October 15, 2011 Regular News Zenobi appointed conflict counsel in Miami Gov. Rick Scott has appointed Eugene F. Zenobi of Miami as Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel for the region of the Third District Court of Appeal.“Eugene’s distinguished 40-year legal career has provided him with the knowledge and experience to lead defense lawyers and to achieve a high level of practice in the Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel,” said Gov. Scott. “I am confident he will continue to set a good example of humility and fairness.”A sole practitioner since 1980, Zenobi has served as a contract attorney for the Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel for region of the Third District Court of Appeal since 2008. Previously, he practiced with the Office of the Public Defender for Miami-Dade County from 1976 to 1980. From 1970 to 1976, he practiced with Central Pennsylvania Legal Services. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Scranton and a law degree from the University of Miami.Zenobi succeeds Joseph P. George, Jr., and is appointed for a term beginning October 4, and ending July 1, 2015. The appointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate. Zenobi appointed conflict counsel in Miami
Lawyer issues libel claim against ‘solicitorsfromhell’ website A north-east solicitor yesterday settled his libel claim against the owner of a website that blacklists solicitors and law firms. Scott Eason, principal at Eason Law, had instructed libel lawyers Carter-Ruck to bring a claim for damages of between £50,000 and £100,000 and obtain a High Court injunction against Rick Kordowski, who runs solicitorsfromhell.co.uk. Under the terms of a High Court order, Eason agreed to drop his claim for damages and costs if Kordowski removed allegations against Eason and Eason Law from the internet; undertook never again to publish allegations referring to Eason or his firm; and will write to Eason to apologise. Carter-Ruck said in a statement yesterday: ‘Scott Eason has today settled his libel action against Rick Kordowski, owner of the website Solicitors from Hell. Mr Kordowski has removed the false and defamatory allegations from his website, agreed not to publish them again and apologised to Mr Eason.’ Eason said in a statement released by Carter-Ruck yesterday: ‘I am happy and relieved that this case has now settled. I felt very strongly about what was published about me and I could not allow the allegations to remain on the internet. ‘I initially wrote to Mr Kordowski myself asking for the allegations to be taken down, but he refused to do this without payment. As a matter of principle, I refused to pay Mr Kordowski any money and he left me with no option but to issue libel proceedings against him. ‘I am glad that Mr Kordowski has accepted the allegations are false, taken them down from his website and apologised to me.’ Kordowski said today that he will not delete complaints about ‘Premium Players’ unless the person who made the original post or a High Court judge asks him to do so. Complainants do not have to pay to post on the site, but if they feel strongly about their story, they can pay £25 to have the firm listed as a ‘Premium Player,’ as long as their posting contains information that is useful to the public, Kordowski said. If listed as a premium player, a solicitor or firm cannot pay to have the posting removed, he added. Kordowski’s apology to Eason will read: ‘I would like to apologise for allowing defamatory allegations about you made by a third party to be posted on my website solicitorsfromhell.co.uk. I did not know at the time of publication that the allegations were false, but I now understand that they are. On that basis, they should never have been published. ‘I have taken the allegations down from my website and agreed not to republish anything about you or your firm again. I understand that, as I have no funds, you have kindly agreed to waive your entitlement to damages and costs. ‘I am sorry for the embarrassment and distress the allegations have caused you to suffer.’ See also Website for blacklisted solicitors plans expansion
Professor Wayne Derman A sports and exercise medicine expert from Stellenbosch University (SU) is a member of a high-level international Outbreak Prevention Task Force that has developed a free online tool to help event organisers to assess and mitigate the Covid-19 risk during endurance sports events.This online tool was developed in record time by a group of experts from a number of the world’s leading sports organisations, including World Athletics, the International Cycling Union and the International Institute for Race Medicine. The World Health Organization (WHO) was involved in the project in an observer capacity.“According to the saying, necessity is the mother of invention. At the beginning of 2020, none of us thought that a pandemic would bring about an abrupt halt to many forms of physical activity and the sports industry,” said Professor Wayne Derman, director of the Institute of Sport and Exercise Medicine (ISEM) at SU’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS).“Being active keeps people healthy and there are also many people employed in endurance sports – from professional athletes to the organisations that deliver mass gathering races. “Therefore, for the last (few) months, those of us with a responsibility for endurance sport have been trying to help with the return of sports in an environment that will be as safe as possible,” said Professor Derman, who is also a representative of the International Paralympic Committee.“The tool is intended to help organisers assess the risk of staging an event, establish the preparedness of the community and the event organisation for the risks of Covid-19, and clarify any necessary steps to further mitigate and reduce the risk,” he explained about the Infectious Diseases Outbreak Management (IDOM) tool thatwas launched internationally.To use the tool, sports event organisers enter details about a planned event online, after which a customised report is produced that can assist organisers to make decisions to protect the local community, the participants, the volunteers, the workforce and the staff involved. It does not advise on spectator management. The tool was developed by the medical task force and is based on WHO tools and documents.“We wanted to help organisers understand the varying risks posed by the pandemic. The tool recognises the status of the pandemic where the event is taking place, for example whether it is active, receding or subject to additional waves. “Until a vaccine is found, there is never going to be zero risk. “Instead we look at mitigation strategies that can be employed to lower that risk as much as possible,” he said.The tool is applicable and free of charge to all mass participation endurance events, regardless of the sport, competition level and size. It outlines mandatory mitigation measures to be undertaken by the event organisers, based on their particular circumstances, as well as recommended and desired measures, and emphasises that all of the mandatory measures and most of the recommended measures should be adopted if the event is to take place.“It’s a pushing and prompting tool that examines things like: Does the event include athletes from parts of the world where the pandemic might be more active, or is this just a local event? “Will spectators be present or not? What is the plan in place in case there is an outbreak during the event and can people be safely referred to the local hospital? “Are the feeding and watering tables, and the people using them, adequately protected? “So, it’s a tool of education and a tool of risk mitigation, said Professor Derman.“Use of the tool doesn’t guarantee an event can take place, because every meet will be subject to local conditions, laws and approval by necessary authorities. “Current regulations in South Africa states that no mass endurance sport is allowed. But once these regulations are lifted, event organisers can use the tool to assess the risk, and go to local authorities to present a considered plan,” said Professor Derman.The template for this online tool can be used by other endurance sports.“Using the tool will not solve the Covid-19 outbreak or other infectious diseases, but it will guide event organisers through a process that should become a habit and should be followed before every event,” said Dr Paolo Emilio Adami, World Athletics’ medical manager. “There will never be zero risk for infectious diseases, but we want to help event organisers to reduce the risk to an acceptable level.”The tool is available at idom.worldathletics.org Wilma Stassen is a science writer at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Stellenbosch University.
An experienced solicitor who used his status to give credence to illegal investment schemes has been thrown out of the legal profession. Stephen Pickard was jailed for a total of eight years in November 2016 after helping to put together a scheme to convince investors to pay money into a Ponzi-style private placement programme. He was found guilty of two offences of fraud by false representation and concealing criminal property. The investment opportunity, described in court as ‘all lies’, never existed and Pickard knew this was the case, using his role to let people believe it was genuine. The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal heard the solicitor of 32 years, ‘provided respectability’ through the scheme and ‘dragged through the mire’ the name of his former employer, Yorkshire firm Lupton Fawcett, which played no part in the fraud. In sentencing at Leeds Crown Court, His Honour Judge Kearl QC said Pickard was essential to the scheme in order to claim to provide full and proper due diligence and to give a history to the trading – the solicitor was the ‘lieutenant’ of the main defendant, by whom he was paid. The tribunal heard Pickard had been contacted in prison and he did not wish to contest disciplinary proceedings against him. He was found to have acted through ‘greed and desire for personal financial gain’, having been a willing participant in fraudulent activities in which members of the public lost significant amounts of money. His case had caused ‘colossal harm’ to the legal profession in general, the conviction leading to headlines in the media such as ‘another lawyer helps fraudsters by giving credibility to their scam’. Pickard was struck off the roll of solicitors and ordered to pay £2,439 costs. Following his conviction, Lupton Fawcett emphasised that the firm was not involved in any way in Pickard’s offences, which were carried out without its knowledge. Once the firm became aware of his conduct, it reported the matter to the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Pickard departed shortly thereafter.
Both players were voted onto the honorable mention list after earning second team All-America accolades last month from the Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association. Print Friendly Version Williamson had 70 tackles, 18 tackles for loss and 14.5 sacks. He established a new Gulf South Conference single-season record for sacks as well. The junior from Stockton, Alabama had at least one sack in each of the last seven games with 12 total over that time frame. Shinnick led the Argonauts to an 11-4 record and advanced to the NCAA Division II National Championship Game in their second season of competition. UWF went 5-3 in the ultra-competitive Gulf South Conference to finish tied for second. The Argonauts won a school record six-consecutive games which included five against nationally ranked teams en route to the title game appearance. Conley was one of the top defensive backs in the country, finishing with a team-high 104 tackles, four interceptions, six pass break ups, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble. The junior from Tampa had at least five tackles in 11 of 15 games this season, in addition to a pair of interception returns for a touchdown. PENSACOLA, Fla. – UWF head football coach Pete Shinnick was named the D2Football.com National Coach of the Year, while standouts Marvin Conley and John Williamson were recognized as part of the organization’s All-America Team. The Argos had the nation’s 20th-ranked defense and were in the top 20 in sacks, turnovers gained, interceptions, fumbles recovered, fourth down defense and defensive touchdowns. Much of that was due to first-year defensive coordinator Darian Dulin’s group, including Conley and Williamson.
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Nelson Homegrown came ever so close to taking the top prize at the Disc Break 2018 Ultimate Frisbee tournament this past weekend at the Lakeside Pitch.Nelson Homegrown lost out to Bunny Thugs from Saskatoon 13-8 in the final Sunday. The Saskatchewan squad used the tournament to prepare for the upcoming Nationals in Surrey.The tournament, hosted by the Nelson Ultimate Frisbee Association, attracts teams from as far as Saskatoon, Edmonton, Missoula, and Seattle.Nelson Homegrown advanced to the final by defeating Dream Team from Kelowna and Fiesta out of Spokane to advance to the finals.In B Division action, Release the Quakin from Tacoma came out on top.Ultimate is a non-contact, self-refereed team sport played with a flying disc or frisbee. Two teams of seven players compete on a playing field about the same length as a football field, but narrower. At each end of the playing field there is an end zone. Each team defends one endzone. They score a goal if one of their players catches the disc in the opposite end zone.
It was a picturesque scene on Tuesday, April 21st when one of Liberia’s prime and prestigious institutions of topnotch education, United Methodist University, graduated five hundred and fifty one Liberians in various disciplines. Facial smiles, joyful tears, and blissful contentment characterized the commencement convocation as relatives, friends, well wishers and a host of dignitaries rose to the occasion. In spite of intermittent rainfall, the weather was sunny. Cool breeze blew across from the Atlantic Ocean while the fresh air from the mangroves floated. The beautiful landscape and portrait within the statuesque and historic Unity Conference Center ideally located in Virginia City was a perfect match for such ceremony. For many of the graduates, the road to achieving this milestone did not come on a silver platter, rather through diligence, dedication and deportment. The struggle for tuition and other fees, tussle for transportation and bank payment, as well as jostle for registration and competing priorities still remain memorable. Thus, each graduate has a unique story that marked the beginning of their amazing journey towards earning the rights and privileges as a degree holder. It is here and now that I would like to share a humble story about one of the graduates, Pauline Wlati Nagbe, who walked away with a degree of Bachelor of Business Administration in Management. As Founder and Executive Director of a leading grassroots, voluntary driven, and accredited youth-led development organization, Youth Exploring Solutions, I have a great pleasure working with young people all over Liberia towards making people problem solvers as well as tolerant and critical thinkers in the areas of sustainable development, environmental conservation, human rights, education, health and agriculture. However, I have rarely been as impressed or inspired as I am with Pauline Wlati Nagbe. I believe she is a super star. There are few people that I have met who possess the ability to motivate positive change, inspire young people, motivate women, and who have also overcome exceptional odds by living and growing up in a country torn apart by fourteen years of intermittent Civil War. I have known Pauline, personally and professionally, for about three years and I must confess that she is among the most capable and talented volunteers of our organization. She represents a group of young professionals unrivaled in resourcefulness, tenacity, and creativity. Pauline stands among her peers for many reasons. She began her tertiary education through a simple call on the famous JKB Night Show hosted by J. Kolva Beyan of Truth FM. On the show, Pauline highlighted her eagerness to wash and iron clothes for anyone who was willing to assist her acquired higher education. Fortunately, that very night, she received calls from some listeners pledging support. Among the many that made generous contribution was Dr. Julius S. Nelson of the University of Liberia who encouraged and provided opportunity to wash and iron clothes in return for scholarship to attend United Methodist University. For only one semester, Pauline benefited from Dr. Nelson’s benevolent succor. Howbeit, Pauline refused to be left behind. She mustered the courage and used challenges as the stepping stones towards achieving her ultimate desirous outcome. Pauline began to mobilize, organize, and plan innovative approaches to expand her network. Luckily, she built a wonderful rapport with some staff members of the National Port Authority and eventually obtained a part-time job as a Tally Clerk assigned on a ship. Pauline utilized remuneration from the job to settle tuition and other arrears in addition to take care of basis needs and sustain her family. Her ability to continue her academic sojourn did not cease despite being affected by downsizing exercise and subsequent termination of contract. Through the depths of disappointment and discontentment, Pauline nurtured her character, and embraced a life of service to others. She spent one year serving as a Community Based Enterprise Marketing Assistant at Monrovia City Corporation, where she encouraged many people to create community based enterprises in an endeavor to collect solid waste from the community. In essence, Pauline put her boots on the ground and led a team of diverse multicultural backgrounds to engage, educate and empower young Liberians to become entrepreneurs in the area of solid waste management. Again, she used compensation from the contract to pay her fees and look after her family.Pauline’s involvement in Youth Exploring Solutions came as a result of a mentorship program organized to train emerging leaders. From there, she expressed interest and continued to work for the organization. Her contribution in our organization has been beyond our expectations, and she has played crucial role in helping us develop, implement, and design educational and outreach programs in the areas of women’s leadership, gender issues, girls’ mentorship, early childhood education and social justice. She is the brain behind our Girls’ Mentorship Club, Reading Enrichment Program, and Women’s Leadership and Governance Project. Moreover, Pauline has developed additional programs in accordance with Youth Exploring Solutions strategic action plan for 2015 which include, but not limited to: Speak Out Girls Panel, Young Women’s Speech Competition, as well as Giving Women Voices project. Her experience, wisdom, and professionalism have been a delight for our board, staff, and volunteers to be around. Because Pauline is a 100% volunteer who have not received any stipend from Youth Exploring Solutions that is primarily self-supported, she decided to do something uncanny as a graduating senior in order to liquidate her arrears and care for her family. She refused to just complain, but decided on an appropriate course of action. Late one night, she called me and said “Stephen, I have made up my mind to start selling doughnut in Red-light Market.” It was a complete disbelief for a senior student at United Methodist University to peddle doughnuts in the bustling and teeming Red-light Market. To my greatest surprise, I saw Pauline selling doughnuts the next morning. Pauline managed to put aside shame and refused to worry about perception emanating from other people. She was gradually able to scale up the quantity of doughnut sales and began to save some of her profits. Eventually, Pauline settled her tuition as well as paid some graduation requirement fees. Due to the success of the doughnut business, she has begun providing doughnut catering service for small workshops. Pauline also uses personal scarce resources to support Youth Exploring Solutions and lend her voice to making people achieve their full potential and measure of happiness in aspirating for a better future.Having seen Pauline’s work first hand for the last three years, I am certain that she is capable of doing anything she puts her mind to. She is a quick learner and most importantly a moral human with a heart full of compassion for people, and the challenges that face them in the 21st Century. Indeed, Liberia is lucky to have such an inspiring young woman possessing such brilliance and determination to make the World a better place.From the Xenophobia attack in South Africa, to the rising death toll of African migrants in the Mediterranean Sea, to the capture of school girls by Boko Haram in Nigeria, to post Ebola recovery in the hardest-hit countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, Pauline story resonates that good things can come from Africa’s oldest republic despite enormous challenges. It teaches us to look inward and believe in ourselves, and as well demonstrates that possibilities are endless in post-conflict Liberia in spite of overwhelming difficulties. It edifies us not to give up in life, but look for opportunities in the midst of crises.Now is the time to hold the ladder for Pauline to climb up to success. The time has come to give Pauline the opportunity and platform to excel in every aspect. From this moment onward, let us show to Pauline that she deserves a decent job, a country that cares, and a citizenry that appreciates her quest to acquire education, thirst for quality life, and passion to serve humanity. About the author: Mr. Stephen B. Lavalah is an advocate and the Founder & Executive Director of Youth Exploring Solutions (YES), a passionate, non-profit and voluntary grassroots accredited youth-led development organization. For more information about YES’ work in Liberia, please visit http://www.liberiayes.org. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)