February 15, 2003 News and Notes February 15, 2003 Regular News Romney C. Rogers, of Rogers, Morris & Ziegler, Ft. Lauderdale, has been elected chair of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce for 2003. Hal H. Kantor, of Lowndes, Doster, Drosdick, Kantor & Reed, has been re-elected to the presidency of the board of directors of the Orlando Museum of Art. Joel W. Walters, of Walters Levine Brown Klingensmith & Thomison, P.A., Sarasota, presented the topics of “Overview of Florida Construction Lien Law” and “Companion Legislation” as part of the continuing education seminar “Construction Lien Law in Florida.” Susan B. Harwood, of Boehm, Brown, Fischer, & Harwood, P.A., Orlando, presented “The Seven Lessons of Extra Expense” at an American Bar Association/Tort Trial and Insurance Practice seminar, “Business Interruption and Related Claims in the Wake of 9/11,” held in New York City. Mary Edenfield, a partner with Mateer & Harbert, P.A., Orlando, spoke at a seminar sponsored by Sterling Education Services regarding recent developments in employment law, including an update on the laws concerning Wages and Hours and the Family & Medical Leave Act. I. Paul Mandelkern, of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, has been re-elected to the board of directors of the Florida Academy of Health Care Attorneys. Mildred Beam, a shareholder with Mateer & Harbert, P.A., Orlando, spoke at the Florida State Medical Association’s annual meeting. Her presentation addressed the reduction liability exposure through improved quality, fraud and abuse concerns for physicians, and elements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Diana Santa Maria, of Diana Santa Maria, P.A., Ft. Lauderdale, spoke on the topic of “Depositions” at The Florida Bar “Practicing with Professionalism” seminar in Deerfield Beach. Orlando J. Cabrera, a partner of Holland & Knight, LLP, Miami, has been elected by the board of directors of the Florida Housing Finance Corporation, to serve as chair of the board. James W. Patton, general counsel to New England Tech, West Palm Beach, was presented the 2002 Robert I. Townsend Award for “Member of the Year” by the American Corporate Counsel Association. Michael F. Hancock, of Hancock & Hancock, P.A., Tampa, has been certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a circuit court mediator. David A. Danielson, of Danielson, Clarke, Charbonneau & Platt, P.A., West Palm Beach, was presented the 2002 Workers’ Compensation Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award by the Friends of 440 Scholarship Fund. Jordan Serlin has been named chief operating officer of MetroGuide.com, Inc., an online firm that combats digital copyright piracy. Glenn S. Miller has been named director of statistical finance at MetroGuide.com, Inc., an online firm that combats digital copyright piracy. David M. Doney, a shareholder with Fowler White Boggs Banker, Tampa, has been elected to The Salvation Army Advisory Board for a three-year term. Ira H. Leesfield was the first in Florida to be honored by the Florida Region of American ORT, with the American ORT Jurisprudence Award. Stuart J. Levine, of Walters Levine Brown Klingensmith & Thomison, P.A., Sarasota, presented the topics of “Interplay Between Construction Contract Documents and Lien Rights,” “State Public Construction Bonds,” and “Private Construction Bonds” as part of the continuing education seminar “Construction Lien Law in Florida.” Michael R. Vaughn has accepted a commission as a Lieutenant in the United States Coast Guard, where he will first serve as military justice in the command and operational law branch. Eric T. Salpeter of Zebersky & Payne, LLP, Hollywood, presented the subject of “Current Effects of the Collateral Source Statute 768.76” at a seminar given by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, in Ft. Lauderdale. Gregory A. Chaires of Webster & Partners, P.L., Winter Park, has authored a chapter in the 4th edition of Florida Corporate Practice Mergers, Share Exchanges, and Sales of Assets as well as a chapter in The Florida Healthcare Professional’s Medico Legal Guide 2002. Scott L. Glazier, of Glazier & Glazier, P.A., Jacksonville, presented “LLCs as Start-up Entities” and “Fiduciary and Management Issues for LLCs” at a Lorman Education Services seminar in Jacksonville. Sharon Quinn Dixon and Sharon Lee Johnson, shareholders with Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A., with offices in Miami, Tampa, and Ft. Lauderdale, presented a breakfast seminar in Miami entitled “Are You Hip? Implementation of Employee Health Information Privacy Rules Under HIPAA.” Joseph McSorley, of Shutts & Bowen, LLP, West Palm Beach, spoke at the National CLE Conference in Colorado, on the topic of “Getting Paid Without Getting Shafted: Protecting Attorney Fees from the Fraudulent Transfer Statute.” Robert H. Traurig, a founder of Greenberg Traurig, LLP, received the Friend of Israel Humanitarian Award at the The Greater Miami Jewish Federation’s Cornerstone Dinner in Miami Beach. Lee E. Nelson, of Williams Schifino Mangione & Steady, P.A., Tampa, presented “An Overview of Commercial Lending” at the “Commercial Lending In Florida” seminar held in Tampa. Robert W. Martin, Jr., vice president of Florida Lawyers Insurance Company presented “21 Ways to Avoid 21st Century Malpractice Claims and Ethical Violations,” at the Palm Beach County FAWL Luncheon in West Palm Beach. Martin E. Segal, of counsel with Sacher, Martini & Sacher, P.A., Coral Gables, has authored a new book titled, The Business Law Survival Guide–Defusing 101 Legal Time Bombs that Can Sabotage a Commercial Transaction. Bruce D. Lamb, of Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell, P.A., with offices in Tampa, addressed new physicians at Tampa General Hospital at the hospital’s seminar, “Economic and Personal Realities of Entering Practice.” Cynthia Crofoot Rignanese, of the Law Offices of J. Kelly Kennedy, Winter Haven, presented a seminar on the topic of probate, wills, and trusts entitled “You Can’t Take it With You,” at Beta Sigma Phi–Wellington, Winter Haven Chapter. Frederick W. Leonhardt, a shareholder with GrayHarris, Orlando, has been appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush to the board of directors for Enterprise Florida, Inc., a partnership between business and government leaders. Henry T. Sorensen II, general counsel for Gulf Coast Title Closings and Escrow Services, Inc., Palm Harbor, has been appointed to the advisory board to the Center for Real Estate Studies at the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business. Antonio C. Castro, an associate with Boies, Schiller & Flexner, LLP, Miami, has been re-elected to serve on the board of directors of the Cuban American Bar Association. Michael C. Gongora, of Miami Beach, has been appointed to serve on the Design Review Board for the City of Miami Beach for 2003. He has also been appointed by the City of Miami to serve on the Code Enforcement Board for 2003. Theodore Deckert, Pamela Moody, and Robin Rosenberg, of Alternative Resolution Consultants, West Palm Beach, recently spoke at a seminar on the topic of “When is Mediation Appropriate?” Roberto Villasante chaired the Mealey Publication Conference “Thimerosal-Containing Vaccines” in West Palm Beach. Villasante, co-chair of the Vaccine Litigation Group for ATLA, spoke on the topic of “Statute of Limitations in Vaccine and Civil Courts.” Thomas E. Streit, of Akerman Senterfitt, West Palm Beach, served as co-chair with his wife, Chris Streit, for the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens’ “Gateway to Peace Gala,” in Delray Beach. Karen Gatto, a program attorney with the Sixth Judicial Circuit, Clearwater, has been named senior deputy court administrator, and will oversee the administrative operations of Pinellas County’s prototype Unified Family Court. Ian Illych Martinez, an attorney at Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell, Miami, wrote an article that was published in the December 2002 edition of Third World Quarterly, a journal of scholarship and policy in the field of international studies. David C. Self II, of West Palm Beach, has been named to the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, by Palm Beach County Commissioner Addie L. Greene. Rudy Gomez, of Allen, Norton, & Blue, P.A., Miami, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables. Alan L. Gabriel, of Katz, Barron, Squitero & Faust, P.A., with offices in Ft. Lauderdale and Miami, spoke at the Zoning and Land Use in Florida seminar, sponsored by Lorman Educational Services, on the topic entitled “So, You Have Secured All of Your Approvals?” Theodore J. Leopold, of Ricci, Leopold, Farmer & McAfee, P.A., West Palm Beach, has been elected to the board of directors of the Attorneys Information Exchange Group, Inc. Leopold also spoke at two seminars. One seminar, in Ft. Lauderdale, was entitled “The Art and Science of Persuasion” where he spoke on the topic of “Core Values and Punitive Damages: Getting the Right Reaction.” At the other seminar, held in West Palm Beach, he spoke to the Early Childhood Development class at Forest Hill High School on the topic of “Safety Seats for Children.” William W. Corry, of the Law Offices of William W. Corry, P.A., Tallahassee, has been elected to the Vestry of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Quincy. Bruce Blitman, of Ft. Lauderdale, has collaborated with online CLE provider, Taecan.com, to create an online mediation course for CLE credit entitled “Mediation Matters: Benefits of Mediation, Conflict Resolution Styles, and the Continuum of Alternative Dispute Resolution Processes.” The course is divided into two parts, “Mediation in Florida” and “Tempering the Tempers: Conflict Resolution Skills for Busy Professionals.” Patrick Muldowney, of Akerman Senterfitt, Orlando, addressed business owners, managers, and professionals at a seminar on the topic of “Time Off: State and Federal Laws on Employee Leave, Vacations, and Holidays in Florida.” Norman Leopold, a partner with Leopold, Korn & Leopold, P.A., Aventura, has been re-elected president of the Southeast Council for the Union of American Hebrew Congregations to a two-year term. Darby Dickerson, Stetson University College of Law Professor and vice dean, released the second edition of the ALWD Citation Manual: A Professional System of Citation at the winter meeting of the American Association of Law Schools in Washington, D.C. Wm. Andrew Haggard, senior partner of Haggard, Parks, Haggard & Bologna, P.A., Coral Gables, has been re-appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush to the Florida State University Board of Trustees. Latour & Lleras, an Internet firm that does about 15 percent of its business in Florida, has received the 2002 Inc. Magazine Web Award. T. Grey Squires, a shareholder with Killgore, Pearlman, Stamp, Ornstein & Squires, P.A., Orlando, has been re-elected to a second term as president of the Adult Literacy League, a nonprofit organization dedicated to affecting community-wide change by improving individual literacy skills and increasing literacy awareness. Howard B. Lenard, of North Miami Beach, has been honored with a “key to the city” for his contribution to the cause of equitable treatment for Haitian immigrants.
“We have quite the range and the students are recognizing that. Not only do they recognize the reading levels, but they get to also share that and read it with someone. Which the excitement over reading isn’t something we always see in the classroom, it’s pretty great to see that they’re doing that,” said Craig. Making this the perfect opportunity to do some holiday shopping. Back in November, Craig and some of her sixth grade students came up with the idea to start collecting books. Around six or seven hundred of them came in. “I got certain books for all the teachers, all my core class teachers, and I gave them to them and they were all super happy,” said Shiner. “A lot of people like it. Mostly me, I take a lot of books,” said sixth grader Emily Shiner. If there are any books left over at the end of the week when the school goes on holiday break, they will be donated to hospitals or nursing homes. “When we first planned through it back in September we thought that it would be a good time to do it that way students would have the access to books not only for themselves but as gifts for family members and friends if they wanted to,” said teacher Jennifer Craig. Spreading joy with each turn of the page. “We didn’t know how much we would get and the shopping part of it really depended on what we received as donations,” said Craig. Since the book swap was such a success, Craig says she plans to continue it in years to come as long as the donations continue to pour in. “I gave some to my nana, I gave a series to my nana because she likes to read but doesn’t have much time to,” said sixth grader Josh Adorno. WINDSOR (WBNG) — It’s the holiday season and at Windsor Middle School some students are choosing to give the gift of reading through a book drive. “It’s just kind of this cycle of the love of literacy and the love of reading that we’re seeing go through the community,” said Craig. It’s not just books suited for middle school students. There’s a selection for all ages. Now students and staff can stop by a display table and take whatever they want to read for free.
Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan has shared a story of his enlightenment that maybe Indonesia, after all, needs to have nuclear power.Luhut, a retired Army general, recalled a moment at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, last month, in which he spoke to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, asking: “Who has wrought havoc in the world? It’s countries with nuclear power.”Luhut shared the story at the launch of the “Agriculture War Room” at the Agriculture Ministry in Jakarta on Tuesday. He said he was “triggered” to start the discussion on nuclear power with the President after seeing an American general who only wanted to speak with North Korea and China, and not with Indonesia. “[Indonesia] was overlooked. In my mind I was, ‘damn you’. I told him, ‘Hey, general, I am also a US graduate. You know what? Our country has it all’,” Luhut said.“As a general I also thought of having nuclear power, but President Jokowi is still discussing about prosperity issues. [But the American general] told me, ‘General, don’t ever think about that’. I thought in my mind, maybe only if we have nuclear power will it scare you.”Luhut closed his remarks with that statement, after boasting of the vast resources of green energy that Indonesia can develop. He shared the nuclear story to make a point that: “Indonesia has it all” in terms of resources for power generation and to become self-sufficient.It was not certain whether Luhut implied that he would use nuclear power for power plants, research or weaponry. Still, his current position contrasts with his previous stance that prioritized nuclear development for research purposes only, not as an energy source.Luhut in 2017 expressed reluctance when the Russian Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation offered to develop turnkey nuclear power plants in Indonesia.“However, we have told them that we are not ready yet. We need to raise public awareness, which takes time,” he said following a meeting with Rosatom representatives at his office in Jakarta in 2017.The new “Agriculture War Room” will allow the Agriculture Ministry to better update its data through a satellite-backed monitoring system, generating informations on the area of paddy fields, fertilizer supply and harvest area. Apart from Luhut, Agrarian and Spatial Planning Minister Sofyan Djalil, Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo and House of Representatives’ Commission IV chairman Hasan Aminuddin attended the launch event, among others.Topics :