July 1, 2013 News and Notes

first_imgJuly 1, 2013 News and Notes News and Notes Charles (Dan) D. Bailey, Jr., of the Williams Parker law firm in Sarasota moderated a Tiger Bay program focusing on the “Future of Print Media.” Samuel S. Goren of Goren, Cherof, Doody & Ezrol in Ft. Lauderdale served as a panelist for the “Is Privatization of Legal Services a Better Model for Local Governments?” session at the 36th Annual Local Government Law in Florida Conference in St. Augustine. Gwynne A. Young of Carlton Fields in Tampa received the Achievement Award from the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers. Eduardo Palmer of Eduardo Palmer, P.A., in Coral Gables led the effort on behalf of the International Law Section to pass the Glitch Fix Bill, SB 186/HB 775, in the Florida Legislature. The bill amends and corrects language in several Florida statutes related to the practice of international law. Chip Birthisel and Mike Bradford of Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel in Tampa presented “Avoiding and Defending Bad Faith Claims” at the Crawford & Co. Catastrophic Claims Conference in Tampa. Amir A. Isaiah of Kaufman, Rossin & Co. in Miami has been certified by the Supreme Court of Florida as a circuit court mediator. Lindsey Wagner of Cathleen Scott & Associates in Jupiter was named Labor and Employment Law Committee vice chair of the ABA’s Young Lawyers Division. Garry W. O’Donnell of Buckingham Doolittle and Burroughs in Boca Raton discussed “Intellectual Property Trends and Developments in the International Entertainment Industry” at the ABA Forum on Entertainment and Sports Industries. Cynthia Rignanese has been named the inaugural Woman of the Year by Females Advancing Business, a women’s networking organization. Additionally, she has been elected president of FAB to serve a 16-month term during 2013-14. Rodney Romano of Matrix Mediation in West Palm Beach published “How Mediators Can Help Instill Civility and Professionalism” in the May/June issue of American Inns of Court Bencher. Regine Monestime, city attorney of North Miami,moderated a panel titled: “Is Privatization of Legal Services a Better Model for Local Governments?” at the 36th Annual Local Government Law in Florida Seminar. Steve Jaffe of Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman in Ft. Lauderdale presented “Long-term Care Insurance — How to Get the Maximum Out of LTC Insurance Policies, Problems and Issues.” at the Broward County Guardianship Association’s Education Day in Deerfield. Stacy Schwartz of Brinkley Morgan in Ft. Lauderdale has become a Supreme Court certified circuit court mediator. Robert J. Watson of Robert J. Watson, PA, in Stuart was the keynote speaker at the Freedom Fund Awards Dinner for the NAACP. Watson spoke on “Rights of Privacy and Constitutional Law.” Robin Bresky of The Law Offices of Robin Bresky in Boca Raton presented “Court Process in Appellate Mediation” and “Mediation Process and Techniques in Appellate Mediation” at the Mediation Training Group, Inc.’s Appellate Mediation Certification Program in Ft. Lauderdale. Sidney F. Ansabcher of GrayRobinson in Jacksonville was appointed chair designee of the ABA’s Section of Environment, Energy and Resources Constitutional Law Committee. Carol L. Myers of Williams Parker in Sarasota moderated and presented on a speaker’s panel at an ABA Section of Taxation Subcommittee Meeting in Washington, D.C., on “Proposed Legislation and Policy for Multiple Employer Retirement Plans and Professional Employer Organizations.” John V. Tucker of Tucker & Ludin in Clearwater published an article titled “Social Security Disability: How to Prove a Fibromyalgia Disability Claim” in the May 2013 edition of the St. Petersburg Bar Magazine. Joel Brown of Freidin Dobrinsky Brown & Rosenblum in Miami was presented with the Justice to Access Award by Dade Legal Aid for his pro bono commitment. Michael P. Spellman and Jeffrey D. Slanker of Sniffen & Spellman in Tallahassee co-wrote an article titled, “Social Media, At-will Employment, and Internal Investigations: The Ever-expanding Reach of the National Labor Relations Board to Union and Non-union Workplaces,” featured in the Trial Advocate Quarterly (Volume 32, Number 2), a publication of the Florida Defense Lawyers Association. Chanel A. Mosley of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin in Orlando was re-elected to the Orange County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Board of Directors. Brad Gould of Dean, Mead, Minton & Zwemer in Ft. Pierce served as the moderator for the “Current Developments Program” given by the S Corporation Committee of the Section of Taxation of the ABA in Washington, D.C. Juliet Murphy Roulhac of Florida Power & Light Company was recognized by the Wilkie D. Ferguson Bar Association as a “distinguished honoree” at its annual gala. J. Jeffrey Rice of Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz in Ft. Myers spoke at the Hillmyer-Tremont Student Athlete Foundation scholarship presentation at Heritage Palms Golf and Country Club in Ft. Myers. Richard H. Vura, Jr., of Weston has been certified as an ombudsman in Florida’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program. Stuart J. Weissman of Ratzan Law Group in Miami was elected to the board of directors of the Dade County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section. A. Courtney Cox of WellCare Health Plans in Tampa co-chaired and presented “Preparing Offensive and Defensive Litigation Strategies in Response to Creative New Theories Tested by Providers” at ACI’s Third Annual Advanced Forum on Managed Care Disputes and Litigation Conference in Philadelphia. Leslie A. Share of Packman, Neuwahl & Rosenberg in Coral Gables spoke on “Wealth Preservation – Client, Jurisdiction, and Planning Considerations” at The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners 2013 Caribbean Conference in St. Kitts. Isaac M. Marcushamer of Berger Singerman in Miami was named to the NextGen Committee of the Turnaround Management Association. Steven B. Lesser of Becker & Poliakoff in Ft. Lauderdale has become chair-elect of the ABA’s Forum on the Construction Industry. R. Kent Lilly of Lilly, O’Toole & Brown in Lake Wales was presented the 2013 Lakeland Bar Association’s Jerry A. DeVane Award in recognition of “Exemplary Scholarship, Professionalism and Collegiality in the Practice of Law.” Clark A. D. Wilson of Gardner Groff Greenwald & Villanueva in Atlanta completed a master’s degree in bioengineering from the University of Maryland. Kyle B. Sill, a law clerk at the First District Court of Appeal, and Robert Jeffrey, of Combs Greene McLester in Jacksonville were published in the North Carolina Journal of International Law & Commercial Regulation. Their article, “Up, Around, Over, and Under: Busting Through the Supposed Privity Barrier of CISG Article 4,” appears at 38 N.C. J. Int’l L. & Com. Reg. 697 (2013). William S. Kramer of Brinkley Morgan in Ft. Lauderdale has been appointed to the board of directors of SOS Children’s Villages – Florida. Gary Woodfield of Haile Shaw & Pfaffenberger in West Palm Beach was presented a Pro Bono Civil Litigation Award from the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County. Christopher E. Benjamin of The Barrister Firm in Aventura served as a panelist and discussed “Law Office Management in 21st Century,” during the Cuban American Bar Association and Dade County Bar Association joint program “How to Hang Your Shingle.” Mayanne Downs of GrayRobinson in Orlando was honored with the Rosemary Barkett Outstanding Achievement Award, the highest award bestowed by the Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers. Jimmy Parrish of BakerHostetler in Orlando discussed the impact of bankruptcy on real estate transactions at a Central Florida Real Estate Attorneys Council meeting. Ira H. Leesfield of Leesfield & Partners in Miami presented “Cross-Examination of Defendant’s Experts,” at the AAJ Education’s Jazz Fest Seminar: Litigating Traumatic Brain Injury Cases, recently held in New Orleans. He also presented “How to Build a Successful Practice” at the New York State Trial Lawyers Association program, The Success and Growth of the Personal Injury Lawyer, the Person and the Practice, held in New York. J ames T. Armstrong of Walton Lantaff Schroeder & Carson in Orlando presented “Nuts and Bolts of Claims” to the Department of Risk Management at Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office in West Palm Beach. He also discussed “bullying” to judiciary and family law professionals at the Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse in Miami. Ed Armstrong of Hill Ward Henderson in Tampa moderated the annual legislative breakfast featuring the Pinellas County delegation put on by the Clearwater regional and the St. Petersburg area chambers of commerce. Hillsborough Circuit Judge Samantha Ward received the annual Robert W. Patton Outstanding Jurist Award from the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division. Kimberly Kolback of Miami lectured on “Celebrities, Bands & Brands — Merchandising, Endorsements & Sponsorships” during the ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sport Industries held at Miami Beach. Steven H. Kane of Kane & Koltun in Orlando discussed death, probate, and homestead issues at a Central Florida Real Estate Attorneys Council meeting. Send News and Notes and On the Move submissions to [email protected] . July 1, 2013 News & Noteslast_img read more

Rail industry news in brief – September 2014

first_imgA three-year memorandum signed by China and Myanmar in 2011 for construction of a US$20bn Kyaukpyu – Kunming railway has expired, and the government of Myanmar has said local opposition means the project will not now go ahead. The Dutch government has decided that management of stations in the Netherlands is to remain the joint responsibility of ProRail and NS, rather than being transferred to ProRail, local authorities or commercial concerns. By the end of the year Belarus Railways is to begin work to electrify the line from Molodechno to the Lithuanian border, under a project to cut Minsk – Vilnius journey times from 2½ h to 2 h by the end of 2015. Indian logistics company GatewayRail Freight opened its third rail-served terminal on August 1, at Faridabad near New Delhi. Canadian National is offering a fleet integration programme for grain, oilseed and special crop shippers who wish to supply covered hopper wagons for its Western Canadian common fleet. Participants will get year-round wagon supply from CN’s fleet and priority in order confirmation and service planning. As part of the project to upgrade northwestern Spain’s A Coruña – Vigo route for high speed operation, a 13 km double-track alignment between Portela and Pontevedra built at a cost of €1556m opened on July 31. The Land of Bayern has extended DB Regio’s contract to operate Nürnberg S-Bahn services by one year to December 9 2018.last_img read more

Hamilton plans to study late and find Ferrari-beating plan

first_img0Shares0000Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes were fast, but not as fast as Ferrari in qualifying at Monza © AFP / Miguel MEDINAMONZA, Italy, Sep 1 – Championship leader Lewis Hamilton said he planned to study late into the night Saturday to find a way to beat Ferrari in Sunday’s keenly-anticipated Italian Grand Prix.The defending world champion qualified third behind Kimi Raikkonen, who took pole with Formula One’s record fastest lap, and title rival Sebastian Vettel. After acknowledging Ferrari’s marginally superior speed, he said: “The start will hopefully create an opportunity for us.“I’ve got to study hard tonight to figure out a way how I can get in front of at least one of the Ferraris on the first lap.“It’s great that Valtteri (Mercedes team-mate Bottas) is right behind me so we can really apply the pressure on the red cars.”The Briton broke the record set by Juan-Pablo Montoya at Monza in 2004, in a BMW-powered Williams, but it was not enough to earn a front row spot as his run of four Italian poles ended.“They did a solid job,” he said, during post-qualifying interviews on the track, when he was booed by sections of the partisan crowd.“We gave it everything we could – it’s obviously incredibly close between us, but they’ve had the upper-hand this weekend. Everyone in the team is working as hard as they can to make the difference.“It’s incredibly close, which is great for the sport and it’s great to see so many fans here.“We’ve improved the car overnight and I’m really happy with where we were today. I’m proud of my guys for pushing this hard.“We’ve squeezed absolutely everything out of the car, I kind of knew that the Ferraris might just be able to pull out some extra bit of time.“We’ve got to fight hard tomorrow. The long run pace of the Ferraris looked quicker than ours, so it’s not going to be easy — that’s for sure.”Lewis Hamilton spoke to rival Sebastian Vettel after qualifying and says he hopes to jump the Ferrari drivers on the first lap © AFP / Andrej ISAKOVICTeam-mate Bottas who battled to take fourth said: “It has been difficult. We tried some set-up changes for final practice and it was better in the corners, but on the breaking, I lost performance. It was easy to lock up.“But this is only qualifying and the weekend is not over. We will give it everything tomorrow in the race. The first lap is going to be interesting – we might get a bit of tow-effect into Turn One.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more