UF law students called to fight in Iraq

first_img September 15, 2003 Deborah Cupples Regular News UF law students called to fight in Iraq UF law students called to fight in Iraq Special to the NewsSome University of Florida Levin College of Law students not only came back to school this fall, they returned to the United States and life as civilians after service in the Iraq War.Law students Taylor Pancake, Matt Brannen, Juan “J.C.” Tabio, Edward Lohrer, and Ryon Little were called to duty during the spring 2003 semester.“We are grateful to these students for their service to our country, and relieved and pleased they have returned safely,” said UF Law Dean Robert Jerry.U.S. Marine Reservist Lance Cpl. Taylor Pancake was two days into his second semester of law school in January when he was called to active duty. Unsure if he would make it back for his wedding — scheduled for May 25 — he and his fiancé, Misty, quickly organized a ceremony January 13. Pancake left for the Middle East the next day, leaving behind his new bride.“Honestly,” Pancake said. “I think being deployed was harder on my friends and family than it was on me. I was focused and busy, while they were worrying.”Pancake and his bride renewed their vows August 31 for friends and family who could not attend the January ceremony on such short notice, and will take a long-delayed honeymoon in the near future.Pancake’s unit was headquartered in northern Kuwait, and went to Iraq in convoys for weeks at a time.“I got to watch pieces of history unfold,” Pancake said. “It was a very interesting experience.”After six months overseas, Pancake returned to the U.S. in early July. He spent two weeks waiting for de-activation papers to go through, then went on terminal leave until August 15.“I thought I would need a decompression period and had planned to return to school in the spring,” Pancake said. “It turned out those few weeks were enough, so I signed up for fall classes. The law school faculty and staff were awesome at making my transition seamless. It’s good to be back.”U.S. Marine Capt. Matt Brannen, a second year student, was called to action March 24 — just weeks before law school finals — leaving behind his wife, Heather, and daughter, Delaney, who turned 2 while Matt was away.“My daughter had trouble sleeping and understanding why I was gone,” Brannen said. “My wife handled it well, and a lot of people called to check on her. I appreciate the people at school and my church for keeping us in their thoughts and prayers.”Brannen headed a 14-member expeditionary team attached to a special operations command headquartered in Qatar.“It was surreal,” Brannen said. “Being issued ammo and getting motivated to undertake our mission. I am proud to have had the honor of leading my team. They were prepared for any mission and worked together to prepare for the possible combat we were facing.”Through a twist of fate, his team did not go to Iraq.“We were loading a C-130 [military transport plane] when we were stopped and told that the Iraqi army we were going to face had surrendered,” Brannen recounted. “The thing I prayed about most was bringing the team back home, and here we are.”In May, Brannen’s team arrived in Delaware on a military cargo plane.“The pilot announced our descent, and everyone cheered,” he said.He spent his summer taking military courses, including Expeditionary Warfare School in Quantico and Tactical Air Control Party School in California, before returning to Gainesville.“The best feeling in the world was being welcomed back by my daughter,” Brannen said. “And Student Affairs was awesome. They did everything to make sure I got back into school.”“My father was in the Navy during WWII, so I’m especially sensitive to our soldiers,” said Gail Sasnett, associate dean for students, professionalism, and community relations. “I’m very grateful for their willingness to serve our country. They make such sacrifices for all of us — delaying their education and ability to practice law, taking time away from their families — a very selfless thing.”For two families, the worries aren’t over. Brannen’s brother is in the Army and stationed in Baghdad, with an uncertain return date. And Cpl. Juan “J.C.” Tabio, a second-year student and member of Brannen’s reserve unit who was activated at the same time, has a younger brother who started boot camp the same week he was called to duty. The Tabios are a Marine family — his older brother also served in the ’80s.Tabio left behind fiancé Cindy Garcia, an elementary guidance counselor in Weston, when he left for the Middle East.“The Marine Corps does an impressive job of staying ready,” Tabio said. “Many Florida reservists were activated for this.”During deployment, Tabio had to quickly adapt to two cultures: Qatar and the Marine Corps.“It was interesting seeing how other people live,” he said. “As a reservist, I deal with the Corps once a month, but overseas I was a Marine 24-7.”Tabio was deployed with Brannen, and said, “At law school, we’re friends. But in the Marines, Capt. Brannen is my team leader, and we have to stay within the bounds of professionalism and Marine Corps etiquette.”Like Brannen, Tabio was impressed with the team’s sense of brotherhood.“An Army staff sergeant stationed near us wrote a letter to our whole unit, praising our cohesiveness and esprit de corps,” said Tabio, who returned to the law school this fall. “This was a once in a lifetime experience for most people. I’m glad that when the call came, I was there to respond.”Not all UF law students serving have returned. Florida National Guard Sgt. Edward Lohrer (2L) — who was deployed to Iraq — and U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Ryon Little (2L) — who was called to duty to monitor the Port of Miami — have been gone since last spring.Sadly, another friend of the college of law will never come home. Gainesville resident and Florida National Guardsman Jeffrey Wershow, 22, was shot and killed July 6 while providing security for U.S. officials visiting Baghdad University in Iraq. Wershow planned to one day attend law school at UF, as did his father, Jon Wershow, and stepmother, Pam Schneider, of the Gainesville firm Wershow & Schneider. In honor of this and in recognition of his service to the nation, the UF College of Law gave his family a certificate granting him “honorary admission.” According to military sources, he will be posthumously awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Deborah Cupples is a second-year law student at UF from Gainesville, and this story originally appeared in the August 25 edition of the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law newsletter FlaLaw.last_img read more

Father, Son Killed in East Farmingdale Cemetery Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 44-year-old North Amityville man and his 11-year-old son were killed when the father crashed his car into a cemetery in East Farmingdale over the weekend.Suffolk County police said Ravi Maharaj was driving a Nissan Maxima southbound on New Highway when he lost control of his car, struck a fence and numerous headstones at St. Charles Cemetery, one mile south of Conklin Avenue, at 4 p.m. Saturday.Maharaj was pronounced dead at the scene. His son, Lochan, was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bethpage, where he was pronounced dead.First Squad detectives have impounded the vehicle, and ask anyone with information about this crash to call them at 631-854-8152.last_img read more

West Java launches mobile app for COVID-19 updates

first_imgAs of Saturday morning, 41 people have tested positive in West Java, with seven fatalities. The app also shows that 1,506 people are currently under general monitoring and 136 patients under surveillance.The app displays a link that connects to the province’s COVID-19 information and Coordination Center website.Besides displaying COVID-19 data in West Java, Ridwan said, the application was also connected to other open source-based websites that showed national and global data.”So, people will understand that this is not just an issue in West Java and Jakarta but a national and global issue. Hopefully, this will raise people’s vigilance,” he said. Users can also find emergency contact numbers and the referral hospitals tasked to handle COVID-19 cases. The app also provides various informative COVID-19 related videos.Ridwan explained that Pikobar was also linked to kitabisa.com, a crowdfunding site to help procure health supplies. Health workers in hospitals, community health centers (Puskesmas) and the other clinics who need masks or personal protective equipment can directly apply for assistance.”There are 70,000 Puskesmas [in West Java]. They just need to [fill in] the form and we will submit it to the suppliers,” the governor said.The administration also welcomes criticism about the information services, which is collected through a survey feature in the app.Pikobar is also connected to Jabar Saber Hoax to help people check the validity of any COVID-19 information circulating on social media.Other features that are still under development include the use of artificial intelligence to describe COVID-19 symptoms and a question and answer section with a physician. (aly) Topics :center_img West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil launched a mobile application named Pikobar on Friday designed to publish information and updates related to the transmission of COVID-19  in Indonesia’s most populous province.”The purpose is for the residents to get accurate information,” Ridwan said on Friday.The app, which is currently available for Android-based smartphones only, shows the latest data of patients positive for COVID-19, as well as people under general monitoring and patients under surveillance. last_img read more

Indonesian seafarer dies aboard Chinese vessel

first_imgThe Indonesian worker, identified as SA, reportedly died while the ship was sailing off the coast of Peru. The ship’s captain claimed it had been an accident. “I’m still trying to confirm the information as well as monitor the ship’s movement,” Ari said as quoted by kompas.id.Foreign Ministry spokesman Teuku Faizasyah confirmed the news. “A a crew member from Indonesia was killed on the fishing ship Long Xin 629 on Aug. 11 in a workplace accident,” he said, adding that the Foreign Ministry would check the information with the Indonesian Embassy in Lima. A video appeared on Facebook in May showing a group of sailors on the Lu Qing Yuan Yu 623 throwing the body of an Indonesian sailor into the sea. Prior to that, there was public outrage over the death of four Indonesian sailors registered to another Chinese fishing ship.According to Destructive Fishing Watch data, 30 Indonesian crewmen were victims of alleged exploitation aboard Chinese fishing vessels between November 2019 and June, seven of whom have died while three others have gone missing. (dpk)Topics : An Indonesian crewmember of Chinese fishing ship Long Xing 629 has reportedly been killed in a workplace accident.The Indonesian Fishery Workers Union (SPPI) chairman in South Korea, Ari Purboyo, said he received news of the death on Tuesday morning from a former Lon Xing worker. last_img read more

Softball inconsistent in Hawaii, Tennis winning streak ends

first_imgSyracuse will host its first pair of home games after coming up one game short of claiming a tournament title.Over spring break, Syracuse (9-14) played nine games in O’ahu, Hawaii, seven of which were part of the four-day Spring Fling Tournament that ended Saturday. The season-long inconsistency that’s hampered SU surfaced again during the week, as SU went 3-4 in the tournament after splitting a pair of non-tournament games.Clawing back from a 1-3 start to the tournament, SU topped California and Utah in the last day of competition en route to the championship game against Hawaii, where it fell 3-2 in extra innings. Syracuse’s other tournament losses came earlier in the week against Baylor, California and Hawaii. The tournament was preceded by two non-tournament games, where SU lost to Hawaii and picked up a win against East Carolina.On Saturday, SU played three games in fewer than 10 hours. Backed by strong showing at the plate by senior Jasmine Watson and junior Shirley Daniels, Syracuse bested No. 5 Cal for a shot at the tournament title against Hawaii.Sophomore Lindsay Taylor pitched the entirety of what turned out to be a 12-inning standoff against Hawaii during the championship, including six consecutive scoreless innings. Hawaii’s Sharla Kliebenstein homered in the 12th inning, ending what was a 2-2 stalemate. Taylor and Watson received All-Tournament honors.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter 23 consecutive games on the road, Syracuse will open at home with a pair of games against Harvard at the second Duel at the Dome.TennisSyracuse (5-7) lost 4-3 to No. 64 Princeton (8-3) on Sunday morning at Drumlins Country Club. The match ended the Orange’s four-match home winning streak.The Orange won the doubles point, taking two out of three doubles matches. Junior Maddie Kobelt and freshman Brittany Lashway won 8-3 on court one, and sophomore Jimena Wu and freshman Sophia Dzulynsky won the decisive third match on court three.The Orange won its first singles point when Princeton’s Amanda Muliawan withdrew with an injury, but could only muster one more, as sophomore Breanna Bachini won 7-6, 6-4 on court five.The Orange will face Seton Hall and Providence at home in a doubleheader on March 23, then host Army at 1 p.m. at Drumlins on March 27.-Compiled by The Daily Orange Sports staff, sports@dailyorange.com Comments Published on March 18, 2013 at 1:07 am Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Freshman Johnson struggles to find shooting stroke

first_img Published on November 6, 2013 at 3:22 am Contact Stephen: sebail01@syr.edu | @Stephen_Bailey1 Teammates agree B.J. Johnson is one of the top shooters on the team. They always mention him with Trevor Cooney.But in Syracuse’s two exhibitions this week, the freshman wing is just 1-for-11 from the field and 0-for-6 from 3-point range. He scored only two points — both on free throws — during SU’s 81-46 preseason finale win over Ryerson on Tuesday.“All you can say is just, ‘Keep shooting,’” Cooney said. “He’s a good shooter. He makes shots in practice and he’ll make shots in a game when he gets his shot.”Johnson quickly left the locker room after Tuesday’s game, but C.J. Fair said Boeheim berated Johnson for his defensive lapses against the Rams. Twice he and fellow freshman Tyler Roberson retreated to the same side of the court on defense. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I think he got a little frustrated today,” Fair said. “Coach got on him about a defensive assignment. He knows the defense very well. He’s got to know that if you make a mistake you’ve just got to keep it going. “You can’t dwell on it if coach gets on you.”After missing both of his shots in the first half — playing a team-low three minutes — Johnson returned at the 8:37 mark of the second half.He bricked a corner 3 on Syracuse’s first possession, committed a foul at the other end of the court and missed a jumper to complete a miserable 35 seconds.Ninety seconds later, Johnson pump faked in the corner, drove and was fouled.He missed his final attempt of the game.“It’s frustrating when you’re a freshman, your time is limited and you’re not making a shot,” Fair said. “I can see where he’s coming from. “ Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Tipp Camogie team face the Dubs

first_imgDublin will face Tipperary in Portlaoise from 5 o’clock.Tipp are coming into the game  off the back of a hard fought win last weekend against Derry.The Dublin senior hurlers are playing afterwards and Tipp camogie manager Brian Boyle appealed for as many Tipp supporters as possible to go support the camogie team this evening In group two Derry versus Kilkenny gets underway at half-past two In other games..in Group 1, Offaly host Galway in Birr at 2.30, while the meeting of Wexford versus Limerick will provide the curtain raiser to the men’s qualifier at Innovate Wexford Park, with throw-in at 5pm.last_img read more

Dream Team VI Coach Siasia Robbed in Atlanta

first_imgNigeria’s Olympic Dream Team VI Coach Samson Siasia has been robbed in Atlanta, Georgia, where his team has been training ahead of next month’s Olympic Games.“It is true that my car was burgled but I have taken the necessary steps on the item stolen in the car,” Siasia confirmed.“We are focused and preparing hard for the Olympics that is what I can tell you for now.” The car Siasia has been using to run around for the team was broken into at the team’s hotel’s car park and his credit cards, two phones, the phone of his personal assistant Abu and some money were taken away.Siasia’s team is due to play a final warm-up game against Honduras Olympic team today before they depart for Brazil on Friday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

BGC backs tougher stance against black market actors

first_imgShare Submit BGC calls for updates to ‘outdated’ payment regulations August 21, 2020 Share Related Articles UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 BGC lauds success of whistle to whistle ban August 21, 2020 StumbleUpon Issuing a response to the Government’s Online Harms white paper, the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has requested that measures are put in place to crackdown on technology platforms which profit from unregulated gambling operators.The BGC has welcomed efforts from the Government to tackle online gambling harms and the mitigation of risks to underaged gamblers.However, following research carried out by the BGC, it has been revealed that four in 10 search results for key gambling terms on major search engines have returned results linked to unlicensed black-market operators.Further BGC guidance details that black-market actors secured ‘27 million visits’ from UK-registered IPs, as an estimated 200,000 UK players have engaged with unlicensed gambling domains within the past 12-months.Michael Dugher, Chief Executive of the BGC, said: “Search platforms are promoting black-market gambling operators for profit, putting the British consumers, including children, at risk. None of the UK’s strict licensed safeguards are in place on these illegal sites.“Regulated bookies and online operators have a strict zero tolerance approach to underage gambling, yet unlicensed operators are free to prey on vulnerable consumers.“We welcome the Government’s Online Harms Bill. But it also provides the Government with a chance to clamp down on the black-market and help protect punters who want a flutter in a safe environment.”Back in 2018, the regulatory Advisory Board for Safer Gambling (formerly RGSB) warned that more needs to be done to implement further verification measures relating to name, age and addresses.The board emphasised that internet service providers, app stores, search engine companies, must be more vigilant to the possibility of third party use of their products to provide illegal gambling to children and young people, and should be proactive in preventing it.last_img read more

Arizona Diamondbacks hammer Clayton Kershaw in Los Angeles Dodgers’ 18-7 loss

first_imgPHOENIX – Clayton Kershaw had been solid in two starts since returning from the disabled list.Once the Arizona Diamondbacks started hitting the two-time Cy Young Award winner, he couldn’t stop them.Kershaw allowed seven runs in the second inning in the second-shortest outing of his career, leaving the Dodgers in a deep hole that led to an 18-7 loss to the Diamondbacks on Saturday night.“I just got hit hard tonight. I don’t know why,” Kershaw said. “I left some balls up. They got hits. You can’t really make excuses saying they found holes. They hit balls hard, they hit gaps. I just got hit hard tonight.” Hoping to shake out of an early season funk, the Diamondbacks announced before the game that they had hired Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa as their chief baseball officer.Once it started, Arizona showed off its offensive capabilities by beating up on Kershaw (2-1).The Dodgers came storming back with a five-run sixth to pull within 9-7, but Arizona kept hitting to set team records for runs, hits in a nine-inning game (21), extra-base hits (13) and triples in an inning (3 in the second).Paul Goldschmidt was the catalyst, with two homers, two doubles, a career-high six RBIs and a team-record five runs. Chris Owings finished a single shy of the cycle, Martin Prado had three RBIs and Chase Anderson (2-0) pitched into the sixth inning for Arizona. A.J. Pollock and Eric Chavez also homered, helping the Diamondbacks emphatically end a seven-game home losing streak to Los Angeles. “We hadn’t really broken out this year and tonight we did,” Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. “Anybody they threw at us, we were patient, got good pitches to hit and hammered them.”’The Dodgers tried to keep up even after Kershaw struggled.Yasiel Puig hit a two-run homer to set one Dodgers record, tie another and stretch his hitting streak to 16 games. Carl Crawford also hit a three-run homer and the Dodgers had 13 hits.They just couldn’t seem to keep the Diamondbacks from racing around the bases, going through five pitchers before turning to catcher Drew Butera to pitch in the eighth inning.“We just paid for our mistakes tonight,” Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis said. “Give them a lot of credit they swung the bats extremely well. Anytime we were in the middle of the plate, they didn’t miss it. That is what good teams do. That is a good team over there.”It started in the second inning against Kershaw.Arizona followed the left-hander’s second walk of the season by pounding baseballs to the gaps, including three triples and a double.Cliff Pennington had the first triple, driving in two runs, then Pollock and Owings followed with run-scoring triples. Goldschmidt added a run-scoring double and Tuffy Gosewich and Prado had RBI singles, chasing Kershaw after 1 2-3 innings.Kershaw allowed seven runs – three more than his season total – and six hits, with three strikeouts, two walks and a balk.“It’s kind of shocking anytime he has an inning like that,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “You expect him to go seven or eight (innings) and give up two or three runs or less. If you can score you have a good chance of winning. It’s definitely not the norm with him.” Anderson won his major league debut against the Chicago White Sox last Sunday, but wasn’t quite as sharp against the Dodgers.Puig hit the first pitch he saw in the third inning well over the wall in left-center, the team-record eighth straight game he has had an extra-base hit and run batted in. It’s the first such streak of nine games in the majors since Tampa Bay’s Evan Longoria did it in 2009.Puig’s eight straight games with an RBI matched the team record held by four others, most recently Adrian Beltre in 2004.Anderson was lifted after giving up a three-run homer to Crawford and the Dodgers pulled within 9-7 on a two-run double by Andre Ethier off Evan Marshall.Anderson allowed five runs and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings.NotesArizona 2B Aaron Hill was scratched from the lineup with a sore right shoulder. … Puig has six homers and 21 RBIs during his hitting streak. … The last team to have three triples in an inning was Houston in the first inning against Washington on April 19, 2012. … Arizona RHP Josh Collmenter will start today’s series finale against the Dodgers. He is 1-0 with a 3.42 ERA in his last four starts. RHP Dan Haren, who pitched for the Diamondbacks from 2008-10, will pitch for the Dodgers after allowing three runs in seven innings.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more