Animated tectonic reconstruction of the Southern Pacific and alkaline volcanism at its convergent margins since Eocene times

first_imgAn animated reconstruction shows South Pacific plate kinematics, in the reference frame of West Antarctica, between 55 Ma and the present-day. The ocean floor in the region formed due to seafloor spreading between the Antarctic, Pacific, Phoenix and Nazca plates (a plate formed by fragmentation of the Farallon plate early in Oligocene times). The Pacific-Antarctic Ridge remained fairly stable throughout this time, migrating relatively northwestwards, by various mechanisms, behind the rapidly-moving Pacific plate. The Nazca and Phoenix plates also moved quickly, but relatively towards the cast or southeast, and were subducted in these directions beneath the South American and Antarctic plates. Segments of spreading centres forming at the trailing edges of the Nazca and Phoenix plates periodically collided with these subduction zones, resulting in the total destruction of the Nazca Phoenix spreading centre and the partial destruction of the Nazca-Antarctica spreading centre (the Chile Ridge) and Antarctic-Phoenix Ridge, which ceased to operate shortly before its northeasternmost three segments could collide with the Antarctic margin. Following collision of segments of the Chile Ridge, parts of the Antarctic plate underwent subduction at the Chile Trench. After these collisions, slab windows Should have formed beneath both the South American and Antarctic convergent margins, and the animation shows Occurrences of alkaline volcanism that have been, or can newly be, related to them. Further occurrences of alkali basalts, at the margins of the Powell Basin and, more speculatively, James Ross Island, can be related to the formation of a slab window beneath them following the collision of segments of the South America Antarctica spreading centre in the northwest Weddell Sea. (C) 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Instruction to portal listing in 46 minutes on a smartphone? London agent throws down the gauntlet

first_imgCould you list a property within 46 minutes of being instructed, all via your smartphone?That’s the claim made by London estate agency Benjamin Stevens, which has made a video following one of its staff trying to achieve what, for many agents, is a bit of a stretch.The three-minute video is made by Kishan Mehta (pictured, above left), who heads up the company’s hub operation, as the agency is one of the many in London hoping to expand via a network of self-employed negotiators and sales people, rather than by opening branches.He travels to a two-bedroom apartment in Ilford and takes photographs, a video and creates a floor plan with the company’s head of recruitment Elliott Graham as witness.The pair enter the property at 6.05pm, exiting at 6.17pm and he creates the photos, floor plan and videos on his smartphone, which he completes by 6.36pm.These, along presumably with the property description, are then ready to go live via the company’s Alto software feed by 6.48 or 46 minutes later.Mehta claims this included creating a brochure and going live on all the portals – the company advertises on all three.“It’s not not normal nor is it a race as we believe quality is more important than time ,” says the company’s Managing Director Steve Wayne (left).“What we wanted to show was how our technology allows us – from anywhere – to get properties live within a certain time. It just shows how the business is changing, allowing us as agents to be more mobile, more efficient and able to go from instruction to being live in such a short time. The video was made to show our clients how efficient we can be.”Watch the video on Facebook.Kishan Mehta Benjamin Stevens video Wayne Stevens proptech Benjamin Stevens Steve Wayne September 18, 2020Nigel LewisOne commentChris , Bradleys Estate Agents Bradleys Estate Agents 18th September 2020 at 11:53 amPresumably all essential due diligence such as the PIQ completed by the vendor which informs the details, AML check carried out, confirmation from vendor that the details are accurate, EPC ordered if applicable and the agency agreement signed outlining terms of engagement with 14 day cooling off period signed away by the vendor if in hurry before details go live?Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Instruction to portal listing in 46 minutes on a smartphone? London agent throws down the gauntlet previous nextProptechInstruction to portal listing in 46 minutes on a smartphone? London agent throws down the gauntletMD of Benjamin Stevens says it’s not really about promoting speed but showing clients how mobile tech can deliver quality listings on the go.Nigel Lewis18th September 20201 Comment1,036 Viewslast_img read more

Vanessa Mannix Takes $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix at HITS Ocala

first_img Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. That’s a wrap for the HITS Ocala Winter Celebration (IX), featuring world-class hunter and jumper competition. Riders are certainly on their A-game as we near the end of the Circuit. This week featured the $200,000 HITS Ocala Grand Prix, where many of the top riders in the sport prepared their horses for next week’s Great American $1 Million Grand Prix. Along with featured competition, riders worked diligently to earn their final points toward the Tack Shack of Ocala 2nd-Half Circuit and Pyranha Overall Circuit Awards, which will be presented prior to next week’s Great American Million.Taking home the first blue ribbon in featured jumper competition was David Jennings in Wednesday’s $5,000 Open Welcome. Jennings was first in the order aboard CANNTINUE, for Juniper Farms, and his time of 36.969 could not be caught.2nd Place: Cassandra Kahle & HH MESSENGER [38.465]3rd Place: Diego Perez Bilbao & MEADOW VALE CRUISE [39.134]Conor Swail claimed top honors in the $10,000 HITS Open Prix aboard KOSS VAN HEISTE, for Dalco Ltd, in a time of 37.524.2nd Place: Dorothy Douglas & MTM THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS [38.733]3rd Place: Tracy Fenney & MTM DOLCE VITA [39.143]Friday began with the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix in the Grand Prix Stadium where Vanessa Mannix was welcomed to the Winner’s Circle aboard her own CATINKA 25 to accept the blue ribbon. Mannix was last to jump-off and bested the field with her time of 39.501.2nd Place: Hunter Holloway & PEPITA CON SPITA [40.704]3rd Place: Swail & VITAL CHANCE DE LA ROQUE [41.532]Fenney moved up in the standings to take the win in the $15,000 HITS 1.40m Classic on Saturday aboard MTM LOCADEUR for MTM Farm. Being early in the order and the first rider to make it to the jump-off can be tricky as you set the pace, but nobody could beat Fenney’s time of 40.655.2nd Place: Perez Bilbao & ALTER EGO [44.533]3rd Place: Ashley Foster & STARDUST [45.174]Jumper Classic Winners$1,000 M&S Child/Adult Jumper Classic – Low: Kristina Gallo & CANTURINIO$1,500 M&S Child/Adult Jumper Classic – Medium: Aiva Gamelin & SANITA PJ$2,000 M&S Child Jumper Classic – High: Sophia Ayers & FOR FASHION$2,000 M&S Adult Jumper Classic – High: Gabriella Fournier & CASADORA 4$2,500 Pyranha NAL Jr/A-O/Am 1.25m Jumper Classic: Madison Kondracki & SHUTTERFLY$5,000 Jr/A-O/Am 1.35m Jumper Classic: Audrey Muscari & CINGSLEY 2$7,500 U-Dump Jr/A-O/Am 1.45m Jumper Classic: Hayley Waters & VITEL SOURDINA field of 46 riders were welcomed to the Grand Prix Stadium on Sunday afternoon for the $200,000 HITS Ocala Grand Prix. Just eight riders would jump a clean first round over the course designed by Ms. Catalina “Catsy” Cruz of Mexico City, Mexico. The jump-off consisted of past Million Winners, Grand Prix Veterans, and riders that are no stranger to the Winner’s Circle at HITS Ocala. There was no doubt that it was going to be a competitive jump-off with each rider locked-in on the top prize.Capping off the Ocala Winter Celebration (IX) with her fourth Grand Prix win of the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit was Fenney, jumping clean in the first round aboard her two mounts with a good shot at taking home the win.First to return in jump-off was Andre Thieme and CRAZY GIRL, posting a fault-free a time of 41.930 and setting the pace for the class. Following Thieme, was Fenney and her first mount in the jump-off, MTM REVE DU PARADIS. An unfortunate rail at the first fence would ultimately place them fifth. “Following Andre [Theime], I had an idea of what the time would be like,” said Fenney. “Aaron [Vale] has been super on fire and I knew that he has won a lot with that horse [ELUSIVE] so I knew with him behind me and Jordan [Coyle] also having two after me, that I needed to be pretty quick.”Fenney had one more shot at the win as she was fourth to return aboard MTM APPLE, owned by MTM Farm. She knew that she would need to be quick and accurate as Vale and Coyle, both known for their incredible speed, were standing by to jump-off. The pair navigated the jump-off in 36.645 and held onto the lead until the very end. “I don’t know that I’ve won a $200,000, so that’s pretty impressive,” exclaimed Fenney, beaming with joy. “She [MTM APPLE] was great and I am so excited! Aaron [Vale] was within a whisper of me so it could have gone either way today.”Second place was awarded to Aaron Vale and ELUSIVE, who were also the winners of this class in 2020. They came up just a hair short, posting a time of 39.714 in the jump-off. Rounding out the top three in the class was Thieme and CRAZY GIRL with the only other fault-free jump-off.Cassandra Kahle and Maxlight won the $10,000 Diamond Mills Hunter Prix. (ESI Photography)Hunters competed for the top prize on Saturday in the $10,000 Diamond Mills Hunter Prix and $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix in the Main Hunter Ring. Kicking off the day with a win was Kahle for her ride aboard MAXLIGHT for Redfield Farm in the $10,000 Diamond Mills Hunter Prix. Kahle was awarded the highest score in each round, 88 and 87, for a total of 175 and the blue ribbon.2nd Place: Vale & JAGERBOMB [169]3rd Place: Daniel Geitner & TROPICS [167]Saturday afternoon came to a close with Elle Moreno taking the win in the $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix aboard HASHTAG for Stacy Lane-Sanderson. Moreno was awarded an 87 in each round to finish with a cumulative score of 174.2nd Place: Emma Covarrubias & ENDLESS JOY [167]3rd Place: Moreno & CASCAVEL [163]Hunter Classic Winners$1,000 USHJA Green Hunter Incentive: Hunt Tosh & CITATION$1,000 A-O Hunter Classic – 3’6″: Darby Toben & GIOVANNIE$1,000 Eastern Hay A-O Hunter Classic – 3’3″: Jenney Aselage & LOON LAKE$1,000 Antares Junior Hunter Classic – 3’6″: Maddie Tosh & CAMEO$1,000 Junior Hunter Classic – 3’3″: Lillian Geitner & BANKS MILL$1,000 Perfect Products Pony Hunter Classic: M. Tosh & STORYTELLER$500 M&S/NAL/WIHS SmartPak Adult Hunter Classic: Samantha Perreault & HEARTCORE$500 M&S/NAL/WIHS Child Hunter Classic: Kate Egan & ZORVINO$500 M&S/NAL/WIHS Child Hunter Classic – Pony: Lyla Tuttle & OTTERIDGE GUNSMOKEM&S Bit O’ Straw Hunter Classic: Chloe Stix & FABIANClick here for the full listing of results from the HITS Ocala Winter Celebration.The final week of the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit kicks-off this Wednesday for the HITS Ocala Championship which features USEF-Rated Premier/6* competition through March 28. Tags: Vanessa Mannix, HITS Ocala, show jumping, Cassandra Kahle, hunters, Catinka 25, HITS Ocala Grand Prix, Maxlight, Email* More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. SIGN UP Horse Sport Enewslast_img read more

Shaken and stirred

first_imgWith two months to go until the big event, it’s time to reveal the theme of this year’s Baking Industry Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel…James Bond!There’s a distinctly Bond-like slant to this year’s entertainments. Race Aston Martins around a Scalextric Racing track, sponsored by Sonneveld, for the chance to win a real one for the weekend. There will be a balloon for every guest, sponsored by Kluman & Balter, with five surprise packages of hi-tech gadgetry. And the bread rolls will be provided by The Cotswold Food Partnership, which is offering a prize of Champagne, canapés and a balloon ride over The Cotswolds.As well as a Warburtons-sponsored drinks reception, guests can take part in the ’funny money’ casino, sponsored by Cereform, which is offering a trip to Monaco for the winners. Barry Callebaut will provide the chocolates and chocolate fountain.The awards will be hosted by Joanna Lumley, who played a supporting role in 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service! Book now for a top-class evening.last_img read more

In Short

first_img== Polish opportunity ==According to the British Polish Chamber of Commerce (BPCC), Poland imports food and drink worth around £5.3bn, but only 2% comes from the UK (around £93m). Opportunities for Britain to export to Poland will be discussed at the British Polish Agrifood Forum, held by the BPCC, in Warsaw on 13 November. More details are at [http://www.bpcc.org.pl/agrifood].== Eastern promise ==The Middle East and South Africa have been ranked by market watchers as second globally, in terms of volume and value of bakery sales last year. Several economic and social factors, such as high incomes, growth in population and increasing availability of international products, have been cited as possible reasons.== Melamine worry ==A Taiwanese Department of Health official has said more than 200 tonnes of a melamine-tainted leavening agent, for use in bakery products and imported from China, had been sold in the domestic market. A total of 469 tonnes of ammonium bicarbonate, found to contain melamine, is reported to have been imported from two Chinese companies, around 200 tonnes of which has been sold to local distributors.== Slovenian harvest ==This year’s harvest in Slovenia has yielded 160,000 tonnes of wheat and spelt, according to The Statistics Office. This is a 20% rise on the previous year, although crops other than wheat and spelt increased by just 10%.== Panera success ==The US Panera Bread company, based in Missouri, has shown a 23% rise in total revenue for the 39 weeks ended 23 September 2008, and a 22% rise in operating profit for the same period.last_img read more

Sustainability opportunities for students available

first_imgHarvard’s Office for Sustainability (OFS) is reaching out to students from a variety of backgrounds — everyone from visual artists to musicians to staunch environmental advocates — to involve them in a variety of sustainability initiatives this spring. The most recent projects include drawing cartoons on sustainable practices around campus and performing for this year’s Green Carpet Awards. Students interested in entering the drawing competition may submit cartoons on an environmental topic of their choice to OFS’s CERtoon Contest — winning submissions will be posted in FAS buildings on campus and the artist will receive an award.For those who enjoy living in the limelight, OFS is recruiting student groups to perform at the 2nd Annual Green Carpet Awards, a ceremony for students and faculty who have made significant environmental contributions to the University’s sustainability goals. The event will take place in Sanders Theatre in April. All interested students and student groups should visit http://green.harvard.edu/. Applications are due throughout February.By Rebecca Elliott’ 14last_img read more

Sustainable ag?

first_imgOk, I admit it. The “sustainability” movement in agriculture makes me uncomfortable at times. I bet most seasoned ag folks out there understand what I’m talking about. The concept of sustainability has been poorly defined and intertwined with organic agriculture, and more recently, the locally grown movement. Nothing against those parts of agriculture, but to me, agricultural sustainability has to be bigger than that. It’s unfortunate that most of us in the ag business get labeled as for or against sustainability when no one really even knows what it means. We have to avoid getting caught up in trying to label specific agricultural practices as either sustainable or not and think in terms of long-term economic stability, rural economic development, improved quality of life and less dependency on inputs like fuel and fertilizer. The harsh reality of our world is that agriculture has to find a way to feed 8, 9 or even 10 billion people in the near future. Mineral deposits are being depleted, fossil fuels are getting more expensive, urbanization continues to gobble up our best land and soils continue to wash out to sea. We have no choice but to figure this out. Some people view the popular concept of sustainability as the pie-in-the-sky ideal of well-meaning advocates who don’t always see the big picture and sometimes wind up slowing progress toward the real goal. The polarizing debate often distracts from the real issues at hand. Agricultural sustainability is serious business. It will take all of us working together to find solutions, and history will judge us on how well we meet the challenge. In the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, we have people making progress in defining sustainability and identifying indicators of sustainability in Georgia’s agricultural systems and ultimately forming a consensus on common goals. The CAES department of crop and soil sciences is making the concept of sustainability come to life with the Future Farmstead Project in Tifton. The home will be an electronic control center for operations all over the farm, increasing efficiency and promoting better management decisions. This will give future farmers a better chance to be profitable year in and year out and will give future farm families an opportunity for a quality rural life. Georgia farmers can be positioned to capitalize on markets for organic or locally grown foods, but regardless of the marketing, farms have to be sustainable. I’m all for that.Although the details may vary from person to person, we ALL want sustainability. We all want agriculture to remain a viable industry in Georgia, and we all want to preserve the quality of life that rural agriculture offers. There is much more to do, but if we can come to a consensus about what we want agriculture to look like in the future, I’m confident that CAES can make significant contributions to that goal and help mold that future into an agricultural legacy we will be proud to leave to future generations.last_img read more

Oilfield services company Schlumberger reports huge third quarter loss

first_imgOilfield services company Schlumberger reports huge third quarter loss FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Houston Chronicle:Schlumberger, the world’s largest oilfield service company, reported steep losses in the third quarter after writing down the value of two previous acquisitions and its North American shale business by billions of dollars.Schlumberger said it lost $11.4 billion in the three-month period ending in September, compared to a $659 million profit during the same period a year earlier. Third quarter revenues rose to $8.54 billion from $8.5 billion in the third quarter of 2018.The third quarter loss was more than double the combined $5.6 billion of profits that Schlumberger earned during the previous 12 quarters. The company, which is headquartered in Paris but has its principal offices in Houston, blamed the loss on $12.7 billion of pretax charges.More than $8.8 billion of those charges were attributed to write downs in the value of business units formed by the 2010 acquisition of Houston oilfield service company Smith International and 2016 acquisition of Houston offshore service company Cameron International. Executives attributed another $1.6 billion in losses to write downs in value for company’s North American hydraulic fracturing business, which has suffered from weaker demand amid lower crude oil businesses and tightening customer budgets.Despite those write downs, Schlumberger beat Wall Street expectations for revenue and generated $1.7 billion of cash flow from operations during the third quarter, which executives said makes the company look strong moving forward.Bill Herbert, head of energy research for the Houston investment banking firms Simmons Energy, was not as dismissive of the writedowns, calling it a “muddled quarter” for Schlumberger. “The asset write-downs today spoke about the misallocation of capital over the last 10 years,” Herbert said. “Anyone who engaged in acquisitions over the last five to 10 years overpaid. And that’s not just overpaid. They overpaid significantly.”More: Schlumberger’s $11.4 billion loss blamed on two past acquisitions, weakening shale marketlast_img read more

Director of Outdoor Recreation: First Knight

first_imgNorth Carolina becomes the first state in the East to create an Office of Outdoor Recreation.  Demonstrating the economic value of outdoor recreation is precisely the way that the industry can start to influence public policy that protects the quality of wildlands, says Tom Dempsey, CEO of trailer manufacturer Sylvan Sport, based in Brevard, and the chair of Knight’s 30-person advisory council. People protect what they love; governments protect what makes money. “If we demonstrate that conserving open space is vital for the economy, then it will be done,” says Dempsey.  “David knows government really well, and that’s the sort of champion we need.” “It just kept going,” laughs Knight, who admitted to getting lost a few times at Outdoor Retailer. Even more impressive than the scale he says, “was the obvious passion on display at every one of these companies—for their products, and for being outside.” Harness all that passion, says Knight, and the outdoor industry can have an outsized political influence—precisely the job Knight was hired to perform. In North Carolina, if anyone can make that happen, it is David Knight. The lifelong Tar Heel has made a career in protecting clean water, air, and open space at both the Nature Conservancy, where he was director of government relations for North Carolina, and in state government, where he was the assistant secretary for Natural Resources at the North Carolina Division of Environmental Quality from 2009-13.  Knight has spent his first year figuring out such opportunities, starting with a state-wide listening tour. In 13 separate meetings, he met with 40 to 50 local leaders, asking them what his office can do to help foster the economic opportunities of outdoor recreation in their towns and counties. ‘That’s 500 people who are now starting to recognize the value of outdoor recreation in their communities,” says Knight. That value can be from tourism, or to help attract affluent professionals who want to live in North Carolina for its outdoorsy way of life. Vermont, he notes, just offered $10,000 in cash to any freelancer who moved to Vermont, counting on their increased spending and taxes as an economic driver. On his first day as the director of North Carolina’s newly created Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry, David Knight got on a plane and flew to Denver. On his second day at the Outdoor Retailer winter trade show, he got a dramatic illustration of just what a big deal his new job was. Bustling with the logo-rich booths of some 1,000 outdoor companies, the show can be as overwhelming as a Las Vegas casino, and Knight pinballed down the halls with 29,000 others between Everest parkas from the North Face to dogs sashaying in Ruffwear, to free grilled cheeses frying at stovemaker Jetboil. center_img That intersectional capability can help improve recreation in the state when it comes to sprawling complex projects like getting right-of-way and funding for bike paths, or water trails. Or to help promote recreation in places that aren’t as well known as say, Asheville, or the Outer Banks. Just knowing who to talk to in government can save a lot of time and effort. Knight’s office is in the same division, for example, as the state’s tourism office. One unexpected intersection, says Wilson, is enlisting the state’s transportation department to leave old landings in place when bridges are rebuilt as access points for boaters. “Instead of demolishing them, they just leave them,” says Wilson. “That’s an easy, no-cost win for recreation, but only if you have someone who can easily make those connections.”  “David knows government really well, and that’s the sort of champion we need,” says Noah Wilson, program director of the Outdoor Gear Builders of Western North Carolina. “To help us grow our influence we need someone who can connect the outdoor industry to funding, as well as to power.”  In January 2018, North Carolina governor Roy Cooper appointed Knight as the first state-level director of outdoor recreation east of the Rockies, joining eleven other states like Colorado, Utah, and Washington with similar outdoor czar positions. The posts all seek to prioritize activities like skiing, cycling, hunting, and the jobs that attend them, within their states. They are also an acknowledgment of the growing heft of outdoor recreation. According to a 2017 Outdoor Industry Association report, the outdoor industry contributes $887 billion to the economy, and supports 7.6 million jobs, larger than the auto manufacturing industry or pharmaceuticals. The same report pegs North Carolina’s outdoor industry at $28 billion in annual consumer spending, and 260,000 jobs. The big question is, now that the outdoor industry has a rightful seat at the government table alongside industries like mining or agriculture, can it go toe to toe with them to protect its playgrounds?  Such an approach has benefits beyond just a healthier ecosystem and a happier, more physically active society, however, says Wilson. It helps heal our democracy. “To say we are in a politically divided time is an understatement, but I’ve found the one thing that everyone can agree on is that commerce is good. If the business of outdoor recreation is the one place that everyone across the spectrum can get behind, then let’s start there.”last_img read more

Animal law panel, intellectual property certification get thumbs up

first_img Animal law panel, intellectual property certification get thumbs up Animal law panel, intellectual property certification get thumbs up November 15, 2005 Regular Newscenter_img The Animal Law Committee, approved provisionally a year ago, has been authorized as a regular substantive law Bar committee and a new certification area has been approved by the Bar, while another has been sent back for more work.The Bar Board of Governors approved those recommendations from the Program Evaluation Committee in October.Reporting for the committee, board member Richard Tanner noted there was some concern when the Animal Law Committee was initially approved last year that it would become an animal rights advocacy body rather than a panel that addresses animal law issues likely to be confronted by practitioners. Therefore, it was given conditional status and required to undergo another PEC review after its first year.“I think they have done what we asked them to do and they are deserving of being a substantive law committee,” Tanner reported. He noted the PEC wanted the committee to have at least 50 members and after a year it has more than 75, with good attendance at its meetings.Board member Gary Leppla said he attended the seminar sponsored by the committee and found it excellent, adding anything that involves Bar members in Bar work is desirable.On the certification issues, Tanner said the committee recommended approval on the proposed new intellectual property area and the board approved that. But he said the Government Lawyer Section and the Administrative Law Section wanted more time to work out a dispute over the proposed state and federal government and administrative practice certification area.The Administrative Law Section has objected to the name, saying it could allow certification of lawyers who don’t have administrative law experience and hence would be misleading to the public. The Government Lawyer Section has argued that administrative law encompasses more than just F.S. Ch. 120 and its federal equivalent, and the name is proper.“They are negotiating once again and expect to have a submission by December [at the board’s next meeting],” Tanner said.Bar President Alan Bookman said the issue would be back on the Bar’s December agenda, even if the two sections didn’t reach an agreement.On other PEC matters, Tanner reported:• The committee reviewed revisions to CLE rules and policies before the board on first reading and found them minor housekeeping matters. They will come back to the board in December for final approval.• The committee initially has approved a proposal from the Disability Independence Group, an organization of lawyers, to conduct a survey of disabled Bar members and the problems they face. “The intent is to undertake a study of disabled Florida lawyers to see what further might be accomplished to bring down the barriers,” Tanner said. The PEC will now review the questionnaire, methodology, and budget for the survey in December, and the Budget Committee will also review the cost, he added.• The University of Florida is undertaking a survey on lawyer stress and will share the results with the Bar. Tanner said Carl Zahner, director of the Bar’s Henry Latimer Center for Professionalism, will be monitoring that for the Bar. He noted there is no cost to the Bar for that project.• That the PEC continued to look at the suggestion of a liaison committee with the medical profession. Tanner noted that since Bar President Alan Bookman as well as the president of the Florida Medical Association and the Florida Dental Association are all from Pensacola, it was suggested they should meet and report back to the PEC.last_img read more