A plastic surgeon has been accused of “serious professional misconduct” this week, after beginning a sexual relationship with one of his patients he was treating at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital in July 2001. Consultant surgeon Dr Henk Giele, 39, allegedly used his rounds at the hospital to secretly fondle the married patient, identified only as “Mrs A,” whom he was treating for the flesh eating bug, “necrotising fasciitis.” From October 2001 Giele was involved in a sexual relationship with the emotionally fragile businesswoman, who had an unstable background, and the couple had sex up to twelve times at the surgeon’s Oxfordshire home, the General Medical Council’s professional conduct committee was told. A friend of Mrs A, Oxford company director Amanda Spriggs told the central London hearing that the relationship was clearly an “abusive” one in which her friend was being used for sex. Describing one hospital visit with Mrs A, Spriggs recalled,“She said that he was particularly familiar with her. He took risks. He came to her bedside to see her on ward rounds and sometimes put his hand over the top of the sheet and stroked her leg. She said she thought it was risky.” Giele on the other hand denies commencing an inappropriately flirtatious relationship with the mother of three. He claims that the woman was stalking and harassing him, sending text messages and making over 400 telephone calls in an attempt to prolong the affair. She even continued to try and contact him after the complaint to the medical authorities had been made he told the tribunal. Giele denies the allegations of serious professional misconduct and abuse of trust.ARCHIVE: 3rd week TT 2004
Picture by Lori DiVerniero of 7 Souls StudioHow to turn a vacation house into a home.In our small suburban town we stood at the bus stop as the brisk wind rushed past us. I held tightly onto both of my children’s hands. I found I was squeezing their chubby little fingers a bit tighter this morning after receiving the call from the accident scene. Still, I couldn’t bring myself to loosen the grip. In the distance, the sound of the helicopter blades cutting through the February air was drawing closer. My youngest, just 5 at the time looked upward. Squinting, he asked “Mommy, who do you think that is for?” It was as if the small cyclone the chopper was creating would suck us up at any moment. As it passed directly overhead, only I knew where it was going. It was then that I decided if he was okay we would follow our hearts and raise our family on the island. I put both children on the bus, got in my car and chased after the sound of the sirens.Our story has a happy ending. Three houses and just as many renovations later we have been living as full time residents in a town full of vacation houses. A city council candidate recently mentioned that his campaign would address the notion of bringing more families into town as year round residents. Why not enjoy the island all year long? It is not a tough sell in theory, but how do we make a vacation home into a full time residence. It is no secret that in comparison to the mainland there are size and cost differences. In addition, there is the realization that many of us will be living in what once was someone’s summer place. Many homes were and still are built to accommodate individuals for a week or two. Issues abound, older beach homes lack storage or the proper flow for entertaining, the typical layout of a newly built home only allows for one common living area, and the suburban finished basement does not exist anywhere on the island.In our case, we were charged with the task of fitting eight years of items we had collected into a house that was a third of the size. As we began to pack and sort through our collection, we felt as if we were on the set of a hoarder’s episode. We amassed things because we could. Stored in the eaves of our attic, down in our dungeon like basement, and shoved into all the newly built closets we had added to our home were things we had collected. To purge our motto was: “If we never saw this again would we miss it or think about it?” If the answer was no then out to the curb it went. Slowly but surely we downsized our belongings, realizing that we would need to live quite differently in our new home in Ocean City.We have met so many welcoming and interesting people in our short six years here. Many of them living unusually in their homes. Currently we own a multi- family unit, our first tenants set to move in this spring. Have we ever been landlords? Nope, but becoming one enables us to live in Mrs. Hoovers house where each morning we can watch the sun dance across the ocean from our bedroom. A unique situation, but we couldn’t be more excited. We have friends who have spread out into an entire duplex connected by a cousin’s staircase, friends living in a small cottage brimming at the seams, and friends living in the first floor of a house only to have new neighbors arrive each summer Saturday. We have met people living in and running a bed and breakfast, living in their small first floor apartment while they painstakingly rehab their 100 year old home, living in the extra quarters of their parent’s home, and some living in single family homes in neighborhoods where not many porch lights are lit in the off season. Each of us has one thing in common, we are living here quite content in our unconventional homes.Would l love a room that could house all of the rogue shoes and coats sprawled about our family room floor? A basement to store my eclectic treasures? A huge walk in linen closet to store the overflow of blankets and pillows I keep on hand for weekend guests? Sure I would. No matter where we live we always wish for changes in our homes. Yet each morning after dropping my daughter off at school, I take the long way home. Turning onto Beach Road, I am in awe of the view from my passenger side window. The sun peaking up over the ocean, the dune grass blowing in the wind, no matter the weather, it is breathtaking. I wouldn’t trade that view for any of those wants. With the ability to telecommute, the airport close by for business travel, shopping at our fingertips online, as well as easy access to Center City we all make it work.We traded in our lawn mower for our beach chairs, and we couldn’t be happier.For information on downsizing, organization, or redesigning your space Maureen can be reached @ [email protected]
When we spoke to Melvin Seals just a few weeks ago, ahead of a tour with JGB, the keyboardist had nothing but enthusiasm for the upcoming shows. “I put more into it than I’ve ever put into it because I wanna make sure it’s right; that we’re doing exactly what we used to do. Now I’m all over the parts, tempos, keys and words. I’ve done more studying of the music without Jerry than when I was with him.”Melvin Seals On Faithfully Carrying The Torch Of Jerry GarciaIt was certainly right when Seals & JGB rolled into The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY last night, March 4th, with Seals leading the charge for an incredible performance. The band dove headfirst into all of the Jerry Garcia Band classics, including The Stones’ “Let’s Spend The Night Together,” Jimmy Cliff’s “The Harder They Come,” Elvis’s “That’s Alright, Mama” and so many more.Thanks to taper nico11104, we have full audio from this glorious affair. Tune in below:Setlist: Melvin Seals & JGB at The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY – 3/4/16Set One: Let’s Spend The Night Together> The Harder They Come> Get Out Of My Life Woman> Valerie, If I Had The World to Give, Applegate> That’s Alright MamaSet Two: How Sweet It Is> The Way You Do The Things You Do> Ain’t No Bread In the Breadbox, Lucky Old Sun, Merle’s Tune, I Hope It Won’t Be This Way Always> How Sweet It Is (coda)> Let’s Spend The Night Together (coda), Magnificent Sanctuary Band
On Wednesday, May 10th, Relix hosted their first-ever Relix Live Music Conference, which brought together some of the most prominent figures from the music industry to lead panels and discussions on the fast-paced and ever-changing nature of the live music business and how it pertains to venues, festivals, publicity, management, technology, non-profits, and more. The one-day sold-out event took over New York’s Brooklyn Bowl, giving attendees a chance to gain valuable insight from and pick the brains of some of the more noted names in the live music industry. However, perhaps one of the most exciting stand-out moments of the day was the final keynote that closed the conference, which brought together highly successful promoters and live music tycoons Ron Delsener and Peter Shapiro for a conversation moderated by the noted rock-and-roll writer, critic, historian of Rolling Stone fame David Fricke.10 Invaluable Insights From The Relix Live Music Conference Across the one-hour segment, the two legendary promoters share their own personal insight into the business including how they started out and how the times have changed between now and then. The three also share a lot of laughs, with Shapiro and Delsener also swapping stories from throughout their careers. You can check out the keynote from the Relix Live Music conference earlier this month below, courtesy of Relix.
Jessie Mueller It’s Friday, and you know what that means—pause The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt for a sec, because it’s time for the Lessons of the Week! We’re recapping all of the weird stuff that happened on Broadway over the last seven days, from those clumsy Von Trapp kids to Tom Cruise’s obvious desire to become a Dynamo. Ready? OK!Broadway Is Holding Bruce Willis CaptiveWe’ve always been Bruce Willis’ number one fan, so we’re thrilled that he’s decided—um, yes, that’s it, decided under his own free will to star on Broadway in Misery opposite Elizabeth Marvel. We’re so thrilled, we’re making him a huge meatloaf with a top-secret special ingredient just for him (Spoiler alert: it’s Spam. And possibly blood.) So excited to have you on Broadway, Bruce!Death, Dying and Disease Are Super FunOn a lighter note, Erika Henningsen and the new stars of Les Miserables couldn’t be more psyched to catch diseases, have crazy death scenes, and of course, watch all of their friends get violently murdered in the new revival. Oh, that works out great, because we’re psyched to see you guys in the show! And also see Ramin do this again. But mostly you guys!Oprah Don’t Do SadnessSpeaking of death (wow, this week is depressing), Oprah isn’t going to be starring in Night, Mother after all because she doesn’t want to spend six months thinking about suicide. Totally understandable, O, as long as you still make your Broadway debut opposite Audra McDonald. Why don’t you take a field trip to Eggfartopia so you gals can figure this one out?Hedwig Is a Lady Who LunchesWe’ve always compared Hedwig to glam rockers like David Bowie and Iggy Pop, but apparently she’s much more like Elaine Stritch. This week, Hedwig co-creator John Cameron Mitchell told us the transgender rock star’s journey is a lot like Stritchy’s solo show At Liberty. Everybody rise (to get spit at)! Rise (for a gummi bear)! Rise (for a glittery car wash)!Jessie Mueller Needs Some CashGuys, Jessie Mueller is no longer a “Natural Woman.” Sigh. She’s departing the cast of Beautiful on March 6—but don’t worry, she says she’ll still be keeping in touch with the cast…to ask them for money. Jessie, what did you do with all that sweet Dollar Friday cash you won? Don’t tell us you spent it all on peanut butter cups.Laura Benanti & Jeremy Jordan Can Fly…Well, sorta. The Broadway duo will appear on CBS’ Supergirl, with Jeremy Jordan as Supergirl’s IT whiz co-worker Winslow “Winn” Schott and Benanti as Supergirl’s mom, Alura Zor-El. We assume Supergirl’s mom and Supergirl’s co-worker sing a bunch of really awesome duets together, right CBS? Right?!? (Don’t make us break your ankles with a sledgehammer.)The Von Trapp Kids Were KlutzesIn honor of The Sound of Music film’s 50th anniversary, Broadway.com made a list of 50 fun facts about the movie, and it seems like almost half of them are about the Von Trapps falling out of gazebos (how do you even fall out of a gazebo?), toppling out of boats, tripping in the mud and otherwise getting injured during filming. Maybe y’all shouldn’t “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” after all.Kelly Clarkson Is Ready For Her Close-UpIs Miss Independent is trying to tell us something? First, she hinted that she’d been wanting to star in Funny Girl ever since she was a tyke. Then she did some jazz hands with Jennifer Nettles backstage at Chicago. Now she’s gushing over Bernadette Peters. Kelly, is it true? From Justin to Kelly: The Musical is coming to Broadway?! Finally!Kelli O’Hara Had Sex at the ImperialSpeaking of Kellys (well, Kellis), we’ve always assumed the prolific star of The King and I spends her offstage time vocalizing and sipping Throat Coat. But in reality, she’s gettin’ it on! The Broadway sweetheart admitted to doing the nasty at the Imperial Theatre with her hubby while starring in Nice Work If You Can Get It. New Les Miz stars, don’t worry about christening those dressing rooms, Kelli’s already gone ahead and done that for you. You’re welcome.Tom Cruise Is a Super TrouperNope, Rock of Ages isn’t the only musical Tom Cruise is into—apparently he also loves ABBA, because Chilina Kennedy spotted him in the front row when she was starring in Mamma Mia! on the road. We’re marking our calendars: Only 10 years until Tom can play Sam, Suri can play Sophie and a young, attractive Hollywood starlet can “audition” to play Donna. Star Files View Comments
We are pleased to announce our October issue of BRO is on newsstands and online! The leaves are beginning to change and the nights are cooling down; Fall is here and Blue Ridge Outdoors has your autumn adventure plans covered.Jess Daddio is at it again this month with a feature on the Great Eastern Trail, a long distance hiking trail that parallels the Appalachian Trail from Alabama to New York. The trail is made up of connecting existing trails and is not quite complete as of yet, but that didn’t stop a couple of intrepid hikers from thru-hiking the GET from end to end. We have the story of their thru-hike, plus a guide to the trail. We also give you eight great fall adventures that include incredible views of all the fall colors the Blue Ridge has to offer. There is something for everyone from climbers, to bikers, to hikers, to paddlers. Speaking of paddling, Graham canoes down the new French Broad River Trail with a French Broad River Keeper to check what the new blueway has to offer. Spoiler alert: it’s a lot. There is also an op-ed from pro paddler and North Carolina native Chris Gratgmans on the current state of the Green Race: is it becoming too popular and attracting paddlers that are not suited for the level necessary to negotiate the river? Does the race need a screening process? Chris offers his opinion.This month’s essays are full of important issues and big adventures. Learn to hang glide, help save one of the most polluted rivers in America right in our backyard, experience what it’s like to be a girl in man’s river guide world, and take a hike with a father and his autistic son.We discuss and interview a couple of Blue Ridge record breakers in Matt Kirk and Ben Friberg. This summer Kirk set a new “unofficial” unsupported Appalachian Trail speed record, while Friberg paddled his SUP from Havanna, Cuba, to Key West, Florida, becoming the first person ever to do so. These are amazing athletic achievements, which flows right into our Debate question for this month: Should performance-enhancing drugs be legalized? Then our issue wraps with a profile of Americana queen Nora Jane Struthers and her circular path to new grass stardom.We hope you enjoy this issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors! We had a blast putting it together, and we hope you have a blast reading it.Let us know what you think about this issue or other issues in the comments below!FeaturesGET: The Next A.T.Adventures With a Splash of ColorThe Green Race: Disaster Waiting to Happen?No Rush: On the New French Broad River TrailEssaysBig Adventure: Learning to Hang GlideA Hike Worth Talking AboutThe Forgotten River: Saving D.C.’s Anacostia RiverGirl Guide: On Being a Woman and a Whitewater GuideDepartmentsBen Friberg: Havanna to Key West on a PaddleboardMatt Kirk Sets New A.T. Speed RecordDebate: Should Performance-Enhancing Drugs Be Legalized?Americana Circus: Nora Jane Struthers
Rhetoric In agreeing to raise the minimum recruitment age, Márquez did not miss the chance to denounce State military recruitment as being “forced and favorable to the urban elite who are able to shirk service requirements based on social status.” He further used media attention to condemn the military use of batidas which are checkpoints that are set up at random by Soldiers. Traditionally, batidas have been used to determine if Colombian males have defined their military status after finishing secondary school or when reaching the age of 18 as required by law. If those stopped by Soldiers cannot provide justification as to why they have not defined their status, they may be immediately ordered to duty. If the FARC does indeed keep its promise to release children, the ICBF will play a direct role in helping demobilized children re-integrate into society through what is known as a “disengagement process.” As stated by ICBF Director Marco Zuluaga, this would ideally involve a trained professional who would be placed in the home with the child to help with the transition. By Dialogo March 23, 2015 FARC negotiator Iván Márquez further indicated during follow-on interviews with the Colombian based news media company Caracol that any children under the minimum recruitment age would be “discharged from the war” within a short period of time as it is not FARC policy to recruit minors in the first place. He also used the moment to promulgate propaganda aimed at discrediting Colombian Military recruitment practices while simultaneously denying any fault by the FARC in this arena. In agreeing to raise the minimum recruitment age, Márquez did not miss the chance to denounce State military recruitment as being “forced and favorable to the urban elite who are able to shirk service requirements based on social status.” He further used media attention to condemn the military use of batidas which are checkpoints that are set up at random by Soldiers. Traditionally, batidas have been used to determine if Colombian males have defined their military status after finishing secondary school or when reaching the age of 18 as required by law. If those stopped by Soldiers cannot provide justification as to why they have not defined their status, they may be immediately ordered to duty. During decades of operations aimed at combating the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Colombian authorities have seized secret diaries, indoctrination protocols, propaganda flyers, and even information containing specific methods utilized to recruit children. Colombian governmental response to FARC age minimum Ultimately, the end goal of any reintegration is to avoid the risk of regression and to help the demobilized child soldier become an active part of society. Meanwhile, the Colombian government has welcomed the move made by the FARC to raise the minimum recruitment age from 15 to 17, but President Manuel Santos indicated it is not enough and demanded the release of minors currently in the hands of the FARC. He further expressed angst at why they chose 17 as its age minimum when norms for combat participation are 18 in Colombia. Still, any progress in the ongoing two-year negotiation process is a step in the right direction according to the chief government negotiator. Márquez accuses the Colombian government of forcing military service when in reality it is invoking its right to mandate military conscription which is an established international practice. Per the Colombian constitution, Article 216 clearly states that all Colombians are required to take up arms when necessary to defend national independence and public institutions. Additional guidelines such as law 48 (approved in 1993) clearly outline service requirements which range from 12-24 months. The Colombian government is also clear about age recruitment minimums. The Army’s minimum age for enlistees is 19, while the Navy’s is 16. Those enlisting under the age of 20 are required to present proof of permission granted by either their parents or their guardian. FARC negotiator Iván Márquez further indicated during follow-on interviews with the Colombian based news media company Caracol that any children under the minimum recruitment age would be “discharged from the war” within a short period of time as it is not FARC policy to recruit minors in the first place. He also used the moment to promulgate propaganda aimed at discrediting Colombian Military recruitment practices while simultaneously denying any fault by the FARC in this arena. Reality As part of peace talk agreements, Márquez has agreed to release any children under the minimum age of service from FARC ranks, but he stated that there are only 13 fighters younger than 15 years of age currently serving in the group. When questioned by news media source Caracol about whether these minors were recruited, Márquez stated that the children are likely offspring of current FARC members or possibly joined the organization after being orphaned. He also added that contrary to institutional propaganda and false claims made by those looking to delegitimize the FARC, under no circumstances does the organization resort to forced recruitment. In fact, he stated that this practice would actually be counterproductive to FARC beliefs and that anyone who joins the group is able to do so consciously and voluntarily between the ages of 15 and 30. The way forward Reality Colombian newspaper El Espectador reported that although the FARC has systematically denied claims regarding child recruitment, it has agreed to raise its minimum recruitment age from 15 to 17 as part of peace agreement talks with the Colombian government. Colombian newspaper El Espectador reported that although the FARC has systematically denied claims regarding child recruitment, it has agreed to raise its minimum recruitment age from 15 to 17 as part of peace agreement talks with the Colombian government. Colombian governmental response to FARC age minimum Conversely, multiple cases documented by Colombian and international news media sources outline forced FARC recruitment of minors in some of the poorest areas of the country such as Caquetá, Antioquia, Tolima, Vaupés, Cauca, and Putumayo. In fact, the Colombian Family Welfare Institute (ICBF) reported data indicating that of the 5,075 children demobilized from guerilla groups between 1992 and 2012, 3,000 pertained to the FARC. This is not to say that all demobilized children were forcefully recruited, but it is a known tactic utilized by the FARC. The way forward During decades of operations aimed at combating the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Colombian authorities have seized secret diaries, indoctrination protocols, propaganda flyers, and even information containing specific methods utilized to recruit children. Conversely, multiple cases documented by Colombian and international news media sources outline forced FARC recruitment of minors in some of the poorest areas of the country such as Caquetá, Antioquia, Tolima, Vaupés, Cauca, and Putumayo. In fact, the Colombian Family Welfare Institute (ICBF) reported data indicating that of the 5,075 children demobilized from guerilla groups between 1992 and 2012, 3,000 pertained to the FARC. This is not to say that all demobilized children were forcefully recruited, but it is a known tactic utilized by the FARC. Rhetoric As part of peace talk agreements, Márquez has agreed to release any children under the minimum age of service from FARC ranks, but he stated that there are only 13 fighters younger than 15 years of age currently serving in the group. When questioned by news media source Caracol about whether these minors were recruited, Márquez stated that the children are likely offspring of current FARC members or possibly joined the organization after being orphaned. He also added that contrary to institutional propaganda and false claims made by those looking to delegitimize the FARC, under no circumstances does the organization resort to forced recruitment. In fact, he stated that this practice would actually be counterproductive to FARC beliefs and that anyone who joins the group is able to do so consciously and voluntarily between the ages of 15 and 30. Márquez accuses the Colombian government of forcing military service when in reality it is invoking its right to mandate military conscription which is an established international practice. Per the Colombian constitution, Article 216 clearly states that all Colombians are required to take up arms when necessary to defend national independence and public institutions. Additional guidelines such as law 48 (approved in 1993) clearly outline service requirements which range from 12-24 months. The Colombian government is also clear about age recruitment minimums. The Army’s minimum age for enlistees is 19, while the Navy’s is 16. Those enlisting under the age of 20 are required to present proof of permission granted by either their parents or their guardian. If the FARC does indeed keep its promise to release children, the ICBF will play a direct role in helping demobilized children re-integrate into society through what is known as a “disengagement process.” As stated by ICBF Director Marco Zuluaga, this would ideally involve a trained professional who would be placed in the home with the child to help with the transition. Ultimately, the end goal of any reintegration is to avoid the risk of regression and to help the demobilized child soldier become an active part of society. Meanwhile, the Colombian government has welcomed the move made by the FARC to raise the minimum recruitment age from 15 to 17, but President Manuel Santos indicated it is not enough and demanded the release of minors currently in the hands of the FARC. He further expressed angst at why they chose 17 as its age minimum when norms for combat participation are 18 in Colombia. Still, any progress in the ongoing two-year negotiation process is a step in the right direction according to the chief government negotiator. I don’t get it, if the FARC are going to lay down their arms, which means their war activities would end, why do they talk about continuing to recruit people as young as 17 years old? There you can see the FARC’s ability to lie. You think the FARC will put down their weapons?
On the Move Marcos Daniel Jimenez joined Kenny Nachwalter, P.A., as a shareholder where he will focus on civil and criminal litigation and trial work. James C. Washburn and Michael W. Hensen have become associated with Pohl & Short in Winter Park. Washburn practices in the area of commercial litigation and Hensen practices in the area of real estate law. Kenneth C. Steel III and Christopher M. Cobb joined Volpe, Bajalia, Wickes, Rogerson, Galloway & Wachs. Steel practices in the areas of civil and commercial litigation. Cobb practices in the areas of complex commercial, business, and insurance litigation, appellate law, and plaintiff’s personal injury. Larry M. Roth announces the formation of the Law Offices of Larry M. Roth located at 1615 Edgewater Dr., Suite 180, Orlando 32804; phone (407) 872-2239. The firm concentrates on motor vehicle product liability defense cases, and selective complex civil and commercial plaintiffs’ cases. Paul R. Valcore joined the Office of the Public Defender in Sebring. Valcore joined the trial division. Barbara J. Prasse joined Bavol Judge as an associate. Timothy J. Durocher joined Kilgore, Pearlman, Stamp, Ornstein & Squires as an associate. Dorothy F. Green joined Gronek & Latham as a partner practicing in the area of labor and employment law. Howard J. Wiener joined Fowler White Boggs Banker in West Palm Beach as a shareholder in the firm’s trusts and estates practice group. Thomas J. Goeglein joined Hill, Ward & Henderson in Tampa in the firm’s real estate development and finance group. Sheri M. Alter joined Assouline & Berlowe as of counsel. Alter will be working in the firm’s Broward office where her practice focuses on commercial litigation and employment law matters. Daniel A. Bechtold and C. Kelley Corbridge announce the establishment of Bechtold & Corbridge with offices at 240 Nokomis Avenue, Venice 34285 and 1432 First Street, Sarasota 34236. Of counsel to the firm include Roger O. Isphording, Clifton F. White, and Dooley & Drake. Bechtold, White and Isphording are board certified in wills, trusts, and estates, and Ishphording is also certified in taxation. Corbridge practices in the areas of estate planning and probate. Steven Garellek, Mindy Stein, and Lawrence Steinberg joined Berger Singerman in Boca Raton. Jennifer S. Schembri was elected a shareholder of Abel Band in Sarasota. Sarah E. Spector joined Henderson Franklin in Ft. Myers as an associate. Spector represents clients primarily in the areas of land use and environmental law, as well as in matters involving zoning. Additionally, Kamala “Kami” Corbett joined the firm as an associate. Corbett focuses her practice in the areas of land use and environmental law. Ruben V. Chavez joined Goldfarb & Gold in Miami. Chavez concentrates his practice in complex civil litigation matters. Jack B. Tuter Jr., William Wichmann, and Susan H. Aprill joined Conrad & Scherer in Ft. Lauderdale. The Tampa office of Arnstein & Lehr has acquired Cohn & Cohn in Tampa. Joining Arnstein are partners Vanessa Negron Cohn, Ronald B. Cohn, and W. Patrick Ayers. Gregory C. Harrell joined Mateer Harbert as an associate practicing in the areas of general civil litigation and appellate law, with an emphasis on commercial litigation, probate litigation, and employment law. Adam B. Bear, Neil A. Covone, Tamara M. Green, and James H. Wyman joined Hinshaw & Culbertson in Ft. Lauderdale as associates. Additionally, Colleen A. Hoey and Jody A. Tuttle joined the firm in Miami. Richard F. Joyce joined Akerman Senterfitt as of counsel in the Orlando office’s corporate practice group. Curtis D. Mendenhall announces the opening of his solo practice in Orlando practicing primarily in the area of criminal defense. His offices are located at 301 East Pine Street, Suite 150, Orlando 32801; phone (407)210-3808; e-mail [email protected] Jeffrey A. Yost joined Lord, Bissell & Brook in Atlanta, GA, as a partner. Yost concentrates his practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, business formations, and general corporate counseling. David M. Adelstein joined Kirwin Norris in Winter Park. Adelstein concentrates his practice on all aspects of construction law, with an emphasis on construction litigation. David M. Gobeo, II joined Constangy, Brooks & Smith in Tampa as an associate. Gobeo joins the firm’s employment law and litigation practice. Brigham McCown was appointed deputy administrator for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. Daniel E. Tropp announced the formation of The Law Offices of Daniel E. Tropp, P.A. Tropp practices in the areas of workers’ comp and personal injury litigation. The Law Offices of Cynthia J. Dienstag, with offices in Miami, proudly announces the establishment of its second office located in Weston. Dienstag concentrates in marital and family law litigation. Her new office is located at 1792 Bell Tower Lane, Suite #103, Weston 33326; phone (954) 315-3672. Rodd Santomauro has been named junior partner of The Law Office of Gray Camfield in Palm Bay. The practice will now be known as The Law Office of Camfield & Santomauro. Kirsten L. Vignec has become a shareholder of Ward Rovell in Tampa. Vignec practices in the areas of employee benefits and executive compensation. Jeffrey P. Buak has joined Akerman Senterfitt as of counsel in the Orlando office’s real estate group. Additionally, Ryan R. Fuller has joined the firm in Jacksonville as an associate in the Labor and Employment group. J. Ron Smith joined Lilly, O’Toole & Brown in Lakeland, and practices in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, and medical malpractice. Roberto F. Fleitas III has been named partner of Fleitas & Bujan in Miami. Fleitas practices in the areas of international business transactions, as well as the acquisition, development, and closings of commercial and residential real estate. The firm will now be known as Fleitas, Bujan & Fleitas. W. Todd Smith and Michele Leo Hintson have joined with Peter Meros, Skip Olney, Walter Smith, and Belinda Lazzara in the firm of Meros, Smith & Olney in St. Petersburg . Andrew W. Frey has joined Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart in Miami as an associate. Frey is a member of the real estate department and focuses on land use law. Bilbrey & Cowan announce that J. Tracy Cowan has been recalled to active duty as a major in the U. S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps. The firm’s name has been changed to the Bilbrey Law Firm and concentrates on litigation including personal injury and commercial litigation and family law. Kristin A. West has relocated her practice to 110 Southeast Sixth Street, AutoNation Tower, Suite 1900, Ft. Lauderdale 33301; phone (954)522-1101. The firm concentrates in marital and family law. Joanne Springer, Amy Koltnow and Brigette Adams have joined Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky & Abate. Springer joins as of counsel, and Koltnow and Adams join as associates. Joseph M. Fasi II joined Greenhalgh & Krueger as a member and shareholder. Fasi’s areas of practice are civil trial, professional negligence, personal injury, family law, real estate, and sports and entertainment law. The firm will now be known as Greenhalgh Krueger Hernandez & Fasi. Regina B. de Moraes-Millan joined Revilla & Goldstein in Miami as an associate. David H. Rosenberg announces the opening of his firm David H. Rosenberg, P.L. in Sarasota. The firm handles all types of real estate transactions, business/contract matters, construction law, corporate formations, and civil litigation. Additionally, Cynthia R. Pucillo joined the firm. Joyner & Jordan-Holmes announced the formation of the JJH Mediation Program. Clark Jordan-Holmes and Barbara Bernardo head the program. Ronald A. Eisenberg joined Henderson Franklin as a stockholder in the Bonita Springs office. Eisenberg focuses his practice in the areas of estate planning, estate and trust administration, and taxation. Eric A. Gordon has joined Akerman Senterfitt as of counsel in the West Palm Beach office’s labor and employment group. Andrew B. Rosenblatt has relocated his offices to The Grand Bay Office Plaza, 2665 South Bayshore Drive, Suite 703, Miami, 33133; phone: (305) 577-4350; fax: (305) 577-4353. Orion G. Callison III joined Berman, Kean & Riguera as a senior associate. Callison practices in general civil commercial litigation with an emphasis in commercial litigation. Jennifer L. Sweeting joined Penson & Padgett as an associate. Sweeting focuses her practice on marital and family law and probate. V. Michael Arias joined Carlson & Lewittes as of counsel. Arias concentrates in the areas of securities, compliance, regulatory, and financial legal matters. Helenmarie M. Blake, Samantha Jean Fitzgerald, Helaine Goodner, and Jason L. Weissman were named shareholders of Fowler White Burnett in Miami. McIntosh, Sawran, Peltz & Cartaya announces the relocation of its Central Florida office to 1800 Pembroke Dr., Suite 300, Orlando 32810; phone (407) 660-6670; fax (407) 660-6671; Web site www.mspcesq.com. Adam S. Tanenbaum has joined the Office of the Public Defender, Ninth Judicial Circuit in Orlando as an assistant public defender. Gregory A. Williamson joined Brant, Abraham, Reiter, McCormick & Greene. Williamson practices in the areas of employment law and commercial litigation. Nathan L. Townsend and Wendy Cramer Townsend announce the opening of the Law Offices of Nathan L. Townsend located at 9385 N. 56th Street, Ste. 201, Tampa 33617; phone (813) 988-5500. The firm provides legal services in the areas of estate planning, estate and trust administration, and asset protection. September 1, 2005 On the Move September 1, 2005 On the Move
2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Kenia Calderon As Client Relations Director for Coopera, Kenia Calderon Ceron partners with credit unions to create and execute strategies to grow membership and connect them with the Hispanic community. As a … Web: www.cooperaconsulting.com Details Experts have predicted that this is the year the U.S. Latino population will comprise the majority of new household formations and, correspondingly, new home purchases.The last decade has seen the U.S. Latino population emerge as the fastest-growing demographic in an increasingly diversifying nation. We know that the 59.9 million Latinos who currently call the U.S. home account for one in every five members of the U.S. population. Thanks to anticipated continued growth, Latinos will comprise one in every three members of the U.S. population by 2050.Along with population growth comes an escalating and formidable financial impact. We’ve already seen it happening nationwide, with significant increases in savings and buying power and a dominant growth rate in labor force participation. For most of us, our ultimate financial goal is home ownership, and more Latinos than ever before are participating in the housing market. Their participation will only increase as the population continues to grow.Research data from the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP) bears this out. In 2018, Latinos represented a net gain of 362,000 new homeowners. This raised the rate of new Latino homeownership to 47.2 percent of all new homeowners, compared to 46.2 percent in 2017. Over the past decade, Latinos have accounted for 62.7 percent of all new U.S. homeownership gains, NAHREP reports, growing from 6.3 million homeowners during the period to nearly 7.9 million homeowners by 2018. By 2030, researchers anticipate that 56 percent of all new homeowners will come from the Latino market, which will then dominate the sector.Plainly put, this is a sea of change in the market that could sink mortgage lenders who are not prepared to tap into it. Credit unions, known for working with their members, may be in a better position than other lenders to ride the wave to increased success. However, not all institutions are well prepared in reaching out to Latinos in meaningful ways. Lose enough of these opportunities among Latino borrowers, and rest assured their other business will follow.To reach this growing market, you must understand and respect the ways in which the Latino community differs from the more traditional market your credit union may already be serving. And even within the Latino market, there is diversity based on age, family structure and country of origin. My team analyzes geographical Latino markets to determine potential-member product needs and growth strategies to attract what is often an underserved or unbanked community.Understanding is the key to everything – from marketing approaches to operational success. The more specialized your efforts are, the more successful they will be. The basics, of course, include involving bilingual staff at all levels who are well trained and culturally sensitized to the needs of Latino members. Creating a corporate culture from the board of directors to the teller line that not only accepts, but embraces this market is a necessity for success.For a more nuanced approach to marketing, NAHREP again offers some research-based observations. Research data has shown that Latinos believe advertising is meant for them when it includes people who look like them (52 percent), reflects their cultural values (59 percent), and recognizes their cultural background (61 percent). Integrating those sensitivities in all member communications as well as exploring other operational alternatives [including making loans using Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs)] are critical steps in reaching this market.Not every credit union is comfortable making such changes at first, but those that do are already seeing an increase in Latino home mortgage business. Reach out to your Latino community to help more members join the swell of new homebuyers. Explore holistic secondary market options like Inclusiv’s Mortgage. Create an environment in which everyone – lenders and members – can ride the wave of financial success.
How Mesut Ozil reacted to Unai Emery’s sacking at Arsenal’s training ground Pochettino has refused to rule out managing Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Former Tottenham boss Pochettino was directly asked about the rumours linking him with Arsenal last week and the Argentine refused to rule out a move to the Emirates.‘It’s important to have a moment of calm to lower the decibels and find the energy to take on a new project, and we’ll see where that is,’ he told TyC Sports.‘I’m going to spend a few days here [in Rosario] with my family and friends, and then I’ll return to London.’ Keown never saw Ljungberg as management material (Picture: Getty)Arsenal legend Martin Keown hopes to see someone with top-level experience come in and replace Ljungberg as he never saw the Swede as management material during their playing days.‘He’s a fiercely competitive individual,’ the ex-Arsenal defender told talkSPORT.‘I never saw him as management or a coach, he was quite an individualistic player, he did everything his own way, but that maybe helps him to be a very good manager.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘We shouldn’t expect a magic wand because this has been a problem that’s been in the making for some time. Emery obviously inherited it and he didn’t find a solution.‘It was about changing personnel, recruitment so you needed central defenders that wanted to defend, loved defending, they’re not there.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘We need different midfield players. The likes of Ozil, if they don’t want to toe the line, they don’t want to play, for now you’ll have to upset one or two.’Was Emery unfairly treated by Arsenal?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Arsenal denied Unai Emery request to sign Thomas Partey, Wilfried Zaha and Harry Maguire Metro Sport ReporterMonday 9 Dec 2019 9:52 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Emery lost his job after a dismal run of results (Picture: Getty)It’s understood Emery was less than impressed with Ozil’s work-rate and performance level in training throughout his stay and the German found himself exiled from the first-team on a number of occasions.However, according to The Athletic, Ozil put his differences with Emery to one side after the manager’s sacking and paid him a visit – along with the rest of the squad – in his office at Arsenal’s London Colney training complex.Emery also received messages of support from Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal who departed the club in the summer.The report claims that while Emery was saddened by the sudden nature of his dismissal, he valued how he was treated by the club’s hierarchy from that point on. Advertisement Advertisement Unai Emery was visited by Mesut Ozil after he was sacked by Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Mesut Ozil reportedly visited Unai Emery in his office at Arsenal’s training ground after discovering that the Spaniard had been dismissed.The Gunners relieved Emery of his duties at the end last month after a dismal start to the season in which the side managed just four wins from 13 games in the Premier League.A miserable 2-1 defeat at home to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League proved to be the straw that broke the camel’s back and Freddie Ljungberg has taken over the reins as caretaker manager for the time being.Arsenal are now sounding out potential managerial candidates, with Brendan Rodgers, Massimiliano Allegri, Mauricio Pochettino and Niko Kovac all thought to be on the club’s shortlist to succeed Emery.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTOne key issue for whoever takes charge will be to solve the riddle that is Ozil. After all, one of the major talking points of Emery’s short tenure was his handling of Arsenal’s top earner and highest-profile player. Comment