HMS Protector to Undergo Maintenance

first_img View post tag: maintenance View post tag: Navy HMS Protector to Undergo Maintenance Andrew Weir Shipping Ltd have been awarded the contract for the support and maintenance of HMS Protector (A173), following a competitive tendering process. View post tag: HMS Protector View post tag: Undergo July 23, 2014 Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS Protector to Undergo Maintenance center_img HMS Protector is the Royal UK Navy’s Ice Patrol Ship, and is deployed on operations for 334 days per year. The vessel was chartered from commercial service by the Royal Navy in April 2011, and purchased outright in September 2013. HMS Protector’s home port is HMNB Devonport.In addition to the support of scientific bases in Antarctica, HMS Protector is also equipped for patrol, survey and humanitarian tasking.In 2012 the vessel came to the aid of a Brazilian research station on King George Island in the South Shetland Islands following a fire.Andrew Weir Shipping has operated in the British maritime industry for almost 130 years.In partnership with the Ministry of Defence, AWS will support HMS Protector with the emphasis being placed on ensuring the availability of the vessel for operational deployment.AWS will be responsible for delivering the availability by ensuring that maintenance is completed on schedule, the planning and supervision of refit periods and the purchase and supply of spare parts and consumable stores to the vessel.In addition, AWS will be directly involved in any design changes to the vessel and if required assist with emergency response situations in partnership with Steller Systems Ltd who will provide emergency naval architecture support.[mappress]Press Release, July 23, 2014; Image: Andrew Weir Shipping View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic View post tag: europe Authorities Share this articlelast_img read more

Twelve private schools gain more Oxford offers than the north

first_imgAll major northern cities combined secured fewer places at Oxford and Cambridge than twelve southern private schools, new data has revealed.483 places were offered to pupils from twelve southern schools, compared to 398 for all northern cities. Of the top six southern schools, which received 344 offers between them, five are based in London.The twelve schools collectively received roughly one in 14 of all offers made to both universities.In total, the two universities offer nearly 7000 undergraduate places each year.The cities included in the regional data, gathered from an FOI request made by David Lammy MP, were Middlesbrough, Bradford, Liverpool, Bolton, Sheffield, York, Newcastle, Leeds, Manchester, Hull, and Birmingham.Westminster School alone received 88 offers, equivalent to nearly a quarter of the offers made to all major northern cities. The other schools with the most offers were Eton College, with 68 offers, and St Paul’s School, with 53 offers.Other schools named on the list include City of London Boys, Magdalen College School, Wycombe Abbey, and Charterhouse.The most recent figures available were used for the twelve schools, though some of the latest data is from previous years.In response to these findings, Lammy claimed the data provided “yet more evidence” that change was needed at Oxford. Lammy said: “It is simply not acceptable for these institutions to take £800 million in taxpayers’ money from people in every city, town, and village when they are not reflective of our nation outside the wealthiest areas of the southeast of England.”Catherine Canning, Oxford SU VP for Access and Academic Affairs, told Cherwell: “We believe that the University should set and strive to meet stretching targets for widening access to Oxford.“We believe access stems from long before application and does not stop at an offer letter. The University has an obligation to support students throughout this process.”This comes after statistics earlier obtained by Lammy showed that four out of five students at Oxford and Cambridge are from the top two most privileged economic groups.Speaking to Cherwell, Pembroke JCR Access rep, Graham Mogridge, said: “This statistic is frankly appalling. It illustrates that the need for access work, and government action, is as relevant as ever. “Work is needed at all levels, from University to student, in defeating Oxford stereotypes, and providing those that have the potential with support before, during, and after the applications process.”A spokesman for the University said: “When students from the north of England apply to Oxford, they tend to be very successful. What we need are more applications.”The data also revealed that Oxford made only 193 more offers to applicants from the whole of northern England than it did to applicants from the five home counties.The University told Cherwell: “One of the most important things to look at in admissions is the fairness of success rates, not just the raw numbers.”“In our case, figures for the latest admissions round show that students whom we flag in the admissions process as being particularly disadvantaged (because they attended an underperforming school or live in an area of high social deprivation) actually have better success rates when they apply than their more advantaged peer applicants.”last_img read more

RSU 9 school nurses update Board of Directors

first_imgFARMINGTON – The RSU 9 board tuned into several presentations on Tuesday night.The RSU 9 nurses alongside the Director of Curriculum, Laura Columbia, presented to the board their evolving COVID-19 response procedures.When a student or a staff member tests positive for COVID-19 they immediately begin contact tracing and enter into contact with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. They look for where the positive case has been and who they have been in close contact with up to two days prior to receiving the test. W. G. Mallet School Nurse, Kathyrn Clement, spoke to the board.“We work on our verification, who was the positive person? When were they last in school? When did they have symptoms and when were they tested? All of that lets us know who may have been affected,” Clement said. “We trace back two days prior to symptoms. So it’s a lot of data gathering.”Every week the school nurses have a session with the state School Nurse Consultant, Emily Poland. She also feeds the nurses daily updates.“We get information from her almost on a daily basis…on the way testing is done, things we can and can’t be doing in the schools, updates on which masks are appropriate. All of that gets passed to us and we bring that to our building administrators and central office administrators,” District Nurse Coordinator, Janneke Strickland, said.Athletic Director, Chad Brackett, presented a winter sports plan to the board should Franklin County become a yellow zone. The county is currently considered a green zone.Superintendents and administrators in yellow counties with support from the Maine School Superintendent Association created a list of suggested guidelines for school athletics.“No more than two competitions may be scheduled in any week for individual teams, no team with an open case of COVID-19 among its personnel will participate in competition with other schools. If your district is in remote learning, playing games and holding practices would be a local decision,” Brackett said. “Superintendents and athletic directors should meet weekly and strong lines of communication should be maintained between districts.”The board adopted these guidelines preemptively should Franklin County become classified as a yellow county.The board also heard from Susan Pratt, who gave an update regarding Corona Relief Fund and Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funding.So far the district has completed four grants amounting to about 5.7 million dollars and is in line to receive another grant for 2.4 million.These grants have gone towards buying devices for remote learning and safety measures. The measures have included changes to facilities to allow for proper social distancing and ventilation.Pratt clarified that grant money cannot be used in any way to offset the school budget.“We have to sign on the dotted line that absolutely nothing that we bought is a budgetary item for the district. They do have to be above and beyond our normal operation budgets,” said Pratt.last_img read more

Vulfpeck Premieres Funky New Track, Their First Cut From Upcoming Album “The Beautiful Game”

first_imgFull tracklisting:Stay tuned for more Vulf! Atop a ridiculously rhythmic bass line lands Vulfpeck’s new song “Dean Town,” perhaps a play on Weather Report‘s “Teen Town.” At the intersection of disco and funk lies Joe Dart, Jack Stratton, Woody Goss, Theo Katzman, and special guest Cory Wong with this fantastic new tune. With their 2016 release The Beautiful Game due out October 17th, available for pre-order via this Kickstarter project, this is the first studio track to be released, and the second song we recognize from the official tracklisting, the other being “Cory Wong” from 2013. In true Vulf passion, the video that accompanies this studio track is entirely homemade and produced with an iPhone. Enjoy:Says Woody Goss of the recording process, “[It’s] really special. I have a great boss; Jack [Stratton] has a comfort fetish, and that works out for me, because I love to be comfortable. It’s kind of how James Brown didn’t treat his band. When I’m recording a Vulfpeck session, I know that I will have: a good night’s rest, a filling breakfast*, no idea what song I’m playing that day, a great deal of laughter, a great deal of dancing in my seat, at least one melt down about how talented my coworkers are, and plenty of leisure time after we finish recording.” Read the entire interview here.The Beautiful Game will feature a ton of new guests, including debuts from Laura Mace, Bethanni Grecynski, Jamire Williams, Michael Winogrand, Pegasus Warning, Adam Levy, and Rich Hinman. “This album’s ‘Billy Preston’,” they add, is returning guitarist Cory Wong. The Beautiful Game will also feature some of our favorite returning guests: keyboardist Joey Dosik from “Game Winner”, “Back Pocket” vocal contributor Christine Hucal, and of course, the “Funky Duck” himself, Antwaun Stanley.In the below video released when they announced the album, the band occupies their studio space with Stanley with a never-before-heard song about baseball high school teams.last_img read more

Kendrick Lamar Played A Surprise Show To Less Than 400 People In Brooklyn Last Night [Review/Videos]

first_imgThree days ago, Kendrick Lamar posted a mysterious teaser video that saw him hint at a 12/16 date in Brooklyn with American Express. The next morning, Billboard revealed that the seven-time Grammy Award winner and master of all things Hip-Hop would be performing a secret show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg the following day. The show sold out immediately.Lamar’s partnership with AmEx comes at the end of another hugely successful year for the rap phenomenon, who won five out of eleven nominations at this year’s Grammy Awards for To Pimp A Butterfly, coming after two wins for good kid, m.A.A.d city. The Compton native made even bigger strides in his fame when he released untitled unmastered. earlier this year documenting a collection of unreleased demos that originated during the Butterfly recording sessions. This album came in the middle of the night with no title, no artwork, no song names, completely untouched. It was a brilliant masterpiece from the bottom up.So when news broke that one of the most prolific artists in Hip-Hop would be playing a small venue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, people freaked. “It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to play for a room like this,” he said, after a rip-roaring “Levitate” to open up the one-set performance. The Wesley Theory was tight, with a simple set up for drums, bass, guitar, and keys. In a career-spanning setlist, every song felt like the anthem for the night. From the early day’s “A.D.H.D” and “Swimming Pool (Drank) to “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” to his newer, universally acclaimed hits like “King Kunta”, “Alright”, and songs off the untitled unmastered. Every single person in that room had a moment with themselves. I’d estimate less than 300 people were lucky enough to stand before King Kendrick during this intimate performance. The stage was built further out than normal at the 550-cap room, and production staff took up half the banisters in all four corners. The entire show was filmed, with over 35 minutes of it shared through Kendrick’s Facebook Live.The music was for everyone, drawing from jazz, funk, soul, and spoken word. As he mentions in the beginning clip of the Facebook Live video, Kendrick often incorporates freestyle in his rap verses. We all watched with eyes wide open as he’d lock in to certain people in the crowd and go against the recorded lyrics. It was pure and heavy art, music, and improvisation.Toward the end of his set, that we wished would last forever, the master went against the script and invited fans to the stage to freestyle over beats made by the band. At random, he picked three people to join him and his band. The first person did not do well, and was consequently booed off the stage. The second person did a fantastic job, going back and forth with Kendrick like a real pro. It was obvious that his dreams were coming true before us all, and for that he earned enormous applause. The third person went a cappella, digging deep into the poetic field of dark, political topics that Kendrick is so well known to explore in his own music; his name is Kemba and can be found on YouTube. All three of these performances are also included in the Facebook Live performance below.Kendrick Lamar closed the night with “i”, which won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance. From beginning to end, the performance was a testament to the truth. Closing out what seems to be one of the most confusing, ratchet years of our lifetime, Kendrick continuously uses his spotlight to open the doors to conversations of social grievances and political impurities. His ability to unabashedly confront these issues with such profound modes of artistic expression is a revitalizing reality that demands reprise. 2017 will inevitably bring a revolution in musical messages as we face big changes in our country’s morale. When art imitates life, in these tumultuous times, we should all be sure to consume it. It certainly helps with the taste.Watch the set-closing “i” below, as shot by myself:Watch “Swimming Pool (Drank)” into “m.A.A.d city”:[photo via Instagram user @jnsilva]last_img read more

Phish Shares Pro-Shot Video Of Monstrous “I Always Wanted It This Way”/”Death Don’t Hurt Very Long” From Mexico [Watch]

first_imgThis past weekend, Phish headed to Riviera Maya, Mexico for the third edition of their Mexican destination event. This year’s Mexico trip has been widely hailed by fans as the best of the band’s three Mexico runs, with rare bust-outs, long-lost covers, and plenty of improv popping up throughout the three-show engagement. Following their triumphant trip south of the border, the band has shared pro-shot video of the colossal “I Always Wanted It This Way” > “Death Don’t Hurt Very Long” sement from the second set of their first of three shows on Thursday.After a set-opening “Soul Planet” and a rare cover of Little Feat’s “Spanish Moon”, played for the first time since the 2010 Halloween Waiting for Columbus costume, the crowd was treated to the longest and most exploratory rendition of “I Always Wanted It This Way” to date. The Page McConnell-penned Big Boat tune got the ride of its life, standing out as the improvisational highlight of Phish’s first night in Mexico. The synth-heavy sound transformed into a light and beachy 20-minute jam that gave all four members time in the spotlight. Jon Fishman communicated to Trey Anastasio with an ear-to-ear grin before McConnell teamed up with Gordon to create a boisterous clavinet/bass concoction. After the noteworthy “IAWITW”, the quartet melted into a slow-tempo “Death Don’t Hurt Very Long”, debuted during the band’s recent Kasvot Växt Halloween set.You can watch pro-shot video of Phish’s Mexican “I Always Wanted It This Way” > “Death Don’t Hurt Very Long” below:Phish – “I Always Wanted It This Way” > “Death Don’t Hurt Very Long” [Pro-Shot][Video: Phish]Phish will now take the next few months off as the band members head out to perform with various side projects including a number of Trey Anastasio Band dates, the first-ever performances by Trey Anastasio and Jon Fishman‘s new Ghosts of the Forest project, and a number of March shows by Mike Gordon‘s solo outfit. All four members of Phish will reunite in June to commence their 2019 summer tour.For a full list of upcoming dates, head here.Setlist: Phish | Barceló Maya | Quintana Roo, Mexico | 2/21/2019Set One: Spock’s Brain, Twist, Free, Who Loves the Sun?, Everything’s Right, We Are Come to Outlive Our Brains, Rise/Come Together, Funky Bitch, SandSet Two: Soul Planet -> Spanish Moon, I Always Wanted It This Way > Death Don’t Hurt Very Long, Also Sprach Zarathustra, Bathtub Gin, The Squirming CoilEncore: Waste, Bold As Lovelast_img read more

Championship ticket tension

first_imgTo many Notre Dame students’ frustration, Saint Mary’s students will also vie for the 2,500 tickets made available for students to the BCS National Championship Bowl Game vs. Alabama to be held in Miami, Fla., on Jan. 7. Junior Katie Fusco said she is uncomfortable with Saint Mary’s students being included in the Notre Dame student lottery, especially with an anonymous Notre Dame alumnus donating to lower the price of student tickets. She said she has nothing against the University’s sister institution, especially since her mother attended Saint Mary’s. “My mom thinks it’s ridiculous too,” Fusco said. “What bothers me is that we have this concerned alumnus who has donated money, and Saint Mary’s students … are going to reap the benefits of half-price tickets, especially when they don’t even go to Notre Dame. “They don’t even contribute money back to the University. It’s our institution. I think they should have their own lottery of, say, 200 tickets or a smaller number within their own student body so it’s not a free-for-all.” Fusco said she thinks Saint Mary’s students should have some sort of access to student tickets. “They do support the team and they do cheer on the team at football games,” she said. “But at the end of the day, it comes down to the fact that we’re two different schools. … I pay $50,000 to come here and they don’t even pay that.” Junior Marcus Liddell said he was enthused when he discovered an anonymous alumnus donated funds to reduce the student lottery ticket price. “I was gearing myself up to pay $350 for tickets, and then I found out they’re going to be half of that,” he said. “I think it’s a symptom of the great alumni network and the connection there is here, especially with football. And I’m glad to see the alumni still care.” He said Saint Mary’s students should be included in the Notre Dame student ticket lottery. “They have a right to participate fully,” Liddell said. “They’re part of the football team too.” Senior Jake Coleman said even though he did not enter the lottery, he understood why students were frustrated. “They might be frustrated because they think the priority should be given to students who go to Notre Dame,” he said. “A lot of my friends entering the lottery will be disappointed if they don’t get tickets.” Coleman said the anonymous donation was a tremendous act of charity. “I guess it’s almost predictable for Notre Dame alumni,” he said. “I found it predictable that a Notre Dame alumnus would want to help Notre Dame students, but that doesn’t take away from their generosity. Sophomore Carmen Casillas said even though she also didn’t apply for tickets, she thought Notre Dame students have a right to be upset about their diminished chances in the lottery. “I just think that Notre Dame students deserve their tickets a little more,” she said. “We are actually at the University. We are the students at the University going to the national championship. And they’re only from the sister [school]. If anything, Notre Dame students should get first priority. Saint Mary’s … students shouldn’t be given equal footing.”last_img read more

Bring Him Home! Alfie Boe Will Return to B’way as Valjean in Les Miz

first_img Les Miserables The Great White Way’s new Prisoner 24601 has been named! Alfie Boe is heading back to Broadway to star as Jean Valjean in the revival of Les Miserables on September 1. As previously reported, Ramin Karimloo will give his final performance in the role on August 30.Boe made his Broadway debut as Rodolfo in Baz Luhrmann’s La Boheme, for which he and his co-stars received a special Tony Award in 2003 for their performances. He played the role of Valjean in the 25th Anniversary Concert at London’s O2 Arena in October, 2010 and went on to lead the original West End production of the show. A successful recording artist in the U.K., his latest solo album Serenata was released last November. In July, Boe will co-star with Pete Townsend in his Classic Quadrophenia at London’s Royal Albert Hall. His live opera appearances include The Pearl Fishers at the English National Opera and Romeo ET Juliette at the Royal Opera House. Boe was recently seen on screen in Mr. Selfridge.Directed by James Powell and Laurence Connor, the newly reimagined production of Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil’s tuner is playing at the Imperial Theatre. The current cast also includes Earl Carpenter as Javert, Samantha Hill as Cosette, Chris McCarrell as Marius, Wallace Smith as Enjolras, Erika Henningsen as Fantine, Brennyn Lark as Eponine, Gavin Lee as Thenardier and Rachel Izen as Madame Thenardier. Boe will not perform in Les Miserables October 27 through November 1 due to prior commitments.Check out Boe performing as Valjean below. Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 4, 2016 View Comments Related Showslast_img read more


first_img BriefsFive elected to Bar board, Aaron, Kuehne in runoff Two 11th Circuit lawyers have emerged from a 10-candidate field for a Bar Board of Governors seat and will meet in a runoff this month, following March balloting for board seats. That balloting also saw five other lawyers elected to board seats in contested elections, as well as two lawyers chosen for seats on the Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors. In the 11th Circuit, Seat 7, race, Ben Kuehne, with 759 votes, and William Aaron, with 455 votes, are in the runoff. Ballots were mailed around April 1, and must be returned to the Bar’s election company, Election Services Corp., no later than midnight April 22. Lawyers in the 11th Circuit will have the choice of voting by paper ballot or online at Elections Services Web site, The remaining results for that race are: Jeffrey Michael Cohen, 284 votes; Guillermo F. Mascaro, 312; John A. Moore, 103; Sheri Eva Nott, 280; Brian Patchen, 110; Philip Reilly, 33; Ivar Miles Starr, 31; and Joel R. Wolpe, 197. In other board races, in the First Circuit, Seat 1, Ross Goodman got 306 votes to defeat Woodburn S. Wesley with 255 and Stuart C. Poage with 39. In the Sixth Circuit, Seat 1, Andrew B. Sasso received 527 votes, to defeat Catherine Day Hult with 189, and J.D. Hadsall with 62. In the 11th Circuit, Seat 5, Henry T. Courtney got 1,300 votes to defeat incumbent board member Don L. Horn, with 891. In the 17th Circuit, Seat 1, incumbent board member Alan C. “Peter” Brandt, Jr., got 877 votes to defeat Bradley Winston with 453. And in the 18th Circuit, Seat 1, incumbent board member Clifton A. McClelland, Jr., received 482 votes to defeat former board member Thomas G. Freeman, with 252. In the YLD races, in the Fourth Circuit, Seat 2, incumbent Curry G. Pajcic defeated John M. Phillips 185 to 99, and in the 10th Circuit, Seat 1, Victor R. Smith defeated Sara L. Reyes 62 to 44. All of the newly elected board members, along with those elected or reelected without opposition, will be sworn in at the Bar’s June Annual Meeting.Baker & McKenzie honored Briefs for representing kids in need The Miami office of Baker & McKenzie is being honored with the Child Advocacy Award for its pro bono work with Lawyers for Children America. Last year, the firm took on several cases to aid foster children in danger of being committed to residential mental healthcare facilities, who, pursuant to legislation in 2003, were granted the right of legal representation at their commitment hearings. “We have an amazing team of committed attorneys who have spent many hours devoting their knowledge and expertise to helping children that otherwise would have no legal representation in Florida’s courts,” said Eugene Rostov, managing partner of Baker & McKenzie’s Miami office. “We are very honored to have helped children in need.” The firm also hosted a training program and provided charitable contributions to assist LFCA with quality legal representation for abused and neglected children. “For the first time, these kids had a lawyer, a voice which is quite empowering for a child who can easily be lost in such a gigantic governmental system,” said Donald J. Hayden, who worked on hearings for foster children. “For us, it has been amazing to be dealing with a child in a tough situation and to really get down to the problem, find the best solution for that child, and fight for it in court.” Leading the pro bono work for the firm was Jonas C. Packer and Ana C. Ramirez. Along with Hayden, both Packer and Ramirez did extensive work on all cases and continue to lead the firm in its pro bono work. Lawyers for Children America will present Baker & McKenzie with the award during its annual John Edward Smith Child Advocacy Awards Luncheon April 30 at the Hotel InterContinental Miami. The award is named for Smith, who was an attorney and an active member of LFCA and a champion of the needy. He died in 1998. “Baker & McKenzie’s commitment and dedication not only exemplifies John’s life’s mission, but also clearly illustrates the principles and driving goals of Lawyers for Children America, which is to reduce the devastating trauma of abuse and neglect on children in the child welfare system,” said Melissa S. Buckner, Miami regional director for LFCA. Lawyers for Children America is an organization dedicated to serving abused and neglected children by working to create positive outcomes through effective legal advocacy.Scholarship targets ‘top students’ Stephen Turner views the scholarship his firm recently created as an investment not only in the Florida State University College of Law and the students who receive it, but also in the legal profession as a whole. “We want to help the FSU law school attract the highest level of students with the long-term intent of elevating the practice of law in the state and public confidence in our legal system,” said Turner, Broad and Cassel’s Tallahassee managing partner. “If the caliber of students is better, lawyers are better, judges are better, legislators are better, professional relationships are better, and analytical thinking is better.” The Tallahassee office of Broad and Cassel established the scholarship with a gift of $105,000 over seven years ($15,000 per year) to attract top students to the law school and increase the school’s academic excellence. Once selected, individual recipients will remain Broad and Cassel scholars during their three years in law school, and each will receive an annual scholarship of $5,000. Recipients also will be offered the opportunity to clerk during the summer at one of the firm’s seven locations. “Steve’s commitment to excellence is an important resource for us and we are extremely grateful for his firm’s generous and innovative scholarship/clerkship opportunity,” says Dean Don Weidner. In addition to displaying outstanding academic performance, scholars are expected to have established a reputation for high moral character and professional ethics, and display those characteristics during law school, Turner says. “We believe that top law students tend to be fine lawyers and that their performance is a good indicator of how dedicated they will be to the profession,” Turner said. “We want to encourage future lawyers who are high-minded and thoughtful, and who display maturity, good judgment, and leadership.”Hillsborough sets ADR seminar for May The Hillsborough County Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee will present a seminar covering voluntary trial resolution and arbitration May 28, from 9 a.m. to noon at the HCBA offices in downtown Tampa, located at 201 N. Franklin Street in Suite 200. The seminar, featuring mediator/arbitrators Cary R. Singletary and Christopher M. Shulman and litigator/voluntary trial resolution Judge Michael J. Keane, will discuss what voluntary trial resolution is generally, and provide an overview of the statute and process, its uses and practical tips, and lessons learned both in Florida and in other jurisdictions. VTR will be compared and contrasted to arbitration, with additional discussion of types and processes of arbitration. The seminar will conclude with comments from the bench regarding these topics, featuring 13th Circuit Chief Judge Manuel Menendez, Jr., and a question-and-answer period. For more information, contact the HCBA via [email protected] or phone at (813) 221-7777.Bay Area launches telephone intake service Bay Area Legal Services, Inc., has implemented a five-county centralized telephone screening and intake service for low-income residents of Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Manatee, and Sarasota counties. As part of a regionalization effort involving four other nonprofit providers of civil legal services, BALS staffs a legal aid line for eligible residents of the five-county area. After assessing their clients’ problems and providing legal advice, BALS legal advocates refer clients who qualify for extended services within their organization, and to the other regional providers: Gulfcoast Legal Services (Pinellas, Manatee, and Sarasota counties); Legal Aid of Manasota (Manatee and Sarasota counties); and the Community Law Program (South Pinellas County). Since the implementation of the system, the waiting time for applicants screened through the legal aid line call center has been reduced from four to seven days, to 24 hours, according to BALS.St. Thomas U. alumni plan Law Day event St. Thomas alumni have organized a Community Law Day Fair to be held at St. Thomas Law School May 1 in conjunction with the Dade County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section. Every year the ABA gives a theme for law week and this years theme is: “To Win Equality by Law: Brown vs. Board of Education at 50.” The event will take place at the law school from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. “We believe it is both an ethical responsibility as attorneys and a moral obligation as human beings to give back to the communities in which we work and live,” said Joshua Hertz, a recent St. Thomas graduate chairing the event. The fair designed to provide the community with information about legal service programs and legal resources that are available in the Miami area. The fair is free, and highlights legal resources and services that are also free of cost to the public. Bar Journal, News, Directory and Web site being reviewed The Florida Bar’s Communications Committee is now evaluating The Florida Bar Journal, The Florida Bar News, the annual membership Directory, and the Bar’s Web site to determine their usefulness and members’ interest in alternative delivery vehicles. As part of the evaluation, the Bar has contracted with The Market Workshop, Inc., a professional opinion research firm, which recently sent out 2,500 surveys to gather members’ attitudes toward the format, content, and frequency of the publications. “If you receive one of the surveys, I ask that you please take a few minutes to complete it thoughtfully and honestly,” said Bar Executive Director John F. Harkness, Jr. “Your response will give the Communications Committee insight into the best way to meet your information needs.” A return, postage-paid envelope is enclosed with the surveys and all reports will be in the aggregate and no individual response will be identified.Appellate mediation training set for May The Fifth District Court of Appeal has set an appellate mediation training session for certified mediators to serve as a mediator for Fifth DCA pilot program for May 7 at the Savannah Center at 1545 Buena Vista Boulevard, The Villages, FL 32158. The program will have significant intellectual and practical content and will constitute an organized program of learning directly related to the practice of mediation at the appellate level. The cost is $100 and preregistration is required by April 23. For more information or to resister, visit professionalism seminar sails to the Bahamas in October Florida Rural Legal Services, in cooperation with the 19th Circuit Bench Bar and Pro Bono committee, will present “Professionalism and You,” an October 1-4 CLE seminar aboard a Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Sovereign of Seas. The programs include “Professionalism & You,” with retired Justice Major Best Harding, Judge Terry P. Lewis, Terri Anderson of The Florida Bar Center for Professionalism, and Donna Graf, pro bono coordinator for the 19th Judicial Circuit; “Ethics, Behavioral Science & Daily Living,” with Dr. D. Clark Thompson, Richard B. Bush, Judge Lewis, Judge Paul B. Kanarek, Donald Isaac, executive director of FRLS, and Anderson; “Ten Ingredients for a Successful Mediation Process,” with Justice Harding, Judge Robert A. Hawley, Bruce Blitman, Portia Scott, and a representative from the Center for Professionalism. Also involved in putting on the seminar is the Legal Aid of Manasota, the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, the Young Lawyers Division of The Florida Bar, and The Florida Bar Center for Professionalism. The ship departs from Port Canaveral and makes stops in Nassau and Coco Cay in the Bahamas. For more information, visit or contact Donna Graf, Portia Scott or Linda Weiksnar at Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc., 200 South Indian River Drive, Suite 101, P.O. Box 4333, Ft. Pierce 34948-4333, phone (772) 466-4766.center_img Communications survey underway April 15, 2004 Regular Newslast_img read more

Volunteer lawyers needed

first_imgFlorida Attorneys Charitable Trust (ACT) is a 501(c)(3) disaster relief fund that offers Florida’s attorneys an avenue for making donations to victims of disasters, including members of The Florida Bar.ACT seeks to provide aid and assistance when a disaster — such as Hurricane Charley — has caused the disruption of legal processes and court systems or reduces citizen access to the legal system and the pursuit of justice.ACT may also support other charitable organizations that provide charitable aid and other assistance to victims.Donations may be mailed to Florida Attorney’s Charitable Trust, 651 East Jefferson St., Tallahassee 32399-3200. September 1, 2004 Mark Killian Managing Editor Regular News Managing Editor It won’t be long after the victims of Hurricane Charley secure the necessities of life – food, clothing, shelter – that their thoughts will turn to the legal questions as they begin to rebuild their lives and communities.To provide the answers, The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division is putting into action its disaster legal services plan in coordination with the ABA-YLD and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The Florida Bar and the ABA are assuming the responsibility for coordinating pro bono legal services for the storm’s victims.“As Floridians, we can all relate to what it feels like to be threatened by, or live through, a hurricane and for those of us who have managed to escape Charley now is our opportunity to help,” said Mark Arnold, district representative for ABA-Young Lawyers Division, who is heading up to volunteer effort along with Jennifer Ator, the FEMA liaison for the Bar’s YLD, and Mike Faehner, the YLD president.“Hurricane Charley caused a significant amount of emotional and financial damage to the residents of Florida from Punta Gorda to Daytona Beach, and President Bush has declared many of Florida’s counties disaster areas and eligible for federal relief,” Arnold said. “Many Floridians have not yet been able to assess the extent of the damage to their lives and they will need our help in the coming weeks.”That’s where the volunteer lawyers come in.The Florida Bar has established a toll free number – (866) 550-2929 – for the victims to call in and the Bar now needs attorneys to answer their questions. FEMA officials also will provide that number to storm victims at its disaster recovery centers.“We have a list of volunteers already but need many more volunteers to help the victims of this disaster,” Arnold said, adding that each volunteer will be provided an informational training packet, full of resources and information to assist the lawyer.The legal questions victims have usually include one or more of the following: insurance claims; landlord-tenant and other housing problems; home repair contracts; consumer protection matters; mortgage foreclosures; replacement of wills and other important legal documents; drafting powers of attorney; estate administration issues; and the preparation of guardianships and conservatorships.Arnold said when victims call in on the toll-free line, staff at the Bar will take the call and fill out a two-page intake form describing the type of assistance they need. The Bar staff will then get that information to the volunteer lawyers from across the state.“All of the legal assistance will be to people who cannot otherwise afford representation,” Arnold said.Lawyers interested in volunteering should e-mail the following information to Austin Newberry, YLD administrator at The Florida Bar, ([email protected]): Name, address, county, work phone, fax, work e-mail, area of practice, additional languages spoken. In addition, volunteers also should indicate the legal areas in which they can provide assistance.“We are very optimistic about the response we have gotten from Florida lawyers so far, basically willing to help out in any shape or form to help the people who have been affected by Hurricane Charley,” Faehner said.Visibility Young lawyers crank up disaster relief plan Communication, or more accurately the lack of it, is one of the biggest obstacles facing lawyers in the areas impacted by Hurricane Charley, said Jan Jung, executive director of the Sarasota County Bar Association.“We are unable to reach anybody to tell us anything,” Jung said during an August 17 conference call between members of local bars and Florida Bar leaders. “One of our concerns is trying to see if we can’t get those local lawyers’ offices up and running. That seems imperative.To assist in that effort, the Bar’s Law Office Assistance Service is ready to assist members concerned about rebuilding their practice, replacing lost or damaged files and documents, and obtaining practical help in reconstructing trust and operating account records. (See story, page 6)LOMAS Director J.R. Phelps said the Bar is concerned not only about the scope of the disaster, but the particular problems lawyers will face in coping with their obligations over the next few months.LOMAS also has posted on the Bar’s Web site information about setting up a disaster preparation, protection, and recovery program for your law firm and other disaster response resources.Phelps said LOMAS is ready to help and can be reached at (850) 561-5611.Remembering Andrew Karen Gievers, who was president of Dade County Bar when Hurricane Andrew struck in 1992, said storms like Charley provide “a great opportunity for attorneys to show leadership in a local community in a positive way.”Gievers said as the recovery continues, communities will begin organizing series of town hall meetings and local bars can help by sending its members to the meeting to provide answers to basic questions.“Just get the word out to the everyday citizens that they don’t need to teach themselves everything that lawyers spent years learning in law school and in their practices,” Gievers said. “That was one of the most warmly received efforts that the Dade County Bar did.”And once FEMA establishes its one-stop relief centers, local bars should make sure lawyers are there to provide assistance, too.“The main thing that we found – and I think it is pretty similar from the human needs standpoint – is having lawyers visible and being there to give advice and to do it free was just a double win.”Your donation can make a difference Volunteer lawyers needed Volunteer lawyers needed Chief Judge Hugh Hayes of the 20th Circuit said August 17 that it was not yet time to send lawyers to the FEMA centers, but in the coming weeks he would like to see locations established where Florida lawyers can render free legal advice in person in the affected communities.“I think it would be fantastic; it would be a great response on the part of The Florida Bar and, more importantly, it would provide a valuable service to those who are not sure where to turn,” Chief Judge Hayes said.Getting Back to Worklast_img read more