March 1, 2006 Disciplinary Actions

first_imgMarch 1, 2006 Disciplinary Actions March 1, 2006 Disciplinary Actions Disciplinary Actionscenter_img The Florida Supreme Court in recent court orders disciplined the following lawyers: Peter Victor Calviera, P.O. Box 1082, Boca Raton, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 91 days, effective 30 days following a December 1, 2005, court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1984) Calviera violated the Rules of Professional Conduct; failed to respond, in writing, to an official inquiry by Bar counsel or a disciplinary agency, when conducting an investigation into his conduct; and willfully refused to timely pay a child support obligation. (Case no. SC05-900) Christopher Laing Clark, P.O. Box 279025, Miramar, suspended from practicing law for 30 days, effective 30 days following a January 26 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1994) Clark failed to keep a client reasonably informed about the status of a matter and promptly comply with reasonable requests for information; failed to respond, in writing, to an official inquiry by Bar counsel or a disciplinary agency, when conducting an investigation into his conduct; and knowingly disobeyed an obligation under the rules of a tribunal. (Case no. SC05-818) Lori Coreen Desnick, 999 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Ste 1110, Coral Gables, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 45 days, retroactive to August 26, 2005,, following a January 26 court order. Desnick is further placed on probation for three years. ( Admitted to practice: 1997) Desnick engaged in misconduct and minor misconduct and committed a criminal act that reflects adversely on her honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a lawyer in other respects. (Case no. SC05-474) Jason Alexander Diamond, 4421 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, suspended from practicing law in Florida for three days, effective 30 days following a January 26 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1995) Diamond violated advertising rules. (Case no. SC05-1615) Joseph A. Ferrara, 22764 Marbella Cir., Boca Raton, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 45 days, effective 30 days following a December 1, 2005, court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1956) Among several Bar violations, Ferrara engaged in misconduct and minor misconduct; violated or attempted to violate the Rules of Professional Conduct, knowingly assisted or induced another to do so, or did so through the acts of another; and engaged in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation. (Case no. SC05-2029) Peter Timothy Flood, 125 Airport Rd. S., Naples, suspended from practicing law for 30 days, effective 30 days following a September 1, 2005, court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1984) Flood failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client; failed to keep a client reasonably informed about the status of a matter and promptly comply with reasonable requests for information; and violated the Rules of Professional Conduct. (Case no. SC04-2120) Jerome Eugene Goldman, 4521 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, resigned in lieu of disciplinary proceedings, with leave to seek readmission after five years, effective immediately following a December 22 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1988) At the time of resignation, Goldman had a case pending at the referee level. (Case no. SC05-1672) Leonardo Jorge Guerra, 2140 W. 68th St., Ste. 200, Hialeah, resigned in lieu of disciplinary proceedings, with leave to seek readmission after three years, following a January 26 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1998) At the time of resignation, Guerra had one case pending at the Supreme Court and one complaint pending at the investigative level. (Case no. SC05-2088) Paul Joseph Healy, P.O. Box 459, Pembroke, MA, disbarred from practicing law in Florida, effective 30 days following a September 8, 2005, court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1987) Healy engaged in conduct in connection with the practice of law that was prejudicial to the administration of justice; failed to respond, in writing, to an official inquiry by Bar counsel or a disciplinary agency, when conducting an investigation into his conduct; and violated the Rules Regulating Trust Accounts. (Case no. SC05-204) Stanley Hyman, P.O. Box 480458, Delray Beach, disbarred from practicing law in Florida, effective immediately following a September 8, 2005, court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1979) Among several Bar violations, Hyman engaged in misconduct and minor misconduct; engaged in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation; and used information relating to representation of a client to the disadvantage of the client. (Case no. SC01-2675) Jeffrey Thomas Kipi, 605 Crescent Executive Ct., Ste. 122, Lake Mary, suspended from practicing law on an emergency basis, effective 30 days following a September 29, 2005, court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1986) There is clear and convincing evidence that Kipi appeared to be causing great public harm by allegedly misappropriating client funds. (Case no. SC05-1679) Carlos E. Morales, 5399 NW 36th Ave., Miami, suspended from practicing law in Florida on an emergency basis, effective 30 days following a January 26 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1994) There is clear and convincing evidence that Morales appears to be causing great public harm by allegedly neglecting his clients. (Case no. SC06-21) Robelto Antonio Osborne, 1999 SW 27th Ave., Fl. 1, Miami, suspended from practicing law, effective 30 days from December 23, 2005,, following a December 29, 2005, court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1999) On or about June 10, 2005,, Osborne pled guilty to four counts of unlicensed practice of a health care profession and was sentenced to two years community control followed by three years probation. (Case no. SC05-2296) Maria Lara Peet, 2107 Cleveland Ave., Ft. Myers, disbarred from practicing law in Florida, effective 30 days following a December 15, 2005, court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1986) Peet violated the terms of her probation in SC02-182 and failed to comply with the Rules Regulating Trust Accounts. (Case no. SC03-2042) Michael Tyrone Rayne, 327 Office Plaza, Ste. 106, Tallahassee, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 20 days, effective 30 days following a January 26 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 2002) Rayne solicited professional employment from a prospective client with whom he had no family or prior professional relationship, when a significant motive for his doing so was his pecuniary gain. (Case no. SC05-2301) William Christian Rocker, 2906 W. Bay to Bay Blvd., Tampa, disbarred from practicing law in Florida, effective 30 days following a December 21 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1988) Rocker engaged in misconduct and minor misconduct and committed a criminal act that reflects adversely on his honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a lawyer in other respects. (Case no. SC04-446) Mitchell Lee Singer, 125 Main St., Netcong, N.J., suspended from practicing law in Florida, effective 30 days from December 2, 2005,, following a December 5, 2005, court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1978) On Aug. 7, 2003, Singer pled guilty to two charges of grand larceny in the third degree and was disbarred by the Supreme Court of the State of New York. (Case no. SC05-2133) Paul Dunlop Srygley, 1266 Cedar Center Dr., Tallahassee, suspended from practicing law for 60 days, effective 30 days following a January 26 order. Upon reinstatement, Srygley is further placed on probation for two years. ( Admitted to practice: 1980) Srygley failed to pay membership fees; violated or attempted to violate the Rules of Professional Conduct, knowingly assisted or induced another to do so, or did so through the acts of another; and continued to practice law while retired, resigned, inactive, or delinquent. (Case nos. SC04-1667 & SC05-242) Peter Paul Starson Jr., 1293 S. Beverly Glen Blvd., Apt. 106, Los Angeles, CA, disbarred from practicing law in Florida, effective immediately following a September 8, 2005, court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1988) Among several Bar violations, Starson committed a criminal act that reflects adversely on his honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a lawyer in other respects; engaged in conduct involving fraud, deceit or misrepresentation; and failed to respond, in writing, to an official inquiry by Bar counsel or a disciplinary agency, when conducting an investigation into his conduct. (Case no. SC04-2085) Charles David Svoboda, 1340 Gulf Blvd., Apt. 7A, Clearwater Beach, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 10 days, effective 30 days following a September 8, 2005, court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1985) Among several Bar violations, Svoboda failed to provide a client with competent representation; failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client; and failed to respond, in writing, to an official inquiry by Bar counsel or a disciplinary agency, when conducting an investigation into his conduct. (Case no. SC05-1477) Mark David Swanson, 169 E. Flagler St., Ste. 1433, Miami, suspended from practicing law for 15 days, effective 30 days following a January 26 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1984) Among several Bar violations, Swanson engaged in misconduct and minor misconduct; failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client; and failed to keep a client reasonably informed about the status of a matter and promptly comply with reasonable requests for information. (Case no. SC05-1092) Sharon P. Talbot, 258 Seminole Ave., Apt. 1, Palm Beach, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 91 days, effective 30 days following a September 8, 2005, order. ( Admitted to practice: 1987) Talbot entered into a business transaction with a client or knowingly acquired an ownership, possessory, security, or other pecuniary interest adverse to a client; made a false statement of material fact or law to a tribunal; and engaged in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation. (Case no. SC05-757) William James Thompson, 9696 Bonita Beach Road, Ste. 201, Bonita Springs, reprimanded for professional misconduct following a December 1, 2005, court order. Thompson is further placed on probation for two years. ( Admitted to practice: 1998) Thompson violated the Rules Regulating Trust Accounts. (Case no. SC05-2022) Christopher Gary Lynn Titus, P.O. Box 384, Marlette, MI, resigned in lieu of disciplinary proceedings, without leave to seek readmission, effective immediately following a December 8, 2005, court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1987) At the time of resignation, Titus was the subject of a probable cause finding on one case and had another case pending at the staff level of investigation. (Case no. SC05-1838) Michael James Valen, 601 N. Baylen St., Pensacola, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 90 days, effective immediately following a September 8, 2005, court order. Upon reinstatement, Valen shall be placed on probation for three years. ( Admitted to practice: 1994) On July 20, 2004, Valen pled no contest to two felony offenses: conspiracy to commit a felony and possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell/manufacture. On August 24, 2004, Valen was placed on probation for two years after completing one year of community control and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service and to successfully complete a Florida Bar substance abuse program. (Case no. SC05-1057) Larry Kay White, 1501 E. Park Ave., Tallahassee, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 60 days, effective 30 days following a December 1, 2005, court order. Upon reinstatement, White is further placed on probation for two years. ( Admitted to practice: 1975) Among several Bar violations, White failed to provide competent representation to a client; failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client; and failed to keep a client reasonably informed about the status of a matter and promptly comply with reasonable requests for information. (Case no. SC05-1909) Madonna H. Whittaker, P.O. Box 160492, Altamonte Springs, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 91 days, effective 30 days following a September 8, 2005, court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1993) Among several Bar violations, Whittaker failed to respond, in writing, to an official inquiry by Bar counsel or a disciplinary agency, when conducting an investigation into her conduct; engaged in conduct in connection with the practice of law that is prejudicial to the administration of justice; and knowingly disobeyed an obligation under the rules of the tribunal. (Case no. SC04-2281) Court orders are not final until time expires to file a rehearing motion and, if filed, determined. The filing of such a motion does not alter the effective date of the discipline.last_img read more

Facebook Banned in Solomon Islands Following Government Criticism on Platform: Report

first_img– Advertisement – The Solomon Islands has banned the use of Facebook for a temporary period after inflammatory critique of the government was aired on the social media platform, the Solomon Times reported.The government, led by Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, earlier told Reuters it would issue a formal statement on its decision later on Tuesday. Solomon Times reported today morning that the Cabinet has agreed to ban Facebook.- Advertisement – Facebook is a hugely popular forum in the Solomons for discussion with the population of around 6,50,000 people spread out over a sprawling archipelago.Solomon’s Minister of Communication and Aviation, Peter Shanel Agovaka, is one of the chief supporters of the ban, according to the Solomon Times, and has blamed “abusive language” and “character assassination” of government ministers, including the prime minister, being carried on the platform for the decision.Opposition leader Matthew Wale told Reuters he would oppose the ban.- Advertisement – With the ban, the Solomons joined only a handful of countries around the world, including China, to actively restrict the world’s biggest social networking platform.Facebook did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment on Tuesday.The government has been heavily criticised over the distribution of economic stimulus funds amid the coronavirus pandemic and the impact of the Pacific nation’s decision to switch diplomatic ties from Taiwan to China.- Advertisement – “I absolutely do not see any justification whatsoever for such a ban,” Wale told Reuters on the phone.© Thomson Reuters 2020Will Apple Silicon Lead to Affordable MacBooks in India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.last_img read more

Subsea 7 plans cost cuts as loss doubles

first_imgTherefore, an annualised reduction in cash costs would be approximately $400 million by Q2 2021. As a result Subsea 7 also expects to record a restructuring charge in 2020. The company also anticipates non-permanent workforce reduction. Subsea 7 has seen red in Q1 2020 on activity drop in the SURF and Conventional business units as well as COVID-19 pandemic. Revenue for the Renewables and Heavy Lifting division was up from $53 million in Q1 2019 at $62 million. SURF and Conventional revenue for Q1 2020 was $625 million, down 19 percent from Q1 2019. At the end of the first quarter, Subsea 7 had cash and cash equivalents of $340 million. Subsea 7 expects order flow to be low in the coming months and competition to increase, impacting the outlook for revenues and margins in the latter part of 2020 and beyond. The company reported adjusted EBITDA , against $111 million in Q1 2019. Order backlog was $5.6 billion, with order intake totaling $1.5 billion. $2.7 billion is for execution in the remainder of 2020. John Evans, chief executive officer, said: A comprehensive cost reduction programme is being developed and will be announced in the second quarter. The company has cut its capital investment plans for 2020 to $230-250 million, from our prior guidance of $270-290 million. These actions would be implemented over the next twelve months.center_img “Just eight weeks ago, we discussed our positive outlook for the year, with an expectation of continued momentum in new order intake and a tightening market for some of our high-end pipelay vessels. $4.6 billion is related to Subsea 7 SURF and Conventional business unit. The Oslo-listed firm posted quarterly loss of $38 million, or $13 cents per diluted share, on revenue of $751 million. The company is also implementing longer-term plans to re-shape the business to reflect the changed outlook for the industry. Total vessel utilization was 63 percent, down nine percentage points from the prior-year period. Impact of Covid-19 and low oil prices “In the near term, our efforts are now focused on safeguarding the health of the Group’s 12,000 workforce while we continue to deliver projects for clients under difficult conditions. Subsea 7 expects its active fleet will reduce by releasing a number of chartered vessels and stacking some owned vessels. However, a reduction in permanent employees might also be necessary. Adjusted EBITDA margin for the quarter was 9 per cent, versus 13 per cent in Q1 2019. Subsea 7 said it is yet to determine the financial cost of addressing the operational inefficiencies of Covid-19. The result compares to loss of $19 million, or $0.6 EPS on revenue of $859 billion same time last year. “The outlook has changed significantly as a result of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on demand for energy and the price of oil. last_img read more

FIFA postpones South American World Cup qualifiers over coronavirus

first_imgRelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 I was in best of forms before Tokyo Paralympics was postponed — Powerlifter Ejike World football governing body FIFA has postponed South American qualifying matches for the 2022 Qatar World Cup. This was after a request from the region’s football federation amid concerns over the spread of coronavirus. FIFA said in a letter to the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL), which the federation tweeted, that it would seek to reschedule the 10 matches. They were due to take place between March 23 and 31. A number of Latin America’s top football stars play for European teams in countries that have seen significant cases of the virus. They would have faced quarantines on their return to their home countries. FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura told her counterpart at CONMEBOL, Jose Astigarraga, that the health and safety of those involved in the World Cup was her primary concern. “We will continue to work with and consult you and your team to be able to find possible dates in which these matches can be played, something which will require… solutions that take into account the unique and fast-changing nature of this exceptional situation,” she wrote in the letter. Reuters/NAN.Tags: CONMEBOLCoronavirusFatma SamouraFIFAJose AstigarragaWorld Cuplast_img read more

Cricket News Pandya-Rahul Effect: CoA mulls behavioural counselling for Indian team

first_imgNew Delhi: The Committee of Administrators (CoA) is mulling a behavioural counselling programme for the Indian team in the wake of the furore over K L Rahul and Hardik Pandya’s sexist comments. The BCCI has suspended the two cricketers and their fate will be decided by an ombudsman, which will be appointed by the Supreme Court. The programme will also include all the age-group national teams and the A squads.“The Indian senior team as well as the Emerging, A teams and U-19s will have behavioural counselling session at the National Cricket Academy (NCA). The course will deal with every aspect of a professional sportsperson’s life. There will also be sessions on gender sensitivity,” a senior BCCI official, privy to the development, told PTI on conditions of anonymity.When asked whether Rahul and Pandya will attend gender sensitization classes separately, the official responded in the negative. The duo faced severe backlash for making inappropriate comments on women during a chat show, Koffee With Karan, hosted by Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar.“There will be no separate sessions for Rahul and Pandya. The entire Indian team will attend sessions and these two boys, as centrally contracted cricketers, will attend the same,” he said. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Incidentally, the board’s treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry, in his observations after the Pandya-Rahul episode, had also suggested that young players undergo gender sensitivity programme so that they are well equipped to face the spotlight when they get into top flight.Despite having a choc-a-bloc schedule, the senior team will attend a few sessions but the course will be more relevant for India’s U-19 cricketers, who are being thrust into spotlight with IPL riches coming their way even before they are 20.“Players like 17-year-olds Prabh Simran Singh (Rs 4.8 crore for KXIP) or Prayas Ray Burman (Rs 1.6 crore for RCB) have become overnight millionaires even before playing a single Ranji match. There should be life coaches, who would counsel them,” a former India player said.It is still not confirmed whether a group of individuals will separately conduct the training programme or any particular company will be outsourced.It has also been learnt that lawyer Veena Gowda, who had recommended gender sensitization classes for CEO Rahul Johri, has been requested to suggest names of the company/individual for conducting his counselling.Johri was given a clean chit by a three-member panel, which included Gowda, with regards to multiple allegations of sexual harassment against him.“Initially, CoA chief Vinod Rai had asked former Internal Complaints Committee head Kareena Kripalani to set the ball rolling and get a company with expertise on such programmes to conduct sessions,” said the official.“However Edulji, who of late has differed on every issue with Rai, refused to agree as her contention was that Kripalani directly reports to the CEO. She had suggested that Veena Gowda, who had recommended gender sensitization classes decide on relevant organisation or individual,” the official said. last_img read more

Operators unite for inaugural Responsible Gambling Week Ireland

first_img The Irish gambling industry is coming together to support the launch of the first ever Responsible Gambling Week Ireland.It is the biggest social responsibility campaign that has been held in Ireland. The theme for the campaign is simply, “A great tip – know when to stop” with the aim of starting conversations about what it means to gamble responsibly. This national awareness campaign will run from 5-11 February 2018.Sharon Byrne, Chairperson for the Irish Bookmakers Association (IBA) spoke to SBC about the initiative and how positive it can be when it comes to encouraging responsible gambling in Ireland. SBC: Can you further explain the importance of initiatives like Ireland’s first Responsible Gambling Week?Sharon Byrne: Responsible gambling week is the first ever cross industry initiative of its kind in Ireland. It’s about getting the message out there that gambling is supposed to be fun, and there are some tools and tips for keeping it that way and identifying possible problems that may be developing. It is also about letting people know about the services that are available for people affected by problem gambling. SBC: Could reveal what it is that you hope to achieve in this week?SB: We hope to achieve a greater awareness about gambling and how it can affect a small number of people in a negative way. We also hope that it will let people know about the services available and how to access them.SBC: What methods can operators utilise to continue promoting safe gambling and build on this week?SB: Operators should continue to build upon the measures already introduced such as staff training, self-exclusion, time outs, deposit and/or staking limits, time limits, breaks, etc. By following international best practice, and continually improving current practices and safeguards, we can make gambling safer for those who may have an addictive personality. Increased public awareness about how to gamble safely and how to access support services is also needed, along with ensuring all operators in the gambling industry apply the same principles and practices.SBC: Whilst in England FOBTs are at the heart of problem gambling, can you outline some of the problem gambling issues that affect Irish bettors?SB In Ireland there are many ways to gamble, not just inside a betting shop or at an online betting site, such as race tracks, lottery, scratch cards, card clubs, tote, poker nights, arcades, machines in pubs and unfortunately via black market operators set up in pubs or internet cafes. It is important that the entire licensed gambling sector embrace this week and what it is trying to achieve. We are looking forward to the introduction of the Gambling Control bill as it will ensure all operators comply and contribute all year round.SBC: How important is it that Responsible Gambling week is extended to Live betting events as well as retail betting?SB: The Responsible gambling week message applies to all sectors of the gambling industry, not just retail betting or live betting. It is being promoted at the race tracks, dog tracks and coursing events taking place that week also.Sharon will be speaking on a panel at this year’s Betting on Football Conference (20-23 March). She will be discussing how operators can increase responsible gambling as part of The Customer Journey track which will be on based around building the perfect customer environment and striking a balance between a smooth and safe registration process. To find out more about the event click on the banner below. Submit Share Irish bookmakers demand clarity on reopening orders June 17, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Irish bookmakers to reopen on 29 June May 28, 2020 Safer Gambling Forum: ‘The industry needs to do a lot more’ November 13, 2019last_img read more