DeSoto County High School counselor arrested for having sex with student

AdvertisementOn March 23, a controlled call was placed to Blanden over Facebook messenger, according to APD investigators. He made several omissions regarding having sex with her and told her not to tell anyone. Arcadia police found and arrested Blanden after that. Investigators said he denied all allegations saying he only mentored her. It appeared to investigators that the relationship went on from January to March of this year. AdvertisementTags: ArcadiaDeSoto CountySchoolsexual battery AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Advertisement DESOTO COUNTY, Fla. – A school counselor at DeSoto County High School was arrested for having sex with a student multiple times. The Arcadia Police Department confirmed Bruce Blanden Jr., 40, was arrested on 10 counts of sexual battery. The 17-year-old student reported to Arcadia police that she had a sexual relationship with the school counselor. Arcadia police said the relationship began after the student went back to school after Christmas break this year. The student told investigators the relationship continued and they would have sex in Blanden’s office during school hours when he called her down from class. Arcadia police said Blanden had sex with the student on eight separate occasions in his office. RELATEDTOPICS Arcadia taco truck attracts pilots from all over Florida June 16, 2021 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Man admits to sexually battering a child to DeSoto deputies June 3, 2021 DeSantis signs bill requiring moment of silence in Florida schools June 16, 2021 Florida school board to rename six schools named after Confederate leaders June 7, 2021 Advertisement read more

Surprise as Fianna Fail Councillor pips TD to win Euro nomination for Ireland South

first_imgHome News Surprise as Fianna Fail Councillor pips TD to win Euro nomination for… News Surprise as Fianna Fail Councillor pips TD to win Euro nomination for Ireland South GAA Facebook GAA WhatsApp TAGS2019 European ElectionsFianna FailMalcom Byrne 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Facebook Twitter Pinterest Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Previous articleBrilliant victories for Laois minor ladies football and camogie teamsNext articleTwo famous special guests to appear at Portlaoise St Patrick’s Day parade Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Fianna Fail have chosen their candidate that will run in the Ireland South constituency, which now includes Laois, and it is something of a surprise.Wexford Councillor Malcom Byrne will represent the party in the constituency after he saw off his rivals – including a sitting TD in the form Cork’s Billy Kelliher.The Gorey man was selected following a competitive convention race, in the Minella Hotel in Clonmel, Tipperary. GAA WhatsApp There was drama last night as local Fianna Fáil county councillor Eddie Fitzpatrick withdrew his name as a candidate – but he didn’t rule himself out of the running entirely.Cllr Fitzpatrick is from Cloneyhurke just outside Portarlington and a councillor for the Edenderry District of Offaly County Council.Fianna Fail Party HQ have indicated that their convention will select just one candidate for the new Ireland South constituency. But Cllr Fitzpatrick says he will be putting himself forward if they choose to pick another candidate through an interview process, as they have done for their General Election teams in many cases around the country.So that meant that today’s vote was between TD Billy Kelliher from Cork, Cllr Malcolm Byrne from Wexford and Jason Fitzgerald, also from Cork – with Byrne prevailing.Cllr Byrne, a member of Wexford County Council since 2009, is the current head of communications with the Higher Education Authority.He has previously held positions with the National Youth Council of Ireland and the Union of Students in Ireland.Meanwhile, Fianna Fáil members selected sitting TD Brendan Smith to represent the Party in the Midlands North West Constituency at a vote on Friday night.The line-up for who will be on our ballot paper in the summer is becoming a lot clearer now.Sitting MEPs Sean Kelly and Deirdre Clune will once again represent Fine Gael as well as Wicklow TD Andrew Doyle who is the current Minister for State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture.People Before Profit have chosen Adrienne Wallace while Sinn Fein are expected to select sitting MEP Liadh Ni Riada too.Meanwhile, Labour have chosen Wicklow native Shiela Nunan to run for them.The European Elections take place on May 24, the same day as the Local Elections.Laois and Offaly are now in the five-seat Ireland South constituency along with the six Munster counties as well as Kilkenny, Carlow, Wicklow and Wexford.SEE ALSO – Nine Talking Points as Laois keep push for promotion to Division 2 alive Pinterest Twitter By Alan Hartnett – 16th March 2019 last_img read more

Row over lack of information on Rathdowney ‘refugees’

first_img By John Whelan – 30th April 2019 GAA TAGSRathdowneyrefugee WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Facebook Home News Row over lack of information on Rathdowney ‘refugees’ News Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Facebook Previous articleIn Pictures: Two Laois men receive medals from Pope Francis for services to the ChurchNext articleShocking scenes as Laois Ladies club football match abandoned following mass brawl John WhelanJohn Whelan has been a journalist, commentator, columnist, political analyst, campaigner, politician and publisher ever since he was 17. Having been Editor of the Leinster Express, Offaly Express and the Leinster Leader he has also contributed extensively on a number of issues to all of the country’s flagship titles and programmes including the Irish Press, The Irish Independent, the Star, the Sunday Independent, the Sunday Business Post, The Sunday Times and Prime Time. He is founder of Communicate Ireland a PR, public affairs, event management and media services company.He is the author of the popular camping blog, Vanhalla – Camper Heaven. WhatsApp Row over lack of information on Rathdowney ‘refugees’ GAA There was a bit of an argy bargy at the monthly Council meeting this week with contrasting views on the treatment of refugees coming to Ireland and in particular the secrecy and lack of information forthcoming from the Department of Justice.A number of refugees have recently arrived in Rathdowney but no one seems to know from where, how many or how long, according the Cllr Brendan Phelan.He said that everyone wanted what was best for these refugees but it was impossible to find out any information as to who or where they are from. The local speculation is that they are the refugees that were assigned to Laois from Syria.But Director of Services for Housing, Mr Michael Rainey disabused councillors of this notion. He said that the Syrian refugee families totalling 110 people were due in Laois in September and these were being accommodated under the Syrian Refugee Project in Portlaoise, Mountmellick and Portarlington in co-operation with the Department of Justice and with Clúid voluntary housing association.“We are not involved at all in Rathdowney, these are not Syrians as far as I am aware but other nationalities. We have no further information on that the Council is not involved at all.“That is part of the Direct Provision system, which we’re not involved. We have no details at all on anything that’s happening in Rathdowney,” explained Mr Rainey.The Chairman John King said that his understanding was that the situation in Rathdonwey was an overflow from the centre in Abbeyleix and that is temporary.“Well that’s the first we’ve heard of it and there’s absolutely nothing in Rathdowney for them, it’s not fair on them,” asserted Cllr Phelan, who again decried the lack of any proper information or consultation.“It’s only temporary,” maintained Cllr King.“How long is temporary, how long is a piece of string,” responded Cllr Phelan, insisting that the local community should have been engaged just as happened in Abbeyleix.“How long are they in the Montague,” asked Cllr Willie Aird, the implication being that was also supposed to be temporary.Cllr Phelan said that the refugees needed to be helped as much as possible and local people wanted to do that, but to achieve that you need information and consultation, so as to stop speculation. How many refugees are coming, 17 or 70, he asked?Cllr Phelan revealed that he had tried to be discreet on the issue. He had written to the Minister for Justice in March seeking information and to date had not even received a reply.“We need to stop the speculation. This is the first I heard of it today that they are not Syrians and that the Council has nothing to do with it. Where are the facilities for them? That premises they are in is only partially rebuilt following a fire. It was never used before for accommodation or even a B&B. What about integration, language supports, are they going to the local schools. It’s a very small premises, what’s going on,” Cllr Phelan rattled off his concerns.Cllr Tom Mulhall said that there was no consultation either when the asylum seekers first showed up in the Montague Hotel, next to where he lives. “Since 2007 they live there, they stay there and they don’t interfere with anyone,” he said, apparently trying to offer some reassurance.But that’s not the way it went down.Cllr Pauline Madigan said she was appalled. “What about their mental health. I am genuinely concerned for these people.“I have met a woman out there who came here from Nigeria, a qualified doctor, still there after 11 years, just sitting there like in a mental institution, unable to look after herself much less anyone else,” stated a visibly upset Cllr Madigan.Cllr Brendan Phelan said that’s what he was warning about and what about the young children.“They’re not infringing on the community or anybody, that’s all, that’s the point I was making,” explained Tom Mulhall.“What’s that mean, that’s exactly what I’m talking about. They should be part of the community,” retorted Cllr Madigan.Cllr Mulhall said they had been accepted and welcomed into the local schools and he had been part of that process.Cllr Padraig Fleming was supportive of his colleague’s Cllr Madigan’s outlook. He said these families are from war torn countries seeking a new life and trying to move on.The direct provision in locations like the Montague are very sad places, not good for their mental health and difficult places to be on a long-term basis. He recognised the support of the local schools.“I simply don’t want to see someone stuck in Rathdowney in ten years’ time. I am just looking for a small bit of information to try stop the local speculation as to why these refugees who no one knows anything about have been stuck in a corner.“I have seen two young lads about 18 or 20 years of age wandering around the town and wondering where they have been landed, it’s not fair on them,” argued Cllr Phelan.“When I pass the people from the Montague I always say good morning and good evening,” continued Cllr Mulhall.“Tom, that’s not enough, that’s exactly what I’m talking about,” replied Cllr Phelan, decrying the Department of Justice for the secrecy and failure to engage at all with the local community in Rathdowney.SEE ALSO – Extraordinary Laois woman wins national award after coming from tragedy to strength 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Pinterest GAA last_img read more

CAC Urges Timely Planning in Back-to-School Preparations

first_imgAdvertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Planning, budgeting, making a list, shopping around, and spending wisely, are some of the recommendations that the Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC), is encouraging parents to consider, when shopping for back-to-school supplies.Communications Specialist at the CAC, Dorothy Campbell, emphasises the importance of parents separating wants from needs when planning and budgeting for back-to-school items for their children, in order to spend wisely.“You should start from a planning point, you should start where you sit the children down and tell them exactly what the situation is, how much you have to spend to get the things that are needed, and what will have to wait,” Miss Campbell advises.The next step, the Communications Specialist points out, is to “network with the school, teachers or parents, to find out what are the necessary items…the things that your child needs to have (on) the first morning of school. Make sure you understand what those things are, in order to determine the things that you can wait to acquire at the next pay cheque or the next few months.”Parents, she advises, should make a list of what is available at the school, since the institutions will, more often than not, provide items at a lower price than on the open market. A list, she adds, also allows parents to practice controlled shopping and prevent them from depending on memory and overspending.“Make sure that your child is aware of what is on the list, and do not allow him to manipulate you into buying things that you can’t afford or that are not on the list,” Miss Campbell warns, adding that once you have shifted the budget to the higher end, you might not be able to purchase anything else on the list that may be necessary.Another option, she informs, is for parents to seek advice from other parents, whose child attends the same school. This, she notes, may result in a further benefit, as those parents may offer second hand books and supplies.Miss Campbell also advises parents to pool with friends or other parents, in buying basic school supplies such as pencils, pens, art and craft items, and scrap books, in order to secure them at wholesale or bargain prices.Regarding longevity of purchases, the Communications Specialist stresses the need for persons to procure items that are of a high quality that will last for some time.“When you go out to shop for school items, make sure you understand the quality that you are picking up. Poor quality items only last a short time, then you have to replace it. It costs you more to replace these items than if you had just bought something of a better quality at a higher price,” she reasons.Turning to textbooks, which are critical to back-to-school shopping, Miss Campbell says parents should entertain the various options available, and settle on the one that best meets their budget.In instances where parents decide to purchase a new book from the bookstore, she directs them to the CAC’s Annual School Textbook Survey results, which will be available by mid-August at: .The survey will assist parents in “ascertaining where the best prices on new books are available, in their parish or town,” she tells JIS News. Otherwise, the Communications Specialist suggests that parents do comparisons, by calling or visiting bookstores in order to get the most competitive prices.Miss Campbell urges parents to exercise proper money management, and spend wisely when shopping for textbooks.“Try and find out exactly what the kids need for the term, and start with that immediate term. Do not try to shop for everything for the entire year and put yourself under unnecessary stress,” she advises.She adds that parents should avoid purchasing the wrong textbooks, by taking a copy of the booklist when shopping, rather than relying on memory.“It is important to match the author’s name, the volume, the book number, whether it is Book One or Book Two, (and) whether or not it is the revised edition. They have to check for these things, because each year, or very soon after one edition, you have a new edition being published,” Miss Campbell emphasizes.She further says that parents should “ensure that textbooks are wrapped, kept in good condition, and that no permanent marks are made in them. This way, you can sell or exchange them next term, thus reducing next year’s back-to-school expenses.”She also advises parents to explore all the possible options for sourcing textbooks, including the school book rental scheme, second hand books from family and friends, as well as from stores offering second hand books for sale.“We want to encourage persons to be smart, work out what is necessary, what is needed, manage the amount you have wisely, and remember the miscellaneous costs that pop up in the middle of the semester…don’t spend on the things that are not important for learning,” she warns.Miss Campbell suggests the following tips:. For school supplies, take advantage of bargains and buy multiple quantities that the child may need further in the year. If you purchase two pairs of shoes, pants or shirts, buy the second pair a size or two larger, as the child may grow by the time he or she is ready to use these items;. When buying notebooks, try getting those with hard covers as they tend to last longer;. Before purchasing new uniforms, examine those the child already has to see if they can still be worn, then decide how many additional ones are needed. (Some schools have ready-made uniforms available on sale to their students. This may prove less expensive than buying the fabric and accessories and having the garments made by a professional tailor or dressmaker). . When buying shoes, ensure they are of quality workmanship and fit properly. Avoid impulse shopping and ensure that you are getting the best quality. Check shoes for stitched or glued soles. Check to ensure that eyelets, laces and or buckles do not break or fall off easily. . Do not be fooled into thinking that ‘brand names’ are synonymous with better quality; the generic or not so popular brands may last longer. Insist on comfort and durability then incorporate style. . When buying ready-made clothes or having them made, ensure that buttons are sewn on strongly, zips work easily, there is a seam allowance, and that there are no loose threads to give the clothes an untidy appearance;. . When buying bags, you may be tempted to choose a stylish bag, rather than how practical and durable the design and fabric are. Remember these bags need to be durable enough for the weight of textbooks and other supplies.The Consumer Affairs Commission welcomes feedback from parents, who are also invited to call 926-1650-2 or visit its website at for further information. 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Barris-inspired ‘Golden Sahara’ custom makes Geneva debut with glowing tires

first_img RELATED TAGSNon-LuxuryGenevaGeneva Motor ShowNew VehiclesNon-Luxury See More Videos COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS At 150 lbs each, the tires can’t really be driven on the road, but are just translucent enough to let the LEDs glow through—and to set off one truly unique custom apart from anything else on the floor in Geneva. advertisement We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. The famous George Barris-inspired custom show car “Golden Sahara” made its re-debut at the Geneva Motor Show this week, having resurfaced and been restored after being hidden away for more than 50 years.According to Autoweek, the first 1953 Lincoln-based Golden Sahara was built by legendary customizer Barris in 1954.The Golden Sahara II, the successor to that car, was built in 1958 by Jim Street, and toured the world before being put in storage for more than half a century. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 The George Barris-built Golden Sahara custom show car  Goodyear Trending in Canada Some of the Golden Sahara’s wilder touches included the split taillights, designed to evoke a snake’s tongue; a central control stick in addition to a regular steering wheel; and even an early radar-braking system, something fairly standard on today’s cars.The real star of the show was the tires, though, specially made Goodyear “Neothane” tires, which were dubbed the “Gold Glass Slippers” when installed on the Golden Sahara II. In the 1950s and ’60s, the tires were made by spinning the coloured synthetic rubber around a metal form and letting them cool into the shape of the tires; they were illuminated via lamps from the inside.The deteriorating car was sold at Mecum auctions in May 2018 to Larry Klairmont for US$350,000, and then restored by Speakeasy Customs in Chicago for Larry’s museum, which is a treasure trove of rare one-off cars.Before tackling the restoration of the vehicle, Larry and Speakeasy owner Gregory Alonzo realized those tires would need to be reproduced, at an understandably great cost.But Goodyear was eventually convinced to craft a modern equivalent of the unique tires, now made of solid Neothane with a built-in programmable LED strip in the rim for lighting. PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Trending Videos ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

CU-Boulder Heritage Center Highlights 1956-63 University Changes

first_img Published: Dec. 30, 1997 Nearly 35 years after the end of his presidency at CU-Boulder, Quigg Newton returned to campus last fall for the opening of “A Changing University for A Changing World: The Newton Years.” The tribute at the CU Heritage Center documents world and local events from 1956 to 1963 and will be on display through March 1998. “CU was at an early stage of fundamental transition from being a good university to a more mature university with emphasis on education and research,” said Newton. “The role my colleagues and I played was to accelerate, but by no means complete, that transition,” Newton said. The period was marked by the Soviet Union’s launch of Sputnik and the subsequent efforts of the U.S. government to improve higher education. CU received increased funding and research grants as a result of the government’s mission. Existing programs were expanded and science and engineering research facilities were created, all becoming a tremendous catalyst for growth at CU. There also were clashes during the period over deeply felt issues including the distribution of left-wing papers on campus, racial tensions over the “Little Bit of Dixie” homecoming theme in 1959 and the notorious Sonny Grandelius football recruiting scandal. The display documents these and many other events with photos and clippings from the era. The Klauder model has been included in the exhibit because the concept of having a Design Review Board was developed during Newton’s administration, indicating a real commitment by the university to preserve the architectural design themes and building materials used by architect Charles Klauder. “Recent headlines identifying CU as one of the top 10 research universities in the country illustrate the results of efforts begun during the Newton administration to shape the University of Colorado into a modern research university,” said Kay Oltmans of the Heritage Center project. “The exhibit spans the decades from the developmental stages of this intellectual and physical plant expansion to current research and building projects.” Campus planning came into its own during this period of expansion. The Design Review Board was developed, and there was new respect for Klauder’s 1919 campus plan, after a respected firm updated the plan to accommodate 20,000 students. The “Newton Years” display includes a campus model showing changes in the campus plan. A long-range plan was in effect from 1963 to 1979 and today the Heritage Center is currently working from a 1990 plan with a new version planned for early 1999. The CU Heritage Center is located on the third floor of Old Main on the Boulder campus and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. Admission is free of charge, and the exhibit will run through March 1998. For more information call the CU-Boulder Heritage Center at 492-6329. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

Ministry of Health Promotes Breastfeeding

first_imgMinistry of Health Promotes Breastfeeding Health & WellnessMay 14, 2010 RelatedMinistry of Health Promotes Breastfeeding RelatedMinistry of Health Promotes Breastfeeding RelatedMinistry of Health Promotes Breastfeedingcenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Director of Health Promotion and Protection in the Ministry of Health (MOH), Dr. Eva Lewis-Fuller, is adamant that medical institutions involved in the delivery and care of infants, must become certified under the baby-friendly hospital initiative.This means that operators of the institutions must ensure that they maintain supportive health care practices crucial to breastfeeding promotion, and adhere to international standards mandated by the programme.“It is the policy of the Government that every hospital, where deliveries are taking place, should become baby friendly; no choice, not a voluntary thing, not resting on the whims and fancies of any member of staff,” she maintained.Dr. Lewis-Fuller made the assertion Thursday (May 13) at the National Stakeholders’ Sensitisation meeting on the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI), at Eden Gardens, Kingston. The programme was organised by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the United Nation’s Children Fund (UNICEF).Director of Health Promotion and Protection in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Eva Lewis-Fuller (left), makes a point to Director of Nutrition in the Ministry, Sharmaine Edwards (right), during a National Stakeholders’ Sensitisation meeting on the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) at Eden Gardens in Kingston Thursday (May 13).She said that, at present, although the national policy asks that all medical institutions become certified, only a few have stepped forward.“I think now is the time that we must move beyond that and make all those kinds of institutions baby friendly, accommodating breastfeeding, while the child is there, accommodating the mother to be there with the child, around the clock,” she said.Additionally Dr. Lewis-Fuller argued that it should not be left up to the institutions to decide whether or not they want to be re-certified, but it should be mandated.Assistant Director of Nursing at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), Ms. Pauline Lovindeer, said the first step in achieving the baby-friendly hospital initiative is for the management of every institution to adopt a policy.Director of Health Promotion and Protection in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Eva Lewis-Fuller (centre) in discussion with Director of Nutrition in the Ministry, Sharmaine Edwards (right) and Infant and Young Child Feeding Specialist at the United Nation’s Children Fund (UNICEF), Kenneth Russell, at a National Stakeholders’ Sensitisation meeting on the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) at Eden Gardens, Kingston on Thursday (May 13).“Policies have to be enacted and become meaningful through the Heads.We can make as many policies as we wish, but unless the Heads sanction those policies they will not go forward,” she said.She explained that the policy involves 10 basic steps, including the regulation that every facility providing maternity services and care for newborns must have a written breastfeeding strategy, that is routinely communicated to all health care staff and that staff must be trained in order to implement the plan.Providing an overview of the National Infant and Young Child Feeding Programme, Director of Nutrition in the Ministry, Mrs. Sharmaine Edwards, emphasised that it seeks to have mothers making the best choices for their children.She informed that the project is guided by the international standards put forward by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF, which includes the suggestion of exclusive breastfeeding for newborn infants for the first six months.“This is to follow with appropriate and safe complementary foods, with continued breastfeeding for two years or beyond,” she said.She also cautioned health care professionals from giving mothers the misguided notion that it is acceptable to feed babies breast milk substitutes. She said they should feed infants no food or drink other than breast milk for the first six months, unless medically indicated.To achieve its objective and sensitise the public, the Ministry has launched a two-year exclusive breastfeeding pilot project at four health facilities in two main parishes – Clarendon and St. Catherine.The two-year project, which commenced in May 2009, is seeking to increase the exclusive breastfeeding rates in the parishes by at least five per cent.There is also a nutrition surveillance pilot being carried out in the Kingston and St. Andrew region, with 10 health centres involved, to strengthen the nutrition surveillance system in Jamaica.Mrs. Edwards said that data collected in 2008 revealed that the rates for exclusive breastfeeding for Jamaica were way below international standards. They were at 43.4 per cent for the first six weeks and 33.7 per cent for the first three months. The globally accepted rate is 70 per cent at least at six weeks.Infant and Young Child feeding Specialist at UNICEF, Mr. Kenneth Russell, told health care professionals at the meeting that the objectives under the baby-friendly hospital initiative, and the exclusive breastfeeding project, had tremendous benefits for the health sector and were quite practical.“We have experiences from other countries that suggest to us that this is doable. In Cuba, for example, they made 49 of their 56 hospitals baby friendly and the results they saw was an increase in exclusive breastfeeding from 25 per cent to 72 per cent,” he revealed. Advertisementslast_img read more

Former Foreign Affairs State Minister testifies at Manatt/Coke Enquiry

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Former Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Dr. Ronald Robinson, today (February 14) gave his testimony at the Commission of Enquiry into the extradition request by the United States for Christopher Coke. During his testimony Dr. Robinson said he became aware of the extradition request through the electronic media in August 2009. Shortly after, Dr. Robinson said he was invited to a meeting at Vale Royal with ministers and officers of the Jamaica Labour Party, where discussion centred around the extradition request (with the main concern being the illegality of the wiretapping evidence). The former Minister of State also informed that he met with Prime Minister, Hon. Bruce Golding in September 2009. He said that at the meeting, which was also attended by attorney-at-law Harold Brady, he recommended that United States law firm Giuliani Partners be approached for assistance on the extradition matter. “The decision was taken that I should initiate the contacts with Giuliani Partners and that Mr. Brady could also initiate his contact in Washington of Mr. Frank Farenkopf. At the time, this was just to make contact and explain to them the situation that we were facing here to see what they could do to help,” Dr. Robinson said. He further testified that Mr. Brady made contact with Mr. Farenkopf while in Washington. During this meeting, Mr. Farenkopf suggested that Mr. Brady “may want to pursue the United States law firm of Manatt, Phelps and Phillips.”        Dr. Robinson said he later travelled to Washington, where he met with representatives of Manatt, Phelps and Phillips, and on his return to Jamaica, he said he went directly to Vale Royal to brief Mr. Golding on the trip. The Commission of Enquiry continues on Tuesday (February 15) with the cross examination of Dr. Robinson. Former Foreign Affairs State Minister testifies at Manatt/Coke Enquiry Foreign AffairsFebruary 14, 2011 RelatedFormer Foreign Affairs State Minister testifies at Manatt/Coke Enquiry Advertisements CONTACT: LATONYA LINTON RelatedFormer Foreign Affairs State Minister testifies at Manatt/Coke Enquiry RelatedFormer Foreign Affairs State Minister testifies at Manatt/Coke Enquirylast_img read more

Bar’s Professionalism Committee recognizes Bandy

first_img Rebecca BandyThe Bar’s Professionalism Committee presented its 2021 “Champion of Professionalism Award” to Rebecca Bandy, director of the Henry Latimer Center for Professionalism.The award recognizes “exemplary professionalism exhibited by an individual during the course of interacting with their peers and clients.”“Rebecca embodies professionalism every day in her role as director of the Bar’s Henry Latimer Center for Professionalism and I have been so proud to witness the center’s tremendous progress promoting professionalism while engaging Bar members and law students across Florida,” Bar President Foster-Morales said at January 12 virtual gathering.Committee Chair Ita M. Neymotin, the regional counsel of the Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel, Second District Court of Appeal, Past President Michael Higer, Judge Anthony Rondolino, and several committee members outlined Bandy’s professional attributes and expressed how much they appreciate her.  Bandy, a lawyer and teacher, joined the Bar staff in 2017.The award has previously been given to Henry Lee Paul, a past Florida Bar counsel, and Julian Holt, public defender of the 13th Circuit. Jan 13, 2021 Regular News Bar’s Professionalism Committee recognizes Bandylast_img read more

Senate Appropriations moves measure to expand property rights protections

first_img A Senate panel has approved a measure that would expand property rights protections under the 1995 Bert Harris Act, over the strong objection of local governments and environmental groups.The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 10-5 on April 20 to approve SB 1876 by Sen. Ben Albritton, R-Bartow. A companion, HB 421 by Rep. Jenna Persons-Mulicka, R-Ft. Myers and a land-use attorney, is awaiting a final House vote.Albritton said the measure was a “modest” expansion of the Bert Harris Act that would enhance property rights and encourage landowners and government regulators to compromise.“Private property owners are Florida taxpayers, that’s a fact,” Albritton said. “This is to protect farmers, industry, and homeowners.”The measure would, among other things, change the definition of pro-tected rights under Bert Harris to include “any legal interest in land,” including “subsurface, and mineral estates and any other relevant land interest held by a landowner.”Another provision would allow landowners who prevail in legal challenges to recover attorney fees from the time they file a notice of intent to sue, instead of the time they file a suit.That provision concerned Sen. Bobby Powell, D-West Palm Beach.“Would an increase in attorney fees and costs to a local government be viewed as an unfunded mandate?” Powell asked.“I don’t view it that way,” Albritton said. “My approach to it was a fair-ness mechanism.”David Cruz, general counsel with the Florida League of Cities, said he was concerned about a provision that would allow landowners to chal-lenge regulations before a permit application has been denied.Requiring a permit denial to trigger a Bert Harris claim creates a natural “funnel” that limits challenges, Cruz said.“The bill removes that funnel and would allow cases to get to the court as soon as the local government adopts those changes,” he said. “It’s very favorable to private property owners, and that is very concerning to our local government members.”Albritton countered that a landowner shouldn’t have to spend thou-sands of dollars on engineering studies and permit applications they know will be denied.Landowners would still be required to follow a process that encourages negotiation and settlements, Albritton said.But Sierra Club lobbyist David Cullen warned that oil and gas companies would be more encouraged to challenge drilling restrictions.“We believe it will give rise to expanded exploration…and a wave of lawsuits designed to intimidate government agencies,” he said.Jane West, speaking on behalf of the environmental group 1,000 Friends of Florida, said taxpayers would be forced to defend lawsuits filed against water management districts, the Florida Department of Transportation, and Florida Department of Environmental Protection.But Sen. Dennis Baxley, R-Lady Lake, praised Albritton for sponsoring the legislation.“I’m proud to see the Senate do something to protect private property rights,” Baxley said. “Property owners are real people too, they have risks.” Senate Appropriations moves measure to expand property rights protections Apr 21, 2021 By Jim Ash Senior Editor Top Storieslast_img read more