Alice Lawaetz has purchased international show jumping prospect, Higuain, through Eric Lamaze’s Torrey Pines Stable.The American competitor and owner bought Higuain, an eight-year-old grey Hanoverian gelding (Grey Top x For Edition), through the 2008 Canadian Olympic champion. The horse was formerly campaigned by Hayley Barnhill, a young up-and-coming American professional who recently joined Lamaze’s Torrey Pines Stable as a full-time rider and trainer.Lawaetz and Lamaze met in Lanaken, Belgium, in the summer of 2019. Lawaetz had been looking for a horse for her own riding pursuits for over a year and hadn’t found a suitable candidate. She expressed her desire to Lamaze to buy a top-level horse and explained exactly what she wanted. Not long after, she got the call from Lamaze saying he had found a horse that matched her needs.“Eric listened to what I said and called me when he thought he had a horse that was of the caliber I wanted,” said Lawaetz. “I didn’t have to go and try 15 horses. Eric said this was the horse and he was one hundred percent right. It was exactly what I was looking for – scopey, intelligent, good-looking, and sound.”As a six-year-old, Higuain was successfully campaigned in Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) sanctioned young horse competition in Europe.“I had been searching for over a year for a horse for myself and everyone kept trying to sell me 15-year-old horses that jumped 1.20m,” explained Lawaetz. “As a busy professional running my own company, I want a horse that is special when I do have time to ride; something super-sexy that I can trust to go in the ring and have the ability to do anything I want it to do.“It was wonderful and so refreshing to work with a professional who listened to me and found what I asked for,” continued Lawaetz of her experience working with Lamaze. “He didn’t waste my time trying to sell me something that I didn’t want. I told him exactly what I was looking for and he delivered.”As the President of Falconwood Inc. with headquarters in Arlington, VA, Lawaetz keeps her personal horses with U.S. eventing team veteran Stephen Bradley in Middleburg, VA, while also maintaining a winter base in Wellington, FL. An all-round horsewoman, Lawaetz competes in a myriad of equestrian sports including show jumping, dressage, eventing, and fox hunting. She competes on both sides of the Atlantic, showing in North America as well as in Europe.Lawaetz has also made a name for herself as the owner of top-level horses for a wide range of international athletes. Lawaetz currently owns 16 horses in total for various riders in multiple disciplines including Chacna, which Enrique Gonzalez plans to ride as a member of the Mexican show jumping team at the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. She also works closely with Germany’s Paul Schockemöhle to purchase promising young prospects and develop them to their highest potential and, in 2018, was honored as the recipient of the PSI Award in the ‘Supporter’ category.With bases in Wellington, Florida, and Brussels, Belgium, Lamaze’s Torrey Pines Stable is a large training and sales business specializing in sport horses for the international market. Lamaze and the Torrey Pines team will be competing in Wellington, FL, for the remainder of the winter season before returning to their European base outside Brussels, Belgium.For more information on Lamaze and his Torrey Pines Stable, visit www.ericlamaze.com. Tags: Eric Lamaze, Torrey Pines Stable, Alice Lawaetz, Higuain, Email* SIGN UP We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Horse Sport Enews Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes.
iStock(NEW YORK) — While many countries around the world and cities in the U.S. are pointing toward positive signs that social distancing might be finally flattening the curve, the novel coronavirus death toll continues to be staggering with at least 109,000 deceased.The U.S. is the global leader in the number of cases and deaths. More than 20,602 people in the U.S. have died as a result of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. At least 530,000 people in the U.S. have tested positive.Worldwide, more than 1.78 million people have been diagnosed since the virus emerged in China in December. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.Here are today’s biggest developments:– U.S. close to its peak of disease, FDA commissioner says– US death toll highest in world, cases now over half a million– Global death toll tops 100,000– Kansas Supreme Court strikes down measure allowing in-person Easter church servicesRonald Reynolds, 47, walks out of the Louisiana State Penitentiary on Jan. 29, 2020, after serving 29 years in prison.President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, April 9, 2020, in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence and Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia listen.Here’s the latest on the developing situation. All times Eastern. 9 a.m.: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson discharged from hospitalBritish Prime Minister Boris Johnson was discharged from a London hospital on Sunday after spending the last week undergoing treatment for the coronavirus.Johnson, 55, was released from St. Thomas’ Hospital and was planning to travel to his country home, Chequers, in the London suburb of Buckinghamshire, to continue his recovery, a spokesperson said.“On the advice of his medical team, the PM will not be immediately returning to work,” the prime minister’s spokesperson said. “He wishes to thank everybody at St. Thomas’ for the brilliant care he has received. All of his thoughts are with those affected by this illness.”Johnson’s fiancée, Carrie Symonds, took to Twitter to thank well-wishers.“There were times last week that were very dark indeed,” Symonds tweeted. “My heart goes out to all those in similar situations, worried sick about their loved ones.”8:45 a.m.: Trump tweets Easter video calling coronavirus the ‘plague’Calling the coronavirus “the plague,” President Donald Trump wished Christians across the America a happy Easter in a 48-second video posted on Twitter and told them to stay separated and out of churches to help in the battle against the virus.“This Easter will be much different than others because in many cases we’ll be separated physically only from our churches,” Trump said. “We won’t be sitting there next to each other which we’d like to be and soon will be again, but right now we’re keeping separation, we’re getting rid of the plague.”He ended the message by telling Americans we’re “winning the war” and we will soon be “back together in churches right next to each other.”The message is a significant departure from Trump’s prediction back on March 24 that parishioners would “pack churches” by Easter Sunday. Trump later said it was an aspiration, longing to see churches filled by Easter.The United States is close to its peak of the novel coronavirus disease, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn said on ABC’s This Week.“The models do show that we are very close to the peak. So I think that information is accurate,” Hahn said. “This has been a really fast-moving outbreak, so we really have to take this day by day.”President Donald Trump has pushed to reopen the country as soon as possible — at one point even suggesting Easter as a target — but medical professionals have cautioned against reopening before even the start of May, cautioning that there could be a spike in infections if restrictions are lifted too soon.While he said it’s still too early to name a date, Hahn told This Week co-anchor Martha Raddatz, “We see light at the end of the tunnel.”On Saturday, April 11, 6,743 uniformed members of the NYPD were on sick report which accounts for 18.6% of the department’s uniformed workforce. Currently, 2,318 uniformed members and 471 civilian members tested positive for the coronavirus.This is a decrease of 1% from Friday evening when the NYPD said 7,096 uniformed members were out sick, which was 19.6% of the force.The Kansas Supreme Court said late Saturday night that Gov. Laura Kelly’s executive order that banned religious services of more than 10 people while the coronavirus pandemic is ongoing will remain in place.The Democratic governor filed the lawsuit on Thursday after a Republican-dominated legislative panel overturned her order. Kelly sued and then immediately appealed to the Kansas Supreme Court to decide quickly with Easter Sunday services just hours away.The court held unprecedented electronic oral arguments on Saturday morning, and after listening to arguments, it said the Legislative Coordinating Council lacked the authority to overturn the governor’s executive order.“My top priority has always been the safety and well-being of all Kansans,” Kelly said in a statement. “I know this pandemic is extremely hard for everyone. Each unprecedented action I’ve been forced to make in recent weeks has been taken in close consultation with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the Kansas Division of Emergency Management, the Attorney General, legislators and key stakeholders. That process will continue. Most other states, at the urging of the White House and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have taken similar steps to protect Americans to slow the spread of COVID-19.”Puerto Rico’s governor has extended an island-wide curfew until May in an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19 on the island.While wearing a face mask and gloves, Gov. Wanda Vazquez announced the lockdown continuation that started on March 15 would be extended until at least May 3.The curfew orders people to stay home from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. and remain there even outside those hours unless they have to buy food or medicine, go to the bank or have an emergency/health-related situation. Violators face a $5,000 fine or a six-month jail term, and police have cited and arrested hundreds. Nonessential business were closed in March.According to Puerto Rico’s health secretary, the peak in cases for the island is not expected until early May. There have been about 7,700 people tested so far with more than 780 confirmed cases. Forty-two people have died on the island from COVID-19. There is a backlog of over 1,300 tests that are pending results. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
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Three French-speaking cantons – Geneva, Vaud and Neuchâtel – also voted against the ban. Zurich, Switzerland’s biggest canton by far, approved the measure with a small majority of less than 52%. In Appenzell Innerrhoden, a tiny rural canton in eastern Switzerland with almost no Muslims, 71.5% voted ‘Yes’, the highest share in the whole country.Most Muslim residents of Switzerland are immigrants from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Turkey, relatively secular societies with relaxed religious practices.The popular initiative, which began as a grass-roots effort by the religious and anti-immigrant right, will put the government in a difficult position. It is obliged by the constitution to implement the initiative as it has been approved, but it is also the guardian of the constitution, and the ban stands in evident contradiction to the constitutional principle of freedom of religion. It is expected that the ban will be challenged in the courts, and it is quite likely that it would not survive a case before the European Court of Human Rights.The ‘Yes’ vote caught observers and Switzerland’s political establishment off guard. The latest poll had found an approval rate of just 37%. Of the five parties represented in Switzerland’s grand coalition government, only one – the anti-immigrant People’s Party (SVP) supported the initiative. In this, the vote resembles a similar defeat for the country’s mainstream opinion in 1992, when voters rejected, by a very thin margin, membership of the European Economic Area, a common market between European Union member states and the members of the European Free Trade Association.Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf, minister of justice, said that the government, which had fought against the ban, took fears about radical Islamism seriously but that the new measure was not the right way of addressing them. In a stunning rebuke to their main political parties – all but one of which had rejected the proposal – Swiss voters yesterday (29 November) endorsed a ban on minarets. The popular initiative was approved by 57.5% of voters and a majority in all but four of the 26 cantons. Voter-turnout was 53.4%, high by Swiss standards for a referendum.The only German-speaking canton to reject the initiative was Basel-Stadt, one of Switzerland’s most urban cantons with the highest share of Muslim residents – around 10%, double the national average. Supporters led an aggressive campaign with incendiary posters, saying that Islam was an expansionist religion that was on the attack against Western values.Andreas Gross, a senior social democratic parliamentarian who is also president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, aninter-governmental human rights group, said that the vote was “a slap in the face” of all those who believed in human rights. He said that it contradicted the European Convention on Human Rights.Hugues Hiltpold, a Liberal parliamentarian from Vaud who was a member of the committee against the ban, said that Swiss businesses had insufficiently supported the ‘No’ campaign. Jacques Neyrinck, a Christian Democratic deputy, also from Vaud, expressed a fear that Muslim countries might now boycott Swiss goods and services. “The losses could run into billions,” he said.No other country in Europe has such a ban on minarets, although some – notably France and Turkey – ban displays of religious affiliation, such as headscarves, in public spaces, including schools and universities. The Austrian state of Carinthia has a similar ban on the construction of minarets, which rightist parties now want to expand to all of Austria. Anti-immigrant parties in the Netherlands and Denmark announced that they would also seek to ban minarets. Geert Wilders, an anti-immigrant Dutch politician, said his party would introduce a draft law similar to the ban now approved by Swiss voters.The ban does not affect the existing four mosques in Switzerland with minarets. None is used for the five times a day call to prayer.
The interest in climate change and emissions is something new for the IEA, and for Birol. When it was formed, the IEA’s chief responsibility was to shield its members from similar spikes, requiring them to keep at least 90 days’ worth of oil in stock at all times.Birol’s energy career began with a five-year stint at OPEC’s headquarters in Vienna before leaving a guaranteed and highly paid job with the oil cartel in 1995 for a 13-month temporary contract with the IEA.It was a chance to “look at the world from a much wider perspective,” he said.Under his leadership over the past 15 years, the IEA’s World Energy Outlook became the industry’s authority on statistics and forecasts for all types of energy.In 2011 the book declared the world was entering a “golden age of gas,” and followed the next year by laying out “the golden rules” for that golden age. The 2015 edition, coming out just a couple weeks before the Paris summit, will for the first time look at how efficiency, product design, recycling and reuse can cut down on energy use.“He’s done oil, but he’s had to really move the outlook towards climate change, because that’s just the way the world has gone and the outlook is supposed to not just talk about energy, but the environment as well,” said Jonathan Stern, chair of the Natural Gas Research Program at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, who knows Birol well. “We are one of the biggest promoters of renewable energies,” he said in the interview.The shift in emphasis by one of the world’s most influential voices on energy policy is a sign of changing times. Big oil and gas are adapting to the political and economic fallout of climate change.Birol is the brains behind the IEA’s authoritative yearly World Energy Outlook report, which, in an additional personal touch, is decorated in the red and yellow of his beloved Istanbul Galatasaray football club.“The world sits up and takes notice,” when he has something to say, T. Boone Pickens, the American oil businessman and billionaire, wrote in Forbes in 2009.“If there is any energy company in the world which thinks that climate change policies will not affect their business strategies, they are making a grave mistake.”Everyone in energy knows him. Before sitting down at the brasserie table, Birol is pulled aside by a woman who comes up shyly to congratulate him on his new role as IEA chief. The OECD rich country club created the agency in 1974, soon after OPEC imposed an oil embargo and caused prices to jump four-fold in just five months. Its membership list includes 29 of the OECD’s 34 countries, among them most European Union states, the U.S., Australia and Japan. He broke with tradition and took his first two trips as executive director to countries outside the IEA club, to China and India.Birol’s appointment in itself marks a new era for the agency.On the one hand his years at the IEA give him an insider’s insight that previous directors have lacked. His tenure as the architect and lead author of the World Energy Outlook have grounded his views and recommendations in solid, empirical analysis, according to sources familiar with his work.Birol with former Galatasaray player and football star Didier DrogbaOn the other, he’s missing the political or industry clout of predecessors such as Maria van der Hoeven, who had been the Dutch minister of economic affairs, or Claude Mandil, who came from top seats at Gaz de France and the French Institute of Petroleum.“It’s a cultural change,” said Stern. “There’s been nobody who’s got the massive grounding and background on the subject that he has.”For Birol, the four-year post is a “dream.” But he would drop that dream for a single call — from the soccer team that named him an honorary lifetime club member in 2013, Galatasaray. The IEA expects renewables to account for 60 percent of all new power plants worldwide in the next 15 years, while gas, coal, nuclear and others fight for the remainder.“This is a big move, and it’s extremely good news for at least three reasons,” Birol said. “One, it reduces CO2 emissions. Second, it’s a secure fuel, it doesn’t come from a geopolitically sensitive country. And third, it is good for cities and local pollution.”When it comes to the future of natural gas, Birol tends to agree with the European Commission and oil and gas industry: Gas has a role to play, at least between now and 2050. The argument is that because renewables such as wind, solar and hydro can vary with the weather, gas provides a stable and flexible backup that can step in when generation dips.This is where the IEA, and Birol’s World Energy Outlook, have drawn some criticism. Environmental and renewables advocates say the annual report overestimates the cost of developing renewable energy and integrating it into the power grid, and underestimates the potential for growth.“There’s no question, they have been so far away that it has been very misleading and very negative for the debate,” said Terje Osmundsen, senior vice president of business development at the Norwegian power producer Scatec Solar. “My concern is that the IEA needs to open its doors and start to interact with people on both sides of the traditional energy field.”Break with traditionBirol, however, is keen to re-position the IEA, and he has a two-pillared plan to do that. First, he wants to build bridges with countries outside the OECD, as they grow more prominent on the world energy stage and those inside slowly diminish. Second, he wants the agency to remain an authority in an increasingly climate-conscious world. Birol seems at ease in his new, green role. He recounts his personal experience with pollution dating back to his childhood in Ankara, where he played soccer in the streets.“At exactly 5:30 my mother would tell me and my brother to come home. The reason was that the pollution was extreme because of coal,” he said.The air is now a lot cleaner in the Turkish capital, as coal-fired power stations have been replaced by natural gas and other cleaner fuels. “You can definitely enjoy better air, even though the streets are filled with cars so you can’t play football anymore,” he said.That’s the kind of change Birol wants to see across the global energy industry. And it’s one he thinks oil and gas companies should heed if they don’t want to lose out on the coming shift to cleaner energy.“If there is any energy company in the world which thinks that climate change policies will not affect their business strategies, they are making a grave mistake,” he said. “Sooner or later, it will have an impact on their portfolios and their business strategies and future profits or losses.”It’s not just a question of corporate bottom lines. The scientific consensus among a growing number of governments and investors is that human-caused global warming is real, and that the energy industry is a fundamental part of the problem. Fatih Birol is an oil man’s oil man — an economist who first cut his teeth at OPEC before jumping to the International Energy Agency two decades ago.But as the newly appointed IEA executive director sips a beer in a Belgian pub and relates his plans for the agency, something seems off.He doesn’t talk much about oil, gas, wells or barrels. The silver-haired Turk repeatedly shifts the conversation to his plans to turn the Paris-based organization that was originally founded to help the developed world combat OPEC’s oil-market power into “an international hub on clean energy.” Two-thirds of the emissions that cause climate change come from the energy sector, Birol said. So, he added, changing the way the industry generates electricity and fuels cars has to be at the heart of the global COP21 climate summit negotiations in Paris in December.Perfect outcome for everybodyFor him the ideal result of the Paris U.N. summit would be an agreement to impose a global price on carbon dioxide emissions. That efficient and academically orthodox solution appeals to the economist in him. But the politician who climbed the staff ranks of the IEA to become the first executive director chosen from inside the agency is pessimistic about the chances of such an outcome from Paris.“I know that to expect a legally binding agreement immediately, in two months time, may be on the ambitious side,” he said. “But at least, if we can give this strong signal from government that energy sector investments must go in the right direction, it will be just perfect for everybody.”Birol said he has no issue with ambitious climate targets. It’s just that all countries should follow through on their promises, and not leave those like the European Union stranded with competition-sapping commitments to reduce emissions while others do less. The EU’s carbon dioxide emissions per capita stood at 7.1 tons in 2011, compared with 16.8 tons in the U.S., 16.2 tons in Australia and 14 tons in Canada, all of which have been more resistant to high and binding emissions reduction targets.He welcomed the European environment ministers’ decision in September to set the bloc’s emissions reduction targets at 40 percent by 2030, 50 percent by 2050 and zero emissions by 2100, but stressed Europe can’t fix the world’s problems on its own.“If Europe follows this path and reduces emissions while others don’t follow, it cannot change a single 0.1 degree in the global temperature increase,” Birol said. “If they call me today to be general manager, I will send my luggage off tomorrow for Istanbul. I’m gone, definitely.”
Maryam placed first out of more than 5,600 other applicants from 124 countries.RELATED: New Mexico Girl Wins $250,000 Top Prize in Teen Science Fair For Inventing Tool That Could Prevent Starvation in AfricaShe won a $250,000 Post-secondary scholarship, a $50,000 prize for her science teacher, and a $100,000 science lab for her school.(WATCH Maryam’s brilliantly simple explainer in the video below.)SHARE News of This Inspiring Teen With Friends on Social Media… AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA Canadian teenager just took first place in a global science competition for her brilliant explanation of quantum tunneling.Breakthrough Junior Challenge/YouTubeMaryam Tsegaye lives in Fort McMurray—a city that hit headlines for devastating reasons in 2016, when 88,000 people were forced from their homes due to wildfire.Now, thanks to her ability to explain tricky quantum physics theory with ease, this 17-year-old has taken top prize at the sixth annual international Breakthrough Junior Challenge. The challenge is a science video competition where young people showcase their knowledge of scientific principles in various fields.In a three-minute explainer, Maryam likened the behavior of electrons to how her brother cheats while playing games online:“So I was watching my brother play this video game and he used a cheat code that let his character do a walk-through-walls hack,” she says in the video. “He pushed himself against a barrier in the game, hit some buttons and boom, his character appeared on the other side,” she says in her video.“Imagine if you could walk through walls in real life—and it turns out you can, at a quantum level.”Alberta politician Rachel Notley spoke for many when she tweeted her congratulations to the teen.
Daniel Ogwok Siringi, 34, of Beaumont, pleaded guilty to transmitting threatening communications before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Giblin on Friday. According to information presented in court, on Dec. 11, 2008, Siringi sent an e-mail to the President of Lamar University threatening to harm and injure individuals of Lamar University by means of a “Virginia case” type of assault if Lamar University did not allow students who had received notice they would not graduate, to graduate. Siringi was indicted by a federal grand jury on Jan. 8, 2009. Siringi faces up to five years in federal prison at sentencing. A sentencing date has not been set. This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Lamar University Police Department, the Beaumont Police Department, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and Crime Lab, the Port Arthur Police Department, the City of Orange Police Department and Immigration and Customs Enforcement and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Randy L. Fluke and Brit Featherston.
Related Success at this weekend’s prestigious Sailfish ‘Triathlon Night of the Year’ Awards in Germany has seen Challenge Roth voted as the world’s best triathlon, with two other Challenge Family races voted into the top 10.Readers of Europe’s largest triathlon magazine, Zeitschrift Triathlon, voted Challenge Roth (52.9%) as the 2011 ‘Race of the Year’, knocking the Ironman World Championships (24.9%) into second place for the first time in five years. Joining Challenge Roth was Challenge Kraichgau in fifth place and Challenge Cairns in tenth.The reigning champions of Challenge Roth were also honoured on the night with Germany’s Andreas Raelert taking ‘Male Athlete of the Year’ and the UK’s Chrissie Wellington winning ‘Female Athlete of the Year’. Raelert and Wellington both set new world records at Challenge Roth in 2011 with times of 7:41:33 and 8:18:13 respectively.Challenge Family CEO and Race Director of Challenge Roth, Felix Walchshöfer, said he was delighted with the win and paid tribute to the thousands of athletes who had played a part in Challenge’s success.“Winning this award is a huge honour for us,” he said. “And it means even more as an athlete-voted award. A huge thank you goes to all 35,000 athletes who race with Challenge around the world each year for their support.”The Challenge Family currently features 13 races across three continents, including the world’s largest iron distance triathlon, Challenge Roth in Germany. Other races are Challenge Wanaka (New Zealand), Challenge Fuerteventura and Challenge Barcelona (Spain), Challenge Kraichgau (Germany), Challenge Cairns (Australia), Challenge Copenhagen and Challenge Aarhus (Denmark), Challenge Vichy (France), Challenge Walchsee (Austria), Challenge Henley-on-Thames (UK) and Challenge Cape Town (South Africa).www.challenge-family.com www.triathlonnight.de
FIU mentoring program aimed at Hispanics FIU mentoring program aimed at Hispanics Florida International University College of Law and the Hispanic National Bar Foundation recently welcomed more than 100 high school, college, and law students as they launched the HNBF National Mentoring Program “Project Access” in Miami, which aims at providing further access and opportunity to minority and other traditionally underrepresented groups in the legal profession.Students were matched with mentoring attorneys to explore the application processes of college and law school, internships, scholarships, and the real world work of a lawyer. Students also had the opportunity to network, win scholarships to pay for bar examination prep, and apply for summer programs such as the 2009 HNBF Future Latino Lawyers Law Camp.“The HNBF is dedicated to empowering the Hispanic community through education,” said Mayda Prego, president of the HNBF. “We are thrilled that with a strong partnership with FIU College of Law we can bring quality programs like Project Access to so many students in the Hispanic community.”The partnership was made possible through a grant from the Law School Admission Council and is part of a larger effort by FIU to implement programming that supports diversity and access. The college of law was ranked as the third best environment for minority students in the nation in the new 2010 edition of The Best 172 Law Schools. The faculty at the FIU College of Law were also mentioned in the Princeton Review article as the most diverse law faculty in the nation. December 1, 2009 Regular News
Saudi Arabia and the World Health Organization (WHO) reported three new MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) cases in that country today, all of them in women, two of whom are healthcare workers.One of the patients is a 67-year-old Saudi citizen in Riyadh who has various chronic diseases and is being treated in a hospital intensive care unit, the Saudi Ministry of Health (MOH) said in a very brief statement.In its own announcement, the WHO said the woman fell ill on Jul 25 and has had no known exposures to animals or to other MERS-CoV patients.The other two patients are both 39-year-old female healthcare workers, one living in the southwestern region of Asir and other in Riyadh, the MOH said. It said both women have mild symptoms and are in stable condition.The MOH statement gave no details on how the two patients were exposed to the virus, but the WHO said both had contact with patients who had confirmed MERS cases.Several other cases have been reported recently in Asir, including one reported Jul 25 in an 83-year-old man and two others reported Jul 17 in a 26-year-old man and a 42-year-old female healthcare worker.With the three new cases, Saudi Arabia’s posted MERS tally increases to 74 cases with 39 deaths. The cases raise the WHO’s MERS count to 94 cases and 46 deaths.See also: Aug 1 Saudi MOH statementAug 1 WHO statementSaudi MOH page with MERS case count