‘A Republic, If You Can Keep It’ Justice Harry Lee Anstead read the court’s proclamation about the 218th anniversary of the signing of the world’s oldest written constitution on September 17, 1787.With help from a few students, Justice Charles Wells led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance.The rotunda was soon abuzz with children clutching their pocket-sized U.S. Constitutions and clamoring for autographs from Ben Franklin and the justices.They had a chance to grip feathered quill pens and sign their own names to parchment renditions of the Constitution, to check out an exhibit of the original constitutional journal of Florida from the 1800s, and to gobble up pieces of sheet cake decorated with the stars and stripes.Constitution Day was celebrated at the Florida Supreme Court, with a special session of the court and educational exhibits and programs. Inspired by a law that President George W. Bush signed last year instructing schools to honor Constitution Day in some way, the day’s events were filmed and rebroadcast in schools across the state.The day’s message, Chief Justice Pariente told the students, is that “our government cannot exist without the approval of the people. And you here today, you are our citizens, and you are our leaders of tomorrow. So we want you to understand and appreciate what our founding fathers knew and what has kept us strong as a country for over 200 years. Basic rights are guaranteed to each and every one of you as Americans. But if you take it for granted our democracy is threatened. So that’s why your participation here and around the state is so important.”The fifth-graders learned more about the Bill of Rights, gathering in small groups with Justices Anstead and Peggy Quince, along with Fourth District Court of Appeal Judge Fred Hazouri, Tallahassee lawyer Kelly O’Keefe, and Annette Pitts of the Florida Law-Related Education Association.And an array of high school students gathered back in the courtroom with Pariente and Justice Raoul Cantero for a lively round-table discussion on everything from the purpose of the Constitution to our structure of government to their opinions on actual U.S. Supreme Court rulings on First Amendment cases.Eighteen-year-old Katherine Davis, a senior at Tallahassee’s Lincoln High School and the daughter of lawyers Cecil and Eva Davis who plans to be a lawyer herself, said sitting elbow-to-elbow with the justices and discussing the law was a unique honor.“It’s interesting to get up close and personal and hear their personal views on things they might not be able to say in the courtroom,” Davis said.“I value America. I think we are the ideal. I think we really stand apart from the rest of the world in our governmental setup. And that’s something that needs to be nurtured. It needs to be continued. And that’s why programs like this are so important.” Supreme Court celebrates Constitution Day Jan Pudlow Senior Editor October 1, 2005 Senior Editor Regular News A jazzy gospel rendition of “America” from golden-voiced Fred Lee bounced off the walls of the courtroom, bringing chills and tears to Chief Justice Barbara Pariente. Ben Franklin — a.k.a. Lloyd Wheeler of History Alive Productions — just returned from Philadelphia to tell the roomful of students that the founding fathers have “just given you a free country. And it is your duty to keep it free.” ‘A Republic, If You Can Keep It’
Although no group has claimed responsibility for the deadliest attack this year in the Philippines, local authorities suspect the Islamic State-linked Abu Sayyaf group.Local authorities also said the two female suicide bombers were widows of militants who were connected to the group and had been involved in other suicide bombings in June last year.Last year, the region also witnessed a double suicide bombing at a Jolo church that killed more than 20 people and wounded more than 100 others. Retno said that according to the information gained by the ministry, no Indonesian citizens were impacted by the incidents. The ministry said it would closely monitor the development of the situation in the country through coordination with the Indonesian Embassy in Manila and the Consulate General office in Davao.“Based on the last information from the Western Mindanao Command, the suicide bombers were identified as two women,” she added.“Based on that information, both women were identified as local residents.”The casualties from the incident that took place around noon on Monday included security force personnel, civilians and the two bombers. Topics : The Indonesian government has extended its deepest condolences to the people of the Philippines over the recent bomb attacks that killed at least 14 people and wounded 75 others in the main town of Jolo Island on Monday while asserting that the alleged suicide bomber was not an Indonesian.“We would like to send our deepest condolences to the victims’ families, the government and the people of the Philippines,” Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said in a press briefing on Thursday.She dismissed reports from several news outlets claiming that an Indonesian may have been one of the suicide bombers.
Skrill, a Paysafe company operating in digital wallets and mobile payments has announced a sponsorship deal with Italian esports organisation QLASH. QLASH was founded in 2017 by professional poker players and entrepreneurs Luca Pagano and Eugene Katchalov. The release states that “in its first year, Treviso-based QLASH has become one of the fastest-growing esports team in Europe and the leading esports team in Italy”. The team currently competes in none of the big three esports, but holds players in Clash Royale, Hearthstone and Starcraft II. There is, however, currently empty spaces on icons that features League of Legends, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Vainglory. The sponsorship will see Skrill branding and advertising on the QLASH team channel and across all pro-player jersey, VIP experiences at live events and collaborative live streams on Twitch. Lorenzo Pellegrino, CEO of Paysafe’s Digital Wallets Division, comments: “This partnership with QLASH allows us to offer exclusive gaming moments to the esports community. Fans and gamers around the world can look forward to a packed schedule of exclusive offers and experiences including the opportunity to meet pro players in person. Skrill puts gamers and their needs at the heart of its efforts, and this sponsorship partnership provides a fantastic opportunity to engage the esports community and provide relevant and valuable experiences.”Luca Pagano, CEO of QLASH, adds: “This partnership marks a very important milestone for our team, by allowing us to work side by side with a company that truly believes in the future of esports, and in the future of QLASH. The esports market has a huge untapped potential, globally.”Esports Insider says: We’ve seen paysafecard become the global sponsor of ESL events and this is an interesting one with an org that’s lesser known but building a name for themselves – especially in the mobile game space. We’ll see how this one develops though – congratulations to both parties.