$121 Million Earmarked for Cadastral Mapping and Land Registration Project EnvironmentApril 10, 2013 Related$121 Million Earmarked for Cadastral Mapping and Land Registration Project Related$121 Million Earmarked for Cadastral Mapping and Land Registration Project Related$121 Million Earmarked for Cadastral Mapping and Land Registration Project FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Government has allocated some $121 million to boost activities under the Cadastral Mapping and Land Registration project.This is outlined in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.The programme seeks to assist persons, particularly rural residents currently occupying lands but not in possession of titles for those properties, to formalise their holdings by providing them with those documents.This is expected to enable them to, among other things, access capital to undertake and improve farming activities, thereby empowering them through economic development.For this fiscal year, the Government intends to provide documents required for title application inclusive of cadastral surveys and maps, to 1,000 poor settlers in the project areas of St. Mary, St. Ann and Portland.Also under the project, digital cadastral maps and hard copies for all parcels surveyed will be supplied; training programmes will be undertaken for approximately 50 persons; while a completion ceremony will be held, and commemorative plate installed.As at February 2013, a land surveyor was engaged, survey equipment and motor vehicles procured, and settlements and lots have been identified.The project, which is slated to end in February 2014, is being implemented by the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment, and Climate Change.By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporter Advertisements
LAS VEGAS — Martin Truex Jr. managed a big smile in anticipation.The reigning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion fully knew his plans for next season would be as important a topic to reporters as his present run for a second-consecutive season title.Two weeks ago, his Furniture Row Racing team announced it would cease operations at the conclusion of the season – leaving Truex’s camp with an uncertain 2019, although rumors are rampant that most of the team will land in a good place.MORE: Junior predicts Truex landing spot | Crew chief Pearn likely to followTruex spoke to the situation immediately at Las Vegas’ South Point Casino during a Media Day opportunity with the 16 drivers who qualified for NASCAR’s Playoffs. The 10-race pursuit of the 2018 championship begins with Sunday’s South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway(3 p.m. ET on NBCSN, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).But first, Truex left no doubt about his commitment to the FRR team and that team’s focus on claiming a second-consecutive championship as he aims to become the first driver to win consecutive titles since Jimmie Johnson reeled off five straight from 2006-2010.“I feel like we’re in a great place,” Truex said of his title hopes. “We definitely want to repeat, no question about it. I think you could take all this (team news) one of two ways. You could hang your head down and say, ‘this sucks’ and be mad at the world.“Or you can look at each other and say, ‘let’s go do this.’ And I feel like that’s where we’re at. … Look at the names on our team, their names were made at Furniture Row and (team owner) Barney (Visser) giving us the opportunity to work at a great place and giving us all the tools we needed to go out and win a championship. So I think all of us, we look at that and say, ‘Hell yes. Let’s go do this.’ ”“I truly, honestly feel like that’s our mindset, that’s our focus and I have no questions about where our team is and how they’ll approach the playoffs.”RELATED: Martin Truex Jr. through the yearsTruex has good reason for the hopeful attitude. A member of the season’s “Big 3” — a group that also includes regular-season champion and six-race winner Kyle Busch, seven-time race winner Kevin Harvick — it’s been a successful answer to his 2017 trophy hoist.Truex has scored 15 top-five finishes through the opening 26 races in the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota, putting him on good pace to answer his career-best season mark of 19 (2017) with 10 races still remaining.He’s won races at Auto Club Speedway, Pocono Raceway, Sonoma Raceway and the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway this year. And, he’s finished runner-up another four times — including back-to-back at Kansas and Charlotte to start the summer.“I look at our potential and I know what we can do,’” Truex said. “These last three weeks are a perfect example. We get crashed at Bristol, were running second at Darlington. … Then last week we ran 40 laps and broke the brake rotor. But we’ve had speed and I key on speed.“We’re fast. I know we can win races and if we do things right we’ll be in position. Can we capitalize? That’s the question. That’s the hardest thing to do in racing.”As for distractions, Truex has proven to be a master of focus. He’s faced challenges in his career and in his private life (his longtime girlfriend Sherry Pollex is battling ovarian cancer). And right now, it’s really all good – he’s the defending Cup Series champion, armed with four wins and a highly motivated single car team intent to earn a second-straight title for a beloved, retiring owner.“I’ve been tested and gone through adversity quite a bit,” Truex said. “But that’s life. That’s just part of it. How you get through those things is how you show what you’re made of. Anyone can win, anyone can have great days and have things go all their way. That’s easy. Anybody can do that. When you show your true colors are when you’re put in tough situations.”
Board deals with lien and subrogation claims issues May 15, 2013 Regular News Board deals with lien and subrogation claims issues Lawyers could hire special counsel to resolve lien and subrogation claims in extraordinary wrongful death and personal injury cases with client consent under a rule amendment presented to the Bar Board of Governors last month. Rules Committee Chair Margaret Mathews said the amendment was in response to a recent Supreme Court opinion on the annual Bar rules package that addressed the issue. In that opinion, the court said that lawyers must handle lien and subrogation negotiations as part of their underlying contingency fee contract. It rejected a Bar request that would have required lawyers to indicate in their fee contracts whether the lawyer would handle lien resolution and, if not, would allow lawyers to hire others to handle lien resolution with client consent.Mathews said the court’s action led to the reconstitution of a special committee that examined the issue, which in turn proposed an amendment to Rule 4-1.5(f)(4).According to information provided to the board, the contingency fee lawyer would be required to handle normal lien issues. However, in complex cases involving ERISA and Medicare, as well as state and federal issues, the attorney would be allowed to contract with or hire another attorney to handle those claims “only when the referral/hiring is in the client’s best interests and with the client’s informed consent. The amendments require that any separate agreement to handle extraordinary lien resolution separately comply with all ethical requirements of the [contingency] fee rule. The amendments prohibit the lawyer handling the extraordinary lien resolution to divide fees with the original lawyer in the matter.”Board member Andy Sasso asked why the amendment didn’t address broader areas, such as probate and guardian cases, which also have complex issues that might require experts. That was addressed in comments in the previous rule submission rejected by the court. But board member Jay Cohen, who chaired the special subcommittee, said the panel believed that it was better to focus initially on a narrow area in the revised amendments.The issue will come back to the board for a vote at its May 31 meeting in Sarasota.On another matter, Mathews said the rules committee considered a request from a Bar member to adopt the ABA model rule to allow screening to address conflict of interest issues when a lawyer changes law firms. But the committee decided to reject that proposal, she said, ending consideration of that matter.
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