Belles host frugal fashion show fundraiser

first_imgParticipants in Monday’s St. Vincent de Paul Thrifty Belles fashion show proved that students can save money and support a good cause, all while expanding their wardrobes.Chloe Deranek, president of the St. Vincent de Paul club at Saint Mary’s said she wanted the Thrifty Belles fashion show, held in the dining hall, to inform students that thrift shopping is something students can do to find clothes for their everyday wardrobe.“Thrift shopping isn’t just for people who cannot afford designer clothes, crazy outfits and themed dances and sporting events,” Deranek said. “You can buy everyday things.”SMC students modeled St. Vincent’s thrift store clothing throughout the day in the Student Center. First-year student Caleigh Branigan modeled for the fashion show and said all SMC students should visit St. Vincent’s for some great clothes.“The actual show was a great experience, but thrifting was even better, I was able to buy so many great things for under 10 dollars and all the clothes were very fashionable,” Branigan said. “Saint Mary’s students would love thrifting at St. Vincent’s, especially if they’re looking for an adventure and cute new clothes.”Anne Watson, executive director of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, said it is important to have events like the Thrifty Belles fashion show to raise awareness of St. Vincent’s mission.“The proceeds we make from reselling items that are donated to us help us fund our programming,” Watson said. “We provide food, clothing, furniture, financial assistance and self-sufficiency programs to over 84,000 people a year in St. Joseph County.”Watson said SMC students can have a part of allowing the organization to reinvest in their mission and help the community.“[Our store] is very close to campus, and we have a huge Notre Dame section so you can get shirts, shorts and other things at the fraction of the price you would get them at the bookstore, plus you’re helping a good cause,” Watson said. “Every time you shop [at St. Vincent de Paul] you are helping someone in need.”Duranek said she wanted to have a fashion show to exhibit the different types of clothes being sold at St. Vincent’s.“You can buy everyday things like casual outfits or clothes you can wear to interviews,” Duranek said. “We really wanted to make a statement to girls that shopping at St. Vincent’s is not only going to save your wallet, but it’s also going to help other people.”Watson said she enjoyed working with the St. Vincent’s club at Saint Mary’s and she hopes the fashion show will encourage students to contribute to St. Vincent’s in any way possible.“I know a lot of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s students are socially conscious and get involved in the community, so this is another way to get involved in the community and live out our shared Catholic identity through shopping,” she said.Contact Alaina Anderson ataander02@saintmarys.edTags: fashion show, St. Vincent de Paullast_img read more

Withdrawal offers chance to address mental illness

first_imgDuring the spring semester of 2014, 29 undergraduate students withdrew from the University.Some left because of illness, some because of personal matters and some left to seek treatment for mental health-related concerns.In the fall 2013 semester, 42 undergraduates withdrew. Seventeen more students decided between semesters not to return to Notre Dame after winter break last year.Among graduate and professional students, 17 withdrew last spring, and 29 withdrew in the fall.Associate Vice President for Student Services Bill Stackman said in his experience, many students on campus are aware of mental health concerns and are interested in taking care of themselves and their peers. When he meets with someone contemplating withdrawal for any reason, he said his goal is to make sure the student knows his or her options, to make sure they don’t feel like they’ve done something wrong and to make sure when the time comes, they’re “in a good place to come back and hit the ground running.”“I sent a card to every single student who left last year, when they were home,” he said. “They’d get a card from me, and basically it was a spirit of ‘good for you for recognizing the need to take care of yourself and get the help you need.’”The Office of Student Affairs tries to make the withdrawal and readmissions process as simple as possible and flexible enough to meet the needs of each student, Stackman said. Students can voluntarily withdraw at any point in the semester after meeting with the dean of their college and a case manager from Student Affairs.The requirements for readmission depend somewhat on a student’s reasons for leaving, Stackman said. Everyone needs a letter, an application form and an essay discussing their reasons for leaving, what they did while they were away to take care of themselves and how they’re prepared to come back.Each case is different, though, and for some the process is easier than for others. Senior Travis Marshall-Roth planned to graduate in May 2014 but withdrew for the spring 2013 and fall 2013 semesters to address his depression. He’s now on track to graduate in May 2015, but said the withdrawal process was “the worst Notre Dame experience I’ve ever had.”“Having to decide okay, do I want to withdraw or not — that’s not a trivial thing,” Marshall-Roth said.Marshall-Roth has struggled with depression for more than 10 years, he said, and “things started going really downhill” when he was taking more than 20 credits per semester as a sophomore chemistry major in 2011. He went to class, worked in a research lab and studied around the clock and slept “maybe three hours per night.”“That’s not really a good way to live,” he said. “I chalk it up to the extreme stress that I’d partially put myself into, partially not. … I was feeling more and more isolated.“And it was sort of like a massive downward spiral.”He began cutting himself in the fall semester of 2012 for the first time and experienced suicidal thoughts, he said.“I was just completely depleted,” he said. “And I was like, I can’t do this anymore.”Marshall-Roth met with a counselor at the University Counseling Center (UCC) and began “a medication roulette,” he said. He was eventually hospitalized the weekend before final exams began after telling a friend he had thought about suicide. He was told he could come back and take the exams at the beginning of the next semester, he said, because his grades overall were good.“So I came back and was basically in the same situation all over again within two weeks,” Marshall-Roth said. “I took the exams, then I was put in the hospital again, and this time it was 10 days.”He withdrew formally in the second week of the semester, he said.“I just didn’t want to be here. I went home and for the first four months I sat in my room and looked at my wall because that’s all I could do,” he said. “Just like a blank page, nothing going on. Because I was so depleted and depressed I couldn’t do anything else. I was sleeping 16 hours a day.”Eventually, he started intensive therapy, he said, and began taking a couple classes at a local university. He contacted Student Affairs in April and the next deadline for readmission was October 1, he said.Stackman said currently, there isn’t a set requirement that withdrawn students take two full semesters off. However, the time frame often depends on what point he or she left in the semester — to be readmitted in the spring semester, students must turn in application materials by Oct. 1. To be back for the fall semester, the deadline is March 1.“[If you withdraw in October or November], let’s say, your application deadline is going to be March 1,” Stackman said. “So you won’t be looking at the spring to come back, you’ll be looking at the [next] fall even though you left in the fall.“We’re trying to say to students, sometimes if you’re leaving, to go for two weeks and have a break and come back may not be enough. But what we do, rather than having a hard-and-fast, one-size-fits-all approach to this, is allow the student to go home, get the care they need and then apply to come back. Because in some cases, they are ready to come back, and we don’t want to hurt them just because of a hard-and-fast rule.”When considering withdrawal, Stackman said students may consider practical matters as well – anyone who withdraws before Nov.1, for example, does not have a “W” mark on his or her transcript. The earlier in the semester someone withdraws, the more tuition money he or she receives back.“I will plant the seeds early,” Stackman said. “Even back in August and September, when I see a student struggling and not going to class, I’ll say ‘just know that withdrawal is a possibility and this is what it would look like.’ … Part of our job is to inform a student about the withdrawal process and the times to make that decision.”Marshall-Roth said he was frustrated by tests required by the UCC and the lack of correspondence from the University while he was away. At the time, Student Affairs only had one case manager handling all students, and Stackman said “it was just grabbing on to students and trying to get them through that immediate crisis that we were in.”Now, the University is trying to make a point to reach out to withdrawn students more, Stackman said. Erica Kelsey is one of two case managers now, and she said she meets with each of her students before he or she leaves to understand their story and then keeps in touch with each while they’re away.“Now, we’re also doing readmission support groups on campus for students that are back,” she said. “It could be students readmitted for any reason at all, not specific to mental health, but the first meeting [this year] was an opportunity for students to give me feedback on what the withdrawal and readmission process was like for them.“The best way to improve a system is to hear from the people who have been through it. … I know a lot of students feel like when they leave, they’re the only one that left, and seeing other people that maybe left for similar reasons really might help them feel more comfortable and get integrated into the University faster.”Marshall-Roth said his readmission process was stressful because it came down to the last week of the fall 2013 semester, in the days before the University closed for winter break.“It was a big mess,” he said. “There are people that have an easier time, though. I think my situation was a little weird and extraordinary but it’s an interesting case study. Pretty much every part of the process was sub-optimal, I thought.”Marshall-Roth said he worked out his class schedule two days before the semester began and when he arrived back to campus, he had no idea where he would live.“I’d been offered a place in a triple in Sorin, but I didn’t really want to be there with other people, sharing a room with two other guys who were quite a bit younger than me,” he said.He ended up moving off campus and became involved with Notre Dame’s chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. He currently serves as the group’s vice president and is looking at applying to graduate school for chemistry.Stackman said they are currently reviewing the readmission process “not because it’s out of whack, but … because we always know there are opportunities to improve and make things better.”“We feel pretty good about the work that we do, we feel pretty good about our services, our programs, our systems,” he said. “But we’re getting useful feedback from students too, so we’re saying okay, how can we improve it? How can we improve it as you walk out the door and how can we improve it as you’re going through the process and making your decision?”The Office of Continuous Improvement is overseeing the review, Stackman said, and they have already added a second case manager to expand their ability to meet student needs.After his year away, Marshall-Roth said he was “so ready” to be back.“It’s kind of weird, though, because I have a very different opinion of this place now, having been through all of this,” he said. “Some friends, after they found out what was going on with me, they didn’t want to talk to me anymore, that kind of thing.“I guess I’ve been sort of disappointed in the caliber of a lot of the students here in terms of their compassion and their ability to actually look after other people, but I’ve been impressed with other people. I’ve made other friends.“Depression is the kind of thing you never really get rid of. You always have it. But you learn to realize that it’s a gift, instead of a curse. … Everybody has their own challenges, and you can make it. … I’m doing just fine now.”Tags: Bill Stackman, Irish State of Mind, mental illness, NAMI, Office of Student Affairslast_img read more

Deer Antlers

first_imgThe most widely hunted big-game species across the American landscape is the whitetail deer. Early American settlers often used whitetail deer for food and to trade, but many hunters today seem more concerned with the deer’s antlers.Antlers are not horns, though the two words are often used synonymously. Horns are permanent, keratinized epithelial cells. The protein keratin is required to harden those cells. Antlers, on the other hand, are derived from endothelial cells that are grown and shed annually. These cells are grown from the tip of the sequential antler and are made of osteocytes, or bone cells, that calcify and harden.Antlers are the fastest growing tissue known to man. With the right nutrition, a buck can grow an excess of 200 inches of bone on his head in a matter of 120 days.Photoperiodism, which is the response of an organism to seasonal changes in day length, causes deer’s antlers to grow and shed. Changes in the photoperiod — in this case, a lengthening or shortening of the amount of daylight hours deer experience — trigger an exogenous response, or a physical response to external or environmental stimuli. Mammalian responses are touched off through the optic nerve, which produces a hormonal reaction within the brain that triggers different physiological events based on the length of the photoperiod.In whitetail deer, the increase in photoperiod length causes a decline in melatonin levels. As melatonin decreases, antler growth is initiated. Antler growth normally begins around late March and early April. Early stages of growth are generally slow due to shorter daylight hours. As the days get longer, growth becomes more rapid.During late spring and summer, antlers are exposed to a very rich blood supply and are covered with a hairlike membrane commonly known as “velvet.” While “in velvet,” antlers are susceptible to injury, and cuts or bruises suffered at this time often result in deformed antlers. Growing antlers have high water content and consist of 80 percent protein and 20 percent ash, or calcium and phosphorus.As the days begin to shorten after the summer solstice, the antler begins to harden. Shorter days trigger another hormonal response. The hypothalamus releases hormones that trigger an increased production of testosterone. At the same time, the pineal gland begins to increase the production of melatonin. Around late August and early September, growth is complete and blood ceases to flow into the antler. The antler beneath the velvet has hardened by this point due to the increased levels in testosterone and melatonin. The velvet is sloughed off, resulting in hard, polished antlers that remain throughout the breeding season. Antler content has changed; it is 60 percent ash and 40 percent protein by this point.Shortly after whitetail breeding season, testosterone levels begin to decline in bucks. By March, testosterone levels are at their lowest. Melatonin levels have also declined as a result of the increase in photoperiod.The previous year’s antlers are shed and a new set of antlers immediately start growing. Though visible antlers may not be apparent for several weeks, the cycle begins anew each year.last_img read more

Rock Art

first_imgNative American rock art is typically associated with the Western United States (picture images of buffalo painted high on a desert bluff), but the Southern Appalachians is home to hundreds of ancient rock art sites. Typically, the art consists of rudimentary rock etchings called petroglyphs that were created by the Native Americans living in the area 3,000 years ago, long before the Cherokee. But because of the South’s scarcity of public lands, most of the sites remain unknown or off-limits.“We’ve had a lot of development in the South, so it’s likely many of the rock art sites have been destroyed unknowingly,” says Lorie Hansen, project director for the North Carolina Rock Art Survey.  “But we have every reason to believe the Native Americans in the Southeast were every bit as prolific in their rock art as Native Americans in the West.”Probably the most famous petroglyph in the South is Judaculla Rock, a large, flat soapstone boulder in Jackson County, N.C., with hundreds of hand-carved figures and symbols, ranging from human handprints to geometric shapes. Exactly who carved the symbols remains a mystery.“We’re not certain about the who, why, or even the when of Judaculla,” says Hansen, who is working on a comprehensive restoration of the site, which is one of the few significant rock art sites located on public land in our region. The uncertainty extends to most rock art sites in the Southeast.“The majority of glyphs around the South were carved somewhere between 1000 B.C. and contact with the first Europeans,” Hansen says. “But we can’t carbon date rock the way you can organic material, so it’s difficult to know for sure.”The carvings on Judacalla may have been started by one tribe of Native Americans dating back to 1500 B.C., but it’s likely the carvings were added to by subsequent tribes, perhaps even the Cherokee. Track Rock, a series of petroglyphs on soapstone boulders in Georgia’s Chattahoochee National Forest, has evolved in the same manner. On the six table-sized boulders, more than one hundred different figures can be seen, the earliest of which date back 3,600 years.“The carvings were made by Native Americans during repeated visits over several hundred years,” says James Wettstaed, the archaeologist for the Chattahoochee National Forest.The progressive nature of the rock art also makes it difficult to interpret and give meaning to the carvings, both at Track Rock and Judaculla. Possible theories suggest that Judaculla was a treaty or a map. Another theory is that the carvings are imprints of the Cherokee legend himself. Judaculla was a Cherokee giant who jumped off a nearby mountain, and many still believe that his handprints made some of the markings. At the base of the stone, two massive footprints can be seen. 1 2last_img read more

November 1, 2004 News and Notes

first_img News and Notes Nanci Landy, of Landy & Asselta, P.A. in North Miami Beach, has been elected president of the National Association of Women Business Owners, Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Chapter. Michael Hoefges of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill recently published a co-authored article titled “Privacy Rights Versus Disclosure Policy: The ‘Uses and Effects’ Double Standard in Access to Personally Identifiable Information in Government Records” in the William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal, and also presented “The Constitutionality of the National Do-Not-Call Registry: Analysis and Implications for Point-to-Point Marketing Communications” at the 2004 Marketing and Public Policy Conference sponsored by the American Marketing Association. Dennis J. Wall of Orlando had published an article entitled “Recent Expert Witness Opinions in Property Insurance Cases.” The article was published by the ABA in the September, 2004 issue of Property Insurance Newsletter of the Torts and Insurance Practice Section. Seth Marmor of Greenspoon, Marder, Hirshfeld, Rafkin, Ross & Berger in Ft. Lauderdale spoke on asset protection at the Broward County Estate Planning Council’s dinner meeting. Stephen M. Barbas, of Barbas, Koenig, Nunez, Sanders, and Butler, P.L., in Tampa, has been appointed to the board of trustees of Loyola University, New Orleans, LA. Christopher M. Shulman of Christopher M. Shulman, P.A., Alternative Dispute Resolution Services in Tampa, joined the panel of mediators for the Florida Conflict Resolution Consortium. Christopher Bopst of Sacher, Zelman, Van Sant, Paul, Beiley, Hartman, Rolnick & Waldman, P.A., in Miami presented his paper “Machiavelli and Modern Business: Realist Thought in Contemporary Corporate Leadership Manuals,” at The Oxford Centre for Social Values in Education and Business’ Tenth Conference, in Oxford, England. Rafael Suarez-Rivas, of the Miami City Attorney’s Office, has been appointed as a hearing officer for procurement matters by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners. David Pratt of Pratt & Bucher, LLP, in Boca Raton spoke at the Joint Meeting of the Tax and Real Property, Probate and Trust Law sections of the ABA in Boston; his topic was “The Anatomy of the (New) Federal Gift Tax Return.” Dean Colson of Colson Hicks Eidson in Coral Gables was elected chair of the Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission. David Aronberg of Greenspoon, Marder, Hirschfeld, Rafkin, Ross & Berger in Ft. Lauderdale received a Legislative Recognition Award for his work on behalf of the Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar. Burton Landy of Akerman Senterfitt in Miami was elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Beacon Council economic development organization. Elizabeth Ricci of Rambana & Ricci, P.A., in Tallahassee was appointed chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association Central Florida Chapter’s Essay Contest Committee. Ira Leesfield of Leesfield Leighton Rubio Boyers in Miami was elected as an officer to the Melvin Belli Society. Leesfield received the Melvin Belli Jurisprudence Award. Additionally, Leesfield received the Al J. Cone Lifetime Achievement Award at The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Founder’s Luncheon. Jim Atkins of Longwood will serve as an instructor for the Consultants’ Training Institute of the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts. Atkins also taught “Effective Report Writing in Litigation” in Boston, and “Advanced Commercial Damages” in Chicago for the Institute. Robert D. Peltz of McIntosh, Sawran, Peltz, Cartaya & Petrucelli, P.A., co-wrote the two-volume book Florida Pretrial Practice, published by the James Publishing Company. Joseph Jackson, professor at the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida in Gainesville, was named 2004 Outstanding Advocate for the Homeless at the 2004 annual meeting of the Florida Coalition for the Homeless in Tampa. Bruce A. Blitman of Ft. Lauderdale was certified by the State of Florida’s Division of Florida Land Sales, Condominiums and Mobile Homes as a mediator in the area of community association operations. Scott Mager of Mager Law Group, P.A., in Ft. Lauderdale addressed a seminar on “Developing Themes for Litigation” at the Defense Research Institute’s Nursing Home and Assisted Living Facility Litigation Seminar in Boston. Danielle Brewer of Becker & Poliakoff in West Palm Beach was recognized by the Federal Bar Association for her outstanding service as chair of the Federal Bar Association’s labor and employment section at their recent national meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio. Gary Resnick of Weiss, Serota, Helfman, Pastoriza, Guedes, Cole & Boniske, presented on local governmental management of the public rights-of-way at the annual Conference of the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors. Nancy J. Van Sant of Sacher, Zelman, Van Sant, Paul, Beiley, Hartman, Rolnick & Waldman, P.A., in Miami participated in a panel discussion at the 10th Annual Securities Litigation and Regulatory Practice Seminar in Atlanta. Robby Birnbaum of Greenspoon, Marder, Hirschfeld, Rafkin, Ross & Berger in Ft. Lauderdale has been appointed to the American Resort Developer Association’s (ARDA) Privacy Committee. Margaret Ioannides of Jacksonville and Austin, TX spoke at the Center for Global Outsourcing’s Third Annual International Outsourcing Conference in Dallas, TX. She presented a speech titled “Legal Issues in Offshore Outsourcing – An Immigration Perspective.” Michael T. Haire and Francis X. Rapprich with Fisher, Rushmer, Werrenwrath, Dickson, Talley & Dunlap, P.A., spoke at a Lorman seminar on the topic of Florida’s New Construction Claims Statute; Ch. 558. Antoinette Theodossakos presented a seminar entitled, “Don’t Shred Those Documents! Basic Record Keeping and Retention Requirements for Employers” hosted by the American Electronics Association. Joan Nelson Hook of New Port Richey was installed as president of the West Pasco County Bar Association. Barbara Perez of Aronovitz Trial Lawyers in Miami was elected to serve as president of the University of Miami’s Law Alumni Association for the 2005-2006 term. David Pratt of Pratt & Bucher, LLP, spoke at the Planned Giving Council of Palm Beach County meeting; his topic was “Charitable Lead Trusts Funded With Family Limited Partnership Interests.” Cynthia Lane of Bradenton published an article on restructuring the U.S. Supreme Court in the ABA Journal E-Report. Jody Collins and Paul Ranis of Ruden McClosky in Ft. Lauderdale were selected to participate as instructors in a three-day seminar sponsored by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy at Nova Southeastern Shepard Broad Law Center. Jennifer E. Zakin of Pratt & Bucher, LLP, spoke at the Greater Delray Beach Estate Planning Council meeting; her topic was “The Anatomy of the New Federal Gift Tax Return.” Quentin E. Morgan of Brinkley, McNerney, Morgan, Solomon & Tatum in Ft. Lauderdale, has been appointed to the Broward County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. Suzanne A. Perez of EFC Holdings was elected as a member of the board of directors for the University of Miami Alumni Association. Perez will serve a three-year term. Leonard Lubart of Greenspoon, Marder, Hirshfeld, Rafkin, Ross & Berger in Ft. Lauderdale spoke at the ABA’s Section of Taxation and Section of Real Property, Probate & Trust Law joint fall CLE program in Boston. Lubart spoke on “Investing in Resort, Time Share or Condominium Projects: A Due Diligence Approach.” Neil Rambana of Rambana & Ricci, P.A. in Tallahassee was elected to the Refuge House board of directors. Audrey McKibbin Moran of Jacksonville has been appointed to be one of seven members of the board of trustees for the Jessie Ball Dupont fund. Kat Silverglate of Weston was appointed to the faculty of The Knowledge College. Submissions to the News and Notes and On the Move columns may be e-mailed to Assistant Editor Melinda Melendez at November 1, 2004 News & Notes November 1, 2004 News and Noteslast_img read more

Latimer remembered as a teacher, mentor, friend

first_img Latimer remembered as a teacher, mentor, friend Car accident claims the life of Broward board member Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Henry Latimer never had to ask for quiet when he spoke at a Bar Board of Governors meeting. Nor did he have to raise his voice.It was obvious that when the bearded Latimer was recognized during a board debate — and as he rose, stepped behind his chair, and then, placing his hands on its back, leaned forward — his opinions commanded respect.He had served on or chaired most of the top board committees, and was picked for special committees that addressed the toughest of topics. He was urged to run as the Bar’s first African American presidential candidate.So it was a somber board that gathered on January 28 and paused to remember the man whom his friends knew simply as “Lat,” who died four days earlier in a single car accident. Latimer was 67.Bar President Kelly Overstreet Johnson announced she was appointing a three-member committee of President-elect designate Hank Coxe, public board member Dr. Solomon Badger, and board member Ervin Gonzalez to work with other legal groups and establish a fitting memorial to Latimer’s legacy as a lawyer and judge.“I had the privilege of knowing Henry Latimer for well over 20 years,” said fellow 17th Circuit board member Jesse Diner. “He was an uncommon man from very, very humble beginnings.”He noted that Latimer went to law school later in life because first he served in the Marines to get the money needed for college and law school. He was also a teacher and federal employee before getting his law degree.“He was a judge in Broward County and always got the highest ratings in the judicial poll,” Diner said. After several years, he returned to private practice where he managed one large firm and became a senior partner in another, as well as becoming president of the Broward County Bar Association.“He would have run for president of The Florida Bar next year and undoubtably would have been elected,” Diner said, “for no other reason than he deserved it.”Board member Frank Angones noted that at the Minority Bar Summit at the recent Midyear Meeting, he predicted the Bar would have a black president within two years. That prompted a spontaneous chant of “Henry, Henry, Henry.. . ” by the participants.H.T. Smith, who first met Latimer when they were part of the first class of black law students at the University of Miami in 1970, said he saw Lat the week before he died and told him how excited he was at the prospect of him running for Bar president and what a tremendous statement it would be and how it would make more black lawyers feel better about actively participating in the Bar. But all Latimer wanted to do was talk about how he could help others, Smith said.“First-class lawyer, first-class human being — it’s hard to find both in one individual,” Smith said. “A lot of lawyers have told me that if we wanted to send a representative to another planet to say this is what lawyers are like on Earth, then we should send Lat. Mature, wise, considerate, well-prepared, brilliant, humble, just a first class-lawyer. . . you could not help but respect him.”Bar Executive Director John F. Harkness, Jr., said he has worked with many members of the Board of Governors over the years and watched as they debated, argued, and finally came to agreement on issues — and while Latimer did not speak often or at great length, when he spoke everyone listened.“It is a tribute to a person when 51 other people will stop and listen,” Harkness said. “Lat was to the point, told it like it was, logically stated his position, and you knew it was with conviction and from his heart as well as his mind.“Most people can be replaced but there are some who cannot,” Harkness added. “You would be hard-pressed to find anyone who could duplicate the caring, common sense, good nature, knowledge of the law and people, and the willingness to share that Lat possessed.”Fellow 17th Circuit board member Frank Walker placed into the Bar record a South Florida Sun Sentinel editorial praising Latimer and his life. “A product of the housing projects in Jacksonville, Latimer didn’t let conventional wisdom or long-held obstacles slow him down,” the editorial said in part. “As a corporate lawyer, Mr. Latimer continued to excel as an innovating and thorough attorney. He also became a mentor for many attorneys who saw him as a source of legal and political knowledge.”Board member Ervin Gonzalez said he worked with Latimer as a new lawyer after Latimer returned from the bench to private practice.“He was quite a gentleman. He always fought for his causes, but never in a way that was offensive to anyone,” Gonzalez said. “One thing he always passed on to me is you need to make a change in life by mentoring individuals one-to-one.“He said, ‘always dream, you need your dreams, but dream with your eyes open so you can see the opportunity to make your dream come true.’”President Johnson said, “I underestimated the number of people he knew and the number of people whose lives he had touched around the state.“It’s a huge void for lawyers in general and particularly minority lawyers,” Johnson said. “He was larger than life. He’s irreplaceable.”One of those Latimer touched outside the board was Second Circuit Judge Nikki Clark. She said Latimer was a mentor to her and was a constant source of encouragement and inspiration.“There is an emptiness in the hearts of all who knew Henry Latimer,” Judge Clark said. “He was as fine a lawyer as you could ever meet — respected by his colleagues, judges, courtroom adversaries, and countless people he served through the boards and committees he served on and his many pro bono activities. I am surely a better person because our paths crossed. We have lost an incredible friend and lawyer.”“He did everything for everybody with such integrity,” said Caran Rothchild, of Greenberg Traurig, who worked closely with Latimer for nearly 10 years. “He helped mold and mentor young adults and teenagers with aspirations in the legal profession. He participated in numerous legal clinics, giving free legal advice and help to the indigent.”“First and foremost, he was a person who cared about others and without fanfare helped the helpless,” Former Bar President Miles McGrane said, adding Lat “inspired us all.”According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Latimer was driving on I-595 just after 7 p.m., January 24, when he swerved to the right to avoid a large piece of plastic debris in the road, then overcorrected to the left, losing control of his Mercedes Benz and crashing into a piling underneath the I-95 flyover ramp. Latimer’s car then burst into flames. Two fellow motorists, including an off-duty Broward County firefighter, pulled Latimer from the burning wreckage and administered CPR until paramedics arrived on the scene.Latimer was taken to Broward General Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead a short time later, according to the Sun Sentinel.Latimer had served on The Florida Bar Board of Governors since 1999, and he was recently elected to serve another two-year term through June 2007 representing the 17th Judicial Circuit. His board committee service included Communications, Program Evaluation and Strategic Planning committees, and he was board liaison to the International Law Section and a member of the Judicial Independence Committee.Additionally, he was vice chair of the Bar’s Commission on Lawyer Regulation which is currently conducting a study of the process of disciplining lawyers. Last year, he was vice chair of The Florida Bar Citizens Forum, a special advisory group representing various nonlawyer constituencies in Florida. He was a former chair of the Bar’s Committee on Equal Opportunities in the Profession and frequently served as a speaker at programs promoting diversity in the profession.Latimer is survived by his wife, Mildred Latimer, and daughters Desiree Latimer and Tracie Kimreka Latimer. Memorial donations should be made to “Community Foundation of Broward, Inc., for the Henry Latmier Memorial Fund,” 1401 East Broward Blvd., Suite 100, Ft. Lauderdale 33301, (954) 761-9503. February 15, 2005 Senior Editor Regular News Mentor to many, role model to all Chief Justice Barbara Pariente With the tragic and premature death of Henry Latimer, we have lost a widely respected and dedicated lawyer and judge and a compassionate, passionate, and courageous human being. I have lost a friend of over 30 years, and I am devastated by his death. I know that so many in this state feel saddened by the loss of this great human being, who was a mentor to so many and a role model to all of us.I first met Henry over 30 years ago when I was clerking for U.S. District Judge Norman C. Roettger, Jr., and Henry was trying his first case. He later told me, “You may not recall, but you and I met when you were a bright-eyed law clerk for Judge Norman Roettger. As a young lawyer, it was my first trial. Your star qualities were evident then.” Of course, I recalled Henry Latimer; he was unforgettable and I immediately recognized Henry’s uncommon abilities and potential for greatness.Over the years, our paths continued to cross as we both served on The Florida Bar Civil Rules Committee — he as a judge and me as a lawyer. When he went back into private practice and I went on the bench, we continued to stay in touch, giving each other mutual encouragement. When I ascended to chief justice, he was there for me at my Pass the Gavel ceremony, and I have many photos taken of us at that time that I will always cherish. I was so happy that he chose to stay active in the organized Bar; I was so moved by his continuing commitment to pro bono legal services to the poor; and I was so thrilled to learn that he had made the choice to run for president of The Florida Bar. He would have been a truly great president, representing the finest that diversity can bring to our profession.In one of the last letters Henry wrote me, he told me he admired me for the courage that I had shown in battling breast cancer. He ended with the note: “You will be taken care of by a higher being.”I do not understand why he was taken from us, but I have no doubt that Henry Latimer will be taken care of by a higher being. And for all of us remaining on the Earth, his legacy must continue to inspire us to always do the right thing and to ensure justice for all. Henry, I will miss you so very much.center_img Latimer remembered as a teacher, mentor, friendlast_img read more

Two more countries find H5N1; 3 others probe bird deaths

first_imgFeb 27, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The H5N1 avian influenza virus has spread to Niger and Bosnia-Herzegovina, media outlets said today, and testing is under way on birds found dead in Switzerland, Pakistan, and Kenya.The suspected H5N1 infections of two wild swans found dead in central Bosnia were confirmed today, according to Reuters new service, which attributed the announcement to Bosnia’s veterinary administration. About 4,500 poultry were slaughtered and buried within 3 kilometers of Malo Plivsko Lake, Reuters said.Additional birds are being tested, added Jozo Bagaric, head of the veterinary administration. Bosnia sits on a migration route used by birds from central and northern Europe, and Bagaric said the country is bracing for more cases.”Based on the risk analyses, we think that March is a critical period and we expect . . . new incidents in the future,” Bagaric said.Elsewhere in Europe, Switzerland has confirmed that a wild duck found dead in Geneva yesterday tested positive for an H5 virus, but the neuraminidase (N) type had not yet been identified, Bloomberg News reported. It is the first suspected avian flu case found in SwitzerlandNiger joins Egypt and neighboring Nigeria on the leading edge of Africa’s fight against the virus. Dead ducks found in the southern Niger town of Magaria had the H5N1 virus, which was also isolated from bird in the area of Dan Barde, said Maria Zampaglione, a spokeswoman for the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), as quoted in a Bloomberg report today.Authorities in Niger are using teachers and Muslim preachers to teach citizens how to protect themselves, Reuters reported today.”Every child who is taught how to protect themselves can in turn educate their parents,” said Ary Ibrahim, public health minister.Kenya could become the fourth African country with H5N1, if authorities’ fears prove true. About 400 dead chickens were found in a residential area of Nairobi called Kasarani over the weekend, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP). They were apparently dumped in that neighborhood. Catherine Wanjohi, deputy director of veterinary services in Kenya, told AFP that samples from the dead chickens are being tested, with results expected this week.In Pakistan, authorities have confirmed the presence of an H5 virus and quarantined two farms in Abbotabad, 80 miles north of Islamabad, and in Charsadda, 75 miles northwest of Islamabad, according to Reuters. Both farms are in the country’s North West Frontier Province, Bloomberg reported.Pakistani authorities, however, claim the virus is a low-pathogenicity subtype. Neuraminidase testing is under way, Reuters noted.”We have not ruled out that it is H5N1 but it appears to be a low-pathogenic strain,” said Mohammad Afzal, agriculture minister, as quoted today by AFP.Pakistani police sealed off the farms and slaughtered about 25,000 chickens, AFP added. In addition, the agency quoted a supervisor from one of the farms as saying that about 2,000 laying hens had died in the past week, but he termed that a normal rate.Outbreaks worsen in several countriesOther countries were dealing with the grim challenges posed by the spread of the H5N1 virus within their borders.The disease has been confirmed in 9 of 36 states in Nigeria, including Yobe and Nasarawa states, Bloomberg reported today.While the government weighed whether to vaccinate poultry, Nigerian farms prepared to receive their first shipment of poultry vaccine this week—1 million doses coming from Israel, Bloomberg reported.”We have been calling for the vaccine right from the beginning,” said Auwalu Haruna, secretary of Nigeria’s poultry association. “We can’t keep waiting for the government.”Haruna, who has about 17,000 birds near Kano City, also advocated culling backyard poultry, such as the roughly 500,000 backyard birds raised in Kano, Bloomberg noted.In a separate story that included other quotes from Haruna, Bloomberg reported that farmers are reluctant to report avian flu outbreaks, in part because they don’t trust the government’s promises for compensation.”The key to curbing this problem is for people to know their livelihoods are safe,” Haruna said. “If that’s not done, people won’t report.”Nigeria’s outbreak is of major concern because of the human and poultry density, said Joseph Domenech, chief veterinary officer with the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), according to a Bloomberg story published today. The country has about one bird for each of its 140 million residents, and 60% of the birds are backyard stock.”It’s very difficult to kill all the animals” infected by the virus, Domenech said.In addition, compensation for culled birds is about US $1.94 per chicken, about one-fourth of its market value.Nigeria’s National Bureau of Statistics estimates that 54% of the country’s people couldn’t afford to buy a food basket that would provide them with 2,900 calories a day, Bloomberg reported.Europe has continued to find more cases of H5N1 in several countries recently:In Germany, avian flu has been found in a fourth state (Brandenburg, which borders Poland), according to a Reuters report.In Romania, avian flu has now been found in 34 villages across the country and at a small Black Sea resort called Navodari, Reuters reported.In France, H5N1 has been confirmed as the culprit in the overnight deaths of 400 turkeys last week, marking Europe’s first outbreak on a commercial farm. The outbreak led to the Feb 23 culling of a flock of 11,700 56-day-old turkeys, according to an OIE report. “It struck like lightning,” farmer Daniel Clair said of the outbreak on his farm, as reported in the Guardian newspaper today.Across Asia, the struggles against H5N1 also continue:A Feb 23 FAO report notes that five serum samples drawn from one of three flocks of sentinel ducks in Kampong Cham province around Boeung Thom Lake in Cambodia in January tested positive for H5N1. Cambodia, which had four fatal H5N1 infections in people during last year’s flu season, has not reported a poultry outbreak to the OIE since March 28, 2005.In Gujarat state in India, two chickens found dead at a poultry farm were infected with H5N1, according to an Associated Press (AP) report. They were found at the national Poultry Farm. Gujarat is northwest of Maharashtra state, which had earlier found H5N1 outbreaks. The same story reported that 200,000 poultry had been culled in India since Feb 19.An official in China has warned that the country could face massive avian flu outbreaks, according to a Feb 25 Reuters story. Agriculture Minister Du Qinglin said the country culled 23 million birds in 2005, of which 163,000 were found to have H5N1, Reuters reported in remarks attributed to Xinhua, China’s official news service. Because of the increase in cases involving migratory birds, the possibility of a massive bird flu outbreak cannot be ruled out, Du said.last_img read more

STG buys MDA shares with a view to flotation

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‘Take all the time in the world to heal’: Agni’s message for victims of sexual assault

first_imgSitting in her small rented bedroom on a recent Monday, Agni often had to pause and take deep breaths as she recalled just some of the memories of her assault and her efforts to seek justice over the past three years.Her eyes looked tired.“I feel very exhausted, to a point where I want to wake up and know that the sexual violence bill has passed; that there’s a guarantee no one will ever have to experience what I feel,” Agni told The Jakarta Post in a recent interview via video conference.“I want the right to feel safe.” Indonesia will always remember Agni as the girl who ignited the fire in the fight against all forms of sexual abuse in the culturally conservative country.In 2018, it was her story of assault that set off a wave of support and solidarity that gave Indonesia its very own #MeToo moment dubbed #KitaAgni (#WeAreAgni), which has arguably become one of the largest social movements to end sexual harassment that the nation has ever seen.Two years on, Agni has graduated from university, and while she is still in awe and ever grateful for the positive force that her story has become, she also continues to fight the demons of trauma every single day. Read also: Victims of sexual abuse on campus seek justice, support on social mediaAgni is the pseudonym of a former female student of Gadjah Mada University who was allegedly sexually assaulted by another student in 2017 during a community development program in the province of Maluku.After a long and tiring legal fight, Agni and her legal counsel, the UGM rectorate, as well as the alleged perpetrator, HS, settled the case out of court.HS never got dismissed from the university, as per Agni’s demand. But her story reverberated across the country, inspiring petitions, policies, social movements and discussions to end sexual assault on campuses, not only at UGM but also in other universities in Indonesia.But even as she remains grateful for all that she helped inspire, Agni never really recovered from her trauma. Currently working in a private company, Agni said any information or news related to sexual assault could become a trigger.“I live alone now and I struggle every time I have these anxiety attacks; it takes me one to two hours to finally calm myself down. In those instances, I might hyperventilate, my chest would hurt, I’d feel a prickling sensation [on my skin] and my lips would go dry,” Agni said.She said she was really tired of trying to keep herself from inflicting self-harm. If a security camera were to be installed in her bedroom, there would definitely be a recording of her crawling across the floor in agony.“I wonder if people will be disappointed to see me like this,” Agni said.For a while, she stopped talking and stared at her bedroom wall.A student of Yogyakarta-based Gadjah Mada University (UGM) signs a petition to support Agni, the pseudonym of a UGM student who was allegedly raped by a fellow student in 2017, and to encourage the university to take action against sexual violence on campus. (The Jakarta Post/Bambang Muryanto)“Recently we’ve always used the word ‘survivor’ instead of ‘victim’ to show that we are strong,” she finally continued. “We tend to forget that survivors are first and foremost victims. I want people to know that most of the time I am fearful, I’m tired and I want to give up,” Agni said.According to a March report from the National Commission for Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan), the number of reported sexual violence cases in Indonesia continues to increase, from 259,150 in 2016 to 348,446 in 2017, 406,178 in 2018 and 431,471 in 2019.The report found that in the last 12 years alone, violence against women in Indonesia has increased eightfold.However, not much has been said about the impacts of sexual violence on the emotional and mental wellbeing of victims, even though experts say they can be equally serious or even worse than physical scars or bruises.According to the World Health Organization, one in every three women globally will be beaten, coerced into sex or abused in some other way — most often by someone she knows. Yet public services, such as quality mental health services, are rarely planned with women’s safety, recovery and healing from violence in mind.As a result of the trauma, many women survivors develop emotional or mental health problems that require timely, comprehensive and professional treatment. But too often, this critical health service is not available or accessible for a vast majority of survivors, especially in low- to middle-income countries.Read also: Mental health: The forgotten element in human developmentFor Agni, it took a long time for her to tell herself that it is OK not to be OK.“My message for other victims is that you should take all the time in the world to heal and that it’s OK to be weak and unapologetic about it. I’m not saying this to make you feel weak or say that you can’t be brave; what I want to say is do it on your own terms,” she said.“Be strong, but if you don’t feel like being strong, then reach out to your friends.”Agni said that after her case was closed, UGM never bothered to contact her again, not even to check on her mental health. And under the current laws, victims of sexual assault like Agni are not entitled to get help from the government, including for their mental recovery.Victims, she said, are never really given the opportunity to recover.“What we can do is help them go through that [trauma],” she said.It was, therefore, pivotal to have the sexual violence bill passed, as it would require the government to provide rehabilitation services for victims to overcome the physical, psychological and social impacts of abuse.“It’s expensive and sometimes the victims don’t realize that they need to recover. If this is well regulated, then […] they’d be directed to it,” she said.Contacted separately, Lidwina Inge Nurtjahyo, a lecturer at the University of Indonesia’s (UI) School of Law, said that although some sexual assault cases at UI remained unresolved and the university had not done enough to aid in the victims’ recovery, Agni’s story had brought about some major changes in how it addressed sexual assault.“Agni, like her name, means [in Sanskrit] a fire that lights up the spirits of students and lecturers in universities who are fed up with issues of sexual assault on campus,” Inge told the Post recently.As a result, she said, the university had started conducting workshops on how to prevent sexual assault, which included familiarizing the concepts of consent and respect for other people’s bodies.Read also: UI rebuffs criticism of consensual sex classAgni’s story has also inspired other student movements like UII Bergerak, which seeks to push the Indonesian Islamic University in Yogyakarta to take cases of sexual assault on campus more seriously.“Agni’s case has raised awareness about the gender struggle, especially in Yogya,” said Sabiq Muhammad, a member of UII Bergerak.“Antisexual violence causes or cases similar to that of Agni’s used to be an open secret, but since the solidarity movement for Agni began, these discussions have gotten much more attention.”People march to mark the 2020 International Women’s Day in Yogyakarta on March 8. The march raised awareness about the fight against sexual violence at universities in the city. The pictured sign reads: “Sexual assault on campus is more dangerous than the coronavirus.” (JP/Bambang Muryanto)Like UGM, many universities and schools have started drafting regulations on sexual assault on campus and included relevant learning materials during campus orientation.Agni’s case has also inspired news coverage on sexual assault on campus, including the #NamaBaikKampus (#CampusReputation) collaboration.The project, initiated in 2019 by the Post, Tirto and VICE Indonesia, revealed indications of rampant sexual abuse in the country’s higher education institutions, based on the testimonies of 174 survivors from 79 state, private and religious universities.As the person at the center of this movement, Agni said she felt there was still a long way to go until women in Indonesia could start feeling safe.“As long as the government is still absent [in this fight], we will just be exhausting ourselves,” she said.But she also believes it is progress whenever more victims of sexual assault speak up and reach out for help, even if it is on social media.“People are ready, they really need this bill […] If they speak up on social media, then they believe somebody will trust them. But these are people on the internet, not the state,” she said.“Without the sexual violence bill, there will always be a gap between those who muster up the courage to seek justice and the things that can help them reach their goals.”Topics :last_img read more

Foreign buyers retreat from national housing market, but not Qld

first_imgThe latest FIRB report reveals foreign investment in Australia’s housing market has fallen, but demand for Queensland property remains steady.The figure is almost unchanged from 18 per cent in 2016/17.It’s a different story nationally, with the number of residential real estate approvals peaking in 2015/16 at 40,000, with a proposed investment value of $72.4 billion, before plummeting to just 10,000 in fiscal 2018.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoChina accounts for the majority of residential real estate approvals.Carrie Law, chief executive of Chinese real estate website, said that while Chinese demand for residential real estate nationally had fallen, a recovery was on the way. China accounts for the majority of Australia’s residential real estate approvals. Photo: Anthony Wallace/AFP.“The FIRB data is already nine months old,” Ms Law said.“The data is finally starting to reflect what happened last year. Chinese buying dropped off significantly due to foreign buyer taxes and capital controls. “Our data suggests the fall in Chinese demand is over. “We expect Chinese buying to be flat in 2019.” The latest FIRB report reveals foreign investment in Australia’s housing market has fallen. Image: AAP/Joel Carrett.THERE has been a dramatic fall in foreign investment in Australia’s housing market, but demand for Queensland property remains steady.The latest Foreign Investment Review Board report reveals the value of approvals for foreign investment in residential real estate nationally fell $17.5 billion over the 2017/18 financial year to $12.5 billion.Queensland received 17 per cent of all residential real estate approvals last financial year, with an investment value of $1.4 billion — more than the ACT, Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Tasmania combined.center_img The latest FIRB report reveals foreign investment in Australia housing is waning. Image: AAP/Joel Carrett.Ms Law said Chinese buying in 2017-18 was most impacted by three factors — the unexpected canceling of promised mortgage loans by Australian banks, higher foreign stamp duty taxes and capital controls making it more difficult to move money from China.More than 17 per cent of all residential properties found to be in breach of foreign investment rules in 2017/18 were in Queensland.A recent report from found demand from Chinese buyers for the Brisbane housing market actually rose 35 per cent in the 12 months to May 2018.last_img read more