Lawyers give generously to the Challenge for Children

first_img Lawyers give generously to the Challenge for Children As of late July, Florida lawyers had contributed approximately $100,000 to the Lawyers Challenge for Children program through the checkoff on their Bar fee statements.Another $28,000 has been contributed directly to The Florida Bar Foundation for the children’s program, which is being administered by the Foundation.Bar President Miles McGrane has challenged Florida’s lawyers to become beacons of positive change for children caught up in foster care, languishing in mental health facilities, trying to survive alone on the streets, and bouncing around various courts – from dependency to delinquency to divorce.The Foundation will dedicate Bar members’ contributions to the Lawyers Challenge for Children program to provide legal assistance to children through grants to legal aid and legal services programs across the state.McGrane notes that there are fewer than 20 legal aid and legal services attorneys dedicated full time to addressing the special needs of children in Florida.“That’s only one legal aid attorney for every 31,000 poor children,” he said, adding that even counting the significant amount of pro bono services for children already donated by Bar members the need for advocacy is far greater. Needs include advocacy for learning-disabled children to secure testing and services required by law; for children suspended from school or placed in the hands of juvenile justice authorities or law enforcement for behavior problems directly related to a disability; for older foster children who do not receive mandated independent living skills training and, at age 18, are simply removed from state care; and for disabled children improperly denied federal benefits, or for foster children denied health care or mental health treatment ordered by the courts.“Every dollar donated will help a child in need reach his or her potential and become a contributing member of society,” McGrane said.Jane Curran, the Foundation’s executive director, said the children’s legal services grants will not be awarded by the Foundation until December, “so there’s still time to make a gift.”For those who already have paid their Bar fees, or for nonlawyers who would like to help fund children’s legal services, gifts may be made directly to the Foundation through its Web site at A link to the Foundation’s Web site also appears on the Bar’s “For the Children” Web page, which can be accessed by clicking on the “For the Children” icon at the top of the Bar’s Web page at through The Florida Bar’s “For the Children” Web page nonprofit organizations needing legal services for children are able to register their needs, and lawyers are able to register their willingness to serve. Florida Legal Services and the Florida Pro Bono Coordinators Association will match the volunteer lawyers to the nonprofit groups. Lawyers give generously to the Challenge for Childrencenter_img August 15, 2003 Regular Newslast_img read more

WBB : Hall looks to carry breakout opening game through year

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 16, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @chris_iseman Commentscenter_img While Carmen Tyson-Thomas stood at the podium speaking to reporters following Syracuse’s game against Long Beach State on Sunday, Elashier Hall stood off to the side wearing a look of embarrassment. After watching her teammate have a career game, Tyson-Thomas heaped praise onto Hall, causing a bit of an uncomfortable feeling.After scoring 20 points and notching 11 rebounds, though, Hall deserved the adulation.‘Lacey’s always had that style,’ Tyson-Thomas said. ‘But because of our roles, she’s been more on the outside, but now she needs to show her versatility. She’s more inside-out, and we both play the same. We go after the ball, we shoot inside, we go outside. We both have more freedom now. We have new roles.’In Syracuse’s season opener, Hall ran the floor on both offense and defense. She drained quality shots from the perimeter, scored from the inside and was an unflappable force in stifling the 49ers scorers. Though junior center Kayla Alexander ascended to a more established leadership role and the departure of Erica Morrow and Tasha Harris from last season stole the spotlight during the preseason, Hall’s role as leader and consistent scorer flew under the radar.But Hall pushed her name right back into the center of attention against Long Beach State with an offensive outburst. She also was a key component to the Orange’s new pressure defense, notching five steals from the 49ers. Hall’s aggressiveness was on full display. Syracuse (1-0) is going to rely on Hall throughout the year, and she’ll get a chance to prove she’s capable of a repeat performance on Friday night when SU plays St. Francis (Pa.) (0-2) in the Carrier Dome at 7 p.m.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd after his team’s 81-42 thrashing of Long Beach State, Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman couldn’t have been happier with Hall’s performance in particular.‘I thought Lacey played really well. Obviously, having 20 and 11 was really big for her,’ Hillsman said. ‘I thought she played a really good game for us and was at the top of our press, played strong and played aggressive.’Just one season after averaging 9.8 points per game and 5.3 rebounds per game, Hall more than doubled her totals in both categories on Sunday. Though it was only one game, her teammates said Hall has the ability to continue that type of performance, especially because of the Orange’s new, up-tempo style of play.In the absence of Morrow and Harris, Hall said she understands she needs to elevate her own game to help the team absorb the losses. And though the point guard responsibilities are likely going to split between sophomores La’Shay Taft and Rachel Coffey, with transfer Shanee Williams occasionally stepping in, Hall could also be used in that role.Before the season started, Hillsman said at the team’s media day that Hall had spent some time practicing at point guard. And that’s the reason Hall said she’s focusing on taking over a leadership position and being more of a weapon on the floor.‘I think we have new roles this year,’ Hall said. ‘Not having Tasha and not having Erica, we really have to step up. I’m a junior, I can’t just expect other people to get it done. I have to get it done. I have to lead my team as well.’In SU’s game against Long Beach State, three of Hall’s five steals resulted in seven points, including a 3-pointer from Taft.When she wasn’t pressuring the 49ers on defense, Hall was sinking shots from the arc, one of which came after the 49ers hit a jumper to come within six. Just nine seconds later, Hall drained a 3 to open up the lead once again, continuing to deflate the 49ers’ comeback hopes.Hall finished 6-of-10 from the field. She was more aggressive going to the basket and was a force on defense. And after seeing that type of performance once, Tyson-Thomas said it’s safe to expect to see it plenty more times this season.‘She’s a more aggressive scorer now,’ Tyson-Thomas said, ‘and she’s taking her leadership role to a new level.’[email protected]last_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP believe foul play after body found near the city

first_imgAdam Reaburn | 3:16 PM The RCMP have now identified the victim – The Grande Prairie RCMP and RCMP Major Crimes Unit – North have identified the deceased adult female found in a remote rural area northwest of the City of Grande Prairie as being 24 year old Amber Dawn Diebert.  Amber was last seen on December 8th, 2015.  The RCMP now believe that Amber Diebert is the victim of foul play.  Amber was reported missing to the Grande Prairie RCMP on December 10th, the day before the discovery of her body. Her family have been advised.  Amber was Caucasian, 119 lbs., 5”4”, with Brown hair and Brown eyes. Adam Reaburn | 1:16 PM Grande Prairie RCMP believe foul play after body found near the city6Adam ReaburnThe Grande Prairie RCMP and RCMP Major Crimes Unit – North now suspect that the deceased adult female found in a remote rural area northwest of the City of Grande Prairie is the victim of foul play.A tentative identification has been made but an autopsy will be required to determine with certainty her identity.- Advertisement -Investigators believe that the deceased was an associate of another female, 30-year-old, Jody Michelle Topilko, who was last seen on November 29th, 2015 shopping in Grande Prairie with a family member.  The RCMP issued a missing persons media release on December 8th, 2015 regarding Jody Topilko, and because of this association are anxious to locate her and confirm she is safe and sound.  While it is not known at this time if there is an actual link between the two investigations, police are not ruling this possibility out.Jody Topilko may be associated to the following vehicle: 2015, Black Chevrolet 1500 pickup, Alberta Licence L02 511.The RCMP are asking the public for their assistance in either the case of the deceased female found yesterday or the missing person’s case of Jody Topilko, and to please contact the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5701 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 if you can provide any information to assist the police in solving these investigations.Advertisementlast_img read more

Climate Change affects us all

first_imgThe summit saw the arrival and participation of youth around Africa to South African shores, to discuss the issues around climate change and establishing a green economy for future generations. The results of this summit are yet to be seen, but will certainly add value for future generations.CEO of Brand South Africa, Miller Matola, says with the recent achievements in establishing green sustainability, the Generation Earth summit was an encouraging pledge from the youth because it shows that they want to ensure a better future for those of tomorrow.Global warming refers to the rising average temperature of Earth‘s atmosphere and oceans as well as its related effects.In the last 100 years, Earth’s average surface temperature increased by about 0.8 °C with about two thirds of the increase occurring over just the last three decades. Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and scientists are more than 90% certain most of it is caused by increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases produced by human activities such as deforestation and burning fossil fuel.Deforestation and climate change are intimately connected: Globally, deforestation releases nearly 2 billion tons of carbon dioxide per year, and is responsible for nearly 25 percent of man-made CO2 emissions. The destruction of the world’s forests not only harms the communities that depend on them, but increasingly affects us all.We can all Play Our Part. While the root causes of deforestation vary from region to region, there are some common solutions for everybody around the world.Communities need seeds, training, and technical support in order to adapt. Starting nurseries and planting trees is part of this process.Simple ways that you can Play Your Part:Reduce, Reuse, RecycleDo your part to reduce waste by choosing reusable products instead of disposables. Buying products with minimal packaging (including the economy size when that makes sense for you) will help to reduce waste. And whenever you can, recycle paper, plastic, newspaper, glass and aluminum cans.Use Less Heat and Air ConditioningAdding insulation to your walls and attic, and installing weather stripping or caulking around doors and windows can lower your heating costs more than 25 percent, by reducing the amount of energy you need to heat and cool your home.Change a Light BulbWherever practical, replace regular light bulbs with compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs. CFLs also last 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs, use two-thirds less energy, and give off 70 percent less heat.Buy Energy-Efficient ProductsWhen it’s time to buy a new car, choose one that offers good petrol consumption. Home appliances now come in a range of energy-efficient models, and compact florescent bulbs are designed to provide more natural-looking light while using less energy than standard light bulbs.Use the “Off” SwitchSave electricity and reduce global warming by turning off lights when you leave a room, and using only as much light as you need. And remember to turn off your television, video player, stereo and computer when you’re not using them.Choose products that come with little packaging and buy refills when you can.You will also cut down on waste production and energy use… another help against global warming.Reuse your shopping bagWhen shopping, it saves energy and waste to use a reusable bag instead of accepting a disposable one in each shop. Waste not only discharges CO2 and methane into the atmosphere, it can also pollute the air, groundwater and soil.Global warming is urgent! We don’t need to wait for governments to find a solution to this problem: each individual can help by adopting a more responsible lifestyle: starting from little, everyday things.ends Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part is a social movement to get all South Africans to actively think about and begin doing something positive; and to recognise and celebrate those who are already doing something; big or small. It is aimed at all South Africans, including civil society, government, corporate and non-governmental organisations, etc.  It has been created by the Brand South Africa to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship. All South Africans have access to resources that can contribute to a better future for all including time, money, skills or goods.For more info, visit read more

Infographic: BRICS Bank’s renewable energy boost

first_imgThe 8th Annual BRICS Leaders Summit in India will look at how its New Development Bank is strengthening ties among its member states. The bank has already taken the first step towards bolstering relations by investing R13-billion into renewable energies for its members.BRICS’ New Development Bank is injecting $911-million (R13-billion) into renewable energy projects in its five member states. (Image: Shamin Chibba)Words by Shamin ChibbaDesign by Sandile KhumaloDeepening the partnership among BRICS member nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) will be high on the agenda at the 8th Annual BRICS Summit is taking place in Goa, India, between 15 and 16 October.The host nation usually sets the agenda, and this year, India wishes to discuss how member states can further deepen, sustain and institutionalise BRICS cooperation, implement decisions from previous summits, integrate existing cooperation mechanisms, innovation and continuing existing cooperation mechanisms.Strengthening the BRICS’ New Development Bank is also a priority at the summit. Established in July 2014, the multilateral bank provides support for infrastructure and sustainable development projects in member states.In July this year, the bank approved funding of $911-million (R13-billion) for its first set of projects, all of which were renewable energy ventures in its five member states. The bank’s vice president in South Africa, Leslie Maasdorp, said it wants to cooperate with other institutions to expand green financing and promote environment protection.Below, we look at the renewable energy projects the New Development Bank is supporting.Click on the image for a larger view:last_img read more