Hillsborough Bar collects clothing for Iraqi children

first_imgHillsborough Bar collects clothing for Iraqi children When a Wesley Chapel attorney serving in Iraq with the U.S. Army Reserve contacted the Hillsborough County Bar in February to request assistance in providing clothing for the children of poor villagers, it didn’t take long for the bar members to step up to the task.Capt. Peter C. Richard wrote the HCBA describing the peril of the Kirkush, Iraq, children. They live in small mud homes adjacent to the brick factories where their parents work. Capt. Richard — a military advisor to the new Iraqi Army and deployed with the 98th Army Reserve Training Division from New York — explained that many of the children have no shoes and very little clothing and asked if members of the bar could collect used children’s clothing to ship it to him for distribution to the children.The HCBA established partnerships with several businesses and firms to collect the clothing and has sent more than 1,200 pounds of clothing to the children, including shoes and a few toys. The first shipment was received by Capt. Richard in late April.“It is a wonderful feeling to bring a little joy to the lives of people who normally have a very difficult existence,” Capt. Richard said in an e-mail to the HCBA. “This village lacks the most basic of human services. There is no running water, electric lines, sewer systems, telephones, or adequate roads. These people live in absolute squalor.”Richard said while the clothes were being distributed he was approached by a woman in a black Burka holding a child.“She asks me via my interpreter, who I will call Mohammed, if we have brought any doctors or medicine for her child,” Richard said. “While the women talks to me I look down at her young child and see a visibly sick young girl in front of me. There is little that I can do for the poor child during our visit, but I tell her that I will contact the American authorities to arrange a visit by a doctor or nurse in the near future. I explain to her that I cannot promise anything at this point but I would look into it. For a moment my heart sinks as I say goodbye to this women and turn to walk away. There are so many problems here in Iraq from 25 years of wars and opulent spending by Saddam Hussein.”Richard is married and has three sons. He only moved to Florida last July. Before comming to Florida he practiced in the Suffolk County Executive Office, specializing in municipal real estate and general litigation. In Iraq Richard is attached to the Coalition Military Assistance Training Team. His 10-man team consists of two majors, a captain, and seven senior sergeants who advise, train, and mentor an Iraqi battalion. “It is very interesting,” Richard said. “It is supposed to be a Special Forces mission but the Special Forces are stretched so thin that it was given to a Reserve Training Division.”The team advises the new Iraqi Army on legal matters including the Iraqi Code of Military Discipline and mentors the Iraqi soldiers on conducting combat operations. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone in the Hillsborough Bar Association who donated these clothes, St. Jerome Catholic Church in Largo, and especially to Janet McGuire [public relations coordinator for the HCBA] who worked tirelessly to collect the clothes, box them, and ship them to Iraq. I wish you all could see the looks on the young faces as we handed out the clothes. Thank you!”Others assisting in the project include Meredith Wester of Mechanik Nuccio Williams Hearne & Wester; Caroline Black of Sessums, Mason & Black; Paul Hoffman of Hyde Park Paper; Modular Mailing; a women’s garden club in Lutz, and the U.S. Post Office. Hillsborough Bar collects clothing for Iraqi childrencenter_img July 1, 2005 Regular Newslast_img read more

4 unique Valentine’s Day gifts for under $15

first_imgValentine’s Day is right around the corner – Wednesday, Feb. 14. Luckily, there’s still time to impress your sweetie with something clever that won’t drain your wallet. Here are four unique but inexpensive ideas.“What I love about you” journalIf you want to express your love but you’re no poet, this sweet little book is for you. Each page contains a fill-in-the-blank entry, such as “I love your taste in _____” or “I love the stories you tell about _____.” The structure prevents writer’s block, while the blanks allow you to customize the book to perfectly suit your partner. You can make it funny, romantic or racy, however you choose. This book also makes a great anniversary gift. Available for $9.95 on Amazon Prime.Gummy Xs & OsGood ol’ Trader Joe’s never disappoints, and this Valentine’s Day is no exception. This year, TJ is offering gummy candies shaped in adorable X and O shapes. Packaged in an adorable old fashioned bag design, the gummies are clear, pink and red. Perfect for sharing with your love or playing a delicious game of tic tac toe. Only $2.99 for a 14-oz bag.Pink Himalayan Salt MassagerFoodies and natural health enthusiasts will love this 6 oz round sphere made from 100% natural raw Himalayan crystal salt. Heat in the microwave or chill in the freezer to give your sweetie a hot stone or ice cold massage that eases tension. The stones also exfoliate and mineralize the skin, providing healthy magnesium and 84 other minerals and trace elements that alkalize the body. Sold at Urban Outfitters for $8.00.Zodiac mugIf your Valentine loves astrology, American Eagle Outfitters zodiac mugs are a perfect gift. Each mug is a generous 22-oz size (that’s larger than a Starbucks venti) and features a lovely blue and gold constellation design. Inside each mug is a sweet message that says “get it, girl.” It comes in a nice box, too. Get yours for $14.95 at ae.com. 33SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Heather Anderson Heather Anderson covers consumer financial news for CUInsight.com, offering readers tips on budgeting, setting and achieving financial goals, and developing a healthy relationship with money. She is co-founder of … Web: www.financialfeed.com Detailslast_img read more

Croatian offer of health tourism presented for the first time at the French fair Termalies

first_imgThe representative office of the Croatian National Tourist Board in France presented the Croatian offer of health tourism at a specialized fair Thermalies, which took place until February 4 in a representative space under the famous pyramid of the Louvre Museum. This is the largest fair event of its kind in this part of Europe, which attracted about 300 exhibitors and at which Croatia, as a destination for health, SPA and thermal tourism, presented itself for the first time and aroused great interest of the gathered visitors.Kristjan Staničić, Director of the CNTB Head Office, also commented on the appearance at the Termalies fair, emphasizing the importance of health tourism as a product that is growing at an annual rate of 15 percent worldwide. “Health tourism is unquestionably important for Croatia as a tourist destination, it is one of our most prominent products with a long tradition and history and is one of the tourist products that will be the focus of promotional activities of the Croatian Tourist Board. In that sense, we organized a performance at the specialized fair Termalies, during which we presented to the French public all important information related to the offer, regulation and coverage of services in Croatia by French health insurance and prices that are lower for certain health services than in France”, said director Staničić, adding that France is one of the most developed European markets when it comes to health tourism.During the four days, the fair was visited by more than 35.000 visitors who were introduced to numerous European and world spas specializing in thermal and / or sea water treatment, but also for treatment and rehabilitation with mineral waters and sludge in natural spas. Numerous workshops were held as part of the fair, and Croatia presented itself to numerous visitors through a conference “Croatia, a new attractive European destination for health tourism and good physical and spiritual shape”. New brochures of the Croatian National Tourist Board were distributed to all interested visitors of the fair “Croatia, full of health” and a list of spas, specialized hospitals and hotels, as well as spas with thermal and sea water.Photo: HTZThat France is an extremely potent market for the development of thermal tourism and other forms of health tourism is confirmed by Danijela Mihalic-Djurica, Director of the CNTB Representation in France. “This type of tourism in France is practiced by almost all categories of people and is by no means the privilege of the rich. Namely, 12 percent of the population practices various forms of health, ie thermal, thalasso and spa tourism every 3 to 6 months. Considering the fact of a large number of those who practice forms of health tourism, the great potential that Croatia, along with other comparative advantages, has in the French emitting market is evident. That is why this fair was an exceptional opportunity to present the tourist offer of Croatia, for which there is interest throughout the year”, Said Mihalić-Đurica.During 2017, more than 540.000 arrivals of French tourists were realized in Croatia, which is an increase of 9 percent and a record 2,1 million overnight stays, which is an increase of 5 percent compared to 2016.Source: CNTBlast_img read more

Criticism of Trump is completely valid

first_imgRe Jan. 19 letter, “Criticism of Trump is off base, unfair”: Liberals do get it, but we can see by who you voted for that you don’t. Trump’s straight talk, as you call it, is gibberish. Sadly and more importantly, it’s very dangerous, Trump is the new Comedy Central. Get a grip. Or better yet, move down to D.C. and help your guy, who is failing on all fronts. It seems you forgot the disaster of an economy President George W. Bush and lying Vice President Dick Cheney handed to President Obama on Jan. 20, 2009. Americans with brains didn’t. That why President Obama was re-elected by more then 50 percent, and that percentage has not happened since Reagan.You also seem to have forgotten the saved economy Obama handed to the Mr. “I-haven’t-done-a-thing-but-tweet,” you elected on Nov. 8, 2016. Hillary Clinton was the smartest, most experienced person this country has had in our modern era to run for president. You said it well. Yes, we the people are fed up — with Trump.Diane Sanders HombachSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Schenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcyMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Offices: Laudable Leeds

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Governor Wolf Announces Start of $49 Million Pittsburgh Area Lead Line Replacement Project

first_img Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Public Health Harrisburg, PA – The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) completed settlement today on a $49 million construction project to replace drinking water lead service lines in the distribution systems of the Morningside, Homewood, Perry, Mount Washington, Southside and Greenfield neighborhoods in the City of Pittsburgh.“We are pleased to be able to help the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority proceed with this important project,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “By helping the authority rebuild its water system with innovative financing, we are keeping our citizens healthy, supporting viable communities, and restoring and protecting the quality of life that will sustain Pennsylvania for future generations.”The PENNVEST Board of Directors unanimously approved funding for this project October 17, 2018. Funding is in the form of a $35.4 million low-interest 1 percent loan and a $13.6 million principal forgiveness loan. The money used for this project is from the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund, capitalized through the Environmental Protection Agency.“We’re extremely grateful for the support from the PENNVEST Board, Governor Wolf, DEP, our local legislative delegation, and Mayor William Peduto that helped make this award a reality,” said PWSA Executive Director Robert Weimar. “The combination of PENNVEST grants and low-interest loans will reduce the burden placed on our ratepayers to fund this critical public health initiative in Pittsburgh.”Work includes replacement of 2,800 residential public lead lateral connections, including 2,400 private lead service lines (LSL) in the city. Private portions of LSL replacement will remain under PWSA control for the life of PENNVEST financing, through a customer agreement. Full line replacement is being done to protect customers from increased lead levels associated with partial line replacement. Costs are based upon bids received.For more information, visit www.pennvest.pa.gov or call 717-783-6798. Governor Wolf Announces Start of $49 Million Pittsburgh Area Lead Line Replacement Project March 08, 2019center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Marijuana Is More Dangerous Than You Think

first_imgThe Wall Street Journal 4 January 2019Family First Comment: “The number of Americans who use cannabis heavily is soaring. In 2006, about 3 million Americans reported using the drug at least 300 times a year, the standard for daily use. By 2017, that number had increased to 8 million.”And the link to violence including family violence should cause NZ to pause and think.www.VoteNo.nzAs legalization spreads, more Americans are becoming heavy users of cannabis, despite its links to violence and mental illnessOver the past 30 years, a shrewd and expensive lobbying campaign has made Americans more tolerant of marijuana. In November 2018, Michigan became the 10th state to legalize recreational cannabis use; New Jersey and others may soon follow. Already, more than 200 million Americans live in states that have legalized marijuana for medical or recreational use. Yet even as marijuana use has become more socially acceptable, psychiatrists and epidemiologists have reached a consensus that it presents more serious risks than most people realize.Contrary to the predictions of both advocates and opponents, legalization hasn’t led to a huge increase in people using the drug casually. About 15% of Americans used cannabis at least once in 2017, up from 10% in 2006, according to the federal government’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health. By contrast, almost 70% of Americans had an alcoholic drink in the past year.But the number of Americans who use cannabis heavily is soaring. In 2006, about 3 million Americans reported using the drug at least 300 times a year, the standard for daily use. By 2017, that number had increased to 8 million—approaching the 12 million Americans who drank every day. Put another way, only one in 15 drinkers consumed alcohol daily; about one in five marijuana users used cannabis that often.And they are consuming cannabis that is far more potent than ever before, as measured by the amount of THC it contains. THC, or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, is the chemical responsible for the drug’s psychoactive effects. In the 1970s, most marijuana contained less than 2% THC. Today, marijuana routinely contains 20-25% THC, thanks to sophisticated farming and cloning techniques and to the demand of users to get a stronger high more quickly. In states where cannabis is legal, many users prefer extracts that are nearly pure THC.Cannabis advocates often argue that the drug can’t be as neurotoxic as studies suggest because otherwise Western countries would have seen population-wide increases in psychosis alongside rising marijuana use. In reality, accurately tracking psychosis cases is impossible in the U.S. The government carefully tracks diseases such as cancer with central registries, but no such system exists for schizophrenia or other severe mental illnesses.Some population-level data does exist, though. Research from Finland and Denmark, two countries that track mental illness more accurately, shows a significant increase in psychosis since 2000, following an increase in cannabis use. And last September, a large survey found a rise in serious mental illness in the U.S. too. In 2017, 7.5% of young adults met the criteria for serious mental illness, double the rate in 2008.None of these studies prove that rising cannabis use has caused population-wide increases in psychosis or other mental illness, although they do offer suggestive evidence of a link. What is clear is that, in individual cases, marijuana can cause psychosis, and psychosis is a high risk factor for violence. What’s more, much of that violence occurs when psychotic people are using drugs. As long as people with schizophrenia are avoiding recreational drugs, they are only moderately more likely to become violent than healthy people. But when they use drugs, their risk of violence skyrockets. The drug they are most likely to use is cannabis.The most obvious way that cannabis fuels violence in psychotic people is through its tendency to cause paranoia. Even marijuana advocates acknowledge that the drug can cause paranoia; the risk is so obvious that users joke about it, and dispensaries advertise certain strains as less likely to do so. But for people with psychotic disorders, paranoia can fuel extreme violence. A 2007 paper in the Medical Journal of Australia looked at 88 defendants who had committed homicide during psychotic episodes. It found that most of the killers believed they were in danger from the victim, and almost two-thirds reported misusing cannabis—more than alcohol and amphetamines combined.The link between marijuana and violence doesn’t appear limited to people with pre-existing psychosis. Researchers have studied alcohol and violence for generations, proving that alcohol is a risk factor for domestic abuse, assault and even murder. Far less work has been done on marijuana, in part because advocates have stigmatized anyone who raises the issue. Still, there are studies showing that marijuana use is a significant risk factor for violence.A 2012 paper in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, examining a federal survey of more than 9,000 adolescents, found that marijuana use was associated with a doubling of domestic violence in the U.S. A 2017 paper in the journal Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, examining drivers of violence among 6,000 British and Chinese men, found that drug use was linked to a fivefold increase in violence, and the drug used was nearly always cannabis.Before states legalized recreational cannabis, advocates predicted that legalization would let police focus on hardened criminals rather than on marijuana smokers and thus reduce violent crime. Some advocates even claim that legalization has reduced violent crime: In a 2017 speech calling for federal legalization, Sen. Cory Booker (D., N.J.) said that “these states are seeing decreases in violent crime.”But Mr. Booker is wrong. The first four states to legalize marijuana for recreational use were Colorado and Washington in 2014 and Alaska and Oregon in 2015. Combined, those four states had about 450 murders and 30,300 aggravated assaults in 2013. In 2017, they had almost 620 murders and 38,000 aggravated assaults—an increase far greater than the national average.Knowing exactly how much of that increase is related to cannabis is impossible without researching every crime. But for centuries, people all over the world have understood that cannabis causes mental illness and violence—just as they’ve known that opiates cause addiction and overdose. Hard data on the relationship between marijuana and madness dates back 150 years, to British asylum registers in India.Yet 20 years ago, the U.S. moved to encourage wider use of cannabis and opiates. In both cases, we decided we could outsmart these drugs—enjoying their benefits without their costs. And in both cases, we were wrong. Opiates are riskier than cannabis, and the overdose deaths they cause are a more imminent crisis, so public and government attention have focused on them. Soon, the mental illness and violence that follow cannabis use also may be too widespread to ignore. —Mr. Berenson is a former New York Times reporter and the author of 12 novels. This essay is adapted from his new book, “Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness and Violence,” which will be published by Free Press on Jan. 8.https://www.wsj.com/articles/marijuana-is-more-dangerous-than-you-think-11546527075last_img read more

2012 Calypso finalist to challenge non-finalist at this year’s Testing the Best Competition

first_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Share 2011 new comer Black DiamondThe annual Testing the Best Calypso competition, now in its 5th year has taken on a new format as the 2012 Calypso finalists will challenge the non-finalist.The show which is organized by the Marriage Engaged Encounter of the Catholic Church pairs calypso singers who must sing each other’s song.The Calypsonian who performs their colleague’s song the best is adjudged the winner.For the last four years, the Calypsonians were given the opportunity to dip and sing whichever Calypsonian’s name they received. However, this year that format has been abandoned as the organizers announced a new format at the launching on Thursday evening.One of the organizers, Alvin Knight told the launching that they are presenting a different show dubbed “Challenging the Best”.“Five of the 2012 Calypso non finalists;, those who thought that they should have made it to the finals will be challenging five of those who actually made it to the finals. It’s going to be a tag team between finalists and non-finalists and in the middle of that refereeing the tag team showdown will be the powerful Young Bull”.2011 Calypso Monarch Tasha PThe non-finalists who have agreed to participate in this year’s event are Beno, Comforter, Lugars, Hunter and Black Diamond.Those finalists who have agreed to participate are Web, Tasha P, Explosion, Checko and Karessah.Hunter will sing Explosion’s song, Beno will sing Tasha P’s song, two 2011 new comers Black Diamond and Checko will face each other, Comforter will sing Karessah’s and Mighty Lougars will Web’s song.This year the finalists from the Show Down Mas Camp; Dice, Soul Puss, Vigilante, Sye and Bobb they will not take part in the competition.Dominica Vibes News will seek clarification from the Show Down Mas Camp organizers as to the reason for this decision.The event scheduled for the 2nd of June at the Newtown Savannah.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img 28 Views   no discussions LocalNews 2012 Calypso finalist to challenge non-finalist at this year’s Testing the Best Competition by: – April 20, 2012 Sharelast_img read more

Arsenal midfielder nears Serie A return

first_imgArsenal are close to letting Lucas Torreira leave London for Fiorentina — but only once a pending loan move for Dani Ceballos is confirmed. The Sun believes that Ceballos is close to sealing a second loan spell from Real Madrid and, should the deal go through as expected, Torreira will then return to Serie A for between £21m-£24m. Torreira struggled to cement a starting place in Mikel Arteta’s side last season, as the Uruguayan made just 17 starts.Advertisement Loading… Promoted Content8 Shows That Overstayed Their WelcomeThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A Vegan10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without RechargingTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do This7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your PhoneThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreNothing Compares To Stargazing Places Around The Worldcenter_img Read Also: Juventus trying to skip passport saga with SuarezArteta is keen to raise some cash in an effort to continue to rebuild his Gunners side ahead of the new season, with Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partay and Lyon’s Houssem Aouar at the top of his wishlist. Fiorentina are willing to pay £8m for the 24-year-old this season, with the option of a further £16m next summer. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Man City top players test positive for coronavirus

first_imgManchester City have confirmed that Riyad Mahrez and Aymeric Laporte have tested positive for coronavirus.Both players will now undergo a period of self-isolation and the club confirmed that neither player is showing any symptoms of the virus. Laporte has reassured fans of his health, tweeting alongside a selfie: “Thanks everyone for your messages, everything is going as well as possible, I am following the protocol for the next few days and I will be back soon take care of yourself.”Though the Premier League returns this Saturday, Pep Guardiola’s side do not play their first game until September 21 when they travel to Molineux to face Wolves, due to their involvement in the latter stages of the Champions League in August.However, City sources have told The Telegraph that they expect the pair to be back in advance of the match against Wolves.The positive tests will be of concern to the Premier League generally though, with the new season starting in five days.City said in a statement: “Manchester City FC can confirm that Riyad Mahrez and Aymeric Laporte have tested positive for Covid-19. “Both players are currently observing a period of self-isolation in accordance with Premier League and UK Government protocol on quarantine. Neither is displaying symptoms of the virus.“Everyone at the Club wishes Riyad and Aymeric a speedy recovery ahead of their return to training and the new season.”Mahrez, 29, and Laporte, 26, are not the first professional footballers to test positive for the virus in recent weeks.PSG star Neymar last week contracted COVID-19 after a holiday in Ibiza, as did team-mates Angel Di Maria and Leandro Paredes.Manchester United star Paul Pogba tested positive for coronavirus alongside Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, while meeting up for international duty with France. Chelsea were also rocked by a host of their stars contracting the virus two weeks ago, with six players testing positive.Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham, Christian Pulisic and Fikayo Tomori were placed into isolation after a break to Mykynos in Greece.Jorginho, Ross Barkley, Emerson and Michy Batshuayi have also stayed away from Chelsea’s Cobham training base, although it is not known which six players tested positive.Elsewhere in the Premier League, Wolves winger Adama Traore tested positive ahead of joining up with his Spanish international team-mates last Tuesday.RelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians A total of 14 positive tests were recorded from the 12 Premier League clubs who returned to training ahead of the new season three weeks ago.Tags: Aymeric LaporteCOVID-19Manchester CityPositive TestRiyad Mahrezlast_img read more