Kozyak wins diversity award April 15, 2005 Regular News Kozyak wins diversity award Growing up in a totally segregated city in southern Illinois, John Kozyak never had a conversation with a black person until he was in college in the mid-1960s. As the Coral Gables lawyer says, “I have done quite a bit of catching up since then.”Promoting diversity and mentoring law school students and young lawyers is his self-professed passion and mission, and Kozyak has received many awards through the years for those efforts.But a recent Diversity Advocate/Individual Award presented by The South Florida Business Journal at a Diversity Works! luncheon took on special significance for Kozyak because of the January 24 death of his hero, Henry Latimer, killed in a single car crash.Latimer, the only black elected member of The Florida Bar Board of Governors, wrote this December 7, in nominating Kozyak for the award: “When it comes to reaching out to build stepping stones toward making diversity a reality in every aspect of our daily lives, John has boundless energy. His persona and demeanor are magnetic. People are moved and touched by the genuineness they sense and feel in John’s mission to bring diversity to the level where it is no longer a news item. His work is predicated solely on his belief that the playing field should be level for everyone irrespective of race, gender, religion, natural origin, or ethnicity.”When it came time for Kozyak to accept the award, he dedicated it to Latimer.“When I learned that Henry Latimer died, I cried—as many did—and decided the people he touched needed to carry on,” Kozyak said. “Although proud of my work in promoting diversity, there can be no comparison to what Henry did, so I dedicated my award to Henry Latimer.”
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County police Homicide Squad detectives are investigating the death of a 63-year-old Long Beach woman who was struck by a car at an intersection in her hometown Thursday morning, police said.The victim was identified by police as Deborah Batus, who was pushing a baby stroller filled with garbage when she was struck at the intersection of East Park Avenue and Pacific Boulevard at 6:32 a.m. There was no child in the stroller.Batus was transported to Long Beach Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 7:05 a.m.Police did not reveal information about the driver involved in the crash.
March 16, 2009USDA finalizes downer cattle banThe US Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently finalized a complete ban on the use of downer cattle for food, including those that become disabled after passing initial preslaughter inspection, according to a Mar 14 press release. Rules governing downer cattle are intended to guard against bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and other diseases. The USDA said the final rule ends case-by-case examinations of cattle that become disabled after the preslaughter inspection, increasing the time inspectors can spend on their other duties.[Mar 14 USDA statement]India, Egypt report more H5N1 outbreaksFresh H5N1 avian influenza outbreaks have been detected in the Darjeeling district of India’s West Bengal state, Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) reported on Mar 14. The virus struck two sites where about 150 birds had died over the previous 15 days, and officials said they would cull poultry within a 3-km radius of Naxalbari. Meanwhile, the Egypt-based Strengthening Avian Influenza Detection and Response (SAIDR) reported another H5N1 outbreak in backyard poultry on Mar 11. The virus struck eight chickens in Gharbiya governorate. The vaccination status of the birds was not known.Seatmates sought after TB case reported on Frankfurt-Detroit flight The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) and Northwest Airlines have announced that a passenger who flew from Frankfurt, Germany, to Detroit on Flight 51 on March 10 was found to have tuberculosis. The CDC is in the process of contacting passengers who were in the same row or seated within two rows behind or ahead of the person. Passengers who believe they may have been exposed should contact their state health department or the CDC.[Mar 15 Bloomberg News story]Promising results for Chinese H5N1 vaccineA phase 2 trial of an H5N1 avian influenza vaccine made by China’s Sinovac revealed that the aluminum-adjuvanted inactivated whole-virus vaccine produced a good response, was safe, and elicited cross-protection against clade 2strains, researchers reported in a Mar 12 online edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases. The double-blind, randomized trial included 402 adults, 301 who received 5, 10, or15 mcg of vaccine in two doses 28 days apart and 101 who received two 10-mcgdoses 14 days apart. Researchers saw the highest immune response after two15-mcg doses, but they reported that the response to the 10- and 15-mcg doses met or exceeded European licensing criteria.[Mar 12 Clin Infect Dis abstract]Flies spread resistant organisms from poultry farmsResearch from the Bloomberg School of Public health at Johns Hopkins University suggests that drug-resistant organisms that have developed in poultry because of antibiotic use on very large farms may leave those farms on the feet and in the guts of flies that have access to open sheds of poultry manure.[March 16 Johns Hopkins press release][April Science of the Total Environment abstract]