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November 1, 2004 Disciplinary Actions

first_img November 1, 2004 Disciplinary Actions Disciplinary Actions November 1, 2004 Disciplinary Actionscenter_img The Florida Supreme Court in recent court orders suspended 11 attorneys, reprimanded two, disbarred two, and accepted the resignation of one attorney.The following lawyers are disciplined: Burton Louis Bruggeman III, 311 E. Morse Blvd., Apt. 4-3, Winter Park, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 90 days, effective Oct. 1, following an Aug. 19 court order. Upon reinstatement, Bruggeman is further placed on probation for one year. ( Admitted to practice: 1972) Among several Bar violations, Bruggeman failed to keep a client reasonably informed about the status of a matter and promptly comply with reasonable requests for information; failed to respond, in writing, to an official inquiry by Bar counsel or a disciplinary agency, when conducting an investigation into his conduct; and neglected to follow minimum trust account records for a minimum period of six years. (Case no. SC03-2185) Randall J. Cohen, 6064 Shallows Way, Naples, reprimanded for professional misconduct following an Aug. 26 court order. Cohen is further placed on probation, effective immediately, and must contact Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc., within 30 days of the order and attend a continuing legal education approved seminar on the subject of gender bias/gender sensitivity within 90 days of the order. ( Admitted to practice: 2000) Among several Bar violations, Cohen engaged in conduct in connection with the practice of law that is prejudicial to the administration of justice and filed nonmeritorious claims and contentions. (Case no. SC03-153) Raul Javier Sanchez De Varona, 1320 S. Dixie Hwy., Ste. 280, Coral Gables, resigned in lieu of disciplinary proceedings, with leave to seek readmission after 10 years, effective 30 days following an Aug. 17 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1990) De Varona was convicted on April 6 for Conspiracy to Commit Medicare Fraud and was sentenced to 15 months incarceration. (Case no. SC04-951) Jason Alexander Diamond, 4421 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, reprimanded for professional misconduct following an Aug. 26 court order. Diamond is further placed on probation for two years and must attend and complete The Florida Bar’s Advertising Workshop held in his geographical area. ( Admitted to practice: 1995) Diamond failed to comply with Florida Bar Advertising Rules. (Case nos. SC04-72 and SC04-864) Joseph A. Ferrara, 3121 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 30 days, effective 30 days following a July 1 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1956) Among several Bar violations, Ferrara failed to comply with responsibilities regarding nonlawyer assistants; assisted a person who is not a member of the Bar in the performance of activity that constitutes the unlicensed practice of law; and violated or attempt to violate the Rules of Professional Conduct, knowingly assisted or induced another to do so, or did so through the acts of another. (Case no. SC04-982) Richard Louis Glachman, 3700 S. Ocean Blvd., Apt. 309, Highland Beach, suspended on an emergency basis, effective 30 days following a July 2 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1980) A review of Glachman’s trust account revealed that there is clear and convincing evidence that he misappropriated client funds. (Case no. SC04-1066) Julio Gutierrez, 1351 N.W. 16th St., Miami, suspended from practicing law in Florida for three years, effective 30 days following an Aug. 26 court order. Gutierrez is further placed on probation for three years and must attend the next scheduled session of Ethics School held in his geographical area. ( Admitted to practice: 1986) Among several Bar violations, Gutierrez committed a criminal act that reflects adversely on his honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a lawyer in other respects; engaged in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation; and violated or attempted to violate the Rules of Professional Conduct. (Case no. SC04-44) William S. Hunter, P.O. Box 1199, Boynton Beach, suspended from practicing law in Florida, effective 30 days following an Aug. 20 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1994) On or about July 1, Hunter pleaded guilty to one count of grand theft over $20,000, a second degree felony, and was sentenced to 15 years probation and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $77, 289. (Case no. SC04-1463) Paul Anthony Levine, 1401 Brickell Ave., Ste. 700, Miami, suspended from practicing law in Florida, effective immediately following an Aug. 10 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1996) On or about June 30, Levine plead guilty to one count of aggravated stalking, a third degree felony. (Case no. SC04-1323) Jorge Enrique Luna Jr., P.O. Box 3663, Orlando, suspended from practicing law in Florida for one year, effective immediately following an Aug. 19 court order. Upon reinstatement, Luna is further placed on probation for three years. ( Admitted to practice: 1996) Among several Bar violations, Luna violated rules regulating trust accounts and failed to respond, in writing, to an official inquiry by Bar counsel or a disciplinary agency, when conducting an investigation into his conduct. (Case no. SC03-2146) Robert R. Morris, 685 Royal Palm Beach Blvd., Ste. 205, Royal Palm Beach, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 30 days, effective 30 days following an Aug. 26 court order. Upon automatic reinstatement, Morris shall be placed on probation for six months and must attend the next scheduled session of Ethics School held in his geographical area. ( Admitted to practice: 1987) Among several Bar violations, Morris violated or attempted to violate the Rules of Professional Conduct, knowingly assisted or induced another to do so, or did so through the acts of another. (Case no. SC03-1865) Wayne Thomas Phillips, 2744 Summerdale Drive, Clearwater, disbarred from practicing law in Florida, effective immediately following Aug. 19 court orders. ( Admitted to practice: 1974) Among several Bar violations, Phillips violated Rules Regulating Trust Accounts; engaged in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation; and committed a criminal act that reflects adversely on his honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a lawyer in other respects. (Case nos. SC03-1720 and SC03-2176) Michael Richard Pinter, 4328 Corporate Square, Ste. C, Naples, suspended on an emergency basis from practicing law in Florida, effective 30 days following an Aug. 19 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1992) A review of Pinter’s trust account revealed that there is clear and convincing evidence that he misappropriated client funds. (Case no. SC04-1577) James Sweeting III, 323 E. Church St., Orlando, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 30 days, effective 30 days following an Aug. 19 court order and reprimanded for professional misconduct. Sweeting is further placed on probation for two years. ( Admitted to practice: 1987) Among several Bar violations, Sweeting failed to keep a client reasonably informed about the status of a matter and promptly comply with reasonable requests for information; violated or attempted to violate the Rules of Professional Conduct, knowingly assisted or induced another to do so, or did so through the acts of another; and knowingly disobeyed an obligation under the rules of a tribunal. (Case no. SC03-1694) Elizabeth Ann Wolfe, 2170 Ibis Isle Road, Apt. 3, Palm Beach, disbarred from practicing law in Florida, with leave to apply after five years, effective immediately following an Aug. 19 court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1982) Wolfe allegedly misappropriated client funds. (Case no. SC04-1034) Lorn Francis Woodward, 1527 S. Flagler Drive, Apt. 115, West Palm Beach, suspended from practicing law in Florida for one year, effective 30 days following an August 26 court order. Woodward’s reinstatement is conditional on his passing the ethics portion of the Florida bar exam. ( Admitted to practice: 2000) Among several Bar violations, Woodward knowingly made a false statement of material fact or law to a tribunal; committed a criminal act that reflects adversely on his honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a lawyer in other respects; and engaged in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation. (Case no. SC04-180) Court orders are not final until time expires to file a rehearing motion and, if filed, determined. The filing of such a motion does not alter the effective date of the discipline.last_img read more

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DNB: Number of pension funds to drop to just over 200

first_imgIn the same period, the number of industry-wide pension funds fell 40%, from 96 to 59.The DNB figures showed that most consolidation has involved pension rights transferring to insurers or industry-wide schemes.However, since 1 July 2016, more than €4bn of pension assets has been transferred to the new general pension funds (APF). APFs were introduced on 1 January 2016. Almost the entire amount has being placed in single-client compartments.In addition, since 1 July 2016 more than €2.4bn of pension rights was placed in a cross-border vehicle based outside of the Netherlands.According to DNB, this involved a limited number of multi-nationals. Companies such as Aon Hewitt have combined their pension arrangements in several EU member states into a single company scheme.The regulator said €13.3bn was transferred out of liquidating or merging schemes last year. with more than €3.3bn going to sector schemes and €515m to company pension funds.Premium pension institutions (PPI) – a low-cost defined contribution vehicle – gained €36m from the consolidation process.The watchdog said that a pension fund’s decision to liquidate or merge was often triggered by a combination of developments, such as increasing costs of pensions provision, legal demands, difficulties finding suitable board members, and a pension fund’s financial position or demography.Corporate mergers and liquidations, as well as changes to pension arrangements, also played a role, DNB said.DNB said it expected that every pension fund considered its long-term viability and also had a strategy for its future.It underlined the importance of a vision for the future by citing the lack of clarity about the sector’s future pending a review of the entire Dutch pensions system.For 2017, DNB said it had identified 22 pension funds as being “extra vulnerable” and that it had requested these schemes to draw up a plan for their future. Consolidation of the Netherlands’ pension funds is to continue, according to the country’s regulator, with the number of schemes forecast to drop to just over 200.De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) said that, of the current 268 pension funds, 45 have indicated that they intended to liquidate.The total number of Dutch pension funds dropped from more than 1,000 in 1997 to 713 in 2007.Company pension funds accounted for most of the decline, DNB said, with numbers falling from 605 to 192 in the past 10 years – a 70% drop.last_img read more

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2019 Guyana Cricket Year-in-Review

first_imgBy Clifton RossCRICKET continued to flourish in 2019 across all aspects as Guyana remained the new mainstay of West Indies cricket, while locally the sport has been growing from strength-to-strength. Regional 4-Day 2018-19 seasonThe Guyana Jaguars 4-Day team have etched their name in the history books as the most dominant franchise in the Professional Cricket League (PCL), ever since its birth in 2013/14 season. Guyana have won the title 5 stra-ght years and despite losing 3 of their 10 matches last season, they still managed to retain their Chip, heading into the 2019-20 period.Their sublime record in the longest format was achieved when they retained their crown on home soil after beating the Trinidad Red Force at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence in the last round.The headliners last year were wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble who amassed 580 runs with two hundreds and one half-century. The right-hander finished with an average over 50 while snapping up 43 dismissals by a gloveman, to end as the most successful wicketkeeper.Apart from Bramble, Guyana’s core players in Tagenarine Chanderpaul (542), captain Leon Johnson (480), Vishaul Singh (366), Chandrapaul Hemraj (350), Romario Shepherd (315) and Chris Barnwell (307) were the leading run-scorers and main catalyst with the bat throughout the 10 rounds.Seasoned left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul led with 42 wickets with the fast-bowling Shepherd bagging an impressive 37 wickets to end as the most successful pacer of the competition. Left-arm seamer Raymon Reifer was next with 26 wickets while Windies star Keemo Paul and Super50 pacer-of-the-tournament in 2018, Clinton Pestano, had 22 and 20 wickets apiece respectively.Players from the Jags set-up continued to break into the Windies team with Shepherd, Sherfane Rutherford, Shimron Hetmyer, Hemraj, Devendra Bishoo and Paul all becoming mainstays in all or either featuring frequently in the three formats of international cricket during the past 12 months.Regional Super50 2019-2020The Jaguars again failed to convert their stardom and class of the 4-Dayers to the 50-Over format, as their more-than-a-decade-long pursuit to reclaim the title proved futile despite playing well.Guyana were knocked out rounds before the semis by the United States of America (USA), but their positives coming out of the tourney, however, included the revival of the 50-Over careers for the senior pair of Chris Barnwell and Jonathon Foo, who almost fetched Guyana to a title.Barnwell led the batting charge for his country with 351 runs, smashing three successive half-centuries and missed out on a ton as he had a top-score of 99. Foo trailed closely with 334 runs including two fifties to his credit including an unbeaten 97, rescuing the Jags when needed with his power-hitting down the order.For the bowlers, Permaul, Guyana’s most experienced bowler across all formats, ended with a below-par 11 wickets while Reifer weighed in with support in both departments to end with 10 wickets and 172 runs.Guyana’s major setback from the Super50 was pacer Ronsford Beaton being sent home from the series due to umpires calling his action out for being suspect. Beaton, a repeat offender, was replaced by all-rounder Ronaldo Alimohamed.Guyanese Ashmead Nedd and Kevin Sinclair played huge roles in the West Indies Emerging Players’ upset in the region to win the 2019-20 Super50 title, after being thrown into a team with a number of talented players from across the Caribbean who were not first options for their country’s franchise.GCB Awards 2019, other notable achievementsApart from the on-field action, Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) held its annual awards ceremony to honour its players, officials, clubs and shareholders. Shepherd swept the major awards for the Male Cricketer-of-the-Year and Most Improved Male Cricketer-of-the-Year.Windies Women vice-captain Shemaine Campbelle was named Female Cricketer-of-the-Year while a number of other top awards were distributed. Cricket West Indies (CWI) vice-president Kishore Shallow, who was present for the ceremony, thanked Guyana and their players for keeping West Indies cricket alive and exciting, adding that other territories should pattern themselves with regard to Guyana’s elite developmental system.The fraternity also suffered mixed emotions  in the month of December as legendary Guyana and West Indies batsman Basil Butcher passed away overseas, a little before the Christmas holidays fully commenced. The upside, following Butcher’s passing is another Guyanese in the-now Sir Clive Lloyd receiving his knighthood for the immense contributions to West Indies cricket.Also, the junior players in Ashmead Nedd and Kevlon Anderson were named in the Windies U-19 squad for the 2020 ICC Youth 50-Over World Cup which gets underway in a few days.The Jaguars’ academy players, both old and new, continued to improve while GCB further kept emphasis on Secondary School and Kiddies School cricket across the entire spread of the country.last_img read more