TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares are rising, echoing a rally on Wall Street as hopes grow for a gradual global economic recovery from the damage of the coronavirus pandemic. Benchmarks in Japan, South Korea, Australia and China rose in early Friday trading. Asian markets are getting a lift from positive employment data from the U.S., what appears to be a gradual decline in global COVID-19 cases and vaccine rollouts around the world. Stocks closed higher on Wall Street, helped by strong company earnings and optimism that Washington can reach a deal for another round of fiscal stimulus.
By Dialogo August 13, 2013 This type of vehicle was made in Brazil and we know best how to maintain them. That kind of knowledge is nowhere else to find. Our mechanics understood right away what the problems were,” Brait said. “Suriname’s army has many Brazilian-manufactured vehicles including jeeps, trucks and buses for personnel transport and civil operations,” he said, adding that repairing the vehicles was easy, but transporting them back and forth was a challenge. “The only way to get them to Brazil and back to Suriname was on the same ship that we use for logistical support to our troops that take part in the United Nations Stabilization Mission for Haiti (MINUSTAH). Partnership extends to border security The Urutus were handed over at a June 10 ceremony at the Memre Buku army headquarters in Paramaribo. During the event, Baumbach outlined the prospects for future bilateral military cooperation. “The partnership between our countries is based on our geographic proximity, but also because our defense organizations should be able to tackle modern-day issues like human trafficking in cooperation,” the ambassador said. Brait said that in addition to security matters, two Brazilian sports advisers are now attached to Suriname’s Defense Ministry. “We are assisting Suriname with its first Staff Officers’ Course for Captains,” he said. “The results are very good. I have been attaché here for two years and I have personally witnessed a lot of advancement [in bilateral relations]. Brazil and Suriname also cooperate in border security matters. Suriname recently dispatched soldiers to its southern border, to complement efforts by Brazilian authorities to boost safety in the region. In July, Brazil’s Ministry of Defense sent 25,000 soldiers to patrol the country’s borders in an unprecedented military operation. PARAMARIBO — Suriname has received two Urutu armored vehicles that had been sent to neighboring Brazil for repairs, as part of a bilateral defense cooperation agreement that took effect in 2012. “They’re as good as new,” said Surinamese Defense Minister Lamure Latour. The Brazilian-made vehicles underwent a total overhaul under the supervision of the Brazilian Army. Two more armored vehicles, known as Cascavels, are still in Brazil and wil be returned to Suriname by November. “This was the first project under that agreement,” said Lt. Colonel Angelo Brait Júnior, Brazil’s military attaché in Paramaribo, Suriname’s capital. “The Urutus and Cascavels were in a bad state of disrepair and needed urgent attention.” The four tanks were part of a large cache of army material Suriname bought from Brazil in the early 1980s. The pride of the army, these tactical army vehicles played a strategic role in the so-called Interior War that raged in the country’s inlands, but in recent years their condition deteriorated to the point where they sat immobile at the army barracks. Surinamese army mechanics to train in Brazil In Brazil, these vehicles got a second shot at life. Repairs focused on the interior, the engines and the armaments. Operation Ágata 7, as the mission is known, focuses on cross-border crimes like drug and weapons trafficking, smuggling, illegal immigration, illegal mining and human smuggling. National security official Gerold Dompig told the press that Surinamese authorities have been keeping a close watch on the border as well. “We sent men to the border because criminals might decide to cross over from Brazil, seeing that the Brazilian army is making it too hot for them,” he said. Effort is part of general military overhaul National Security Director Melvin Linscheer said Suriname is deploying its Border Management System, a $2.5 million project that was commissioned last year to register, identify and track incoming and departing travelers. Brait said the further progress will be discussed in late August when Suriname hosts the first bilateral meeting between the two countries’ defense ministers. The overhaul of the armored vehicles comes as Suriname boosts its armed forces in general. The government recently announced it would spend $2.4 million on armored vehicles for the nation’s army, police, customs and intelligence departments. In July, Suriname took delivery of three fast boats for its Coast Guard unit now being set up to fight maritime crime. Soldiers were transferred from the Navy to form the initial Coast Guard staff, while a permanent crew undergoes training. Why donÂ´t you buy new vehicles? read more
Minority Mentoring Picnic draws hundreds of students Minority Mentoring Picnic draws hundreds of students Jan Pudlow Senior Editor What elevates a picnic to a happening with high purpose?When a thousand picnickers are a veritable who’s-who list of Florida’s legal elite mingling with minority law students from all over the state hoping to snag a mentor.Amelia Earhart Park in Hialeah on October 1 was the place to be for the Second Minority Mentoring Picnic, and its creator, Miami lawyer John Kozyak, deemed it a smashing success. He estimated at least 300 law students came from the University of Florida, Florida State University, Florida A&M University, Stetson University, Nova Southeastern, Florida International, St. Thomas, and the University of Miami. Ready to engage those students in conversation were at least 50 judges and about 450 lawyers (and their families), including law school deans, law firm hiring partners, and members of The Florida Bar leadership.“I don’t want to say it was like a Beatles concert or the World Series, but in terms of organized bar functions, I had people tell me it was one of the best things they’d ever been to,” Kozyak said.Former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno was surrounded by a laughing throng of law students.Supreme Court Justice Peggy Quince sought out students, wearing color-coded tags, for congenial pep talks to succeed in law school and future jobs.“It was a great opportunity for lawyers to give back to our community in the form of helping young people coming through law school. I tell you, it was fantastic!” said Justice Quince, who said she wishes she had had a mentor going through law school.“Good food, good times, and good people,” Quince said. “We’ve got some really bright people in law school. I’m feeling really good about the legal profession.”Florida Bar President Alan Bookman was in the crowd serving as a credible reminder that the Bar is serious about diversifying the legal profession.“It was a happening,” Bookman said. “It was really good. It was well-attended. There were minority law students, minority lawyers, judges, lawyers — a great bonding experience. It was just a fun party, is what it was.”Make that a fun party — despite some rain showers — pumped up with volleyball and football games and jazzed up with Caribbean music deejayed by Miami lawyer and former Cuban-American Bar Association President Marlon Hill, who interjected light-hearted commentary on who he spotted in the crowd.Legal luminaries rolled up their sleeves and served up great food.Hovering over a roasted pig for six hours in the Cuban tradition was Miami lawyer Ramon Abadin, immediate past president of CABA, while other members stirred a big pot of paella.“This event has opened a lot of doors and made a lot of connections for law students,” Abadin said. “To have students talking to Peggy Quince having a Coke gives them a true sense of belonging. Not to quote Mastercard, but that’s priceless.”Robert Vaughn, past president of the Caribbean Bar Association, provided jerk chicken. Add to the gastronomical array: arroz con pollo, barbecue, and roasted lamb. And don’t forget the soul food. Lisa Lehner even flew in bratwurst from Wisconsin.And the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, along with the Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers, satisfied everyone’s sweet tooth with an abundance of desserts.One image from the picnic that really stands out, said Miami lawyer Detra Shaw-Wilder, was watching Dade County Judge Fred Seraphin, Florida’s only Haitian-American judge, bring goat meat and man the hamburger and hotdog grill.“He left the grill and was holding court with seven or eight students, talking, and they were standing there eagerly listening to him, really connecting. That’s what the picnic is all about. His heart is in the right place,” said Shaw-Wilder, Kozyak’s partner, credited with putting her organizational muscle to work to coordinate logistics.“I am a black woman attorney,” she said. “I just share John’s vision and passion that we should give back to the community. Instead of sitting around talking about the lack of diversity and having surveys, we need to reach out to individual students to help them be successful. If you are important in the legal profession, you were probably at the picnic.”The picnic’s networking opportunities really work, says Marcy Cox, assistant dean of career planning at the UM School of Law, recounting a mentoring relationship sparked at last year’s picnic that ended up in a real job for a law student clerking at a firm.“It’s a tremendous opportunity for students,” Cox said. “John (Kozyak) said the best way to create a diverse workforce in a legal marketplace is to make sure diverse students are supported early on. Students wouldn’t be able to interact with Supreme Court justices, federal judges, state court judges, and prominent attorneys in a social setting otherwise,” Cox said.And 27-year-old Joycelyn Brown is one first-year UM law student who called the experience “absolutely wonderful.”She went to the picnic to find a mentor, and she left with a mentor.“It exceeded my expectations. The Black Law Students Association is how I heard about the picnic, and they pushed us to go, saying, ‘You never know who you can meet,’” recounted Brown, who has a degree in engineering and is interested in intellectual property law.Kozyak introduced Brown to Lauren Bercuson, whose firm specializes in intellectual property law.“Joycelyn and I talked for a while and hit it off,” Bercuson said. “As we were talking, I realized that although I have little experience as a practicing attorney, I would certainly be able to help Joycelyn navigate her way through the challenges of law school, internships, and the job application process — all things I had just completed myself. Joycelyn and I have since been in touch and we are getting together for dinner this week.”Perhaps the picnic’s success was best summed up in an e-mail from Miami lawyer Brian Tannebaum, on the board of directors of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, sent to Kozyak the day after the picnic:“I was proud yesterday to be a lawyer in a community that attracted our colleagues from throughout the state to see what can happen when we take off our suits and robes, put our briefs and motions away, and don shorts and sneakers, all to meet some great kids,” Tannebaum wrote.“I personally now have four mentees — one young lady graduating UM who is interested in the public defender’s office, and three students from Stetson in St. Petersburg, my alma mater. So I thank you, John, for showing all of us the greatness of unity.” November 1, 2005 Senior Editor Regular News read more
May 22, 2007ARKADELPHIA, Ark. – While West Florida was participating in their first NCAA Division II Tournament, two Argonauts were recently honored for their accomplishments. Pitchers Brett McCullough (Cantonment, Fla./Tate HS) and Phil Lawhorn (Virginia Beach, Va./Pensacola JC) were named to the 2007 Rawlings/American Baseball Coaches Association All-South Central Region Second Team. McCullough and Lawhorn were also named to the Daktronics Baseball All-South Region Second Team earlier this month.Head coaches from the south central region’s 36 schools from the Gulf South, Heartland and Lone Star Conferences selected the team. McCullough and Lawhorn are the ninth and 10th Argonaut named to the all-region team. Of West Florida’s 10 all-region honorees, eight have been pitchers.McCullough was an All-GSC First Team selection after leading West Florida with a 12-1 record and a 2.54 earned run average. In 16.1 innings pitched in the GSC Tournament, McCullough was 2-0 with a 1.10 earned run average to help lead the Argonauts to their first conference title. For his efforts, he earned GSC Most Outstanding Player accolades.With a win over Delta State in the national tournament, McCullough set the single-season school record with 12 wins. He also finished in the single-season top 10 in winning percentage (.923), starts (15) and innings pitched (93.2).Lawhorn helped anchor the Argonauts bullpen. In 30 appearances, he was 4-0 with 14 saves and a 2.61 earned run average. Lawhorn earned All-GSC First Team honors after his 14 saves set a school and conference record. He ranks third all-time in career saves. Lawhorn’s 11.32 strikeouts per game were the second-highest single-season total and his 30 appearances were also a second-best single season tallyPrint Friendly Version Share McCullough and Lawhorn Claim ABCA All-Region Honors read more