Brazilian-Born Medic Shares Life-Saving Skills With Afghans

first_imgBy Dialogo June 15, 2011 “I don’t think I adopted America. America adopted me,” Brazilian-born Army Cpl. Joel M. Kuhn said as he sat outside of Nangalam Base in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar province. As a boy, Kuhn, a combat medic assigned to Task Force Bronco, looked up to his father and cousins, who were in the Brazilian army. When Kuhn first thought about enlisting in the U.S. Army, he said, he was on a work visa in Glendale, Calif., and looking for something else to do that not only was exciting, but also would help to pay his bills. He decided to become a combat medic in 2008 because of an enlistment bonus, and he called his mother in Brazil to tell her the good news. “The first thing she asked me if my [specialty] had to work with the infantry on the front lines or if I would be working in a hospital setting,” Kuhn said. “I told her, ‘You know, I never asked that before. That should be one of the questions that I should have asked my recruiter.‘” Kuhn smiled and shook his head. “But I told her, ‘The way that things are going, the way I see it, I will probably be working with the infantry,’” he said. “And I guess I was right.” Now, on his second combat tour with the infantry, Kuhn couldn’t have been more right. Most days, he treats troops in combat, and on some days, he trains troops what to do in combat. “All right, let’s say your battle buddy gets shot in the leg. Where do you want to put the tourniquet to stop the bleeding?” Kuhn asked Afghan soldiers during medical training at Nangalam Base. He patiently waited for a response, then asked the soldier who answered to show him how to put a tourniquet on properly. Sgt. Nathan A. Timmons, an infantry team leader, said Kuhn behaves in the same way at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, their home station. “You don’t know something, he’ll spend the time to teach you,” he said. “He likes to help people — likes to make sure they are doing the right thing. All in all, I think it’s good for him, [and] good for everybody else, as well.” Timmons deployed with Kuhn during a dangerous tour in Iraq. “I would not take any other medic if I had a choice, and that’s the God’s honest truth,” he said. “Just the way he is, I mean. I’ve seen some medics who know their job. By all means, our medics are good, but Kuhn goes above and beyond.”last_img read more

October 15, 2004 Letters

first_imgOctober 15, 2004 Letters October 15, 2004 Letters Letters Wrongful Incarceration Should the State of Florida pay compensation to citizens it wrongfully imprisons? The story of Wilton A. Dedge (No compensation for man exonerated after 22 years, Miami Herald September 14, 2004, at 6B) illustrates a flaw in our criminal justice system. The state took away 22 prime years of Mr. Dedge’s life for a crime he did not commit. Oops, sorry! That’s all he is entitled to get under Florida law.“Oops, sorry” is not enough. We, as a purportedly civil and just society, ought to pay victims of wrongful prosecutions reasonable restitution. I am not suggesting jackpots. I suggest something like $10, 000 to $25,000 per year so that someone like Mr. Dedge can at least recover some of the opportunity cost he lost during his confinement.Who should pay? Let’s remember that the blame for Mr. Dedge’s injury starts with the folks who prosecuted him, who happen to be fellow lawyers. So, why don’t we as a group atone for the sins of our brethren? We, the members of The Florida Bar, should take the money we collect as part of the IOTA scheme and pay those people we harm through wrongful convictions. I see this as one of the few worthwhile uses of IOTA money and urge our Board of Governors to consider doing right by those to whom, like Mr. Dedge, we do wrong. Leo Bueno Miami Gay Adoption It would be greatly appreciated if those in favor of gay and lesbian adoption would desist from labeling those opposed as “bigots.” To quote an earlier letter writer, “These words do absolutely nothing to enhance or elevate our profession. . . . ”If I am offended by anything in this debate, it is the idea that because I do not favor the one true side, I am “unenlightened.” This is the crux of the problem, i.e., good people can and do strongly disagree, and it therefore should not be made to appear to the public that the membership of the Bar is united in their views on this political question. I do not care where the money comes from — don’t try to dress the issue in Bar clothes to make it appear to the public that we all agree. Howard T. Sutter JacksonvilleI have been following with interest the debate regarding approval of the lobbying positions taken by the Family Law Section and the Public Interest Law Section on the issue of Florida’s statutory ban on gay adoption.Floridians know me as a staunch advocate for children, especially children caught up in the child welfare system. I retain that passion now as a law professor at the University of Memphis School of Law. I also continue to represent the two child plaintiffs in the federal lawsuit, Loflon v. Regier, which challenges Florida’s gay adoption ban on constitutional grounds. In that case, six dissenting judges of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, on a petition for rehearing en banc, agreed that there is a serious and substantial question as to whether Florida’s statute is constitutional. A seventh judge, the author of the opinion, remarked that if he were a legislator, rather than a judge, he would “vote in favor of considering otherwise eligible homosexuals for adoptive parenthood.”To me, there is no reasonable basis for Florida to maintain thousands of children in state custody on an adoption waiting list without permanent homes, while the state ignores the stable, nurturing homes that many gay and lesbian people might provide them. Even the Child Welfare League of America supports nondiscrimination against homosexuals who seek to adopt, and finds no child welfare basis for the gay adoption ban. I have represented hundreds of children in Florida’s and now Tennessee’s juvenile courts, who have been horribly abused, neglected, or abandoned by their parents or caretakers. In each case the parent has been heterosexual. I know, however, that bald arguments do not change minds or hearts. It takes personal experience, which, for me, has been catalytic in my views about gay parenting.Over the eight-year history of the lawsuit, I have come to know the dedication, skill, warmth, and caring with which the gay dads of my two child clients have raised their little charges, almost since birth. One set of dads, skilled health care professionals, took in four young children affected by AIDS or HIV as foster children at the behest of the Children’s Home Society. One of these, my client, “came home,” as his dads call it, at the age of 16 weeks. They nurtured him to be the happy, healthy 12-year-old he now is. One of the children died of AIDS in the arms of these dads. The other two, the beneficiaries of the quality health care they provided, are also thriving. My other young client was taken home from the hospital at age four by the gentleman who was his pediatric nurse, at the request of the child’s birth father. He is also happy, healthy, and thriving.Closer to home, I, myself, am the honorary “aunt” of an eight-year-old, who is being raised by his two gay dads and two lesbian moms. He is an exceptionally good student, reads and does math on at least a fifth-grade level, takes tae kwan do lessons, plays soccer and the piano, too. He is exuberant, full of himself, and the light of my life. All of his successes attest to the quality parenting he is receiving.I believe that the “divisiveness” over this issue among Bar members would disappear if they looked within their families, among their clients and around their law firms, their faith communities, their neighborhoods, and their children’s schools. There they will find many fine examples of quality gay parenting, or many fine gay individuals who would love to become adoptive parents. It is this personal connection that changes minds and hearts.Allowing equal access to the benefits of adoption to all Floridians, regardless of sexual orientation, is simply a matter of respecting the dignity and humanity of each individual. The U.S. Supreme Court in Lawrence v. Texas has already recognized the inherent dignity of gay individuals to make personal choices, and it is time for The Florida Bar to do so as well. Christina A. Zawisza Memphis, TNI find it very disturbing that those who support gay adoptions in the state of Florida are called unbiased and enlightened and while those of us who do not support gay adoptions are “bigots.” Why would we put children who already suffered abuse or suffered the loss of parents into the hands of people who flaunt good sexual morality? As I would not want a child placed in a home where the husband or the wife was committing adultery, in the same way I think it would be damaging to children to place them in a home where sexual immorality is displayed as good, healthy, and life-giving. Nothing could be further from the truth.We can debate all day long about how “enlightened” the homosexual agenda is, but the long and short of it is that homosexual behavior leads to the destruction of the human mind, body, and spirit. Doctors’ offices are not filled with faithful husbands and wives begging the system for more antibiotics to cure the sexually transmitted diseases they have acquired. One need only read books such as And The Band Played On by Randy Schilts to understand what the homosexual lifestyle is and what it is not. What it is is a lifestyle that glorifies the hedonistic desires of a very small minority in our society. To place a child in the midst of this culture of death is truly frightening and should be avoided at all costs. Don Detky JacksonvilleIt is ludicrous to continue to harm our children and our society with our social experiments. Studies show that both female and male children need to be raised by both a mother and father to gain healthy self-images and self-confidence.Both female and male children develop their gender identification and healthy sense of self-worth only when they are raised in a home with a healthy female role model and a healthy male role model. Our experiment with no-fault divorce has already demonstrated that most children suffer in single-parent and step-parent home situations. Why would we continue to subject our children to home situations that do not promote the emotional well-being of our children? Why would we want to adopt policies that produce emotionally damaged and emotional unstable future adults?Studies conducted by both non-gay and gay organizations have shown that gay relationships have higher incidences of violence, mental illness, and substance abuse than heterosexual relationships.Opposing gay adoptions is not a matter of discrimination; it is a matter of doing what is best for children and for our society. Rebecca O’Dell Townsend Tampalast_img read more

FREE LIVE STREAM: Bermuda World Tens series | Rugby Union News

first_imgThe 10-a-side World Tens Series comprises seven privately-owned teams from around the globe, featuring world-class players.The format offers opportunities for players from both the XV and 7-a-side codes of rugby to play a new form of the sport combining the tactics of rugby 15s with the skills of 7s.- Advertisement – The confirmed franchises for the event are Asia Pacific Dragons (Singapore), SX10 (Cape Town), Phoenix (Middle East), London Royals (London), Miami Sun (Florida), Rhinos (Southern California) and Ohio Aviators (Columbus).Click on the video above to watch our free live stream from the Bermuda World Tens series! Confirmed franchises for the event are SX10 (Cape Town), Asia Pacific Dragons (Singapore), Phoenix (Middle East), London Royals (London), Miami Sun (Florida), Rhinos (Southern California) and Ohio Aviators (Columbus) Last Updated: 07/11/20 12:45pm It is the finals of the World Tens Series in Bermuda and you can watch all the action unfold with Sky Sports.- Advertisement –last_img read more

REVIEW: ‘Unpregnant’ normalizes abortion through the lens of a female director

first_imgIn the clinic Veronica makes eye contact with another young girl and the two share a soft smile. The moment is meaningful to both Veronica and the girl and provides Veronica with a sense of ease.  The film chronicles the story of a typical Missouri teen Veronica (Haley Lu Richardson) from a religious family who embarks on an quest for an abortion with her last resort, her punk rock former best friend. From the moment Veronica’s pregnancy test reads positive, she’s set on her decision to get an abortion. The only problem? In Missouri, parental consent is required. Genre: Comedy, Drama “Unpregnant” is also also a timely cultural commentary in the current battle for reproductive rights. The film is sure to fill your heart with angst as you root for the main character to rekindle her friendship with Bailey and get her abortion.  In a moment of panic, Veronica drops the pregnancy test, and it slides out of the high school bathroom stall. Who should pick it up but Veronica’s former best friend Bailey (Barbie Ferreira), the punk rock bad girl à la Janice in “Mean Girls”? Bailey , ? Someone breaks into the grimey school bathroom, and Bailey quickly tucks the test into her pocket, later disposing of it in the dumpster where it is discovered by the recycling club. News spreads throughout the school, and in true high school fashion, the mystery of who could be pregnant must be solved.  RATING: (4.5 of 5 stars) “Unpregnant” is the coming-of-age movie all young girls need. Stellar cinematography combined with a beautifully crafted female friendship makes this picture a must watch at your next girls night.  Rating: PG-13 Finally, the audience is introduced to the baby’s father, Kevin (Alex MacNicoll) and learns he is a major human dumpster fire who lied about the condom breaking. Kevin proposes to Veronica, and she turns him down but takes the ring to pawn and fund her abortion.   The cinematography in the film is beyond stunning. The pastel coloring of the road trip is truly awe inspiring. Regardless of your opinion on middle America, the tones of the film find a way to give it a rustic charm.  “In my dream scenario, this movie doesn’t make sense to an audience in a couple years because it sounds absurd that someone would have to drive 1,000 miles to get an abortion in a country where it’s supposedly legal,” Goldberg said in the interview with Buzzfeed. “But that’s obviously not the reality right now.” The film is based on the young adult novel by the same title written by Jenni Hendriks and Ted Caplan. Director and screenwriter Rachel Lee Goldberg told Buzzfeed in an interview that she read the book before it was published and really resonated with Veronica since she had an abortion in her twenties. She added in multiple interviews that the driving factor of the movie is Veronica’s never questioning her need for the abortion. center_img The repartee in the film is witty and current. Not one of the jokes fell flat, and all of the language was relevant but not overdone. The nuance of pop culture felt natural.  The film also pulls off a big scare by means of anti-abortion people kidnapping Bailey and Veronica after hearing their plans. In a hilarious moment, Bailey refers to the two kidnappers as “Mike Pence” and “Karen.” Veronica returns home to find that the closest abortion clinic that doesn’t require parental consent is in Albequerquee, N.M. She finds a map and begins to plan and budget for the trip.  “Unpregnant” will make its cultural timestamp on this generation of women. The film does wonders to normalize reproductive rights. Goldberg’s touch as a female director brings the film to life in ways a male director never could.  “We’re gay and pregnant,” the girls scream. As Bailey and Veronica embark on the trip, the bond of female friendship throughout the film is heartwarming and relatable. At the beginning, Bailey is portrayed as a grunge badass loner who drifted apart from the Ivy-League blonde Veronica. As the trip progresses, Bailey and Veronica learn to put aside their differences with a few setbacks. The emotions shown between the girls as they bond over topics like sex and sexuality are genuine for a young adult audience. It’s clear that Goldberg worked diligently to portray the abortion in a way that wouldn’t scare off audiences. Her decision to show it in a montage-esque way by having a voice over of the nurse describing the procedure to Veronica is simple and far from menacing.  During the movie, it is clear to see a woman’s touch on direction. One memorable moment shared between the two girls is at a fairground in Texas. Veronica discovers that Bailey has a crush on a girl. The two girls board a fair ride and use the freedom of rushing wind to scream into the void and expel their feelings.  Photo from IMDb Run time: 103 minlast_img read more

Agreement Between Sarajevo and Chelsea Agreed: Matej Delač Will Arrive to Koševo

first_imgThe English football giant Chelsea will offer the talented goalie Matej Delač to FK Sarajevo, confirmed to Abdulah Ibraković, Sports Director of FK Sarajevo.Ibraković said that the response of acceptance of cooperation arrived from Chelsea on Thursday around 14:00.‘’Chelsea confirmed the agreement on cooperation with Sarajevo regarding Matej Delač. The details of the agreement are confidential’’, said Ibraković. Chelsea has accepted all the conditions of the team leaders from Koševo, and the only thing that remains is to coordinate the length of the loan. Delač is expected to arrive to Sarajevo in several days.The goalie of Chelsea was born in 1992 in Gornji Vakuf, and went to the school for football Intera from Zaprešić. He started playing for Intera at 16 years old and 186 days, and became the youngest player of the Croatian Football League. He went to the London club in 2010, after which he was on loan to several clubs, of which the last one was Vojvodina from Novi Sad.(Source: read more