first_img December 1, 2005 Regular News Legal Roundup Legal RoundupUSF Scholarship Endowed: Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick recently endowed a $100,000 scholarship with the University of South Florida Foundation to benefit the athletic department. “Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick is involved in numerous charitable activities throughout the community and in connection with that involvement, the local partners wanted to recognize and demonstrate support for the University of South Florida as one of the most significant contributors to the area’s current and future growth and development,” said Mark Catchur, a partner with the firm and a double alumnus of USF. Hurricane Relief: Dennis Hernandez & Associates spearheaded a relief drive for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Sites were established in Tampa, Clearwater, Sarasota, and St. Petersburg for the public to drop off nonperishable goods. After receiving the goods, Dennis Hernandez & Associates delivered four truckloads to the affected Hurricane Katrina victims. Lawyers in the Schools:Lead in your own way. That’s the message some of the staff from Page, Eichenblatt, Bernbaum & Bennett brought to a group of Orlando eighth graders recently. The staff used their own experiences to motivate students at Lockhart Middle School to lead in their own way and share those experiences with their classmates. Partners Gregg Page and Steve Eichenblatt talked about Page’s mission trip to the Dominican Republic and some of Eichenblattt’s own childhood experiences. Paralegal Thomas Harrington opened up to the students about his tour of duty in Iraq. “We enjoy talking with young people about community service and leadership,” said Page. “Nothing is more important. If we positively influence even one kid’s life, it is well worth the effort.” Indians Win at Stetson: A team from West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences in Kolkata (Calcutta), India, won the 10th annual International Environmental Moot Court Competition at Stetson University College of Law. Law students from India, Ireland, Australia, and the United States debated international environmental issues. “The competition consistently draws some of the best law student advocates worldwide,” said Stetson Professor Royal Gardner. “More important, it is a forum that highlights environmental challenges that confront our planet.” More than 60 teams from around the globe competed for a chance to make it to Stetson’s international finals, debating the hypothetical impact of an offshore wind farm on a threatened migratory bird species. NSU Enters Into Dual Degrees Arrangement: The Shepard Broad Law Center at Nova Southeastern University has signed an agreement with the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice for a dual degree program that will allow NSU students to study law in Venice for a semester while Italian students will come to NSU. The Law Center also has a similar dual degree program with the University of Barcelona. Childrens First Honors Three: Florida’s Children First, a nonprofit that protects the rights of children in the foster care system, recently held a fundraiser and awards ceremony that netted $38,000 for the organization in North Palm Beach. The organization honored Andria Cunningham, a former foster child, who is currently serving as the independent living coordinator for [email protected], a nonprofit in Boca Raton that helps foster youths. Sen. Jeffrey Atwater, R-North Palm Beach, was recognized for his commitment to children’s issues, specifically for his work on recent legislation that created a Statewide Interagency Education Agreement that ensures cooperation between the Department of Children and Families and the Florida Department of Education. Maxine Williams, staff attorney with the Juvenile Advocacy Project of the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, was honored for her contributions to the foster care system.Most recently, Williams advocated on behalf of a teenager in foster care who became the center of attention when DCF rescinded her right to have an abortion. FCSL Takes Moot Court Crown: Florida Coastal School of Law won its first national moot court competition in November. The Chicago Bar Association National Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition also marks FCSL’s third moot court competition victory this year. The winning FCSL Moot Court team, David Hollander, Cory Simmons, and Katy Peters bested Pepperdine University in the semifinal round before defeating Loyola University, Chicago, the competition’s defending champion, before a panel of judges from the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois. FCSL Professor Jeff McFarland accompanied the team to Chicago and helped the team fine-tune their oral arguments.last_img read more

first_imgJapanese shipping major Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has signed long-term towage agreements with Kotug Smit Towage (KotugSmit) effective early 2017.As disclosed, the agreements cover MOL’s container, tanker, dry-bulk and car carrier divisions, and relate to the ports of Rotterdam, Antwerp, Ghent, Terneuzen, Flushing, Bremerhaven, Hamburg, London and Southampton. “With this strategic partnership, both organizations aim to boost their operational performance by benefiting from smart collaboration and sharing operational knowledge and valuable information,” a joint press statement said.“This partnership embodies many years of mutual trust and shared values in terms of loyalty, commitment and goodwill. The strong relationship between both our organizations at all levels, from global headquarters, across different divisions to the operational levels in local ports, resulted in a good dialogue about optimization of operational performance and efficiency,” Masao Fukushima, Chief Executive Representative, Europe and Africa of MOL said. “This partnership with MOL underlines our principle, believing that harbor towage is about professional cooperation between all people involved,” KotugSmit’s CEO René Raaijmakers commented.KotugSmit was established in April 2016 through the merger of the European harbour towage activities of KOTUG International and Smit, a daughter company of Boskalis, setting as their focus the European markets. The company’s fleet features 64 tugs.last_img read more

first_imgTo ensure that youths dissipate their energy on profitable activities, effort would be geared toward raising the profile of sports to ensure that Lagos continues to be the hub of sports sector in Nigeria.The All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship Candidate in Lagos, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who believes that huge opportunities exist in sports, pledged at the weekend to utilize the sector to empowers youths when voted into office.“We know we have a huge opportunity in sports and the youths are always very energetic to do sports. What we are going to do is to identify the sports where we have strength in and look for partners that we can work with. sanwo olu “The government will build more facilities but we need the private sector for sports development to be sustained so that we can utilize the energy that I can see from all of the youths that are in Lagos, including those that wish to do athletics, football and any kind of sports. This will be under our entertainment and tourism plans, that is where we have sports and we are going to be heavy on it,” Sanwo-Olu said this during the ‘Lagos Walk With Sanwo-Olu’ fitness exercise organised by 39142 Group in Lagos at the weekend.He added: “As you can see, we are all here to pass on the message that ours is going to be a keep fit government which underscores the importance of staying healthy. Healthy living is what we will be propagating through sports. You know that is only when you have a healthy environment that you have a wealthy state.“We will work out a plan to have this walk initiative regularly when we get into government. It might not be every Saturday but we will have it in every part of Lagos. We will go round different locations, different divisions, and encourage people to come out and walk with us, so that they free themselves of little illnesses by exercising their body and, by walking, they will be able to think better,” he noted.The walk which took off from the Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) and terminated at the Muri Okunola Park, had several youths across the state taking part in the 10km fitness exerciseShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgA seminar held at the Grand Coastal Hotel at Le Ressouvenir, East Coast Demerara (ECD), on Wednesday is seeking to accelerate the Government’s Green ‘economy’ agenda in the regions.United Nations Resident Coordinator Mikiko TanakaThe Administration and the United Nations (UN) Environment Programme have partnered to host the one-day awareness forum on the Green State Development Strategy (GSDS).Region Four Chairperson Genevieve Allen explained that the forum, the first of its kind, targets a wide cross-section of local government officials in order to promote leadership and ownership of the strategy.Allen urged the participants to emulate the recommendations of the workshop and to implement them in their respective communities, in order to propel the Government’s agenda.“We will hope that you will not allow the conversation to conclude within these walls, but that you take this conversation to all the corners of Guyana, that you will engage all the stakeholders, constituencies at all levels within your community so that coming out of these deliberations, we can have contribution for inclusion in the GSDS,” the Regional Chairperson said.Director of the Department of Environment, Ministry of the Presidency, Ndibi SchwiersUN Resident Coordinator Mikiko Tanaka said that though this was the starting point of the countrywide awareness workshop, the strategy could be considered quite ambitious.Meanwhile, Ndibi Schwiers, Director of the Department of Environment, Ministry of the Presidency, said that the focus of the GSDS created a different pathway for the country regarding its coming oil production market as opposed to other countries that did not implement policies to safeguard their environment.“We have the benefit, or we have the gift of hindsight. We are in a very fortunate position as we can now learn from those societies. We can do what they did not do, the Green State Development Strategy is intended to bring together all of our sector policies and various sector strategies,” Schwiers said.She added that the lack of policies and strategies when dealing with the economy and development of a country could lead to a catastrophe hence the implementation of the GSDS.Region Four Chairperson Genevieve AllenSchwiers reiterated that using the GSDS would holistically ensure that benefits are reaped from the country’s resources as a way to guarantee the good life for future generations.The aim of the GSDS is to guide the country’s economic and socio-cultural development by diversifying the economy, and reducing dependence on traditional sectors, while creating new sustainable income and investment opportunities.This Strategy also aims to achieve the goals set in Agenda 2030 – the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to attain the establishment of a Green Economy assured by the Government. (DPI)last_img read more

first_imgSimi Valley police Lt. Greg Riegert said his department has been focusing attention of graffiti vandalism as soon as it arises. “After the last arrests in December we had no graffiti for several weeks,” he said. “The new cases developed in the last few weeks. … It goes in spurts.” “When you suddenly get hit with a whole bunch of damage, it attracts attention,” he said. “The public is on the lookout for it. Our biggest help is from the schools.” As to why teenagers would get involved in this type of activity, Riegert said it had something to do with boredom and thrill-seeking. “They know they can get caught, and that’s where the thrill comes from,” he said. [email protected] (805) 583-7602 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SIMI VALLEY – On the lookout for graffiti after a dramatic increase in tagging last year, police have arrested four teenagers suspected of causing $13,000 in damage to local schools, officials said. The four boys were arrested last week in connection with graffiti found at Royal and Moorpark high schools and Hollow Hills Elementary School. They were apprehended after one was seen with his characteristic tag on some personal property he had at school. “They are not gang members. They are taggers,” said Sgt. Darin Muehler, supervisor of the Simi Valley Police Department’s Special Problems Section. “These kids put this out there so they’re known. That’s why they go out on what they call `bombing runs,’ putting up their graffiti where it can be seen by others.” Muehler said one of the taggers told police he did it for the notoriety. “They hit the schools because that’s where they can get the most recognition the quickest,” he said. In December, six other teenagers were arrested in connection with a tagging spree that caused $60,000 in damage. Muehler said those six are not connected with the recent spate of vandalism. Simi Valley officials have been tracking graffiti vandalism since 1990; results are posted on the city’s Web site, They report that graffiti cases peaked in 1993, with 4,038 incidents, and dropped to a low of 526 in 2002. Since then, however, graffiti cases have risen to 2,388 in 2006, dramatically above the 856 cases in 2005. The situation shocked city officials and led to the hiring last summer of a graffiti-abatement officer at a cost of $95,000 annually. last_img