YLD looks to Zuroweste

first_imgThe young lawyers will work to promote fellowship, education, and mentorship Associate Editor Zack Zuroweste of Clearwater was sworn in as president of The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division at the 2017 Florida Bar Annual Convention in Boca Raton. The trial lawyer is a shareholder at PersanteZuroweste, and has served eight years on the YLD Board of Governors. In his practice, he focuses on probate litigation, the contests of wills and trusts, and general business litigation. Goals as president include pushing mentorship efforts for young lawyers, and supporting inclusion and diversity in the legal profession. (Watch Zuroweste’s General Assembly Speech) “I am both humbled and moved by this opportunity,” Zuroweste said in his installation speech. “I, along with my YLD governors, have pledged to support Florida young lawyers every way we can, including fellowship, education, and mentorship.” Zuroweste said this year, under the leadership of YLD board members Santo DiGangi and Andrew Picket, the division will create a Legal Accelerator website designed to reach and mentor Florida young lawyers. The website will feature short mentoring videos, creating “a virtual hallway of mentoring advice.” “I know first-hand how support from a mentor can shape your career,” Zuroweste said. “Every chance we have, every success we achieve, is possible because someone in our lives supported us.” Zuroweste said when he graduated in 2006 with a J.D. from Stetson University, the best advice he received was “to find a mentor, not just a job,” and then met Bob Persante, who welcomed Zuroweste into his law firm and family. The YLD president said his law partner and mentor, Persante, made him “a better lawyer” and “a better person.” Zuroweste was born in Albany, Georgia, but calls Franklin, Tennessee, his home town. As an undergraduate student at the University of Tennessee, he was a fraternity president and got involved in campus politics. Zuroweste’s parents worked full-time during his upbringing, and his mother was the first female executive in her company. Zuroweste’s wife, Elizabeth, is a Sixth Circuit assistant state attorney, and they have two young sons. The new YLD leader said the division advocates for inclusion and equality. He announced YLD board members Rob Batsel and Chrystal Thorton will lead the division’s Inclusion and Equality Committee. “We believe that our profession is stronger when we remove implicit barriers, and give everyone an equal shot to prove themselves,” he said. “We know progress must be made, and we’re ready to push for it by educating our colleagues on the tangible and intangible benefits of inclusion. We embrace change, and we celebrate both the successes of our diverse colleagues and judges around our state.” Looking ahead, Zuroweste said exciting initiatives are underway: YLD board members Margaret Good and Travis Santos will expand the YLD’s Basic Skills Courses; Ben Gibson and Natasha Dorsey will promote quality of life, including mental health, initiatives; Cherine Valbrun and Jen Thomas will expand the Practicing with Professionalism program; and Paige Gillman and Iris Elijah will refine the YLD’s Law Student Division. Zuroweste said there are several issues that young lawyers face in current times, including high cost of living, competition for jobs, and family time is “pitted against the billable hour.” He said young lawyers often feel forced to choose career over starting a family, and when they do start having children, many women lose advancement opportunities. Meanwhile, he noted, the ever-growing diverse legal profession has outgrown the rigid norms of decades past. “Progress isn’t made overnight. It’s built over time, and is the result of the work of those who walked before us,” Zuroweste said. “It is an exciting time to be a Florida lawyer.” July 15, 2017 Rawan Bitar Associate Editor Regular News YLD looks to Zurowestecenter_img ZACK ZUROWESTE accepts the gavel from past YLD presidents. From the left are Renee Thompson, Frank Bedell, Sean Desmond, Wayne Helsby, Zuroweste, Jewel White, Katherine Hurst Miller, R.J. Haughey, Jamie Billotte Moses, Michael Fox Orr, and Paige Greenlee.YLD looks to Zurowestelast_img read more

Otto Energy Completes Galoc Drilling (Philippines)

first_imgOtto Energy Limited, as operator of the producing Galoc oilfield joint venture offshore the Philippines, provides the following update on the Galoc-5H and Galoc-6H drilling campaign in SC14C, part of the Galoc Phase II development approved in 2012.During the period from 0600 hours (AWST) on 14 August 2013 to 0600 hours (AWST) on 21 August 2013, drilled the G-6H 8½”  hole section to 3,958 metres through the Galoc reservoir  interval. The well intersected a 260m section of very high quality reservoir which was at the high end of prognosed outcomes.The well subsequently drilled through poorer sections of formation and the decision was made to TD the well early to ensure successful completion across the high quality reservoir. The 5½” completion liner has now been run over the high quality reservoir section.The well is currently being suspended prior to running the upper completion and well clean-up flow.The forward plan is to move the rig to the G-5H well and drill the 8½” hole horizontally for approximately 2,400 metres through the reservoir interval prior to running the completion liner and assembly.Location and Proposed DepthThe Galoc field is located in Service Contract SC14C (Galoc Sub Block) in 290 metres of water approximately 65km North West of Palawan Island and 350km south of Manila in the Republic of the Philippines. The Galoc-5H and Galoc-6H development wells are being drilled within the existing producing field that has delivered over 10 MMbbls of production since the field was commissioned in 2008.After drilling of both Galoc-5H and Galoc-6H is completed, the DOF operated Skandia Hercules construction vessel will be used to install the subsea equipment and complete the hook-up of both wells to the FPSO Rubicon Intrepid.First oil from the Phase II wells is expected in November 2013[mappress]Press Release, August 21, 2013last_img read more

Mark Taylor critical of Australia’s on-field behaviour

first_imgBy Daniel BrettigMARK Taylor, the Cricket Australia Board director, has criticised the national team for their on-field behaviour in South Africa, saying both sides had contributed to the ugly atmosphere that led to Kagiso Rabada’s two-Test ban for physical contact with Steven Smith and the confrontation between David Warner and Quinton de Kock.In a series of comments likely to sting Smith in particular, given their mentoring relationship, Taylor said the Australians should be on their “final warning” from match officials for celebrating in the faces of the opposition when a batsman was dismissed.The clearest example of this was when Warner celebrated the run-out of AB de Villiers in Durban by screaming at the other batsman Aiden Markram.“Both sides should be on their final warnings, and that definitely includes Australia,” Taylor told Channel Nine. “There’s been too much of this in-your-face celebration when batsmen are dismissed, and the Australian bowlers have been as guilty as the South African bowlers at times.”Taylor’s comments follow those made by a fellow former Australian captain Ian Chappell, who said that Smith and the coach Darren Lehmann were as culpable as Warner for letting things spiral out of control. Chappell had advocated a suspension for Warner, but also pointed out that team leaders needed to carry a heavy burden of responsibility for their players’ actions.“I absolutely agree with that,” Taylor said. “Unfortunately it’s where David Warner has come unstuck, he’s actually made a point in recent times of saying that he wants to bring back the old David Warner and get in the face of the opposition. He told the world what he was going to do and what’s more he’s gone about and done it, and taken it to another level.“I’m not suggesting for a minute we have silence out in the middle, but there’s no doubt it’s getting worse. Bullying is not a bad term for it, and they’re using it too much. It just keeps escalating and now it’s getting out of hand.”As for Rabada’s appeal against a two-Test ban, which appears likely to be heard before the start of the third Test in Cape Town next week, Taylor said he considered the bowler to have made “avoidable” contact with the Australian captain after dismissing him on day one of the Test at St George’s Park.“I’m not surprised South Africa are appealing the suspension because he’s obviously a key player for them,” Taylor said. “Having taken 11 wickets in the last Test they are going to do everything they can to keep him on the field, but he’s in trouble because he’s already been found guilty. In my mind the contact with Steve Smith in the second Test was avoidable, so that’s why he’s in trouble.”A fresh set of match officials are due to oversee the series in the final two Tests at Newlands and the Wanderers, with Jeff Crowe’s match referee role to be taken over by the former Zimbabwe batsman Andy Pycroft, who also officiated in South Africa’s series victory in Australia in late 2016. (ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

Haynes shortlisted for head coach position

first_imgST. JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – Batting legend Desmond Haynes and former head coach Phil Simmons lead the race to be the next full-time head coach of the West Indies men’s team, with current interim coach Floyd Reifer also making the shortlist. Cricket West Indies said yesterday that Haynes, Reifer and Simmons emerged from a list of six candidates that took part in the initial interview process which concluded on Monday – and there will now be a final round of interviews to be completed by October 11.“Critical areas discussed were applications of cricket-specific experience, technical knowledge, performance planning process, performance measurement, performance-driven culture and also CWI’s core values of passion, accountability, respect, integrity and team excellence,” said a CWI media release.Phil Simmons is eyeing a return to West Indies head coaching job.A CWI panel comprising vice-president Dr. Kishore Shallow, who is chairman of the CWI’s human resource committee; CWI director of cricket, Jimmy Adams; CWI human resources manager, Oneka Martin-Bird; CWI independent director, Debra Coryat-Patton; and England-based coaching educator, Gordon Lord conducted the interviews with the three former West Indies batsmen and other candidates. Haynes, a former West Indies captain and one half of the most durable opening partnership in the history of the international game with Gordon Greenidge, had previously expressed interest in the position.He brings the wealth of a decorated playing career in which he scored 7,487 runs in 116 Tests and 8,648 runs in 238 One-day Internationals between 1978 and 1994.Haynes had also held the post of batting consultant briefly when Ottis Gibson was head coach and has had coaching stints with several Twenty20 franchise sides in recent times.Current interim West Indies head coach, Floyd Reifer. Simmons, also a former West Indies opener, was head coach for close to two years before being sacked in September 2016 following differences with the leadership of CWI – but was scooped up by Afghanistan and guided the side to the 2019 World Cup in England.Reifer, a former Barbados and West Indies captain, and long-standing head coach of Combined Campuses & Colleges, is currently interim head coach.He had guided the side during the limited-overs stages of last year’s tour of Bangladesh before Richard Pybus was controversially appointed to the position for the home series against England and delivered a 2-1 victory in three-Test series, 2-2 draw in a five-match, One-day International rubber (one game was rained out) and a 2-1 loss in a three-match Twenty20 International series. Following the England series, a change in the hierarchy of CWI swept Ricky Skerritt and Shallow into power in the posts of president and vice-president respectively, and Pybus was sent packing just weeks before the World Cup in England following a review of the team’s coaching and selection policies.Reifer was again installed in the position on an interim basis, but the side has had tepid success under his guidance, winning just two matches against hosts Ireland in a triangular ODI series, where they lost three times, including the final to Bangladesh, before misfiring in the World Cup and losing all but one rained-out match in a home series against India.“I am pleased to see such high quality West Indian talent and experience in the shortlisted candidates for the head coach position,” said CWI president Ricky Skerritt. “I believe that any one of the three finalists would be an excellent choice as head coach, and I wish them every success at the final stage of interviews.”He added: “On behalf of the board and all stakeholders, I want to thank all of the applicants for coming forward to offer their services for this important leadership role.“Vice president Shallow and his research and interview team have been most impressive with their efforts to date, and I want to say thank you to them as well.”The post of head coach was made vacant, when Australian Stuart Law walked away from the position following the side’s previous tour of India at the end of last year, and there have been three interim appointments since. South African Nic Pothas held the position for part of the subsequent tour of Bangladesh before the involvement of Reifer and Pybus.last_img read more

2020 San Diego Comic-Con officially canceled due to COVID-19

first_imgDaniel Knighton/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) — The 2020 San Diego Comic-Con has officially been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, marking the first time the event has been scrapped in its 50-year history.The event, which was set to take place July 23-26, will instead return to the San Diego Convention Center July 22-25, 2021.“Extraordinary times require extraordinary measures and while we are saddened to take this action, we know it is the right decision,” David Glanzer, a spokesperson for the organization, said in a statement. “We eagerly look forward to the time when we can all meet again and share in the community we all love and enjoy.”Anyone who purchased badges for SDCC this year will have the option to request a refund or transfer their badges to next year’s Comic-Con. All badge holders will receive an email within the next week with instructions on how to request a refund. Exhibitors will similarly have the option for a refund or a transfer of payments to next year’s event.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more