Denzel Washington Wants Samuel L. Jackson to Star in Film of August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson

first_imgWashington has long wanted to executive produce all 10 of the Pulitzer-winning playwrights Century Cycle, something he discussed publicly in back in 2015. In addition to Fences, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and The Piano Lesson, Wilson’s cycle consists of Radio Golf, King Hedley II, Jitney, Two Trains Running, Seven Guitars, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone and Gem of the Ocean.Washington was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance on the big screen in Fences alongside Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom star Viola Davis, who took home both the Tony and the Oscar for her performance on Broadway and film.  View Comments Fresh off the premiere date news and vibrant first look at the film adaptation of August Wilson’s play Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Denzel Washington has shared that The Piano Lesson is the next Wilson work he hopes to bring to the screen. According to The New York Times, Washington is looking to enlist director Barry Jenkins for the project as well as his son John David Washington and Samuel L. Jackson: “The greatest part of what’s left of my career is making sure that August is taken care of,” Washington said. Denzel Washington(Photo by Emilio Madrid for August Wilson (Photo: David Cooper)last_img read more

September 1, 2010 Disciplinary Actions

first_imgDisciplinary Actions Prepared by The Florida Bar’s Public Information and Bar Services Department __________________________________________________________ The Florida Supreme Court in recent court orders disciplined 27 attorneys, disbarring eight and suspending 17. Some attorneys received more than one form of discipline. Two attorneys were publicly reprimanded, and three were placed on probation. Three were ordered to pay restitution.The following lawyers are disciplined: Charles Behm, P.O. Box 10, Pomona Park, permanently disbarred following a July 1 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1999) Behm failed to file income tax returns from 1999 to the present. He declared in court that he has no intention of filing federal income tax returns in the future. He also failed to prepare and maintain certain trust account records. (Case No. SC07-661) Joseph Edward Broadus, 641 1st St. S., St. Petersburg, placed on probation for an additional 18 months, effective immediately, following a June 17 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1986) Broadus was held in contempt of the court for failing to comply with the terms of his probation by failing to follow through with the requirements of a Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc., contract, and failing to pay the monthly monitoring fee. In September 2007, he was placed on 18 months probation. (Case No. SC09-1310) Steven M. Busch, P.O. Box 4305, Ft. Lauderdale, suspended for three years effective immediately, following a June 3 court order. Busch is currently suspended, so the suspension shall run concurrently with the one imposed in February 2008. (Admitted to practice: 1974) Further, Busch shall pay restitution of $1,500 to one client. Busch acted in contempt of the Supreme Court of Florida by holding himself out as an attorney in good standing and practicing law after the effective date of his suspension. Busch failed to notify clients, opposing counsel, and the courts that he was suspended. (Case No. SC09-1421) Rudolph C. Campbell, P.O. Box 546, Lutz, disbarred effective 30 days from a June 3 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1998) Further, Campbell shall pay restitution of $1,500 to one client. Campbell used his law firm as a loan modification and foreclosure assistance business. He charged up-front fees to homeowners, in violation of the Foreclosure Rescue Fraud Prevention Act, Florida Statute, 501.1377; he used deceptive advertising, and he failed to respond in writing to an inquiry from The Florida Bar. (Case No. SC09-1742) John Everette Evans III, P.O. Box 1653, Ft. Myers, suspended until further order, following a June 15 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2005) According to a petition for emergency suspension, Evans appeared to be causing great public harm by engaging in a repeated pattern of neglect and abandonment of his clients. (Case No. SC10-1124) Harvey Jay Goldstein, P.O. Box 240037, Milwaukee, Wis., suspended until further order, following a June 3 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1987) According to a petition for emergency suspension, Goldstein appeared to be causing great public harm by converting nearly $70,000 from three probate estates while acting as an administrator and using the funds to pay personal and business expenses and to finance real estate deals. Those incidents resulted in his suspension in Wisconsin. (Case No. SC10-1001) Gary W. Gramer, 181 Southbay Drive, Suite 2, Naples, disbarred retroactive to Jan. 13, following a June 3 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1973) Gramer was found guilty of grand larceny in the third degree in Suffolk County Court, N.Y. (Case No. SC09-2252) Carolyn Marie Holt, 2202 N. West Shore Blvd., Suite 200, Tampa, suspended for 91 days, effective 30 days from a June 4 court order. Further, upon reinstatement, Holt is placed on probation for one year. (Admitted to practice: 1997) During the course of representing a client in a civil matter, Holt intentionally misled the court and opposing counsel by making false statements to a judge. She later made false statements to The Florida Bar and the grievance committee. (Case No. SC08-1911) Christine Marie Horn, 3469 W. Boynton Beach Blvd., Suite 15, Boynton Beach, disbarred effective immediately, following a June 17 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1980) Horn was suspended on an emergency basis in November 2009. A Bar audit revealed trust account shortages ranging from more than $3,000 in September 2006 to nearly $314,000 in October 2008. (Case No. SC10-72) Thomas Lemuel Hurst, 822 N.E. 96th St., Miami, disbarred effective immediately, following a June 3 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1972) Hurst, who previously had been suspended three times from practicing law, failed to respond to inquiries from The Florida Bar regarding a case alleging he misappropriated a client’s funds, and he failed to appear at a court-mandated final hearing. (Case No. SC09-2027) Tolly Albert Kennon III, P.O. Box 34006, Charlotte, N.C., suspended for three years, retroactive to April 3, following a June 24 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1998) This is a reciprocal discipline case. In September 2009, Kennon was suspended from practicing law in North Carolina for three years. Kennon represented two criminal defendants in two separate cases in North Carolina. In both instances, Kennon advised witnesses for the prosecution as to the way they should handle subpoenas they received. Kennon did not advise either to seek independent counsel. (Case No. SC10-633) John Joseph Liu, P.O. Box 277, Safety Harbor, suspended for 91 days, retroactive to July 17, 2009, following a June 17 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1993) Liu failed to respond in writing to inquiries from The Florida Bar regarding the status of his trust account, which had been overdrawn. Nor did he appear for a hearing, despite being served a notice at his official Bar address. (Case No. SC09-1743) Michael H. Lubin, 16831 N.E. 15th Ave., North Miami Beach, disbarred effective 30 days from a June 24 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1981) Lubin misappropriated a portion of the funds he received from a client to hold in trust. (Case No. SC10-1063) Miguel Angel Montalvo, Apartado Postal 2, Salvatierra, Guanajuato, Mexico, to be publicly reprimanded following a June 24 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1994) During the course of representing a client, Montalvo discontinued his law practice in Immokalee and relocated to Mexico. He failed to inform the client that he’d withdrawn from the representation, and he failed to respond to inquiries by the Bar regarding the complaint failed by the client. (Case No. SC10-287) Dominyka Mindaougas Netchiounas, 2203 N. Lois Ave., Suite 953, Tampa, suspended until further order, effective 30 days from a June 23 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2002) Netchiounas willfully failed to respond to official Bar and grievance committee inquiries regarding a complaint. (Case No. SC10-811) Gary Stephen Ostrow, 3000 N.E. 30th Place, Suite 301, Ft. Lauderdale, suspended for 30 days, effective August 1, following a June 24 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1982) Ostrow was arrested in May 2008 and charged with cocaine possession. In December 2009, Ostrow successfully completed a drug court program, and the charge was dismissed. (Case No. SC10-1035) Matthew Glenn Palentchar, 16 Caton Ave., Colonia, N.J., suspended until further order, effective 30 days from a June 1 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2004) Palentchar failed to comply with a subpoena requesting that he produce trust account records on or before Jan. 15. (Case No. SC10-545) Robert Joseph Ratiner, 3225 Aviation Ave., Suite 600, Miami, suspended for 60 days, publicly reprimanded and placed on probation for two years, following a June 24 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1990) During a deposition, Ratiner’s behavior was disruptive and intimidating to the witness, opposing counsel, and other persons present. While on probation, Ratiner is required to undergo mental health counseling and prepare and mail letters of apology to those who were present during the deposition at issue. Further, Ratiner shall be accompanied by co-counsel approved by the Bar during depositions and other legal proceedings or he shall ensure that such appearances or proceedings are video-recorded. (Case No. SC08-689) J. Christopher Rich, 124 E. Rich Ave., Deland, suspended for 91 days, effective 30 days from a June 24 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1998) Between April 2007 and November 2009, Rich failed to provide diligent representation and adequate communication to several clients. He was reprimanded by a bankruptcy court judge and placed on one year probation for engaging in a pattern of misconduct that frequently led to the dismissal of his clients’ cases. (Case Nos. SC09-1744, SC10-414, and SC10-416) Jeffrey Stephen Rosenberg, 20201 E. Country Club Drive, Apt. 2104, Aventura, disbarred effective immediately, following a June 24 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1979) Rosenberg failed to explain the whereabouts of $27,750 placed in escrow with his title company for a client. During the course of a Bar investigation, Rosenberg agreed to disbarment. (Case No. SC10-1167) David Philip Ryan III, 250 Catalonia Ave., Suite 804, Coral Gables, permanently disbarred effective immediately, following a June 17 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1997) Ryan misappropriated client trust funds for his personal use and he continued to practice law despite his suspension in March 2009. Also, Ryan produced some, but not all subpoenaed records requested by The Florida Bar, including bank statements, canceled checks, cash disbursements, and client ledgers. (Case Nos. SC09-776 and SC09-791) William Sumner Scott, 3109 Grand Avenue #183, Miami, suspended for three years, following a June 10 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1992) Scott was charged with having conflict of interest in representing clients and with making a false statement of material fact or law to a third party. (Case No. SC05-1145) Kenneth Paul Sirkin, 2500 Quantum Lakes Drive, Suite 203, Boynton Beach, suspended for three years, effective immediately, following a June 17 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2002) Sirkin failed to respond to official inquiries in 11 separate Bar complaints. (Case No. SC09-1125) Mark David Swanson, 1521 Alton Road 684, Miami Beach, suspended for 50 days, effective 30 days from a May 20 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1984) Swanson shall pay restitution totaling $9,300 to two clients in separate cases. In both instances, after being retained, Swanson failed to adequately communicate with the clients. He also failed to respond to inquiries from The Florida Bar and the grievance committee. (Case No. SC10-79) Harry Mark Vieth, 1500 San Remo Ave., Suite 145, Miami, suspended for one year, effective 30 days from a June 3 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1984) In one instance Vieth misled clients into believing that their case was progressing normally, when in fact, he had taken little action on their behalf. In another case, Vieth was retained to assist a military veteran in increasing his disability benefits and filing a retroactive claim. After obtaining a $1.5 million judgment, Vieth failed to file for payment and the client never received his money. As a result, the client was forced to retain new counsel. Despite numerous requests by the client to secure his medical records for a new lawsuit, Vieth failed to communicate with him. (Case No. SC09-1453) R. Scott Whitehead, 4507 Furling Lane, Suite 209, Destin, suspended until further order, following a June 9 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1998) According to a petition for emergency suspension, Whitehead engaged in a systematic scheme to deprive his clients of their money in the form of fees and costs, while not performing the legal services for which he was retained. Additionally, he was arrested four times for alcohol-related problems since May 2009. (Case No. SC10-1025) Marvin Deon Wilson Sr., 14321 S.W. 286th St., Homestead, suspended for three years, effective retroactive to December 1, 2008 following a May 27 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1998) A Bar audit found that Wilson used client funds for his own purposes. Additionally, Wilson was charged with three felony counts: organized scheme to defraud, grand theft and money laundering. Subsequently, the state attorney’s office dropped the charges against Wilson upon his agreement to refund $15,000 and attend a trust accounting workshop. In another instance, Wilson failed to keep a client informed as to the status of her case. He also failed to timely respond to an inquiry about the case from The Florida Bar. (Case No. SC09-777) 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. Disbarred lawyers may not re-apply for admission for five years. They are required to go through an extensive process that rejects many who apply. It includes a rigorous background check and retaking the bar exam. Historically, fewer than 5 percent of disbarred lawyers seek readmission. September 1, 2010 Disciplinary Actions September 1, 2010 Disciplinary Actionslast_img read more

Wakefield Canada Eyes Growth, Creates 2 New Leadership Roles To Lead New Divisions

first_imgWakefield Canada, Canadian manufacturer and distributor of Castrol premium lubricants, has appointed Shannon Spano, left, to the position of vice president, consumer sales, and Hasan Zobairi, right, as vice president, commercial and industrial sales. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementWakefield Canada, Canadian manufacturer and distributor of Castrol premium lubricants, has announced the creation of two separate sales divisions. Shannon Spano will lead the Consumer Sales division with Hasan Zobairi responsible for Commercial and Industrial Sales. The move comes after the first full year of operating the Castrol industrial business. Wakefield says its the next step in solidifying the company’s growing position in the industrial and commercial sector while reinforcing its leadership on the consumer side.“The commercial and industrial lubricant markets represent a significant growth opportunity for Wakefield,” says Dave Fifield, President, Wakefield Canada. “Wakefield’s robust product portfolio of Castrol and Wakefield branded lubricants coupled with our strong commitment to customer service continues to drive our growth. The creation of two distinct sales divisions will allow us to put even greater customer focus on these two important and unique customer segments.”Spano joined the Wakefield sales team in 2006. In her most recent role as retail sales manager, she developed strong relationships and deep knowledge of key partners, which opened new and exciting opportunities for Wakefield, delivering consistent year-over-year growth for customers.Zobairi joined Wakefield in 2015. In his most recent position as national sales manager, commercial sales, Zobairi helped build a clear roadmap and strong foundation for the commercial channel business. He was instrumental in the recent Castrol industrial business transition.Advertisement“Shannon is a trusted leader, highly respected within Wakefield and also by our trading partners and customers, which has resulted in strong strategic business partnerships, which are mutually valued,” says Fifield. “Hasan has almost 20 years of sales and marketing experience in the business, which included his work with BP Lubricants in Saudi Arabia. With his expansive knowledge and expertise, I can’t think of anyone more qualified to lead our new commercial and industrial sales division.”last_img read more

ITM Power non-executive director steps down

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Chart appoints new board member

first_imgMcAllister will be a member of the Nominations and Governance Committee and the Compensation Committee, effective immediately.As a leader in government affairs regulatory law for over 30 years, McAllister has held several senior positions at the national level, including senior counsel to the US House of Representatives Committee on the Budget.McAllister also serves on the Board of Directors of public utility holding company Alliant Energy, and was voted on the proxy board of Securitas Critical Infrastructure Services, Inc. She is also a Board Member of Anterix and serves as Vice Chair for the National Women’s History Museum.last_img read more

Wynberg Family Festival postponed

first_imgAs the number of Covid-19 infections around the country continue to increase, and in the light of restrictions put in place by President Cyril Ramaphosa in his address on Sunday night, a number of events, among them the Two Oceans Marathon and Cape Town International Jazz Festival have been cancelled or postponed.Among them is the Southern Mail Wynberg Family Festival, which was to have taken place at Maynardville in Wynberg, later this month. The festival is sponsored by Athlone News’ sister title.“We took this difficult decision after extensive consultation and deliberations with various key stakeholders, staff members, some of our most valued vendors and artists,” said festival organiser Rozario Brown.“The safety of our staff, partners and patrons, remains of great importance to us and government’s stringent measures imposed in an effort to deal with this crisis (on Sunday) validated our decision.Mr Brown added that the festival will now take place from Friday to Sunday September 25 to 27. “The venue has been booked, the amusement park is confirmed, most of our existing vendors will continue to support us and we are hereby calling upon you, our most valued and loyal supporters and partners, to continue supporting us with this new date,” he said.This year’s Cape Town International Jazz Festival has also been postponed as a precautionary measure due to the coronavirus.The festival was scheduled to take place on Friday March 27 and Saturday March 28 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).For details on ticket refunds, visit the Frequently Asked Questions section of the website, www.capetownjazzfest.comFor refunds on hospitality packages, contact the espAfrika hotline on 021 671 0506 or email to be assisted by the team.The Cape Town Carnival Trust said the Cape Town Carnival, which was to be held on Saturday March 21, had been cancelled in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the government’s ban on gatherings of more than 100 people.“We would like to thank the 44 community groups, the individual performers, and the Carnival staff that have worked tirelessly to prepare for this event,” the Trust said.last_img read more

‘Empty threat’ of bribery reform

first_imgExtending the Bribery Act to cover other economic crimes will have little impact on corporate behaviour in the continuing absence of high-profile and successful enforcement action, corporate lawyers have warned.The legislation was enacted over three years ago but there has yet to be a corporate prosecution. The Serious Fraud Office attributes this in part to the complexity of cases it handles.But Neill Blundell (pictured), head of fraud and investigations at Eversheds, told the Gazette: ‘If they try and amend section 7 of the act to include other economic crimes and there has not been a successful prosecution, then I would describe it to clients of mine as an empty threat.’He added: ‘From a prosecution angle, if you want to sell your message, there is nothing better than a high-profile prosecution.’ Most lawyers questioned by the Gazette were also sceptical about the appeal of US-style deferred prosecution agreements.last_img read more

Tilting diesels will trim timings along the Queensland coast

first_imgQUEENSLAND Railways and Walkers Pty Ltd are putting the finishing touches to the design of a pair of diesel-powered tilting trains, intended to work premium services over the 1680 km between Brisbane and the northern tropical resort of Cairns. The first underframes have been laid down, and the 1067mm gauge trains should be commissioned by late 2002. With a 5° tilt capability and a maximum speed of 160 km/h on upgraded sections of QR’s main line (RG 2.98.p109), they will cut timings between Brisbane and Cairns from around 31h at present to 27h.Many of the train’s features will be similar to the electric tilting trains that QR operates between Brisbane and Rockhampton. This includes the tilting equipment derived from that used on 1067mm gauge trains in Japan, with route characteristics pre-programmed so that the tilt activates just as the train enters a curve.QR has formed an alliance with Walkers to manage the project from design to commissioning. The contract has been drawn up to give both parties strong incentives to complete the project within budget and on time; QR says that ’this form of relationship contracting has been shown to deliver considerable cost savings.’Each set will have two twin-engined power cars enclosing seven air-conditioned trailers. Continuous rating for the complete train is 5400 kW against a requirement of 4 200 kW at rail for traction and 260 kW for hotel power. Sufficient power reserves are available to allow a further five trailers to be added to the formation. Hydrodynamic transmissions are fitted, with axle drive gearboxes. Sufficient fuel will be carried to limit refuelling to once per single trip.Each power car has two auxiliary power plants, which are linked by an innovative power synchronisation system. Hydrodynamic braking is blended with EP disc brakes, which are also fitted on the trailers.A service car adjacent to one of the power cars has space for checked luggage and staff accommodation. It also houses the train entertainment system and includes refrigerated storage space.Behind the service car are three seats cars, each with 39 seats arranged 2+1. In one arm of each seat is an adjustable LCD screen offering a choice of entertainment programmes. The screen can also display information about the train’s progress and a view from a camera mounted in the cab showing the track ahead. Audio entertainment is available, with a 240V socket at each seat. Closed luggage bins are fitted along the length of the car.Next in the formation is a club car with galley serving a wide range of drinks and food. Passengers will also enjoy an at-seat trolley service of hot and cold meals.Two further seats cars follow the club car, and both of these include removable seats and toilets large enough for wheelchair access.TABLE: Main data for diesel trainsetsGauge mm 1067Maximum speed km/h 160Seating capacity 183Operating range km 1 000Power carLength over couplers mm 20350Distance between bogie centres mm 12600Bogie wheelbase mm 2500Wheel diameter, new mm 840Mass tonnes 60 Diesel engine rating kW 2×1 350Auxiliary power rating kW 2x150Trailer carLength over couplers mm 22 300Distance between bogie centres mm 16 000Bogie wheelbase mm 2 250Wheel diameter, new mm 810Mass tonnes 42CAPTION: Queensland Railways’ tilting diesel trains will be derived from the two electric units introduced between Brisbane and Rockhampton in October 1998CAPTION: QRset a narrow-gauge speed record of 210 km/h on May 23 1999 as part of high-speed trials for the development of the diesel units; speed measurement was verified by the local police with a hand-held radar gunlast_img read more

No Miracles Here at Square Chapel

first_imgNo Miracles Here is a foot-stomping and thought-provoking new musical that promises to have audiences on their feet as it hits Square Chapel Arts Centre on 1 March.Ray is young man with a big night ahead of him. The music has started, and he can’t leave the floor. He just has to keep going. Follow the journey of Ray and his band The Raylettes in what is an uplifting and joyful look at how you can overcome depression through dancing.“The show had a wonderful reception when it was initially staged in Edinburgh, Salford and London,” explains Stan Hodgson, co-artistic director of The Letter Room.“We tried to tell a personal story of human struggle, but fill it with music, movement and humour.  And we can’t wait to pick up our instruments, get our sweatbands on and bring it to new audiences across the country in 2019!”Packed with live music and dance, No Miracles Here is an anthem to feeling alive and keeping the faith with a northern soul – a tale of resilience, strength and the need to stay on your feet.No Miracles Here is at Square Chapel on 1 March 2019. Book online at or call the Box Office on 01422 349 422. Find out more about the 15-date national tour at read more