, and I have never forgotten his words because Paul was so correct in what he said.“Being mindful of this duty and Adele’s presidency of the Foundation coinciding with my role at the Bar, we have decided to utilize this year as an opportunity to promote the Foundation’s work and pro bono legal services wherever and whenever we can do so,” Diner said.“If anyone can motivate the lawyers of this state to do more pro bono work, it is Adele. I pledge that we will work diligently to significantly raise the level of volunteerism.”This couple’s unique dual leadership roles sparked jokester-roaster Coxe to quip: “We should all take comfort knowing that if there are any financial shortfalls for The Florida Bar this year, all the president of The Florida Bar needs to do is lean across the pillow and say, ‘Hey, I need you to spot me $8 million.’”Turning serious, Coxe foreshadowed a new challenge for Diner’s year as president, as the Bar’s members reach 86,963, making it the second largest bar in the country, while the economy struggles.“The rule in law firms is layoffs, not hiring,” Coxe said, and the “numbers of unemployed law graduates now is unnerving. All of this will add to the list of challenges we must address, but Jesse Diner will do it and do it superbly.” Diner pledged to give his all in “trying to help our Bar members, many of whom are suffering through the worst economic conditions most of us have experienced in our lifetimes.“Toward that end, we have set aside $250,000 in this year’s budget to improve the Bar’s Web site and to make it even more user-friendly. We will continue to add whatever service Fastcase brings along to amplify free legal research available online to all Bar members. We will work to provide a method of assistance in matching those looking to hire lawyers with those looking for positions, and we will continue to promote the profession,” Diner said.Diner noted that the Bar grows by about 2,500 new members a year, “during a global economic crisis which is exacerbated by downsizing, reduced business, out-sourcing, and a growing number of people forestalling retirement due to shrinkage of personal wealth and an increase of new lawyers coming into the profession.“We must work to relieve this tension by assisting our members in whatever way we can, and I pledge to you we will do that and we will endeavor to do it well,” Diner said.The new Bar president also pledged to continue to improve diversity in the legal profession, saying, “Our profession does not mirror the demographics of our population.. . . Diversity means inclusion, and The Florida Bar must become synonymous with inclusion.”The perennial fight to protect a fair and impartial judiciary, and to make sure the judiciary is adequately funded, will be constant undercurrents of his presidency, Diner said.“Thanks to the efforts of so many, and in particular Chief Justice Peggy Quince; Rep. Ellyn Bogdanoff; Sen. Ken Pruitt; Steve Metz, our chief lobbyist; and Gov. Charlie Crist, some measure of financial stability for our judicial branch was, hopefully, gained in a very, very difficult budget year.” Diner said.Facing challenges both known and unknown, Diner said, “There is great trepidation about making sure I give our Bar my very best this year. And I pledge that I will do so with every ounce of effort that I can muster.”
Proposed board actions Pursuant to Standing Board Policy 1.60, the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar publishes this notice of intent to consider the following items at its October 20, 2011 meeting in Charleston, SC. These matters are additionally governed by Rule 1-12.1, Rules Regulating The Florida Bar. Most amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar that are finally acted upon by the board must still be formally filed with 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. RULES REGULATING THE FLORIDA BAR Chapter 4 Rules of Professional ConductSubchapter 4-6 Public Service 1. Rule 4-6.5 Voluntary Pro Bono Plan (responsibilities) Summary: Within subdivision (b)(2), adds new subdivision (A) to include “identify, encourage, support, and assist statewide and local pro bono projects and activities” to the responsibilities of the standing committee; reletters accordingly. Chapter 6 –Legal Specialization and Education Programs – 2. Subchapter 6-11. Standards for Board Certification in Workers’ Compensation Summary: Revised rule title and verbiage to identify standards for board certification in workers’ compensation, rather than as standards for a board certified workers’ compensation lawyer and made non-substantive changes to conform to the Supreme Court style guide.Within 6-11.2, subdivision (e), substantial equivalent, adds that a substantial equivalent may be a trial and submission to the trier of fact of any workers’ compensation issues before any judge other than a Judge of Compensation Claims (JCC).Within 6-11.3, subdivision (a)(2), substantial involvement, removes allowing a trial advocacy course to substitute for a case.Within 6-11.5, subdivision (b), trial requirement, removes restriction that hearings and/or trials outside the jurisdiction of the Florida Office of the Judges of Compensation Claims, and appeals of these matters (including, but not limited to, rule nisi, federal workers’ compensation matters, Federal Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act matters, and other circuit court actions, etc.) cannot be used to meet the trial, protracted litigation, or substantial requirements. 3. Chapter 12 – Emeritus Attorneys’ Pro Bono Participation Program Summary: Three rules (noted below) were amended to allow an Authorized House Counsel to participate in the Emeritus Attorneys’ Pro Bono Participation Program. The amendments for these rules as well as the rest of chapter 12 were amended for clarity and to conform to the Supreme Court Style Guidelines.Rule 12-1.2, within subdivision (a), allows an Authorized House Counsel certification as an Emeritus Attorney to provide pro bono legal services.Rule 12-1.5, adds new subdivision (a)(3) to allow an exemption for an Authorized House Counsel applying for Emeritus Attorney status from having to supply a certificate of good standing.Rule 12-1.6, adds new subdivision (a)(3) to provide that if an individual’s Authorized House Counsel status is revoked, their Emeritus Attorney status is also revoked. Chapter 17 Authorized House Counsel RuleSubchapter 17-1 Generally 4. Rule 17-1.3 Activities Summary: Adds new subdivision (a)(3) to allow an Authorized House Counsel to provide pro bono legal services if certified under Chapter 12, the Emeritus Attorney rule. Chapter 20 Florida Registered Paralegal ProgramSubchapter 20-3 Eligibility Requirements 5. Rule 20-3.1 Requirements for Registration Summary: Allows an FRP who was initially registered under the grandfathering provision to reregister under the grandfathering provision. STANDING BOARD POLICIES 6. SBP 5.10 Standing Committees Summary: Adds the Adoption Law Certification Committee, Education Law Certification Committee, and Florida Registered Paralegal Committee to the list of standing committees; also deletes the Member Outreach Committee. Board of Legal Specialization and Education Policies 7. BLSE Policy 3.06, Applicant Procedural Requirements Summary: Within subdivision (b), replaces certified specialists with lawyers seeking certification or recertification and adds that the information will be reported within the application for certification or recertification; within the listing of the information that must be provided, adds that the lawyer must disclose whether the lawyer seeking certification or recertification has either withdrawn an application for certification or recertification by The Florida Bar or had certification denied or revoked by The Florida Bar; and adds that the applicant shall have procedures in place to revoke lawyer certification in instances of denial or revocation of certification by The Florida Bar. SECTION BYLAWS 8. Bylaws – Health Law Section Summary: Non-substantive edits throughout to conform to the style guide.Article I, Section 2: Adds the adoption of a section logo and tagline.Article II, Section 2: Establishes the new mission statement of the section.Article IV, Section 2: Clarifies that all section recommendations must be approved by the executive council and the board of governors. Section 3: Increases the number of elected members. Adds all former chairs as non-voting ex-officio members of the executive council. Section 4: Implements term limits for service on the executive council. Section 6: Corrects reference to appropriate article/section. Section 8: Changes the requirement from mandatory removal to optional removal when council members have consecutive absences from meetings.Article V, Section 2: Clarifies the duties of the section officers. Section 5. Clarifies that permanent vacancies of the secretary or treasurer will be filled and that permanent vacancies of the chair-elect position will not be filled until the next annual meeting.Article VI, Section 2: Eliminates the requirement that an executive council meeting be held in conjunction with the mid-year meeting of The Florida Bar; grants the chair, the executive council and the program administrator the authority to collectively schedule regular meetings. Requires in-person attendance at executive council meetings for purposes of determining a quorum. Section 3: Recognizes that time constraints may preclude consideration of some matters.Article VII, Section 1: Provides for a slate of nominees. Adds the practice setting as a consideration for identification of nominees. Section 5: Provides for voice or hand vote for election of council members, unless an election is contested. Provides that in a contested election the number of candidates eligible for election receiving the highest number of votes would be elected. Section 6: Provides that vote will be by voice or hand unless nominations have been made by petition or nominations are made to fill a new position or the previous nominee has died or become unable to serve.Article VIII, Section 4 : References the appropriate section.Article IX, Section 1: Updates, identifies, and clarifies the section committees and subcommittees; establishes the purpose and function of each committee and subcommittee. Section 3: Added reference to the standing subcommittees and the appointment of their chairs.Article X: Section 6: Establishes the date the amended bylaws were adopted by the executive council and made them effective upon approval by the Board of Governors. 9. Bylaws – Tax Section Summary: Non-substantive edits are made throughout to conform to the style guide or grammatical correctness.Article I— Revised to encompass section’s interest in international tax matters, reflected in the addition of committee on international taxation in federal tax division. Expands section’s purpose to further tax knowledge and practice of all members of The Florida Bar, and to promote ethical and competent practice by all tax practitioners.Article II — Clarifying distinction made between “regular” and “affiliate” membership. “Conditionally admitted members” of The Florida Bar expressly made eligible for affiliate membership. One year grace period to apply for regular membership added in section 2 as an accommodation to LLM students who may pass Bar exam between JD and LLM programs. Section 4 revised to omit unnecessary language; last sentence in section 4 deleted as redundant of “good standing.”Article III — Expressly permits appointment of more than one director for specified divisions and committees. Reflects elevation of membership recruitment committee to a standing committee in Art. VI. Clarifies nominating process for chair-elect and composition of nominating committee. Allows chair to appoint non-voting members to nominating committee. Accelerates timeframe for nominating process to facilitate appointments by chair-elect and scheduling of meetings. Specifies eligibility criteria for office of chair-elect, applicable to nominations by both committee and petition. Provides for electronic mailing of ballots and candidate statements to regular section members, rather than regular mail, to save costs and avoid unanticipated expenditures that would adversely affect the section’s financial condition. Expressly limits voting to the candidates nominated. Some minor re-ordering for purposes of clarity. Extends maximum service of an individual in any one officer position to three years, for purposes of continuity; however, a policy of two years is encouraged. Clarifies requirement for ratification of chair’s appointments, and expressly provides for delegation of that authority to division directors. Requires authorization from both chair and treasurer to commit or disburse section funds.Article IV — Includes past chairs as ex officio members of directors’ committee, with voting rights, to promote continuity and capitalize on past chairs’ experiences, Clarifying changes.Article V — Clarifying changes.Article VI — Committee structure revised to more accurately reflect current Executive Council alignment. Committee responsibility descriptions streamlined and updated. Reflects elevation of membership recruitment committee to standing committee status, as recommended by long range planning retreat. Ad hoc committees are not included in the bylaws standing committee structure (e.g., State Tax Court). Provides for chair of sponsorship committee and make-up of meeting committees in accordance with long range planning retreat recommendations.Article VII — Stylistic changes. Permits only regular section members to be counted for purposes of a quorum Permits electronic meeting notice and proxy, as well as certain meetings to be conducted telephonically and electronically, as cost-saving measures.Article VIII — Revised to conform with mandatory provisions of Bylaw 2-7.5 of The Florida Bar (Legislative Action of Sections and Divisions) and Board of Governors Standing Policies and Procedures 8.10 (Amicus Curiae Filings and Responses to Bar Rules Petitions) and 9.50 (Legislative Activities of Sections).Article IX — Clarifying and updating edits. October 1, 2011 laws – Health Law Section Regular News Proposed board actions
Native American Connections will be hosting a “Top Out Celebration,” celebrating the construction progress of its multi-family project in Downtown Phoenix, Urban Living on 2nd Avenue (UL2).The event is scheduled April 17 at the UL2 site, 650 N. 2nd Ave. It begins at 8:30 a.m. with the official program starting at 9 with comments from Mayor Greg Stanton; Michael Trailor, Director, Arizona Department of Housing; and Steve Gundersen, Chair, Native American Connections Board of Directors.Native American Connections’ UL2 project includes a redevelopment of an existing office complex in Downtown Phoenix into a 70-unit multi-family, mixed income rental project.The 70 affordable apartments consist of studios, one, two and three bedrooms and will include the following amenities for the future residents: gated, secure parking; a small theatre room; a multipurpose room for birthday parties and other social gatherings; a fitness center; and an “active” courtyard with a playground, barbecues and gathering areas. Site improvements will include complete landscape design that integrates with the character of the neighborhood.The construction team includes Perlman Architects and Chasse Building Team, which designed UL2 with green technologies that will result in it receiving LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.UL2 construction began in September 2012 and is scheduled to completed in December 2013. UL2 was specifically designed to address the housing needs of the growing services industry employees who work in downtown Phoenix businesses and can either walk to work or use the nearby light rail.Native American Connections is an Arizona not-for-profit organization providing residential and outpatient behavioral health programs, and a full range of affordable housing solutions for the individuals and families we serve.
P.B. Bell, a leader in multi-family housing development, management and acquisitions, is preparing to open The View at Cascade, its newest community in Scottsdale. Located at Scottsdale Road and the Loop 101, The View at Cascade is a modern, luxurious community that features one- and two-bedroom residences nestled in an upscale, resort-style atmosphere. The community is expected to open next month.The scenic setting at The View at Cascade provides for stunning views of Scottsdale’s Sonoran desert landscape as well as the area’s mountainous horizon. Perched atop the community’s five-story amenity tower, the Sky View Lounge allows residents to enjoy the area’s natural beauty from a serene, elevated perspective.P.B. Bell will unveil its newest, signature concierge service at The View at Cascade. For a fee, residents are able to take advantage of a white-glove moving and organizing service that alleviates some of the stress that comes with relocating and getting settled. Prospective residents who sign a one-year lease at The View at Cascade by Oct. 31 will be entered to win a complimentary session, valued at $2,000.“We are excited to be able to offer a community that so aptly compliments its physical surroundings while also incorporating the upscale amenities and benefits that our residents are seeking,” R. Chapin Bell, President of P.B. Bell, said. “From concierge services to the enviable amenity tower and the resort-style pool and spa, The View at Cascade defines luxury living.”The interiors of each of the 187 residences at The View at Cascade feature plank flooring, quartz counter tops, oversized tubs and nine-foot ceilings. Walk-in closets include shoe storage, and the expansive kitchen cabinetry allows for considerable storage.On-site amenities include a yoga studio stocked with TRX equipment, complimentary WiFi in common areas, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and a pool and club that features an outdoor bar, a fire pit, and an entertainment area.In addition, The View at Cascade is one of two P.B. Bell properties participating in a pilot, LED lighting program. In an effort to increase energy efficiency and reduce utility costs, P.B. Bell has equipped a majority of the community’s common area lighting with LED light bulbs. Kitchen fixtures inside each residence also feature LED bulbs.
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Police Scotland revealed the name of the oil worker who died following an incident on the Harding Platform in the North Sea as George Bartlett, aged 62.Bartlett was from the Shotts, West Lothian area. His family have released the following statement: “George was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be sorely missed by us all. He has worked offshore for many years but no matter how far away he was he would always be in touch. We are a close-knit family and we now ask that we are given time to come to terms with our loss.”Police Scotland and the Health and Safety Executive are continuing their joint investigation into the incident, and a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal in due course, Police Scotland said.The incident happened just after 2.15am Thursday when Bartlett fell overboard during maintenance activity on the platform. He was recovered from the sea by a support vessel and flown by helicopter to a hospital in Shetland where he subsequently died.The Harding platform is owned and operated by TAQA and is located 320 kilometres north-east of Aberdeen. Production at the platform has been closed since the incident.Oil & Gas UK director of health, safety and employment issues, Robert Paterson, said: “We are deeply shocked and saddened to hear of this distressing incident and our immediate thoughts go to the family, friends and colleagues of this member of our industry.” [mappress]Offshore Energy Today Staff, March 03, 2014