A student has won his battle to stay in the UK and take up his place at Oxford University.Brian White, an orphan from Zimbabwe, was facing deportation but has been granted indefinite leave to remain.He spent the first six years of his life at at an orphanage in Zimbabwe, but moved to the UK with his adoptive family at the age of 15.He received three A stars and an A at A-level at Highfields School in Wolverhampton, and held an offer to study Chemistry at Lady Margaret Hall.Fears over his immigration status and inability to obtain student finance meant his offer had already been deferred by 12 months.White’s schoolfriend Luke Wilcox set up a change.org petition which last week gained the support of over 110,000 signatures including the author Phillip Pullman and the comedian Frankie Boyle.On Monday, White’s lawyer Louis MacWilliams confirmed to him that he would be allowed to stay in the UK.White told the Wolverhampton Express and Star: “I got the email from Louis and sat down and let it sink in for about five to 10 minutes. Then I started ringing everybody round to say thank you. I owe so many people so much.”LMH Principal Alan Rusbridger welcomed the news on Twitter.Great news! Home Office has agreed that Brian White can come to @lmhoxford – @ExpressandStar https://t.co/ezANLRd5y2— alan rusbridger (@arusbridger) September 4, 2017
St. Mary’s Hospital for Women & Children Birth RecordsCassaundra and James Carter Jr., Haubstadt, Ind., son, Henry Lee, Mar. 13Emma and Stephen Garcia, Mount Carmel, Ill., daughter, Sophie Claire, Mar. 13Timmyra Wallis and Max Calvert, Evansville, daughter, Myleigh Victoria Rae, Mar. 13Courtney and Adam Brock, Haubstadt, Ind., son, Everett John, Mar. 14Madison Eagan and Ronald Benedict, Evansville, daughter, Riley Shae, Mar. 14Lindsey and Josh Summers, Eldorado, Ill., son, Remington Rocco, Mar. 15Joy and Justin Bingman, Evansville, daughter, Selah Grace, Mar. 15Therese Porter, Evansville, daughter, Rowan Elyse, Mar. 15Nicole and Brandon Pettit, Rockport, Ind., son, Zylan Lee, Mar. 15Elizabeth Swanson and Daniel Dudley, Mount Carmel, Ill., son, Jonah Michael, Mar. 15Nicole and James Carrie, Vincennes, Ind., son, Owen James, Mar. 16Skylar Wiethop and Tyler VanBibber, Evansville, son, Jasper Grayson, Mar. 16Emily Johnson and James Sweeney, Evansville, son, Keagan James, Mar. 16Mary and Kenneth Horn, Newburgh, Ind., son, Michael Anthony, Mar. 17Jennifer Batteese and Jerrod Reid, Carmi, Ill., daughter, Hadlee Nicole, Mar. 17Mary Stanley and Zachary Hicks, Chandler, Ind., son, Garrett Zhayne, Mar. 18FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Jersey City hires lawyers to fight proposed Liberty State Park marinaLiving up to his promise to use every resource to oppose state plans for a new marina in the south part of Liberty State Park, Mayor Steven M. Fulop announced on Dec. 13 that the administration will enter into an agreement with the law firm of Riker Danzig, Scherer, Hyland, & Perretti to provide legal services in connection with protecting Liberty State Park against the development of a new marina. The proposed lease agreement between marina operators Suntex Marinas and the NJ Department of Environmental Protection is for 45-acres of land on the southern end of the public park, including a mile stretch of waterfront which will be transformed from quiet open space to a parking lot for 300 boats.“Once again, the Christie Administration has proven their utter disregard for the importance of public parks in New Jersey,” said Mayor Fulop. “This development is one that would drastically change the landscape of one of the state’s best public parks, and to add insult to injury has progressed up until this point behind closed doors. This lack of integrity has become business as usual, and this time, one of our best public assets will suffer unless we as a city fight back.”The New Jersey-based firm has been hired to pursue legal options against the proposed marina, citing a misalignment between the proposed use and the original purpose of the public park as well as safety concerns for residents and local wildlife alike.“We are immensely grateful to Mayor Fulop for delivering the legal resources necessary to protect the south side of Liberty State Park for the public to continue to picnic, fish, walk, and enjoy unblemished views of the New York Harbor freely,” said Greg Remaud, deputy director of the NY/NJ Baykeeper.The recently-released lease agreement details a development that has led residents and officials to voice strong opposition. On Dec. 2, Mayor Fulop joined the Friends of Liberty State Park to rally against the proposal.“The Friends of Liberty State Park and all supporters of the park as a local, state, and national treasure with open space and priceless open vistas, are very grateful to the Fulop Administration for his determination and dedication in stopping this destructive marina plan from going forward,” said Sam Pesin, president of the Friends of Liberty State Park and vocal advocate of preserving the park. Gabert to retire from HCCC next summerHudson County Community College Board of Trustees Chair William J. Netchert disclosed today that the college’s longtime president, Glen Gabert, told him and the board of his intention to retire at the end of June 2018.The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) has been retained to perform a national search for the new president beginning in January 2018.“We know it will be very difficult to replace Glen Gabert,” Netchert said. “I have had the honor of working in partnership with Glen Gabert for 14 years. He transformed what was a deeply distressed college into an institution of first choice for the people of Hudson County. We are looking for an individual who will help move us forward in continuing to grow the college and build upon the excellent framework that has been established.”Dr. Gabert marked his 25th anniversary as president of the college in September, making him the longest-serving president in the school’s history, and the longest serving current community college president in New Jersey.County to establish stigma free zone to combat veterans’ suicidesAt its Dec. 7 meeting the Board of Freeholders designated Hudson County as a Stigma Free Zone to combat veteran suicide.The Department of Veterans Affairs reports that an average of 20 veterans die by suicide each day. The department says it is committed to providing timely access to high quality, recovery-oriented mental health care that anticipates and responds to veteran’s needs, such as treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, substance use disorders, depression and suicidal ideation. Mental health disorders, including major depression and other mood disorders, have been associated with increased risk for suicide.The VA says it is committed to identifying and reaching all veterans who may be at risk for suicide and recognizes that eliminating the burden of suicide among veterans will require participation from a broad group of federal and local government and community partners.The VA says it has developed innovative strategies to find and help veterans at risk for suicide through community based collaborations and expanded supportive services.Catholic Charities Services is spearheading the effort in New Jersey to form community based collaborations and wishes to partner with Hudson County to create an initiative that aims to create cultures of caring wherein individuals who live with mental illness or substance use disorders feel supported in seeking treatment rather than suffering in silence (the “Stigma Free Initiative”).The mission of Stigma Free Initiative is aligned with the VA’s goal of connecting veterans to essential mental health treatment to reduce the risk of suicide and increase quality of life.The county’s Department of Health and Human services will pursue a Stigma Free Initiative and will raise awareness of resources available to veterans through the VA and beyond in an effort to reduce the risk of suicide and enhance the quality of life of the individuals who served our country. PSE&G to inspect gas meters in Hudson CountyPublic Service Electric & Gas Company (PSE&G) will be inspecting natural gas meters in Hoboken, Weehawken and West New York to ensure the continued safety and reliability of gas services.“Customer safety is our number one priority,” said Joe Forline, vice president of gas operations for PSE&G. “It’s important for us to conduct safety inspections like these so that we can check for surface corrosion, leaks and other conditions that might require attention or repair.”If a customer’s meter is inside, someone over the age of 18 will need to give our technicians access to the meter for a visual inspection. Meters that are located outside will also be inspected. Although technicians will be on your property, customers do not need to be home for outside meter inspections.Important information about the inspection process:• The inspection is free and will take about 10 minutes.• Customers do not need to make an appointment at this time.• Unless a meter requires immediate repair, there will be no interruption to service.• Service will not be turned off during this inspection due to billing status.PSE&G reminds customers to always ask for identification when a utility worker comes to the door. Employees carry a PSE&G photo identification badge, wear PSE&G logo apparel and drive PSE&G cars or trucks. If a customer is concerned in any way, they should call PSE&G’s customer service line at 800-436-PSEG (7734) to verify the identity of an employee.Hoboken Menorah lighting at City Hall is Dec. 17Join the community and elected officials for a public display of unity as they light the grand Menorah at Hoboken City Hall this Sunday, Dec. 17 at 5 pm. Hot latkes, donuts, chocolate gelt, and Menorah kits will be distributed.This event is open and free to everyone.Prior to the lighting, at 4 p.m. there will be a children’s program inside City Hall. Ventriloquist, pizza, raffle, crafts. Tickets are $10 per child in advance; $15 at door.For more info. about this program or future events, please visit www.JewishHoboken.com or call (201) 386-5222. ×BOWLING TO HELP – St. Joseph’s Board of Trustee member Richard Gaeta recently held a fundraising event to help support St. Joseph’s School for the Blind. Rich is the owner of NJR Real Estate Group, Hoboken, and brought realtors from throughout the local area for the 1st Annual Realtors Bowling Tournament at North Arlington Lanes. Sixty bowlers hit the lanes for charity and a chance at the title. Hoboken’s Liberty Realty group, headed by president/owner Joe Covello, took 1st place; Hudson Realty, 2nd place; and Century 21 placed 3rd. The funds raised will help support specialized equipment for the children of St. Joseph’s School for the Blind. The photo is of the 1st place team, Liberty Realty group. Joe Covello is holding the trophy. City sends largest class to police academy in three decadesMayor Steven M. Fulop and public safety officials said last week that the largest police recruit class in more than thirty years entered the police academy in December as the Fulop Administration continues to expand public safety citywide. The administration has now surpassed its original goal of growing the Jersey City Police Department to 950 officers. With this latest class of 76 recruits, the department will reach a total of more than 960 officers citywide.“We inherited a police department that was at a historical low in officers, and from day one set out to expand the force,” said Mayor Fulop. “With the addition of this newest recruit class, we have now hired more than 400 officers, exceeding our goal to grow and diversify the police department and enhance public safety throughout Jersey City.“We’ve not only worked to increase the number of officers citywide, but we’ve also focused on diversifying the department to reflect Jersey City, the most diverse city in the country,” Mayor Fulop added. “These 76 recruits are reflective of that, with minorities making up nearly three-quarters of the new class. While we know there’s more work to be done, we’re proud of how far we’ve come as Jersey City continues to serve as a model for police recruitment and diversity.”The Fulop Administration set out to expand the Police Department from 769 officers in 2013 when Fulop took office. BOWLING TO HELP – St. Joseph’s Board of Trustee member Richard Gaeta recently held a fundraising event to help support St. Joseph’s School for the Blind. Rich is the owner of NJR Real Estate Group, Hoboken, and brought realtors from throughout the local area for the 1st Annual Realtors Bowling Tournament at North Arlington Lanes. Sixty bowlers hit the lanes for charity and a chance at the title. Hoboken’s Liberty Realty group, headed by president/owner Joe Covello, took 1st place; Hudson Realty, 2nd place; and Century 21 placed 3rd. The funds raised will help support specialized equipment for the children of St. Joseph’s School for the Blind. The photo is of the 1st place team, Liberty Realty group. Joe Covello is holding the trophy.
85, of Bayonne, passed away on July 1, 2018. Daughter of the late Sabato & Rose (nee: Dispoto) Tomei. Mother of Gail Signoretta, John & his wife Regina Braikovich, Marie & her husband Joseph Bozewski and Mitchell Braikovich. Sister of Anita Tomei and the late Ramaldo “Ray” Tomei and Anthony Tomei. Grandmother of Kelly & her husband Cristopher Brooks, Nicole & her husband Nathan Sutton, James Signoretta, Valerie & Stephen Yurchak, Ashley Bozewski & her husband Curtis Schultz, and Felisha & Mitchell Braikovich. Great-grandmother of Madison & CJ Brooks, Mae & Genie Sutton and Stephen & Shea Yurchak. Funeral arrangements by CAIOLA-STELLATO Funeral Home, 691 Avenue C.
Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin and Tavi Gevinson are gearing up to make their Broadway debuts in This Is Our Youth, but before that, the three are performing the show in-the-round at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago through July 27. The trio sat down to discuss both their first impressions and history with Kenneth Lonergan’s play, below. Take a look and watch out for the unexpected phrase Cera and Culkin got Gevinson to seamlessly work into the conversation—their reaction is priceless. Helmed by Anna D. Shapiro, the production will begin performances at the Cort Theatre on August 18. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 This Is Our Youth View Comments
By Geraldine Cook/Diálogo August 22, 2016 During the past 15 years, Colombia has progressed considerably in social and economic spheres thanks to the country’s strengthening of its internal security. New training tools, inter-institutional work, and technology have made the transformation of the Colombian Armed Forces possible. Aníbal Fernández de Soto, Colombian Deputy Defense Minister for International Affairs and Policy spoke with Diálogo during the “South American Regional Counteracting Transnational Threats Seminar,” held August 9th-11th in Bogotá, Colombia. Deputy Defense Minister Fernández discussed how the Armed Forces are getting ready to face new national security challenges, their new role in the path toward peace, and their advances in terms of human rights, international cooperation, and inter-institutional training. Today, Colombia is sharing its experience and putting the lessons learned in its fight against organized crime –especially drug trafficking– at the service of the international community.Diálogo: In November 2013, the Ministry of Defense, the Armed Forces, and the National Police jointly initiated the Building Integrity Process in collaboration with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) program “Building Integrity.” What is your assessment of the program to date?Aníbal Fernández de Soto, Deputy Defense Minister for International Affairs and Policy: Last week, we had a visit from several NATO delegates, in which they turned in their final report on the work that we have been doing with them throughout this process associated with the Building Integrity Program. The assessment, I believe, is very positive. I would say that we have been adopting the recommendations that arose out of our work together. For example, we have tools that are notable and that were highlighted by the NATO delegates, such as “Dante.” Dante is an Army transparency program that was recently launched by Army Commander, General Alberto José Mejía, and it deals with the internal control of the Ministry of Defense, which is, in turn, germinating in the other armed services and the police. It has also allowed for the development of protocols and procedures that are more and more transparent in what should be a very strong commitment on behalf of the sector in terms of the fight against corruption, efficiency in administrative management, and transparency in our processes. Additionally, Building Integrity is the most developed program we have with NATO. It’s the one in which we’ve had the most advances. And, it also allows us to think about other types of exercises that we could do with NATO, to also strengthen the defense sector, the Armed Forces, and the police.Diálogo: The Colombian Armed Forces just sent new troops to Sinai as part of the Multinational Force and Observers. How important is it for Colombia to be part of the United Nations’ (U.N.) peacekeeping forces? Does Colombia plan on sending troops to other parts of the world?Deputy Defense Minister Fernández: We’ve had experience with international operations for many years. I would say that the experience we’ve had in the Sinai –mainly through our Army– has been very positive, and we have always stood out for our professionalism, for the capacities of our Armed Services, and for the training of our men and women who have been in that region. In the near future, in a post-agreement scenario with no armed actors such as the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) presenting these security threats in Colombia, we will be able to have the opportunity to be more active in international operations, particularly in peacekeeping operations. That is why, last year at the United Nations Assembly, President Juan Manuel Santos committed to gradually including up to 5,000 active members of our Armed Forces in peacekeeping operations. We believe it is very important to share Colombia’s experience. We have certain capacities that are very valuable in international actions. For example, our knowledge of humanitarian demining; fighting organized crime; our intelligence capacities; (our knowledge) in protecting people. These capabilities are highly valued in the context of international missions, and we want to progressively prepare ourselves to send members of our Armed Forces to different operations in this sphere. Recently, the Colombian Congress approved an agreement with the U.N. which gives us a normative framework to be more active in peacekeeping operations. Another similar bill with the European Union is in Congress, and, as soon as they are ratified by the Constitutional Court, we will have that framework which will allow us to open the Joint Peacekeeping Operations Training Center, in which members of our Armed Forces will be trained in bilingualism and in United Nations’ procedures and protocols, so they can be participants on different world stages.Diálogo: What will the role of the Armed Forces be in post-conflict Colombia? How are the Armed Forces preparing to assume the post-conflict stage?Deputy Defense Minister Fernández: The Armed Forces and the National Police have a very clear plan for the future. Despite signing an agreement with the FARC, which we are all hopeful will occur, we are going to have to face some challenges with regard to security, and, if we are not effective in these challenges, we will be putting the peace efforts that we have been developing over the past few years at risk. Organized crime is the main security threat that we are facing, and so we have some actions in the areas of drug trafficking, the fight against illegal mining, extortion, smuggling, human trafficking, and various illegal economies which organized crime structures are involved in. These structures are going to try to take over the spaces left by FARC guerrillas, and the Colombian Armed Forces are ready to take over these spaces to allow the rest of the state’s bodies to introduce themselves there, so that these territories can be developed in a comprehensive manner. Additionally, implementing the peace agreements will result in a series of very important responsibilities for the Colombian Security Forces, not only to protect those who are demobilizing, but also to protect those demobilized individuals who are going to be active in politics and in their reintegration process. Another responsibility will be to eradicate the drug problem, which was one of the points agreed to in the Havana Accords. So, actions to allow the security forces to take root and be very active in transforming the territory will be executed. Also, in the next few months, it will be our responsibility to implement the “Temporary Hamlet Zones for Normalization,” where the FARC will be concentrated so that the disarmament can occur and the demobilization process can begin. The security environment of these areas will also be the responsibility of the Colombian Security Forces in coordination with the monitoring and verification mechanisms of the U.N., where, of course, the Armed Forces and the police will play a huge role. Also, our security forces are very motivated to be able to contribute to the country’s development, particularly in rural areas, to provide public resources in areas where the only state presence has been the security forces. So, the military engineers, for example, are getting ready to build country roads in these regions that will allow the local farmers to get out to the markets. The Navy is also very active, so they can be more and more present in the rivers and create an atmosphere of environmental protection at our river basins. The Police’s carabineers, our rural police, are also very interested in continuing to work with rural communities, supporting them in their productive projects, so what we need in the future are Armed Forces and police that are as strong as or even stronger than the ones we have today, that are modern and versatile, permanently transforming themselves to face the new challenges we will have in the future. And, if the Armed Forces have been the protagonists of the most difficult, saddest, and most painful era in Colombia, they will also be the same in the most glorious and positive era ahead of us.Diálogo: What progress do you see at this time in terms of human rights in the Armed Forces?Deputy Defense Minister Fernández: Since 2006, we have been implementing a very strict policy of respect for and promotion of human rights within the Colombian Security Forces. The trainings that officers, that members of the Colombian Security Forces in general, have in their rotation exercises always incorporate elements of updates regarding jurisprudence, legislation, and procedures with respect to human rights and international humanitarian law. All of the members of the security forces here have the conviction that they are the first line of defense when it comes to human rights. It’s part of their nature, part of their DNA, and there has been a very strict follow-up and investigation process in cases where there has been a crime committed, for example, in which human rights have been undermined, or any violation of international humanitarian law occurs. Our doors have been open so that the Public Prosecutor’s Office and the various supervisory agencies and the justice system in general can do whatever the case may require, and, of course, we are always prepared to comply with these requests and these investigations because our primary concern is being transparent, rigorous, and respectful of the law, human rights, and international humanitarian law.Diálogo: A year after taking office, how do you assess your leadership?Deputy Defense Minister Fernández: First of all, it’s been incredibly satisfying. I’ve had the opportunity to be part of the government in various roles, including outside the defense sector. From the standpoint of other ministries, they can always see that the Ministry of Defense is different from the others because it is a well-functioning machine. It is different than the other ministries because there is a mystique and a sense of patriotism that is not alive in other sectors of the government. It is different because working together with members of the security forces, with members of the Armed Forces, and the police is very special. The way they see the country, how they understand problems is something that we as civilians cannot stop taking into consideration. And, honestly, creating public policy, working side by side with the men and women who are part of our security forces has been the most motivating and satisfying experience that I’ve ever had personally. In this time, I’ve seen some very considerable advances in the way in which the defense sector, the Armed Forces, and the police have been increasingly more involved in the peace process and have created elements that have been included in the agreements, particularly with respect to transitional justice. And this process of creating this collective transitional justice with the security forces seems incredibly interesting to me. This is also an exercise that is unprecedented in the history of the world, so, as a nation, that leaves us the very big responsibility of making this a reference point for future analyses in various academic or political levels on the international stage. There is great satisfaction in issuing legislative initiatives that seek to enhance and improve conditions for members of the security forces through better tools to help them complete their work. I have been a witness to very successful operational results in the fight against organized crime, and I’ve been a witness to perhaps the most important exercise – and not just a witness – I’ve had the opportunity to participate in the analysis and planning of what is going to be the future of the security forces, the campaign plan that is derived from a post-agreement scenario, and how our various challenges and threats have been analyzed. What they are after is a unified action from the state to transform our land, to increasingly make it a country that offers more opportunities to our population, particularly to those who have been most affected by the conflict. Therefore, seeing the way in which the defense sector, the Armed Forces, and the police end up being a cornerstone of the state’s actions has been tremendously interesting and highly satisfying.Diálogo: As head of the Deputy Ministry, what is the biggest obstacle you’ve had this year? What you would like to change moving forward?Deputy Defense Minister Fernández: Colombia is a country that still has many problems. One always thinks about security challenges, the way in which organized crime evolves, and how we should continue updating our policies, our doctrine, our way of counteracting crime’s advances. This is a permanent challenge. I wouldn’t say these are an obstacle, but they are indeed permanent challenges, problems that arise that basically create the need for a lot of creativity, a lot of innovation, and more and more coordinated work, not just with the security forces but also with the rest of the government elements, so that we can confront these threats that loom over the stability or over the citizens of Colombia. As I say, no one ever said this was going to be easy, but (nobody said it was going to be) boring, either. It has been very exciting.Diálogo: What type of international cooperation are the Colombian Armed Forces engaged in with other countries, especially in Latin America?Deputy Defense Minister Fernández: We have a very active cooperation plan. Today, we consider ourselves to be exporters of security. For example, what we are doing in Central America through a triangular mechanism with the United States, in which we offer training and education and even perform coordinated actions, joint actions with countries in the region in the fight against organized crime, in particular against drug trafficking. Over the past six years, we have trained thousands of members of the security forces of over 70 countries around the world, focusing mainly on Central America, South America, and the Caribbean, although we have also conducted exercises with African countries or even Europe. We believe that our experience, the lessons learned, the capacities that we have developed should benefit, not just ourselves, but also the international community. To the extent that we are actively cooperating, we are able to not only be effective in helping those countries develop their own capacities. By countering the advance of organized crime in those countries, we are also countering the advance of organized crime in our country because, nowadays, organized crime is transnational. Drug-trafficking networks, money-laundering networks, criminal and illegal-mining networks are linked, and they have cells in different countries. Therefore, our vital participation within the framework of this cooperation allows us to project capacities, it allows us to contribute to a constantly improving regional security environment, and it also allows us to continue our fight against the security threats that we have here in Colombia, which, as I say, pop up differently in various parts of the world.Diálogo: What is your message for Latin American countries?Deputy Defense Minister Fernández: Colombia is a country that has grown, that has advanced considerably during these past 15 years. We have advanced economically. We have advanced socially. And these advances have occurred in a way that is directly proportional to the extent that we have strengthened the defense sector. We have been arming our Armed Forces with better tools. We have been modernizing and transforming them, so we are prepared for a constantly evolving environment. So, our lesson is that, to the extent that our defense sector is strengthened, the conditions for economic growth are created to overcome social inequity problems. This is the experience that we are putting at the region’s disposal, sharing that experience with partner nations because we believe that our experience should also serve to create an environment of regional security.
March 15, 2003 News and Notes March 15, 2003 Regular News Frank M. Petosa, of Petosa & Fernandez, P.L., with offices located in Boca Raton and Tampa, was a featured speaker of “Direct Examinations: The Basic Building Blocks,” at the Art and Science of Persuasion seminar sponsored by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, in Ft. Lauderdale. John F. Bradley, of John Bradley and Associates, P.A., Ft. Lauderdale, presented recent developments in the “Rights to Privacy and Publicity in the State of Florida” at the Entertainment and Sports Law Section’s presentation “Managing Your Entertainment Law Practice in a Tough Digital World.” Morgan R. Bentley, of Williams, Parker, Harrison, Dietz, & Getzen, Sarasota, has been elected vice president of Legal Aid of Manasota. James E. Thomison, of Walters Levine Brown Klingensmith & Thomison, P.A., Sarasota, has been elected president of the Florida Academy of Healthcare Attorneys. Alice Reiter Feld, of the Law Offices of Alice Reiter Feld, P.A., with offices in Tamarac and Delray Beach, presented “Current Elder Law Issues” to the Parkinson’s Support Group, sponsored by Holy Cross Hospital in Ft. Lauderdale. She also presented on the Probate Code at the Elder Law Certification Review Course in Cocoa Beach, sponsored by The Florida Bar and Elder Law Section. Glen J. Torcivia, of the Law Offices of Glen J. Torcivia and Associates, P.A., West Palm Beach, presented a seminar on “What to Do When You Get Called to Court” at a workshop sponsored by Children’s Services Council of St. Lucie County. J. Allison DeFoor II, a former Keys judge, has been elected vice chair of the Republican Party of Florida at its annual meeting in Orlando. Larry Corman, of Hodgson Russ LLP, Boca Raton, participated in The American Jewish Committee’s program marking the 30th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Roe v. Wade. Jeff Albinson, president of Raincross Insurance, Inc., chaired the Clearwater Bar Association’s Second Annual Risk Management Seminar “Practical Risk Management Solutions.” He also presented a discussion on “The Underwriting Process” as it relates to professional liability insurance. Chris Searcy, of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, West Palm Beach, spoke at the 2003 National CLE Conference in Aspen, Colorado, on the topic of “Voir Dire–One Bad Apple Spoils the Whole Barrel.” Marcia K. Cypen, executive director of Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc., has been selected by the Miami-Dade Parks and Recreation Department as an honoree for the 15th Annual In The Company of Women awards. Neal McCulloh, of Clayton & McCulloh, Maitland, was the guest speaker for the Winter Park Neighborhood Council at a workshop, speaking on “Legalities of Managing a Homeowners Association.” Evan J. Yegelwel, of Brown, Terrell, Hogan, Ellis, McClamma, & Yegelwel, P.A., was sworn in as president of the American Board of Trial Advocates-Jacksonville Chapter and has been appointed to the board of trustees at the University of Florida, Levin College of Law. Larry D. Smith, of Cabaniss, Smith, Toole & Wiggins, PL, Maitland, was a speaker at the DRI Product Liability Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. His presentation was titled “The Cutting Edge: Case Law Update.” Wendy R. Anderson, of Baker & Hostetler LLP, Orlando, has been elected chair of the Legal/Insurance Committee and Executive Committee of the Boys and Girls Club of Central Florida. Nancy L. Bennett, claim attorney at State Farm Insurance Company, has been appointed to serve on the board of directors of the Legal Aid Service of Broward County for a three-year term. Michael G. Dyer, of Doran, Wolfe, Rost & Ansay, Daytona Beach, was a featured speaker at the seminar “What You Need to Know about Public Rec-ords and Open Meetings in Florida,” sponsored by Lor-man Education Services on the issue of litigation under Florida’s Public Records and Sunshine laws, held in Daytona Beach. Larry Allen Nathans, of Bennett & Nathans LLP, Baltimore, Maryland, was recently awarded the 2003 Leadership in Law Award by the Maryland Daily Record. He was also elected president of the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys’ Association. Alexander E. Barthet and Patrick C. Barthet, of The Barthet Firm, Miami, co-authored an article titled “Hidden Traps and Treasures in Florida’s Lien Law,” which was recently published in Issue 1, 2003 of Building Florida, a monthly magazine distributed by the Florida East Coast Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. Dorothy Clay Sims, of Sims, Amat, Stakenborg & Henry, P.A., with offices in Ocala, Gainesville, and Alachua, was invited by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers to teach “Cross-Examining the Psychological and Psychiatric Expert Witness” for the February seminar. Susan Barrett Hecker, of Williams, Parker, Harrison, Dietz & Getzen, Sarasota, has been elected president of the All Faiths Food Bank Foundation, Inc. Board, an organization that reduces food waste. Diana Santa Maria, of Ft. Lauderdale, participated in the Florida Association for Wo-men Lawyers’ CLE program, “Managing Your Own Law Practice” as a panel speaker, in Miami. Jonathan Friedland of the Law Offices of Jonathan R. Friedland, P.A., Miami, was installed as treasurer of the Dade County Trial Lawyers Association at its annual Presidential and Judicial Ball. Paul S. Kimsey, of Kimsey Law Group, Tampa, gave a presentation to attendees of the Collateral Sources Seminar on ERISA and long-term disability insurance matters, in Ft. Lauderdale. Richard A. Harrison, of Allen Dell, P.A., Tampa, has been elected to the board of overseers of Stetson University College of Law. Stuart Ratzan, of Ratzan and Alters, P.A., presented a CLE program for The Florida Bar titled: “Proving Damages in the Significant Personal Injury Case–Plaintiff Perspective.” Paul H. Amundsen, John F. Gilroy, and Julia E. Smith, of Amundsen & Gilroy, P.A., Tallahassee, presented “Current Developments in Florida Assisted Living Facilities Law” at the 2002 Annual Conference of the Florida Assisted Living Affiliation in Miami. Vicki Smith-Bilt, of Shook, Hardy, and Bacon, L.L.P., Miami, has been named a contributor to the newly-published Certified Legal Manager Examination Study Guide, published by Miami’s Barry University in conjunction with the Association of Legal Administrators. Brett Alan Panter, of Panter, Panter, & Sampedro, Miami, spoke at a seminar in Miami sponsored by the National Business Institute on the topic of “Handling Medical Negligence Cases in Florida.” R. Lee Bennett, of GrayHarris, Orlando, has been selected by the Florida Council of Bar Association Presidents to receive the Outstanding Voluntary Bar Past President Award. Charles A. Schuette, former chair and CEO of Akerman Senterfitt, Miami, has been elected to the board of directors of Coconut Grove Bank. Carlos Reyes, of Greenberg Traurig, Ft. Lauderdale, has been selected to the Leadership Florida Class XXI. He has also been selected as an honoree of the Silver Medallion Award from the National Conference for Community & Justice. William R. Paul, of Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell, P.A., Tampa, has been re-elected president of the Association for Corporate Growth, Tampa Bay Central Florida Chapter. Edmund T. Baxa, Jr., of Foley and Lardner, Orlando, was honored by the Central Florida Chapter of the Associated General Contractors with the Bruce E. Holmes Distinguished Service Award. Steel Hector & Davis, LLP, with offices in West Palm Beach, Miami, Tallahassee, Naples, and Key West, was presented the Thomas L. Sager Award by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. Barry Spivey, of Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell, P.A., Sara-sota, spoke at the All Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Fifth Annual “Estate, Tax, Legal & Financial Planning Seminar” in St. Petersburg. His topic was titled “Postmortem Rescue of the Defective Charitable Split-Interest Trust.” Neisen O. Kasdin, of Gunster Yoakley, Miami, delivered a welcoming speech and was a roundtable panel member for the Economic Development Planning for Local Government Officials workshop at the Florida Atlantic University Ft. Lauderdale Campus, and served as a moderator for a residential development roundtable for a Vision Council workshop at Miami-Dade Community College Homestead Campus. James R. Lussier, of Mateer & Harbert, P.A., Orlando, spoke to the Orlando Regional Group of the Florida Writers Association about copyright law. A. Wayne Gill and Sharon Gill, of Gill & Associates, P.A., The Debt Collection Attorneys, Delray Beach, discussed “The Minority Business Entrepreneur: Opportunities and Challenges” in association with Florida Atlantic University and the Black Student Union at the Florida Atlantic University Center, Boca Campus. A. Wayne Gill has also been awarded the “Outstanding Commitment to Bettering Mankind Award” given by Northwood University. George H. Mazzarantani, of Abel, Band, Russell, Collier, Pitchford & Gordon, Chartered, Sarasota, has been appointed to serve on the board of advisors for Startup Florida, Inc. Robert Blank, of Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell, P.A., Tampa, was elected to the board of directors of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Florida Chapter, Inc.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two men were arrested for allegedly committing an armed home invasion in Shirley last week, Suffolk County police said.Jvon Creighton, 19, of Shirley, and 23-year-old Arnell Nash of Riverhead broke into a house on William Floyd Parkway, flashed at least one handgun and stole cell phones from two victims inside shortly before 2 p.m. Sunday, April 12, police said.Investigators apprehended the suspects 20 minutes later, police said. The victims were not injured.Both men were charged with first-degree burglary. A grand jury indicted them Monday on additional burglary and robbery charges.Judge Mark Cohen set bail for Creighton at $150,000 bond or $75,000 cash. Cohen set bail for Nash at $200,000 bond or $100,000 cash. They are due back in court on Thursday.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An investment adviser from Franklin Square was sentenced Wednesday to four ½ years in federal prison for conning his clients out of nearly $2 million in a Ponzi scheme.Paul Sullivan pleaded guilty to wire fraud in November of 2013 at Central Islip federal court.“Sullivan abused the trust placed in him by his clients, many of whom considered him a close friend,” said Kelly Currie, acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. “Sullivan then dug a deeper hole for himself and his clients by orchestrating a Ponzi scheme that ensnared even more victims.”Prosecutors said the 50-year-old man made investments without his clients’ authorization that resulted in significant losses, and when his victims caught on, he promised to repay them if they didn’t alert the authorities.In order to keep that promise, Sullivan stole funds from other clients, whom he told he was investing their money in special private investments with high rates of return, authorities said.One of Sullivan’s victims confronted him using a hidden camera and reportedly caught Sullivan admitting to the crime, prosecutors said.“What I did was completely illegal, completely wrong,” he said on the video, according to investigators. “Everything I’ve done was wrong, was illegal. I have nothing to say.”U.S. District Judge Leonard D. Wexler also sentenced Sullivan to three years of post-release supervision and ordered him to pay $1.9 million in restitution to his victims.
10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr From omnichannel digital banking and multifactor authentication to voice-enabled technology and machine learning, innovation is now inevitable. The new generation of credit union members demand better and more advanced products than ever before, but introducing new products and services can be costly and time-consuming. So how do you get the most out of your new offering? How do you highlight it in a way that doesn’t get lost in the shuffle?Successfully introducing a new product or feature to your members requires strategic planning as well as a solid public relations program—with an emphasis on outgoing news, thought leadership and promoting member testimonials.Distributing News One essential way to promote your credit union and tell current and prospective members about new products is through simply sharing the news through news releases. New releases must not only explain what the new offering is, but also include a compelling reason for why members would want to use it. What is the value? What problem does it solve for them? How does it make their lives easier? The news should be distributed directly to members, either through direct email, newsletters, the homepage of your credit union’s website, social media, etc. Following the official product launch, it is important to keep your members up to date on enhancements made to the product or new features added. continue reading »