By Andréa Barretto/Diálogo May 18, 2020 In the fight against the pandemic, the Brazilian Armed Forces are undertaking several activities, including ensuring the water supply, transporting protective equipment, disinfecting areas, food distribution, blood donations, and guidance for the population.The Brazilian Air Force (FAB, in Portuguese), launched its initiative on May 4. FAB’s Logistics Support Operations Group, which specializes in logistics support for operations and exercises, is lending its expertise and equipment to prepare and distribute 800 meals a day. The meals are provided to truck drivers who drive around the Port of Santos region, the largest in Latin America.Brazilian Army service members manufacture more than 4,000 masks daily to protect against the coronavirus. The masks are sent to civilian and military populations. (Photo: Brazilian Army)Sanitary restrictions that closed rest areas along Brazilian highways affected cargo shipment activities. To ensure service continuity, FAB took on the mission of providing meals for truck drivers. A field structure, which was set up along the highway leading to the port, could increase production by up to 3,000 meals. FAB’s initiative will continue uninterrupted for the next 60 days, involving more than 50 service members.Solidarity The Brazilian Army (EB, in Portuguese) provides another essential supply: water. Although most of its operations have been suspended, the Northern Military Command continues to carry out Operation Water Truck (Operação Carro-Pipa). In late April, about two million people had access to potable water, thanks to water trucks. EB contracts out vehicles and drivers, and deploys 950 service members to coordinate and supervise water distribution to 600 towns in the Brazilian semiarid region.Blood drives launched in April are another operating front for EB, with each military organization operating independently. The goal is to help replenish blood banks — civilian for the majority — that have drastically lost their blood inventory due to the restrictions that social distancing requirements impose.“We are willing to encourage blood donation among our service members, whenever blood banks are in need,” said Lieutenant Colonel Carlos Augusto de Fassio Morgero, commander of Uberlândia 36th Mechanized Infantry Battalion,Minas Gerais state. So far, more than 500 volunteers have donated.Although operations have slowed down, service members from EB’s paratrooper group are manufacturing protective face masks. The assembly line consists of a group of 38 service members. Production reaches 400 masks per day, which are sent to civilians and the military community.Other military teams nationwide are manufacturing personal protective equipment. Together, they manufacture a daily total of 4,000 disposable and reusable masks. Organizations such as EB’s 22nd Light Airborne Logistics Battalion adapted their vehicles’ maintenance shop and trained their personnel to sew.A group of FAB service members are also helping with the activity. “Our goal is to preserve the health of our service members and ensure that the institutional mission is fulfilled,” said FAB Colonel Marcos Dias Marschall.The Brazilian Navy (MB, in Portuguese) mobilizes teams of experts in biological defense to conduct decontamination operations in hospitals and other areas throughout Brazil.MB also focuses on bringing preventive guidelines to the population — especially in remote areas, such as the Amazon region, with a riverside population of about 37,000 people — as well as distributing food and hygiene products . MB delivered more than 9,000 basic food baskets to Brazilians in need.
Pro bono lawyers labor for love: Two years, seven attorneys, hundreds of hours later, boy gets to keep his mom Associate EditorMiami lawyer Marc Douthit happened to be in the courtroom the day a poor woman who loved a little boy like her own son said she needed a lawyer.Geraldine Scott wanted to adopt James. She had cared for him since he was 2 months old, a cocaine-exposed baby without his biological mother. But when little James was 2 years old, the Department of Children and Families suddenly took the child away — simply because the agency said Scott was too poor to raise him, even though she had never taken a cent of public assistance.Little did Douthit realize that what he witnessed that day in August 2001, the indignation that churned in his gut, would spark a monumental legal battle with a cadre of lawyers working pro bono for two years. And he would be part of it all to make sure a little boy got to keep the only mother he had known.That day finally came July 17, 2003, with an adoption hearing, with 11th Circuit Judge Cindy Lederman presiding, joining Scott and James together as legal mother and child.“What makes us do it for free? Sometimes right is right,” Douthit said. “When you stand there and see someone who is banged around the system and doesn’t really have a place to turn, to me, it was either just stand there and do nothing or step up and do something!”Do something he did, along with hundreds of hours of legal help from lawyers Fran Allegra, Alan Mishael, and Holland & Knight lawyers Bob Levenson and Lori Weems. In addition, there was a guardian ad litem on the case, as well as the GAL staff attorney Abbie Cuellar, with invaluable help from Louis M. Reidenberg, pro bono attorney for the GAL program.In Weems’ words, “it was a long battle with personalities and politics and everything else. It was ugly.”On July 17, while Weems was standing at baggage claim at Miami International Airport, wiping away tears over the recent death of her mentor and friend 85-year-old Chesterfield Smith, her cell phone rang. It was Judge Lederman letting her know there was finally a happy ending to this long saga.In the 11th hour, the attorney for DCF agreed to allow Scott to adopt James, now 4.“I was hysterical,” Weems recalled of that moment tears of sadness mixed with tears of joy.“It was the day after Mr. Smith died, and it could not have been more fitting. I think it all starts and ends with Mr. Smith. What he taught me was to ‘do good.’ And he always told me, ‘I want you to be somebody’ in the law. He didn’t just say in the law. He meant be somebody in the law and in your life. What he meant was not to have a big name. I think what he meant is to be somebody who is a professional,” Weems said.“I remember once asking Mr. Smith whether he thought pro bono should be mandatory. I had come from Texas, where we didn’t have the requirement. He looked at me like I was nuts. He said it doesn’t matter if it’s written down. There is mandatory pro bono.”All Douthit knew that day in Lederman’s courtroom in August 2001 was that it was mandatory he get involved and offer his services for free, out of a sense of fairness.As an observer in the courtroom, he had gleaned this much: With DCF’s blessing, Scott had taken care of James since he was a baby. No one argued Scott, who was a friend of the boy’s father, was anything but a good mother to this motherless child. But here she was in court two years later, after DCF unexpectedly took James away from Scott during an office visit. Agency officials said Scott was too poor to adopt the child after his parents’ rights were terminated.Douthit’s ears perked up listening to those details of this intriguing love-vs.-money dependency case. He watched Scott ask for a lawyer. He saw the lawyer for DCF say Scott did not have a right to be heard or be appointed a lawyer, because she was not a parent and therefore not a party in the case. He observed Judge Lederman appoint a lawyer and tell DCF they could take it up on appeal.The lawyer’s name who came up on the “wheel” was Fran Allegra. Douthit called Allegra, told her what he had witnessed, and agreed to help.“My view was this woman is not a disposable part of the system,” Douthit said of that day he first saw Scott in court. “She had provided a valuable service. She took care of the child for two years and no one complained. When no one needed her anymore, it was thank you very much, goodbye, we’re taking the child.”Allegra showed up at the hearing the next day, only to have DCF again object to her being Scott’s court-appointed attorney.“So I agreed with DCF and volunteered to stay on the case pro bono,” Allegra said, taking that issue off the table for good.Judge Lederman appointed the GAL and requested that Lawyers for Children America assign a pro bono lawyer for James.“Our circuit is blessed to have a wonderful GAL program, GAL lawyers, and Lawyers for Children America, all based on the best interest model and both working together,” Judge Lederman said after the case was over. “Two members of the defense bar represented Ms. Scott pro bono as well. Unfortunately, we do not have enough GALs, and we have very few attorneys who do this work. We often call upon the same excellent, altruistic attorneys time after time. I believe that every dependent child desperately needs a GAL and some dependent children need lawyers, as well. We do not have enough of either.”Judge Lederman ordered James back into Scott’s custody within a week of his removal, but the legal wrangling had just begun.“We all knew the case would require substantial legal work, and we knew getting the Holland & Knight firm involved would bring needed muscle,” Allegra said. “Alan Mishael has a good track record on the precise issue and often volunteers pro bono for the GAL for technical appeals, which this would be.”So Allegra and Douthit divvied up their work. Douthit and Mishael wrote briefs for the appeal, along with Levenson, the original Holland & Knight lawyer on the case before he left the firm and Weems took over. Douthit argued with appellate counsel and handled an administrative appeal. Allegra filed the adoption petition. Then, Weems and Mischael litigated DCF’s right to custody in the lower court. Once the appellate stay was lifted, the GAL attorney, Cuellar, and Weems took the lead on initiating litigation in the lower court. The appeal was taken immediately in September 2001, and the lawyers for Scott and James won the case of first impression ( DCF v. JC ), and DCF sought a rehearing. In a 10-1 decision in July, the Third District Court of Appeal in Miami refused to reconsider its 2002 ruling that it was “appropriate and legal” for Judge Lederman to question DCF’s decision to remove James from Scott’s home. The Third DCA also refused DCF’s request that the appeals court ask the Florida Supreme Court to consider the case.Mishael’s good track record on appeals was just what this case needed. He is a commercial lawyer who has been doing pro bono work on children’s issues since 1990, after he took a GAL training course out of “an impulse toward social justice.”He said he didn’t go to the GAL training expecting to take a case, but that’s exactly what happened, and the rest is history. In the 13 years since, Mishael has racked up many pro bono awards for working on children’s issues. He said he takes on difficult cases no one else wants, and he thrives on the challenge, whether it’s the case of a civil rights action for an immigrant foster child, the case of a biracial adoption, or a current case representing a foster mother of a quadriplegic child who has not taken a real bath in over a year because the house has not been outfitted to be accessible for the disabled.Why did he agree to take on the appeal in the case of Geraldine Scott and James?“How would you feel if people raised you through age three or four and then they suddenly plunk you in some other slot? It could change your whole life,” Mishael said.“Here is the gravity of the situation: You can have a social worker who is greatly qualified and sets aside personal baggage, or you might not. The common thread in these cases is the failure of the separation of powers. You can have arbitrary decision making by the agency and the child is defenseless. I think we owe children more. I see this case as the end of a titanic struggle between two branches of government.”As Mishael further explains why he takes on these cases, he waxes philosophical about how vulnerable children are without lawyers in difficult dependency cases.“Not only don’t children vote, they typically come from families not equipped or inclined to do so. Since children don’t vote, change occurs from the bottom up, not top down. Since the legislative and executive branches are not constituted to the needs of those who don’t vote, the judiciary has a special role to play in making sure the values and ideals of our form of government are made available and are accessible to people who really have no voice in a represented democracy.”Besides all that lofty nobility, it just plain feels good.“As a lawyer, I found that if I apply my high abilities in this area of the law, I derive great satisfaction. The law is a great leveler,” Mishael said.Douthit, a partner with Gordon Murray, said they foster a philosophy of pro bono service at their law firm.“I probably do more pro bono work than I realize,” Douthit said. “Sometimes, you don’t know you’re doing pro bono until you realize you haven’t gotten paid,” he adds with a chuckle.“A couple of times a week, I tell myself I will stop doing this. These cases are time-intensive.. . Then a case like this one comes along and occasionally the good guys win one. All of a sudden, I can’t imagine how I would not do this.”At Holland & Knight, Weems is fortunate to work for the country’s eighth largest law firm, founded by Chesterfield Smith, that makes pro bono work a priority.“They don’t just give us the time. They back it up with billable hours credit,” Weems said.Good thing, because this case took a lot of time. As Weems said, “This was an exceptionally egregious case. This woman loved this little boy. He loved her, more importantly.. . . For me, I do pro bono because it keeps me remembering why I wanted to be a lawyer in the first place.”While she puts in a lot of hours at the firm, in addition to her pro bono work, Weems said: “I have never been exhausted representing James and making sure he had a mommy.”In fact, the case energized her.Cuellar, the staff attorney for the GAL program in Miami, said the happy ending likely would not have happened without the team effort.“It was a rare instance where a bunch of attorneys got along with each other,” Cuellar said with a laugh.“It was too much for one attorney, even two attorneys to handle.. . . Isn’t is sad you needed 10 people working together to get this child to stay in the home? An average person would not have won this case. Thank God for pro bonos. Thank God for all the lawyers who worked for free.”Allegra agrees.“Without the tireless assistance and coordinated team of pro bono lawyers, there is no question that James and Geraldine would have been permanently separated,” Allegra said.“The team forced the department to consent to James and Geraldine becoming a family. This legal ‘miracle’ would have been impossible for Geraldine to manage on her own, and it would have been too much for one lawyer to take on.”The case captured the hearts of many.“Our community came together to help James,” Lederman said. “Sister Jean O’Laughlin (of Barry University) and the great Chesterfield Smith are two examples of support the child and his custodian had. I am very grateful to our community for the support James received, before and even now after the case has been decided. People call my office every day to offer to help Ms. Scott. The Transit Workers Union is sending them to Disney World.”Cuellar was in the courtroom the day the adoption was carried out.Judge Lederman smiled at Scott and said: “I know how much you love James. And I know how hard you have fought for him. You have been his psychological mother. Today, I am making you his legal mother, and no one will ever take James away from you again.”Tears and cheers erupted.“Oh, my God, I was crying from the moment DCF said, ‘We consent,’” Cuellar said.“It was such a long battle. Every time we thought, now, something else would happen. Even to the very last second, DCF didn’t tell us. They were looking at the rule book. We were sitting there making bets. I’m betting lunches they won’t consent. We were ready to do a barrage of appeals if they didn’t. We would have filed a motion to vacate custody to DCF. We decided we would do a million things if they wouldn’t consent. For her to say, ‘We consent,’ I just thanked God that the day has finally arrived. I went home from work that day thinking I can retire, now I can retire in peace. This child has his mother.”Allegra is entitled to receive up to $1,000 from the state for the adoption. But in a fitting final gesture in a case where a pack of pro bono lawyers came to a little boy’s rescue, she said: “I am donating this fee to James.” August 15, 2003 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News Pro bono lawyers labor for love: Two years, seven attorneys, hundreds of hours later, boy gets to keep his mom
by: Christina PontissoAmerica’s credit unions are booming! Rod Staatz, from the Daily Record, comments on the rapid growth credit unions are experiencing in the number of members. There are now more than 100 million Americans (that’s 1/3 Americans) that have joined the credit union movement. “The news is even better here in Maryland and the metropolitan area, where membership in the region’s credit unions now surpasses 2 million. Credit unions here collectively saved their members more than $146 million over the past year when compared to other financial institutions. That works out to $70 in savings per member.” – Staatz, the Daily RecordYou might ask yourself why are so many consumers shifting from banking institutions in favor of credit unions? Staatz weighs in on this topic with his own opinion, “I believe the answer lies in part in the 2008 economic downturn. As all financial institutions nationwide found themselves dealing with increased government regulation, banks also found themselves facing growing pressure from shareholders to limit lending, particularly to small businesses. Credit unions, on the other hand, operated exactly as they always had; remaining close to their members and the communities they served.”Another reason why consumers are making the switch, is by educating and discovering for themselves the services, benefits, and value members have in credit unions compared to banks. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
The play was streamlined down to ninety minutes and the show will take place throughout the mansion with the audience moving from room to room with the actors as the show progresses. Director Chris Nickerson says that in addition to Hamlet being a strong and dramatic play, the Phelps Mansion creates a set that money just can’t buy. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Phelps Mansion Museum is presenting an immersive production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet this weekend. “You could not build a set as beautiful as the Phelps Mansion for any amount of money these days so the environment that you’re watching the play in is gorgeous,” he said. While the shows this weekend are sold out, Nickerson says the Phelps is considering adding another performance next weekend.
Feb 14, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended adding a new influenza strain that emerged recently in California to the flu vaccine for 2005-06 in the Northern Hemisphere.The new strain is called A/California/7/2004(H3N2), the WHO announced last week. The virus was first isolated from a flu patient in Santa Clara County last September, according to the Associated Press (AP). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identified the strain as a new one in January, the AP reported.The CDC’s Feb 5 flu update says that 49 of 256 (19.1%) flu virus isolates that the agency has analyzed antigenically since October 2004 were most closely related to the new strain.The flu vaccine normally contains three viral strains. The other two strains the WHO recommended for next season are the same as in this year’s vaccine: A/New Caledonia/20/99(H1N1) and B/Shanghai/361/2002.The United States usually follows the WHO recommendations. The third strain in this year’s US vaccine is A/Fujian/411/2002(H3N2) or the antigenically equivalent A/Wyoming/3/2003(H3N2). The California strain is thought to be a variant of the Fujian strain, according to the AP report.Klaus Stohr, head of the WHO’s global influenza program, said new strains are recommended for the vaccine only when significant changes occur, according to a New York Times report. “A/California is profoundly different from what has been circulating before,” Stohr told the Times.Analysis of more than 10,000 viruses from 80 countries led to the recommendation for next season’s vaccine, the WHO said. The WHO and its collaborating laboratories conducted the analyses.The strains to include in each season’s vaccine must be chosen early in the year because it takes roughly 6 months to produce the vaccine. The viruses used in vaccines are grown in chicken eggs.The WHO said flu vaccine coverage has improved in the last 10 years but not enough to include everyone in high-risk groups. As defined by the WHO, those groups include the elderly, those who have other respiratory or cardiovascular disease that increases their risk of complications, and healthcare workers.Last year the WHO set a goal of 60% coverage for people in high-risk groups, the agency said. It said flu vaccine use in developing countries remains “minimal to nonexistent.”See also:Feb 10 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/notes/2005/np05/en/CDC’s weekly flu updatehttp://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/CDC information on this year’s vaccine compositionhttp://www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/vaccination/2004.htm
K. Guraidhoo harbor was officially inaugurated last month, June 24, by Yameen Abdul Gayoom, the President of the Maldives, the Maldives Transport and Contracting Company Plc (MTCC) said in their latest announcement. The construction of the 281 long and 142m wide harbor started in February, 2014 and the project was successfully completed in October, 2017.According to MTCC, the scope of work for this project included construction of rock boulder breakwater and revetment and quay wall.Guraidhoo is one of the islands in a group of islands that the government has designated to be reclaimed as part of the land reclamation project implemented by Ministry of Housing and Infrastructure.The proposed reclamation and coastal protection project consists of the reclamation of the shallow lagoon west and south of Guriadhoo and undertaking the coastal protection to protect the reclaimed land.
Tweet Share LocalNews DDA identifies key pillars to grow tourism products in Dominica by: – May 26, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share 26 Views no discussions Share Chief Executive Officer of the Discover Dominica Authority Mr. Colin Piper. Chief Executive Officer of Discover Dominica Authority Collin piper says three key pillars have been identified by the DDA in an attempt to grow the country’s tourism products.Piper who is also the Chairman of the Dominica Festival Committee says Carnival is one such pillar.He says the event which falls under culture is one that brings visitors to the Island.He says this year’s carnival represented 22.2 percent of visitor arrival for the months of February and March.Piper was addressing the audience at the carnival prize giving ceremony at the Arawak House of Culture on Tuesday.These events are a driving force in causing visitors to come to Dominica and we would like have more vents like carnival throughout the year particularly in June, September and November…by all account, this year’s carnival was great,” he said.Piper says it is his hope that the DFC will receive sufficient funding to continue growing the carnival product Dominica Vibes News
Share In photo: Pearl Ettienne. Photo credit: imagesnewsletter.comThe National Women’s Cricket Team will seek to bring home the first championship, when they leave the island on Saturday, to participate in the Regional Women’s Cricket Tournament.Fourteen (14) players and three (3) reserves have been selected to represent Dominica in the Tournament, which begins in Barbados on Monday, August 8th, 2011.The players were selected by a four-member selection board, following weeks of intense training at the Windsor Park Stadium.Captain of the team, Pearl Ettienne said that the team is well prepared for the tournament.“They chose fourteen players and three reserves from a field of over thirty players who did the weeks of training at the Stadium. Preparations are ongoing, we have very good team spirit and I think we are more than ready for the tournament,” Pearl told Dominica Vibes News.Although Dominica has never won the tournament in the past, Ettienne is confident that the team will make a good showing at the tournament.“We have a very story side in both batting and bowling. We have an experienced player in the name of Sharon Gregoire making a comeback. She is one of the players that everyone will be depending on,” a confident Pearl said.The team is expected to leave Dominica on Saturday, August 5th and will return on August 15th.The team is expected to play matches against St Lucia, Antigua, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Barbados in Group B of the Tournament.Dominica Vibes News Share Share Tweet 30 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! LocalNewsSports Dominica prepared for the Regional Women’s Cricket Tournament by: – August 5, 2011
Samir Handanovic’s late penalty save rescued a point for Inter as the Serie A leaders laboured to a 1-1 draw against Atalanta at San Siro.Advertisement Martinez was fortunate not to concede a spot-kick when he impeded Rafael Toloi towards the end of the first half, while substitute Ruslan Malinovskiy rattled the upright after the restart.Robin Gosens poached a deserved equaliser 15 minutes from time and only Handanovic’s heroics from Luis Muriel’s 88th-minute effort from the spot denied Atalanta the victory.Champions Juventus will go two points ahead of Inter at the summit if they win at Roma on Sunday.The Nerazzurri’s lethal front two made their presence felt early when Martinez took Lukaku’s return pass away from Toloi and blasted under Atalanta goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini.LAUTARO MARTINEZ GOAL INTER MILAN 1-0 FOLLOW FOR LIVE GOALS pic.twitter.com/yfFakZ4orU— HD GOALS LIVE (@HDGoalsLive) January 11, 2020In keeping with their vibrant attacking style, Atalanta sought a swift response – Mario Pasalic curling wide from the edge of the area before Duvan Zapata was unable to get enough power on his header to trouble Handanovic.More textbook forward play from Lukaku and Martinez in the 22nd minute ended with Jose Luis Palomino heading the Argentina striker’s chipped attempt off the line.Martinez almost blotted a fine half when he grabbed at Toloi’s ankle as the defender followed up a 41st-minute header saved by Handanovic, although referee Gianluca Rocchi inexplicably decided not to review the incident. Lautaro Martinez combined wonderfully with strike partner Romelu Lukaku to score his 15th goal of the season in the fourth minute but Antonio Conte’s side were then largely outplayed by a typically ambitious Atalanta. Read Also: Ibrahimovic inspires AC Milan to victory in first startAtalanta boss Gian Piero Gasperini introduced Malinovskiy for Zapata in the 53rd minute and the Ukraine international almost had an instant impact, curling a sweetly struck left-footed effort from Alejandro Gomez’s pass against the post from the edge of the area.Waves of Atalanta attacks continued and they had their reward 15 minutes from time when Josip Ilicic’s right-wing cross fell to Gosens for a smart back-post finish.Alessandro Bastoni clumsily bundled into Malinovskiy during the dying minutes but fellow substitute Muriel fluffed his lines from 12 yards.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearBest Car Manufacturers In The World7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoHere’s What Everyday Objects Look Like If Cut In Half6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Everything You Need To Know About Asteroid Armageddon10 TV Characters Who Were Destined To Become Iconic Loading…