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Lawyers agree to help with literacy campaign

first_imgLawyers agree to help with literacy campaign September 15, 2004 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Lawyers agree to help with literacy campaign Senior Editor Reading is an unnatural act?Well, not exactly unnatural, but it’s not something that the human brain, groomed by thousands of years of evolution and genetic transition comes hard-wired to do.Notwithstanding that, reading is essential in modern society. But given human background, it’s not surprising that many people have trouble with a skill that so many others regard as basic.And because it’s so basic and important, the Jacksonville Bar Association has set out to do something about it. At the invitation of Bar President Kelly Overstreet Johnson and Board of Governors member Hank Coxe, JBA and legal community representatives last month asked the board and lawyers statewide to help in the battle against illiteracy, particularly dyslexia, by joining a literacy speaker’s bureau.“Not only does literacy help our citizens function in society, but we see overwhelming evidence that illiteracy endangers public health and public safety,” said JBA President Reggie Luster. “A shocking 47 percent of our population is functionally illiterate, meaning those individuals cannot read well enough to fill out a job application. Our goal in this community is to make sure that literacy is a priority.”U.S. Middle District Judge Tim Corrigan said he has a selfish reason for joining the literacy effort. He noted he regularly has to sentence 18- to 21-year-old defendants to lengthy prison sentences and a common factor is their poor reading skills.“Eighty-five percent of juvenile delinquents have reading problems and many high school juvenile delinquents read below the fourth-grade level,” Corrigan said.Several programs around the country have found success in combating delinquency by teaching those kids to read, he noted.“Improving literacy is one effective way to improve the quality of life not only for those directly affected by these problems but for the community as a whole,” Corrigan said. “The Florida Bar, local bar associations, and lawyers individually as leaders in our community have a unique opportunity. . . to take a leadership role on the literacy issue.”Laura Bailet, a Ph.D. who works on reading problems with the Nemours Children’s Clinic in Jacksonville, provided information about the latest research on dyslexia.“What is dyslexia? It is a neuro developmental reading disorder. It is caused by subtle malfunctions in the brain,” Bailet said. “It is not caused by brain damage; it is not caused by low IQ. It is fundamentally a language-based disorder. It is not caused by a vision problem.”New MRI technology, which images the brain as it works, has actually shown differences in brain functions between dyslexic and nondyslexic people, with the dyslexic brains showing similar attributes, she said. What that research has shown is with specialized training, the dyslexic brains begin functioning more like regular brains as reading skills improve.“Reading is an unnatural act,” Bailey explained. “There are certain basic functions that our brains are genetically hard-wired for — learning to talk and walk. Reading is not one of those skills.”Studies have shown that about 17 to 20 percent of all children have serious reading problems, and another 20 percent have significant difficulties, she said, adding that’s about the same percentage of third-graders who had trouble with the state’s FCAT test. Most of those children are not receiving the special training or instruction that would help them. Preschoolers with dyslexia can be identified, and the earlier special training begins, the more effective it is, she said.Fourth Circuit Judge Karen Cole, who is heading up the literacy effort, said lawyers are needed because of their advocacy skills. A speakers’ bureau is being set up as part of the dyslexia campaign.“By combining the talents of lawyers, judges, physicians, and psychologists, we can ensure that all of our children know how to read,” Cole said.She said the literacy advocates hope to present their case to a meeting of voluntary bar leaders and to Florida Bar members at a statewide Bar meeting.Shortly after the meeting, Cole announced that 11th Circuit Judge Cindy Lederman and First Circuit Judge Marci Goodman have volunteered to coordinate speakers’ bureau efforts in their respective circuits.For more information contact Judge Cole at (904) 630-7154, Luster at (904) 354-0104, JBA Executive Director Diane Gill at (904) 399-4486, or Alan Pickert, chair of the JBA’s literacy project, at (904) 632-2424.last_img read more

Public members needed for Bar Examiners

first_img Public members needed for Bar Examiners Members of the public are invited to volunteer on or before June 15 for a three-year term on the Florida Board of Board Examiners. The Supreme Court will appoint two public members to serve on the Board of Bar Examiners.A public member volunteer should possess education or work-related experience such as educational testing, accounting, statistical analysis, medicine, psychology, or related sciences. A bachelor’s degree is required. Lawyers are not eligible. Public board members should be willing and able to devote about three days a month to the work of the board, and to travel to various Florida locations to attend meetings and the bar examination. Travel and subsistence expenses are reimbursed. Board members should be interested in seeking to improve the examination and its administration, and to evaluate carefully the character and fitness of applicants seeking admission to the Bar. Board members should be free of adverse interests, conflicting duties, or inconsistent obligations that may interfere or appear to interfere with the proper administration of the board’s mandate.The vacancies will occur on November 1, with the expiration of the terms of Dr. Mary Harris Moore of Tallahassee and Yvonne Loggins-Coleman of Orlando. Applications are available at www.flabar.org and may be submitthed by faxing it to (850) 414-6822 or by mailing to The Florida Board of Bar Examiners, 1891 Eider Court, Tallahassee 32399-1750. For more information contact Eleanor Mitchell Hunter, executive director of the board at (850) 487-1292. April 1, 2005 Regular News Public members needed for Bar Examinerslast_img read more

Hiatt hauls home opening night hardware, Grabouski gets two Saturday wins at Eagle

first_imgShane Hiatt’s $1,000 IMCA Modified feature win on opening night of Eagle Raceway’s Ice Breaker Challenge put him on the ballot for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. (Photo by Joe Orth)By Greg SoukupEAGLE, Neb. (April 20-21) – Defending track champion Shane Hiatt raced his way to victory lane on opening night of Eagle Raceway’s Ice Breaker Challenge.Former track champion Jordan Grabouski accomplished the feat twice on night two.Hiatt earned $1,000 and a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth along with Friday’s IMCA Modified main event. Grabouski, already on the ballot, was best in Saturday’s $2,000 to win head­liner and pocketed another $500 for winning the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature.The leader from the drop of the Friday night green, Hiatt ran ahead of Mike Densberger much of the distance before his challenger pulled into the infield with five circuits left.After a couple late restarts, Hunter Marriott wrestled the second spot from Grabouski. Dylan Smith and Eddie Belec completed the top five.Saturday featured another field filled with heavy hitters as Grabouski had to take the front spot away from Marriott and hold on.The laps 12 laps saw Marriott try both high and low grooves but to no avail. Ricky Thornton Jr. and Kelly Shryock advanced to top four spots and early leader Tim Ward was fifth.Not a newcomer to the class, Grabouski gained second following a restart and took the lead with eight laps to go in the Stock Car feature. Les Lundquist and Kyle Vanover rounded out the top three.Jordan Grabouski won both the IMCA Modified and IMCA Sunoco Stock Car main events on night two of Eagle Raceway’s Ice Breaker Challenge. (Photo by Joe Orth)Jason Martin paced the IMCA Racesaver Sprint Car main event in a newly-built ride.The leader from start to finish, Martin took the $1,000 win with Toby Chapman, Stuart Snyder and Ty­ler Dueke next across the stripe.Lance Borgman proved up to the Ice Breaker Challenge, earning an extra $1,000 for sweeping the weekend’s Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod features.Borgman won by a straightaway ahead of Shawn Harker and Joe Feyen on opening night and ahead of Adam Armstrong and Feyen on night two. Borgman was also a double winner and $1,000 Ice Breaker Challenge bonus recipient in 2016.Also on Friday, Corey Madden was the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock winner ahead of Chad Borgman and Shawn Slezak. Drake Bohlmeyer was first in the Mach-1 Sport Compact main event, with Trenten Fugett second and Ramsey Meyer third.April 20 Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Shane Hiatt; 2. Hunter Marriott; 3. Jordan Grabouski; 4. Dylan Smith; 5. Eddie Belec; 6. Jesse Dennis  7. Bob Zoubek; 8. Jacob Hobscheidt; 9. Randy Foote; 10. Clint Homan; 11. Chad Andersen; 12. Jesse Skalicky; 13. Terry Hurt; 14. Mike Densberger; 15. Nathan Lan­dauer; 16. John Burrow Jr.; 17. Jordy Nelson; 18. Ethan Dotson; 19. A.J. Valim; 20. Josh Blumer; 21. Ricky Thornton Jr.Hobby Stocks – 1. Corey Madden; 2. Chad Borgman; 3. Shawn Slezak; 4. Roy Armstrong; 5. Tyler Saathoff; 6. Jeff Ware; 7. David Carter; 8. Ben Becher; 9. Brett Saathoff; 10. Albert Kiihne; 11. Jeff Watts; 12. Chuck Madden Jr.; 13. Nick Beckman; 14. Justin Busboom; 15. Rowan Ma­son; 16. Brandon Wergin; 17. Brandon Nelson; 18. Dillon Richards; 19. Kevin Vanlaningham; 20. Eric Chab.Northern SportMods – 1. Lance Borgman; 2. Shawn Harker; 3. Joe Feyen; 4. Josh Pfeifer; 5. Arie Schouten; 6. Gunnar Pike; 7. Cole Wayman; 8. Adam Armstrong; 9. Dillon Schultz; 10. Colby Langenberg; 11. Derick Noonan; 12. Gary Saathoff; 13. Mary Lenz; 14. Jeff Brunssen; 15. An­thony Kobus; 16. Joe Schidler; 17. Nicholas Peters; 18. Bobby Draper; 19. Trevor Noonan; 20. Dion Kovar.Sport Compacts – 1. Drake Bohlmeyer; 2. Trenten Fugett; 3. Ramsey Meyer; 4. Nick Lindblad; 5. Shawn Hein; 6. Terry Tritt; 7. Brian Petro; 8. Tommy Etherton; 9. Steffen Oaks; 10. Andrew Harris; 11. Justin Callender; 12. Jeff Creek; 13. Bryan Vannausdle; 14. Tim Horsham; 15. Jeremy Bohlen; 16. Fred Johnson; 17. Daniel Morris; 18. Tyler Masek; 19. R.J. Maas; 20. John Martinez.April 21 Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Grabouski; 2. Marriott; 3. Thornton; 4. Kelly Shryock; 5. Tim Ward; 6. Smith; 7. Ryan Jenkins; 8. Ricky Stephan; 9. Belec; 10. Zoubek; 11. Nelson; 12. Jesse Dennis  13. Dens­berger; 14. Justin Wulf; 15. Joshua Vogt; 16. Blumer; 17. Brandon Clough; 18. Jaxon Saathoff; 19. Hiatt; 20. Andersen.Sprint Cars – 1. Jason Martin; 2. Toby Chapman; 3. Stuart Snyder; 4. Tyler Drueke; 5. Shon Pointer; 6. Cody Ledger; 7. Adam Gullion; 8. Jimmy Grasso; 9. Jason Danley; 10. Gene Ackland; 11. Matt Richards; 12. Shayle Bade; 13. Ryan King; 14. Nathan Weiler; 15. Clint Benson; 16. Zach Blurton; 17. Trey Gropp; 18. Austin McLean; 19. Trevor Grossenbacher; 20. Josh Riggins.Northern SportMods – 1. Borgman; 2. Armstrong; 3. Feyen; 4. Harker; 5. Karl Brewer; 6. Pike; 7. Saathoff; 8. Brunssen; 9. Langenberg; 10. Schouten; 11. Kobus; 12. Lenz; 13. Brian Osan­towski; 14. Matthew Andrews; 15. Pfeifer; 16. Jason Harms; 17. James Roebuck; 18. Schultz; 19. Wayman; 20. Schidler.Stock Cars – 1. Jordan Grabouski; 2. Les Lundquist; 3. Kyle Vanover; 4. Kyle Clough; 5. Shane Stutzman; 6. Dan Nelson; 7. Shawn Primrose; 8. Doug Adamy; 9. Marty Steinbach; 10. B.J. Wag­oner; 11. Nick Woodard; 12. Tanner Pettitt; 13. Eric Bartels; 14. Chad Bruns; 15. Ron Pettitt; 16. Jeff Whiting; 17. Austin Brauner; 18. John Bruegman; 19. Eric Rempel; 20. Kyle Dumpert.last_img read more

Wasteful West Brom shocked by Norwich

first_img Press Association Hooper scored the opener in the 13th minute, smashing an unstoppable drive into the top corner, before Fer finished off a sharp counter late on to seal a 2-0 victory. West Brom had countless chances to take at least a point from this game with Stephane Sessegnon twice failing to convert great opportunities and Shane Long also guilty of being profligate in front of goal. It is now one win in nine games for the Baggies, and Steve Clarke’s side were booed off at full-time. The midweek hiding against a Luis Suarez-inspired Liverpool had put Canaries boss Chris Hughton’s position under further scrutiny, but he would have been delighted with the way his side responded here to secure an away win for just the second time this season. After starting brightly they took the lead with a wonderful strike from Hooper. Nathan Redmond fed Fer, who picked out the striker’s run with the aid of a deflection off Diego Lugano’s heel. The angle of the pass was taking Hooper away from goal but he fizzed a superb strike beyond Boaz Myhill. Albion sought a quick response with Youssouf Mulumbu, back from suspension, firing straight at John Ruddy after nice link play with Morgan Amalfitano. The Frenchman’s teasing cross from the right then saw Victor Anichebe get in a header which Ruddy gratefully grasped. Norwich were being penned in their own half but Johan Elmander should have done better from a quick break. The Swede’s flick on found Hooper, who quickly returned him the ball. However, Elmander then ignored his better placed strike partner as he drove forward and saw his shot blocked. The hosts were soon back on the offensive, with Ruddy tipping a fierce Anichebe shot wide of goal, before Sessegnon contrived to fail to make any contact with a Chris Brunt corner which found him unmarked. It summed up West Brom’s first half and Clarke made two changes at the break, bringing on Long and Saido Berahino for Liam Ridgewell and, surprisingly, Amalfitano. They helped spark Albion into a very strong start to the second half and they could have had a penalty when a Sessegnon shot, after a goalmouth scramble, struck Martin Olsson on the arm as he made the block. They should have been level in the 52nd minute when Sessegnon surged past two Norwich defenders into the box, but the Frenchman rolled his shot wide of the post having beaten the advancing Ruddy. At the other end Redmond’s pace proved too much to handle for Uruguay defender Lugano, whose vulnerability will doubtless be noted by England manager Roy Hodgson, but the winger’s pull-back could not find Hooper. Sessegnon then spurned another chance after Olsson had gifted the ball to him six yards out, with Ruddy making the save. Long became the latest man to miss for West Brom a few moments later. Mulumbu’s deflected shot fell to him in the area, but his shot was too tame to beat Ruddy. Mulumbu fizzed an effort wide but all the home side’s pressure came to nothing and they were punished as Redmond found Fer for the midfielder to cut inside and fire low beyond a flat-footed Myhill with a minute remaining. Norwich bounced back from their Anfield nightmare as goals from Gary Hooper and Leroy Fer earned them a valuable win over West Brom at The Hawthorns.last_img read more

PMU promotes Paul Cohen Scali to Director of Group Operations & Systems

first_img France state-owned sports betting operator Paris Mutuel Urbain (PMU), continues the restructure of its retail betting network confirming the promotion of Paul Cohen Scali to the position of Director of Operations and Information Systems.A PMU operations veteran, Scali takes on the senior executive role having previously served as the operator’s Director of IT & Systems (2009-2017). An experienced IT engineer Scali will now lead all PMU integration and systems projects, as the firm seeks to revamp its retail betting offering.Scali will work alongside new PMU retail network lead Patrick Fontana, who last May was officially appointed Director of Commercial Properties, taking over full management of PMU’s + 13,000 retail betting points across France.Moving forward, the French legacy betting operator seeks to bridge consumer engagement between its commercial properties and online betting propositions, building new omni-channel capabilities.Scali will continue to work from PMU headquarters in Paris and will report directly to the firm’s governance. StumbleUpon Share ANJ takes charge of new French gambling era June 22, 2020 FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Related Articles Share Submit FDJ focuses on delivering ‘2020 savings plan’ as covid drains momentum July 30, 2020last_img read more

Spelinspektionen offers new guidance on virtual sports content

first_img Global Gaming adds sportsbook extension to Ninja property August 25, 2020 Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Submit Share Share Soft2Bet continues new market drive with Irokobet launch August 26, 2020 Responding to licensee queries, Swedish gambling inspectorate Spelinspektionen has issued new guidance for virtual sports content and simulated events, in the absence of a traditional sports programme.  Spelinspektionen clarified that Swedish sportsbooks require no further licensing arrangement to offer virtual sports content to customers.The regulatory authority underlined that all virtual sports content serviced by bookmakers must be provided by a Spelinspektionen licensed software provider. In its statement, Spelinspektionen detailed that licensees offering virtual sports content must be in accordance with Chapter-8 of the Swedish Gambling Act. “The Gaming Act is not limited to what betting forms can be provided within the license, regardless of the betting forms that the applicant crossed in his application. However, the terms of the license indicate which types of betting must not be offered,” Spelinspektionen informed licensees.Any licensees that seek to expand their gaming portfolios with virtual sports content must inform the inspectorate of changes undertaken to their product inventories in-line with Swedish licensing conditions.Technical provisions will require licensees to amend ‘technical documentation’ with regards to virtual sports content suppliers, allowing Spelinspektionen to track market developments and operator services.The inspectorate reminded licence holders that certification must be kept up to date with all games and product verticals provided by licensees Related Articles StumbleUponlast_img read more