The Florida Bar Foundation recently distributed its 2004 legal assistance for the poor general support and special purpose grants to legal assistance providers in Florida.The presidents, presidents-elect, and executive directors of Florida’s voluntary bar associations were also notified of the availability of the grant applications.The general support grants for local programs take into account the number of poor people within a county to ensure some equitable distribution of funds among the counties. The Foundation estimates that funds available for these grants for 2004, generated chiefly by the IOTA program, will remain at the 2003 level, approximately $9.3 million.“These grant funds represent a very significant support for the delivery of legal assistance to low-income families in Florida,” said Foundation President Andrew M. O’Malley of Tampa. “The Foundation and Florida lawyers, through their participation in the IOTA program, as providers of pro bono legal services, and as contributors to the Foundation and local programs, remain committed to equal access to justice.”While financial support for legal assistance for the poor remains “woefully inadequate” to fully address the need, O’Malley said, these funds, and the continuing support of Florida lawyers, will provide low-income families protection from abuse and unfair treatment and promote family stability.Currently, 36 programs receive grants under the legal assistance to the poor program. Every county in Florida is served by one or more of those programs. In 2002, the programs provided legal assistance to over 105,000 persons, according to the Foundation. Services are provided through staff and pro bono attorneys. The cases handled are determined through local community priorities set by local boards of directors. Predominantly, the cases handled are family, housing, individual rights, income maintenance, and consumer issues.Florida’s IOTA program has awarded more than $165 million in IOTA legal assistance to the poor grants over the program’s 21-year history.Grant application packages are available from the Foundation by contacting Andrea Kempkens at (800) 541-2195, or by e-mail at [email protected] Grant applications must be received by the Foundation by October 31. The Foundation board will award grants on December 12.YLD offers grants for projects Florida State University College of Law graduates passed the bar exam at a rate higher than counterparts from other law schools in the state.FSU grads, taking the exam for the first time, passed the July bar exam at a rate of 85.4 percent, trailed by a tie for second-place between the University of Florida and the University of Miami, both with an 83.3-percent passing rate.Those were among the statistics from the Florida Board of Bar Examiners released September 15 by the Florida Supreme Court. The results applied to the July 2003 General Bar Examination administered July 29-30 in Tampa, for those persons sitting for both Parts A and B of the exam for the first time.FSU College of Law Dean Donald Weidner attributed FSU’s success to an excellent faculty working closely with gifted students. He noted FSU grads were also first in the state on the February 2002 and July 2002 administrations of the bar exam.“We launch careers,” Weidner said, pointing with pride to the school’s 97-percent job placement rate.Passage percentages for other Florida law school alumni were: Stetson University, 82.6 percent; Florida Coastal, 75.8 percent; Nova Southeastern University and St. Thomas tied with 60.2 percent; and Barry University of Orlando had 43.6 percent.Another 665 of 884 test-takers who graduated from out-of-state law schools passed the exam, for a 75.2-percent passing rate.Applicants taking the bar exam in July totaled 2,677, and, of those, 1,167 were approved for admission to The Florida Bar.Formal induction ceremonies to swear in the new attorneys will be held at the Florida Supreme Court and the Second, Third, Fourth, and Fifth District Courts of Appeal on Tuesday, October 7.In addition, the Supreme Court released the results from the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination administered on August 8. This data applies to only those test-takers who had an application on file with the Florida Board of Bar Examiners as of September 2 and who requested that their MPRE score be sent to Florida:On the MPRE, Barry University of Orlando had a 94.6-percent passing rate; University of Miami and Florida State University tied with 89.5 percent; University of Florida had 89.3 percent; Stetson had 88.3 percent; non-Florida law schools had 88.2 percent; Florida Coastal had 85.1 percent; Nova Southeastern University had 82.6 percent; and St. Thomas University had 81.4 percent.PBCTLA sets expert witness seminar The 10th Judicial Circuit Professionalism Committee and the Willson American Inn of Court will present a New Lawyer’s Orientation October 16 for new Bar members in Polk, Highlands, and Hardee counties.Tenth Circuit Chief Judge Ronald A. Herring has requested all new lawyers in the area to attend the event, which begins at 3:30 p.m. at the Polk County Historic Courthouse in Bartow. The program will be followed by a reception and hors d’oeuvres will be served.For more information, contact Kevin Ashley at (863) 676-8584 or [email protected] The Martin County’s Courthouse Cultural Center recently hosted the initial meeting of a new chapter of the American Inns of Court. Named the Justice Major B. Harding Inn of Court, in honor of the recently retired chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court, the chapter began organizing in 2001, and now has 40 members.The founding officers of the chapter are Richard Levenstein, president; Circuit Judge William L. Roby, president-elect; Barbara W. Bronis, secretary; and John E. Sherrard, treasurer.John Bales of Tampa, who serves on the AIC Foundation’s national board, presented the new chapter with its ceremonial charter at the meeting.The Inn’s mission is “to foster excellence in professionalism, ethics, civility and skills among judges, lawyers, academicians, and students of the law in order to perfect the quality, availability, and efficiency of justice.”FAPM gets active in the community The Ohio Supreme Court has indefinitely suspended Jeffrey Allen Paine from the practice of law in the state of Ohio.Paine’s last known business address was in West Palm Beach, and his attorney registration mumber is 15348.The Ohio Supreme Court said Paine will not be reinstated to the practice of law in Ohio until such time as he is reinstated to the practice of law in Florida. (See Disciplinary Counsel v. Paine, 99 Ohio St.3d 1230, 2003-Ohio-4345, www.sconet. state.oh.us/ROD/documents, for additional information.)Young lawyers seek pro bono award nominations The 20th Circuit JNC is now accepting application to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Judge William L. Blackwell, effective January 9, 2004.Applicants must be a registered voters, members of the Bar for the preceding five years, and residents of the 20th Circuit upon assuming office.Applications may be obtained from Darol H. M. Carr, JNC chair, 99 Nesbit Street, Punta Gorda 33950, or from The Florida Bar Web Site at www.flabar.org.An original with nine copies of the completed application must be received by the Carr no later than October 15, at 5 p.m. Applicants who fail to strictly comply with the application deadline and filing requirements may be treated as if they had not applied. Those who have submitted applications for recent vacancies must submit new applications.Johnson petitions for reinstatement Trauma epidemiologist Dr. Michael Freeman is only one recognized name on a program of expert witnesses set to speak at the upcoming Palm Beach County Trial Lawyers Association’s seminar “Winning with Expert Witnesses: Maximizing Yours; Knocking Out Theirs,” set for October 31 in Palm Beach.“This seminar will offer a unique opportunity to hear, firsthand, from experts in the areas of biomechanics, forensic pathology, low-impact trauma, accident reconstruction, safety violations, and how to identify junk science versus sound scientific principles,” said PBCTLA seminar Chair Harry Shevin.Other speakers will include forensic pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht, a frequent guest on numerous national TV and radio shows and recognized for his professional involvement in the inquiries about the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, the Rev. Martin Luther King, the death of Elvis Presley, O.J. Simpson, and JonBenet Ramsey cases; Chandra Levy death investigation and the Laci Peterson homicide.Accident reconstruction, vehicle technology, and event data recorder expert Robert McElroy will discuss current trends in accident reconstruction and the use of black box technology. George Zimmerman will use his expertise in premises liability, architectural malpractice, personal injuries, construction defects, and real estate development malpractice to discuss ways to prove a premises liability. He is particularly well-versed in the application of the building code and many other regulations.To round out the program, Palm Beach County attorneys Julie Littky-Rubin will provide a general case law update and a discussion on the Daubert/Frye case law, and Richard M. Benrubi will conduct a Frye hearing.The cost for this full-day seminar is $175 for PBCTLA attorney members and $225 for attorney non-members; $125 for PBCTLA paralegal members, and $175 for paralegal non-members. Non-members can join PBCTLA at the door and pay the member price.For more information contact Susan Glick at (561) 999-9490 or at [email protected] grants available John Ray Davis, Jr., of Indian Shores resigned from the practice of law in Florida pursuant to a Supreme Court order, under allegations that he committed mail fraud.Davis now has submitted an application for Bar readmission. The Florida Board of Bar Examiners will conduct a public hearing on Davis’ application for readmission and all members of the Bar are invited to write to the board regarding their knowledge of Davis, particularly in relation to his character and fitness for readmission.Those who wish to be notified of the time and place of the hearing, may submit a written request to Eleanor Mitchell Hunter, Florida Board of Bar Examiners executive director, at 1891 Eider Court, Tallahassee 32399-1750.Puerto Rican Bar to meet on Miami Beach The Criminal Law Section is now seeking nominations for its Selig I. Goldin Memorial Award.Selection for this award is based upon the candidate’s outstanding contribution to the criminal justice system of Florida.Last year’s recipient was Professor Charles Ehrhart of Florida State University. The selection will be made by the section’s executive council in January and the award will be presented at the section’s luncheon during the Bar’s Annual Meeting in June 2004.Those interested in nominating a candidate should send, by letter or e-mail, the name of the candidate; a description of that person’s contribution to the criminal justice system; and a biographical sketch or resume. Deadline for receipt of nominations is November 30. Nominations should be sent to Professor Jerome C. Latimer, Stetson University College of Law, 1401 61st St. South, St. Petersburg 33707, e-mail [email protected] Foundation to award children’s services grants Briefs Applications for The Florida Bar Foundation’s 2004 children’s legal services grants were recently distributed to the state’s legal assistance providers.Due to increased contributions from Florida’s lawyers, the Foundation expects to make $636,000 available for grants this year, a modest increase over the amounts awarded last year.“The number of children living in poverty is increasing, and the impact not only diminishes their young lives but it also damages their futures and the future of our society,” said Tallahassee attorney William H. Davis, chair of the Foundation’s legal assistance for the poor grant committee.“It is a serious problem for all of us when children do not receive the educational and health services to which they are entitled and which so many of them desperately need.”In recognition of this, Davis said, the Foundation, with the support of The Florida Bar, has targeted the particular needs of children for special emphasis through these grants.“Unfortunately, the funds we have available for these grants are woefully inadequate, but nevertheless do provide vitally important legal services to literally thousands of poor children who would face insurmountable odds without this support,” Davis said.“The Foundation also encourages the use of its other funding initiatives to serve children.”Currently, 13 programs receive children’s legal services grants, with the primary purposes of assisting low-income children with problems involving dependency, foster care, access to special education services, other educational issues, and access to health services.These grants are special project funding and seek to improve the protection of children, their access to needed services, and improvement of such services.Grant application packages are available from the Foundation by contacting Andrea Kempkens at (800) 541-2195, or by e-mail at [email protected] Grant applications must be received by the Foundation by October 12. The Foundation Board of Directors will award grants on December 12.Inn of Court named for Justice Harding Ralph Marchbank, Jr., of Sarasota was recently sworn in as president of the Florida Defense Lawyers Association at its 2003 annual meeting in Key Biscayne.Other officers include President-elect Spencer H. Silverglate, Secretary-Treasurer Gail L. Parenti, and immediate Past President Valerie Shea. The group’s directors include Susan S. Erdelyi, Joseph E. Brooks, Michael J. Corso, Daniel P. Mitchell, Douglas J. Chumbley, Francisco Ramos, Jr.; Donald J. Fann; John H. Richards; Jack W. Shaw, Jr., Francis E. Pierce III, and Young Lawyer Director Adrianna M. Spain.The association also presented a number of awards, including the 2003 President’s Award for outstanding service to Parenti; the Amicus Award to Hal B. Anderson for his work on the tort reform constitutional challenge appeals; the Trial Advocate Quarterly Award to Ramos for “outstanding contributions” during the past year; and the James A. Dixon Young Lawyer of The Year Award to Spain in recognition for “exceeding the standards of excellence, dedication and commitment to FDLA and its goals.”The group also presented its Joseph P. Metzger Outstanding Achievement Award to H. Franklin Perritt, Jr., in recognition of “superlative members’ dedication to FDLA and all its goals”; its Defense Research Institute Outstanding Recognition Award to Shea; and recognized Thomas E. Dukes III for his leadership of the Florida Liability Claims Institute.FAMU law adds eight instructors The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Youth Projects Committee is now accepting applications from any Florida young lawyer section, division, or committee that is interested in financial support for its Holidays in January or Child Friendly Room projects.The Holidays in January project distributes free toys and clothes to foster care children. The Child Friendly Room projects create separate areas for children in the courthouses in each circuit in the state.The deadline for all requests is November 21.Visit the YLD’s Web site at www.flayld.org/local/involve.htm for application details or contact Victoria Wu, chair of the Youth Projects Committee, at 202-694-1012, or [email protected] for more information.Marchbank to lead FDLA While working on improving its membership, the Equal Opportunity Law Section is also continuing to push its statement of principles promoting diversity.Chair Tammy Fields, at the section’s September 5 meeting, said the statement “reflects what this section believes should be the principles associated with diversity.”The section has embarked on a campaign to get law offices, as well as private businesses, to adopt the principles. So far, she said, one private firm and the Palm Beach County Attorney’s Office has signed on, and the section has discussed it with others.The statement asks firms to acknowledge: “Diversity is an inclusive principle including race, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, age, disability, and marital and parental status. Through increased diversity, the legal professional can more effectively address societal and individual needs by the consideration of varied perspectives, experiences, and understanding in the administration of justice.”Firms and businesses that sign the statement agree to:• Pursue diversity in their firms and make “increasing efforts to achieve greater participation of minority lawyers at all levels in law firms, government, and corporate law departments, courts, and law schools.”• Recognize that diversity is a business asset and “critical to the success of our business.”• Actively promote diversity within the workplace, including considering diversity in hiring lawyers and law firms.• Support the section and its efforts to achieve greater diversity in the legal profession.On other matters, the section is working on a seminar on diversity to be presented during the January Midyear Meeting.“We’re also working on our membership and whether section status is still the best approach,” Fields said.For more information about the section, contact section coordinator Yvonne Sherron at (850) 561-5620.Goldin Award nominations sought The Bar’s Young Lawyers Division is now accepting nominations for its Legal Aid Public Service Award.The award recognizes the outstanding contributions by a public sector attorney to those in need of free legal services. To qualify as a young lawyer, one must be under the age of 36 or have been in practice for less than five years.Nomination forms may be found on the YLD Web site at www.flayld.org and two copies of the form and the attachments should be submitted on or before December 15 to The Florida Bar, Austin Newberry, Young Lawyers Division Program administrator, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300.For more information contact Courtney K. Grimm, YLD Awards Committee chair, at (904) 353-0211.Florida State grads lead the way on the bar exam October 1, 2003 Regular News The CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution, a nonprofit alliance of global corporations, law firms, scholars, and public institutions, is now accepting nominations for its 2lst annual awards program, honoring achievement in both practice and scholarship in conflict resolution and ADR.Awards will be made in five categories: outstanding practical achievement; original articles; original student articles and papers; outstanding books; and problem-solving in the law school.Entries must be received by CPR no later than November 3. For guidelines and entry procedures visit the CPR Web site at www.cpradr.org.Miami Kendall Bar to meet October 24 The First Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission is now accepting applications for a circuit judge position being vacated as a result of Judge Lewis R. Lindsey’s resignation effective December 31.Applicants must be residents of the First Judicial Circuit (Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, and Walton counties), registered voters, and a member of the Bar in good standing for the preceeding five years.Applications are available from The Florida Bar Web site (www.FLABAR.org), or from Linda H. Wade, JNC chair, by pick-up from her law office at 25 West Cedar Street, Suite 450, Pensacola 32502, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.An original and nine copies of the completed application must be received by Wade at her office no later than 5 p.m., October 10.20th Circuit judgeship available Fourth DCA Chief Judge Gary M. Farmer has been installed as president of the Florida Conference of District Court of Appeal Judges.The conference’s other new officers include Fifth DCA Chief Judge Thomas D. Sawaya, president-elect, and Fifth DCA Judge Winifred J. Sharp, secretary/treasurer.The organization is comprised of the state’s 62 active district court of appeal judges and a number of retired DCA judges.Supreme Court of Ohio suspends Jeffrey Paine The Guardian ad Litem Qualifications Committee is now accepting applications for the position of executive director of the Florida Guardian ad Litem Program.The legislature created this position to administer the Florida Guardian ad Litem Program upon its transfer from the court system to a new state office that will be administratively supported by the Justice Administrative Commission.The committee will review applications, conduct interviews, and submit a minimum of three names to the governor for consideration. The executive director will be appointed by and report to the governor and will serve a three-year term, subject to removal for cause by the governor. Any person appointed to serve as the executive director may be permitted to serve more than one term.The application deadline is October 14. Application instructions and further information about the position are available athttps://peoplefirst.myflorida.com. Workers’ comp judge needed Applications being accepted for director of the new Guardian ad Litem Program Bar President Miles McGrane will provide the keynote address when the Puerto Rican Bar Association meets on Miami Beach November 15 at the Wyndham Hotel on Collins Avenue to install its new officers.Jimmy Morales also will address the group at the 7 to 12 p.m. event.Tickets are $50 per person. For more information contact Richard Robles at (305) 755-9200 or [email protected], or Yesenia Collazo at (305) 822-8449 or [email protected] Judge Farmer to lead DCA conference Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10, Earl Mayberry Johnson, Jr., of Jacksonville has petitioned the Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement.Any persons having knowledge bearing upon Johnson’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact Allen Booth, staff investigator for The Florida Bar, at (800) 342-8060, ext. 5845, or (850) 561-5845.Section promotes its diversity effort The South Miami Kendall Bar Association will meet October 24 at the Fleming Restaurant on S.W. 36th Street beginning at noon.The association’s officers include President Mitchell J. Panter, President-elect Michelle A. Pivar, Treasurer Lisa R. Ginsberg, Secretary Iris N. Sachs, and Past President Fred E. Glickman.The bar’s directors include Angie Angelis, Theodore Bayer, Sharon Blake, J.B. de Rosset, Michaelle Paulson, Michael Rehr, and David Weissman.Family Law Section seeks comments on child custody The Florida Academy of Professional Mediators recently created a Community Involvement Committee to support both humanitarian causes as well as statewide programs promoting mediation, conflict resolution, and alternative dispute resolution.“During the coming year, our committee will encourage members to donate food, clothing, canned foods, fruits and vegetables, soaps, shampoo, toiletries, toys, and even blood to support a number of charitable causes,” said Bruce A. Blitman, the committee’s chair.“We will use our annual seminar in the spring and the DRC’s annual meeting as ‘collection points’ during which members can drop off their donations and supplies can be collected. Since our seminars are so well attended, we hope to collect lots of items that will help needy families and children.”The academy’s board also is committed to assisting aspiring mediators and fledgling statewide programs which promote mediation, conflict resolution, tolerance, and peaceful solutions.“Many outstanding ADR-related programs are desperately seeking financial support in order to survive,” Blitman said. “The board has generously agreed to set aside some funds which will be used to support such worthwhile programs.”Blitman said the academy hopes to identify and recognize creative ADR-related programs which help educate Florida residents and students about the benefits of mediation and the profession with small community outreach grants and “Academy Awards For ADR Excellence.”For more information about the work of the committee, contact Blitman at (954) 437-3446 or e-mail [email protected] for ADR awards sought The Statewide Nominating Commission for Judges of Compensation Claims is now accepting applications for a judge of compensation claims vacancy in the Tampa District office.This vacancy has been created by the announced retirement of Judge William Douglas, effective upon his term expiration on March 6, 2004.Qualified applicants must submit the original completed application and one copy to Victor Marrero, Commission Chair, Marsh USA, Inc., 1560 Sawgrass Corporate Parkway, Suite 300, Sunrise 33345-9010, telephone (954) 838-3451; fax (954) 838-3700, e-mail [email protected] marsh.com. One additional copy must be submitted to each commission member. The deadline for submitting applications is 5 p.m. on October 20. Applications and the list of commission members may be obtained from the commission chair.Interviews for this opening will be held November 3, at a site yet to be determined.First Circuit judgeship available Should there be a presumption that children of a divorcing couple should spend equal time with each parent?The Family Law Section is considering making that recommendation to Florida lawmakers and is seeking input from Bar members. The section executive council discussed those and other section activities when it met September 4 at the Bar’s General Meeting.“We want commentary on creating a premise that parents should share time equally with their children as a starting point [in a dissolution], unless there is evidence to do otherwise,” section Chair Richard West said.There are two ways for lawyers to submit comments: Section members can sign on to the section’s Web site at www.familylawfla.org/ and leave comments at one of the discussion groups.Nonmembers can send comments to West, Chair-elect Evan Marks, or section coordinator Debby Beck at The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson, Tallahassee 32399-2300, or call (850) 561-5650.On other matters, West said a committee chaired by council member Steve Sessums is rewriting the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Bounds of Advocacy manual to be Florida-specific. The council hopes to get that approved later this month.The section has two retreats planned in the coming months. The first, October 9-11, will be at the Watercolor resort in Seaside, in Florida’s Panhandle. The second is scheduled for March 24-28 in Breckenridge, Colorado.Other section activities include plans to review a just-released Florida State University study on child support guidelines, having general masters and hearing officers — who handle many family law matters — defined as a core function of the judiciary in the Revision 7 funding shift for trial courts, and working with a committee chaired by Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente that is studying families and children in the court system.Davis applies for Bar readmission The Association of Legal Administrators is holding an educational conference at the Marriott Marquis in New York City November 7-8.ALA’s conferences offer opportunities for training and continuing education necessary to run an efficient, competitive, and profitable legal office. Attendees include legal administrators, support managers and managing partners from private law firms, and corporate and government legal departments.This year’s theme is “Be a Part of It!” The Region 1 Conference features two full days of educational sessions, including a keynote address by former New York City Mayor Ed Koch, titled “Ed Koch on Everything.”For more information on the conference contact ALA Headquarters by phone at (847) 816-1212; by fax at (847) 816-1213; or by visiting ALA’s Web site at www.alanet.org.10th Circuit new lawyer orientation set The re-established Florida A&M College of Law in Orlando now has 201 first- and second-year law students for the 2003-2004 school year and has added eight new faculty members.The new FAMU College of Law professors are:• Barbara L. Bernier, professor, who was on faculty at the Roger Williams University School of Law in Rhode Island.• Nathaniel Friends, visiting professor, has served as general counsel and vice president with AT&T.• Hastings Jones, assistant professor, held positions in public defender service in Washington, D.C., most recently as deputy chief of the special litigation division.• Jose Seda, adjunct instructor, is a senior trial attorney with Infinity Insurance Companies.• James W. Smith III, assistant professor, is the former senior prosecutor with the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Army Military District of Washington, D.C.• Phyllis C. Smith, assistant professor, practiced as a general law attorney with the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate in Alexandria, Virginia.• Robert Thompson, assistant professor, is a former patent attorney with the Xerox Corporation in Rochester, New York.• Virginia Bullerman Townes, a visiting assistant professor, is a shareholder in the litigation practice group of Akerman, Senterfitt.Legal administrators to meet in New York
Daleen Potgieter with her dog Domino. Picture: Shae Beplate.DALEEN Potgieter says she lives in one of Townsville’s best locations. For more than 12 years she has lived in Palm St, Rowes Bay with her husband, two children, two dogs and cat.The street has been named as one of Townsville’s top 10, prized for its beachfront location, community feel and quality homes.Ms Potgieter (pictured with Domino and Duchess) said it had been an idyllic location to raise her family.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020 “It’s a lovely, quiet location to raise children. They learned to ride their bikes in the street,” she said.“It’s such a great community and I pretty much know everyone down the street.“When we bought the house my husband was involved in sea kayaking and mountain biking and it’s really close to nice mountain biking spots.”Ms Potgieter said despite being a sleepy neighbourhood, the street was close to everything Townsville has to offer.“When there are big events on at Jezzine or Strand Park you don’t have to worry about parking because we just walk there,” she said.“It’s lovely when they have running festivals as well because you get front-row seats.”
The Two River Times™ is a 2013 sponsor of “Paint The Town Pink,” a breast cancer awareness initiative sponsored by Meridian Health System. By Tom PaolellaIf you knew a test could save your life, would you put it off?Mammograms are proven to save lives, yet many women put off getting their annual mammogram screening for a variety of reasons, such as simply not wanting to know the outcome, a hectic family schedule or financial challenges.New Jersey ranks among the top 10 states in the country for both incidence and mortality rates for breast cancer. Particularly at risk are the low-income, the working poor and uninsured women. Currently there are 586,300 uninsured women living in New Jersey.Paint the Town Pink committee members and volunteersgather for the First Annual Girls Night Out in 2008 at The Downtown in Red Bank in support of the Paint the Town Pink campaign. The Sixth Annual Girls Night Out is scheduled for May 9 this year.Seven years ago, a conversation took place at Riverview Medical Center about the growing percentage of women in Monmouth County, age 40 and older, who were not getting their annual mammogram. What started as an idea to educate women has grown into one of the most prevalent awareness campaigns in our area and has dramatically impacted the lives of thousands of community neighbors – cue Paint the Town Pink.In conjunction with the Jane H. Booker Women’s Center at Riverview, the mission behind the campaign is to educate local women about a very significant fact – that early detection is a woman’s best defense against breast cancer.In 2012, Paint the Town Pink grew to eight towns with the support of residents, businesses, town officials and volunteers. Each year, everyone comes together in May to show their support and spread the Pink message. For 2013, the campaign has expanded into a Meridian Health event, encompassing both Monmouth and Ocean counties and expanding into 23 towns, making the event the most represented to date.What began as an idea seven years ago has been transformed into a grassroots initiative that is changing lives in very tangible and meaningful ways.Paint the Town Pink 2013 runs from May 1-31.For more information about Paint the Town Pink visit www.PainttheTownPink. com and be sure to follow Paint the Town Pink on Facebook to see highlights of this year’s campaign and for a complete list of events and activities.
Chase Lang, Hobin Zinck and Garrett Dunlop each scored twice as the North Island Silvertips rocked the Kootenay Ice 10-3 Sunday in B.C. Major Midget Hockey League action in Nanaimo.The win, coming on the heels of a 3-1 decision by North Island over Kootenay Saturday, gave the Silvertips a sweep of the BCMMHL series.“We played cautiously in Game one and we were focused on Team defense,” Ice head coach Mario DiBella told The Nelson Daily Monday.“Kimberley Newell was fantastic in goal and our newest commitment Brandon Sookro played very well (scoring our lone goal Saturday).”“Sunday we did not show up for the first period, and we were unable to dig ourselves out of the hole we created,” DiBella added.Newell is only the second female in BCMMHL history to play in the league.Lang and Zinck, scored in the first period of Sunday’s game, giving North Island an early 2-0 lead.Jake Lucchini of Trail with his first of two goals of the game to cut the lead to 2-1. But Davis Osborne and Dunlop scored before the end of the period to put the home side up 4-1.North Island added a couple of goals in the second before putting the game away with a four-spot in the third.Quinn Klimchuk of Castlegar scored the final tally for Kootenay.Saturday, a second period goal by Dunlop past Kimberley Newell in the Ice nets proved to be the winner as North Island skated away with a 3-1 decision.Nelson’s Sookro scored the lone goal for Kootenay to give the Ice a brief 1-0 lead.“Our PP (power play) scored three times so I was pleased with the work we are doing there,” DiBella explained, assessing the first weekend for Kootenay on the long BCMMHL season.“Our inability to make a solid breakout pass from our backend along with the inexperience of the majority of the first years in playing at this level provides a steep learning curve for the team.”Kootenay is idle this week in BCMMHL play.The Ice plays its home opener Saturday October 8 at the NDCC Arena in Nelson against the Okanagan Rockets.Game time Saturday is 6:30 p.m.Sunday the teams meet again with puck drop at 9:15 [email protected]
Exactly one month stands between Monday and the 2019 NFL Draft, in which the Raiders hold four of the first 35 picks and a league-high three on opening night.
Exactly one month stands between Monday and the 2019 NFL Draft, in which the Raiders hold four of the first 35 picks and a league-high three on opening night.
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29 April 2016The Time magazine 100 Most Influential List – also known as the Time 100 – selects prominent movers in the global political and social landscape. As the magazine explains, those chosen for the list every year are recognised for changing the world, no matter the consequences, good or bad.The list is divided into various fields, encompassing a wide range of professions and impact, namely: Titans, Pioneers, Artists, Leaders and Icons.In 2016, the list includes, among others, British singer Adele, US presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton and Apple’s Tim Cook. Also on the list are a number of African figures.South Africans have featured prominently on the list over the years since it began in 1998, among them Nelson Mandela, Thuli Madonsela and technology entrepreneur Elon Musk.This year, there are four Africans on the list: actress Charlize Theron, for her philanthropy; gender activist Jaha Dukureh; Mussie “Father Moses” Zerai, known for highlighting the plight of refugees; and gynaecologist Dr Denis Mukwege.US born Professor Lee Berger, lead paleoanthropologist behind the research and discovery of the Homo Naledi fossils, discovered at the Cradle of Humankind in Gauteng in 2015, is also on the list. Berger is based at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.In his citation of Berger in the 100 issue, Time science editor Jeffery Kluger calls the Homo Naledi discovery a controversial but important one not only for the science world, but also for the world. The discovery offers another piece of the evolutionary puzzle. If anything, Kluger argues, Berger, his team and their discovery has got ordinary people talking about anthropology again.Wits paleoanthropologist Lee Berger among Time’s 100 most influential people in world https://t.co/ybkPu1917A pic.twitter.com/BWY1EkHjkb— Times LIVE (@TimesLIVE) April 21, 2016As founder and chief of the Panzi hospital in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mukwege specialises in corrective surgery for women and girls who have been gang raped. He has treated thousands of women in the region following the brutal second Congo War that ravaged the country and its people for 10 years.In his profile, the wife of current US Vice-president Joe Biden, Jill, writes that Mukwege is “a source of strength and sanctuary in a land of violence and despair during a forgotten war”. Mukwege has won numerous international awards for his important work, including the UN Human Rights prize and the Sakharov Prize for Freedom from the European Parliament. Biden says Mukwege is “beyond healer to these women and girls, (he) is hope”.Un article a (re)lire de Denis Mukwege dit l’homme qui repare les femmes : https://t.co/H8jYv3YHKu #FI pic.twitter.com/8LAcBaPvIx— Femme d’Influence (@femmedinfluence) April 15, 2016Ethiopian born Zerai is a Roman Catholic priest who highlights the plight of refugees crossing the Mediterranean from Africa and the Middle East. Father Moses, as he is known, advocates vocally for resolutions to the problems that drive people from their homes – namely war, persecution and environmental catastrophes – while tirelessly calling for more humane policies that will help refugees to travel more safely.Chinese artist and refugee activist Ai Weiwei calls the priest’s view that “no one in the world is illegal” a brave and determined stand against xenophobia and political handwringing.Per Time tra i 100 piu influenti c’e Mussie Zerai: «padre per i rifugiati» #TIME100 https://t.co/iLVUSawi7G pic.twitter.com/Zyl73Fmgn9— Avvenire (@Avvenire_NEI) April 22, 2016Since leaving Gambia when she was 10 years old, a victim of genital mutilation, activist Dukureh has made it her life goal to bring the scourge of female genital mutilation (FGM) to the attention of the world.Settling in the United States, Dukureh soon began to petition her local government to highlight the issue in the country’s highest office, and effect a change in the US foreign policies with countries that still practice FGM. She has not only addressed the US Congress and the United Nations’ General Assembly, Dukureh has spoken to communities across her adopted country, as well returned to her native Gambia to educate women and girls on the dangers of FGM.Author Peggy Orenstein says of Dukureh, “she has refused to let horror be silenced”, and has helped to draw attention to something so unspeakable in such a personal way that it has got people talking about it more openly and acting on it. Dukureh’s organisation, Safe Hands for Girls, has recently found support in American gender activist Caitlyn Jenner and cosmetics company L’Oreal to bring the issue to the attention of a wider audience.#Time100 Jaha Dukureh @JahaENDFGM, Gambian activist fought to end female genital mutilation https://t.co/k5DV1z0QL4 pic.twitter.com/5LF3T4FVR8— WomensFundingNetwork (@womensfunding) April 26, 2016Actress Theron’s Africa Outreach Project is more than just a vanity affair, says US entrepreneur Blake Mycoskie in Theron’s Time 100 profile. The project, now in its tenth year, is involved in grassroots support for HIV/Aids awareness and poverty eradication across Africa. Theron is in the thick of things, whether it is campaigning for support in the US – Mycoskie admires her results-orientated tenacity and her determination to never take no for an answer – or on the ground with the people of Africa, including her place of birth, South Africa.“I’ve never met anyone who holds less back,” writes Mycoskie, adding that the work Theron is doing “is important, but the way she goes about it. is just as valuable”.An amazing organisation changing lives through HIV Awareness – Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project pic.twitter.com/0mZV2UKByp— Give IT Back CC (@giveITback_cc) January 28, 2016Source: Time magazine
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) honored five American farmers and their fertilizer retail partners last week at the 2016 Commodity Classic in New Orleans, La. These 2016 4R Grower Advocates are dedicated to the 4Rs of nutrient stewardship: using the right nutrient source at the right rate, the right time, and in the right place. These practices help increase yields, improve soils, and enhance ecosystems. Each of the 2016 4R Advocate growers operate multi-generational family farms.“Our 4R Advocates really understand the value in implementing the 4R practices and have been excellent examples of how using these principles can help farmers be great businessmen and stewards of the environment,” said Chris Jahn, TFI President. “I am extremely pleased to honor their work, and I hope they serve as an example to all farmers that the 4R program can really benefit them for years to come.”These winners were awarded an expense-paid trip to the 2016 Commodity Classic, where they were honored at an awards banquet hosted by TFI. While at Commodity Classic, the advocates represented the 4R program at the trade show and participated in various interviews with media outlets. Throughout the year they will also be part of TFI’s outreach efforts to promote nutrient management practices by hosting farm field days, participating in conference panels, and speaking on behalf of 4Rs to their farming peers.The 2016 4R Grower and Retailer Advocates included Lowell and David Myerholtz, Myerholtz Farms, Gibonsburg, Ohio and John Fritz, CCA with The Andersons, Inc. Lowell and his son David operate Myerholtz Farms which consists of 1,500 acres of corn, soybeans and wheat, located in the Western Lake Erie Basin. The farming operation incorporates strip tillage along with variable rate fertilizer application to promote a strong overall 4R Nutrient Management Program.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Scattered showers are back in over the state today, after most of the region picked up a few hours of rain free weather yesterday into last night. The action today features better chances this afternoon and evening than this morning, but the overall feel of the day will be wet. We look for a few hundredths to .4″with coverage at around 60%. Rain and thunderstorm action picks up for tomorrow, with rains of .25”-1” and 90% coverage. Then on Saturday we see another round of precipitation, mostly from I-70 southward. We can see thunderstorms near the Ohio River. Rain totals end up from .1”-4” in most areas, but down near the river we can see those thunderstorms trigger rains of half to 1.5″, and even some strong to severe weather. Coverage will end up being around 80% of the area from I-70 southward, but we have nothing really up north. Sunday starts with some lingering leftover showers in eastern parts of the state, in the morning, but that action gives way to some afternoon sunshine. Monday brings mostly sunny skies.Sun will be followed by increasing clouds on Tuesday, with scattered showers and thunderstorms showing up later in the afternoon and evening. We like rain totals from .25″-.75″ from I-70 northward and 60% coverage. Moisture fills in some more for next Wednesday, bringing another .1″-.6″ and 60% coverage. Then Thursday rain and thunderstorms will be moving through . That action stays mostly north of US 20 in the morning, but from midday through Thursday night into Friday morning, it moves through the rest of the state. Combined we see half to 2 inch rain totals there with coverage at 100% of the state. These days combined will bring another significant batch of rain to all of Ohio. The maps at right shows moisture from this morning through next Friday morning…8 day rain totals. Clearing works in for next Friday afternoon, and for now we can say we don’t expect any new precipitation through the weekend, Saturday and Sunday, the 11th and 12th. That takes us into the extended 11-16 day forecast window. Unfortunately, the dry period ends there, and at max evaporation, that means we lose .75” of moisture for the period, after picking up half to 2 inches immediately before…so, no net drying there.Showers return for Monday the 13th, coming in from the SW and spreading northeast across the state. Rain totals can be from .25”-.9” with 100% coverage. Then after a drier window from Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday, showers develop again for Thursday and Friday, the 16th and 17th. In that batch, we have moisture totals at .25”-1.5”, with the upper third of the range limited mostly to thunderstorm development. Still, it means we really do not see any good, sustainable drying over the state. Field work expectations still have to be pretty low through mid-month.