August 1, 2002 Regular News New justice active in Bar work New justice active in Bar work Raoul G. Cantero III will bring a strong Florida Bar link with him in his new duties as a justice of the Florida Supreme Court. Cantero is vice chair of the Appellate Law Section and is the immediate past secretary. He has also served as treasurer and as a member of the Executive Council, and he is also an immediate past vice chair of the Appellate Court Rules Committee.A grandson of Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista, Cantero was born in Spain and emigrated with his family to Miami in 1961. He graduated summa cum laude from Florida State University with a B.A. in English and business in 1982. He went on to Harvard Law School, where he graduated cum laude in 1985.He clerked for Judge Edward B. Davis in the Southern Florida U.S. District Court, and then joined Adorno & Zeder in 1988. At the time of his appointment to the court, he was a partner at the firm and headed the appellate department.Cantero served for eight years on the Coral Gables Planning and Zoning Board, and belongs to the Dade County, Cuban, and Coral Gables bar associations.And, until his appointment to the court, he served on the 11th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission.
Former Manchester United captain Bryan Robson has branded Chelsea’s £25million bid for Wayne Rooney “an insult”. The relationship between Rooney and Ferguson broke down completely, to the extent the Scot went public with a claim his forward wanted to leave. As it transpired, Rooney merely aired the possibility as part of what he thought was a private chat. What Rooney views as conduct beyond acceptable boundaries from Ferguson has not been checked publicly and is highly unlikely to be so given the status of the former United boss. However, Robson insists the situation is not irretrievable. “I don’t know what’s in the head of Wayne and his agent – why he wants to leave,” he said. “I know he had loggerheads with Sir Alex but David Moyes is the manager now. To me it is so important for him to concentrate on his football this season. “I don’t know what he sees – the grass is greener on the other side – the fans love him, the players love him so I don’t see what the unsettlement is. Everyone would like to see Wayne Rooney settle down and be part of the team to try to retain the title.” It all provides an uncomfortable backdrop to Sunday’s Community Shield encounter with Championship outfit Wigan, which is followed six days later by the start of United’s Premier League title defence at Swansea. Press Association And, in a summer where Real Madrid are apparently willing to offer mega-money to secure the services of Gareth Bale and Arsenal have bid in excess of £40million for Luis Suarez, Robson feels Chelsea’s valuation of Rooney – who still has two years remaining on his contract – is ludicrously low. “The thing that makes me laugh is I’ve been told it [the latest bid] is £25million to £30million. For Wayne Rooney? A 27-year-old who is probably in the top six strikers in the world?” Robson told talkSPORT. “What are United going to have to pay to replace him? I’m amazed at that. I think it is an insult to Wayne Rooney.” With Javier Hernandez, Danny Welbeck, Shinji Kagawa and, most obviously, Golden Boot winner Robin van Persie in his squad, Moyes clearly has attacking alternatives to Rooney. Yet there is no doubt though that, having so far failed to secure the services of Cesc Fabregas, losing Rooney would increase the pressure on new manager David Moyes and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, who has endured a difficult first summer since replacing David Gill as the man responsible for completing transfer deals. Yet it does seem the England forward is happy to call time on his stay at Old Trafford. His relationship with United may not have deteriorated to the point where he is forced to train with the reserves, as has been the case with Suarez. However, the 27-year-old has clearly decided he has no future at Old Trafford. Rooney’s major concern appears to centre around Sir Alex Ferguson’s continued presence in the United hierarchy and the influence he will be able to exert given he selected Moyes as his successor. As a global ambassador for the Old Trafford outfit, Robson remains close to United affairs and travelled with David Moyes’ squad throughout their recent tour of the Far East and Australia. Robson is acutely aware of the club’s ‘not for sale’ stance on Rooney and Chelsea’s keen interest in the 27-year-old given Jose Mourinho has already had two offers turned down.
In another act of astounding generosity, Sattaur Gafoor and Ameena Gafoor through the Gafoor Foundation, on Saturday donated homes to two less fortunate families. The homes, though not fully completed, were constructed at a cost of $9 million each.Oliver Kerr, a visually impaired father of two, received his first home – a flat, two-bedroom concrete house located in Sophia, Greater Georgetown.Kerr had approached Sattaur Gaffor seeking assistance to build a house, as he had nowhere to live with his wife and two young children. Ameena Gafoor explained that her husband, when he heard of the Kerr’s genuine need situation, took on the responsibility of building them a home.“We operate something called the Gafoor Foundation where we help people in need. We try to see those with genuine needs and help them, and we also try to keep children in school. Oliver Kerr, who is blind, approached our company and said that he and his family have nowhere to live. So we thought we would rise to the occasion and fortunately he had this bit of land here. If someone does not have land, we cannot put down a house for them, so fortunately for him he had this bit of land. So the next step was for us to try and get a house erected and this was promised to them before the fire which was just a month ago.”According to Ameena Gafoor: “It took us about three months to build this house so here we are today. The house is somewhat incomplete but soon they will get all the finishing touches but basically they have a house and all the necessary facilities to function until we put all the finishing touches in place. And we are very happy to help the Kerr’s…we have known Oliver for a very long time and know of the circumstances”, she explained.She further revealed that she would be taking the responsibility of furnishing the home. “I am going to help them put in beds and chairs. If they need a stove, we will help them. Also, when the kitchen is complete we will try to help them with a fridge so that the children can grow comfortably. They deserve a decent and comfortable house,” she explained.She further related that the Gafoor Foundation was founded in 1992 when she and her husband returned from overseas, and noticed the need for such an organisation which would assist the underserved and less fortunate.Philipa Kerr expressed her appreciation to the Gafoors for their kindness. She related that it would have been quite difficult for her husband and herself to construct a home, given their circumstances. She recalled the moment when she was told that the Gafoors would be building them a house, telling Guyana Times that she was at a loss for words. “I am very much happy. I want to thank God for Mr Gafoor and his family who gave us this house that I can enjoy and live comfortably with my family,” she stated.Meanwhile; Bibi Ramjit, 61, an ailing widow, also received her flat concrete house at Schoonord, West Bank Demerara.The woman explained that prior to receiving the home from the Gafoors, she was constantly moving from one relative’s house to the next. Struggling to contain her tears, she expressed thanks to the Gafoor family: “I feel so happy that I own my own home, I must thank them for building my house because if it wasn’t for the Gafoors I wouldn’t ah own my own home.”She related that she bought the land a number of years ago, and had begun constructing the foundation of the building. However; after her husband passed away, she was not in a financial position to continue the house.The contractors of the project expressed pride at being able to play a part in the kind act. They explained that they were very happy to be working for such a generous employer, saying: “we are very proud about what Mr Gafoor is doing for the less fortunate.”