Eurotunnel deal is double-edged

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Eurotunnel deal is double-edgedOn 17 Oct 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. A union recognition deal at Eurotunnel signed in June replaced a cavalier management attitude towards involving staff in decision-making, HR director Mark O’Connell told delegates.“What is absolutely clear is that in the history of Eurotunnel, managers developed a slightly cavalier attitude to employee consultation and [staff] were experiencing a sense of frustration that they were not having the input they wanted.”A subsequent survey of staff revealed more than half favoured a union recognition deal and discussions were started with four unions.O’Connell described the deal with the Transport and General Workers’ Union as a positive move but told delegates that it also created problems.The agreement, which gives the T&G exclusive negotiating rights to collectively represent staff, angered the rail union Aslef.It has also created a second consultation mechanism running alongside the existing non-union arrangements, which line managers find a burden.O’Connell explained that when Eurotunnel began commercial operations in 1994 there was enormous commitment and enthusiasm among employees for what they felt was an extraordinary project.“By 1998 I think the enthusiasm gave way to normal issues and we found staff were changing their views about what the company should be doing for them.O’Connell said the agreement with the T&G allows other unions to represent their members on individual matters. Aslef, however, remains unhappy at being excluded on a collective basis from representing members working in a rail business.He added, “We have worked hard to arrive where we are today. Line managers do see the parallel consultation process as a burden and I have had to be honest and say to them that I don’t have the perfect solution. “Hopefully, over time, the two processes will be reduced to just one, but at the moment I can’t see another way.” last_img read more

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Manhattan retail rents hit new lows

first_imgMessage* Retail rents in Manhattan hit new lows at the end of 2020, but prices have been dropping steadily for the past five years. (Getty; iStock)The coronavirus pandemic has undoubtedly taken a huge toll on Manhattan’s retail sector, leading to stores closing and rents dropping along even the most posh shopping corridors. But those problems were in place well before the pandemic took hold, according to a new report from the Real Estate Board of New York.In the fall of 2020, all 17 of the Manhattan retail corridors that REBNY tracks saw their average asking rents drop from the same time last year, with those decreases ranging from 1 to 25 percent. Eight of the retail regions tracked — Soho, Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue among them — saw the lowest asking rents in at least a decade.The strip of Broadway between Houston and Broome streets saw the biggest decline: Asking rents dropped to $367 per square foot, a whopping 25 percent decrease over the same period in 2019. That is the lowest the rent has been since 2006, according to the report.On Fifth Avenue, the average asking rent hit $271 per square foot, a 22 percent year-over-year decline. And Madison Avenue saw asking rents drop to $784 per square foot, a 13 percent decline.Read more1 of every 7 chain stores in NYC closed this yearThese 10 retailers plan the largest expansionsInside the plight of a small retail landlord “Historic declines in rent across Manhattan’s most prominent retail corridors show just how much the market has adjusted amid the unprecedented impacts of the Covid-19 crisis,” REBNY president James Whelan said in a statement.But while the pandemic accelerated the trend, rents have been falling progressively over the past five years, according to the report.On Bleecker Street, the average asking rent has declined 46 percent since 2015, from $468 to $252. The drop was even more striking along 57th Street, where asking rents dropped 61 percent — from $1,600 in 2015 to just $633 in 2020.Available retail space is also on the rise, with 11 corridors seeing increases in availability ranging from 6 to 67 percent.Broadway between Battery Park and Chambers Street, for example, had 28 available spaces. Madison Avenue had 55. (The latter’s business improvement district recently developed a blueprint to transform those vacant storefronts into pop-ups.)And it’s unlikely that chain stores will take over those vacant spaces. More than 1,000 chains across New York City — nearly one out of every seven that were open the same time last year — have closed their doors over the past 12 months, according to a recent report by the Center for an Urban Future.But as rents fell and chain stores’ growth flatlined, the complaints diminished a bit, and long-running efforts to impose commercial rent control did not come to fruition.Contact Sasha Jones Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Email Address*center_img Full Name* Share via Shortlink TagsFifth Avenue RetailManhattanRetailRetail Real Estatelast_img read more

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Differences in speciation progress in feather mites (Analgoidea) inhabiting the same host: the case of Zachvatkinia and Alloptes living on arctic and long-tailed skuas

first_imgRecent molecular phylogenetic analyses have revealed that some apparently oligoxenous feather mite species are in fact monoxenous cryptic species with little morphological differentiation. In this study we analyzed two species, Zachvatkinia isolata (Avenzoariidae) and Alloptes (Sternalloptes) stercorarii (Alloptidae) which prefer different parts of the plumage of two sister species of birds: arctic skua (Stercorarius parasiticus) and long-tailed skua (S. longicaudus) breeding on tundra in the High Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. Given that there are no reports about hybridization events between the host species, we expected that both skuas would have a species-specific acarofauna. The genetic distances among DNA-barcode sequences (COI and 28S rDNA), phylogenetic tree topologies, and haplotype networks of the COI sequences of mites suggested extensive gene flow in Z. isolata between and within populations inhabiting both skua species, whereas the Alloptes populations were host specific and sufficiently genetically separated as to warrant species-level status. The discrepancy in the genetic structure of Alloptes and Zachvatkinia populations suggests frequent but transient contacts between the two skua species in which the probability of mite exchange is much higher for Zachvatkinia, which is present in high numbers and inhabits exposed parts of primary flight feathers, than for the less abundant Alloptes that lives primarily in more protected and inaccessible parts of the plumage. We discuss the possible nature of these contacts between host species and the area(s) where they might take place. The star-like structures in the haplotype network as well as high haplotype diversity and low nucleotide diversity observed in Z. isolata are concordant with the known dispersal strategy of feather mites: vertical colonization of new host individuals followed by rapid growth of founder populations.last_img read more

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ECA Group’s USV selected for Belgian-Dutch MCMV program

first_imgAs informed, ECA Group will deliver seventeen INSPECTOR 125 USVs from 2023. The main innovation of the USV INSPECTOR 125 is its ability to execute mine countermeasures missions with a high level of autonomy at a stand-off distance of up to 18 nautical miles from a mothership. The INSPECTOR 125 is designed to integrate different payloads depending on the mission to be performed. Changing from one configuration to another takes less than 6 hours. The drone will be able to accommodate either the autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) and its LARS in “taxi mode”, or the towed sonar, or mine identification and disposal system (MIDS), or divers and protection units. The platform is derived from the V2 New Generation rescue boats that have been in service within the French National Society of Sea Rescue (SNSM) for about ten years. ECA Group further said the INSPECTOR 125 USV is equipped with a “sea proven” anti-roll system, which reduces roll by 40%. Thanks to this mechanism, the USV is operational up to sea state 4 and ensures the launching and recovery of the underwater vehicles – AUV, towed sonar, remotely operated vehicle (ROV) — by high sea states. Designed by ECA Group’s naval architecture company MAURIC, the USV has a low magnetic and acoustic signature to prevent mine triggering, and its unsinkability keeps it afloat in the event of mine explosions, according to ECA Group. French ECA Group has been selected to supply its INSPECTOR 125-class unmanned surface vehicle (USV) to the Belgian and Royal Netherlands navies as part of their mine countermeasures vessels (MCMV) program. Photo: ECA Group View post tag: usv Belgian-Dutch MCMV programcenter_img Share this article View post tag: ECA Group Photo: ECA Group The newbuilds will be equipped with a complete drone module containing a total of more than eighty underwater, surface and aerial drones entirely dedicated to mine hunting. The first unit is scheduled for delivery to the Belgian Navy in 2024. The INSPECTOR 125 platform has a length 12,3 meters and is equipped with two engines and two waterjets allowing it to reach 25 knots. It has an endurance of 48 hours by sea state up to 4. View post tag: INSPECTOR 125 The contract for twelve MCMV for the Belgian and Royal Dutch navies was awarded in May 2019 and will span over more than ten years. Belgium Naval & Robotics (BNR) — Naval Group / ECA Group consortium — are leading the production phase, which will be executed by Kership.last_img read more

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United Bakery Equipment joins Federation of Bakers

first_imgUS equipment supplier United Bakery Equipment (UBE) has become an associate sponsor of the Federation of Bakers.UBE describes itself as the largest supplier of bread and bun slicers and baggers in the US and sells to customers in North and South America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand.The California-based firm supplies slicing and packaging machinery for products including bread, buns, rolls, bagels, tortillas, and pitta bread. Its range includes slicers, baggers, wrappers, decrusters, dicers, heat sealers, conveyors and other custom machinery.“We are looking forward to strengthening our relationship with the UK’s largest baking companies, with the opportunities that our membership of the Federation of Bakers will bring for us as we continue to expand our business in Europe,” said Tom Sheffield, vice-president of sales and marketing.UBE is following in the footsteps of NFU Mutual, which became an associate member of the Federation of Bakers last month.The other associate members of the Federation are: AAK (UK), AB Mauri UK and Ireland, ADM Milling, Baker Perkins, British Bakels, Bühler, CCFRA, Cereform, CSM (UK), Edme, Energy Management LLP, GB Ingredients, Kaak Group, Kwik Lok, Lesaffre Group, Puratos, Spooner Industries, Taste Tech, Zeelandia and Zeppelin Systems.last_img read more

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More Music Is Being Listened To By More People Than Ever Before

first_imgA new analysis about the state of music consumption in the United States during 2016 has been released by BuzzAngle Music, revealing that more music is being listened to by more people than ever before. While it’s certainly an exciting time for music, despite the industry’s physical and digital drops in sales, music is increasingly more accessible due to the availability of free/low-cost streaming services.According to the report, audio stream consumption increased from 82.6% to 250B streams in the last year. “Both album sales and song sales continued to decline but the transition to these new access methods has shown to provide overall growth and a sustainable business model for the future,” the report details.The overall consumption of music in the United States rose by a whopping 4.2% over 2015’s figures. Because of the ease that streaming services provide, over 28 million unique songs were played compared to seven million unique songs that were purchased. Beyond just being easy, streaming services offer a non-committed relationship between the music and the listener. It gives people the opportunity to taste before taking the bite, to see if they are interested before going any further. In a way, streaming services may have boosted the music industry to spread artists’ music to people that would have otherwise never been acquainted. It will be fascinating to see how this trend continues in 2017, and how it might perhaps affect live music ticket sales.You can read the full report, which includes statistics on consumption, top artists, albums, songs, and more, here.last_img read more

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City of Jamestown Man Charged In Last Week’s Hit-And-Run Of Toddler

first_imgJAMESTOWN – A City of Jamestown man is facing charges in connection with a hit-and-run of a toddler last week in the area of 336 E. 5th St. Jamestown Police say Nicholas S. Evans, 27, allegedly struck a two-year-old male with his vehicle before leaving the scene last Thursday.Evans is charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident and multiple vehicle and traffic charges.Police say they responded to a report of a small child being struck as they were walking along the side of the road with its family. Evans allegedly didn’t stop and continued without stopping. Evans reportedly continued and drove into a parking lot at East Fourth Street at East Second Street where a group of individuals who had witnessed the accident approached the vehicle and did break out the driver’s side window to the vehicle.Evans, who was now in fear of harm to himself, did drive away again and stopped in a lot on Franklin Street where officers from the JPD located him.Police say the man will appear in Jamestown City Court a later date to answer the charges. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),Why where the parents not charged with endangering the welfare of a child? There is a said walk there why would they be walking on side of the road unless they where trying to get hit. That type of accident is foreseeable to any reasonable person there for the parents should be held accountable for their neglect and recklessness for walking in the road with a 2 year old when there is a sidewalk 3 feet to the side of them.last_img read more

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State of Vermont: 50,000 without power

first_imgMap as of 10 am Monday.Vermont officials were preparing to assess the damage from Sunday’s flooding as clean-up and recovery efforts begin Monday. The extent of damage to roads, bridges, homes and businesses caused by the remnants of Hurricane Irene was unknown but was expected to stretch from one end of Vermont to the other. As of Monday morning roughly 50,000 Vermont power customers were without service,and officials warned that impassable roads could make restoring electricity to all areas a lengthy process. Transportation officials reported that some 263 roads had been impacted to varying degrees and several bridges destroyed by the floodwaters; a map of affected roads can be viewed at: http://www.511vt.com/default.asp?area=VT_statewide(link is external) Nine Red Cross shelters had been set up around the state and more than two dozen towns had opened their own shelters, but the number of people displaced by the heavy rains and flooding was not immediately available. In Rutland, some 80 residents of two residential care facilities, the St. Joseph Kervick Residence and the Loretto Home, were temporarily being housed at the Rutland Regional Medical Center. Patients in some areas of the Vermont State Hospital in Waterbury were relocated within the grounds after flood waters rose into the Vermont State Office Complex next to the Winooski River. That flooding in Waterbury Village also forced Vermont Emergency Management to relocate the state’s Emergency Operations Center to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s temporary offices in Burlington. ‘We were fortunate to have a place that met our technological and logistical needs so close,’ Vermont Emergency Operations Center Manager Chris Reinfurt said. ‘We were able to restore the EOC to operation in a couple of hours.’ FEMA officials, who have been in the state since June helping Vermont recover from heavy rains and flooding earlier this spring, had been working with their state counterparts in the days leading up to Sunday’s heavy rains and were slated to take part in damage assessments. One fatality in Vermont has been attributed to the storm; police confirmed they had recovered a body from the Deerfield River in Wilmington Sunday evening, where a woman had been washed away by floodwaters earlier and feared drowned. Officials warned Vermonters to be careful of downed power lines and always assume they are live and report them to authorities. They also cautioned against driving through standing water.VTrans Areas of Vermont are still under water but rivers are now receding. Much of the state is starting to dry out but there are still many hazards and the public is encouraged to exercise caution.  Everyone is asked to stay off roads unless absolutely necessary.  Many roads are still damaged, and many may be washed out under the road surface and could give away at any time. A number of towns are asking that all traffic stay away, please respect detours and all road closures. See map and list below. Local road closures are too many to list.  It is estimated more than 250 roads around the state are damaged, many of them are impassable.  Every state road with the exception of Interstates 89 and 91 were closed at least for a time and many are still closed. Transportation and emergency officials are out today ensuring citizens are accounted for, assessing damage, and determining what areas are safe. All state offices are closed on Monday due to hazardous travel conditions. Homeowners should not return to a flooded home or turn on their circuit breaker until the electrical system has been inspected by a licensed electrician.  Wires could be wet and could lead to electrocution if not inspected. Around 50,000 power customers are without service.  Restoring power may be slowed for some utilities because of road conditions.  That is another reason to stay off the roads.  Power restoration will take some time, so patience will be necessary. The Vermont Fuel Dealers Association reports that ‘many service technicians are out chasing propane tanks that have been swept away in the floods. Homeowners with aboveground storage tanks should contact their propane provider immediately if their tank has moved from its foundation or if they smell gas.’ Those who need road conditions should call 511 or go to www.511vt.com(link is external) â ¦ do NOT call 211 for road conditions. There are currently six Red Cross shelters open: Brattleboro, VT ‘ Brattleboro Union High School ‘ Fairground RoadSpringfield, VT ‘ Springfield High School — 303 South StreetHartford, VT ‘ Hartford High School ‘ 37 Highland AvenueRutland, VT ‘ Rutland High School ‘ 22 Stratton RoadBarre, VT ‘ Barre AuditoriumSt. Johnsbury, VT ‘ The St. Johnsbury School ‘ 257 Western Avenue Vermont Emergency Management has moved its Emergency Operations Center to the FEMA offices in Burlington.  Contact information for the media is 802-951-2708.  The VEM e-mail server is also down, a temporary e-mail address for the press to contact the information office is [email protected](link sends e-mail) .  The Vermont Agency of Transportation has been working throughout the night and continues today to assess road conditions along state infrastructure resulting from Hurricane Irene.  VTrans priority is to establish safe passage for travelers and is closing roads, when needed, and establishing safe detours.  VTrans urges members of the public to exercise extreme caution in navigating the State highway system.  If travel is not necessary, Vermonters are asked to stay home so emergency responders and road crews can conduct damage assessments to the State’s infrastructure.  There are State highway closures throughout the state, some State highway bridges are completely washed out, while others may be compromised.  It will be several days before State officials can inspect all of the State bridges impacted by the extreme flooding caused by hurricane Irene.  Roads may be undermined by the flooding and slope failures may still be occurring. State officials are assessing which communities may be cut off and what infrastructure needs to be repaired first in order that power crews may gain access to down power lines and transformers. While the Vermont Agency of Transportation knows about the closures to the State highway system, town road closures are reported to Vermont Emergency Management.  The final number and location of all town roads and bridges that are closed or impassable is still unknown at this time.  The public is urged not to cross roadways with standing water.  VTrans Operations crews have been deployed since the beginning of the weather event working through the evening and are still on the job making repairs to the state system.  VTrans is deploying bridge inspection teams including teams from out of state and FEMA to inspect Vermont’s bridges.  It will be several days before all bridges, state and town can be inspected.   To receive the latest information on State road and bridge closures, the public can access the State 511 system at http://www.511vt.com/(link is external). Following are the state highway closures in effect as of 4 am.District OneRoute 7 south of ManchesterRoute 100/9 in ReadsboroRoute 100 north of WilmingtonRoute 9 in WilmingtonRoute 30 at Route 133 in PawletDistrict TwoRoute 30 at Newfane, Jamaica ‘ bridges outRoute 9 west of Brattleboro in area of Shell Station & Cumberland Farms.I-91 SB between Exits 5 and 6Route 5 in Rockingham ‘ bridge 39 underminingRoute 103 Chester at the new bridge 1 mile south of Route 11Route 131 in Cavendish near Chub HillRoute 11 in spots ‘ Chester ‘ Andover and Windham.Route 100 Jamaica near Route 30 IntersectionRoute 100 in WestonRoute 103 in ChesterRoute 100 in WardsboroDistrict 3Route 7 north of WallingfordRoute 4 east of RutlandRoute 7 north of RutlandRoute 100 LudlowRoute 144 East WallingfordRoute 103 Mount HollyRoute 100 between Route 4 and PittsfordRoute 73 between 53 and Route 100Route 7 near Route 73 in BrandonDistrict 4Route 4 in West WoodstockRoute 100 Granville GulfRoute 107 between Bethel and Route 100Route 12 between Route 4 and 107Route 12A in West BraintreeDistrict 5Route 116 between Route 125 and 17Route 125 between Route 116 and Route 100Route 17 between Route 116 and Huntington RoadI-89 in ColchesterRoute 2 JonesvilleDistrict 6Route 100 Moretown to WaitsfieldRoute 100BRoute 12 Berlin to RivertonRoute 12 WorcesterRoute 14 in WoodburyDistrict 7Route 5 north of St. JohnsburyRoute 302 in GrotonRoute 5 in LyndonvilleRoute 122 previously closed now openRoute 5A at Route 5 in West BurkeDistrict 8Route 118 previously closed now openRoute 105 between Enosburg and BerkshireRoute 242 west of Jay PeakDistrict 9Route 242 east of Jay PeakRoute 16 between I-91 and BartonRoute 105 between 114 and Lakeshore Drive near Island Pond Vermont Emergency Management. 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Belize Proposes New Tactics to Combat Transnational Organized Crime

first_imgBy Geraldine Cook/Diálogo January 06, 2017  Belize, located on the northeastern coast of Central America, wants to partner with its regional neighbors to defeat a common enemy: transnational organized crime. Just 290 km long and 110 km wide, Belize confronts some of the same security threats as Mexico and Guatemala, with whom it shares borders on the west and north.Major Jermaine Nolan Burns, the commanding officer of the Belize Defence Force Air Wing and Special Boat Unit, believes that partnering with the United States and the Central American countries is fundamental in their fight against transnational organized crime. Maj. Burns enlisted as an officer candidate of the Belize Defence Force in June 2000. Since then, he’s risen in ranks with the goal of finding new ways to counter criminals.As he told Diálogo at the Central American Air Chiefs Conference, which took place on December 12th-13th 2016, in Tucson, Arizona, sharing information and intelligence are fundamental techniques that countries can leverage to counter the threats to their security. Diálogo: What is the importance of your presence at the Central American Air Chiefs conference? Major Jermaine Nolan Burns: The importance of being here with all the other Central American air chiefs is for us to share information on how we can develop new tactics to combat transnational organized crime from an aviation perspective.It’s very important for us to share information because if we don’t collaborate, and instead try to fight this situation on an individual basis, it will definitely mean failure. The way criminal networks are working these days is that they depend on their partners from the different countries they are operating in for them to succeed; so that is the same approach that the military has to take in order for us to combat these crimes. Being with the other Central American air chiefs helps us to look at where the voids are and decide how we can go about to fill them, discussing where the problem is and how each is combating them in their individual country. We try to model our tactics from what each other does essentially through evaluating our successes.Diálogo: What is your country looking to achieve with its participation at this annual event? Major Burns: The country of Belize and more so the Belize Defence Force is looking to the hosting nation, which is the United States, for further development, cooperation, and military funding. We are also looking at the way the other air elements of the Central American countries conduct their business because we are very elementary in the aviation field.Most of those countries are much more mature than we are. Our country is so young, and our participation here helps us to look at ways of how our neighboring countries look at their issues in order for them to succeed. If it is a good model for them, maybe it can be a good model for our defense forces or aviation assets, so we can succeed as well. Diálogo: What are your country’s most important security concerns? Major Burns: In terms of security, we have some internal and external aggression. Our internal aggression, like that of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, is mostly the gang issues from the youth.At this conference, I have been able to engage with the Louisiana National Air Guard and the Joint Interagency Task Force-South to talk about different topics about our partnership for the reform school program. With this partnership, we take youths from the streets that are in trouble to place them into an education program.The final goal is to send them back into society hoping that they won’t go into gangs and other illicit activities. In terms of external aggression, we have the same transnational organized crime that is plaguing all Central American countries. Belize is being used as a drug transit point. Airplanes are landing in clandestine places in the country.Human trafficking is a problem, and a lot of drugs are passing through the country trying to make their way up to the corridor into the Mexican area and up to the United States.Belize, like Guatemala, which is our neighbor over to the west, is just used as a transshipment point. This is a security concern because it affects our civil population that is involved with these kinds of crimes. Diálogo: Why are the collaboration, partnerships, and exchanges among partner nations, including the United States, so important in achieving a common criterion to fight transnational organized crime? Major Burns: The level of partnership that we have with the United States is through our Joint Intelligence and Operation Center.The center is the main intelligence and operations focus for law enforcement agencies including the Belize Defence Force, the Coast Guard, the Police Department, and the Belize Customs and Immigration units. It is all the law enforcement in one building and we have a cooperating nation’s information exchange system, where our radar service is shared to track illegal aircraft flying in our region.We also have a chat system where we are able to talk and collaborate with all the Latin American countries and their signatories to this program. We are able to exchange intelligence in order for us to combat the organized crime that is passing through our countries. For example, Colombia could instantly reach us through our operations center to inform us that there is an aircraft that left the country, which they suspect is an illegal airplane, so we can coordinate further action.These partnerships are very important, and it is so fundamental we maintain these programs with information sharing. Diálogo: As an observer of the System of Cooperation among the American Air Forces (SICOFAA), what are the most important benefits for Belize? Major Burns: It ties back to the information sharing.Although we are only in the observer seat, it helps us to, first of all, see what other Latin American countries are doing. We rate their successes and see if it is applicable to a country like Belize. It is also important for looking at where Belize can capitalize on information sharing with these countries and forge the relationship between the different security agencies in the region.last_img read more

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Disciplinary Action

first_imgDisciplinary Action December 15, 2004 Disciplinary Actions Disciplinary Actioncenter_img The Florida Supreme Court in recent court orders suspended six attorneys, reprimanded eight, and accepted the resignation of four attorneys.The following lawyers are disciplined: Lori Elizabeth Ager, 402 S. Monroe St., Tallahassee, suspended from practicing law in Florida, effective 30 days following a Sept. 21 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1995) On July 13, Ager plead no contest to two counts of manslaughter by driving under the influence and was sentenced to five years of adjudication followed by 10 years probation. (Case no. SC04-1756) Howard I. Alabaster, 9600 W. Sample Road, Ste. 507, Coral Springs, resigned in lieu of disciplinary proceedings, with leave to seek readmission after five years, effective retroactive to June 10, 2002. ( Admitted to practice: 1979) At the time of Alabaster’s resignation, a case was pending at the Supreme Court level against him for alleged contempt, precipitated by his misrepresentation of himself as an attorney and a member in good standing after his suspension, and by his misrepresentations of fact to the referee during the course of his reinstatement proceedings. (Case no. SC04-1394) Karel Herman Baarslag, 3540 Coronado Drive, Apt. 502, Sarasota, resigned in lieu of disciplinary proceedings, with leave to seek readmission after three years, effective 30 days following a September 15 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1976) At the time of Baarslag’s resignation, he was under investigation for two cases that were pending at the grievance committee level. (Case no. SC04-1343) Ann Bitterman, 3721 S. LeJeune Road, Coconut Grove, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 91 days, effective immediately following a September 23 court order. Bitterman is further placed on probation for three years. ( Admitted to practice: 1986) Among several Bar violations, Bitterman violated or attempted to violate the Rules of Professional Conduct; engaged in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation; and knowingly disobeyed an obligation under the rules of a tribunal. (Case no. SC03-1370) Suzanne Consagra, 1040 Woodcock Road, Ste. 214, Orlando, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 60 days, effective 30 days following a September 15 court order. Upon reinstatement, Consagra is further placed on probation for three years. ( Admitted to practice: 1985) Among several Bar violations, Consagra failed to maintain minimum trust accounting records; failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client; and failed to respond, in writing, to an official inquiry by Bar counsel or disciplinary agency when conducting an investigation into her conduct. (Case no. SC03-2147) David Deutsch, 16585 N.W. Second Ave., Miami, reprimanded for professional misconduct following a September 30 court order. Deutsch shall attend The Florida Bar’s Advertising Workshop prior to petitioning for reinstatement. ( Admitted to practice: 1989) Deutsch made prohibited statements and information about himself or his services; revealed the nature of a legal problem on the outside of a brochure; and failed to pay the required late filing fee for an advertisement. (Case no. SC04-384) Nadege Elliott, P.O. Box 150773, Cape Coral, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 75 days, effective September 29, following a September 15 court order. Upon reinstatement, Elliott is further placed on probation for one year. ( Admitted to practice: 1998) Among several Bar violations, Elliott 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; engaged in conduct in connection with the practice of law that is prejudicial to the administration of justice; and knowingly disobeyed an obligation under the rules of a tribunal. (Case no. SC03-2071) Godwin James Essien, 1978 Crystal Downs Court, Oviedo, resigned in lieu of disciplinary history, with leave to seek readmission after five years, effective immediately following a September 2 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1994) At the time of Essien’s resignation, he had several cases pending at the Supreme Court and investigative level. (Case no. SC04-1032) Knovack Gramby Jones, 18590 N.W. 67th Ave., Ste. 201, Hialeah, resigned in lieu of disciplinary proceedings, without leave to seek readmission, effective 30 days following a Sept. 30 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1983) At the time of Jones’ resignation, she was under investigation for a complaint involving alleged misuse of trust funds. (Case no. SC04-1357) Mario Joseph Louis, 80 S.W. Eighth St., Ste. 3330, Miami, reprimanded for professional misconduct following a September 15 court order. Louis is further placed on probation for one year. ( Admitted to practice: 1990) On January 17, 2002, Louis pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge and was ordered to complete nine months probation and 100 hours of community service. (Case no. SC04-1692) Cecile Angela Martin, 18350 N.W. Second Ave., Floor 5, Miami, reprimanded for professional misconduct following a September 15 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1984) Among several Bar violations, Martin failed to provide competent representation to a client; neglected to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client; and failed to respond, in writing, to an official inquiry by Bar counsel or a disciplinary agency, when conducting an investigation into her conduct. (Case no. SC04-533) Michael M. O’Brien, 105 E. Robinson St., Ste. 307, Orlando, reprimanded for professional misconduct following a September 23 court order. O’Brien is further placed on probation for three years. ( Admitted to practice: 1981) Among several Bar violations, O’Brien failed to comply with the Rules Regulating Trust Accounts; failed, at least annually, to prepare a detailed listing identifying the balance of the unexpended trust money held for each client or matter; and failed to perform minimum trust accounting procedures. (Case no. SC03-2154) Guillermo Enrique Pena, 444 Brickell Ave., #U51-119, Miami, suspended from practicing law in Florida for one year, effective retroactive to November 24, 2003. ( Admitted to practice: 1991) Pena failed to comply with the Rules Regulating Trust Accounts; engaged in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation; and engaged in conduct in connection with the practice of law that is prejudicial to the administration of justice. (Case no. SC03-1455) Scott Goodman Ryals, 512 S. Second St., Ft. Pierce, reprimanded for professional misconduct following a September 15 court order. Ryals is further placed on probation, not to exceed one year requiring restitution. ( Admitted to practice: 1997) Among several Bar violations, Ryals failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client; failed to keep a client reasonably informed about the status of a matter and promptly comply with reasonable requests for information; and entered into an agreement for, charged, or collected an illegal, prohibited, or clearly excessive fee. (Case no. SC04-1675) Jack Schrold, 6838 N.W. 117th Ave., Parkland, suspended from practicing law in Florida for two years, effectively immediately following a September 23 court order. A full restoration of Schrold’s civil rights shall be an express condition of his rehabilitation and reinstatement to practice law in the State of Florida. ( Admitted to practice: 1993) Among several Bar violations, Schrold 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 committed a criminal act that reflects adversely on his honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a lawyer in other respects. (Case no. SC04-360) Stephanie Diane Staples, P.O. Box 2518, Palatka, reprimanded for professional misconduct following a September 30 court order. Staples is further placed on probation for three years. ( Admitted to practice: 1994) Among several Bar violations, Staples failed to provide competent representation to a client; failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client; and entered into an agreement for, charged, or collected an illegal, prohibited, or clearly excessive fee. (Case no. SC04-421) Lee C. Summers, 4913 Sugar Pine Drive, Boca Raton, reprimanded for professional misconduct following a September 23 court order. Summers must attend and satisfactorily complete The Florida Bar’s ethics school. ( Admitted to practice: 1979) Summers failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client and violated the Rules Regulating Trust Accounts. (Case no. SC04-610) Clifford Martin Travis, P.O. Box 523, Inverness, reprimanded for professional misconduct following a September 23 court order. Travis is further placed on probation for two years. ( Admitted to practice: 1983) Travis failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client; failed to keep a client reasonably informed about the status of a matter and failed to promptly comply with reasonable requests for information; 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. SC04-863) 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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