Boxers fight to raise funds for Bangladesh

first_imgThe boxers participating in the 2016 Bengal Bouts are fighting — not just in the ring, but also to eradicate poverty in Bangladesh, a country where most people make under two dollars a day, according to the Bengal Bouts website.According to senior captain Mike Grasso, the combined efforts of the boxers participating in the bouts raises over $100,000 every year, which goes to the Holy Cross Missions in Bangladesh. Grasso said that the boxers raise the money through a variety of ways including ticket sales, donations, sponsoring and ad sales. Zachary Llorens | The Observer Adam Pasquinelly, right, tries to clinch Ryan Dunn at Sunday night’s preliminary bouts.“Besides [Bengal Bouts being a] display of all of our hard work in the ring and our endurance and our strength, we really have a greater mission and a greater purpose in serving those less fortunate than us in Bangladesh,” Grasso said. “For example, a $150 donation is the same as sponsoring a child’s tuition for a full year and their room and board at the school. With just a little money, we can really help these people.”Freshman Cam Nolan agreed, and said that the most important part of Bengal Bouts is the mission behind it.“I liked that there is a purpose behind the sacrifice — instead of just playing sports for the fun of it, it’s playing sports for the good of another,” Nolan said. “Knowing that the money and the fight is for a good cause, and knowing that I am going this summer to see firsthand what that cause is, and knowing the reasons for our suffering, it’s given me so much motivation to work hard and to suffer.”Grasso said he credits the greater mission with uniting the boxers into one team, even while participating in an extremely individualistic sport.“We start off every week with our ‘Mission Monday,’ and that ‘Mission Monday’ really emphasizes the main point that we’re here to serve those less fortunate than us,” he said.  “When we start off our practices with that tone, when every boxer knows that we are here [for that purpose], we use that as fuel for our workouts. And we know that the harder we work, the better shape that we’re in, the more entertaining the bouts will be. And the more entertaining the bouts are, the more people will donate and come to the bouts and the more money we’ll raise.”Junior captain Alex Alcantara said while people may have entered Bengal Bouts because of their interest in the sport of boxing, most people chose to stay because of the team bond that ultimately forms.“Most people are drawn to the Bouts for the competition aspect of it,” he said. “However, I think what makes them stay up until senior year is the camaraderie and teamwork that they build, as well as becoming part of the mission.”However, Alcantara said the boxers do not just raise money for this far-off country and forget about it. They are invested in the work the missions provide in the country. Many boxers participate in an International Summer Service Learning Program (ISSLP) in Bangladesh, which is sponsored by the Center for Social Concerns.Alcantara went to Bangladesh over the summer of 2015, along with three other boxers. The boxers stayed in Bangladesh for two months, teaching English during the day and helping during Mass at night.“The best part of the experience, is knowing that we’ve supported [the people of Bangladesh] for 86 years,” he said. “It really felt [like] we were family with the people we were helping, which was really the most rewarding part.”Tags: Bengal Boutslast_img read more

Bar’s Advertising Task Force gets its marching orders

first_img Bar’s Advertising Task Force gets its marching orders The Florida Bar’s Advertising Task Force 2004 has held its first meeting which included a review of Bar advertising regulations and a discussion of the challenges the group faces.Bar President-elect Kelly Overstreet Johnson, who has made the review of ad rules a priority for her upcoming year leading the Bar, gave the panel its charge at the March 9 meeting in Tampa.The panel is to review Bar advertising rules and recommend any needed changes, including alterations that would clarify the meaning of the rules and help provide notice to Bar members of the rules’ intent, Johnson said. She also called for a specific review of the Bar’s requirement that most ads be reviewed, including whether the Bar can require that those ads be filed prior to broadcast or publication.Current Bar rules require the filing be no later than concurrent with the first broadcast or publication.Johnson also asked the task force to submit its final report to the Board of Governors in the 2004-05 Bar year, her presidential year which starts July 1.Former Bar President Ben Hill, who chaired the 1995-97 Joint Presidential Task Force on Advertising, gave the task force a history of Bar advertising regulations.The Bar’s first advertising commission was set up in the late 1980s, a few years after the U.S. Supreme Court’s Bates decision made lawyer advertising legal, he said. The majority opinion predicted only routine legal services would lend themselves to advertising, and personal injury and criminal matters would not be likely candidates for ads. Dissenters predicted a glut of misleading ads that would damage the profession.The first ads, Hill said, were relatively restrained, but by the late 1980s ads were frequently misleading and deceptive. The Bar launched a two-year review, including a study that showed the public had a lower opinion of the legal system because of lawyer advertising.That commission recommended, the Board of Governors approved, and the Florida Supreme Court included in Bar rules some of the toughest regulations on lawyer advertising in the country. They included the requirement that most ads be submitted to the Bar for review, a ban on promising results in ads, limitations on images that could be shown in ads, a ban on using nonlawyer spokespersons in broadcast ads, and a ban on direct mail solicitations for 30 days following a personal injury.The latter regulation led to a legal challenge that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which in The Florida Bar v. Went For It, Inc., upheld the regulation in a 5-4 decision. It was the first time the high court had upheld any state bar advertising rule.Following that decision, Hill said the Bar launched its second review of ads and its rules, which he chaired. That commission had the goal of improving the advertising regulations, and it recommended many changes, including television and Internet ads. Most of the changes made in the wake of the commission’s recommendations are still in effect, Hill said.He also advocated a periodic review of ad rules and urged the task force to retain rules as a restraint on advertising and to avoid ads that can mislead the public.Following Hill, the task force heard from Bar outside counsel Barry Richard, who represented the Bar on the U.S. Supreme Court appeal, Ethics Counsel Elizabeth Tarbert, who oversees the Bar’s advertising rules, and Legal Division Director Tony Boggs. Boggs reported on the Statewide Advertising Grievance Committee, which was set up two years ago to bring uniformity to prosecution of ad rule violations.Following the presentations, task force members had a wide-ranging discussion about lawyer advertising. Several members said it is important to have clear, fair, and simple rules that are enforced. Others said while there is a potential for misleading advertising, it’s also important to realize good advertising can educate the public about legal issues and their rights and — since most don’t know an attorney — help find a lawyer if they need one.The task force chair is former Board of Governors member Manny Morales of Miami, and board member Charles Chobee Ebbets of Daytona Beach is vice chair.Other members are Naples attorney Basil L. Bain, Tampa attorney John C. Bales, state Assistant Attorney General Linzie F. Bogan of Tallahassee, Live Oak attorney John R.J. Bullard, Allstate Insurance attorney Mina C. Bustamante of Jacksonville, Nova Southeastern University School of Law Professor Debra M. Curtis, Tampa attorney William F. “Casey” Ebsary, Jr., Orlando attorney Michael R. Hammond of Attorneys’ Title Insurance Fund, Ft. Myers attorney Kelly K. Huang, Tallahassee attorney S. Curtis Kiser, Hollywood attorney Rozalyn Landisburg, Palm Beach Gardens attorney Theodore J. Leopold, Pensacola attorney Ann E. Meador, Tampa attorney Shane T. Munoz, nonlawyer John L. Remsen, Jr., of Ft. Lauderdale who advises law firms on marketing, board member Robert A. Rush of Gainesville, Pensacola attorney David L. Sellers, Tampa attorney Bill Wagner, and Tallahassee attorney Matthew R. Willard.The task force has tentatively agreed to meet again in May, although it had not set a date as this News went to press. Members also authorized Morales to appoint subcommittees to study various parts of the advertising rules. 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Carnival 2011 Highlights

first_img Share The Real Mas 2011 was colourful, vibrant and exciting as is dipicted in this photo gallery. Never before have we seen such colour, pagentry and organization displayed in the streets of Roseau. Participants turned out in thousands filled with vibrancy ready to have a grand time. We can safely say that Dominica’s carnival has been taken to a higher level.Photography by: Abigail Antoine[nggallery id=16] 314 Views   no discussions EntertainmentLocalNews Carnival 2011 Highlights by: – March 10, 2011 Tweetcenter_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Maddie Pack is a calm presence on Syracuse’s back line

first_imgMaddie Pack stands bashfully waiting to be interviewed after a win against Drexel on Sept. 17 while Alex Lamontagne stands to her right, laughing and flexing her muscles. On the field, Pack stands out despite not really standing out at all, a right back with quick feet and a physical presence that a reserved demeanor can mask.Pack is there, but if you don’t look closely, you might not even know.“She’s the type of kid that can come in and blend in and become a team player,” said Jim Bruno, Pack’s high school coach at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Maryland. “She doesn’t necessarily always have to be the leader.”Pack doesn’t do anything flashy, but almost everything sufficiently. Her “just do your job” mentality has led to quick a transition and early success on the field, as she’s played in all 10 games her freshman season and started nine of them. She’s been a staple of a Syracuse back line that has allowed just 1.3 goals per game and allowed two or more goals in just two of 10 games.When Pack showed up for preseason, Syracuse head coach Phil Wheddon said the freshman’s exceptional conditioning and solid defensive play quickly impressed.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd in SU’s first game of the preseason against Rutgers, Pack stood up to some players Wheddon expected would be a step or two ahead of her.“You don’t expect a freshman to come in and have the impact she’s had,” he said. “You hope they do, but sometimes it doesn’t work out. In her case, it’s certainly worked out.”Senior defender Erin Simon praised Pack’s aptitude to stick with a play and go in for a tackle on the defensive end, adding that she’s quick to apply advice.Pack is nimble enough to contain the ball and versatile enough that Wheddon has already moved her from the center back to the right back position. Still, Pack isn’t expecting to win many style points.“I just stick to getting it done,” Pack said. “I don’t really have much pizzazz or anything.”Last week against Drexel, Pack stood a few steps in front of the box as the ball was chopped high into the air and landed softly at her feet.As an opposing forward bore down on the freshman, she tapped the ball softly to her left with her right foot. No jukes or spin moves to try and evade the pressure. Just simple execution. It’s the quiet intensity that guides the freshman not by choice, but by default.“I’m really quiet at first,” Pack said. “Once you get to know me I open up, but I’m definitely quiet at first.”Those who have gotten a more intimate look speak highly of her perky personality and ability to make people laugh without doing much of anything.“She’s just (funny),” Simon said. “Everyone says that, ‘Oh Maddie Pack’s hilarious’ and she doesn’t have to try and be funny, she just is.”But her ability to blend in seamlessly with the team culture might be her greatest attribute. Pack speaks in humble clichés, emphasizing her desire to get better and do whatever she can to help the team. Affectionately referred to as “Pack attack” by Bruno, the freshman has already won over the respect of those around her.And while she may not attract the most attention on the field, Pack is still thriving in her role as a blue-collar defender.“With every opponent we play, I feel a little more comfortable,” she said. “Just able to be myself on the field.” Comments Published on September 23, 2015 at 7:44 pm Contact Matt: Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more