21 Apr

Health focus at conference

first_imgSome 150 participants gained an insight into opportunities to optimise consumer health at an international conference hosted in Copenhagen last month by ingredients supplier Danisco.Among the healthy ingredients discussed were plants used by the holistic Indian healing system ayurveda, beneficial probiotic bacteria and prebiotic ingredients.Four of Danisco’s research scientists presented the results from a series of studies that shed light on Litesse as a prebiotic dietary fibre. “What we can offer is a holistic approach to health and nutrition formulations,” said chair of Danisco’s health and nutrition network Dr Julian Stowell. “We not only offer a key active ingredient, we can also reformulate the whole product from a taste and texture perspective.”last_img read more

19 Dec

Homelessness seminar set for Orlando

first_imgHomelessness seminar set for Orlando Homelessness seminar set for Orlando November 1, 2005 Regular Newscenter_img National experts on homelessness are coming to Florida to share what they know in a free CLE called “Turning the Tide: Effective Legal Techniques for Addressing the Plight of Homeless Children, Youth & Adults.”Sponsored jointly by the ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty and The Florida Bar Public Interest Law Section Homeless Committee, the day-long seminar begins November 17, at 9 a.m., at the Florida A&M University College of Law in Orlando.“This is really a great honor for us that the ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty wants to come to Florida to spend time with Florida advocates,” said PILS Homeless Committee Chair Lisa DeVitto.“It’s an opportunity to not only share what ABA commissioners are doing in places all over the country, but their chair, Steve Binder, visited us last year and was very impressed with people he met in Tampa. They also want to learn from Florida advocates on what we are doing.”There is plenty to learn.In years past, Florida has ranked among the top five most punitive states toward its homeless population, and several Florida cities have ranked among the top 20 most punitive cities in the United States, according to DeVitto.She said legal services lawyers, public defenders, attorneys who volunteer their time and deal with homeless people, attorneys interested in housing issues and helping the mentally ill and the developmentally disabled will all benefit from the CLE in which 5 hours has been applied for. Lawyers who are new to the area of dealing with homeless clients are welcome, as well as those with plenty of experience, DeVitto said.“My hope is whatever your level of experience—whether you do it as a volunteer or full-time—you will come away with a better understanding of legal techniques available for either preventing homelessness occurring, or helping a client who is homeless. Whatever your level, we hope to increase your expertise and skills and increase your enthusiasm for this work.”The day’s agenda includes:• A discussion of the criminalization of homelessness by Michael Stoops, acting executive director of the National Coalition for the Homeless, and Tulin Ozdeger, civil rights staff attorney for the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, moderated by Shelbi Day, attorney/Equal Justice Works fellow for Southern Legal Counsel.• A discussion about diversion models for dealing with routine misdemeanor charges received by homeless people, by Binder, Judge Steve Leifman, founder of the 11th Judicial Circuit’s Criminal Mental Health Project, and Sixth Judicial Circuit Public Defender Bob Dillinger, who founded a Homeless Outreach Program, moderated by Joe Jackson, vice chair of the PILS Homeless Committee and a legal skills professor at the University of Florida.• A luncheon keynote speech by Maria Foscarinis, founder and executive director of the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty.• A discussion on advocating for children and youth by Karen Nyquist, director of advocacy at Covenant House Alaska, a homeless shelter for teens; Casey Trupin, attorney with Columbia Legal Services in Seattle, where he heads a legal advocacy program for at-risk and homeless youth; and Peter Sabonis, staff attorney at KIDS Legal Aid of Maine.• The final event is a Q-and-A session with Amy Horton-Newell, staff director of the ABA commission, moderated by Binder. “I’ll tell you very simply why I care about homelessness,” DeVitto said. “In a civilized country that values human life, the poorest, the mentally ill, and the disabled do not live on the streets. We should not be a third world country.”For more information and how to register (by November 14), contact DeVitto at [email protected] mindspring.com or call her at 813-259-9744For directions to the seminar at the FAMU law school, 201 Beggs Avenue, Orlando, see www.famu.edu/acad/colleges/law.last_img read more

11 Jan

Rain helps tame N.J. blaze apparently started by flare

first_imgNo deaths or injuries had been attributed to the fire, but at least 13 homes were damaged or destroyed and about 6,000 people were evacuated from 2,500 homes along the border between Ocean and Burlington counties. About 115 people were in shelters Wednesday evening, authorities said. “I didn’t grab anything but the cat and myself, and we scrammed,” said Helen Sura, who spent a sleepless night with her pet, aptly named Smoky, in a Burger King parking lot. A portion of the Garden State Parkway, one of the state’s main north-south routes, was closed briefly Wednesday because dense smoke made it difficult for motorists to see. It was reopened later in the day. Lt. Col. James Garcia, a spokesman for the New Jersey Air National Guard, said the fire was believed to have been started Tuesday afternoon with a flare dropped from an F-16 fighter jet. An investigation continued, he said. The Warren Grove Gunnery Range, about 25 miles north of Atlantic City, was also involved in the accidental strafing in 2004 of an elementary school during a training exercise. LITTLE EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. – A rainstorm Wednesday night helped firefighters make progress against a blaze that apparently began when a military jet dropped a flare on a bombing range. Officials were hoping to determine at daybreak whether the blaze had been contained. The thunderstorm rolled into the region during the early evening, just after high winds associated with the storm pushed the fire eastward toward a highway, jeopardizing the road and thousands of homes east of it. “All the reports we are getting are that the fire is laying right down,” said Bert Plante, a spokesman for the New Jersey Forest Fire Service, after the storm began to subside. The fire, which began Tuesday, sent walls of flames 80 to 100 feet high racing toward senior citizen communities. Elderly residents grabbed their pets and fled. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more