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first_imgAugust 1, 2003 Letters August 1, 2003 Regular News I opened my June 15th Florida Bar News to find that The Florida Bar Board of Governors voted to oppose the new ABA ethics rule change (suspending the attorney-client privilege when a lawyer discovers her client is using or has used her services to commit a substantial crime or fraud), because “it would undermine the values of the legal profession.”Excuse me? Exactly what do they think lawyers’ values ought to be?There should be total distrust between a lawyer and a client who intends to use that lawyer to commit a crime or a fraud, knowingly or not. A criminal or clever executive ought to know that he is not going to be able to count on a lawyer helping him commit his crime, and then having to “ethically” remain silent about it. A criminal ought to know that when a lawyer finds out that he has been used to help commit a crime, the lawyer will be able to testify — just like any other witness.If a person planning a crime or fraud were scared to tell the lawyer anything, or use the lawyer for any part of his plan, because the truth could come out, society would have a little less crime and fraud. And the crime and fraud we did have would be easier and less expensive for society to prosecute.Which would be good for societal health?Yet the governors believe that preventing criminals from using witting and unwitting lawyers to assist them in defrauding people would lead “to total distrust between the lawyer and his/her client.”Excuse me? What lawyer? What client? The law abiding citizen and her attorney? The person who needs an after-the-fact defense attorney? The person who needs a corporation, divorce, adoption, or sale of a business? No. Only the person or executive who intends to (mis)use a lawyer in committing a crime or fraud.A primary objective of a civil society is to structure things to avoid a fraud or crime from being committed. It would be absurd for any civil society to organize itself so that its officers of court can be misused to facilitate the commission of a crime, and then have to remain silent about it, while the criminal hires a new unknowing lawyer to facilitate the continuance of his fraud.In a society where law rules, the values of the legal profession ought to be truth and honesty — and the rules ought to clearly support them in that.Martin C. Boire Ormond BeachLawyer Lost From what I read in the papers, a Panhandle lawyer called a judge he disagreed with a lunatic. “I believe the inmates have taken over the asylum” were the words reported. The lawyer says it’s a free speech issue. If the report is true, The Florida Bar has two choices. Either censure the lawyer or change the Rules of Professional Conduct. If we do the latter, I suggest we change the rules for judges, too. We could then call some lawyers unctuous, self-aggrandizing, greedy, unprofessional morons, without fear of censure. All in the name of free speech.Senior Judge Nath Doughtie Gainesville Guardians of Freedom The Florida Bar lost a former employee and dear, dear friend recently. Just recently, our office received the tragic news that Gregg Wenzel died in a car accident in Africa. Gregg worked in the Miami Branch Office of Lawyer Regulation as Bar counsel from 1998-2001.Wenzel had been in Ethiopia working for the U.S. government when this tragedy occurred. To anyone who knew him, it seems surreal. Wenzel did more in his 33 years than many people do in a lifetime. Wenzel enjoyed athletics (he participated in numerous Ironman triathalons and marathons), photography, and traveling, amongst other things. He was involved as a coach with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training, and through this organization, he helped many to raise money to cure these diseases, as well as reach their goal of running a marathon.When he worked with the Bar, he would routinely step up to the plate to assist others during trial. He was a deeply spiritual individual who always left others with a smile. Wenzel did not know the meaning of the words “I can’t do it” or “I’m not able to.” Without a doubt, he lived life to the fullest.If there is a message that any of us can take from this tragedy, it is simply that we must live our lives in the here and now. I just ask that each one of us take a moment to pray for the family at this time of unspeakable sorrow.Bill Mulligan Miami Free Speech During 45 years of law practice I have harbored the assumption that it is our profession that acts as guardian of personal freedom.We stood silent when we should have protested in the 1940s and when we abandoned our duty to speak as the government imprisoned thousands of American citizens merely because they were Japanese. Confronting the hysteria of the communist threat in the ’50s, we stood mute during the McCarthy witch hunts and congressional inquisitions.The country faces a real and obvious threat from fanatical groups. Again the government reacts like Keystone Cops rushing around, turning over every stone in search of hidden terrorists. The public is treated to a meaningless technicolor extravaganza of measured degrees of imminent disaster.The threat is real, but it can be managed without surrender of our fundamental legal rights.We have more to fear from an attorney general lobbying for more invasive authority to hold suspects incommunicado indefinitely before trial and without judicial review or guarantee of due process. The government has usurped the authority to intercept e-mail, phone accounts and wiretap journalists in pursuit of the public’s right to know.Are we safer because some CIA hack is skulking in the basement of the Pentagon reviewing our library use and book-buying habits?Under the guise of the so-called “Patriot Act” the government is making egregious infringements upon the prerogative of a free press. When the press is intimidated, censored, and spied upon by the government, the most effective protection from the excesses and ambitions of shallow men exercising governmental power is gone.In Germany of the ’20s the legal profession stood silent while the patriots of the time confronted the crisis of the day by destroying individual rights under the guise of meeting the pending threat in the name of national security.I would hope that the voice of our profession would be heard this time and that it may act as some restraint upon the overzealous who would abandon the best of the law under the rationale that the means are justified by the ends.R.G. Petree OrlandoAttorney-Client Privilegelast_img read more

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first_imgHe comes to that position Agron Berisha, and the current President of the Management Board Heimo Hirn continues his career as an independent entrepreneur. Agron Beriša is a successful and respected professional in the business world with many years of experience in the hotel industry, and with his knowledge and experience he will significantly contribute to improving the business of Liburnia Riviera Hotel, influence the growth and development of the company in the operational and financial segment. : Photo: Liburnia Riviera Hotels One of the largest hotel companies in Croatia, Opatija’s Liburnia Riviera Hotels dd (LRH), has a new President of the Management Board as of November 13, 2020. The decision to appoint a new President of the Management Board of Liburnia Riviera Hotel was made at the meeting of the Supervisory Board on November 13, 2020. Liburnia Riviera Hotels thanked Mr. Hirn for his cooperation and contribution and welcomed Mr. Berisha. team was as successful as possible.last_img read more

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first_imgMalky Mackay believes his Cardiff players have proved to themselves they belong in the Barclays Premier League. The Bluebirds secured one of the most famous victories in the club’s history with a stunning 3-2 win over Manchester City in their first top-flight home game in 51 years. Having fallen behind to Edin Dzeko’s superb strike, a close-range Aron Gunnarsson effort and a brace of headers from corners by Fraizer Campbell ensured Alvaro Negredo’s late strike was not enough for the 2011-12 Premier League champions. While Mackay has strengthened the Cardiff squad with the addition of club-record signing Gary Medel, Steven Caulker, Andreas Cornelius and John Brayford, it is largely the same group which secured the Championship title last term. Some had questioned whether the Scot had enough quality at his disposal to avoid a rapid return to the second tier, but the starting XI that faced Manuel Pellegrini’s side included nine regulars from last term. Mackay said: “I spoke to the players about the fact that they have to believe they belong here. We were undoubtedly playing against one of the top teams in Britain and Europe and a team filled with top, top talent. “But you want to test yourself against the best. I want to test myself against the best managers, and my players should want to test themselves against the best players in the world and be in the best league in the world. “They are here on merit, they won the Championship last year and they were out there against City and you saw the belief. “I have got technically very gifted players, and when we got the ball back we could counter-attack and hurt a team who are a top side. “The best have come here and we deserved to beat them. That should give the players confidence we are here to compete every week and make sure it will be difficult for opposition to play against us.” Mackay also praised the tireless performance of goalscorer Gunnarsson who, alongside Medel, did much to stymie City’s effectiveness in midfield. Press Association The Iceland international’s pre-season preparations were hindered after he dislocated his shoulder on international duty, but he showed no ill-effects as he constantly hassled and harried. “Aron became captain of Iceland when he was just 23, but he is a player who just goes quietly under the radar,” said Mackay. “As last season went on he became more and more important to our team. “I think it was about him growing up as a player over the last two years and he has done that. “He has become a more mature player and with an experienced player in Gary Medel alongside him, he showed that maturity against top players.” For Pellegrini the defeat was a rude awakening after the ease with which City brushed Newcastle aside in his first game in charge. The Chilean admitted defensive mistakes had cost his side, but tried to remain positive when it came to City’s play at the other end of the pitch with Dzeko and Negredo getting on the scoresheet. “It is always important to score, Edin played well and Alvaro is a very important striker for us also and he scored when he replaced him,” he said. “That shows we are strong as an attacking team and it is always good to score two goals away from home, it is just we had other problems.” Poor defending played a part in all three Cardiff goals as City struggled without the influence of injured captain Vincent Kompany, but Pellegrini does not believe the performance shows he must add to his defensive options. He said: “I do not like to link the two things, it is not the same thing. We did not lose the match because we do not have any centre-halves, we lost because we did not concentrate at two corners. It is something we will work on during the week.” last_img read more

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first_imgPokhara: Ashmita Chaliha and Siril Verma were crowned the womens and men’s singles champions respectively as Indian shuttlers claimed eight medals that included four gold, two silver and two bronze as the individual badminton events came to an end at the 13th South Asian Games here in Nepal on Friday. Along with the two gold the Indian mens and womens teams won earlier, India ended their glorious campaign with a rich haul of 10 medals to finish at the top of the badminton medal standings.Former World Junior Championships silver medallist Siril Verma of Telangana lived up to his top seeding as he came back from a game down to stave off the challenge of compatriot Aryaman Tandon in an all-Indian men’s singles final. The Gujarat boy had the upper hand after pocketing the first game but Verma rebounded strongly to complete a gritty 17-21. 23-21, 21-13 win.In women’s singles, Assam’s Ashmita Chalia overcame a late surge from fellow rising star, Gayatri Gopichand of Telangana to finish with a 21-18, 25-23 win.In doubles, there was double delight for Dhruv Kapila who emerged victorious in both men’s and mixed doubles. The men’s doubles proved to be the tougher outing for the young pair of Kapila and Krishna Prasad Garaga but they were able to hold their nerves to clinch the gold. Sri Lanka’s Sachin Premshan Dias Angoda Vidanalage and Buwaneka Tharindu Dullew Dumbukola Goonathilake took the middle game in this hard-fought encounter only to see the Indians storming back to take the 21-19,19-21, 21-18 win.In mixed doubles, Kapila had a breezy time on the court with Meghana Jakkampudi. The top seeds eased past second seeds Sachin Premshan Dias Angoda Vidanalage and Thilini Pramodika Hendehewe of Sri Lanka 21-16, 21-14. IANSAlso Read: Assam’s Ashmita Chaliha clinches gold at 13th South Asian Games Women’s Badminton FinalAlso Watch: Watch | AASU along with 30 indigenous organisations staging protest against CAB in Naharkatialast_img read more

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first_imgANGRY health service bosses at Letterkenny General Hospital have denounced claims that they lost patient files – and left them lying in a car park.The HSE tonight issued a strongly-worded statement after reports earlier today suggested that staff lost patient files.And the HSE revealed the files actually belonged to THE PATIENT whose name was on it – and it was the patient who accidentally left them in the car park. Hospital staff say they are delighted the slur has been cleared up.A spokesman said tonight: “On 12 July, correspondence belonging to visitors to Letterkenny General Hospital was handed in to the Day Services reception at Letterkenny General Hospital.“The correspondence, which contained a copy of a patient’s medical notes and a separate folder relating to the same patient, was the property of the visitors and not the property of Letterkenny General Hospital.“The correspondence had been accidently left by the visitors on top of a bin in the car park payment area as they were leaving the hospital.  The owners returned to the hospital a short time later and retrieved their property.” The spokesman stressed: “No medical records belonging to Letterkenny General Hospital were lost or misplaced.” REVEALED: ‘LOST FILES’ CLAIM WAS BOGUS – HOSPITAL was last modified: August 1st, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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