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Image of the Day: Countdown for Armed Forces Day Begins

first_img View post tag: Naval Training & Education View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Countdown View post tag: forces This year’s national event is being held in Stirling on Saturday 28 June. Plans are well underway to create a programme of activities for military personnel, their families, veterans and visitors to make this a truly memorable occasion everybody can enjoy. [mappress]Naval Today Staff, March 20, 2014; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: Image: View post tag: begins Image of the Day: Countdown for Armed Forces Day Beginscenter_img View post tag: day View post tag: Navy Today marks the start of the 100-day countdown to this year’s UK Armed Forces Day. The day is a chance for the nation to show its support for the men and women of the armed forces for their contribution to UK. Share this article View post tag: Armed March 20, 2014 Back to overview,Home naval-today Image of the Day: Countdown for Armed Forces Day Begins last_img read more

US Navy Expands Fleet with USNS Lewis B. Puller

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today US Navy Expands Fleet with USNS Lewis B. Puller US Navy Expands Fleet with USNS Lewis B. Puller Authorities View post tag: americas View post tag: US Navy View post tag: Navy June 16, 2015center_img Share this article View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval View post tag: USNS Lewis B. Puller The US Navy’s first Afloat Forward Staging Base (AFSB) variant of the Mobile Landing Platform, USNS Lewis B. Puller, was delivered to the Navy in San Diego, June 12.Built by General Dynamics NASSCO, delivery of the ship follows a series of at-sea tests and trials in San Diego.The Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) AFSB variant is optimized to support a variety of maritime-based missions with an added flight deck, berthing, fuel storage, equipment storage, and repair spaces.The MLP program comprises five ships across two variants in support of the Maritime Prepositioning Force (MPF) and an AFSB initiative. USNS Montford Point (MLP 1) and USNS John Glenn (MLP 2) were delivered and are currently serving in the fleet. MLP 4, also an AFSB variant, is under construction and a fifth AFSB ship is planned for procurement in fiscal year 2017.[mappress mapid=”16234″]Image: US Navylast_img read more

PREMIERE: Hear Marvel Years & JuBee’s New Uplifting Electro-Soul Track

first_imgThe guitarist and producer Marvel Years (also known as Cory Wythe) has been witnessing a meteoric rise within the electro-soul and glitch-hop dance scene as of late. Marvel Years stands out from the rest of the pack because of his unique sound, which fuses his masterful and soulful guitar stylings with his characteristic sound that draws on glitch, retro-funk, classic rock, soul, jazz, hip-hop, and more. Since bursting onto the scene a few years ago, the young producer has earned the support of big names such as Pretty Lights and GRiZ.Today, Marvel Years is releasing a brand new single titled “Bigger Than We Feel” featuring rapper and vocalist JuBee. Like Marvel Years, the charismatic Colorado-based rapper is similarly quickly gaining fame within the EDM scene, with his patented throwback sound that fuses 1970’s funk with progressive southern rap securing him sit-ins with Pretty Lights at The Gorge and Northerly Island and Michal Menert at Red Rocks. “Bigger Than We Feel” is an uplifting and inspiring effort from the two rising stars. JuBee’s catchy and confident vocals pair perfectly with Marvel Year’s expertly produced and laidback electro-soul groove, with all the parts coming together to create a tune that’s a true pleasure to listen to.As Marvel Years told Live For Live Music about the new number, “The lyrics in this track really speak for the times. It’s an uplifting tune with a positive message inspiring personal and emotional growth. Despite the chaos we’ve been seeing around the world and how that makes us feel, we need to realize that we’re all a little bigger than we feel and we all play an important role into shaping our future.”Live For Live Music is proud to premiere Marvel Years new collaboration with JuBee, “Bigger Than We Feel”, below. For more information on Marvel Years, you can head over to his website here. For more information on JuBee, check out his Facebook page. “Bigger Than We Feel” is now available on all streaming services here. Enjoy the Spotify stream, and the lyric video below!last_img read more

Toubab Krewe Announces 2019 Spring Tour

first_imgToubab Krewe, the genre-defying quintet from Asheville, NC will embark on a 22-show tour throughout the months of February, March, and April. The band continues to support the release of their fourth album, 2018’s Stylo. The album is available on vinyl, CD, and also as a custom seed box containing eight seed varieties with proceeds going to Seed Programs International.The tour begins in Atlanta, GA on Wednesday, February 6th at Aisle 5, followed by a live performance on Adult Swim’s streaming talk show, FishCenter Live. Toubab Krewe will then head to New Orleans for a two-night run at the Maple Leaf the following nights on Friday, February 8th and Saturday, February 9th.The tour will head west in March, starting with a seven-night run of shows in Colorado, including a double-billed performance with George Porter Jr.‘s Porter Trio at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver on Friday, March 15th. In April, Toubab Krewe will make their long-awaited return to the west coast, where they’ll play ten shows over eleven nights stretching from Phoenix to Seattle, with notable stops in Los Angeles and San Francisco. The Krewe will then return to New Orleans for its yearly pilgrimage to Jazz Fest where they’ll team up with The Nth Power for an April 30th show at the legendary venue, Tipitina’s.See below for a full list of upcoming Toubab Krewe tour dates. For ticketing and more information, hit the band’s website.Toubab Krewe 2019 Spring Tour Dates2.6 Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 52.7 Atlanta, GA @ FishCenter Live2.8 New Orleans, LA @ Maple Leaf Bar2.9 New Orleans, LA @ Maple Leaf Bar3.15 Denver, CO @ Cervantes Masterpiece3.16 Nederland, CO @ Caribou Room3.17 Steamboat, CO @ Old Town Pub3.20 Ft. Collins, CO @ Hodi’s Half Note3.21 Vail, CO @ Shakedown Bar3.22 Winter Park, CO @ Ullrs Tavern3.23 Basalt, CO @ The Temporary4.10 Phoenix, AZ @ Last Exit Live4.11 Los Angeles, CA @ The Mint4.12 Santa Cruz, CA @ Moe’s Alley4.13 San Francisco, CA @ Boom Boom Room4.14 Nevada City, CA @ Crazy Horse Saloon4.16 Arcata, CA @ Humboldt Brews4.17 Redding, CA @ The Dip4.18 Bend, OR @ Volcanic Theatre4.19 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge4.20 Seattle, WA @ Nectar Lounge4.30 New Orleans, LA @ Tipitina’sView Tour Dateslast_img read more

Fighting for disarmament

first_imgAfter researching the devastating humanitarian effects of the deadly cluster munitions used in Afghanistan in 2002, Bonnie Docherty joined a worldwide campaign to eliminate them. Six years after she started her probe, cluster bombs were banned. Her investigation on the use of cluster munitions in Afghanistan, and later in Iraq and Lebanon, was highly influential in a 2008 treaty, which 118 states joined in banning of these weapons.For Docherty, a lecturer on law and a senior instructor at the International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School, the battle to protect civilians from unnecessary harm continues.Last month, Docherty traveled to Geneva to advocate for stronger regulations on incendiary devices, which she calls “exceptionally cruel weapons” that have been used in Syria, Libya, and Ukraine. Docherty, who is also a senior researcher in the arms division at Human Rights Watch, recently sat down for an interview to talk about these weapons, killer robots, and her guiding principle: to protect civilians from suffering caused by armed conflicts. GAZETTE: Before you became a disarmament advocate, you were a reporter for a local newspaper. Can you tell us about this part of your life?DOCHERTY: After college, I was a reporter for The Middlesex News, now the MetroWest Daily News, outside of Boston, for three years. I covered mostly local news, government meetings, environmental issues, but I had the opportunity to go to Bosnia and embed with the peacekeepers for about 10 days in 1998. There was an Army lab in my town, that’s how I got the invitation to go to Bosnia. I had been interested in armed conflicts, but that trip definitely increased my interest in that field.GAZETTE: How did you make the jump from suburban journalism to human rights and disarmament issues?DOCHERTY: After I left the newsroom, I went to Harvard Law School. Right after graduation, I went to Human Rights Watch, which was a perfect mix of journalism and law because you go out in the field and you apply the law to what you find. My start date was Sept. 12, 2001, by happenstance, so whatever was planned was changed. Six months later, I was in Afghanistan researching the use of cluster munitions, which was my first exposure to disarmament issues.GAZETTE: What are cluster munitions, and why are they so dangerous?DOCHERTY: Cluster munitions are large weapons, such as bombs or rockets that contain dozens or hundreds of small munitions called submunitions. They’re problematic because they have a broad area effect — they spread over the size of a football field — and because many of them don’t explode on impact and lie around like landmines and explode in years or decades to come.GAZETTE: How did your involvement with cluster munitions begin?DOCHERTY: I went to Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, and later Georgia to document the use of these weapons. I’ve spoken with dozens of victims of cluster munitions, but the story I remember the most is when I was in Lebanon with two students from Harvard Law’s International Human Rights Clinic in 2006. We were there doing field research after Israel used cluster munitions in Lebanon. We were at a restaurant, and someone asked us to go to the town of Halta immediately. When we arrived, we found out that two hours earlier a 12-year-old boy had been killed by a cluster submunition. He had been playing with his brother, who had been throwing pinecones at him. The boy picked up something to throw back at his brother. It turned out to be a submunition. His friend said, “Oh, no. That’s dangerous, drop it,” and when he went to throw it away, it exploded next to his head. When we were there, they were still cleaning up the pool of blood from his body. The Lebanese army found 10, 12 submunitions lying around right next to a village, waiting to kill or injure civilians, farmers, children.GAZETTE: Your research on cluster munitions led you to become one of the world’s most widely known advocates against these weapons. How did this happen?DOCHERTY: After years of raising awareness about the issue through field research, interviewing victims, witnesses, and military officials, I got actively involved in the campaign to ban them. This led to negotiations that lasted 15 months and ended up in a treaty that absolutely banned cluster munitions, which was adopted in 2008. That was the most rewarding professional experience of my life: to be part of the process from raising awareness to taking part in the campaign to seeing them banned. It was also great that I was able to involve students in all this work. They went on a field mission to Lebanon, saw the treaty negotiation, and helped write advocacy papers that were distributed to diplomats. To share that experience with them was really amazing.GAZETTE: The convention banned the use of these weapons. Are these weapons still being used?DOCHERTY: Unfortunately, they are still being used, but not by the over 100 states that have joined the treaty. Those that have used them are certain countries that have no respect for international law, most notably Syria in recent years. There has been reported use in Ukraine, Yemen, and Libya. That’s something we want to condemn and work to eradicate, but the convention has had an impact on the countries that have joined and increased the stigma against the use of cluster munitions.GAZETTE: Has the United States ever used cluster munitions? What other countries have used them?DOCHERTY: The United States has not joined the treaty, but it has been influenced by the stigma of the treaty, and since the invasion of Iraq in 2003, it has only used cluster munitions in Yemen in 2009. After that, the United States has complied with the prohibition on the use of cluster munitions. The other major users are Israel, Russia, and the United Kingdom. The most egregious user is Syria’s Assad regime, which intentionally and recklessly has used these problematic weapons on civilians repeatedly in recent years.GAZETTE: After cluster munitions, you turned your attention to incendiary weapons. What are those?DOCHERTY: I continue to work on the implementation of the treaty on cluster munitions, but over the past few years I’ve been researching the use of incendiary weapons. These are weapons that create fire or injure by burning. The classic incendiary weapon is napalm. In my mind, these weapons are among the cruelest that exist today. They burn people to the bone. And for those who survive, treatment is required, which is likened to being flayed alive because doctors have to slough off the dead skin. The weapons also cause long-term deformities, psychological trauma, and victims have trouble reintegrating into society. While all weapons cause awful harm, these weapons are particularly cruel, to my mind.GAZETTE: I understand you were in Geneva recently to take part in the session on conventional weapons, which include incendiary weapons. What were you doing there?DOCHERTY: I was in Geneva with two students to release a paper on what should be done to strengthen international law on incendiary weapons. There is a treaty that regulates these weapons and was adopted in 1980, but the treaty is rather weak. Its definition doesn’t include all weapons with incendiary effect, most notably white phosphorus, which has been used a lot in recent years. It’s not only a smoke screen. When white phosphorous comes in contact with skin, it can burn you to the bone, and when you take off the bandages, your wounds can reignite. Also, the regulations for ground-launched weapons are weaker than for airdropped ones, and from a victim’s perspective, it doesn’t matter whether a weapon comes from the air or the ground. There is a reason to close these loopholes. An absolute ban would have the greatest humanitarian impact, but we’re calling on states to at least close the loopholes and amend the current treaty to make it stronger.GAZETTE: Where are these weapons being used?DOCHERTY: Again in Syria, which has been the most egregious user in recent years, but Human Rights Watch documented their use in Ukraine, and there have been allegations of use in Libya and Yemen. The Syria example sticks out for me. There is a report that came out recently and includes photos of children completely charred. It’s just unimaginable to comprehend the horror they must have experienced.GAZETTE: Of the weapons you’ve researched, which one is the biggest killer of civilians?DOCHERTY: Perhaps in terms of scale, it’s explosive weapons when they’re used in populated areas. Explosive weapons can be rockets, missiles, bombs, or mortars, anything that explodes. An effort began this year to create a new international political commitment to try to curb the use of explosive weapons in populated areas. We recognize we can’t bring an end to urban warfare. That’s not our goal, but these particularly dangerous weapons should not be used in urban areas.GAZETTE: Your research has focused on governments’ use of these weapons. Did you find non-state armed groups that are using these weapons?DOCHERTY: We documented the use of cluster munitions by Hezbollah. It’s frightening because it shows that these dangerous weapons are getting in the hands of non-state armed groups as well as countries. During the Lebanon-Israel war, I spent a week in Israel with a team of students researching the Hezbollah attacks on populated areas. Ten days later, I was in Lebanon doing research on Israel’s use of cluster munitions, with another team of students. And during the Gaza-Israel conflict in 2006, I researched both sides. The Palestinian rockets launched from Gaza into Israel were handmade and intentionally targeted civilians. The Israelis responded with artillery attacks in towns and villages that killed more civilians than the handmade rockets. We found international law violations on both sides.GAZETTE: If you could compare governments and non-state armed groups, which one violates more international humanitarian law with the use of these weapons?DOCHERTY: I’ve done more research on the use of these weapons by government forces than their use by non-state armed groups. But my research has included Hezbollah, Hamas, and various groups in Gaza. It’s a sign of the proliferation and its dangers, which is one reason why we don’t want these weapons in the wrong hands.GAZETTE: You have said all the work you’ve done falls under humanitarian disarmament. Could you explain what that is?DOCHERTY: Humanitarian disarmament’s goal is to end civilian suffering rather than protecting national security. It began in the 1990s with the Mine Ban Treaty. The Convention on Cluster Munitions was the next big step. Both treaties embody humanitarian disarmament because they seek to eliminate civilian harm caused by problematic weapons. My guiding principle is to try to minimize the effects of armed conflicts as much as possible and protect civilians from the suffering caused by war.GAZETTE: Lately, you’ve begun research on killer robots. Could you tell us what those are and why we should be concerned about them?DOCHERTY: Killer robots are also known as fully autonomous weapons. They don’t exist yet, but they’re in development. A killer robot would be able to identify a target and choose to fire on that target without any meaningful human control. They’ve been described as the third revolution in warfare after gunpowder and nuclear arms. They’re being developed in the United States, Israel, Russia, China, the United Kingdom, and South Korea. They’re a step beyond drones. A drone has a human making the kill decision. With fully autonomous weapons, you’d lose that human intervention. We find that deeply disturbing. And in my mind and in the minds of many others, that’s a threshold that should not be crossed.GAZETTE: What will be the focus of your research in the next few years?DOCHERTY: I’ll continue to work for stronger regulation of incendiary weapons, and also on killer robots, which are now at the top of the international disarmament agenda.The field of humanitarian disarmament can be a slow process, but it can ultimately be successful. When I first went to Afghanistan to research cluster munitions in 2002, it was hard for me to imagine that six years later there’d be an absolute ban with the majority of states having joined in. I’m optimistic that in most cases determined advocacy, ongoing awareness, and research and documentation can lead to good disarmament results.This interview has been edited for clarity and length.last_img read more

This Week’s Picks! Elisabeth Moss, An American in Paris & More

first_img View Comments Feel the Romance at An American in Paris Begins March 13 at the Palace Theatre Terrific things come from Paris: fashion, fattening desserts, and easy-to-imitate accents. Add another. After a stint in the city of lights, An American in Paris—based on the classic 1951 Gene Kelly musical—finally begins performances on Broadway soil. Get ready for terrific dancing (led by Robert Fairchild, Megan’s brother), enchanting George Gershwin music, and old school romance aplenty. This was practically made for date night, so ditch the Netflix and get going. Click for tickets! Spend the Morning with Elisabeth Moss March 12 on ABC Elisabeth Moss is currently starring in The Heidi Chronicles and is in the upcoming final season of Mad Men. So, there will be tons to discuss when she chats with Kelly and Michael. It should be a good time. We only hope that Moss knows it’s present day and doesn’t walk out in a suit with giant shoulder pads or some other early ‘90s fashion atrocity. Let’s hope she reads this! Lose Yourself at Finding Neverland Begins March 15 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre Aside from being a terrific peanut butter, Peter Pan is an amazing story. Author J.M. Barrie’s journey to his artistic achievement, however, is equally compelling. Glee’s Matthew Morrison returns to Broadway as Barrie, a tortured soul whose creative and personal life turns around when he meets widow Sylvia Llewelyn Davies (Laura Michelle Kelly) and her four boys. Kelsey Grammer, Carolee Carmello, and Teal Wicks also star in this new musical. Click for tickets! Kick Off Spring with the Rockettes Begins March 12 at Radio City Music Hall It isn’t spring until the snow melts and the tourists start wearing their double-pleated shorts/white walking shoes combo. The crappy weather still doesn’t dim our excitement for the Rockettes’ New York Spring Spectacular. The new show features Tony winner Laura Benanti, Derek Hough of Dancing with the Stars, and, of course, the Rockettes in a story of three New Yorkers who change each other’s lives. Expect 3-D special effects, large-scale puppetry, and glorious gams. Click for tickets! Hey, you, hitting the gym for spring break—why bother? Things are getting good in New York. High-profile shows are opening left and right and the weather doesn’t resemble the inside of your freezer anymore. (Well, it kinda still does, but it’s almost over!) This week features the debut of three new musicals, and a night of stars performing for charity and more. Stay where you are, and bask in this week’s picks! Celebrate Broadway Opposite Day March 9 at the Al Hirschfield Theatre Being philanthropic is usually a one-way street. Broadway goes both ways. When you make a donation, you get entertained! With the 10th anniversary of Broadway Backwards, your ticket fee not only supports BC/EFA and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center of New York City, you get gender-reversed performances from all-stars like Norm Lewis, Tony Yazbeck, Lena Hall, and more. Top that, UNICEF! Your move, March of Dimes! Click for tickets!last_img read more

SMA drug test

first_imgBy Rebecca AyerUniversity of GeorgiaAthens, Ga. – Researchers at the University of Georgia have beenawarded a $425,598 subcontract to develop a human embryonicstem-cell–derived test for screening drugs capable of treatingspinal muscular atrophy, the No. 1 genetic killer of childrenunder 2 years old.The subcontract was awarded through the Spinal Muscular AtrophyProject to speed up the process of developing safe and effectivetreatment of SMA.The SMA Project is a model translation program established by theNational Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke at theNational Institutes of Health. Its goal is to identify andcomplete preclinical research and develop candidate therapeuticsfor treating SMA by late 2007.The UGA team hopes to have the first assay ready in one year.”All the talk surrounding stem cell research has focused on celltherapy,” said Steven Stice, one of UGA’s Georgia ResearchAlliance Eminent Scholars and the project’s principalinvestigator.”We hope this will be the first use of human embryonic stem cellsin human medicine,” Stice said. “Our goal is to have an immediateimpact on health issues through better ways of identifyingpromising drug therapies for diseases like SMA.”Spinal muscular atrophy is a group of inherited and often fataldiseases that destroys the nerves necessary for voluntary musclemovement, such as crawling, walking, head and neck control andeven swallowing.According to the NIH, one in every 40 people is a genetic carrierof the disease. One in 6,000 babies is born with it. And of thechildren diagnosed before age 2, half will die before theirsecond birthday.SMA is caused by a defect in the survival motor neuron gene 1(SMN1), which produces a protein necessary for all of the body’smotor neurons to develop and function.In people with SMA, limited amounts of SMN protein are providedby a second SMN gene (SMN2) and allow for the correct functioningof most of the body’s cells.However, the reduced protein levels produced by SMN2 aren’tenough to keep the neurons in the spinal cord from degenerating.Transgenic mouse models developed to study SMN function have beeninformative, Stice said. However, typical model systems, such asthe mouse, possess only one SMN gene. And research has found thatthe initial survival of human SMA patients depends on proteinproduced by the SMN2 gene, found only in humans.”The unique sensitivity of spinal motor neurons and configurationof SMN genes in humans make it essential for us to create abetter model to study the disease,” Stice said. “And the bestmodel would be a human one.”Stice and his group will establish two different, butcomplementary, human motor neuron systems using mixed motorneuron cultures derived using NIH-approved embryonic stem celllines owned and distributed by BresaGen, a private researchcompany in Athens.The cell-culture–based systems will be designed to test candidatedrugs’ ability to increase SMN protein levels.”We have good candidate drugs from studies in other systems,”said Michael Terns, associate professor of biochemistry andmolecular biology at UGA. “In addition, there are libraries ofcompounds available for testing to see if protein concentrationsgo up without having to know the mechanism behind it.”Michael and Rebecca Terns, both advisors on the SMA Projectcontract, have been studying the molecular functions of SMN1since their laboratory first cloned the gene in 1996.The Terns recently received a $300,000 supplement to theirexisting grant from the NIH to specifically examine the functionof SMN in motor neurons.”What our lab is trying to understand is why only spinal motorneurons are affected by a mutation in SMN when the gene isinvolved in mechanisms required for all cell functioning,” Ternssaid.(Rebecca Ayer is an information specialist with the Universityof Georgia Biomedical and Health Sciences Institute.)last_img read more

Mountain Mama: A Dream Comes True

first_imgWhen life handed eight-year old Abby lemons, she turned them into her dream kayak.Abby grew too big to fit into her kayak, and her parents told her that she would need to help contribute toward a new boat. Abby took their words to heart and started a lemonade stand to earn money to buy a new kayak.I met Abby a little over a month ago when I stopped by the lemonade stand she set up near the Cheoah River. I was so moved to see a little girl chase her dreams, her eyes wide and full of hope, that I went home and spent a Saturday night writing a blog post about Abby and her plan to turn lemons into a new pink Dagger Axiom.abby new boatBlue Ridge Outdoors readers responded, rallying for a little girl with a big dream. Momentum built and news of Abby and her lemonade stand reached the good folks at the Nantahala Outdoor Center (“NOC”) and Dagger. Chris Hipgrave from NOC, reached out and told me that NOC was partnering with Dagger to make Abby’s dream of a new kayak come true. He said, “There are so many parts of this story that I think are really cool, from a kid that saw something she really wanted and set out to get it to parents giving her a really valuable life lesson.”Last Thursday at a surprise party at NOC, female pro paddler Adriene Levknecht presented Abby with a custom made pink Axiom Dagger and helped her outfit it. Abby’s entire family attended, including her ninety-three year old grandfather.Abby was so surprised by the gift that she actually pulled her dad aside and asked him if he had brought the money she earned from selling lemonade so she could pay for the boat.One of the instructors who volunteers with the Nantahala Racing Club (“NRC”) to teach aspiring young paddlers, Kesha Thompson, said, “I think it is the first time I have seen Abby speechless.”Afterwards Abby brought her new boat to the NRC’s after school kayaking session. After the river session, Abby celebrated her birthday with her kayaking buddies, building sand castles and eating cupcakes with blue and red swirled icing along the river’s edge. According to her dad, Abby hasn’t stopped talking about her new boat. “She let us know that her boat WAS NOT going to stay in the garage with mine, but that it was going to hang on the wall in her bedroom. But not too high so she could get it down and go paddling.”13662405_10153691774823038_1369691141_oAbby also informed her parents that this boat would never be sold and if she has a little girl someday she’ll let her use it. Her dad sent me an email. “To say she loves the boat would be an understatement. It is so awesome.”  He thanked me for writing the initial story about Abby.But really I’m the lucky one. In a world too often consumed by negativity and defeatist views, Abby reminded us that there is another way. An eight -year old showed the world that dreams come true when we believe more in hard work than in doubt. She taught us to look at every lemon with a big-heart and seek possibility.More from Mountain Mama:last_img read more

Romance to lead Young Lawyers Division

first_imgRomance to lead Young Lawyers Division Mark D. Killian Managing EditorDeveloping closer relationships with local bar affiliates and continuing the division’s commitment to diversity and quality of life issues are some of the goals Mark Romance will pursue when he leads the Young Lawyers Division.Romance, 34, was voted into office by the YLD Board of Governors in April and will serve as president-elect in 2002-03 under incoming YLD President Juliet Roulhac. Romance, a commercial litigator from Miami, defeated JohnMarc Tomayo by one vote, 21-20, in a runoff to lead the YLD for the 2003-04 Bar year.YLD President Liz Rice said Romance’s leadership skills will serve the division well.“Mark is a take-charge person and when he sets his mind to something he will get it accomplished,” Rice said.Roulhac said she looks forward to serving with Romance.“He is easy to work with and is concerned with other people’s ideas,” Roulhac said.Romance said he takes personal satisfaction in trying to assist the young lawyers of Florida through the YLD’s continuing legal education programs and affiliate outreach projects. He plans to work closely with the young lawyer sections of the state’s voluntary bars to help them share ideas and promote their community service programs “throughout the state and nationally through the ABA.”“I also would like to promote a better awareness of what the Young Lawyers Division is doing for the young lawyers of Florida,” Romance said. “I would like to publicize more the good things that this board is doing for young lawyers.”Romance said his partners at Richman Greer Weil Brumbaugh Mirabito & Christensen — which has produced a number of Bar presidents — actively encouraged his participation in Bar work and wholeheartedly backed his bid for the YLD presidency. Romance also said he is eager to assist the administration of Bar President-elect Tod Aronovitz.“I think our CLE programs have really developed nicely over the last couple of years,” said Romance, who has been a representative on the YLD since 1998. “We really have great board members directing those activities, and I think the substance of our CLE programs has really developed.”Romance also said he will continue to push the division’s diversity and quality of life initiatives.“Our goal is to improve the quality of life for young lawyers by spreading the message that it is important and can be profitable for law firms to enhance the quality of life of its lawyers — young lawyers, particularly,” Romance said.Romance speculated that the YLD Board of Governors is one of the most diverse legal groups in the state, boasting 20 women, eight Hispanics, and five African Americans on its 49-member board.“One of my goals is to encourage more diversity in all of the Bar’s sections,” said Romance, adding that the way to accomplish that would be to urge section leaders to actively recruit more minority members and ask YLD members to join the substantive law sections.“Through our involvement we can demonstrate the advantages of being diverse and encourage more diversity within the sections and the Bar itself,” Romance said.Romance also encourages all young lawyers to become active in their local bar organizations.“I know there is a growing movement among young lawyers to effect change, and the only way to do that is to get involved,” Romance said.Romance received his J.D. from St. Thomas University in 1994 and his undergraduate degree from George Washington University in 1990. He is married to Connie Alzugaray Romance, who also earned a J.D. from St. Thomas in 1994, and they have two children, Isabella, 5, and Madeleine, 2. Romance to lead Young Lawyers Division June 1, 2002 Managing Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

How to find a credit card that’s right for you

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Whether you’re trying to pay off debt or save on gas, there’s a card that fits your needs.by: Trent HammCredit cards are incredibly useful financial tools. They make shopping quick and easy. They offer rewards for the purchases you normally make. They improve your credit, which helps you obtain loans and a mortgage. They also enable you to pay for things without liquid cash on hand. Those are a lot of benefits in one small package.However, not every credit card is right for everyone. Every person has a different story and different needs. Here are some ways to find a credit card that’s right for your situation.If you’re recovering from a bad credit history, your best solution is to find a secured credit card.With a secured credit card, you offer a deposit towards the credit limit, which provides the card issuer security. In the event that you don’t pay your credit card bill again, the company simply taps your deposit in order to pay the bill (and usually cancels your card). On the bright side, it is a normal credit card, so it will begin the healing process of fixing your credit history.Many credit unions offer secured cards, so if you’re struggling to rebuild your credit, stop by your local credit union and discuss the secured credit card options. continue reading »last_img read more