Mayor Jay Gillian swears in Chamber of Commerce officers during an installation dinner Wednesday. By Maddy VitaleDavid Allegretto was installed for another one-year term as Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce president during an installation dinner for the officers and board of directors Wednesday night.“This is a very active board, at the forefront of the business community,” said Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Michele Gillian at the beginning of the program. “David has done a fabulous job.”She also told the crowd at the historic Flanders Hotel that Allegretto has had the foresight to lead the chamber well. “We thank him for all he is doing,” she said.Mayor Jay Gillian conducted the swearing-in ceremonies of Allegretto and the officers and chamber members.Mayor Jay Gillian swears in Chamber of Commerce President David Allegretto for a second, one-year term.Allegretto is a financial advisor at Fortress Financial. When Allegretto was sworn in, he thanked Michele Gillian and her team, saying it is easy to work with them.“They do a ton for Ocean City. They are the heroes. We really appreciate all you do,” Allegretto said to Gillian, who thanked him for his words.After the ceremonies, Gillian spoke about the exciting year ahead for the business community. She said there are many reasons why the business community should be pleased with how things are going in Ocean City. There is a lot, she said, the community should be proud of.Ocean City continues to attract visitors with all of its amenities, from the beaches to the bay, to retail shops in both the Boardwalk and the downtown, to rides and other activities, Gillian said.Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Michele Gillian speaks about 2019 goals for the business community, with Chamber of Commerce Marketing Director Shawnda McGinnis at left.In 2018, the city was voted “America’s Happiest Seaside Town” by Coastal Living magazine, and for a seventh year in a row by a state poll, “New Jersey’s Favorite Beach.”To add to the city’s appeal, Gillian said, the business community continues to try and improve its offerings, including a cash-free app that will be discussed in more detail at a business summit next month.Gillian said the goal is to have all the businesses sign up to take advantage of the app and create an easy and new way for visitors to enjoy Ocean City. Whether it is used for amusement rides, retail transactions or dentist appointments, Gillian emphasized that it will make purchases more convenient for the visitors, residents and businesses.She also spoke of Girls Weekend and the annual fashion show that are planned in April. They are among exciting, upcoming events in Ocean City that will kickstart the 2019 tourism season, she noted.“Please be a part of shopping local,” Gillian stressed. “Ocean City is really a great place to live and invest. Really it is a special place, and it is all because of people like you.”The following individuals were installed as Chamber directors:At-Large DirectorsThree Year TermHeenan, Carol – Garden State ValuationJessel, Gary – Fox Real EstateBoard MembersOne Year TermAdams, Dean – Dean Adams Custom BuilderAdams, Robert H. – Tidelines Management Services, Inc.Allegretto, Dave – Fortress FinancialAromando, Tom – Fitzpatrick, Bongiovanni & Kelly, CPA’sBatastini, Jon – Loveland, Garrett & BatastiniBecher, Bob – Beach to Bay LandscapingBirch, John (Jake) – Merrill LynchCates, Lynn – Sun SeekersCesari, Brandie – Scarborough InnCiliberto, Tricia – OceanFirst BankCorcoran, Kevin – Wet N Wild Waverunner RentalsDavidson, Kim – Economic Development ConsultantDavis, Jane – Johnny B. Goode Ice Cream ParlorDukeman, Michael – Hobby Horse Ice Cream ParlorFrank, Cricket – Magton, Inc.Friedel, Becky – 7th Street Surf ShopGalante, Janet – 13th Street Bathhouse & BikesGallelli, Pat – Tahiti Inn & ApartmentsGill, Beverley – Island Beach GearGill, Patrick – Tackle DirectHalliday, Chris – Halliday ArchitectsHeist, Thomas – Heist Insurance AgencyHennessy, Jim – Heritage Surf ShopHohman, Walt – Ward’s PastryJohnson, Brett – Johnson’s ApplianceJones, Barbara – Servpro of CMCKennedy, Rebecca – Kennedy Custom Upholstery & Interior DesignLloyd, Michael – Sturdy Savings BankMcMahon III, William – McMahon Insurance AgencyMadden, Peter – Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach RealtorsMarotta, Nick – Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach RealtorsMcIntyre, Lynne – Yesterday’sMcGuckin, Mary – Shore Medical CenterPiriano, Winnie – The Road to Living WellPrice, Ryan – Price Brothers ConstructionReich, Eric – Reich Asset ManagementReimet, Mark – Ocean City Financial GroupSchultz, Aimee – JASM ConsultingSedberry, Ken – Berger RealtySpadafora, Tina – YoasisTalese, Patty – Jon & Patty’s Coffee Bar & BistroTeitler, Avery – Teitler & Teitler LawTomlinson, Don – Gleeson’s Audio VideoTown, Ronnie – Atlantic City ElectricVotta, Gloria – Remax at the ShoreWilliamson, Joan – Ocean City Coffee CompanyAt-Large Directors were re-installed:Broadley, Brian – Broadley’sFasy, Drew – Long & FosterHalliday, Scott – Halliday-LeonardWilson, Tony – Wilson Plumbing & HeatingOrganization RepresentativesOne Year TermBergman, Karen – Ocean City TourismBready, Damon – Ocean City Board of RealtorsDavidson, John – Somers Point Business AssociationDenney, Ron – Exchange Club of Ocean CityGillian, Jay – City of Ocean CityHayes, E. Marie – CMC FreeholdersKazmarck, Wes – Boardwalk MerchantsLoeper, John – Ocean City Historical MuseumMahar, Karen – Ocean City Free Public LibraryMcGinnity, Bill – O.C. Restaurant AssociationMcGuckin, Mary – Shore Medical CenterQuirk, Caitlin – Downtown Merchants AssociationReimer, Pastor Jay – Ocean City TabernacleReyes, Val – O.C. Hospitality AssociationTaylor, Kathleen – Ocean City Board of EducationFrom left, Ocean City Special Events Coordinator Michael Hartman, Director of Community Services Michael Allegretto and Boardwalk Merchants Association President Wes Kazmarck enjoy the night.Organization Alternates Bergen, Doug – City of Ocean CityClarke, Leslie – Ocean City Free Public LibraryDesiderio, Leonard – CMC FreeholdersDiGuglielmo, Kathleen – Ocean City Board of RealtorsGallelli-Keys, Cecilia – Ocean City Board of EducationGiles, Jessica – Shore Medical CenterJohnston, Marke – O.C. Hospitality AssociationJordan, Ozzie – Exchange Club of Ocean CityLisicki, Dana – Somers Point Business AssociationRobinson, Wood – Downtown Merchants AssociationWeber, Virginia – Ocean City TabernacleWesterman, Bill – Boardwalk MerchantsYoa, Andrew – OC Restaurant AssociationChamber members Beverly and Frank McCall enjoy the night.Chamber of Commerce installation dinner draws a crowd.Executive OfficersOne Year TermPresident: Allegretto, Dave – Fortress Financial1st Vice President: Frank, Cricket – Magton, Inc.2nd Vice-President: Adams, Robert H. – Tidelines Management Services, Inc2nd Vice-President: Aromando, Tom – Fitzpatrick, Bongiovanni & Kelly, CPA’s2nd Vice-President: Broadley, Brian – Broadley’s MDI2nd Vice-President: Gallelli, Pat – Tahiti Inn & Apartments2nd Vice-President: Jessel, Gary – Fox Real Estate2nd Vice-President: Halliday, Scott – Halliday-Leonard Contractors2nd Vice-President: McMahon III, William – McMahon Insurance Agency2nd Vice-President: Reimet, Mark – Ocean City Financial Group2nd Vice-President: Sedberry, Ken – Berger RealtySecretary: Lloyd, Michael – Sturdy Savings BankTreasurer: Birch, John (Jake) – Merrill LynchImmediate Past President: Heenan, Carol – Garden State ValuationChamber of Commerce members receive the oath of office from Mayor Jay Gillian.
Export meetings in Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands and Belgium indicate a strong demand for UK milling wheat in European markets this year, according to the Home Grown Cereals Authority (HGCA).Despite lower availability, some buyers in Spain said they expect to use more uks wheat than in previous years.Problems in sourcing the wheat they want from France, which experienced quality issues with this year’s crop, are encouraging buyers on the Continent to turn to UK grain, claimed the HGCA, which recently organised a series of export meetings.UK wheat varieties, such as Robigus and Claire, are sold on European markets under uks and ukp – wheat export brands launched in 2004 by HGCA for the overseas market, to provide a clear system of classification of UK wheat. Previous UK classifications did not always suit the export market due to the diversity of UK varieties and the different uses in the domestic and overseas markets.”The recent HGCA export visits were very encouraging about the prospects for UK wheat this season; uks wheat was particularly sought after and some buyers were willing to pay a premium,” said Emma Finn, HGCA exports manager.Spanish wheat buyer Joan Moreto, of Fils de Moreto, said: “I will use more uks this season, as I can’t get what I want from France – their quality is not good.”George Forbes, chair of HGCA’s British Cereal Exports Committee, said that reduced supplies meant there are few alternatives for Continental millers.
Kyle Hollingsworth, The String Cheese Incident’s keyboard wizard, is bringing his holiday-themed Hoppy Holidays 2018 to Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom on Saturday, December 8th. The event will occupy both sides of Cervantes’ dual-purpose venue, with Casual Commander, Exmag, Tnertle, and Nobide joining in on the beer-heavy activities. Kyle Hollingsworth’s Hoppy Holidays ’18 will benefit Conscious Alliance, the Boulder, Colorado-based national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to supporting communities in crisis through hunger relief and youth empowerment.Hoppy Holidays Soundcheck w/ Kyle Hollingsworth, The Infamous Stringdusters, & Kim Dawson – “Boogie On Reggae Woman”[Video: FatGuerilla]Tickets for Kyle Hollingsworth’s Hoppy Holidays 2018 go on sale Friday, October 5th at 10 a.m. (MST) via Ticketfly. Enjoy this goofy video Kyle shared on his Facebook below:[Video: Kyle Hollingsworth]Next up for Kyle Hollingsworth is his Rocktoberfest at Boulder’s Upslope Brewing Co., Saturday, October 13th. The annual beer festival and concert will benefit Conscious Alliance. For more information on the event and tickets, head here. As for String Cheese Incident, the band has a brief fall run with stops at Hulaween, Philadelphia, and Worcester, MA, before they bring the party home for a three-night New Year’s run at Broomfield, Colorado’s 1STBANK Center. For more information and ticketing information, head to the band’s website.
At a Meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on March 6, 2018, the following tribute to the life and service of the late Albert M. Henrichs was placed upon the permanent records of the Faculty.On June 14, 1969, Albert Henrichs arrived in Vienna from Cologne, carrying four lumps of ancient leather in a cigar box. An expert Austrian conservator, Anton Fackelmann gradually unpeeled what turned out to be 192 pages of a tiny book measuring 1.4 by 1.8 inches, written in Greek and dating from the fifth century CE. By evening the following day, Henrichs had transcribed the text. It was a sensation for the history of religion: a detailed tract about Manichaeism, a rival of Christianity founded in Mesopotamia in the third century by a young mystic called Mani, whose autobiographical account of his divine revelations is quoted in the text. Henrichs was 26. His publication of this astonishing codex together with Ludwig Koenen, curator of papyri at the University of Cologne, sealed his reputation as a wunderkind of classical scholarship.As a baby, Henrichs was rescued from the carpet bombing of Cologne to spend his early years in Bad Ems, originally a settlement on the northern border of the Roman Empire. After the war, American GIs barracked in a nearby villa made the cherubic toddler their mascot, spoiling him with oranges and peanuts; Henrichs later attributed his affinity for the United States to that early memory from a war-stricken childhood. Subsequently educated at Cologne (Ph.D., 1966), he spent two years working on the papyri collection at the University of Michigan, returning to Cologne for his Habilitation and then moving to the University of California–Berkeley in 1971. He was appointed with tenure at Harvard in 1973 at the precocious age of thirty; the achievement was nearly short-lived, however, when the family car was wrecked in an accident on the journey across the continent. In 1984 Henrichs was appointed the tenth Eliot Professor of Greek Literature, the first to have been neither born in the United States nor educated at Harvard.Henrichs’s training as a papyrologist afforded him a second sensational coup: the publication of 46 fragments from a second-century papyrus codex containing excerpts from a lurid Greek novel, “Phoinikika” (“Phoenician Saga”), by an otherwise unknown Lollianos. In it, a frank account of the protagonist’s loss of virginity pales into insignificance beside a subsequent episode, in which the protagonist, having joined a band of robbers in Egypt, participates in an act of human sacrifice and cannibalism, consuming the heart of a murdered boy to seal his oath of allegiance to the gang. All this Henrichs pieced together from a most daunting jigsaw of broken pieces. Unparalleled command of ancient Greek and its literature, profound knowledge of the religions of the ancient Mediterranean world, and the papyrologist’s tenacious attention to detail were hallmarks of his scholarship.Henrichs relished the opportunities provided by the American system to explore a greater variety of interests in his teaching and research. These took him further afield from papyrology, although the roots of his later interests can be traced to his earliest work. The most central of these interests — Dionysos, ritual, and the singing and dancing of the Greek chorus — came together in a series of highly influential studies of Athenian tragedy. Here Henrichs focused on the complex relationship between the rituals represented on stage and the performance itself as ritual practice, and more generally on tragic drama as a form of mediation between the real world of the audience and the imagined world conjured by the playwright, showing, for example, that the dancing of the tragic chorus, hitherto interpreted chiefly as a vestige of the ritual origins of tragedy, is a unique element of each play, crafted by the playwright to reflect an emotional response to the unfolding of the plot.Likewise, in Greek religion Henrichs did not abandon ritual as a hermeneutic tool, but shifted the spotlight to the essence of the Greek gods — their immortality, anthropomorphism, and power. Without ever succumbing to romanticism, he rescued the gods from reductive theories that had rendered them no more than social constructions, symptomatic of modernism rather than antiquity. Instead, he showed how to appreciate them as the ancient Greeks must have encountered them — numinous, mysterious, terrifying, unpredictable; simultaneously erotic, lethal, and holy. He was particularly fascinated by the ambiguous nature of ancient Greek sacrifice, with its osmosis between the categories of animal and liquid, Olympian and chthonic. His thought was never merely descriptive of ritual logic but showed a rare attentiveness to the existential and philosophical dimensions of the Greek religious imagination; he was a phenomenologist as well as an historian of religion.In his latter years, with his halo of white hair and rotund form, Henrichs resembled Silenos, a prominent figure in the boisterous revelry accompanying Dionysos, his favorite god and a persistent theme in his scholarship. His scholarly publications — nearly 200 in all — always bloomed afresh, rooted in the history of scholarship, which he knew intimately, and harvesting a wide variety of evidence not limited to the textual record. The reception of Dionysos in modern culture also fascinated him, as did writers and cultural icons as varied as Goethe, Mark Twain, Yeats, Jim Morrison, and Lawrence of Arabia. His writing, whether in his native German or (flawless) English, was clear, compelling, and electric with insight. In 1990, aged 47, he delivered the Sather Lectures at UC Berkeley, the pinnacle of scholarly recognition for a Classicist. He was also elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.As a teacher, Albert Henrichs was unforgettable. His learning was legendary, yet in every class he approached the text with the excitement of somebody discovering it for the first time. He taught until shortly before his death, stopping only when he could no longer reach Boylston Hall. He mentored young scholars far beyond the walls of Harvard. At home, his hospitality was worthy of a devotee of Dionysos. He is mourned by generations of devoted students and colleagues the world over, and by his wife, Sarah; his children by his first marriage, Markus and Helen; their mother, Ursula; and two grandchildren, Magdalena and Julian.Respectfully submitted,Kathleen M. ColemanGregory NagyKimberley C. PattonDavid F. Elmer, ChairPortions of this Minute were previously published by Kathleen M. Coleman, “In Memoriam: Albert Henrichs,” Society for Classical Studies, April 27, 2017, https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/memoriam-albert-henrichs?page=4.
MGN ImageSEATTLE – A patient infected with the novel coronavirus in Washington state has died, a state health official said Saturday, marking the first death due to the virus in the United States. “It is a sad day in our state as we learn that a Washingtonian has died from COVID-19,” Gov. Jay Inslee said in a statement, using the World Health Organization’s name for the disease caused by the coronavirus.While this is the first death in the United States from the coronavirus, it is not the first death of an American. A 60-year-old US citizen died earlier this month in the city of Wuhan, China, where the virus first appeared in late December.Sixty-seven cases have been reported in the United States, among more than 85,000 globally. More than 2,900 people worldwide have died, most of them in China. At least four US coronavirus patients have no travel history that would tie them to the virus, health officials say.Federal health officials say there is no need to panic and the general public is not at direct risk of contracting the disease. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),It sure would be nice to get more information. Was he or she healthy? Did he or she have any preexisting ailments?
Everyone once in a while, a delayed flight is a fortuitous thing.I was recently passing through Charlottesville, picking up a friend from the airport who’s flight kept getting pushed back an hour at a time. Sadly, Charlottesville airport has no bar. Luckily, Charlottesville has a growing brewery scene and Siri pointed me toward South Street Brewery, in downtown Charlottesville just off the edge of the mall. South Street is new to me, even though it’s been around since 1998. It’s one of those small gems that you can only discover while traveling. Europe is full of them–brewhouses that don’t distribute, so you can only get their beer by setting foot in their bar. Each small town has its own small brewery that makes just enough for locals and intrepid travelers.Now the South is full of them too, as craft beer infiltrates every corner of the Southern Appalachians. There are probably a dozen breweries operating within 20 miles of my house that I’ve never had the pleasure of sampling because they don’t distribute beyond the four walls of their tasting rooms. Expand the radius to 100 miles, 200 miles, and the number of small batch beers I’ve yet to drink are practically endless.Sipping a mellow Satan’s Pony Amber Ale at the bar inside South Street Brewery, it hit me that I rely too heavily on the beer store at the end of my street. It’s a good beer store that gets a wide variety of beer from all over the country, but there are so many good small-scale outfits that don’t even bottle their goodness. I gotta get out more.You should get out to South Street, if you haven’t yet. If you have already hit up South Street, find another small-scale brewer and spend some time in their bar. It takes a little more work than relying on the options that show up at your favorite beer store, but it’ll probably be worth it.
Travis Book is a busy man this week. As bass player for The Infamous Stringdusters and head groundskeeper for Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company, Travis is putting the finishing touches on a year’s worth of work in preparation for this weekend’s Festy Experience, a celebration of music, local food and beer, and outdoor living.Simply known as “The Festy” to fans, this year’s festival boasts a proud line up. Joining the ‘Dusters will be, among others, Railroad Earth, JJ Grey & Mofro, Chris Thile & Michael Daves, Marco Benevento, and Lake Street Dive.Now in its fourth year, the Festy, which takes place on the grounds of Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company in Roseland, Virginia, continues to solidify itself as the premier fall festival in the Mid-Atlantic. No other festival showcases fine fermented beverages, local eats, outdoor sports, conscious living, and killer tunes like the Festy.I recently caught up with Travis to chat about writing tunes with Benny “Burle” Galloway, the upcoming Festy Experience, and his new solo project.BRO – Lots of folks know about Benny Galloway from his work with Yonder Mountain String Band. Tell me about writing songs with him.TB – Burle always says, “The most important tool, when writing a song, is your eraser.” He’s really open minded and has been making up tunes for so long, so he isn’t afraid to make changes or take suggestions, and he still gets really excited when somebody else latches on to an idea. We have a really good flow when we get together.BRO – We are featuring “Tennessee Side of Things” on this month’s Trail Mix. Tell me about the tune.TB – Burle and I were getting together periodically when I was still living in Nashville and he was living down near Atlanta. He had come up to my place for the weekend and Sarah, my wife, was out of town, so we were just hanging out and playing guitar. His songwriting really changed when he spent some time in the South and this was a little melodic idea and turn of phrase – the Tennessee side of things – that he had in his head, so we started working on the tune. The song is ultimately about the Cumberland River, which is a strange river, because it flows south through Tennessee into Georgia and Alabama and then heads back north towards Kentucky. The tune turned into a sort of riverboat thing and was driven by these two Colorado mountain men finding ourselves in the heart of this southern culture.BRO – You guys are heading into your fourth Festy this weekend. How has the festival evolved since year one?TB – When we first started as a band, we talked about how awesome it would be to throw our own festival. We were in this enviable position of being able to go to so many great festivals. Also, before we were ever in the band, all of us went to lots of festivals. The festival lifestyle was crucial to our world, so we thought we had a good idea of what would make a good festival. From year one, our guiding principal was what would make an idea fall weekend for us? Where would we be? What kind of people would we want around? What kind of music would we want to listen to? We continue to ask ourselves how we can continue to take all of that further. We also want to expose people to different ways of experiencing things. For example, we aren’t doing a lot of music on our workshop stage this year. Instead, there are workshops on building planter boxes for garlic, sustainability, and backcountry camping and cooking. Those kind of things. We want to take the ideal weekend and make it even better. Like last year, introducing the Kleen Kanteen steel pint cups was a revelation. We weren’t sure that not giving people a disposable option and forcing them to use these metal cups would even work. It was almost universally accepted and we kept 30,000 plastic cups out of the waste stream. Whenever there is a question about what we should do, we just continue to hone in our vision. The Festy is just an extension of our world view.BRO – What new stuff can Festy attendees anticipate?TB – There are a couple new things that I am really excited about. Last year, we just had a little music on our workshop stage on Thursday night. This year, we have partnered with Bold Rock Cidery, which is just down the road, and they are setting up a lounge at our Southern Stage, which is our second stage, inside the main festival area. We are going to open up the main festival grounds on Thursday, the Stringdusters are going to do a soundcheck for about an hour and a half, and then our good friends Della Mae are going to play a full set on the Southern Stage. We’ll have the lounge open, the bar will be going, and the ‘Dusters will sit in with Della Mae. We also just found out that Larry and Jenny Keel will be dropping by and getting in on that jam. It wasn’t part of the original program that we were selling to people, but we really wanted to reward the people that are coming in on Thursday and setting the vibe for the whole weekend by adding another night of unique music. Another thing I am excited about is bringing the Blue Ridge Burn, a race we sponsor with Blue Ridge Outdoors, to the Festy grounds. Historically, the race has been held on another property about two miles away, so we have to shuttle people over the gap or people have to drive to another location. Immediately after last year’s Festy, I began working on a 5K mixed single track course right here on the grounds. This year, instead of feeling like the race is a separate event, people are going to wake up on Saturday morning and find people with their numbers pinned on running through the campground. And those trails will be open for people to run, bike, and hike on all weekend. We’ve made a lot of small changes here and there, but these two things are really going to make a big difference.BRO – Most folks know you are often out on the road with either the ‘Dusters or your wife, Sarah, but I have been reading about the Travis Book Trio. Tell me about this new project.TB – I used to play in a bluegrass trio with Andy Falco and Chris Pandolfi when they were both still living in Charlottesville. Now that they are gone – Falco is now in Long Island and Panda is in Denver – I realized I missed that. I love small ensemble bluegrass. It is really challenging. It is really clean. It can be really dynamic when you are listening to just two other people instead of four or five. I have always had a thing for guitar, mandolin, and bass. One of my favorite ensembles is Phillips, Flinner, & Grier. When I was starting to play upright bass, their records were so inspiring. I loved that sound. I have been doing some of my own solo shows on guitar, but I got to thinking about of what else I could do. Playing with a guitar player and a mandolin player is something I have always wanted to do. Fortunately, there are a couple great musicians here in town, Landon Fishburne and Andy Thacker, and the three of us are getting together to do a show and see how it feels. Our first show will be in December.BRO – Can we guest list all the readers of this blog?TB – Yeah. Absolutely. Anyone who wants in, just let us know.————————————————————————————The Travis Book Trio’s first show – at Fardowners in Crozet, Virginia on December 19th – is absolutely free, so you are all on the guest list. This weekend’s big show, the fourth annual Festy Experience, is not free, however . . . . but we want to make sure YOU can get in for free. Take a shot at the trivia question below and email your answer to [email protected] A winner of two Saturday tickets and a parking pass will be chosen from all of the correct answers received by tomorrow – Thursday, October 10th – at noon.Good luck!!!Question – “Tennesee Side of Things” is not the first Benny Galloway track that Travis has recorded. What other Galloway tune did Travis and his mates in the ‘Dusters record on their first record, Fork In The Road?
Five Russian judges visit Florida December 1, 2002 Regular News Five Russian commercial court judges recently visited Miami to examine the U.S. judicial system with their Florida counterparts and other members of the state’s legal community.The Russian judges are part of a rule of law exchange sponsored by the Open World Program, the only exchange program housed in the U.S. legislative branch. Russia’s recent adoption of judicial reforms — including new bankruptcy legislation — makes the judges’ Miami visit especially timely.Managed by the Center for Russian Leadership Development, an independent agency based at the Library of Congress, Open World brings emerging Russian leaders to the United States for an in-depth, on-site introduction to American democratic institutions. Open World conducts its rule of law program for Russian jurists in cooperation with the International Judicial Relations Committee of the U.S. Judicial Conference, the federal courts’ policymaking body. A top U.S. federal or state judge plans and participates in the local schedule of each Open World rule of law delegation.In Miami, the Russians participated in an orientation session with U.S. Bankruptcy Judge A. Jay Cristol; observed bankruptcy court proceedings before Chief Judge Robert A. Mark; observed a judge presiding over Chapter 13 disputes; received briefings on creditors committees, the role of the U.S. Trustee, and Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings; attended a Bankruptcy Bar dinner; visited the University of Miami Law School and Law Library; took a guided tour of the Ferrell Schultz Carter Zumpano & Fertel law firm; and participated in a closing roundtable. They also visited the Historical Museum of Southern Florida, the Wings over Miami aviation museum, and the Miami Seaquarium.Before traveling to Miami, the Russian judges participated in an intensive two-day orientation session in Washington, D.C., with several U.S. judges and officials from the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts and the Federal Judicial Center. Five Russian judges visit Florida
129 Views no discussions Tweet Share Share Sharing is caring! Share HealthLifestyleLocalNews Males encouraged to exhibit better health-seeking behaviors by: – April 26, 2018 (Photo credit: Concanon)The Health Promotion Resource Centre is encouraging males to be better health seekers by taking advantage of opportunities for health screenings and check-ups as part of its Health Awareness Campaign.The Health Promotion Resource Centre of the Ministry of Health and Social Services, commenced this campaign to raise awareness on non-communicable diseases, (NCDs) post Hurricane Maria targeting public officers.Non-communicable diseases, also known as chronic diseases, tend to be of long duration and are the result of a combination of genetic, physiological, environmental and behavioral factors, as per the World Health Organization (WHO).According to the WHO, the main types of NCDs are cardiovascular diseases (heart attacks and stroke), cancers, chronic respiratory diseases (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma), and diabetes.Adora LeBlanc Toussaint of the Health Promotion Resource Centre told Vibes news on Wednesday 25 April 2018 that research has shown that women have better health-seeking behaviors than men.“Women will walk into a health facility; walk into a Health Center just to have their blood pressure checked, just to have their sugar checked,” Mrs. Toussaint informed.Males, on the other hand, “would have to be seeing death in their eyes”, to seek medical attention.According to Mrs. Toussaint, men don’t just walk in for check-ups, “sometimes their wives have to be at them – ‘why don’t you have a yearly check-up, why don’t you check your blood pressure?’”.Because of this, there is always more health statistics available when it pertains to women, than men.Statistics from the WHO indicates that each year, 15 million people die from a NCD and over 80% of these premature deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. The age group affected is between 30 and 69 years.“Now the stats will show we have more men dying from prostate cancer than breast cancer and why, because women continue to do the screening programs that are in place,” Mrs. Toussaint informed. Although there are more women with cancer here, statistics reveal that “more men are dying from prostate cancer” because “women are at the health centers having their breasts examined, doing their self-breast examination, having their mammograms”.“So it’s like because women have that health seeking behavior you have more statistics to show you women’s health than those showing men’s health and for us in Dominica it’s just the same,” Mrs. Toussaint explained.NCDs disproportionately affect people in low- and middle-income countries where more than three quarters of global NCD deaths, that is 31 million, occur.Cardiovascular diseases account for most NCD deaths, or 17.7 million people annually, followed by cancers 8.8 million, respiratory diseases 3.9million, and diabetes 1.6 million.Mrs. Toussaint further explained that sometimes during doctor’s clinic at the health centers, if twenty-five (25) persons are to be seen by doctor, out of that number, twenty (20) may be women and just five (5) men.“So at that time you will more be able to give the stats, the figures for women as to how many of them blood pressures are elevated, as compared to the men,” she said. “So while we’re doing this program, and we’re looking at prevention and strategies, we want them [males] to use the health facilities that are available within their district, within their reach,” Mrs. Toussaint indicated.
Sharing is caring! 176 Views 6 comments A young Dominican woman who set and accomplished her goal of obtaining a doctorate in psychology at the age of thirty sought to motivate young ladies to set goals for themselves and create their own paths.Shani Shillingford graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a PhD in Clinical and Educational Psychology in December, 2011 spoke on the topic “Journey to Excellence” at a Girls Symposium on Thursday.Dr. Shani Shillingford.She admonished the attendees of the need to chose a career path that they enjoy doing.“The first thing you need to do is set a goal for yourself; what do you want to do, what do you see yourself spending the rest of your life doing? Set a goal to do something that you like, something that you love, something that you enjoy doing.”Shillingford explained when she decided to become a psychologist she was bombarded with questions from many persons who wondered why she chose that field as they did not even know what it was about however, she created her own path.“You have to create your own path. The idea of psychologist is Dr Benjamin and the psychiatric unit, no one knew about the other aspects of psychology and I heard that question over and over again; what is psychology but I created my own path.”“I did it my way”, she said encouraging them to do likewise for; “not everyone can be an accountant, lawyer or doctor choose your path, chose what you want to do”.Shillingford also sought to caution them that the path they may chose will not be void of challenges and obstacles but advised, using the lyrics of Jamaican reggae artist Buju Banton,“many see the glamour, many see the glitter but no one knows how hard it is”.“There were days when I really wanted to give up and wondered why did I leave my beautiful Dominica, why am I in the snow, why am I in this place? No food to eat, no means to pay the bills,” Shillingford said in providing her examples of a trying journey.She cautioned further; there will be days when “you’ll be walking around like a zombie; three, four days you haven’t slept because you’ve been up studying for hours for days and there are days when you’ll feel like giving up packing up your bags and going; it’s not an easy path”.Shillingford also addressed the issue of financing which for her was by no means easy.“I spent the first year working three jobs, going from one job to another working midnight to three and trying to study, trying to find a way to pay that tuition bill” she said, “it’s not an easy road but if you persevere, if you keep at it you can achieve your goals”.According to Shillingford, one must also be “flexible; find other options, find other avenues and do what you have to do but most importantly, never give up”.She told the young ladies that they should “always remember that one day things must get better”, to surround themselves with good company, “friends that will encourage you, friends who will stand by you, friends who will help you cry, friends who will motivate you to do what you have to do”.“If you have a friend who is leading you astray; get rid of that friend” she warned, and remember that “nothing is impossible”.Shillingford concluded; “nothing is impossible no matter where you come from, no matter what obstacles may come in your way, no matter what side of the road you may take; remember that nothing is impossible”.Dominica Vibes News Share Tweet LocalNews Set goals for yourself and create your own path by: – March 9, 2012 Share Share