JNC applicants sought

first_img JNC applicants sought Judicial Nominating Commissions: Two lawyer vacancies for each of the 26 JNCs. The Florida Bar must nominate three lawyers for each vacancy to the governor for his appointment. Each appointee will serve a four-year term, commencing July 1, 2006. Applicants must be engaged in the practice of law and a resident of the territorial jurisdiction served by the commission to which the member is applying. Applicants must comply with state financial disclosure laws. Commissioners are not eligible for state judicial office for vacancies filled by the JNC on which they sit for two years following completion of their four-year term.Applications must be completed for each vacancy you are applying for and must be received by mail or fax, (850) 561-5826 no later than 5:30 p.m., January 16, 2006, in the executive director’s office of The Florida Bar. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application. Screening committees of the Board of Governors will review all JNC applications. The committee will then make recommendations to the Board of Governors.Persons interested in applying for any of these vacancies may download the application form (there is a specific JNC application) from the Bar’s Web site at floridabar.org, or should call Bar headquarters at (850) 561-5600, ext. 5757, to obtain the application. Completed applications must be received by the Executive Director, The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson St., Tallahassee 32399-2300 by the January 16 deadline. December 15, 2005 Regular News JNC applicants soughtlast_img read more

Give your backing to current marriage laws

first_imgStuff.co.nz 27 July 2012OPINION: Despite the often-heard, throwaway comment that marriage is “just a piece of paper”, the overwhelming evidence would suggest that this is not so. According to the Statistics Department, in the past five years there were 106,131 marriages in New Zealand – 8000 per cent more than the number of civil unions. Marriage between men and women is still by far the most preferred relationship in society. It is with this evidence and historical and sociological background in mind that we, the undersigned Marlborough church leaders, write in support of marriage. Not only is marriage between men and women a treasured relationship in society, it is guarded by law as such. Monogamy is rightly preferred above all other sorts of relationship because of the emotional, psychological and social benefits it brings to families and society. The complementary nature of men and women is the foundation for security and well-being in relationships, and by extension the family and society. Marriage is an inter-generational, social institution that shapes social order. Some would argue that other forms of relationship are equally valid because they constitute loving and committed relationships. This is an incidental argument. The crux of the matter is not only that relationships be loving and committed, but that marriage between men and women benefits children, communities and society in ways that other forms of relationship do not. If New Zealand wants to be a strong and healthy society for future generations then our civil laws must continue to protect marriage between men and women as a preferred relationship with special status over and above other relationships that are tolerated and/or prohibited. This is what New Zealand civil law must continue to do.http://www.stuff.co.nz/marlborough-express/news/community-papers/7154836/Give-your-backing-to-current-marriage-lawslast_img read more

Other Sports Chess Olympiad: Indian men beat Czech Republic, Hungarian eves shock Indian women

first_imgBatumi: Krishnan Sasikiran guided Indian men to a 2.5-1.5 win over Czech Republic but the women’s team suffered a shocking 1-3 defeat against Hungary in the eighth round of the 43rd chess Olympiad here Tuesday.  On a day when Indian think-tank decided to rest P Harikrishna, the best Indian performer so far, Viswanathan Anand was held to an easy draw by David Navarra, Vidit Gujrathi tried hard before splitting points with Viktor Laznicka on the second board and B Adhiban also drew with Hracek Zbynek on the third board in the first game.However, the decision to rest Harikrishna was justified by Sasikiran who played a crushing game to outwit Ziri Stocek on the fourth board.With 13 points in their kitty now, the Indian men assured themselves of a joint third place with three rounds still to come in the biggest chess event.Also Read | UCL Game-week 2 Round Up: Real Madrid’s shock defeat, Manchester United’s torrid run and moreThe United States are likely to be the sole leader as they cruised to a 2.5-1.5 victory over Azerbaijan while Poland stands third following a 2-2 draw with Armenia.In the women’s section, India suffered a major setback as in-form Koneru Humpy and Tania Sachdev both lost to Hoang Thang Trang and Ticia Gara of Hungary respectively.The Indian women could only manage draws on the remaining two boards where D Harika and Eesha Karavade played with white pieces translating into a painful defeat.The loss left Indian women on 11 points with a lot of catching up to do in the remaining rounds.Also Read | BCCI comes under RTI Act, will be answerable to common peopleIndian Results after round 8:Open: India (13) beat Czech Republic (11) 2.5-1.5 (David Navarra drew with V Anand, Vidit Gujrathi drew with Viktor Laznicka, Hracek Zbynek drew with  B Adhiban, Krishnan Sasikiran beat Ziri Stocek.Women: Hungary (13) beat India (11): Hoang Thang Trang beat Koneru Humpy, D Harika drew with Anita Gara, Ticia Gara beat Tania Sachdev; Eesha Karavade drew with J Terbe. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

New Styles of Conventional Water Heaters Provide Energy Savings with Minimal…

first_imgFacebook30Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Boggs Inspection ServicesDwayne Boggs, owner of Boggs Inspection ServicesA friend of mine, Gary Altman of Altman Construction, is building a duplex to serve as a rental unit and is installing radiant heated floors. Gary is always looking at ways to save himself and his renters on electric and heating bills.Gary, unlike many builders and investors, looks at the long term.  He understands that including upgrades, such as radiant heat, will provide him a better return on investment when the time comes to sell the property.  Several of his rentals include solar panels as well.His newest idea, which I fully support, is to install the A. O. Smith Vertex 90 % efficiency hot water heater.  It is a 76,000 BTU conventional tank-style water heater that promises a thermal efficiency rating above 90% giving you nearly endless hot water. This is done by replacing the standard vertical flu with an internal helical heating coil.  This increases the heated surface area where heat is transferred from the element to the water within the tank.By increasing the surface area of the heating coil, the tank can provide the 76,000 BTUs while maintaining 90% thermal efficiency and still providing an estimated 127-gallon first hour delivery and a 93 gallon per hour recovery rate.   All of these statistics translate into continuous hot water all the time no matter how many teenagers are taking showers or loads of laundry you run.The great part about this style of conventional tank is that unlike the tank-less models, most existing homes are already set up for this style water tank so there is no need for expensive alterations.  When changing from a conventional water heater to a tank-less heater, there are often changes required to the plumbing of the home. Gas lines may also need to be changed, venting can be a major consideration, and water lines may need to be re-routed.For home owners and landlords alike this is a great alternative to the trend of upgrading you old hot water tank to tank-less.  It’s a lot less expensive and a lot less hassle.For more information on Boggs Inspection Services, click here or call 360-480-9602.  Boggs Inspection Services conducts home inspections throughout Thurston County.last_img read more

Honours for South Africa’s Rivonia Trialists

first_img18 January 2016Rivonia Trialists and anti-apartheid activists Ahmed Kathrada, Andrew Mlangeni and Denis Goldberg on Friday, 15 January received the Freedom of Sedibeng District Municipality. The trio will also receive the Freedom of the City of London on 27 January.Kathrada said that he was honoured and humbled to receive the accolade. “One recalls the Sedibeng region’s contribution to the anti-apartheid struggle in the Evaton Bus Boycotts in the 1950s‚ as well as the horrors of the violence that erupted in the Vaal Triangle‚ particularly Boipatong‚ closer to the advent of democracy,” he recollected.Sedibeng was home to events such as the Sharpeville Massacre, but was also where South Africa’s democratic Constitution was signed into law, Kathrada said.“It is therefore symbolic of how far we have come as a country – from racial oppression by the state‚ to the non-racial future that the Constitution promised‚ and still promises.”ANC veterans Andrew Mlangeni, Ahmed Kathrada&Dennis Goldberg receive Freedom of Sedibeng district municipality pic.twitter.com/jPUEmLnO5v— Ismail Vadi (@ismailvadi) January 15, 2016Goldberg #Kathrada Mlangeni receive #FreedomOfSedibeng .Trialists praise the many community iniatives in the region. pic.twitter.com/IZDQaifqOK— Kathrada Foundation (@KathradaFound) January 15, 2016It was during the Rivonia Trial that Mandela made his famous speech that ended with the words: “During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”The Freedom of the City of LondonIt is believed the tradition of awarding people the Freedom of the City of London began in the 13th century.“The medieval term ‘freeman’ meant someone who was not the property of a feudal lord but enjoyed privileges such as the right to earn money and own land,” states the city’s website. “Town dwellers who were protected by the charter of their town or city were often free – hence the term “freedom of the City’.“From the Middle Ages and the Victorian era, the Freedom was the right to trade, enabling members of a Guild or Livery to carry out their trade or craft in the square mile.”Watch this for more information:Today things have changed, but the tradition continues towards “people who have lived or worked in the City or have been proud to be admitted”.Source: Times Live and South Africa.info reporterlast_img read more

The Lawn And Short Of It

first_imgRamesh Krishnan, 49 It has been 45 years since I first picked up a tennis racquet and a lot has changed since then. The game now carries a new name. It used to be called Lawn Tennis but ‘lawn’ has fallen by the wayside. Though the premier tennis tournament, Wimbledon,,Ramesh Krishnan, 49It has been 45 years since I first picked up a tennis racquet and a lot has changed since then. The game now carries a new name. It used to be called Lawn Tennis but ‘lawn’ has fallen by the wayside. Though the premier tennis tournament, Wimbledon, is still played on lawn (grass), there are very few grass courts left in the world. Wimbledon is holding on to this tradition very dearly.One of the proudest moments in my life was when I won the Wimbledon’s junior title in 1979, a feat achieved by my father Ramanathan Krishnan in 1954. I also won the French Open junior title the same year and was ranked the No. 1 junior player in the world. At the senior level, I reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon once (1986) and the US Open twice (1981 and 1987). In 1985, I became World No. 23, my career-high singles ranking.I was also fortunate to be part of the Indian team which reached the Davis Cup final in 1987. In the semi-finals against Australia, I beat John Fitzgerald in four sets in the opening singles match and then defeated Wally Masur in straight sets in the decisive fifth rubber to give India a 3-2 victory. Sadly, I could not repeat my semi-finals performance in the final and we lost to Sweden 5-0. I represented India in the Davis Cup from 1977 to 1993 compiling a 29-21 winning record. In 2007, I captained India in the Davis Cup.The last time we had a meaningful national championship was in 1976. It is imperative that the best players in the nation support our tournament.advertisement- Ramesh KrishnanIn the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, I teamed up with Leander Paes and reached the men’s doubles quarter-finals. Paes fulfilled our dream of winning an Olympic medal for the country by winning a bronze in the men’s singles in the next Olympics at Atlanta in 1996.Coming back to Indian tennis, India had one of its high points in tennis in 1966, reaching the challenge round (final round) of Davis Cup at a time when Australia and the usa dominated the scene. Three of the four major tennis tournaments were on grass. Naturally the playing technique and styles revolved around grass court tennis-short points, a net rushing style and a premium on the serve and volley game. India was also comfortably placed on the tennis map. Our male players were well recognised around the world and we were the top tennis nation in Asia. The colonial connection stood us in good stead. India had plenty of grass courts and we had a thriving tournament circuit starting from November till April. Not only did all the top Indian players participate but we were also able to attract a lot of excellent foreign talent. And the costs were not very high.Tennis was very much a northern hemisphere sport and the main season was from April to August. Come September, a lot of players put away their racquet till next April. Those who were keen to play during that period had to follow the sun. South Africa, because of its apartheid policy was not universally accepted in the tennis fraternity and tennis was not yet popular in South America. So the main destination was Australia, and for those not interested in travelling all that distance, India was a perfect alternative.For an Indian kid coming through the ranks, things could not have been more ideal. There was plenty of good competition right at our doorstep. It did not cost a lot to travel. Once you got to your destination, all expenses were taken care of. You did not need your parents to accompany you. Life was a whole lot simpler. And if you showed good enough results in the Indian tournaments, you were given a summer trip to continental Europe by the All India Tennis Association. Typically, this meant a quick stop at London to have a look at the Mecca of tennis. And it was off to Belgium or Holland for eight weeks of competitions. This was a very important step in our development as tennis players. The slow clay courts in Europe meant that the ball stayed in to play a lot longer. The European players were fit and you were in for a battle. We got ourselves much fitter. Added to this, the long summer days in Europe ensured we all came back as much better players. The next step was to find a spot in the Davis Cup Team.But nothing ever stays the same; 1968 was a watershed year in international tennis. Tennis became ‘open’ meaning amateurs and professionals were allowed to participate together in grand slam tournaments (till 1968, professionals were barred from the grand slam tournaments). By 1973, the Davis Cup was also open to professional players and the change was complete. Australia, which was a leading nation, lost out overnight when all their stalwarts migrated to the us. Since tennis had become a business, the northern hemisphere tennis season began to be extended and when it became too cold to play outdoors, indoor arenas came into existence. This was a death knell for a country like India. All this while, we had capitalised on good weather conditions and all of a sudden this became irrelevant. The overseas players stopped coming to India and pretty soon, the top Indian players also stopped playing in India. All of a sudden, it was costing you a lot more to spend more time playing in major tennis centres. You did not have the luxury of finding out right in your backyard how good or how not-good you were. In 1975, the us Open Championships dug up their grass courts and the Australian Open followed suit in 1988. The move from lawn tennis to tennis was complete.advertisementFast forward to 2010 and things here have been allowed to drift for too long. The last time we had a meaningful national championship was way back in 1976. It is imperative that the best players in the nation support our tournament. Maybe we could start with one event and build forward. As far as the women are concerned, I thought we were all set for a boom a few years ago. This was the time Sania Mirza had all those good results. I could see a lot of positive energy amongst the girls and their parents. But sadly, this has not translated into any player coming through.Ramesh Krishnan is a former Indian tennis player with a career-high singles ranking of World No. 23Leander PaesI was a privileged child. After all, how many people can boast of parents who are both Olympians? My father Vece Paes represented India in hockey in the 1972 Munich Olympics, while my mother Jennifer Paes was part of the basketball team at the same. The bronze medal my father won at Munich has been a constant source of inspiration for me. For me, my dream was to take part in the Olympics and tennis provided me that opportunity.Strange as it may sound, but I wanted to be a footballer initially. I don’t know why, but when I was around five, I changed my mind and decided to embrace the game of tennis. The first major victory for me came when I beat my father for the first time. I was only nine then. What a feeling to beat your idol.Initially I faced a lot of obstacles. Many advised me to change my sport. There were issues with infrastructure, but I never complained. I believe in looking for solutions rather than cribbing about problems, For instance, if I don’t have access to a gymnasium, I would use a suitcase for weight training. If there is no hard court, I will practice on clay.advertisementBut things have changed. Today, the infrastructure is much better and there are a lot of opportunities for youngsters. But then that’s the way of life. I did not face financial hardships while pursuing my game; that part was taken care of by my father. I signed my first sponsorship deal after winning the Wimbledon Junior title. I was 12 and Prince Racquet became my first sponsor.I believe in looking for solutions rather than complaining, If I don’t have access to gymnasium, I would use a suitcase for weight training.- Leander PaesI had a great beginning as I won both Wimbledon and the US Open as a junior and went on to become World No. 1 in the junior rankings. The game has changed a lot since then. It has become sedate. The surfaces are now slower. I had to make changes. I’m a serve-and-volley player. Look at today’s top 100 players. There are 15 Spaniards among them and they are all baseliners. That’s not my game at all.I have rarely played for personal achievements. I play for sheer enjoyment. And my performance improves by leaps and bounds when I play for the country. Look at my Davis Cup record. I have been a member of the squad since 1990 and have an 84-31 career record in 45 ties (48-22 in singles). Along with Mahesh Bhupathi, I won 22 straight doubles Davis Cup matches. And then the bronze medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, undoubtedly my most memorable victory. My wrist was badly injured, but the simple fact that I was vying for my country kept me motivated.There are many other sweet achievements. I have never lost to Pete Sampras; in fact, I beat him four times. After winning the Wimbledon Mixed Doubles title with Cara Black in 2010, I became the first male tennis player since Rod Laver to win any Wimbledon title in three different decades. It’s a rare honour to be in Laver’s league.I switched to competing more in doubles as it suited my game. I have enjoyed playing with all of my doubles partner and they all have their unique strengths and weaknesses. Although I don’t play professional tennis any more with Bhupathi, we still team up for the country, the last instance being the cwg in Delhi. Whether we play together or not, Bhupathi has always been a great friend. We would be the happiest when two other Indians break our records.The future of Indian tennis looks very promising with several youngsters doing so well. They have access to world-class infrastructure, good coaching institutes and a very positive environment. There is no dearth of talent, what we need now is an action plan to create a World No. 1 at the senior level. Among today’s players I think Somdev Devvarman, Rohan Bopanna, Yuki Bhambri and Sanam Singh have the potential to succeed at the highest level. Among the women players, Sania Mirza stands out. She has not only inspired many others to take up the racquet, but has also increased corporate involvement in the game.Who is my favourite tennis player? I admire Ramesh Krishnan a lot. I was fortunate to partner with him in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Among current players, I think, Roger Federer is the best. He is the best role model for youngsters. It’s very important for youngsters not to get carried away. One must not lose focus on the game. They can learn from our cricketing superstars how to maintain balance between glamour and the game. I believe our youngsters are mature enough to cope with the external influences or distractions, as some may like to call it.Leander Paes has won 12 Grand Slam titles in doubles events, the highest by an Indian playerlast_img read more

Making Delhi the cleanest city on top of CM’s wishlist

first_imgWith the Capital set to go for the assembly polls late next year, people can look forward to several bigticket projects in the coming months.In her Independence Day address at Chhatrasal stadium, Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit on Wednesday said, she was particularly optimistic that the monorail project in East Delhi will roll out within next few months.”One of our main targets is to make Delhi one of the greenest and cleanest metro cities in the world,” Dikshit said. She also hoped that her government would be able to “further improve” the city’s infrastructure, education sector and the sports infrastructure.She also added that the people of Delhi can look forward to regularisation of at-least 900 unauthorised colonies.In her speech, Dikshit also praised the state government and the improvements in the state’s infrastructure in the last few years.last_img read more

Bucks look to regroup for secondhalf run

Following a less-than-stellar first half of the season, the men’s hockey team is looking to improve in the second half, starting with two games against Bowling Green. The Buckeyes were just 7-12-1 through their first 20 games this season and are ninth in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association.But with 14 games remaining, all of them in-conference, the Buckeyes believe they can gain ground in the CCHA. “We’re feeling good about where we could be if we put things together and our guys are excited about that,” coach John Markell said.The Buckeyes haven’t played a game since Dec. 12, but resumed practice Dec. 28 and have used the time to improve on their power play and penalty kill. “We videoed our [penalty kill] everyday and our power play every day. We know how important that is,” Markell said. “The power play obviously needs to click for us.”The Buckeyes found themselves in the penalty box often in their first 20 games, which Markell acknowledged as another area of concern. “We can’t be caught in the penalty box a lot; that puts stress on too many things. Every little thing is magnified.” Improvement on the special teams — the power play and penalty kill — could reciprocate on the scoreboard and in the standings.Forwards Sergio Somma and Zac Dalpe noticed an increased intensity in practice since the team has come back. “In practice there were a couple scuffles on the ice and that’s good to see. Guys are working hard,” Somma said. “It says the intensity is there in practice. A high level of energy and intensity. Obviously that spawns winning and that spawns good teams.”Somma and the rest of the Buckeyes will put that intensity to the test against in-state rival Bowling Green this weekend. The teams have a bit of familiarity with each other from playing in the CCHA and having met in the postseason last year. Bowling Green comes into the weekend struggling (3-15-2), but no one at Ohio State is taking them lightly, especially coach Markell.“We know Bowling Green is a very hard-working team,” Markell said. “It’s going to take everything we can muster up to beat them. You have to be at a competitive level each and every night or it will sting you. You don’t get by with taking any short cuts in college hockey.”There is some concern whether OSU will be able to be at that competitive level after their recent hiatus from play. “Realistically we haven’t played a game in a month. There is going to be a little rust there,” Markell said. “Bowling Green is going to have two games under their belt.” The Falcons played two games last weekend and look to be sharp coming into Columbus.However, Somma is confident the team will be ready. “We’ve been conditioning a lot, but at the same time there is nothing like actually playing a game, so I’m sure it will take a good half period to get your legs back and get to game speed,” he said. “But we’re not out of shape by any means.”OSU will need to get back to game speed quickly if they’re going to beat Bowling Green this weekend. The games are Friday and Saturday at 7:05 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more