Medical And Surgical Centre Limited (MASC.mu) Q32016 Interim Report

first_imgMedical And Surgical Centre Limited (MASC.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Health sector has released it’s 2016 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Medical And Surgical Centre Limited (MASC.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Medical And Surgical Centre Limited (MASC.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Medical And Surgical Centre Limited (MASC.mu)  2016 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileMedical And Surgical Centre Limited deals within the Healthcare and Cafeteria segments where it operates hospitals in Mauritius. The company is a subsidiary of CIEL Healthcare Limited and operates hospitals under the Fortis Clinique Darné and Wellkin Hospital names, as well as runs a one day care centre under the FCD North name. Medical And Surgical Centre Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Who is Virimi Vakatawa: Ten things you should know about the France centre

first_imgCan’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Find out more about a star of both sevens and 15s Who is Virimi Vakatawa: Ten things you should know about the France centreVirimi Vakatawa made his debut for France against Italy in the 2016 Six Nations and marked the occasion with a try. Here are a few more facts about the star centre…Ten things you should know about Virimi Vakatawa1. Virimi Vakatawa was born on 1 May 1992 in Rangiora, New Zealand, and was then raised in Fiji. He stands at 6ft 2in (1.87m) and weighs 15st 6lb (99kg).2. He moved to France in 2010 to join Racing 92 and qualified to represent les Bleus on residency, playing first for the sevens team in 2013 and then making his 15s debut in 2016.3. Racing are the only professional club Vakatawa has played for, although he has had two stints there – either side of a spell when he was contracted to the France sevens squad (2013-16).It was reported in 2020 that Premiership club Gloucester had made a ‘colossal offer’ to sign Vakatawa but they were left disappointed as he agreed a new deal with Racing. 9. Former Wales international Jamie Roberts was surprised at Vakatawa’s skill levels when he played alongside him at Racing.He told the Rugby Pass Offload podcast: “I remember Virimi Vakatawa being this academy kid who dropped into training and carved everyone up.“We’d be doing backs unit sessions and this guy would be just making us all look like idiots. His footwork and his lines. He was young at the time and here he is now, for me one of the world’s best players. It’s brilliant to see how far he has come.”10. Vakatawa has been described as France’s answer to New Zealand star Sonny Bill Williams, who also played sevens and 15s as well as being a master of the offload. 4.Vakatawa represented France in the sevens competition at the 2016 Rio Olympics. The team finished seventh overall.When analysing Vakatawa in Rugby World‘s March 2021 edition, Sean Holley said: “The sevens game requires pace and physical fitness, but it’s also the breeding ground for ball skills, footwork and exploiting space.“Vakatawa’s ability to step defenders, often multiple times in one sequence, made him a star in that format, coupled with an insatiable appetite to offload and a physicality that enables him to break tackles, make big hits and fend off would-be tacklers.“Not many players have made the transition from sevens to 15s as successfully as Vakatawa. Moreover, few have had the ability to transcend both codes by effortlessly exploiting the aforementioned skill-set in the sport’s mother format.”5. Vakatawa had an embarrassing moment in a match between Racing and Toulon in January 2021. Racing’s Teddy Thomas pulled off a brilliant offload to release Vakatawa, but Toulon’s Gabin Villiere tackled him in the in-goal area to dislodge the ball and deny him a try.center_img 6. He was the top try-scorer in the 2018-19 Top 14 season, touching down 13 times, and he was a European Player of the Year nominee in 2020, an award that went to Exeter’s Sam Simmonds.7. The versatile player is comfortable on the wing and in the centre positions. He won his first 17 Test caps as a winger and his next ten as a centre.8.  He promised his mother shortly before she died that he would be part of France’s 2019 World Cup squad – and kept that promise.He made his first Test appearance in 18 months in a RWC 2019 warm-up against Italy and played three matches at the tournament itself, scoring two tries. Virimi Vakatawa in action for France in the Six Nations (Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

House Along Sardinia’s Southern Coast / Pierluigi Piu

first_img Year:  CopyAbout this officePierluigi PiuOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentExtensionSanta Margherita di PulaItalyPublished on February 06, 2021Cite: “House Along Sardinia’s Southern Coast / Pierluigi Piu” 06 Feb 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream House Along Sardinia’s Southern Coast / Pierluigi PiuSave this projectSaveHouse Along Sardinia’s Southern Coast / Pierluigi Piu Structural Engineer:Ferruccio SabiucciuLighting Consultant:Pedro Gaiolas PintoSwimming Pool:IESSE Piscine, Ivan SANNACeilings:Gianmarco CARDIACity:Santa Margherita di PulaCountry:ItalyMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!Courtesy of Pierluigi PiuRecommended ProductsWindowsRodecaAluminium WindowsWindowsKalwall®Facades – Window ReplacementsWindowsVitrocsaMinimalist Window – SlidingWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsText description provided by the architects. When designing this villa to be built along Sardinia’s coastline it was my intention to link it to its geographical and cultural environment using a contemporary and sober language, yet unmistakably Mediterranean and referring to the traditional arts and crafts of this Italian island. Save this picture!© Dietrich SteinmetzSave this picture!Roof PlanSave this picture!© Dietrich SteinmetzI thus worked on quoting  some textures of traditional local weaving (typical ancient and contemporary fabrics and carpets), jewellery (gold filigree), embroidery and basket weaving, transposing them into stone and ceramic finishes and coverings.Save this picture!Courtesy of Pierluigi PiuSave this picture!Courtesy of Pierluigi PiuThe house is a two storey building with wide panoramic terraces laying on the sloping side of the hills facing the sea. Its architecture consists of pure and squared volumes finished with a bright white lime-and-sand plaster. A textured dado in red basalt stone – recessed into the walls – surrounds the whole elevation of the lower floor and its engraved surface is meant to evoke the woven vegetal fibres of typical Sardinian baskets.Save this picture!Courtesy of Pierluigi PiuSave this picture!Courtesy of Pierluigi PiuThe entrance lobby gives access to the living room, which, with the dining area, the kitchen and their wide apertures form a wide and fluid open space, in continuity with the surrounding terraces. The main feature of this space is  the background wall behind the sofa, covered with a textured white lime stone meant to evoke the typical Sardinian ancient weaving technique called “a pibiones” (grained texture).Save this picture!© Pierluigi Dessì – CONFINIVISIVIFrom the kitchen one may access the dining terrace overlooking the swimming pool, located a few steps further down.Save this picture!© Pierluigi Dessì – CONFINIVISIVISave this picture!© Pierluigi Dessì – CONFINIVISIVIGoing back to the living area, an passage open in the textured wall gives access to the staircase leading to the upper floor where all bedrooms, almost bare, in their essentiality, are put in value by their wide aperture towards the surrounding terraces and by striking views in addition to (in the main one) an en-suite bathroom which – sliding away its wide window – offers the pleasure of a relaxing bath en plein air, under the amazing blue sky of Sardinia.Save this picture!© Pierluigi Dessì – CONFINIVISIVIProject gallerySee allShow lessSCANIA Industrial Complex / EovaStudioSelected ProjectsSeaforth Family Home / Georgina Wilson ArchitectSelected Projects Share Italy ArchDaily Area:  163 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project House Along Sardinia’s Southern Coast / Pierluigi Piu Projects Save this picture!Courtesy of Pierluigi Piu+ 50Curated by Paula Pintos Share Main Contractor: “COPY” Houses CopyHouses, Extension•Santa Margherita di Pula, Italy Photographs Photographs:  Dietrich Steinmetz, Pierluigi Dessì – CONFINIVISIVI Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project 2020 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/955618/house-along-sardinias-southern-coast-pierluigi-piu Clipboard P.G.A. Costruzioni, Antonio PORTAS “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/955618/house-along-sardinias-southern-coast-pierluigi-piu Clipboard Manufacturers: Poliform, ALBED DELMONTE Srl, BOFFI s.p.a., BREM S.r.l., CEMENTODILUNA, Ceramiche MUTINA, OLIVARI B. S.P.A., RUNTAL Italia, SECCOSISTEMI Architects: Pierluigi Piu Area Area of this architecture projectlast_img read more

Obituary: Elizabeth Liddell OBE

first_imgObituary: Elizabeth Liddell OBE About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  34 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: obituary Recruitment / people Elizabeth Liddell OBE, who re-established children’s charity Plan in the UK, has died after a long fight with cancer.She was involved in charity work from a young age.Plan had begun in London in the 1930s but was forced to move to the US during the Second World War due to bombing. Liddell was instrumental in setting up Plan International, then known as Foster Parents Plan, in the UK again in the 1980s. She became its first national Director in the UK.She then moved to help establish Charity Solutions in 1988 to tackle the absence of specialist management training and support for charity staff. She offered counselling and practical advice to a wide range of charities large and small.Liddell received her OBE for her charitable work in India. After becoming Chief Executive of Arpana Charitable Trust UK in 1992 she led the charity to help tens of thousands of people in the poorest communities in northern India. She persuaded HRH the Prince of Wales to support the charity as its royal patron, and recruited a distinguished board of trustees and other patrons.She was Chair of The Forthright Group, an informal association for those working with and for charities, and co-founder of Charity 2000 which brought together senior people in the sector for a networking lunch. The last speaker was William Shawcross of the Charity Commission.One of her former Plan colleagues said of her:“Elizabeth was a source of both inspiration and wisdom, and a person for whom I had a great deal of respect, and our friendship continued long after both of us had moved on from Plan”.Raghunandan Gaind, Chair of Arpana, added: “She brought to her work an infectious enthusiasm, shrewd judgement and a formidable tenacity”.center_img Advertisement Howard Lake | 27 June 2014 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

USU releases statement regarding postgame incident with Nevada

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah – Utah State Vice President and Director of Athletics John Hartwell released the following statement Monday afternoon regarding the postgame incident with its men’s basketball home game against Nevada last weekend. Robert Lovell March 4, 2019 /Sports News – Local USU releases statement regarding postgame incident with Nevada Written bycenter_img “First of all, we want to thank both the Mountain West and the University of Nevada in helping us review the postgame incident from Saturday night. While unfortunate, it should not overshadow what was a great college basketball game between two NCAA Tournament-caliber teams. After reviewing all the evidence, from surveillance video to eyewitness accounts, the incident was not a game management issue and was not caused by our students rushing the court. The unsportsmanlike behavior following the game did not include any of our student-athletes, but rather a couple of staff members, which is unacceptable, and we will handle those issues internally. Moving forward, Utah State Athletics will review our game management procedures in an effort to continually learn and improve.” Tags: Mountain West/Nevada Wolf Pack/Utah State Aggies Basketballlast_img read more

Juab and North Sanpete Football Make Appearance On Prestigious Top 10 List

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailNEPHI/MT. PLEASANT, Utah-Juab football and North Sanpete football, each on the heels of impressive wins Friday, have advanced up the rankings on the prestigious Utah Prep Rag Top 10 list circa August 25.The 2-0 Wasps, are coming off a 30-19 win over Class 4-A Cedar City on the road, rising to No. 7 overall in these standings.Last week, Juab was at No. 8The 2-0 Hawks are coming off of a 38-6 rout of Emery. This places North Sanpete at No. 9 overall in the standings.Last week, they were at No. 10.The Wasps will host Class 5-A Salem Hills Friday at 7:00 pm with the Hawks visiting South Sevier Friday for a 7:00 pm game. The North Sanpete game against the Rams will be broadcast on KMTI AM-650, FM, 95.1 and 106.7 or online at midutahradio.com by clicking on the “KMTI” link.The Wasps are currently led by versatile SLOT back Jared Dye. The junior has amassed 137 scrimmage yards on 13 touches, including 3 receptions for 64 yards in wins over Parowan and aforementioned Cedar City to start the season.Sophomore signal-caller Alex Jackson has completed 57.7 percent of his passes (15-26) for 177 yards thus far on the season. Senior tailback Grant Orme has a pair of scoring runs thus far on the season to lead Juab in that category.Defensively, senior linebacker Hudson Perry has 2 sacks to pace the Wasps and sophomore linebacker Boden Ballow has 9 tackles to lead Juab in that category.The Hawks are paced by junior signal-caller Landon Bowles who has completed 79.1 percent of his passes (34-43, 457 yards) for 10 touchdowns and an interception in North Sanpete’s wins over Grantsville and Emery to commence the season.Senior tailbacks Trevin Morley and Laramie Roberts have each run for a score this season for the Hawks.Senior receivers Magnus Clawson (11 rec, 172 yards [15.64 yards per reception], 4 TD’s) and Brady Jacobson (5 rec, 152 yards, 3 TD’s) have each been highly productive targets for Bowles.No defensive statistics are available for the Hawks. Brad James Tags: Juab football/North Sanpete Football August 25, 2020 /Sports News – Local Juab and North Sanpete Football Make Appearance On Prestigious Top 10 List Written bylast_img read more

Press release: Young people in Derbyshire have a say on what HS2 could do for them

first_img Press and media enquiries We are building a railway for the next 100 years and, as our future passengers, it is vital that young people are kept informed of HS2’s development whilst also having a say in what their future rail network will look like. It’s important we consider their forward-looking ideas to future-proof the railway for successive generations, and I was really impressed with the concepts suggested by members of Erewash Youth Forum. Not only were they well-thought out, mature and realistic, they offered innovative ideas about the railway design and passenger experience. Wilsthorpe School pupils deciding what elements to incorporate into their ideal HS2 stationIdeasSome ideas for the East Midlands Hub suggested by the pupils included installing gender neutral toilets, utilising face scanners instead of physical tickets and incorporating wildlife habitats into the building’s structure.William Holt is a Year 10 pupil at Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy in Ilkeston. He said: For people my age, HS2 offers incredible job prospects for the future. I am looking to go into engineering, a field which the UK already excels at, but HS2 really puts the cherry on top. In an interactive workshop run by HS2 Ltd, members of Erewash Youth Forum were tasked with taking on the role of station builders. They chose which elements to add to their preferred building design while also considering the customer experience, environmental impacts and managing the project – just like the real thing.Administered by Erewash Borough Council, Erewash Youth Forum is supported by Derbyshire County Council and 9 local schools, including Bennerley Fields School in Ilkeston, who hosted the HS2-themed event on Tuesday 14 May.Kim Soucy, Senior Engagement Advisor, HS2 Ltd, said: As a group, we really thought about how we could make the station experience better for every kind of passenger who will use HS2. We proposed a design that was eco-friendly yet not too expensive, but also offered entertainment while you wait for your train. Train travel now is very hectic and it’s often difficult getting a seat. HS2 will get you places quicker but will also ensure there is enough room for everyone to sit down on its trains. Other ideas generated at the event included offering colour coded and sound enhanced environments to aid visually impaired and hard of hearing passengers, utilising recycled materials to build the station and installing a community garden to provide produce for the station’s cafés and restaurants.center_img Contact form https://www.hs2.org.uk… Wilsthorpe School pupil taking part in the HS2 workshop at Bennerley Fields School Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy pupils designing their ideal HS2 stationErewash Youth ForumConsisting of representatives aged 11 to 19, Erewash Youth Forum meets 5 times a year and aims to listen and speak for the young people of Erewash. The Forum aims to promote equality among young people, ensuring they are more involved in decisions that affect their lives and advance their participation in society and civic life.Over 30,000 people will play a role in delivering Britain’s new high speed railway, and HS2 is investing in young people now to leave a lasting legacy for the future.HS2 Ltd’s education ambassadors will be working with pupils – ahead of the choices they will make over whether college, work or university is the right path to take – knowing that today’s teenagers are the ones that could be constructing HS2 as it extends from the Midlands to the North by 2033, or driving the high-speed trains of the future. Wilsthorpe School pupils deciding what elements to incorporate into their ideal HS2 stationEast Midlands HubFrom 2033, passengers in the region will be served by a new East Midlands Hub adjacent to Erewash in Toton, which will provide high-speed connections to core UK cities including Leeds, Newcastle, Birmingham and London.As the best connected station on the new high speed network outside of the capital, and with enhanced classic rail, tram and bus services, the East Midlands Hub will ensure people in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire are well placed to benefit from HS2. In addition, HS2 services will also serve Chesterfield, ensuring that the whole region can benefit from new, improved and faster rail services.Olivia Guy is a Year 9 pupil at Wilsthorpe School in Long Eaton. She said: The press and media enquiries line is for accredited journalists onlylast_img read more

Skydiving in the Blue Ridge

first_imgIf you want to experience the element, get out of the vehicle.” Those words were racing through my head on my first skydive. I was about to strap myself to a stranger and slide from the safety of a plane some two miles above ground.I arrived at the D.C. Skydiving Center (which is not actually in DC but on the rural outskirts), surprised to see laughing faces and high-fives and twirling parachutes floating softly to the ground. I looked over at my boyfriend, who would also be jumping, and we silently nodded: this is it.My first stop was the bathroom trailer parked on the side of a barn. My biggest fear was not jetting toward the ground at 120 miles per hour, but expelling some form of bodily excrement in the process. I had watched countless YouTube videos during the past few months; I knew what could happen.When I came out of the shoulder-width stall, a girl in skinny jeans, a tank top, and knee-high, lace-up boots was waiting.“Are you jumping?” I asked her.“Yeaaahh!” she said, squealing excitedly.I looked in the mirror, letting my eyes drift to my matching gray shirt, shorts, and sneakers— quite a fashionable choice for a “last outfit.”After signing in and signing away my life, a man from the Ukraine gave me and the other 19 jumpers a quick rundown of the process. I mimicked his positions, but my mind was elsewhere. I scanned the circle of jumpers, sizing myself up against them; my odds of survival looked decent at best.The first group of instructors and their clients left shortly after the safety talk. I sat with my mother and boyfriend in the flimsy plastic chairs by the runway, our necks craned toward the sky, squinting to see any sign of a jumper. In the distance, first one, then two, then six tiny white specks appeared amid the airy clouds. We watched their shapes curve left and right, growing larger as they glided back to Earth. Their landings were as peaceful as the flights had seemed, and I could feel the anxiety melt away from my pounding heart.As the second group went up, I received my harness and a rough cinching down from one of the employees. The full-body contraption was so snug I could hardly stand up straight.“My last meal was IHOP,” said one of the guys who would be on the final flight of the day.I considered the leftover Chinese food I’d crammed down a few hours ago, praying it didn’t make another appearance. The sounds of cheering from the runway announced the safe arrival of the second group. I gulped hard. This was really it.My instructor-guide-savior, Chris Whittey, slapped me on the back with a cheerful grin.“Let me pack up this chute and we’ll get to it!” he said. My group was already loading onto the plane. I could see the back of my boyfriend’s head as he disappeared into the cockpit. A knot that felt strangely like a wadded up ball of rice and General Tso’s tofu made its way to my chest.“Guess where you get to sit?” Chris said.“In your lap?” I responded, nervously laughing.“Right by the door! You’re jumping first.”Joy, I thought. We hopped on board. I looked back to give my boyfriend one last half-hysterical, half-excited smile. The roar of the plane’s engine drowned out any last-minute doubting. The trees shrank away, miniaturizing with each foot we gained in elevation.I stared ahead at the wall in front of me. Alongside the mandatory safety reminders taped to the aluminum siding was a sticker that said NO FARTING.“You don’t want to know what happens when someone farts in a closed cockpit,” Chris said. He glanced at his watch. 8,000 feet. Almost there.I started getting anxious. I must have asked Chris at least 10 times if I could put my goggles on.“Not yet,” he kept telling me. “We’ll do it 30 seconds before we jump.”When he finally nudged me to put those ridiculous triangular prisms on, I began to lose any sense of who or what or where I was. Chris double-checked all of our attachment points and locking mechanisms.“Ready?” he said.Do I have a choice? I thought.Chris slid open the airplane door and scooted us to the edge. I looked down at my feet as they dangled above the clouds.“Lean back,” he reminded me and I dipped my head back, eyes wide.Holy crap, I thought as we fell from the plane.I’m not sure why they call it jumping or even skydiving for that matter. It was more like a belly flop, like a beached whale sliding into thin air. When we rolled over I could see just how quickly we were falling; the plane had diminished to a mere dot in the sky. My mouth was open wide as I laughed and woo-hooed, all of which was silent in the roaring wind. Within seconds, I experienced the worst case of cottonmouth you could ever imagine, but I didn’t care. I was flying.With no reference point above or below, it felt like it was only the two of us in that endless expanse of white. It didn’t take long to shed any inhibitions and feel at one with the sky, but I was just as quickly brought back to reality as Chris pulled the chute and my legs swung out in front of me.“THAWAZAWTHUM,” I sputtered.Translation. That. Was. Awesome.Check out the video here!last_img read more

Guatemala Anti-Drug Crime Drive Nabs 10

first_imgBy Dialogo December 22, 2010 A police and military crackdown on drug crime spilling across the border from Mexico has yielded 10 arrests in Guatemala’s northern Alta Verapaz department, Defense Minister Abraham Valenzuela said. The anti-crime drive launched by order of President Alvaro Colom suspends some civil liberties, including the right to protest and urges people to report crimes. The campaign is to last 30 days, but Colom said it will go on “as long as necessary.” Valenzuela told a press conference 10 people have been arrested so far in Alta Verapaz, “including one woman” and two people for carrying a weapon without a permit. Eight other people arrested are suspected of belonging to drug trafficking organizations, he said, adding that all those apprehended claim to be Guatemalans. Weapons, ammunition and four vehicles, “some armor plated and with characteristics used by drug traffickers,” were also seized during the anti-crime offensive, he said. The combined military-police sweep focused in and around Alta Verapaz capital Coban, 220 kilometers (137 miles) north of Guatemala City, Valenzuela said. The minister said Colom launched the crackdown because he “is very concerned over the growing level of crime and insecurity across Guatemala, and because Alta Verapaz is being hit hard by violence and organized crime.” Authorities acknowledge that the Zetas organized crime gang — formerly the armed wing of Mexico’s Gulf drug cartel — control a large area of Alta Verapaz as part of their route protection operations.last_img read more

Lawyers challenged to assist children

first_img Lawyers challenged to assist children June 15, 2003 Regular News Lawyers challenged to assist childrencenter_img Seven-year-old Shane was falling further behind in school. His mother recognized her son’s growing frustration and asked the school to evaluate him for special education needs. She had been waiting 14 months for the school district to respond when, instead of helping Shane, the school district indefinitely suspended him for acting out.After suffering years of abuse by her adoptive parents, including being locked in her room for weeks, 15-year-old Shannon was placed in a foster home by the Department of Children and Families and was beginning to recover when DCF suddenly moved her to a residential mental health treatment facility. Held in lock-down, given no schooling or mental health treatment, Shannon was not allowed to contact anyone outside the facility for weeks.Fortunately for Shane and Shannon, according to The Florida Bar Foundation, legal aid lawyers were there to help:• Legal aid obtained academic tutoring and counseling services for Shane as required by law. He returned to school and began doing well in his studies.• For Shannon, help came after a worker at the mental health treatment facility contacted legal aid. The night before the hearing on legal aid’s habeas petition, DCF moved Shannon to a new foster home where she was able to return to school and begin putting her life back together.In order to help bring the benefits of the law and of lawyers to the lives of other underprivileged children, Florida Bar President-elect Miles McGrane has challenged Bar members to donate a total of $250,000 to help fund children’s legal services through The Florida Bar Foundation’s Lawyers Challenge for Children.Bar members may make the voluntary contributions to the effort when they fill out their 2003-04 fee statements. The Foundation will add the attorneys’ contributions to its grants to legal aid and legal services programs in Florida awarded specifically to support specialized legal assistance to poor children.“While this is an unprecedented sum we are seeking, we have unprecedented needs for children in Florida that must be addressed,” McGrane said, adding that last year Bar members donated $47,000 to the Foundation via the voluntary contribution on the fee statements.Foundation President William L. Thompson, Jr., said there are fewer than 20 full-time legal aid lawyers dedicated to addressing the special legal needs of children in Florida — one for every 31,000 poor children.Thompson said even counting the significant amount of pro bono services for children already donated by Florida Bar members, the need for legal services is far greater, including for:• Learning-disabled children to secure testing and services required by law.• Children suspended from school or placed in the hands of juvenile justice authorities or law enforcement for behavior problems directly related to a disability.• Older foster children who do not receive mandated independent living skills training and, at age 18, are simply removed from state care.• Disabled children improperly denied federal disability benefits, or for foster children denied health care or mental health treatment ordered by the courts. GrantsSince 1999, the Foundation has funded special annual grants for legal assistance to children out of IOTA funds. Starting in 2000-01, gifts to the Bar Foundation from the Bar fee statement also support these grants.The Foundation set several goals for its Children’s Legal Services grant initiative, but emphasizes access to special education and health care services required under law.“Another goal is to create and energize a statewide network of children’s legal services providers,” Thompson said. “The network also can provide support to the thousands of Florida attorneys involved in children’s legal services through guardian ad litem and other pro bono projects.” Make a GiftFill in the amount of your tax-deductible contribution to The Florida Bar Foundation on the front of the 2003-04 Florida Bar fee statement in the box next to the suggested contribution level of $45. Add the amount of the gift to the “TOTAL PAID” box and include it in the check total.For more information contact The Florida Bar Foundation at P.O. Box 1553, Orlando 32802-1553, phone (407) 843-0045 or (800) 541-2195, or e-mail [email protected]last_img read more