Are you sure that person is a member of The Florida Bar?

first_img June 15, 2006 Regular News Are you sure that person is a member of The Florida Bar? Lori S. Holcomb UPL Counsel I was recently transferred a telephone call from the Bar’s CLE department. Someone who had hired a new associate to work at their law firm was calling The Florida Bar to inquire about the attorney’s CLE hours. The new firm wanted to make sure that the new associate was up to date. You can imagine the surprise when the caller was told that the individual was not a member of The Florida Bar and was not licensed to practice law in Florida. But the attorney had an impressive resume and a Florida Bar number. Was I sure that this person was not licensed? Yes, I was sure. Luckily, the person had not started work yet and was immediately fired.You might ask how this person could have been hired in the first place without being licensed. Anyone can type a resume and put some numbers after their name. The only way to be sure that someone you are about to hire or work with is a member of The Florida Bar is to check the Bar’s membership records either by calling The Florida Bar’s Membership Records Department — (850) 561-5832 — or by looking at the Bar’s Web site ( To check on the Web site, click on the Find a Lawyer link at the top. If you put in a name and it does not come up on the Web site, that person is not eligible to practice law. This could mean that they are not now and have never been an attorney or that they are an attorney but now can’t practice. A call to membership records will reveal more information. Are you sure that person is a member of The Florida Bar?last_img read more

Top Players Commit to [email protected] Pro-Am Golf Championship

first_imgElite golf players across the West African region have started sending in entries to be part of the Kwara @50 Pro-Am Championship billed to hold at the Ilorin Golf Club from July 11 to 16, 2017.Top on the bill is Nigerian-born South Africa-based Oche Andrew Odoh who has only featured once in the country this season. Odoh, is perhaps the most respected player in the region and stressed that the event resonates with his career plan; especially being a key event on the Nigeria Tour this season.Other players billed to grace the six-day championship are Ghana’s Emos Korblah, Togo’s Agbavon Kosivi and Cameroon’s top star Desire Ebela. Resident professional of the host club and former Nigeria’s number one, Friday Adache, and club-mate Mustapha Abdullahi, will be hoping to make a strong claim for the title along with other budding local stars including the current best player in the country, Ikoyi-based Francis Ekpe.The main sponsor for the tournament is BUA Group. Other sponsors are Sterling Bank, ICMA Professional Services, Yolas Consultants Limited, Lanre Shittu Motors, Chelform Limited and Chief Kunle Oyinloye, Managing Director, Infrastructure Bank.Captain of the host club, Layi Maliki, said yesterday that the club remains honoured to host these top athletes and the development will spur golf development in diverse ways.“Our facility is presently receiving a facelift to meet some respectable standard expected of an event of this calibre. I am equally sure their top players would inspire a number of local players here too,” he said.Maliki added that the event is also expected to impact on commercial activities in and around the golf course.Already more than 200 players are expected to tee-off at the event, with professionals’ round running from July 11 to 14 while amateur players from different parts of the country will compete over 36-holes on July 15th and 16th.Luqman Owolewa, the Managing Director of Sluqfort, the consulting firm that puts the event together said that, it was designed to throw up the tourism potential of the state.“This is one way in which the government is promoting the tourism potential of Kwara State and showcasing it, as the local destination of choice,” he concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

PSG superstars need more teamwork, says striker Cavani

first_imgMonaco, Principality of Monaco | AFP | Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani says Paris Saint-Germain’s team of dazzling individuals including Neymar and Kylian Mbappe need to work more as a team if they are to win the Champions League.In an exclusive interview with AFP, Cavani said the importance of winning the Champions League for the French club was drummed into him even before he signed from Napoli in 2013.“It’s an objective that the club discussed with me before I signed the contract,” said ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League Group C clash in Naples.“It is in my head. It flows through my veins. I want to win it because that is the job that was presented to me when I came (to PSG).”PSG’s domination of Ligue 1 — they have won five of the past six championship titles — allows them to prepare well for their ultimate goal of winning Europe’s premier club competition.But the Champions League has produced nothing but heartbreak for PSG and their Qatari owners, who have plunged millions in the club in the hope of creating one of the continent’s top sides.PSG’s hopes ended at the quarter-finals four years in succession from 2013-2016, and at the last 16 in the past two campaigns.Coach Unai Emery was fired last summer and left for Arsenal after failing to bring the trophy to Paris and new coach Thomas Tuchel has inherited the task of realising the dream.Tuchel has brought the emphasis on teamwork to PSG’s training ground, said Cavani.“He has a wonderful mentality and likes to win with a strong team structure,” said the 31-year-old, voted PSG player of the year in 2017. “He wants everyone to play together and that is what is important for me.”– All together –Cavani cited Atletico Madrid and Juventus as clubs who play together with the kind of robust, disciplined teamwork that Tuchel is trying to instil into PSG.“That does not mean that we (PSG) do not work together,” said Cavani, whose star has declined since fellow strikers Neymar, the world’s most expensive player, and teenage sensation Mbappe joined him in attack.But Cavani denied there was friction.“We are a work in progress,” he said. “That does not mean I don’t get on with Neymar or Mbappe. I hope that work with the new coach can give the perfect structure to produce a big season — all together.”After defeat at Liverpool and being held 2-2 by Napoli last time out, a win at the San Paolo stadium will be crucial if PSG are to make it past the group stages.But before facing his former club, Cavani said: “It will be good match to show that we have moved up to a higher level, and that we are able to deal with this kind of pressure — because if we lose, that will make it tough for us to get out of the group stage.”Appearing in Monaco to receive the Golden Foot award for oustanding athletic ability and personality, Cavani told AFP he had shrugged off a recent thigh injury and expected to play in PSG’s home league match against Lille on Friday.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

Olympia Arts Walk Registration Deadline Coming Up February 10

first_imgFacebook5Tweet0Pin0Just three weeks left to sign up for Arts Walk!  Registration forms for artists and downtown businesses participating in Arts Walk XLIV are now available at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW, online at or by calling Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation at 360/753-8380.  Deadline for registration is 7pm, Friday, February 10, 2012.  Sponsored by Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation and the Olympia Arts Commission, Arts Walk attracts over 15,000 visitors to celebrate the arts in downtown Olympia.  Spring Arts Walk dates are Friday, April 27, 5-10pm, and Saturday, April 28, 12-8pm.last_img

Plenty of Beach, But No Parking

first_img“I think we all have a desire to get more people on our Jersey beaches,” Long said.“The biggest concern is parking,” said Lillian G. Burry, a member of the Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, who also attended the Oct. 6 meeting.Long hosted the meeting to see who was interested in improving beach access. The meeting also was attended by representatives of the county and American Littoral Society, an environmental group based at Sandy Hook. Story and photo by Joseph SapiaSea Bright and the National Park Service are looking into ways to improve access via a shuttle service to parking lot-challenged beaches in the borough and Sandy Hook.Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long said she and Pete McCarthy, coordinator of the Park Service’s Sandy Hook Unit of the Gateway National Recreation Area are looking into possible parking areas from which to run the shuttle. But it is in the early stages and probably would require a third partner to run the shuttle, Long said.William D. Kastning, executive director of the Monmouth Conservation Foundation, said both a drive-to and boat-to shuttle are being considered.Kastning, McCarthy and Long were among the attendees participating in an Oct. 6 meeting at Sea Bright Borough Hall, where these ideas were discussed. Sea Bright’s Atlantic Ocean beach has no parking area, limiting its potential use. It abuts the south end of Sandy Hook, which often has to close access on summer mornings because its parking areas are full.Sandy Hook has about 4,200 parking spaces that provide direct access to beaches there, McCarthy said. Another 700 or so parking spaces are associated with Fort Hancock and administrative uses, McCarthy said.“We need to look at alternative ways to get into the park beyond driving,” McCarthy said.The Sea Bright beach is approximately 9,800 feet long, or almost 2 miles, said Jenna M. Cosimo, director of acquisitions for the Conservation Foundation.This beach is disconnected by private property from the borough’s public beach in the downtown area. Parking is at a premium during the summer in Sea Bright because it is a heavily developed spit between the ocean and Shrewsbury River.last_img read more

New curling program hits Nelson club

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsCalling all young and energetic curlers.The Capital One Rocks & Rings program is expanding to the Kootenays in an effort to introduce the sport of curling in an off-ice environment to Nelson and area youth.  The Nelson Curling Club enjoys the unique position of being the first club outside the Lower Mainland in British Columbia to acquire the rights to the program.  This new program exposes curling to children and families that would otherwise not receive the opportunity, with the ultimate goal being increased participation in the sport. Using unique floor curling equipment, students experience a high-energy, fun-filled session while learning about the sport in their school’s gymnasium.  With each elementary school visit, the Capital One Rocks & Rings program reaches six to seven classes or approximately 150 to 200 students.   Upon completion, each student receives a graduation certificate and program souvenir.  For further information on this program email [email protected] or visit [email protected]last_img read more

Making money when the market isn’t moving

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest CornCorn futures decreased 14 cents last week. There could be a 60-cent weather premium already built into Dec corn futures. Trend-line yields would likely push prices back to $3.25 at harvest. Weather is key variable for the next few months.It’s still too early to worry about not getting the crop planted. With the recent cold and rainy weather, it doesn’t appear there will be a lot more corn acres. This is at least non-bearish news. BeansBeans only decreased slightly (4 cents) last week. Supply and demand suggests futures don’t need to rally significantly. Similar to corn, weather is the key factor moving forward. Likely a $1 per bushel weather premium is in the market right now. Market actionFollowing is the detail and rationale of a recent trade made back in late February which expired on Friday.Trade Detail — Sold May $3.75 straddle for 23 cents on 2/27/17Straddle — selling a put and call at the same valueExpired — 4/21/17 (last trading day for May options)Why this date? It is after the acreage report, but during the heart of corn planting.Expected Market Direction – Most likely sideways, but maybe some upside potential in early summer.Potential benefit — If May futures close at $3.75 on 4/21, I keep the 23-cent premiumPotential Concern — If the market moves significantly, I receive reduced or no premium. For every penny lower than $3.75, I receive less premium until $3.52. Less than $3.52, a previous corn sale is removed, but I get any profits gained on that. For every penny higher than $3.75, I receive less premium until $3.98. Above $.98 I have to make another corn sale at $3.98 against May futures. What happened?For a while corn prices were inching up, but during the last few weeks it pulled back. When the market hit $3.585, I bought back the put portion of the straddle for 16.75 cents. This meant after commissions my net profit was just about 5 cents. This was less than I had hoped for on this trade but it was still a profitable one. Why didn’t you buy back the calls?Prices were so far from the strike price of $3.75 that I didn’t see the need to pay additional commissions to get out of that part of the trade. They ended up expiring worthless. Making money when the market isn’t movingMany farmers like to buy calls, hoping the market will rally, so they can maybe make some big money. This is a risky choice, because if prices stay the same or go down, they will lose all the value of the call purchase and they will be worse off than they were previously. To compound those losses, farmers still have more unpriced new crop corn to sell.The trade above illustrates the flexibility farmers can have during sideways markets. There is upside potential built into the trade, but if the market stays flat, there is premium opportunity for that scenario too. That’s why this type of trade is so much less risky than just buying calls. It takes into consideration multiple market place variables, and keeps hoping for increased prices at a minimum.There was a chance a previous sale I have made could have been removed if prices dropped significantly more, but historically prices rarely drop significantly in spring and early summer, so I felt that risk was limited especially because this was only on 10% of my production.Most farmers think sideways markets are very boring and only want prices to go up. But, if you are creative, there are many opportunities to be had, sometimes even when the market drops. Everyone wants prices to go up (me included), but I’m not going to sit around waiting and hoping. If there are opportunities available to pull premium out of the market in the meantime, I’m going to take it. Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. He can be contacted at [email protected]last_img read more

Mentallyill man reunites with family after 11 years

first_imgKolkata: A 47-year-old mentally-retarded man, who was estranged from his family for more than 11 years, will unite with his mother after ham radio operators successfully managed to trace his family members in Tamil Nadu.”We have managed to trace the residence of Janaki Raman after a frantic search through our counterpart based in Tamil Nadu. We showed his picture to his mother Vijaymmal and brother Vadivelu and learnt that he was missing from home for more than 11 years. Janaki’s brother is coming to Kolkata on Sunday night to receive him,” Ambarish Nag Biswas, custodian and secretary of West Bengal Radio Club (WBRC), an organisation of ham radio enthusiasts in the state said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt was a year back Janaki Raman was found eating food from the garbage on the streets near Bongaon. He was behaving unusually and some passersby started were found teasing him. However, some benevolent locals admitted him to the Bongaon government hospital for treatment. The doctors were in a dilemma as they were unable to understand his language. It was only an aged nurse who used to communicate and coordinate with him through facial expression. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”After the person became fit after prolonged treatment, the hospital authorities sought help from WBRC to bridge the language barrier. We recorded Janaki’s speech with the nurse and shared it with other known ham radio operators across the country. Manjunath R, a member of Indian Institute of Hams recognized his language as Tamil,” Biswas added. Manjunath asked Janaki his address and came to know that his mother and elder brother stayed in Villupuram district in Tamil Nadu. Janaki’s mother and brother recognised him at once after seeing his picture. Janaki was a labourer. He got married but at present his wife not living with her in- laws. “Our next challenge is to find out where Janaki’s wife is staying. We want to unite the couple. We are the thankful to the police administration for their co-operation,” said Biswas. WBRC, an organisation of Ham radio enthusiasts in the state, use a variety of voice, text, image and data communication modes to communicate.last_img read more

Opposition blames Trudeaus India trip for spike in chickpea tariffs

first_imgOTTAWA – The official Opposition is pointing to India’s decision to raise tariffs on chickpeas as the latest evidence that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s recent trip to that country ended up doing more harm than good.Conservative MP Candice Bergen led off question period Friday by citing India’s higher tariffs — now 60 per cent, up from 40 — as proof that Trudeau’s troubled trip overseas and the ensuing controversy have resulted a breakdown in relations.“Last night India raised the duty on chickpeas to 60 per cent — a clear signal that India is understandably upset and Canadian chickpea producers are the first to pay the price,” Bergen said.Trudeau has been embroiled in controversy since news broke that Jaspal Atwal — a B.C. Sikh convicted of trying to kill an Indian cabinet minister in 1986 — was included on the guest list for a pair of high-level receptions in India, and even attended one where he was photographed with Trudeau’s wife.A media briefing during the trip by national security adviser Daniel Jean suggested Atwal’s presence during Trudeau’s trip was arranged by factions within the Indian government who want to prevent Prime Minister Narendra Modi from getting too cosy with a foreign government they believe is not committed to a united India.India provides significant growth potential for trade with Canada, said Bergen, but the governing Liberals are threatening those relations by suggesting India itself helped to orchestrate what turned out to be an embarrassing gaffe.“When the prime minister is blaming India for causing problems with his trip, the prime minister is damaging all of the work that everybody in this place is trying to do for Canadians,” Bergen said. “His conspiracy theory against India is causing a breakdown in our relationship.”Trudeau, speaking in Barrie, Ont., said the tariff increase doesn’t specifically target Canada, and that he had productive discussions with Modi on increasing the predictability of future tariffs as well as on pest treatment issues with shipments to India.“Last week I had excellent conversations with Prime Minister Modi about science-based approaches to fumigation issues that were related to our pulses here, where we agreed to settle the science and bring forth science-based solutions within the next year, and bring about better predictability on what tariff barriers could be.”The latest increase in chickpea tariffs comes after India imposed a 50 per cent tariff on pea imports last November and a 30 per cent tariff on chickpeas and lentils in December that were then raised to 40 per cent in February.The increases are part of the Indian government’s push to boost domestic production of the crops, and protect farmers from cheaper international production, said Pulse Canada CEO Gordon Bacon.“They’ve made it clear they want to become self-sufficient for pulse production.”He said Canadian chickpea exports to India have averaged around $5 million over the past five years, compared with more than $500 million for both peas and lentils, making chickpeas an odd choice if India were truly trying to punish Canada.“If it is punishment, it is a small metering out of punishment relative to what could have happened if they would have applied it to lentils.”India’s tariffs on peas are already at the maximum allowed by trade agreements, but the country could raise chickpea and lentil tariffs to 100 per cent, he added.last_img read more

ALERT investigation results in arrest of a Grande Prairie woman for firearms

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, B.C. – ALERT, the organized crime and gang team alleges, that Misty Kohuch lawfully acquired multiple handguns, which were then sold on the criminal market.The 37-year-old woman was arrested on October 1, 2019, with the help of Grande Prairie RCMP.Kohuch purchased five handguns since July 2019, including one on the morning of the date of her arrest. ALERT had concerns the recently purchased handgun would be re-sold and arrested Kohuch while she was still in possession of the firearm. Kohuch was arrested via a traffic stop. Cocaine and fentanyl were also found in her vehicle.“None of the other handguns have been accounted for, and who is in possession of those handguns should prompt concern from the community,” said Insp. Sean Boser, ALERT Regional teams.Kohuch has been charged with:trafficking a firearm;possession of firearm for the purpose of trafficking;unauthorized possession of a firearm;careless storage of a firearm;unauthorized possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle;unauthorized possession of a firearm, knowing the possession is unauthorized;possession of drugs; andpossession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking.The investigation began in July 2019 after the RCMP’s National Weapons Enforcement Support Team provided information about suspicious firearms purchases.Straw purchasing typically involves someone with a valid Possession and Acquisition License (PAL) but no criminal record obtaining firearms for someone who otherwise could not, or who does not want their name associated with the transaction.Members of the public who suspect drug or gang activity in their community can call local police, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers is always anonymous.last_img read more