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Hobbs joins BoG as a public member

first_img May 15, 2000 Regular News Hobbs joins BoG as a public member Gary Blankenship Associate Editor An English professor at Florida A&M University who once wanted to be a lawyer has been named as the newest public member on The Florida Bar Board of Governors. Dr. Vivian L. Hobbs, 56, of Tallahassee was selected by the Supreme Court from three finalists submitted by the Bar Board of Governors. Around 90 people filed applications for the post. The appointment, announced by the Supreme Court late last month, gives Hobbs a chance to pursue her long-time fascination with the law. “My initial interest was I wanted to become an attorney,” she said. Unfortunately for that goal, “I got married to a guy who was in the military as a career, and we moved on an average of every 18 months, and I reared four kids.” But she also had an interest in pursuing a doctorate and “I was able to juggle the rigors of a Ph.D. and raise my kids and move with my husband.” Her degrees are in English literature, and Hobbs’ special interest is the medieval and Victorian eras. “It sets the practices and standards for today’s society,” she said. “The way we interpret in Western Civilization was set in medieval England.” Her career path may have been a loss to the legal profession, but is definitely a gain for teaching. “I kind of believe that teachers are born and I love being a teacher,” Hobbs said. “It’s not enough to know stuff, you need to know how to articulate and communicate it to others. “I guess I was reared to always give something back to the community. That’s one way to do it and probably the most important way to keep our youths educated and informed, and to prepare them to become the adult citizens of the next generation.” Hobbs said she is looking forward to her board service, especially since it comes at a time of heightened concern about increasing the number of minorities in the profession and when chances are improving in the legislature that FAMU will “retrieve” its law school. (See story, page 1.) “This will give me a way to become that voice for the minority citizen in this big operation called the Florida legal system,” Hobbs said. Besides that role, she said she’s looking forward to learning more about the legal profession and the Bar, adding, “I’d like to do more to promote the Bar and all of the wonderful things you do.” Her anticipation was heightened, Hobbs said, by her interview with the Bar’s Public Member Screening Committee. “I was bowled over by the professionalism and the type of questions they asked me that led me to paint a picture of myself,” she said. “It was probably one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. I left [not knowing she would be a finalist for the public member seat] with a warm feeling about the Bar.” Among 90 applicants, Hobbs was one of 11 the screening committee decided to interview, and then one of the five chosen for further consideration. The committee presented those five to the Board of Governors, and recommended its top three, which included Hobbs. The other two were Florida Medical Association President Dr. Mathis Becker of Plantation, a retired thoracic and vascular surgeon, and Wilfredo Gonzalez of Jacksonville, the district director of the U.S. Small Business Administration office in Jacksonville Board member Carol Brewer, who chaired the committee which screened the applicants, told the Board of Governors the panel was pleased with the quality and diversity of the applicants. The committee didn’t make any special attempt to wind up with diverse nominees, she said, but its five finalists include two African-American women, one Hispanic woman, one Hispanic male and one white male. Hobbs will replace Dr. Alvin Smith, who has served the maximum two terms for public members allowed under Bar rules. She will be sworn-in June 23 at the Bar Annual Meeting in Boca Raton, along with other new and returning board members. Hobbs joins BoG as a public memberlast_img read more

U-23 AFCON draw moved

first_imgRelatedPosts Kano offers scholarship to students with special needs CAF ready to support Egypt with missing AFCON trophy COVID-19: FG to end evacuation of Nigerians — PTF The draw for the U-23 Africa Cup of Nations Egypt 2019 has been brought forward from October 3, 2019 to October 2, 2019 in Alexandria, Egypt.The decision, taken in consultation with the Local Organising Committee, was due to logistical reasons.The eight teams, namely: host Egypt, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, South Africa and Zambia, will know their foes.The representatives of the qualified teams are expected to be in attendance for the event that will set the tone for the final tournament scheduled for November 8 to 22, 2019.The Egyptian capital, Cairo, will host all games, with matches at the Cairo International Stadium and Al Salam Stadium.The top three finishers at the final tournament will qualify to represent Africa at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.Tags: EgyptU-23 AFCONlast_img read more

Kitten purrs in Fishery Lane

first_img O’Grady said: “He won quite well and I’m happy. We think he’s nice, but I don’t know where we will go now. It’s very difficult with a four-year-old in their second season. I thought he would have to be good to win as, although he was well fit enough to run, there is loads of improvement in him and he gave a right good blow. “Ruby was impressed with his jumping and down the line I see him as a Grade One chaser, hopefully, as he’s just shy of 17 hands. How high he goes at this game I don’t know, but I’m just delighted to have him.” Walsh added: “He’s a super horse. He travelled well and he’s a horse you would have to like. Where Mr O’Grady goes next, I don’t know, but next year he will be a lovely chaser.” Walsh made it a double aboard the Eric McNamara-trained top-weight Sir Harry Cash (5-1) in the Thoroughbred County Novice Handicap Chase, creeping into contention before pulling out the stops to hold on. The unbeaten Free Expression (11-10 favourite) looked impressive as he ran out a four-and-a-half-length winner of the www.naasracecourse.com Maiden Hurdle, but the stewards’ attention was focussed on the unplaced Mount Corkish Girl. They inquired into the running and riding of the Gillian Callaghan-trained mare, finding the handler and rider Andrew Lynch guilty of not running Mount Corkish Girl on her merits. Callaghan was fined 1,000 euro, Lynch banned for seven days and the horse suspended from running for 60 days. Classy hurdler Real Steel got the better of favourite Le Vent D’Antan in the Naas Annual Membership Beginners Chase for Mouse Morris, giving rider Bryan Cooper the first leg of a double. The six-year-old, previously trained by Philip Fenton, scored by four and a half lengths as the pair came clear. Kitten Rock ran out an impressive winner of the feature Fishery Lane Hurdle at Naas for the Edward O’Grady stable. Press Association Morris said: “He did it well. He jumped well and fiddled them well. He settled well also. He had done plenty of schooling. I think he’ll make a nice three-miler.” Cooper then struck aboard the Willie Mullins-trained Killer Crow (3-1) in the Book Hospitality On Line Maiden Hurdle. The Big Apple (5-2 joint favourite) impressed in running out a 12-length winner of the Go Racing In Kildare Membership 2015 (Pro/Am) Flat Race. Trained by Christy Roche and ridden by his son Padraig, the JP McManus-owned runner easily had the measure of Ma Garrett, with Tully East back in third. However, Tully East was subsequently disqualified after rider Katie Walsh accidentally failed to weigh in, a mistake which cost her a five-day suspension. Ruby Walsh sat third for most of the way in the Grade Three contest as Analifet took them along in the testing conditions, and the odds-on favourite was clearly under pressure with two to jump as Kitten Rock loomed up with menace. When the jockey gave the signal, the 7-2 chance eased clear to beat Henry Higgins by seven and a half lengths, with Analifet dropping right away at the finish. last_img read more

Ikpeba, Adepoju, Okocha, Listed in New NFF Committees

first_imgThe Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) wednesday announced the members of the body’s standing committees with some interesting personalities included.The federation’s standing committees were dissolved on October 30, while new chairmen and vice chairmen were named a few days after.Former national players like Victor Ikpeba, Mutiu Adepoju and Garba Lawal were listed in the Technical Committee, while top comedian Akpobome Atuyota (aka Ali Baba) is in the Marketing, Sponsorship and TV Rights Committee headed by League Management Committee Chairman Shehu Dikko. Several sports journalists were also included in the Media and Publicity Committee, while Ayo Omidiran heads the Women’s Football Committee.Former Super Eagles stars Austin Jay Jay Okocha and Victor Agali were included in the Technical Study Group.In all, 20 committees were named, some having as many as 16 members.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more