NEDERLAND — It couldn’t get much better for Nederland’s swimmers on this 21-4A district championship night. That’s because each and every entry on Julie Johnson’s boys and girls team qualified for the 4A regional championships in their respective event. Each Nederland swimmer had to finish in the top six in order to advance to the 4A regionals Feb. 8-9 at Magnolia HS. That happened without any difficulty and that turned into the night’s greatest highlight for their coach. “That was the highlight in my mind, that every swimmer qualified in his or her event for regionals,” Johnson said. Nederland dominated the team standings, as expected, finishing a lopsided first ahead of second-place Little Cypress-Mauriceville and third-place Vidor in the girls division. Beaumont Central led by Duncan Brown placed second in the boys standings with LC-M and standout swimmer Alex Dorman in third. Nederland did not set any district or school records on this night, but Johnson’s girls won first-place honors in six individual events and two relays while the boys won exactly the same amount of top prizes. Nederland swimmers swept the two outstanding individual honors at the meet. Senior Kyle Mills was selected the outstanding male athlete and junior Samantha Wickizer was awarded the outstanding female athlete. “There weren’t really any big surprises, no, not really,” Johnson said. “I had most of my kids swim well. Some produced their season-best times.” Johnson pointed out three season-best times with two of those coming in events which swimmers did not win the races. Senior Destiny Reyes was second in the 50-yard freestyle with a season-low 51.38 and third in the 100-yard freestyle with a 1:08.75. Sophomore Bryce Darder was a winner in the 500-yard freestyle with a season-best time of 6:05.24 Wickizer paced her girls squad as expected by capturing first-place finishes in two individual races and participating on two winning relays. Samantha won the 100-yard butterfly in 1:05.49 and the 500-yard freestyle in 5:39.71. She teamed with junior Kaitlin Borden, sophomores Theresa Nguyen and Emily Bourg for a winning time of 2:15.35 in the 200-yard medley relay. Wickizer and Nguyen combined with Reyes and freshman Cara Austin for the first-place time of 2:00.53 in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Freshman Elizabeth Margolis won the 50-yard freestyle in 31.37 and Nguyen took the 100-yard freestyle in 1:05.74 with sophomore Olivia Harrington winning the 100-yard backstroke in 1:26.33. Bourg completed Nederland’s list of girls district champions with her clocking of 2:55.78 in the 200-yard individual medley. The domineering boys relay team of Mills, juniors Nick Hoelzer and Joshua Sonnier and sophomore Patrick Wilson swept to titles in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:39.95) and 200-yard medley relay (1:49.87). Mills also delivered the expected results, sweeping to individual titles in the 50-yard freestyle (22.98) and the 100-yard butterfly (56.98). Darder also was a double-winner, taking the 100-yard backstroke honors in 1:12.16 and the 500-yard freestyle with his season-low 6:05.24. Boys relay standouts — Hoelzer and Wilson — completed the list of individual winners. Hoelzer reached the finish line fastest in the 100-yard freestyle, swimming to a time of 53.39. Wilson covered the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:14.00. — Tom Halliburton
Nominations have been announced for the 2014 Golden Globe Awards, and August: Osage County failed to get a nod for Best Picture. The film adaptation of Tracy Letts' Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning play was placed in the "comedy or musical" category but did not make the shortlist, instead the nominees for the award are American Hustle, Her, Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska and The Wolf of Wall Street. August received two acting nominations, for Meryl Streep (Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical) and Julia Roberts (Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role). In the film categories, stage favorite Oscar Isaac got a nod for leading actor in a comedy or musical for the Coen brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis and Frozen, which features the voice talents of Tony winner Idina Menzel and Tony nominees Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad and Cinderella star Santino Fontana, received nods for Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Song ("Let It Go," by Avenue Q and Book of Mormon composer Robert Lopez and his wife, Kristen Anderson Lopez). On the TV side, soon-to-be Broadway leading man Bryan Cranston received a nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series – Drama for Breaking Bad. He will go up against Tony winners Kevin Spacey for House of Cards and LIev Schreiber for Ray Donovan. Meanwhile Edie Falco garnered a nod for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV series – Comedy or Musical for Nurse Jackie. Additionally, Tony winner Janet McTeer was nominated for her role in The White Queen in the Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for TV category. Sponsored by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Golden Globes will be presented live on NBC on January 12, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. View Comments
Nov 30, 2020 By Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Top Stories FCLAA worries about proposed IOTA rule amendments An organization representing most of Florida’s local legal aid programs is warning that a proposed amendment to The Florida Bar rule on IOTA trust accounts would severely hamper those legal aid offices.The Task Force on the Distribution of IOTA Funds, set up by the Supreme Court in October 2019, has recommended amendments to Bar Rule 5-1.1(g), which governs how IOTA trust funds are collected and the proceeds distributed through The Florida Bar Foundation. (See https://www.floridabar.org/the-florida-bar-news/iota-task-force-sends-final-report-proposed-rule-to-supreme-court/.)“To change a major funding structure for our legal aid agencies in the middle of a pandemic with a major economic crisis is a major concern,” said Monica Vigues-Pitan, president of the Florida Civil Legal Aid Association, which includes most of the state’s local legal aid programs, and also executive director of Legal Services of Greater Miami.The FCLAA has been circulating a two-page review of the proposed rule amendments. Vigues-Pitan and Leslie Powell-Boudreaux, FCLAA vice president and executive director of Legal Services of North Florida, said the FCLAA will be filing its reservations with the Supreme Court, which is accepting comments on the rule amendments until January 4. (See the Official Notice at https://www.floridabar.org/the-florida-bar-news/proposed-amendments-to-bar-rule-5-1-1g-interest-on-trust-accounts-iota-program/). The task force has until January 25 to respond to those comments.Currently, the Foundation distributes IOTA monies in accordance with its Supreme Court-approved charter and on court precedent, which requires the funds be used to provide legal help for low-income Floridians and to improve the administration of justice.Under the task force’s proposed rule amendments, money would only be used to provide direct legal assistance to low-income Floridians, either by directly paying attorneys or arranging for pro bono representation. For the first time, there would be limits on how much overhead, including reserves, from IOTA funds could be used by legal aid agencies and the Foundation. And the Foundation would be required to distribute all IOTA proceeds within six months of receipt. The proposal also calls for a two-year review if the amendments are adopted.Currently, the Foundation does not use the IOTA proceeds it collects in one fiscal year until the following fiscal year to avoid cuts to programs during a fiscal year if interest rates drop, as they did earlier this year. The Foundation also has adopted a policy of setting reserves based on a three-year average of IOTA receipts according to a formula that would prevent the Foundation from ever running out of money, and which would not conform with the proposed amendments.The FCLAA concerns with the proposed rule amendments include:• The 10% limit on overhead in IOTA grants to local programs for administration, rent, training, technology, reserves, and related expenses. Vigues-Pitan said legal aid offices across the state have collaborative training programs to stretch resources and use technology to support both legal staff and directly help clients. “Technology assets are really important to our clients,” Vigues-Pitan said. Added Powell-Boudreaux, “Technology for us is a way we deliver direct legal services and for that to be defined as administrative versus direct services is a real challenge. That’s how we do our intake, that’s how we get community education and materials out to people. That’s what I call preventative legal services, when we help people avoid getting into a legal issue and that’s part of what we do. It’s direct legal services, it’s just not direct representation.”• The 15% limitation on Foundation overhead for collecting and distributing IOTA funds. Combined with the requirement to distribute IOTA funds within six months of receipt, this would effectively end the Foundation’s reserve policy. Vigues-Pitan said there could be instability on how and when the funds are distributed, and individual legal aid offices might not have enough reserves to keep programs functioning smoothly, especially since 90% of the money must go directly to pay attorneys who provide legal assistance.• Loss of joint, cost-sharing efforts led by the Foundation, which helps individual organizations obtain group discounted purchases of case management software, legal research, health care, and other expenses.• Loss of the Loan Repayment Assistance Program, or LRAP, where the Foundation helps legal aid attorneys repay their law school loans. The FCLAA summary noted minority law students are likely to have more student debt and the program helps provide diversity among legal aid staff. “We have attorneys on our staff who are able to continue to do the work because they have [LRAP] and I am concerned if LRAP is not here, they will not be able to afford to continue doing this work,” Powell-Boudreaux said. Although the task force proposal includes a two-year review if the amendments are adopted and which would look at their impact, the damage would be done with the loss of LRAP, she said. “We may be able to hire new lawyers, but we will also have to expend the time and energy in training them and that affects our ability to deliver those direct client services that are deemed critical under the rule,” Powell-Boudreaux said. Vigues-Pitan added that legal aid attorneys often work in specialized areas that few other attorneys do, such as Medicaid help for the poor, which means it will be hard to find experienced attorneys for those who leave. Around 200 attorneys per year typically have used the LRAP program, although this year that number is around 235 and around 220 are budgeted for next year. It provides $5,000 to repay student loans with a repayment requirement if the lawyer fails to remain working for legal aid that year.The task force’s final report and other information can be found at: https://efactssc-public.flcourts.org/casedocuments/2020/1543/2020-1543_petition_76723_e39.pdf.
The Sperry Van Ness Phoenix location is hitting it out of the ballpark lately. The last sixty days have been the commercial real estate playoffs for this team and several advisors made several strong plays to end up with a winning trophy.September was action-packed month for the same seven advisors closing significant deals such as a $2.4 million lease deal to Practice Management Specialists in Mesa, AZ. Directors of Leasing, Mary Nollenberger (Ridberg) and Rommie Mojahed negotiated the deal over a 5-year lease agreement and 16,380 square-feet.If that wasn’t enough, the savvy retail team closed a very long awaited sale out in Chandler, AZ. Ironically one year ago, the media acknowledged this retail property as one of Chandler’s “Eye-soars” of the valley, however with their dedication and persistence; this strong retail team who represented the buyer, Real Estate Opportunity Fund of Arizona, LLC. sold this property to the seller, Jim Horvath with Town West Realty, Inc. who they also represented for $5,425,000. This cash close was the real deal and already 100K square-feet were in lease prior to closing escrow. The Chandler Heights residents have something to look for too. This soon to be upscale retail marketplace will be the place to go for all your shopping vices.The Sperry Van Ness office team stepped up to the mound and contributed to the final score as well. Senior Advisor Justin Horwtiz and Associate Advisors, Jonathan Levy, and Paul Borgesen III combined approximately 90K in square-feet and acres totaling almost $600K in sale and lease transactions within two weeks in September.Since the retail and office teams hit a few deals out of the park, Vice President and multifamily investment specialist, Danny Lee soon answered with 2 more home runs closing two multifamily sales totaling over $2 million on the same exact day at the end of October. Sierra West Apartments and Hayden Apartments were both individually metered properties and both had a high occupancy rate. Among the other benefits to this investment, the separate owners were able to walk away with cash in hand to begin a new chapter.It seems that the Sperry Van Ness teams were sure to close this win out and solidify their ranking among the best of the best Commercial Real Estate teams. Advisor, Beau Flahart whose strong compassion for empowering his clients with retail market knowledge closed a significant retail deal at the end of October to secure the win. Nollenberger and Mojahed represented the seller and Flahart represented the buyer, who purchased the $5,220,000 retail shopping plaza called the 8th Ave Shops located at 810 S. Alma School Rd., in Mesa. All three advisors worked together to make this deal happen. This ± 86,444 square-foot grocery anchored shopping center as an off-market deal fell into place. Although the property sold below market value due to a large tenant vacating during escrow, the new owners deem this shopping center and its location has revenue potential and still decided to purchase.“Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.” ~ Vince LombardiSo we must once again congratulate Mary Nollenberger (Ridberg) for being selected by the Real Estate Forum magazine as one of the “Woman of Influence: Southwest” of 2015. Mart has been acknowledged as one of the most prominent female executives in commercial real estate today.
Share Honorees Don Church and Courtney Sale Ross, and SoFo founder Andy Sabin.It’s been almost 30 years since the first South Fork Natural History Museum gala benefit, one of the markers of the Hamptons season. And the event this Saturday, July 14, promises to be as much fun and as grand as any that have gone before.The Nature Clubhouse, founded in 1988 by a group of South Fork naturalists in Amagansett, eventually morphed into the South Fork Natural History Museum & Nature Center, which opened its permanent location in 2005 on the Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike. It’s the only state-of-the-art natural history museum on the South Fork of Long Island.Visitors are accompanied by the museum’s expert nature educators as they experience the museum’s scientifically accurate galleries, featuring live and recreated natural habitat exhibits; colorful floor-to-ceiling photo murals of forests, ponds, and ocean landscapes; a Marine Touch Tank where visitors can, in the water, hold sea stars, crabs, urchins, and whelks; and terrariums and aquariums featuring local wildlife, which engage the senses and bring the outdoors in.The magic continues outside with SoFo’s Native Butterfly Garden, Native Wildflower Garden, Educational Pond, Purple Martin nesting gourd site, and more. Visitors can take nature walks through the 40-acre Vineyard Field Preserve bordering the museum and explore the six-mile trail system of the Long Pond Greenbelt, which features an expanse of interconnected ponds, woods, and wetlands abounding with rare plants, animals, and ecological communities.The SoFo gala always recognizes some of the environmental and education visionaries who are aiming to transform the world. This year’s honorees, “caring and responsible stewards of our planet,” according to the press release, are Courtney Ross, founder of the Ross Institute and the Ross School, and Don Church and Russell Mittermeier, the president and the chief conservation officer, respectively, of Global Wildlife Conservation.The gala is chaired by Sammi and Scott Seltzer and Jeff and Patsy Tarr, with co-hosts Leslie Clarke, Alex Guranaschelli, and Debra Halpert.“SoFo is such an important institution for the education of our kids and everybody on the importance of our plants and animals and the ecosystem of the East End,” Halpert told The Independent. “The event will be a fun and entertaining evening filled with great food and inspiring people.”How could it not be entertaining with music and dancing provided by the Nancy Atlas Project? And food catered by Elegant Affairs, with Amagansett Wines and Spirits and Channing Daughters Winery providing the adult beverages?The event begins with a VIP cocktail reception from 6 to 7 PM, featuring a tasting menu by acclaimed chefs and restaurateurs like The Bell & Anchor, Calissa Hamptons, East Hampton Grill, Golden Pear, Grand Banks, Hayground School, Ketcham’s Seafarm, Mecox Bay Dairy, the Montauk Shellfish Company, Page at 63 Main, Saaz Restaurant, and the Southampton Social Club. Bridgehampton Florist is providing the flowers.From 7 to 10 PM, the gala reception offers a buffet dinner, live and silent auctions, the honoree tribute, and surprise guests. Gerry Curatola, DDS of the Hamptons, and Ann Liguori, nationally-known sports radio and television personality, will host the live auction.New sponsors this year include Bai Antioxidant Infusion Drinks, Buddha Berry, Danielle Hamptons, Hampton Coffee Company, the South Fork Country Club, and Summerhill Landscapes, who join the roster of recurring sponsors including the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation, the Hampton Classic Horse Show, HSBC Bank, Marders, Long Island Shark Collaboration, and Rejuvenation Health.Media sponsors are The Independent, Dan’s Hamptons Media, East Hampton Star, Hamptons Magazine, and the Sag Harbor Express.“We are pleased to present again this year the following awards to two students studying environmental science: the 2018 SoFo Scholarship award made possible by BNB Bank, and the 2018 Mulvihill Family Environmental Scholarship made possible by Mary M. Mulvihill,” said development director Diane Aceti.“We are very happy to celebrate our 29th year of nature education leadership, offering over 250 annual educational programs, including our new Shark Research and Education Program and our fourth Annual Climate Change Forum, which will take place in September of this year,” said SoFo’s Executive Director Frank Quevedo.“Our gala benefit promises to be a very special one, as we are honoring acclaimed changemakers in education and conservation,” Aceti said. “We thank everyone for supporting SoFo, and we encourage everyone to reserve their tickets and tables very soon as we have limited availability.”VIP tickets are $1300, and general admission (with limited availability) tickets are $450. Young Professionals (30 and under) tickets are $275. VIP tables are $5000, $10,000, and $25,000. The event will be held on the grounds of the South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center.For more information and tickets, visit firstname.lastname@example.org
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Source: DWFAndrew Leaitherland, DWF chief executive‘Going forward, we will continue to supplement this organic activity with selective M&A, with our associations and broad market reach providing a strong pipeline of opportunities.’ The company has added 20 partners in the first six months of this trading year, including 15 senior hires to its international business. It also recently confirmed the acquisition of the majority of the shares in BT Law Limited, with Leaitherland and Chris Stefani, chief financial officer, agreeing to be directors. DWF announced a 1.25p dividend per share last week. The company will announce its interim results, based on the six months to 31 October, next month. The share price of listed law firm DWF rose to a new high this morning as the company reported upbeat financial news. In its interim half-year trading statement, released to the London Stock Exchange, the newly listed group reported increased revenue of at least 10% for the six months ending 31 October, driven by organic business growth. International and connected services represented the strongest growth, with increases of 29% and 18% respectively. DWF also said net debt had fallen by £9.5m (16%) on the same period last year, with a continued positive trend in lock-up reduction. Shares in the company, which floated in March with an offer price of 122p, were trading at 129.5p by 11am, rising 3.2% following the publication of the trading statement. This is the highest shares have reached since DWF went public, with the price fluctuating between 115.5p in August and 127p last week. Andrew Leaitherland, chief executive, said: ‘The first half of the year has seen a number of important milestones achieved as we continue to deliver on our IPO promises, developing the business in our first year as a listed entity.
International firm Hogan Lovells has opened a document review centre in the US in response to demand for cheaper, tech-assisted legal services.The legal delivery centre, based in Phoenix, Arizona, has been created in collaboration with US law company Elevate and is designed to drive down costs and increase efficiency. The outpost will mainly review US litigation, arbitration and employment practice documents and will be staffed by 20 lawyers.Michael Davison, global head of the litigation, arbitration and employment practice group, said: ‘We have seen an increase in demand for technology-assisted contract review, due diligence and legal services. This facility will operate in a similar fashion as our Birmingham office, providing multijurisdictional document review services to our global litigation practice.’ Hogan Lovells global head of innovation and digital Stephen AllenStephen Allen, global head of innovation and digital at Hogan Lovells, added: ‘Our legal delivery centre will apply the latest artificial intelligence capabilities to document review, helping our clients sift through a high volume while also achieving accurate results.’Alternative legal services providers such as Elevate are growing more quickly than previously expected and are moving up the value chain, research by Thomson Reuters has found. For law firms, the most common needs supplied by alternative providers are e-discovery, litigation and investigation support, and legal research.
SOUTH KOREA: A ground-breaking ceremony was held at Incheon International Airport on August 3 to mark the start of work on a 6·1 km maglev demonstration line (RG 5.08 p296). The line will have six stations and a maintenance depot. Maximum operating speed will be 110 km/h. Construction is scheduled for completion in 2012. This will allow a year for testing the maglev trains developed by the Korea Institute of Machinery & Materials before the line opens for commercial service in 2013.
Angolans divided over Isabel dos Santos graft investigation Angola's Eduardo Dos Santos to visit China A Portuguese banker named in a major Angolan money-laundering and corruption scandal has died in an apparent suicide at home, police said Thursday.Nuno Ribeiro da Cunha, named as a suspect by Angolan authorities in an investigation targeting the billionaire daughter of Angola’s former longtime leader, appeared to have hanged himself in the garage of his Lisbon apartment building late Wednesday, a police statement said.Cunha was the head of private banking at Lisbon-based EuroBic where Isabel dos Santos, reputedly Africa’s richest woman, holds a 42.5% stake.Angolan authorities suspect Dos Santos embezzled money from the country’s state oil company and laundered it through foreign banks.Angola’s attorney general arrived Thursday in Portugal to ask his country’s former colonial ruler for help investigating a major corruption case targeting the billionaire daughter of Angola’s former longtime leader.Angolan authorities suspect that Isabel dos Santos, reputedly Africa’s richest woman, embezzled millions of dollars from the state oil company Sonangol, which she once headed.Angolan attorney general Helder Pitta Gros announced late Wednesday in Luanda, the Angolan capital, that Dos Santos is an official suspect in an investigation into mismanagement at Sonangol and misappropriation of company money.Related Angola president sacks Dos Santos son from plum job