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December 18, 2020

News and Notes 1-15-10

first_img January 15, 2010 News & Notes News and Notes 1-15-10 News and Notes Lewis Kuhl of Pathman Lewis in Miami discussed current legal issues of interest to auto industry businesses and steps they can take to maintain legal compliance at the Dealers Summit in Ft. Lauderdale. Jeffrey S. Kahn of Greenberg Traurig in Boca Raton chaired the firm’s 20th annual Employee Benefits Conference in Boca Raton. Joshua A. Whitman of Milton, Leach, Whitman, D’Andrea & Milton in Jacksonville has been appointed to serve on the executive committee of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Thomas R. Spencer of Coral Gables has been elected president of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, Ted Shackley Chapter (Miami-Dade). Russell M. Robbins of Mirza Basulto & Robbins spoke at the Miami Lakes Bar Association Seminar on “Condominium and Homeowners Association Collection Issues.” Norma Stanley of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor, & Reed in Orlando wrote a chapter titled “Helping Clients Achieve Their Estate Planning Goals” in a book titled, Strategies for Trusts and Estates In Florida, published in December by Aspatore Books as a part of its Inside the Minds series. Frederick W. Leonhardt of GrayRobinson in Orlando has been appointed chair of the Presidents Council, Commercial Real Estate Forum of Central Florida. Harvey E. Oyer III of Shutts & Bowen in West Palm Beach was appointed to the board of directors of the Palm Beach Community College Foundation. Kenneth J. McKenna of Dellecker, Wilson, King, McKenna & Ruffier in Orlando served as a faculty presenter for the National Business Institute’s seminar on “Advanced Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Law” in Orlando. Judge Reginald R. Corlew and Scott Jordan of Tripp Scott in Boca Raton have been appointed to the advisory board of The Haven, a group home for adolescent boys who have been placed in protective care by the state. Christine A. Gudaitis of Ver Ploeg & Lumpkin has been named president of the Miami-Dade Public Library Foundation. Darin A. Jones of the U.S. General Services Administration in Washington, D.C., is now licensed by the South Carolina State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. Gerald T. Buhr, of counsel to Saxon, Gilmore, Carraway & Gibbons in Tampa, taught a course on “Legal Issues in Backflow Prevention in Crystal River” for the University of Florida’s 20th Annual Cross-Connection Control Conference. Karyl Argamasilla of Adorno & Yoss has been appointed to the board of directors of Commercial Real Estate Women of Miami as legal counsel for the organization. Cesar Sastre, Jr., general counsel for Bass Underwriters, has been elected to the board of directors for Palmetto General Hospital in Hialeah. Jack E. Holt III of Grower, Ketcham in Maitland presented “Managing Risk and Legal Issues When Transporting Neonates and Patients in Active Labor,” at the Neonatal Perinatal Transport Conference in Orlando. R. Terry Rigsby of Carlton Fields in Tallahassee has been certified in healthcare compliance by the Health Care Compliance Association. Sam Bell of Pennington, Moore, Wilkinson, Bell & Dunbar was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of South Florida College of Public Health for spearheading legislation that created the college of public health 28 years ago during his service as a Florida legislator. Nancy Ciampa of Carlton Fields in Miami has been reappointed to the board of directors of Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. Norman J. Silber of Ruden McClosky in Miami was awarded the Distinguished Citizen Award by the South Florida Council, Boy Scouts of America, for his contributions and dedication to the Boy Scouts of America and the youth of South Florida. Phyllis Shuster of Holland & Knight in West Palm Beach was elected president of the Ft. Lauderdale/Palm Beach Chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women. Julian Gonzalez of Orlando has written On the Devil’s Web, published by Publish America in Baltimore, a novel about a young, ambitious attorney at a well-known law firm who is made lead counsel “on a contract case like no other.” Sharon R. Bock, clerk & comptroller of West Palm Beach, has been appointed to the executive council of the Florida Clerks of Court Operations Corporation. Jodi Seitlin of The Seitlin Law Firm in Jacksonville has been appointed to Florida’s Children First board. Michael J. Faehner appeared on “Wealth Off Wall Street” on WGUL, WTBN, and WLSS out of Tampa and Sarasota to discuss “End of the Year Charitable and Tax Strategies.” Julia L. Frey of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed in Orlando has been re-elected to the board of trustees of WMFE, a group of public broadcasting stations. John Elliott Leighton, of Miami and Orlando, presented “Civil Justice for Victims of Crime” at seminars organized by The National Crime Victim Bar Association and The National Center for Victims of Crime.last_img read more

December 8, 2020

Two Heads Are Better Than One

first_imgThe Wall Street Journal:In the early 1960s, Michael S. Gazzaniga, then a graduate student at the California Institute of Technology, was one of a team of researchers who opened the minds of fellow scientists to a new view of how the brain functions. In “Tales From Both Sides of the Brain,” he tells the story of the seminal discoveries in which he was involved and chronicles the lifetime of exploration that has flowed from them.Mr. Gazzaniga’s signature area of research is called “split brain” studies. They were pioneered by his Caltech mentor, Roger W. Sperry, who won a Nobel Prize in 1981. Surgically separating the two cerebral hemispheres by cutting the sheath of nerves that connects them—as was once done to treat intractable epilepsy or remove certain tumors—permitted researchers to observe “two mental systems,” as the author puts it, “each with its own sense of purpose and quite independent of the other.”Read the whole story: The Wall Street Journal More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

October 18, 2020

CDB wins top industry award for driving geothermal energy development in Region

first_img Oct 15, 2020 Standards, Codes Critical to CARICOM Energy Sector… IDB lends further support to CDB’s investments in regional energy security(Caribbean Development Bank Press Release)  – The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), has mobilised more than US$85M to increase the Region’s energy security through geothermal energy development. CDB’s Board of Directors earlier in December approved acceptance of further financing under the Sustainable Energy…December 19, 2018In “CARICOM”Geothermal energy getting increasing attention in Eastern CaribbeanWhile appearing on the Government’s weekly radio and television programme “Working for You” on Wednesday, May 11, Dr. Devon Gardener, Programme Manager for Energy and Head of Energy Unit at the CARICOM Secretariat in Guyana, said Caribbean islands can produce their own power. “The fact is that at the end…May 16, 2016In “CARICOM”CDB, IDB sign agreement for US$71.5M sustainable Eastern Caribbean energy programmeMIAMI, FLORIDA October 20, 2015 – More funding has been put in place to facilitate the growth of the renewable energy sector in the Eastern Caribbean. The Sustainable Energy Facility for the Eastern Caribbean; a  USD 71.5 million loan and grant package, was today signed by  Dr. William Warren Smith,…October 20, 2015In “Antigua & Barbuda”Share this on WhatsApp CDF, IRENA Collaborate to Boost Low-Carbon Investments in… Two Major Leaps Towards a Climate Resilient, Emission-Free… Oct 1, 2020 Find Way for Private Sector to Assume Role as Jobs Generator… center_img Oct 5, 2020 Oct 2, 2020 (CDB Press Release) The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is being lauded and awarded for its work advancing geothermal energy development in the Caribbean. On July 17, the Geothermal Congress for Latin America and the Caribbean (GEOLAC) gave CDB’s Sustainable Energy Facility for the Eastern Caribbean (SEF) programme its top prize for Best Financing Programme at its GEOLAC Industry awards. SEF, which is developed in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and executed by CDB was specifically recognised for the financing which combines grant, contingently recoverable grant, and concessional loans resources coming through the IDB from Global Environmental Facility, Clean Technology Fund, and the Green Climate Fund. SEF also utilises IDB and CDB resources. SEF is one of the programmes under the CDB GeoSmart Initiative. You may be interested in… CDB Vice-President (Operations), Monica La Bennett noted that the small size and relative isolation of many of the CDB’s Borrowing Member Countries (BMCs) means that energy costs are high but the barriers to exploring geothermal and other indigenous energy potential are also enormous. “The high cost of energy impacts competitiveness in many BMCs and makes the economies especially vulnerable to oil price swings. For some time now, Caribbean governments have been supporting the use of our natural resources like geothermal to produce cleaner, lower-cost energy. However, the availability of appropriate financing, particularly in the exploration and development stages when the costs can be relatively high has been a major challenge. We have prioritised mobilising low-cost and concessionary financing to help kick-start geothermal expansion in our BMCs and so are especially pleased that our efforts in this area have been recognised.” CDB’s Head (acting) for Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency, Joseph Williams collected the award on behalf of the CDB along with Christiaan Gischler, Lead Energy Specialist and ‘lead architect’ for SEF at the IDB. The 6th GEOLAC, which was held in Santiago, Chile July 17-18, 2019, is the largest annual gathering of the regional geothermal market. Its awards highlight entities that are significantly advancing geothermal development in Latin America and the Caribbean. CDB’s GeoSmart Initiative aims to reduce the financial, technical and institutional barriers to geothermal energy development in five Eastern Caribbean states – St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St Kitts and Nevis, Grenada, St Lucia and Dominica. It also helps governments build capacity and strengthen institutions so they can be better equipped to implement and manage geothermal energy initiatives. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… last_img read more

October 6, 2020

Falck offers offshore training in MTC Amsterdam

first_img[mappress]Press Release, July 07, 2014 As of 1 July 2014 Falck Safety Services exploits the Maritime Training Centre (MTC) at Amsterdam. This extension of the activities to a third location is a direct consequence of the continuous developments within the national and international oil & gas, maritime and wind energy industry.Because of these developments the demand for specialist training has increased rapidly.To serve all industries fast and adequately and to realize expansion of the capacity the opening of a third training centre was necessary, Falck says in a statement.At the location in Amsterdam Falck Safety Services will be offering the following courses: offshore basic and refresher training (BOSIET/FOET), helicopter underwater escape training (HUET), maritime basic safety training (BT) and wind safety training (GWO). All courses comply with the standards of OPITO, STCW or GWO.MTC international has set the goal to globally support training providers and their customers, amongst others by realizing training centres at logistically convenient locations. Amsterdam was the most exquisite location for a training centre in the Netherlands, because it’s located at 20 minutes by car from airport Schiphol and therefore easily accessible for foreign course participants.“We are convinced that the training centre is in good hands with Falck Safety Services, a respectable name in the training industry, ’’ says Bas Gloudemans, Managing Director of MTC international.“Now that the training centre is operational and handed over to Falck Safety Services, MTC will be focussing on establishing new locations abroad.’’ ,,In the last couple of years, Falck Safety Services has done multiple investments in the development of specialist training and realistic training facilities. The realisation of this third training location in the Netherlands enables us to serve our clients’ needs even better than before,” states John Herfkens, Managing Director of Falck Safety Services in the Netherlands.As of July 2014 the BOSIET, FOET, STCW basic training and GWO modules can be booked at the location Amsterdam, established at the tt. Melaniaweg 12.last_img read more

October 6, 2020

USA: Meeting on Housatonic River PCB Issue Set for Next Week

first_imgThe public forum regarding the Housatonic River “Rest of River” clean-up effort will take place Wednesday, September 10, 2014, at the Berkshire Scenic Railway Station, 10 Willow Creek Road, Lenox, MA, at 6:30 PM.The debate over clean-up of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in the Housatonic River has reached an important stage and it is critical that the Board of Selectmen hears public opinion.The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published a “Proposed Remedial Action” plan which would require General Electric (GE) to meet certain performance standards for clean-up. EPA has extended the deadline for public comment (originally August 8) to October 1.The purpose of the forum is for residents to voice their concerns on how the proposed plan impacts the community, especially those citizens in close proximity to the river. The majority of the time will be dedicated to public comment.[mappress]Press Release, September 1, 2014last_img read more

October 6, 2020

EMGS Cuts Costs to Shrink Loss

first_imgElectromagnetic Geoservices (EMGS) has narrowed its loss in the second quarter, ended June 30, 2016, as the company chopped its operating expenses by some 30 percent.The Oslo-listed company posted net loss of USD 11.2 million, compared to net los of USD 26 million in the same period in 2015. EMGS also improved quarter-on-quarter and narrowed its loss by some 28% from USD 15 milion in Q1 2016. First half of 2016 ended in a loss of USD 26.7 million, compared to a loss of USD 27.2 million in the same period last year.EMGS reported quarterly operating expenses of USD 26.2 million, of which USD 9.2 million impairment of long-term assets, against USD 37.3 million same time last year (USD 14.4 million impairments).Second-quarter revenues were USD 15.1 million, up from USD 12.1 million in the prior-year quarter and from USD 13 million sequentially. The Q2 turnover was mostly generated trough multi-client sales (USD 14.7 million). However, revenues for the first six months of 2016 fell from USD 44.3 million in the the prior-year comparable period to USD 28.1 million, due to lack of contract work.EMGS had two vessels in operation in Q2 2016, versus four vessels operating in Q2 2015. Vessel utilisation was 76% in the second quarter of 2016, compared to 68% a year earlier.As of June 30, 2016, EMGS’ backlog was about USD 5 million, compared with a backlog of USD 15.8 million at the end of Q2 2015.Subsea World News Stafflast_img read more

October 6, 2020

BC Ferries’ third LNG-fueled vessel departs Poland

first_imgBC Ferries’ Salish Raven, the third and final Salish Class LNG-fueled vessel, is on its way from Remontowa Shipbuilding’s Gdansk, Poland, shipyard to British Columbia.The vessel will make a 10,440 nautical mile journey bound for British Columbia over the next 45 to 55 days. The journey will include stops for refueling in Santa Cruz, Canary Islands and Panama City, Panama.The vessel will also transit the Panama Canal and sail up the west coast of North America to British Columbia, BC Ferries said.Salish Orca, BC Ferries’ first LNG-fuel vessel, will start service next month on the Powell River – Comox route. Salish Eagle, the second Salish Class vessel, will start service on the Tsawwassen – Southern Gulf Islands route in late June.Salish Raven will be introduced in the Southern Gulf Islands in the fall, BC Ferries’s statement reads.BC Ferries will take final acceptance and ownership of Salish Raven upon final inspection once the vessel arrives in B.C.Remontowa Shipbuilding is responsible for delivering the ship to British Columbia, while some of BC Ferries’ crew members are on various legs of the voyage for training and familiarization.last_img read more

September 29, 2020

Geodis Wilson promotes Hansen

first_imgHaving served as interim regional vice president for the past few months, he will now replace Alain Chimene on a permanent basis, explained the company. Hansen became managing director for Germany in 2009 and also served as managing director North Europe (including Belgium, the Netherlands and United Kingdom). He will continue with his responsibilities in the North European region in addition to his new role, until a successor is nominated. “Matthias has a strong network mentality and is both result and customer driven. I am confident that he will lead the EMEA region towards our strategic objectives,” said Kim Pedersen, executive vice president of Geodis Wilson. Matthias Hansenwww.geodiswilson.comlast_img

September 28, 2020

Delivering the verdict

first_img James Morton is a writer and former criminal defence solicitor The mess in which the first Vicky Pryce jury found itself really doesn’t match up to the jury that, not so many years ago, used a Ouija board to reach a verdict in a late-night session in a Brighton hotel, writes James Morton. Nevertheless, it does remind me of some of the old stories about juries from Maurice Healy’s lovely book of reminiscences The Old Munster Circuit. ‘We find the prisoner not guilty.’ ‘And is that the verdict of you all?’ ‘Yes sir, most of us.’ And: ‘We find the prisoner not guilty but think he should give back the ham he stole.’ Or the judge’s riposte to another unfathomable verdict: ‘You leave the court without a stain on your character save that you were acquitted by a Munster jury.’ Not that lay benches should be exempt. I always heard it was a Willesden chairman, but it may have been another north London chair, who said: ‘We think there is a doubt in your case, but you are not getting the benefit of it.’ I certainly heard the chairman of an Edmonton bench back in the 1960s stopping a defendant in mid-speech with the words: ‘Smith, you have said enough to clear yourself. We find you guilty.’ Until there are some basic literacy and numeracy tests for juries, there will always be odd verdicts. I think it would also help if, after verdicts, advocates could question juries on an informal basis as to how they came to their decision. I was in Boulder, Colorado, once when this was done and the tables were turned when jurors rounded on the prosecution saying: ‘Why didn’t you ask such and such. That’s what we really wanted to know.’ However, no matter how much the jury is told they must not speculate on what the punishment may be if they find the defendant guilty, it is human nature that they will. My favourite story, however, was told by Patrick Back when he was chairman of a West Country Quarter Sessions. One day he could not find the jury bailiffs and eventually discovered they were sitting in with their juries. ‘We don’t take no part, sir,’ said one in mitigation, ‘but we do hear some funny things’.last_img read more