Board to make March appointments February 1, 2007 Regular News Board to make March appointments The Board of Governors is seeking applicants for the following vacancies to be filled during its March 30 meeting. Supreme Court’s Bar Admissions Committee: One lawyer to serve a two-year term commencing July 1. This committee coordinates the work of the bench, Bar, law schools, and bar examiners. Florida Patient’s Compensation Fund: One lawyer to serve a four-year term commencing July 1. The purpose of the board is to supervise the operations of the FPCF which provides excess medical malpractice coverage to Florida health care providers. Statewide Nominating Commission for Compensation Claims Judges: Three lawyers from the territorial jurisdictions of the First, Third, and Fifth state appellate districts to serve four-year terms commencing July 2. All applicants must be members of the Bar who are engaged in the practice of law. No attorney who appears before any judge of compensation claims more than four times a year is eligible to serve on the commission, pursuant to F.S. §440.45(2)(b). Commissioners are also not eligible for state judicial vacancies filled by the JNC on which they sit for two years following the expiration of their term. Commissioners are subject to Florida financial disclosure laws. Meetings and deliberations are open to the public.Persons interested in applying for these vacancies may download the Application for Special Appointment from the Bar’s Web site at www.floridabar.org,or should call Bar headquarters at (850) 561-5600, ext. 5757, to obtain an application form. Completed applications must be submitted to the Executive Director, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300 no later than close of business, Friday, February 23. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application.
Vermaland LLC, a land banking and land development company based in Phoenix, has made its first significant investment in the southeast Valley land market – and its largest to date – with the purchase of 8,000 acres in La Osa Ranch, a master-plan community near Casa Grande.Vermaland bought 4,000 acres in La Osa Ranch in 2012 and recently acquired an additional 4,000 acres in the same community. Strategically located off of Interstate-10 between Greater Phoenix and Tucson, long-term plans call for residential, retail and commercial development at La Osa Ranch. The deal is one of the largest land deals in recent history and indicative of an improving real estate market.“The market has been buoyant in the past six months and while we have made significant land sales, we also have seen great buying opportunities,” said Vermaland CEO Kuldip Verma. “The opportunities we have the land market will not been seen in the next 10 years.”Vermaland currently has the largest holdings of 50-1,200 acre parcels in metro Phoenix and the La Osa Ranch is its first significant investment in the southeast Valley.Verma said besides its location, La Osa Ranch is attractive because of the advanced ground-work already completed including all water and land studies. Current plans call for more than 33,000 residential lots, 1,000 acres of commercial development and 2,000 acres of open space, parks and trail systems. The purchasing entity for the project is Verma La Osa Ranch, an LLC holding company for Verma Legacy Trust.Verma said the residential real estate industry and land sale market are increasingly improving throughout Greater Phoenix and Arizona as a whole. Currently, finished residential lots are seeing double their value in comparison to 2011, with most foreclosures being flushed out. He added that 2013 will have more raw land sales than 2008-2012 combined and that 2013’s raw land market is seeing record activity halfway through the year and expects this pace to continue. On a side note, Verma added that raw land remains a valued commodity given that only 17 percent of all land in Arizona is private land.Vermaland prides itself on the ownership of high-quality land parcels with good road access, electricity and water, proximity to substations and flat land conditions to allow for easier building. In the height of 2007 and 2008, Vermaland supplied land to some of the nation’s largest solar projects. Because of limited expansion options in most areas of Phoenix, other than the west Valley and southeast valley, Vermaland entities have maintained their portfolio in these two areas.
AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementGenuine Parts Company (GPC) announced today that Scott Sonnemaker has joined the company as group president, North American Automotive. In this key role, created to further the company’s global focus, Sonnemaker will have responsibility for all aspects of the automotive business in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.Sonnemaker is a seasoned executive in the distribution industry, having spent many years leading teams in the complex, multi-vertical structure of food service distribution at Sysco Corp. Upon joining Sysco in 1996, Sonnemaker advanced his career with progressively larger sales and operational leadership positions, including several key executive level roles. Most recently, he served Sysco as senior vice president, International Americas, which included responsibility for Canada, Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean. Previously, he was chief customer officer and senior vice president of sales from 2010 to 2016. Prior to his tenure at Sysco, Sonnemaker served in the U.S. Navy from 1985 to 1990, and he was national sales manager for Mobil Corp. from 1990 until 1996.Paul Donahue, GPC president and CEO, commented, “We are excited to welcome Scott to the Genuine Parts Company family. Scott is a proven leader and executive with an extensive distribution background making him an excellent choice for this new role. As Group President for our North American Automotive business, Scott will lead our talented and experienced management teams to maximize the future growth potential for this important segment of the company.”
Alabama guard/forward Riley Norris (1) goes inside for two as Georgia guard Charles Mann defends during an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, at Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/AL.com, Vasha Hunt) MAGS OUT Alabama forward Shannon Hale (11) pushes the ball to the basket against Georgia during an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, at Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/AL.com, Vasha Hunt) MAGS OUT TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Cameron Forte hit a jump shot from the baseline with 7 seconds left in overtime to lift Georgia to a 66-65 victory over Alabama on Saturday night.The Bulldogs (17-9, 8-6 Southeastern Conference) snapped a two-game losing streak in dramatic fashion. Yante Maten blocked Retin Obasohan’s layup attempt from behind with 1 second remaining.Rodney Cooper couldn’t get a shot off in time for the Crimson Tide (16-11, 6-8), which had overcome an eight-point second-half deficit.Obasohan missed a 3-pointer and Cooper turned it over after grabbing the rebound with 26 seconds left and a 65-64 lead, giving Georgia a chance for the game-winning basket.Forte, who had eight points and 10 rebounds, made the shot over Riley Norris.Nemanja Djurisic had 14 points to lead the Bulldogs and Charles Mann added 13 before fouling out. Marcus Thornton, who also fouled out, scored 10.Obasohan led Alabama with 16 points while Riley Norris added a career-high 14 and Cooper scored 11.Alabama took a 65-63 lead when Obasohan made 1 of 2 free throws with 1:38 left in overtime. One official had initially called a travel after Obasohan grabbed a rebound on the other end but was overruled, giving Mann his fifth foul.Djurisic then made a foul shot and missed his second with a chance to tie but managed to get the rebound. J.J. Frazier missed a layup to give Alabama the ball back with 52 seconds remaining.The Tide made just 16 of 31 free throw attempts (51.6 percent) and missed 11 of 18 second-half attempts.TIP-INSGeorgia: The Bulldogs made 12 of 25 shots (48 percent) in the second half, had 11 assists and nine turnovers.Alabama: The Crimson Tide is 2-5 in games decided by two points or less.UP NEXTGeorgia visits Mississippi on Wednesday.Alabama hosts South Carolina on Tuesday.Alabama guard Levi Randolph (20) gets loose under the basket against Georgia during an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, at Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/AL.com, Vasha Hunt) MAGS OUT
Minister of Sports Sunday Dare has been the recipient of a sarcastic swipe by his predecessor Solomon Dalung over some of the resolutions arising from Dare’s meeting with Nigeria Football Federation board members on Friday.Dare met with all fifteen members of the NFF board in Abuja for the first time since being appointed Minister of Sports a month ago and said the meeting was called in order to chart “a new direction” and resolve “some of the pending lingering issues” at the NFF.Repositioning the domestic league, rehabilitating sports infrastructure and ensuring early preparations for participation in tournaments and championships were some of the key resolutions contained in the communique released after the meeting.In an acknowledgement of the damage done to the standing of the NFF under the present board by the numerous corruption allegations and investigations by several antigraft agencies into the affairs of the NFF as well as the distractions occasioned by the manifold internal and external wranglings between stakeholders, the communique stated the resolve of both parties to “improve the positive perception of football administration in the country” as well as to “reach out to all factions with a view to having an amicable resolution of all problems”.The Sports Minister also took to his page on microblogging platform, Twitter, to inform his followers of his meeting with the board of the NFF. “Today I met with the 15 Executive board members of the NFF towards charting a new direction and resolving some of the pending lingering issues. It was a frank exchange in which I asked that everyone works with patriotic zeal to change the narrative about football administration,” Dare wrote on Twitter.Today I met with the 15 Executive board members of the NFF towards charting a new direction and resolving some of the pending lingering issues. It was a frank exchange in which I asked that everyone works with patriotic zeal to change the narrative about football administration— Sunday Dare (@SundayDareSD) September 20, 2019Dalung, whose tenure as Sports Minister was marked and marred in the eyes of a few, by near-constant warfare with the NFF was, however, quick to post a riposte dripping with sarcasm in reply to Sunday Dare’s tweet.“Congratulations for this wonderful effort. Now that you have waded into the lingering issues, ICPC and EFCC should now hands off for peace to reign,” Dalung posted in a direct reply to his successor’s tweet.Congratulations for this wonderful effort. Now that you have waded into the lingering issues, ICPC and EFCC should now hands off for peace to reign. https://t.co/3KbvRfsMbU— Solomon Dalung (@SolomonDalung) September 21, 2019Dalung had always been fingered as the brain behind most of the NFF troubles with the antigraft agencies and also pilloried during his time as Sports Minister for seemingly always wanting to interfere in the internal matters of the Federation – something he’s always denied.His intent in his reply to Dare was in line with what he’s always maintained as Sports Minister; that he had no power to interfere with the constitutionally ordained processes of antigraft agencies who carry out their duties regardless of the personal disposition of the Minister.And events, since he’s been out of office, have proven him correct in a sense with two fresh investigations by the EFCC and the ICPC launched against the NFF president Amaju Pinnick and the 2nd vice-president of the federation Shehu Dikko recently.It remains to be seen if the rapprochement between the NFF and the Sports Ministry leads to the shelving of legal cases and investigations into corruption allegations faced by several members of the Federation’s board.Related
Today has been designated World Suicide Prevention Day by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organisation (WHO). Over the last decade, the awareness of suicide as a major problem in Guyana rose exponentially when we earned the dubious distinction of having the highest per capita rate of suicide in the entire world: 44.2 per 100,000. As is their tradition, the organisers selected a theme for the day which highlights the need for interventions that can prevent, or at least reduce, suicide — which takes the lives of some 800,000 persons worldwide.This number is greater than the entire population of Guyana, and should offer a perspective on the enormity of the challenge in addressing the reduction of suicide. If one is concerned about the destruction of human lives by war, suicides presently result in more deaths than all wars combined; while concentrated in the same demographic: the young. The theme for 2017 is ‘Take a minute, change a life,’ and it reminds us that since suicide is almost always caused by depression — even if short-term when events occur in the lives of those around us that may cause them to become depressed — we should reach out and lend at least an ear to their problems.In Guyana, we have all become sensitised to one type of suicide in the young — when they believe their “true love” has been stymied. There is no question that parents especially should play a more sensitive role in listening and empathizing with their children who may be involved in relationships they consider “unsuitable” for one reason or another. Rather than berating the child, which is unfortunately the norm, parents should discuss openly and rationally the reasons for their stance. Rather than using categorically prohibitive language such as ultimatums, they should strive to look at the situation from their children’s viewpoint.Very often, the children know the parents love them, but conclude they just do not (or do not want to) “understand” their situation. The suicidal act becomes an impulsive one, to hurt the parent in an attempt to get them to reach that understanding. Unfortunately, the suicide is not a case as when Tom Sawyer faked his death to seen how sorry his Aunt Polly would be to see him gone: death is final. The authorities have, for years now, conceded that suicide is a public health issue linked to depression but, sadly, they have not taken a holistic approach towards addressing it.One gets the impression that, more than anything else, the Government has vacated the field to the NGOs that have sprung up over the last few years. These have staged more “walks” to bring “awareness” to suicide than contestants in the Boston marathon. They might have done some good work with their “walks” by “talking the talk” to raise awareness, but this is just the beginning. The Government cannot walk away from their responsibility in a Public Health crisis: it is time for them to “walk the walk” and initiate countrywide programmes.Take, for example, the long promised councillors in educational institutions. This is not a “chicken and egg” question – the “egg” of training councillors comes first. Have the Government worked with the University of Guyana to introduce the requisite training in the Social Work degree the latter offers? So they can be hired in the schools? Then there is the “Gatekeepers Programme” which the previous administration had initiated, but has been allowed to die on the vine. This programme essentially trained locals in suicide-prone communities to be aware of suicidal “tell-tale” signs, and be available for offering counselling to persons who may be contemplating suicide. This programme was proven quite successful, and one wonders what has prevented its resuscitation.The WHO reported that Guyana is no longer number one in its suicide rate, which has dropped quite significantly to 30.6. All hands must be on deck, including the Government’s, to intensify this trend.