December 15, 2016 News & Notes December 15, 2016 News and Notes News and Notes Brian LaBovick of LaBovick, LaBovick & Diaz in Palm Beach Gardens spoke at Berean Christian School and The Benjamin School about the legal ramifications of making unsafe driving choices. Holly Krulik of Krupnick Campbell Malone Buser Slama Hancock & Liberman in Ft. Lauderdale has become co-chair of the Broward County Bar Association’s Trial Law Section. John Gihon with Shorstein, Lasnetski and Gihon in Orlando was the discussion leader on multiple panels at the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Central Florida Chapter, 30th Annual Immigration Law Conference. Gihon also took home the chapter’s award for “Outstanding Contributions to the Chapter.” Howard M. Rosenblatt of Bogin, Munns & Munns in Gainesville spoke before the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors-Florida annual conference in Kissimmee on “Whom Do You Trust?” and included information on how to select a trustee, the power of a trustee, and ways to protect yourself from a dishonest or uncooperative trustee. Gina Cadogan of Cadogan Law in Plantation spoke on “Workplace Violence Issues” at the National Bar Association’s Annual Labor & Employment Seminar in New Orleans. Dennis Wall of Winter Springs had his fourth book, Insurance Claims and Issues, published by Thomson Reuters West Publishing. Sharon Quinn Dixon and Kara S. Nickel of Stearns Weaver Miller in Miami presented “New EEOC Wellness Guidelines and Incentive Programs Under the Affordable Care Act” at the GMSHRM 2016 Legal Update. Shannon J. Sagan of Lake Worth and Belle Glade spoke at the Belle Glade Chamber monthly breakfast on “Automobile Insurance Coverage Tips.” Joryn Jenkins of Open Palm in Tampa held an all-day training on “Marketing Your Collaborative Practice for Passion and Profit.” Thomas Newcomb Hyde of Tampa spoke on “Professionalism Standards and Resolution of Professionalism Complaints” at the United States District Court Middle District of Florida Mentoring Program for New Bankruptcy Lawyers. John V. Tucker of Tucker & Ludin in St. Petersburg presented a lecture on “Using Vocational Experts in VA Individual Unemployability Claims” to the National Organization of Veterans Advocates at its national convention in Providence, Rhode Island. Jorge L. Fors, Jr., was sworn in as 2016-17 president of the Coral Gables Bar Association. Suzanne M. Amaducci-Adams of Bilzin Sumberg in Miami moderated the Commercial Industrial Association of South Florida’s Coconut Grove Renaissance Event. Jason S. Lichtstein of Akerman in Tallahassee has been re-elected to the board of directors of the Florida Brownfields Association. Michael J. Ryan of Krupnick Campbell Malone Buser Slama Hancock & Liberman in Ft. Lauderdale spoke on “Voting Rights: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” at a Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law event hosted by the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy. Karyl Argamasilla of Bilzin Sumberg in Miami moderated “To Live, Work, and Play in Miami” at Bisnow Miami’s State of the Market event. Ian Lis of Tripp Scott in Ft. Lauderdale was named chair of the Board for Helping Abused, Neglected and Disadvantaged Youth in Broward County. Frank J. Campoamor of Becker & Poliakoff in Naples has been selected as the vice chair of the Real Estate Section of the Collier County Bar. Juliet Roulhac of Florida Power & Light Company in Plantation was honored with the “Gator Great” award from the Broward County Gator Club. E. John Wagner II of Williams Parker in Sarasota presented “Succession Planning I – Is Your Plan Really in Place?” to the Association for Corporate Growth Tampa Bay Chapter. He also moderated a panel for the ABA Section of Taxation meeting in Boston, evaluating structures by which a property owner could sell land to a real estate developer and receive back a finished condominium tax free, after the developer constructs a condominium building on the land. Gigi Rollini of Messer Caparello in Tallahassee was reappointed by the Florida Association for Women Lawyers to serve as Florida’s delegate to the National Association of Women Lawyers. Laura Reich of Tenzer in Miami has been appointed to the Florida’s Children First Board of Directors. Reggie Bouthillier of Stearns Weaver Miller was named chair of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce. Scott N. Wagner of Bilzin Sumberg in Miami has become chair of the Federal Bar Association Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section. Roland Sanchez-Medina, Jr., of SMGQ Law in Coral Gables discussed “Rising and Shifting Liability in the Face of Increased Data Breaches” and made a presentation on “Shielding Landlords From Contractor Liens Under Florida Statutes Section 713.10” at the National Association of Minority and Women-Owned Law Firms’ Annual Meeting. Jeffrey I. Burry of Victor Smith Law Group in Winter Haven graduated from Leadership Winter Haven Class 36. Michele Bachoon of Walton Lantaff Schroeder & Carson in West Palm Beach has become a member of the Advisory Council of St. Mary’s Medical Center and the Palm Beach Children’s Hospital. Wendy S. Loquasto of Fox & Loquasto in Tallahassee was a panelist at the “Past, Present and Future of Women in the Profession – A Past President Panel & Roundtable Discussion” held at the Florida Associaton for Women Lawyers’ Annual Summit & 65th Anniversary Celebration. Gary Forster and Eric Boughman of Boughman & Lefkowitz in Orlando discussed emerging issues in asset protection as it pertains to estate planning at the Orange County Bar’s Estate, Guardianship, & Trust Committee seminar. Brett M. Wishna of ROIG Lawyers in Miami served as a judge for the Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law’s Moot Court Society’s 2016 Upperclassman Feinrider Competition. Jeffrey M. Wank of Kelley Kronenberg in Ft. Lauderdale has been appointed to the board of directors of Legal Aid Service of Broward County and Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida. Ira Leesfield, Sr., of Leesfield Scolaro co-wrote “Excursions Gone Wrong” published in the August 2016 issue of the American Association for Justice’s monthly magazine, Trial. Joseph T. Murray III of the City of Miami’s Attorneys Office spoke on “What Do Lawyers Do?” at the LSAC Law School Forums. Thomas Tukdarian of Tukdarian Law in Orlando has become chair of the Edgewood Children’s Ranch board. Terry J. Harmon of Sniffen & Spellman in Tallahassee presented at the Florida Capital Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators’ seminar titled “Gender Identity and the Law – An Update on Transgender and Gender Identity Issues in the Public and Private Sectors.” Scott L. Baena of Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod has been appointed to the Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc., board. A. Courtney Cox of WellCare Health Plans in Tampa was a panelist on “I Care, You Care, We All Care about Medicare: A Year in the Mirror and Through the Looking Glass” at the Association of Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Alan C. Sheppard, Jr., of Greenberg Traurig in Orlando was appointed to the board of governors for the NAIOP Research Foundation. Rev. John P. Joseph of the Church Legal Center in St. Petersburg spoke on “Legal Obstacles Churches Face and Mistakes to Avoid” at the Experience Conference in Lakeland Duane L. Pinnock of Boyes, Farina & Matwiczyk in Palm Beach Gardens has been accepted into the Florida Fellows Institute of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. Harold Saul of Kubicki Draper in Tampa made a pledge to the Florida State University College of Law to create the Harold A. Saul Endowment for Excellence. The income distributed from the endowment will be used for student scholarships, faculty incentives, general discretionary dollars, and funding for co-curricular activities. In recognition of Saul’s commitment, the law school has named a faculty office the Harold A. Saul Faculty Office. Kenneth Cutler of Cutler Rader in Deerfield Beach was elected as Parkland Commissioner, District 3, in the November 8 Parkland municipal election. Richard A. Berkowitz of Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants was honored with the Leadership Broward Profiles in Leadership honor. Philip R. Stein of Bilzin Sumberg in Miami spoke on “The Current State of Litigation Related to Repurchase/Indemnification Demands” at the American Conference Institute’s Residential Mortgage Regulatory Enforcement and Litigation Conference in Dallas. Debora A. Diaz of Law Office of Debora A. Diaz, PLLC, in New Port Richey was nominated by Wheelchairs 4 Kids for the 2016 National Philanthropy Day Philanthropic Small Business of the Year. Edith G. Osman of Carlton Fields in Miami has been elected state delegate for the state of Florida in the ABA House of Delegates. José M. Ferrer of Bilzin Sumberg in Miami spoke on “Reframing the Conversation: Best Practices for Transitioning From a Line Item to a Value-Add” at the Association of Corporate Counsel’s Annual Conference in Hollywood. Nicole Mariani Noel of Kass Shuler in Tampa presented at a webinar for the American Legal & Financial Network regarding bankruptcy updates titled “True or False: Surrender in Bankruptcy Equals Waiver of Defenses in Foreclosure.” James E. Felman of Kynes, Markman & Felman in Tampa received the Charles R. English Award at the ABA Criminal Justice Section Awards Luncheon. Jose Sariego of Bilzin Sumberg in Miami spoke on “Media & Entertainment in the Digital Age” at the Association of Corporate Counsel’s Annual Conference in Hollywood. Christopher Jarvinen of Berger Singerman in Miami will be one of 30 fellows inducted into the American College of Bankruptcy in March. Melissa Pallett-Vasquez of Bilzin Sumberg in Miami spoke on “A Case of First Impressions: A Dynamic and Entertaining Review of Legal Ethics, Professionalism, and the Public’s (Mis)Perception of Lawyers” at the Association of Corporate Counsel’s conference in Hollywood. George Pincus of Stearns Weaver Miller in Miami moderated the panel “Chasing Yield: Thinking Outside the Box in a Risk-Reward Environment” at the FSU Real Estate Network’s 22nd Annual Real Estate Trends Conference.
GERMAN Railway announced on April 9 that its infrastructure business DB Netz AG was to restructure its activities on a corridor basis. The 37500 route-km network will be divided into 22 route corridors, in order to co-ordinate planning and maintenance work more efficiently. Over the next three years, DB Netz expects to invest around DM15bn in maintenance and upgrading of the network, including trackwork, structures and signalling. Traditionally, each project has been managed separately, with various works taking place on the same route at different times. Bringing the planning and implementation together into route groups will allow better co-ordination, and is expected to reduce the number of temporary speed restrictions by around 50%.DBNetz has also introduced a new structure of track access charges for use of the German rail network. After changes to meet EU directives, these came into operation on April 1, with reductions in the cost for smaller open access operators. n
Share Fire Chief, Josiah DupuisA week-long training to empower and equip villagers to respond to emergency situations is ongoing at the Office of Disaster Management (ODM) in Jimmit.It is the second of its kind here in collaboration with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) with funded support from the Government of Italy, Enhancing Resilience to Reduce Vulnerability (ERC) project, UKAID, the Canadian International Development Agency (CEDA) and Australian AID.In addressing thirty participants at the opening ceremony on Monday, 9th September, Fire Chief, Josiah Dupuis described the training as an important one which will bring value to the communities and the country.“Your being here tells a story about your willingness or your commitment to volunteerism and I am sure that at the end of this week’s program you will be better prepared to assist yourself to certainly be of assistance to your family, community and country”. He added that the premise of self-reliance marries beautifully with the concept of the community volunteers being the first responders. The training is being held to empower and equip villagers to respond to emergency situations“A few years ago fire officers would certainly challenge you because we pride ourselves in the whole concept of being first responders, but as the whole concept of volunteerism has grown and has developed we have come to appreciate that truly you at the community level are the first responders and that first response capacity makes you more self-reliant”. The CERT training is expected to give each partaker a better chance at addressing any emergency they are faced with, thus it will enable fire and emergency personnel the opportunity to minimize the impact of the disaster. “It certainly enhances, promotes and facilitates the kind of recovery we would like to see after we have an incident”. Mr Dupuis stated that his research has shown that Dominica is prone to almost every hazard and this training is therefore critical simply because of the island’s vulnerability to disasters. The training which is being facilitated by the ODM in conjunction with local fire and medical personnel will end on Friday, 14th September. The CDEMA team will assess and provide support to the ODM during the training. Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! Share 12 Views no discussions LocalNews ODM hosts training to empower community responders by: – September 10, 2013 Share Tweet
Related Utah State’s Stew Morrill coaches final game LAS VEGAS — As Stew Morrill watched Jalen Moore’s shot from 60 feet sail over the top of the backboard as the final buzzer sounded, he realized his long and storied basketball coaching career was over.Morrill’s Utah State Aggies had fought and scrapped just like they had all season and nearly came up with a miracle finish before falling 67-65 to Wyoming in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Conference Tournament Thursday afternoon at the Thomas & Mack Center.Morrill announced two months ago that this would be the final season of a highly successful 29-year coaching career, including the last 17 years at USU – all winning seasons — and that he hoped his team could progress through the MWC tournament while keeping his career going a little longer.Utah State played Wyoming even for most of the game and even led by as many as seven points in the second half, but runs of 12-0 and 7-0 by the Cowboys were too much for the young Aggies to overcome as they finished the season 18-13.“It’s kind of weird to be done,’’ Morrill said when asked about this being his last game. He said he obviously hoped to win three games and get an NCAA berth and said a pair of wins would have perhaps earned his team an NIT bid.But he quashed any possibility of his team playing in CBI or CIT tournaments, saying, “Our season is over. At this point, we just feel like it’s best for these kids to concentrate on their academics … and get ready for a new coach rather than play in other events like the CIT or CBI. We will not be pursuing those.’’When the Aggies broke away from a 26-26 halftime tie to lead 41-34 on a 3-pointer by Chris Smith at the 14:17 mark, things were looking good for the Ags. But the Pokes, who will meet Boise State in Friday’s semifinals, went on a 12-0 run as the Aggies failed to score on four straight possessions. That, according to Morrill, was the difference.“I think the difference was a stretch in the second half of about four or five possessions where they got just too good of shots,’’ he said. “They got layup opportunities driving the basketball. We couldn’t get them stopped during that stretch.’’Still, USU hung tough and came back to tie the game at 51 on an inside shot by Moore, but a couple of turnovers by Darius Perkins and a rushed shot by Smith, allowed the Cowboys to score seven straight and lead 58-51 with 3:45 left.In last year’s MWC quarterfinals, the Aggies overcame a nine-point deficit in the final 90 seconds to beat Colorado State, and they faced a similar deficit Thursday, trailing by nine with under two minutes left.The Aggies nearly pulled off another miracle after Perkins sank a 3-pointer, JoJo McGlaston hit a layup, Moore sank a 3-pointer and Perkins hit another three with four seconds left to cut the lead to two at 67-65 with 2.3 seconds left. The Aggies quickly fouled Charles Hankerson Jr., who missed both free throws.Moore, who sank a memorable half-court shot at the buzzer to give Sky View a win in the 4A state semifinals in 2013, had a chance to repeat the feat as he grabbed Hankerson Jr.’s miss, took a couple of dribbles and let one go from beyond halfcourt.“It was on target, just too far,’’ Moore said. “That’s a low‑percentage shot, a once‑in‑a‑lifetime kind of thing. It just didn’t fall this time.’’Moore led the Aggies with 17 points and seven rebounds, while David Collette scored 11 and Smith and Julion Pearre each scored 10. Pearre also had a team-high five assists.Josh Adams led the Cowboys with 19 points and six assists, while Hankerson Jr. scored 16, Larry Nance Jr. had 13 and Riley Grabau 11.Morrill called it a “tough way to end the season,’’ but he looks forward to his retirement and said he was touched by a pre-game presentation of a first-class trip for two to the Bahamas, provided by his fellow MWC coaches.“That will be fun,’’ he said. “I’m looking forward to new things and new challenges, mostly relaxing for a little while.’’ Utah State basketball analysis: Aggies get bounced from MW tournament by Cowboys