It’s amazing what my kids can suffer through if there’s a mug of hot chocolate in their immediate future. I’m going to use this massive carafe, which keeps 32 ounces of bevy hot for hours, as a metaphorical carrot to keep my kids motivated on winter hikes, bike rides, and campouts. puristcollective.com Even when it’s snowing. Indigenous people living in arctic climates have survived for centuries without central heating. The Yakut have lived in Siberia, where temps drop to -90 degrees Fahrenheit since the 13th century. Is it so crazy to ask my daughter to put on some faux fur and spend a 20-degree night in a tent? Hell, especially as the temperature drops. Layer the global pandemic and economic downturn over the typical seasonal affective disorder that winter brings and we could be headed for a disaster. Basically, what I’m saying is if I can’t get my family outside often, we’re going to kill each other. Purist Founder ($56) Stanley Master Unbreakable Hip Flask ($40) and Nesting Shot Glasses ($25) But that was when the temperatures barely dipped below 65 degrees. Winter is upon us and I’m worried my family won’t be able to keep that stoke alive. We’re still stuck at home hiding from germs, but it’s not warm and sunny outside anymore. It’s not as easy to rally for a lunch-time bike ride when it’s 32 and sleeting. I’ve been on plenty of winter adventures in my day and I can attest to the fact that freezing in the dark kind of sucks. I have no stoke for that. The fire is everything during winter, and I’m not just talking about camping. The backyard bonfire has become a staple in our family. It gives us a chance to avoid the Boob Tube cycle on choice evenings and invite neighbors over for a socially distant beer. The Solo Stove makes that tradition safer (the fire is contained inside the stainless steel can) and easier (holes in the top and bottom of the can circulate air through the fire). solostove.com Rab Hut Boots ($70) The good news is, if I can drag my family out into the woods this winter, we’ll probably have the entire forest to ourselves. We sat in traffic jams coming out of our favorite campsite in Pisgah National Forest during the summer because everyone was hiding out in the woods. We worked hard to avoid the crowds, eschewing the more popular trails for more obscure options, hitting lesser-visited districts and going deeper and deeper into the backcountry. But come winter, we should have the classic trails and crags to ourselves. And maybe we’ll be healthier and happier for braving the cold? There’s some science to suggest exposure to cold boosts metabolism, helps fight anxiety, and improves your immune response. I think we could all use an immune system boost. Science says whiskey doesn’t warm you up in the winter and that, if anything, it can desensitize you to the dangers of over exposure. This is the rare situation where I give scientists the finger. If it’s cold, I need my whiskey. This flask keeps it safe in my pocket and the tiny shot glasses allow me to share some hooch without sharing germs. Safety first. stanley1913.com Solo Stove Bonfire ($250) But damn it, our lives kind of depend on it. The mental health benefits of getting outside on the reg are well documented. An hour of being outside is basically like taking an anti-depressant. Then you have the long-term benefits of exercise, the health benefits of gathering with friends (which we can only safely do outside right now), and it’s basically a public health imperative that we have to keep the outdoor stoke alive, even as the temperature drops. Here are a few key pieces of gear to help stave off the cold for the whole family this winter. My neighbor is perpetually stoked. He’s a professional kayaker and has the zest for life that typically comes standard with that profession, so he’s excited for rain, drought, a cooler full of beer, a comfortable lawn chair, fresh cut grass, a freshly groomed pump track…there is nothing in the world that can get this guy down. And this summer, my family and I had a taste for what that kind of lifestyle entails. The stoke was high. The global pandemic was, and continues to be, a colossal bummer, but if there was a silver lining to the doom and gloom, it’s that my family suddenly had a lot of time on our hands thanks to the widespread cancellation of “life as we know it.” And we made the most of it. We rode bikes constantly and camped most weekends. I built a climbing wall in our backyard and added a jump line to our pump track. We explored random trails, rivers, and peaks close to home. We caught fish. In a lot of ways, our new lifestyle was cathartic; riding bikes through the neighborhood and orchestrating backyard campouts felt like a wholesome diversion while the world crumbled around us. Unfortunately, my wife and kids hate the cold. I’m not in love with it myself. I’ll risk losing toes to frostbite if there’s powder to ski, but if there’s no snow? Pour me a whiskey and plant me next to the fire. I have soft southern blood that’s evolved to tolerate mild winters. The whole world saw what my people do when that ice storm hit Atlanta a few years ago. We’re not suited for true winter conditions. Chances are, if you’re sitting in the south and reading this, you’re also from a long line of people who panic and buy all of the milk and bread when snow is in the forecast. But we’re just going to have to toughen the hell up. There are kids in Germany that go to school outside all year long. Winter Gear Here Ponchos aren’t just for surf bros spending the winter in Baja. The Honcho adds a layer of synthetic insulation wrapped in a water resistant ripstop nylon with a hood. Sure, you’re wearing a coat and standing next to the fire, but one more layer isn’t going to hurt. My wife and daughter live in the Honcho. thermarest.com And listen, maybe there will be snow. Maybe we’ll have one of those “good” winters when the resorts can open all their runs and we can cross-country ski at the higher elevations every weekend. 2020 has given us little reason to be hopeful, but let’s nurture the last ember of optimism that remains and wish for a killer, snowy winter. Either way, I’m determined to embrace the cold. To ski when we can ski and bike when we can’t. To continue the backyard bonfires and weekend campouts. We’ll layer up. We’ll bring cocoa and those handwarmer packets that cause second degree burns. We’ll toughen up and keep the stoke alive! These camp shoes have helped me fight off cold toes on many frosty nights in a tent and by the fire. They’re stuffed with synthetic insulation in a ripstop outer with a grippy sole that’s tough enough to let you wander around camp. rab.equipment Therm-a-Rest Honcho Poncho ($115)
March 15, 2003 News and Notes March 15, 2003 Regular News Frank M. Petosa, of Petosa & Fernandez, P.L., with offices located in Boca Raton and Tampa, was a featured speaker of “Direct Examinations: The Basic Building Blocks,” at the Art and Science of Persuasion seminar sponsored by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, in Ft. Lauderdale. John F. Bradley, of John Bradley and Associates, P.A., Ft. Lauderdale, presented recent developments in the “Rights to Privacy and Publicity in the State of Florida” at the Entertainment and Sports Law Section’s presentation “Managing Your Entertainment Law Practice in a Tough Digital World.” Morgan R. Bentley, of Williams, Parker, Harrison, Dietz, & Getzen, Sarasota, has been elected vice president of Legal Aid of Manasota. James E. Thomison, of Walters Levine Brown Klingensmith & Thomison, P.A., Sarasota, has been elected president of the Florida Academy of Healthcare Attorneys. Alice Reiter Feld, of the Law Offices of Alice Reiter Feld, P.A., with offices in Tamarac and Delray Beach, presented “Current Elder Law Issues” to the Parkinson’s Support Group, sponsored by Holy Cross Hospital in Ft. Lauderdale. She also presented on the Probate Code at the Elder Law Certification Review Course in Cocoa Beach, sponsored by The Florida Bar and Elder Law Section. Glen J. Torcivia, of the Law Offices of Glen J. Torcivia and Associates, P.A., West Palm Beach, presented a seminar on “What to Do When You Get Called to Court” at a workshop sponsored by Children’s Services Council of St. Lucie County. J. Allison DeFoor II, a former Keys judge, has been elected vice chair of the Republican Party of Florida at its annual meeting in Orlando. Larry Corman, of Hodgson Russ LLP, Boca Raton, participated in The American Jewish Committee’s program marking the 30th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Roe v. Wade. Jeff Albinson, president of Raincross Insurance, Inc., chaired the Clearwater Bar Association’s Second Annual Risk Management Seminar “Practical Risk Management Solutions.” He also presented a discussion on “The Underwriting Process” as it relates to professional liability insurance. Chris Searcy, of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, West Palm Beach, spoke at the 2003 National CLE Conference in Aspen, Colorado, on the topic of “Voir Dire–One Bad Apple Spoils the Whole Barrel.” Marcia K. Cypen, executive director of Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc., has been selected by the Miami-Dade Parks and Recreation Department as an honoree for the 15th Annual In The Company of Women awards. Neal McCulloh, of Clayton & McCulloh, Maitland, was the guest speaker for the Winter Park Neighborhood Council at a workshop, speaking on “Legalities of Managing a Homeowners Association.” Evan J. Yegelwel, of Brown, Terrell, Hogan, Ellis, McClamma, & Yegelwel, P.A., was sworn in as president of the American Board of Trial Advocates-Jacksonville Chapter and has been appointed to the board of trustees at the University of Florida, Levin College of Law. Larry D. Smith, of Cabaniss, Smith, Toole & Wiggins, PL, Maitland, was a speaker at the DRI Product Liability Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. His presentation was titled “The Cutting Edge: Case Law Update.” Wendy R. Anderson, of Baker & Hostetler LLP, Orlando, has been elected chair of the Legal/Insurance Committee and Executive Committee of the Boys and Girls Club of Central Florida. Nancy L. Bennett, claim attorney at State Farm Insurance Company, has been appointed to serve on the board of directors of the Legal Aid Service of Broward County for a three-year term. Michael G. Dyer, of Doran, Wolfe, Rost & Ansay, Daytona Beach, was a featured speaker at the seminar “What You Need to Know about Public Rec-ords and Open Meetings in Florida,” sponsored by Lor-man Education Services on the issue of litigation under Florida’s Public Records and Sunshine laws, held in Daytona Beach. Larry Allen Nathans, of Bennett & Nathans LLP, Baltimore, Maryland, was recently awarded the 2003 Leadership in Law Award by the Maryland Daily Record. He was also elected president of the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys’ Association. Alexander E. Barthet and Patrick C. Barthet, of The Barthet Firm, Miami, co-authored an article titled “Hidden Traps and Treasures in Florida’s Lien Law,” which was recently published in Issue 1, 2003 of Building Florida, a monthly magazine distributed by the Florida East Coast Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. Dorothy Clay Sims, of Sims, Amat, Stakenborg & Henry, P.A., with offices in Ocala, Gainesville, and Alachua, was invited by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers to teach “Cross-Examining the Psychological and Psychiatric Expert Witness” for the February seminar. Susan Barrett Hecker, of Williams, Parker, Harrison, Dietz & Getzen, Sarasota, has been elected president of the All Faiths Food Bank Foundation, Inc. Board, an organization that reduces food waste. Diana Santa Maria, of Ft. Lauderdale, participated in the Florida Association for Wo-men Lawyers’ CLE program, “Managing Your Own Law Practice” as a panel speaker, in Miami. Jonathan Friedland of the Law Offices of Jonathan R. Friedland, P.A., Miami, was installed as treasurer of the Dade County Trial Lawyers Association at its annual Presidential and Judicial Ball. Paul S. Kimsey, of Kimsey Law Group, Tampa, gave a presentation to attendees of the Collateral Sources Seminar on ERISA and long-term disability insurance matters, in Ft. Lauderdale. Richard A. Harrison, of Allen Dell, P.A., Tampa, has been elected to the board of overseers of Stetson University College of Law. Stuart Ratzan, of Ratzan and Alters, P.A., presented a CLE program for The Florida Bar titled: “Proving Damages in the Significant Personal Injury Case–Plaintiff Perspective.” Paul H. Amundsen, John F. Gilroy, and Julia E. Smith, of Amundsen & Gilroy, P.A., Tallahassee, presented “Current Developments in Florida Assisted Living Facilities Law” at the 2002 Annual Conference of the Florida Assisted Living Affiliation in Miami. Vicki Smith-Bilt, of Shook, Hardy, and Bacon, L.L.P., Miami, has been named a contributor to the newly-published Certified Legal Manager Examination Study Guide, published by Miami’s Barry University in conjunction with the Association of Legal Administrators. Brett Alan Panter, of Panter, Panter, & Sampedro, Miami, spoke at a seminar in Miami sponsored by the National Business Institute on the topic of “Handling Medical Negligence Cases in Florida.” R. Lee Bennett, of GrayHarris, Orlando, has been selected by the Florida Council of Bar Association Presidents to receive the Outstanding Voluntary Bar Past President Award. Charles A. Schuette, former chair and CEO of Akerman Senterfitt, Miami, has been elected to the board of directors of Coconut Grove Bank. Carlos Reyes, of Greenberg Traurig, Ft. Lauderdale, has been selected to the Leadership Florida Class XXI. He has also been selected as an honoree of the Silver Medallion Award from the National Conference for Community & Justice. William R. Paul, of Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell, P.A., Tampa, has been re-elected president of the Association for Corporate Growth, Tampa Bay Central Florida Chapter. Edmund T. Baxa, Jr., of Foley and Lardner, Orlando, was honored by the Central Florida Chapter of the Associated General Contractors with the Bruce E. Holmes Distinguished Service Award. Steel Hector & Davis, LLP, with offices in West Palm Beach, Miami, Tallahassee, Naples, and Key West, was presented the Thomas L. Sager Award by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. Barry Spivey, of Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell, P.A., Sara-sota, spoke at the All Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Fifth Annual “Estate, Tax, Legal & Financial Planning Seminar” in St. Petersburg. His topic was titled “Postmortem Rescue of the Defective Charitable Split-Interest Trust.” Neisen O. Kasdin, of Gunster Yoakley, Miami, delivered a welcoming speech and was a roundtable panel member for the Economic Development Planning for Local Government Officials workshop at the Florida Atlantic University Ft. Lauderdale Campus, and served as a moderator for a residential development roundtable for a Vision Council workshop at Miami-Dade Community College Homestead Campus. James R. Lussier, of Mateer & Harbert, P.A., Orlando, spoke to the Orlando Regional Group of the Florida Writers Association about copyright law. A. Wayne Gill and Sharon Gill, of Gill & Associates, P.A., The Debt Collection Attorneys, Delray Beach, discussed “The Minority Business Entrepreneur: Opportunities and Challenges” in association with Florida Atlantic University and the Black Student Union at the Florida Atlantic University Center, Boca Campus. A. Wayne Gill has also been awarded the “Outstanding Commitment to Bettering Mankind Award” given by Northwood University. George H. Mazzarantani, of Abel, Band, Russell, Collier, Pitchford & Gordon, Chartered, Sarasota, has been appointed to serve on the board of advisors for Startup Florida, Inc. Robert Blank, of Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell, P.A., Tampa, was elected to the board of directors of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Florida Chapter, Inc.
One by one the 82 seniors, dressed in traditional gowns and caps with the new addition of face masks, left their car to receive their degrees, to the backing of shouts of encouragement from their relatives.Before reaching the podium, they passed through a sterilization gate and waited in socially distanced marked bays before greeting the school principal — from a two meter distance — and briefly taking off their masks for a photo.Families still in the cars waved the Gulf kingdom’s national flag and held placards congratulating their offspring, before fireworks lit up the sky in a finale.Bahrain, with a population of some 1.5 million, half of them expats, has reported 16,200 coronavirus cases including 32 deaths. Topics : The kingdom closed schools and universities as part of a nationwide shutdown to prevent the spread of the pandemic. As coronavirus bans wreak havoc on school-leaving events, one Bahrain school has honored its seniors with a “drive-through” graduation ceremony complete with fireworks at the kingdom’s Formula One circuit.In rows of well-spaced vehicles, students and their families lined up Wednesday evening in front of the main podium of Bahrain International Circuit, where Grand Prix races are held.This year’s race was postponed as the pandemic threw the racing calendar into chaos, but the venue was repurposed to bid farewell to the Bahrain Bayan School graduates.
Tweet 54 Views no discussions Share Share Sharing is caring! FaithLifestyle Church of Scotland votes on gay ministers by: – May 23, 2011 Share The appointment of the Reverend Scott Rennie divided the churchThe Church of Scotland has voted to allow the possible selection of gay and lesbian ministers in the future.The controversial issue was being debated at the Kirk’s General Assembly.A theological commission will now be set up and will report in 2013 before a final decision on the issue of gay ordination is taken.Earlier the Assembly voted to accept gay and lesbian clergy provided they had declared their sexuality and were ordained before 2009.Two years ago, the Reverend Scott Rennie’s appointment to Queen’s Cross Church in Aberdeen threatened to split the Church.At the General Assembly, commissioners were being asked whether to continue an indefinite ban on the ordination of gay ministers until a report next year or lift the ban and await a separate report which would be published in two years.One in five members of Kirk sessions have said they would leave if it was agreed that gay ministers can be ordained, while one in 10 have said they would leave if the Kirk ruled they could not be ordained.Stonewall Scotland welcomed the General Assembly’s decision to allow gay and lesbian ministers.Carl Watt, director of the charity, said: “We hope today’s decision signals the start of the Kirk demonstrating a commitment to fairness, equality and dignity on this issue.“Our research has shown that people of faith are no more likely to be prejudiced towards gay people and same-sex relationships than anyone else.“Reverend Scott Rennie was inducted as the first openly gay minister in the Church of Scotland two years ago in the face of strong opposition from some quarters – yet supported by his own Aberdeen congregation.He added: “Although we await further decisions from the assembly and details on the next steps, we hope that in 30 years’ time this will be regarded as a storm in a teacup.”The subject of gay ministers hit the headlines two years ago as traditionalist members attempted to block Mr Rennie’s appointment.Following a lengthy debate, the Assembly ultimately voted in support of the Aberdeen-based minister but called for a commission to study the general issue “for the sake of the peace and unity of the church”.BBC News
Defending champions the Czech Republic won a dramatic decisive doubles rubber against Russia to secure a fourth Fed Cup title in five years.Resuming at 1-1, Maria Sharapova put Russia 2-1 up with a 3-6 6-4 6-2 win over Petra Kvitova.Karolina Pliskova beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-3 6-4 to level things.In the decider, Pliskova and Barbora Strycova beat Elena Vesnina and Pavlyuchenkova 4-6 6-3 6-2 to secure a 3-2 win for the Czechs.The match lasted more than two hours, with Russia gaining an early advantage before the Czech pair fought back to secure victory.– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports
Vincent Kompany (L) in action for Anderlecht — the new player-manager has not yet overseen a win with the Brussels club four games into the seasonBrussels, Belgium | AFP | Vincent Kompany might have been seen as the saviour when he returned to Anderlecht as player-manager, but early results suggest it will take time for the 33-year-old to make his mark on Belgium’s most successful club.Anderlecht caused a sensation when they announced in May the appointment of Kompany, a product of the club’s youth academy along with stars such as Enzo Scifo and Romelu Lukaku.The role of player-manager is virtually non-existent these days, and the task always looked a daunting one for Kompany, who had just finished a successful 11-year spell at Manchester City.With just two points taken from his first four games, it was announced on Thursday that Kompany, while captaining the team on the field, would leave substitutions and tactical changes to his staff during games. It is a first indication that the combination of roles was too much.Kompany has returned to a club where much has changed since he emerged there as a teenager before joining Hamburg in 2006.The 34-time Belgian champions finished sixth last season, 20 points behind champions Genk, who they face this Friday. This season is the club’s first in 55 years without European football.Things have not been going well for Anderlecht since the wealthy businessman Marc Coucke bought the club in late 2017, ending a period of almost 50 years in the hands of the Vanden Stock family. And now the reign of “Vince the Prince” has started in underwhelming fashion too.Kompany was treated like a rock star when he was unveiled, citing City coach Pep Guardiola as the example to follow. “Like every supporter, I suffered last season,” he said.He hopes to have a big impact on the field, providing he stays fit. He also hopes instilling a new philosophy can revive the fortunes of a club who were once a leading European force.– British influence –After over a decade in England, he has added a significant British influence to his staff, with Welshman Simon Davies — previously on the staff at City — becoming head coach.“We are starting a magnificent project to take Anderlecht back to where they belong with an accent placed on developing young players,” Davies said.Another Welshman, Craig Bellamy, is in charge of the under-21s, while Kevin Reid — who worked with current Belgium coach Roberto Martinez at Everton — has come in as a video analyst. Last season’s top scorer, Ivan Santini, was sold to China, but Kompany used his contacts to make notable swoops in the transfer market.They have signed English forward Kemar Roofe from Leeds United, while Dutch defender Philippe Sandler, 22, signed on loan from City.– Nasri adds star quality –But the biggest coups have been the arrivals of Belgium midfielder Nacer Chadli on-loan from Monaco and ex-France star Samir Nasri, another old teammate of Kompany’s at City. Nasri, 32, was a free agent after leaving West Ham United.He and Kompany are rare old heads, with nine players aged 24 or under starting in a 2-1 home defeat by KV Oostende on the opening weekend, including four teenagers.Since then, they have drawn 0-0 with Royal Excel Mouscron and Mechelen before a 4-2 defeat at Kortrijk despite Nasri giving them the lead.Now they have a run of games against last season’s top four, with Standard Liege, Antwerp and Club Brugge coming up after Genk. The pressure could quickly increase on Kompany, who has already faced criticism from leading ex-players.“The coach Kompany needs to put Kompany the player in his place,” said Marc Degryse, a former Anderlecht and Belgium forward, in the daily Het Laatste Nieuws.“He is just a human being, as well as being a very good footballer, but I get the feeling he thinks he’s God.”The decision to make Kompany captain on the field has been taken, according to Davies, to allow “the best player in the league” to focus purely on his playing role, at least during games.“Vinny and the club have a vision, and we all work to it as staff, but it’s important that he is a player on matchday,” said Davies.Anderlecht and their new boss are still searching for the winning formula.Share on: WhatsApp