Foundation grants available for children’s legal services

first_imgFoundation grants available for children’s legal services October 1, 2006 Regular News Foundation grants available for children’s legal servicescenter_img Applications for 2007 children’s legal services grants were recently distributed by The Florida Bar Foundation to legal assistance providers in Florida.Due to increased IOTA revenue, continued support from Florida’s lawyers, The Florida Bar’s Lawyers for Children Challenge, and the purchase by lawyers and the public of the Kids Deserve Justice specialty license plates, the Foundation expects to significantly increase funds for 2007 grantees over the 2005 level of $1.2 million.Currently, 17 programs receive children’s legal services grants. The primary purposes of these grants are to assist low-income children with problems involving dependency, foster care, access to special education services, other educational issues, and access to health services. These grants seek to improve the protection of children, their access to needed services, and the improvement and expansion of such services.“The tens of thousands of children in poverty in Florida have critical needs for legal assistance to secure meaningful education, obtain benefits to which they are legally entitled, access health benefits, and secure their rights in the state foster care system,” said Orlando attorney Bruce Blackwell, chair of the Foundation’s Legal Assistance for the Poor Grant Committee.Blackwell said the children’s legal services grants, although inadequate, help solve many of those problems.“A growing number of lawyers in Florida are making a difference for children by making contributions to the Foundation’s children’s legal services program and by performing pro bono work,” he said. “New funds from the Kids Deserve Justice license plate sponsored by The Florida Bar are a boost for this program. We are pleased to be able to increase our funding for children in 2007.”Applicants which are not current grantees of The Florida Bar Foundation must contact Foundation staff for information on submitting a concept paper prior to submitting an application.Grant application packages are available from the Foundation by contacting Andrea Horne at (800) 541-2195, or by e-mail at [email protected] Grant applications must be received by the Foundation by October 18. The Foundation Board of Directors will award the grants on December 15.last_img read more

Reducing TV time may be an effective strategy for improving health and academic performance in teens

first_imgShare Share on Twitter Email Watching television for more than two hours a day increases the participation in other sedentary activities in adolescents, according to a study recently published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.Adolescent obesity is a growing world health issue, and there are many factors in our modern lifestyles that contribute to becoming overweight or obese. One concern is the impact that children’s media has on the physical and mental health of young people. Many studies have argued that there is a relationship between television viewing and obesity in children and adolescents. It is also established that spending large amounts of time in sedentary activities is a risk for obesity, even in those who are fairly active.Television viewing is associated with obesity because people often snack on high fat and sugar foods whilst watching TV which leads to a calorie surplus and a reduction in fresh fruit and vegetable consumption. Additionally, excessive TV viewing reduces the time spent doing physical activity and reduces the resting metabolic rate. Previously, studies have shown that watching more than 2 hours of TV a day is associated with poorer health, visual difficulties, depression and anxiety. Until now, few studies have focused on the impact of television viewing on self-rated health, academic performance and participation in other sedentary activities in adolescents. Pinterestcenter_img Share on Facebook The study, conducted by researchers at Yonsei University, Korea involved questionnaire and interview responses from 1234 students in Lima, Peru. The results showed that adolescents spend the majority of their free time watching television, playing video games or on the internet but only 23.1% watched TV for more than 2 hours per day. Watching TV was related to increased video game participation in males and older adolescents and increased internet use in all participants. The results also revealed that TV viewing had a negative impact on health and academic performance. Although the adolescents in this study were all from a specific location, the results of this study are comparable to similar studies in the USA.Overall, the study shows that watching more than 2 hours of TV a day increases participation in sedentary activities such as video game and internet use. The results suggest that reducing the time adolescents spend watching TV could increase their participation in physical activity and improve their health and academic performance. LinkedInlast_img read more

Abidjan Zoo ordered to close after hyena escapes

first_imgFaces of Africa : The Hyena Men Abidjan app developers unveil safe, reliable taxi service Afrik Fashion Show takes place in Abidjancenter_img Visitors look at an elephant in Abidjan’s zoo, Ivory Coast, on July 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / SIA KAMBOUSIA KAMBOU / AFP Visitors look at an elephant in Abidjan’s zoo, Ivory Coast, on July 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / SIA KAMBOUSIA KAMBOU / AFPA zoo in Cote D’Ivoire’s capital has been closed after a hyena escaped its cage and briefly wandered the streets of Abidjan, the government said.The hyena was seen walking between buildings and cars in the neighboring district of Las Palmas though it did not attack anyone.“The Abidjan National Zoo has been closed for an audit,” the ministry of water and forests said in a statement late Tuesday.The ministry added that a hyena that had escaped from the rundown zoo was recaptured without difficulty and returned to its enclosure.The incident comes after images posted on social media showed a famished lion at the zoo, along with accusations of ill-treatment.“We have closed the zoo for an audit which should last a month. We hope to get support from international partners but we are going to continue the (refurbishment) work. The audit should provide us with further information,” a ministry spokesman said.The zoo says it has 350 animals, mainly lions and elephants. Before the closure, it was regularly visited by schoolchildren and featured on tourism guides despite its battered installations.Relatedlast_img read more

Carson ‘Disappointed’ by Changes to Castle Douglas Bus Services

first_img“I am disappointed that such a decision was made without any form of consultation or consideration of those who rely on these morning services.“I have written to Swestrans urging them to reinstate the 9am bus service as a matter of urgency, and for proposed future changes to the service to undergo a proper public consultation process with all relevant stakeholders so that we can avoid any disruption to those who rely on this important service.“When the Health Centre was moved to the outskirts of town concerns were rightly raised over how accessible this would be to some local residents. This bus service was put in place to mitigate the effects of removing the health centre from the town centre and we must not see it begin to be eroded.” Commenting, Finlay Carson MSP said: Local MSP Finlay Carson has said the changes are disappointing, making the case that many residents of Castle Douglas rely on this service to reach the health centre on the outskirts of town for morning appointments. He has called on the bus company to immediately reinstate the 9am service ahead of proper consultation with the council and general public over the future timetable.center_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInThe decision by Swestrans to cancel their 9am and 10am town bus services from Carlingwark Street to the Health Centre has caused concern amongst many residents of Castle Douglas.The decision has been taken without proper public consultation or consideration of the service users. The first Castle Douglas town service will now not arrive at the Health Centre until 10:39, leaving some locals with little alternative transport  to the health centre until late morning.last_img read more

Samba linked with Russia return

first_imgFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Anzhi Makhachkala want to re-sign Chris Samba, according to the Daily Star.Samba left the Russian club in January to join QPR for £12.5m but has been tipped to make a quick exit from Loftus Road.The defender is expected to leave at the end of the season, with Rangers said to be planning to cut their wage bill once relegation is confirmed.AdChoices广告And it is suggested that Anzhi are prepared to match his wages – once again reported to be £100,000 per week – in order to get him back.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last_img read more